Nicolet boys soccer
Working with new coach Luis Mejia at the helm, the Knights opened their season on a very positive note, going 3-0 to claim the Shorewood Eastside Cup.
They defeated Milwaukee Riverside, 3-0, and Messmer, 5-0, before defeating the host Greyhounds, 2-1, in penalty kicks in the final.
Mejia is currently working with a 22-man roster including senior tri-captains Calvin Knox (midfielder), Mike Yarmulnik (midfielder) and Collin Gruener (defender).
Other seniors include keeper Kyle Siverhus, midfielder Nick Sullivan, defender Nate Franz, midfielder Scott A. Saxton, defender Evan Siverhus, defender Drew Melchert, midfielder Alex Friedlen and forwards Simon Gilbert and Brady Behling.
"We have 12 returning seniors who I expect will take us a long way this season," Meija said. "I have been impressed by their effort and dedication in training. These boys really care about the program and are proud to be a part of the Nicolet soccer family."
In the championship game of the Eastside Cup, Behling found the back of the net in the first half on a well-placed shot to give Nicolet the lead before Shorewood came back strong in the second half to tie the score.
In the penalty phase, Kyle Siverhus came up huge with a save on the Greyhounds' eighth shot. Franz then hit the decisive kick to win the game.
The Knights opened their North Shore season against Homestead on today and are at home against Milwaukee Lutheran on Aug. 28.
Homestead girls golf
Despite another astonishing 18-hole score of 313, the Highlanders came up a little bit short in the 20-school Pius Invitational at Washington County on Monday.
Homestead was edged by state power Green Bay Notre Dame, which carded a 307, while Arrowhead was a distant third with 334.
The Highlanders also won their Homestead/Brookfield Central Invitational on Aug. 13 and 14 and were led by Rachel Morris with a 75 while Anika Hitt carded a 76.
At the 20-plus school Homestead/BC meet, the Highlanders edged Notre Dame with a 36-hole effort of 620, while Notre Dame came in with a 623.
Hitt carded a 149 (74-75), Morris 151 (75-76), Lauren Smith 157 (81-76) and Lauren Olson 163 (81-82).
Homestead took part in the Arrowhead Invite on Wednesday and now open defense of their North Shore Conference title with the first league mini-meet on Monday at North Shore Country Club.
Nicolet girls tennis
It will be another experienced but small crew looking for state glory as the defending WIAA runner-up Knights took fifth in the Brookfield East Invitational on Aug. 13 and 14.
"We took a tough loss to USM (in the tournament quarterfinals)," Knights coach Tim Koppa said, "and we'll learn from it. We can have a real good lineup depending upon which way we go."
Koppa said he is working on building numbers up, which started unusually low for the traditionally strong Knights program, but did get all his top performers out.
They include top singles players junior Emily Mone, sophomore Nina Gerard, and senior Emma Wathen. Audrey Laing is a junior new to varsity, who is taking on the fourth singles spot.
Veterans junior Sara Miller and sophomore Josie Docalavich are handling first doubles while sophomores Erin Wathen and Michelle Margolies are at second doubles and seniors Mercedes Halaska and Michelle Tong are ensconced in the third position.
Koppa notes that state tennis will be a lot more even this year as Homestead took heavy graduation losses, but the Highlanders, who still won the East tourney, are still formidable with a couple key freshmen helping out in spots.
In the East tourney, the Knights defeated Kenosha Bradford 7-0, before falling to USM, 4-3. Nicolet had match point at first doubles against USM, but it slipped away. In the back draw, the Knights defeated Green Bay Southwest (6-1) and Whitefish Bay (6-1) to take fifth.
In the first day of the Eau Claire Memorial Tourney on Sunday, Nicolet downed both Franklin and Brookfield Central 7-0. The tournament concluded on Monday.
Whitefish Bay girls tennis
Led by returning state fourth-place singles finisher, junior Lily Hayes, the Blue Dukes took sixth in the powerful Brookfield East Invitational on Aug. 13 and 14.
"Our lineup is still evolving," coach Ingrid Hagerup said. "All of the players are so hard working and incredibly driven - they are constantly competing with one another for spots in the lineup."
The lineup for this week for the Blue Dukes includes Hayes at first singles along with junior Asia Butler, senior Jenna Wirkus and junior Maddie Riedl handling the other singles positions.
In doubles, the current duos include seniors Emily Deblitz and Greta Jochem, junior Carly Theder and senior Sasha Barkhaus and senior Elena Ouimet and junior Abby Schultz.
Hagerup is looking for more consistency from the lineup.
"Although we were pleased with wins over Waukesha West and Brookfield East during the tournament, we are hoping to improve on the outcomes vs. DSHA and Nicolet (losses)," she said. "We have wonderful leadership from our six seniors: Sasha Barkhaus, Kate Becker, Emily Deblitz, Greta Jochem, Elena Ouimet and Jenna Wirkus. There is a great deal of talent on our team this year; it is simply a matter of trying to figure out where to place everyone."
Bay opens North Shore action at Germantown at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Shorewood girls tennis
The Greyhounds have had a challenging schedule so far this season with an 0-4 dual meet record against the likes of Oshkosh Lourdes, Racine Prairie, Racine St. Catherine's and Catholic Memorial.
"We've been experimenting with the lineup and working to come up with a strong lineup for the start of the conference season," coach Margie Van Lieshout said. Shorewood opens its Woodland Conference dual meet season Thursday at Brown Deer.
Then on Friday and Saturday, they are at the talent-laden University School Tournament.
This year's team is led by six seniors, three of whom have been on varsity since freshman year (Kirstin Repins, Elana Lambert, Victoria Nelsen). Other seniors include Hannah Mentjes and Caroline Tweddell.
Newcomers to varsity include junior Claudia Deiana, an AFS student from Sardinia; juniors Hayley Ostrowski and Anjana Murali, senior Annie Ela, and sophomores Tricia Nelsen, Jenna Vuorinen and Grace Rybarik.
"The seniors have displayed great leadership and the girls are starting to work well together as a team," Van Lieshout said. "I'm hopeful that we'll continue to work hard."
Shorewood took part in the Menasha St. Mary's Tournament on Aug. 17. Top results included Tweddell and Mentjes taking second at second doubles as did Ostrowski at fourth singles. Shorewood finished fifth overall.
Other season highlights have included the second doubles team of Repins and Lambert defeating a top St. Catherine's duo and Deiana downing Catholic Memorial's highly regarded Sydney Roysten at first singles.
Whitefish Bay boys soccer
The Blue Dukes tied defending state champion Marquette, 1-1, after routing Wauwatosa West, 7-1, to get their new season under new coach Andy Lee off to a good start.
Bay, which is in the Gusho Memorial Tournament at Brookfield East on Friday and Saturday, opened the North Shore season today with a game at Germantown.
Lee inherits a team that has nine seniors on it, including midfielders Jack Comiskey, Andy Krugler and Max Loebl; defenders Jack Middleton, T.J. Schmid, Matt Borris and Jake Taylor and forwards Nick Sisson and Joey Davey.
Homestead boys soccer
It's been a rough start for the Highlanders this early season as they have dropped decisions to state powers Brookfield East (4-0) and Wauwatosa East (3-1).
Homestead is led by senior co-captains Adam Nelson (midfielder) and Greg Lennon (defender).
Other seniors include midfielders Uny Varh, Beau Holter and Adam Skwierawski; forwards Everson Mayerstein and Karl Gustaffson and defenders Alex Koch, Scott Frazier and Brian Wheatley.
Homestead hosts Waukesha West at 7 p.m. Thursday.
- Steven L. Tietz
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