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Sports Wrapups: Sept. 4

Sept. 4, 2012

Nicolet Hall of Fame

Nicolet High School announced that eight candidates have been selected to the Class of 2012 Nicolet High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The candidates include five athletes: Mike Gaborski (class of 1967 baseball/basketball/football), Bryan Jones (Class of 1990 track), BJ Tucker (class of 1999 track/football), Dan Grunfeld (class of 2002 basketball), Fred Fischer (class of 1967 football/basketball/baseball); two coaches: Tom Puls (basketball) and Chuck Walters (swim); and one distinguished service: Jim Liska (coach/athletic director).

The Nicolet Athletic Hall of Fame honors former student-athletes, coaches and other individuals who have contributed outstanding accomplishments toward Nicolet High School athletics. The candidates who make up the class of 2012 will be honored at halftime of the Sept. 21 Nicolet football game against Grafton.

There will a breakfast in the Knights Hall at Nicolet High School beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 followed by the induction ceremony and unveiling of the plaques in the Wall of Fame. Tickets will be available to the public beginning Sept. 5. For information, call (414) 351-8145.

Whitefish Bay cross country

The Blue Dukes began their season on a competitive note, as the girls took third of 11 and the boys fifth of 10 in the large school division of the Marshfield Columbus Invitational on Sept. 1.

"And we were two people short on the girls side," veteran Bay coach Mike Miller said. "Still, we had six people under 17 minutes (for 4,000 meters), that's a good start. We know we can improve, and once we get people back, we should be in really good shape."

"… For the boys, Nate Gomoll (fourth individually) had a great race, but the rest of the team didn't run as well. But I'm not panicking yet. I see improvement coming down the line."

Bay, which won both the both the boys and girls North Shore titles last season (the girls title was the Blue Dukes' 12th in a row), will be at the Arrowhead Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Miller said that this is the largest overall team he can remember with more than 70 athletes combined on the two teams.

For the girls, who were eighth at state last season, they will have to deal with a large graduation losses including all-stater Emma-Lisa Murphy, along with a number of others. In addition, second-team all-conference runner sophomore Elise Hotz is likely out for the season with a foot injury.

Returnees include juniors Sara Coffey and Alana Blegen as well as sophomore Sydney Wellenstein. Wellenstein and projected varsity runner, freshman Kylee Kennedy, are both nursing minor injuries at this point.

Bay scored 112 points for its spot in the Columbus meet as Wayzata (Minn.) won with 29 and Hudson was second with 84.

Coffey led the way in 13th (15:43), while freshman Hannah Lyons was 20th (16:07), sophomore Reilly Koch 24th (16:33), freshman Clare Hentzen 25th (16:33) and Blegen 30th (16:49). Also running were sophomores Haleigh Morton in 31st (16:51) and Jessica O'Neill in 47th (17:33).

For the boys, they scored 159 points as Minnesota powers Wayzata (37) and Stillwater (38) went one-two. Gomoll, a senior who was 13th at state last season, turned in a fine time of 16:01 for his spot, as the top two finishers from the Minnesota teams both broke the course record held by all-time Wisconsin great Chris Solinsky.

Others scoring for Bay included senior letter-winner Alex Hotz in 36th (17:52), junior Patrick Konrath in 38th (18:01), senior letter-winner Andrew Searles in 39th (18:04), and sophomore Carson Schier in 42nd (18:10).

Also running were junior letter-winner Eddie Pencak in 43rd (18:13), senior letter-winner Nick Hotz in 47th (18:20) and senior Ben Schwei (18:44).

Shorewood girls swim

With returning WIAA Division 2 100 freestyle champion Kristin Malone leading a diverse, experienced and talented team this season, the Greyhounds look to make some serious noise this fall.

The Greyhounds, who lost to a tough Grafton team, 95-85, in an Aug. 22 dual meet, finished second in the state D2 meet to Milton last season, and return all the swimmers who contributed to that effort.

