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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:13

Dominant show while winning sectional crown puts Grafton on path to another state pool championship

Making sure it will be well-armed for a state title defense became the top priority for the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team last Saturday.

Mission accomplished.

Not only did the Black Hawks cruise to a WIAA Division 2 sectional championship in Plymouth, they had 12 individual performances and three relays qualify for this week’s state final in the process.

Grafton won nine of 12 events, including double individual victories by Sam Senczyszyn and Autumn Haebig, and topped a 13-team field with 394 points.

Plymouth was second with 313 points, and Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran (259) and Kiel/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (198) rounded out the top four.

Among other local teams, Port Washington was 11th with 89 points.

Although Grafton has three fewer individual state qualifiers than it did in winning last year’s Division 2 final, the Hawks appear well-positioned for a repeat crown in Madison.

“One of the things I looked at when I saw the qualifiers was how it would score at the state meet,” Grafton coach John Douglass said.

“Looking at things in black and white on paper, we should win. That doesn’t mean we will win, but we have an excellent chance.

 
Local trio garner All-CLC soccer awards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:10

Ozaukee’s Lemke, CG-B’s Villa and Kohl given 2nd-team recognition in coaches’ vote

A conference title wasn’t in the cards for the Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer teams this fall, but that didn’t mean they lacked exceptional individual talent.

Both squads had players named to the All-Central Lakeshore Conference second team in the coaches’ voting, with Ozaukee’s Bradd Lemke and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Jordan Villa and
Colin Kohl receiving recognition.

Lemke, a senior midfielder, was the Warriors’ best all-around player and led them with 12 goals and 10 assists.

“Bradd was a great midfield leader for us,” first-year Ozaukee coach Brad Doro said.

“Whenever we needed a big play, he was there to pick us up. He was unselfish and gave up a couple goals so his teammates could get them.”

Lemke, who also excelled as a place-kicker on the Ozaukee football team, earned all-league second-team honors in soccer for the second straight season.

A co-captain, he helped the Warriors finish 5-15-1 overall and share sixth place in the CLC with Cedar Grove-Belgium.

Villa and Kohl sparked the Rockets’ midfield with their quickness and athleticism.

 
Demerath back among NSC elite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:08

Grafton midfielder’s talent, leadership land him on all-conference soccer team for 2nd straight season

After receiving All-North Shore Conference first-team honors for the second straight year this fall, you might think Grafton’s Jake Demerath is approaching his peak as a high school soccer player.

Not so, according to his coach Don Arnold.

“He’s far from reaching his peak,” Arnold said of the junior midfielder, one of two Black Hawks who garnered top NSC recognition in a vote of coaches.

“Besides his talent, his work ethic and drive are going to make him an even better player.”

Sparking the Hawks’ transition game with a smooth blend of playmaking and scoring skills, Demerath had a team-high 26 goals and 15 assists. His 67 points set a Grafton single-season record.

Demerath helped Grafton post an 18-3-4 record — including a 4-1-2, second-place mark in the conference — and hold down the top spot in the Division 3 state rankings most of the season.

While posting a 14-game unbeaten streak, the Hawks advanced to a WIAA sectional final before losing to state champion Delavan-Darien.

“Jake was a huge key to our success,” Arnold said. “We had 103 goals as a team, so he had a part in nearly half of them.

 
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