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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:40

Soccer beat goes on as Grafton uses offensive blitz to win Appleton Xavier tournament, improve to 12-0

With a 12-0 record to start the season, the Grafton Black Hawks have already made a bold statement about their prowess in boys’ soccer.

But just for good measure, coach Don Arnold’s team punctuated their declaration with an eye-opening performance at the Appleton Xavier Invitational last weekend.

Not only did the Hawks win the tournament with three wins in as many games, they outscored their opponents by a combined 16-2 margin.

After handling Fox Valley Lutheran, 4-1, on Friday, Grafton crushed Notre Dame Academy, 9-1, and blanked Eau Claire North, 3-0.

“We knew we had to get the maximum points to win it, so we went all out,” said Arnold, noting that tournament format used goal differentials to help determine team standings.

The Hawks got off to a slow start against Lutheran before taking control.

Tough pool test keeps Pirates learning PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:36

Sharbuno, Ottesen lead young Port swim team at annual home invitational

A deep, talented field left the Port Washington girls’ swimming team with a modest finish at its annual Pirate Invitational last Saturday.

However, Port coach Melissa Hoogester wasn’t disappointed with her squad’s share of 10th place in the 12-team meet.

“I was really impressed with the way our girls performed. It’s tough in a meet like that, but they swam really well.”

The Pirates scored 67 points, matching Manitowoc Lincoln.

Leading the home team was sophomore Karla Sharbuno, who placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (in 2 minutes, 6.87 seconds) and sixth in the 500 freestyle (5:49.12).

Port’s other individual scoring finishes were a sixth by Sasha Ottesen in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.72), 10th by Sarah Klassen in the 100 backstroke (1:12.65) and 13th by Ottesen in the 50 freestyle (27.89).  

In relay races, the Pirates got an 11th from the 200 medley team of Klassen, Ottesen, Sharbuno and Aly Orvis (2:10.1) and 15th from the 200 freestyle team of Sharbuno, Orvis, Klassen and Ottesen (2:00.58).

West Bend West successfully defended its team title by scoring 415 points. Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Falls was second with 390 points, and Racine Case was third with 333.5.

Rounding out the top five were Plymouth (260) and Oak Creek (199.5).

Also last Saturday, Grafton’s Alyssa Seitz placed ninth in the Nicolet Diving Invitational.

Kaat’s sharp court work gives CG-Belgium a boost PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:35

Ellie Kaat stole the spotlight for the Cedar Grove-Belgium volleyball team last weekend.

The junior was named to the all-tournament team in the High School Showdown tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Although Cedar Grove-Belgium had to settle for 22nd place out of 32 teams, Kaat was among the tournament’s best.

For six of the seven games where statistics were available, she served at a 100% clip (17 for 17), had 43 kills with a 56% hitting rate and added 10 blocks.

“Ellie is a great team player. She not only leads the team offensively but also with her intensity and drive,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Tabitha Weavers said.

“She is a very smart player seeing the court and finding the opening. It has been fun watching Ellie grow into the player she is today, and I know any team would want her.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium defeated Beaver Dam (27-25, 27-25) and Coleman (25-25, 25-17).

The Rockets lost to River Valley (25-18, 25-15), Athens (25-23, 27-29, 15-5), Royal (26-24, 25-22) and Wittenberg (25-17, 25-15).

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other leaders were Allie DeRuyter with 26 assists and Megan Gonwa with 39 digs.

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