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Hawks’ veteran talent reaps NSC honors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:43

Lukas, Mason lead six Grafton baseball players awarded All-North Shore honors in coaches’ voting

Having lost a total of 14 players to graduation the past two seasons, Grafton baseball coach Brian Durst is all too familiar with the annual challenge of finding new talent to replenish his roster.sports1

But the task will become especially tough next year given the bevy of standouts who received All-North Shore Conference recognition for the Black Hawks this summer.

Five of Grafton’s six seniors received honors in the coaches’ voting, led by first-team selection Adam Lukas.

One of two utility players chosen for the top squad, Lukas capped a record-setting career in which he excelled at the plate and on the mound.

A three-year letterwinner, Lukas hit .385 and had a .615 slugging percentage in conference play. The senior had four doubles, a triple and two homers, drove in 15 runs and scored 11 runs.

On the mound, the right-hander posted a 6-1 record and 1.25 earned-run average in league games. In 39-1/3 innings, he allowed 21 hits, struck out 41 and walked 26, limiting opponents to a .151 batting average.

“Adam had a tremendous all-around career. Very few players have had those kind of numbers,” Durst said.

“He’s right up there in most statistical categories. Someone like that is going to be very hard to replace.”

Lukas, who accepted a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Evansville, was named Grafton’s most valuable player.

Trench work pays off for Warriors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:39

Ozaukee High School linemen show their mettle by powering way to top honors in Big Man Challenge

It’s going to be tough for anyone to push the Ozaukee High School football team around on the field this season.sports2

That is, if the Warriors’ performance in the annual King of the Trenches Big Man Challenge in Columbus on July 14 is any indication.

Excelling in a variety of events testing strength and endurance, Ozaukee’s varsity linemen captured top honors in a field of 17 squads from throughout southern Wisconsin.

The Warriors scored 88 points, well ahead of  runner-up Columbus’ 72.

Clinton was third with 65 points, followed in the top eight by Sheboygan Falls (58), East Troy (55), New Holstein (41), Beaver Dam (35) and Holmen (31). 

For good measure, Ozaukee placed second in the junior-varsity competition.

Rocket Trap on target for national title PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:28

Marksmanship, teamwork carry CG-Belgium 8th-grade squad to top honors in Ohio

When it comes to “ready, aim, shoot,” no team in the country is better than the Rocket Trap.sports3

The five-member squad from Cedar Grove-Belgium schools recently won a national title in the Intermediate Eighth Grade Division of the Scholastic Clay Target Program in Marengo, Ohio.

Members included Tony Ogren, Jake Weyker, Nolan VanEss, Josh Nett and Matt Anderson.

“We’ve got a very solid five kids, which helps you win the team event. They’re very consistent,” coach Dan Nett said.

The team tournament spanned two days of an eight-day competition that attracted shooters from fifth grade through college.

Each team member shoots at 100 clay targets each day, divided up into rounds of 25. One round consists of shooters firing at five targets at each of five stations.

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