They include junior Malone, who was also second in the 50 free at state and anchored the state championship 200 medley relay and the runner-up 400 free relay team. The 200 medley team also included fellow returnees junior Melissa Clausen, sophomore Rachel Munson and senior Ellen Stello.

That 400 free relay team included Stello, Clausen and senior Genevieve Hayes. Stello and Hayes were also second and third, respectively, at state in the 500 free.

"When we get our full team together we will be considerably stronger," veteran Greyhound coach Robby McCabe said. "We have great numbers with 30 swimmers, up from the 18 a year ago and 14 the year before that. I think this team has bundles of potential and could have a lot to celebrate in November (at state)."

Three Junior National qualifiers and nine individual state qualifying finishes lead the overall effort. Shorewood will get a major test Saturday when it hosts its own invitational at 9:30 a.m.

"I'm not going to make any bold predictions," McCabe said, "but if everything goes our way ... look out for the Greyhounds this year."

In the loss to Grafton, individual firsts went to Hayes in both the 200 free (2:00.86) and the 500 free (5:17.93), Clausen in the 100 free (57.56) and by freshman Eva Jorn in the 50 free (27.51).

Shorewood boys cross country

The Greyhounds continued their sound early season surge when they took second in the 10-team Homestead Highlander Invitational at Tendick Park in Saukville on Friday.

Shorewood scored 91 points for its spot as Wisconsin Lutheran won with 69 and Sheboygan North was third with 98.

Sam Kuhlmann was ninth to lead the way on the 5,000-meter course in 16:58, while Charlie Stahl was right behind him in 10th (17:01). Other scoring runners included Alex MacKowski in 17th (17:24), John Traudt 17th (17:42) and Thomas Treacy in 29th (17:44).

Jack Mauer was 36th (18:01) and Dan Vrobel 38th (18:09) to round out the effort.

Nicolet boys volleyball

The Knights got their season formally under way with a fifth in the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Sept. 1.

The young team went 4-2 in pool play and then lost to eventual champion Burlington in two games in the championship quarterfinals.

Coach Brad Kuehl said this year's team has very little experience. It will rely heavily on senior libero turned outside hitter Chris Sorenson. Kuehl also noted that freshman middle hitter Alec Dixon has been a nice find, too.

Nicolet will be at the Racine Invitational on Saturday.

Shorewood girls cross country

The Greyhounds used excellent up-top strength to earn second in the 10-school Homestead Highlander Invitational at Tendick Park on Friday.

Abby Pech was second on the 4,000-meter course in a quick 15:36 while teammate Morgan Florsheim was fourth in 15:37 to lead Shorewood to a 91-point total that trailed only winner Wisconsin Lutheran (52).

Other scoring runners for the Greyhounds included Madee Ferone in 18th (16:48), Laura Gould in 21st (16:54) and Lindsey Morris in 46th (17:51).

Also running were Molly Eder in 62nd (18:51) and Grace Corry in 64th (19:00).

North Shore Conference girls golf

Homestead kept firm control of the North Shore lead when it turned in a nine-hole score of 161 at Ozaukee on Aug. 29 in a North Shore mini-meet.

Whitefish Bay was second with 191 and Nicolet fourth with 201.

Homestead's Lauren Olson medaled with a 38 while teammate Anika Hitt carded a 39, Rachel Morris 41, Lauren Smith 43 and Emily Schneeberger 55. Bay was led by Clare Matkom with a 44, while Robinson Creighton came in with a 48 and Caroline Matkom 49.

For Nicolet, Emily Murphy remained consistent with a 44 while Rachel Rabenn and Jaclyn Clark each came in with 50s.

The next North Shore mini-meet is at Hidden Glen on Thursday and then Homestead is at the Middleton Invitational at Pleasant View Golf Course on Saturday.

Nicolet girls swim

The Knights have opened the season in a positive fashion beating nonconference opponents West Bend East (107-64) and Cudahy (136-46) before falling to North Shore rival Homestead 107-79.

Leading the way for the Knights are senior Christa Rumbaugh and sophomores Elizabeth Carlton and Sara Zelazoski. Veteran coach Dwight Davis is leading the 60-plus member squad. Rumbaugh was sixth in the 50 free and 13th in the 100 free at state last fall.

