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Warriors step up on big stage PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:50

Large leads state charge for Ozaukee girls with wins in 1,600 and 3,200 races 

As Ozaukee High School junior Elise Large put it, “It was quite a weekend.”
Large brought home two WIAA state track and field titles, one in a photo finish and another in incredible heat, with both breaking her own school records.
Going into Friday’s 1,600-meter run as the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 girls’ meet, Large knew she had a good chance to win, but this was the cross-country standout’s first year in track and first trip to state at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
OHS TRACK DSC 0287 4C“I was confident but also nervous and anxious,” she said.
“But I felt ready. My coach was telling me I was ready.”
Large took an early lead but got passed during the third lap and by the fourth had slipped to third or fourth place.
But Large hung around, giving herself a chance in the final 150 meters.
“It was all heart, really. I just knew I had to go,” she said.
“I gave it everything the last 150 or so and catching the last girl right at the end.”
Ozaukee coach Andrew Pfeuffer said the final 150 meters is a slingshot, “almost like NASCAR at the end. When you come out of that corner, you really give it.”
Large caught Edgar freshman Marissa Ellenbecker and finished in 5 minutes, 7.85 seconds, winning the race by .01 of a second. Large’s time was a personal record by eight seconds.
But Large wasn’t initially sure she won. She didn’t know results were put on the big screen right away and walked around for a few minutes before a meet worker announced results before the medal ceremony.

Soccer rematch awaits Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:47

Regional title earns CG-Belgium girls’ team another shot at Howards Grove in WIAA playoffs

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team earned a third meeting against a conference rival.
This time, the loser goes home.
The Rockets, who received a No. 3 seed for the WIAA Division 4 playoffs, will take on second-seeded Howards Grove on the road Thursday, June 8, in a sectional semifinal.
ROSE SOCCER s2060117240 4CCedar Grove-Belgium defeated visiting New Holstein, 6-0, last Saturday to win a regional title.
“It was a dominating performance from the opening whistle,” Rockets coach Elias Garza said.
“We could have been a bit more efficient early with scoring chances but aside from that, we possessed well, created often and played with good focus and intention.”
Haven Lanser scored the first two goals of her high school career, and Haleigh Bares added a pair of scores.
Autumn Beutel scored on a header off a corner kick, and Elaine Pree added a goal.
Bares, Faith Buechler, Shelby Cooney and Amy TenHaken each had an assist.
“Overall, I’m very pleased how the girls came out aggressively and imposed their will,” Garza said.
“The girls need to minimally continue with this improved form as we prepare for the sectional semis.”
CG-Belgium 7, Sevastopol/Gibraltar 1
The Rockets got off to a slow start before taking control in a regional semifinal June 1.

What-if loss ends stellar season PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:32

Tough sectional defeat brings Grafton’s standout softball campaign to close

The Grafton High School softball team won its first-ever conference title and racked up the most victories in school history this season, but a close WIAA playoff loss ended the season with a bitter sting.
Grafton lost, 2-0, at home to Kewaskum in a Division 2 sectional semifinal May 31, bowing to pitcher Kennedy Lehn, the state’s strikeout leader.
GRAFTON SOFTBALL s2050417548 4CThe Black Hawks managed only one hit, but it put them in position to score.
Danielle Koziczkowski led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a triple that rolled to the fence in right center field.
Since the next two batters were both left-handed, Hunt said, Koziczkowski couldn’t get a big lead off third base because the catcher could clearly see her.
Lehn took things into her own hands, anyway, striking out the next three batters.
“Definitely a missed opportunity,” Hunt said.
The Indians made the most of their opportunity in the top of the seventh, ending the scoreless duel.

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