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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:03

Quarterback, receiver deliver record-setting nightas CG-Belgium soars to 48-26 win in season debut

A thunderstorm delayed the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets’ season opener last Friday, but from a football standpoint, the lightning started right off the bat.sports1

All-Big East Conference quarterback Josh Weiss missed on a long pass to his first cousin, all-league end Reid Hilbelink, on the opening play, but that was about the only time the two didn’t connect.

Their aerial connections led the host Rockets in a 48-26 victory over Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian.

Weiss racked up 404 yards passing, breaking his own team single-game record, and threw four touchdown strikes.

Hilbelink had seven receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Rockets’ career record for catches and yardage.

Hilbelink has 65 catches for 1,305 yards, eclipsing 2005 graduate Bryan Krizak’s mark of 58 catches for 1,251 yards.

Also for Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ethan Brochtrup had three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Matt Dirkse had five receptions for 85 yards and a score.

The big victory broke a streak Weiss was hoping to end.

“As seniors, we haven’t won a week-one game,” he said.

The Rockets have now, but not in traditional fashion. This year, the team isn’t expected to rely on a hard-hitting running game powered by a large offensive line.

This team moves down the field in a way befitting of the school nickname.

“That’s what we’re kind of expecting out of our offense,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Dan Schreurs, whose team piled up 521 total yards.

The Rockets scored on their first four possessions in building a 28-13 halftime lead.

 
Will the Hawks rise again? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:00

After talent losses to graduation, Grafton soccer team counts on balance in title chase

How does a soccer team fill the voids created by graduation losses that included its top two offensive players and best defender?sports2

If you’re the Grafton High School boys’ squad, you simply reload with a blend of proven talent and hungry newcomers.

“We definitely lost a ton of good players and a lot of scoring,” said Black Hawks coach Don Arnold, whose graduation hits included all-state midfielder Jake Demerath, forward Danny Bader and defender Tommy Makela.

“Between Jake and Danny, that was about 85% of our scoring last year.”

Grafton relied heavily on a dozen or so  seniors in compiling a 20-3-2 record that included a 5-2, third-place finish in the North Shore Conference and WIAA regional and sectional titles on the way to the Division 3 state tournament.

Even so, the Hawks had enough talent in reserve to be veteran-heavy again this fall.

Leading this year’s seniors are goalkeeper Noah Chopp, midfielders Logan Block and Quinton Riddle; forwards Carson Klaus, Patrick Stilb and Andy Papcke; and defenders Jakob Pedersen, Jonathon Holdway and Tyler Otto.

Block, who will again be counted on to spark the Hawks’ transition game, had 18 goals and 18 assists last year on the way to All-NSC first-team honors. He was the lone junior named to the top all-league squad.

 
Feisty Hawks bow in season opener PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 20:56

Grafton football teamshows fight in coach’s debutbefore Slinger pulls away

Ozaukee Press staffIt’s not often that 26-point defeats in football games can be considered misleading.sports3

Grafton’s 33-7 loss to Slinger last Friday could be called an exception.

Although the host Black Hawks came up short in a bid to make Shaun Behrend’s coaching debut a winner, they displayed an equal amount of grit.

Not only did Grafton get on the scoreboard first, it stayed in contention until the fourth quarter against a nonconference foe with more size and depth.

“Our guys went out and showed they can compete,” said Behrend, who is trying to get the Hawks’ program turned around as their fourth coach in the past four seasons.

“We had a lot of kids who knew they would have to play a lot of football because we don’t have the numbers. But they kept playing hard and gave themselves a chance to win.”

Besides having 20 fewer players on their roster than Slinger, the Hawks faced an uphill battle in the trenches. The Owls used several 300-pound linemen against Grafton fronts that average less than 240.

 
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