In the loss to Homestead, Rumbaugh won the 200 individual medley with the fourth-fastest time in school history (2:16.76) while Carlton took the 100 free in 54.68, Zelazoski claimed the 100 butterfly (1:06.5) and junior Grace Wilkie the 100 backstroke (1:08.78)

In addition, that quartet joined forces to take the 400 free relay (3:57.19).

Against East, double winners included Zelazoski in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, Rumbaugh in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and freshman Jamie Kloehn in the 50 free and the 400 free. In addition, the 200 medley relay team of Zelazoski, Rumbaugh, Kloehn and senior Margaret Merline; and the 200 free relay team of sophomore Hannah Keckeisen, Wilkie, freshman Gwendolyn Worlton and Kloehn; were also victorious.

Against Cudahy, the Knights won every event except diving.

Shorewood girls volleyball

Second-year coach Ryan Roessler is optimistic this fall, especially after the Greyhounds recently took a strong third in the Milwaukee Lutheran Invite with a 3-2 mark.

"… It was a successful season (last year)," he said. "This year we have returned most of the core players from last year's team while adding some excellent young players. We have an excellent freshman volleyball class, four of whom play varsity and will be getting significant time. This year will be a season of learning, as well as improving every day."

Shorewood builds around junior outside hitter Paige Clingaman, sophomore middle hitter Grace Hayes, sophomore outside hitter Ashley Eimers, freshman setter Megan Eimers and freshman libero Annie Leo.

"I think this team will be able to be competitive every night in the Woodland, and they will be a team to watch come playoff time," Roessler said. "The team is primarily freshman, sophomores and juniors, and we only have one senior on the team who is splitting time with two freshman. It's a group of girls that will be a top team over the next few years and certainly they have an opportunity to win lots of games this season if we can stay healthy."

In the Lutheran Tournament, the Greyhounds beat Tosa West, Lutheran and Madison West before losing in three games to Ashwaubenon in the semifinals.

Clingaman recorded 40 kills,19 digs and eight serving aces on the day, while Hayes recorded 21 kills and seven blocks. Ashley Eimers recorded 15 kills, 21 digs, and 10 serving aces while her sister, Megan, notched 58 assists and Leo recorded 55 digs.

The Greyhounds host their own invite at 8 a.m. Saturday. Roessler sees the event as a good boost to the program.

Whitefish Bay boys soccer

The Blue Dukes remained hot, scoring three wins last week to improve to 6-1-1 overall.

They downed Libertyville (Ill.) on Sept. 1, 2-0, as both Paul Gwidt (Andy Krugler) and Jack Comiskey (TJ Schmid) scored goals. On Aug. 30, they defeated area power Wauwatosa East in a nonconference game (no details available).

And on Aug. 28, they stayed in a first play tie with Nicolet in the North Shore by defeating Cedarburg, 1-0, as Schmid notched a goal in the 65th minute.

They have another busy, three-game week, as they took on Milwaukee Lutheran on today in a North Shore tilt. They then visit South Milwaukee on Thursday and Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. Saturday in a pair of nonconference games.

Nicolet boys soccer

The Knights remained in a first place tie in the North Shore when they blanked Milwaukee Lutheran, 4-0, today.

Nicolet (4-1 overall), entered an NSC tilt with Port Washington at 2-0 in league play.

In the win over Lutheran, the Knights got goals from Westen Groh, Brady Behling and Carlos Galvan (assist Calvin Knox).

Homestead boys cross country

The Highlanders tied for fifth in their own 10-team invite at Tendick Park on Friday.

Homestead scored 104 points as Wisconsin Lutheran won with 69.

Trevor Cho led the way with a 12th place showing in 17:15, while Kale Mason was 16th (17:21), Conner Knuth 19th (17:27), Evan Routhier 20th (17:28) and Brandon Beschta was 37th (18:03). Also running was Ben Jurenec in 49th (18:45).

Homestead is at the Arrowhead Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Nicolet and Homestead girls volleyball

The Knights opened defense of their co-North Shore championship with a thrilling win over Homestead 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10, on Aug. 30.

In that match, Angie Morello had 30 kills.

The Knights then went 2-2 in the powerhouse Muskego Invite on Saturday.

"We saw Homestead play at the Joust so we knew they had a talented team," Knights coach Dann Jacobson said. "We knew Bethany Hansen (15 kills) is an excellent player and we knew she would be tough to stop. It was a great high school volleyball match - powerful offense, excellent defense and neither team backing down from the challenge."

Angie Morello had 30 kills for Nicolet while Alanna Conley (40 assists), Jessica Kloehn seven blocks and Mallory Kane 30 digs. Homestead also got 13 assists from Hannah Mandlman, six blocks from Sydney Beckers and 21 digs from Kate Caputa.

"We know that every match will be a challenge and we cannot take any team for granted," Jacobson said. "We also realize that we are a good volleyball team that should not fear any team. I am excited by the strides we have made already and the improvement I am seeing from every player."

Brown Deer boys soccer

The Falcons are off to a 3-6 start on the season with a young team.

"This is a very different Brown Deer boys soccer team from last year," coach Leo Eckman said. "We are anchored by senior goalkeeper Sean Stelter and junior captains Jimmy Pierson and Ryan Hudson. We have a small group of seniors this year including Stelter, Dan Groth, Charlie Rosio, Zach Farrell, and Marcus Bond.

"The team is very young with many freshman and sophomores playing key roles. We are looking forward to developing this young talent for the future. We have been competitive in most of our games this year. Our goal for the remaining games is to be more competitive in conference matchups than we were last year. "

Brown Deer has wins against Howard's Grove, University School and Rufus King so far. The Falcons took on South Milwaukee on Wednesday and are at home Monday against Cudahy/St. Francis.

Homestead boys soccer

The Highlanders were second in their Homestead Cup over the weekend, beating Milwaukee Riverside 4-0, on Friday and then falling to Sheboygan North on Saturday.

"It's like we've been most of the season," Highlanders coach Rich Dorn said. "Just a little inconsistent. We put in a good effort, but for us to succeed, it just can't be us working hard and trying hard, there has to be some technical results, too."

After that split, the Highlanders stood at 3-4. They were 1-1 in North Shore play heading into today's match with Grafton and then they are at Neenah for a nonconference game on Saturday.

Dorn said junior goalie Jesse Nye has been playing well as has Swedish AFS student Karl Gustafsson, a forward. Senior Beau Holter and junior Zach Lennon have been doing well as wide defenders and sophomore Sean Reynolds has done good work on the left side of the midfield and junior Hayden Braaten has also been a solid fixture in the midfield.

Nicolet boys cross country

The Knights had a balanced approach and took ninth in the 13-school Leighton Betz Invitational at Greenfield Park on Friday.

Nicolet scored 223 points for its spot as Arrowhead won with 38.

Chris Welker was 23rd individually for the Knights covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:49 while Aaron Zetley was 32nd (18:04), Randy Grzybowski 50th (18:41) and Greg Pigg 55th (18:56).

Nicolet girls cross country

In a fast field, Lauren Cunningham took fifth individually to lead the Knights to a ninth place showing at the Leighton Betz West Allis Hale Invitational at Greenfield Park on Friday.

Cunningham strode across the 4,000 meter course in 14:59 for her spot as the Knights scored 210 points.

Arrowhead scored 22 points to dominate the meet and took the first three spots individually including the winner, freshman Payton Wesley (14:55).

Cunningham got help from Katie Novak in 23rd (16:39) as Hilary Miller was 51st (17:42).

Homestead girls cross country

The Highlanders struggled to ninth in their own invitational on Friday at Tendick.

Greta Kobylinski was 23rd (16:58), Ali White 27th (17:08), Abby Claussen 35th (17:17), Elisabeth Balistreri 40th (17:29) and Ellen Erpenbeck 45th (17:49) to lead the way for Homestead, which scored 170 points.

- Steven L. Tietz

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