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Lead runner’s lost shoe not enough to keep Port from 6th in girls’ state race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:12

That sixth cross-country runner matters more than one might think.
Shoes? Apparently, not so much.
Overcoming an equipment mishap, the Port Washington girls’ team won a tiebreaker and took sixth place at the WIAA Division 2 state meet last Saturday.
The Pirates scored 199 points, the same total as St. Croix Central.
Freedom won the team title with 68 points, followed by Wisconsin Dells’ 98.
Leading the way for Port was one-shoe Payton Hurley, who took 37th (19th for full-team finishers) in 20 minutes, 34.22 seconds.
“It was the toughest course we ran by far, and that was her fastest time of the season,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.
“She lost a shoe at the mile mark. She  didn’t notice until she got to gravel. So it hurt a little bit.
“It makes me feel like a stupid coach. I should have took off her shoes a long time ago.”
PORT GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY 3420Also for Port, senior Alexis Reichardt took 48th (28th) in 20:46.17. Senior Emma Meyer took 74th (43rd) in 21:03. Freshman Bethany Stacey was 85th (51st) with a personal-best 21:15.41, and junior Jill Cavanaugh was 94th (58th) in 21:22.11.
“The whole team was 13th place at the mile (mark). They worked their way up,” Adamak said.
Port’s sixth runner, freshman Emma Goodman, took 96th (60th) in 21:26.84. St. Croix Central’s sixth runner finished 77th, giving Port the tiebreaker.
“It just shows you that every runner counts,” Adamak said.
Making it to state was the team’s goal from the start of the season.
“A little cherry on top was taking second in the North Shore Conference,” Adamak said.
The Pirates did it without a standout runner who regularly made the top five.

 
Strategy pays dividends for Port boys on the way to 3rd in Div. 2 state final PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:09


The Port Washington boys’ cross-country team accomplished two of its three goals this season, and that third one was the biggie.
The Pirates finished third in the WIAA Division 2 state race on a cold and blustery last Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids, achieving its season-long mission.
“It was very satisfying leaving the state meet this year realizing that we performed to our ability. The boys all ran as well as they could have,” Port coach Mark Pasten said.
Port scored 116 points to edge fourth-place Green Bay Notre Dame, which had 122. Valders won the meet with 60 points, followed by Dodgeville/Mineral Point’s 99.
The Pirates were led by Miles Stimac, who finished 18th (seventh for full-team runners) with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 49.58 seconds, on the 5,000-meter course at Ridges Golf Course.
“Stimac used a great second mile to move up 29 places from his position at the first-mile mark,” Pasten said.
DSC 0276Also for Port, junior Brett Grisar was 25th (12th) in 17:01.7, and junior Isaiah Holland was 36th (19th) in 17:13.42.
Senior Fraser Toal was 64th (34th) in 17:38.76, and senior Zach Miller was 76th (44th) in 17:50.64.
“Miller had an outstanding final mile and was able to pass 19 runners in that span,” Pasten said.
Port’s next two runners, sophomore Ben Pasten and junior Zach Gephart, didn’t count toward the team total but they pushed up competitors’ scores.
Pasten finished 118th (75th) in 18:25.48. and Gephart was 123rd (83rd) in 18:32.52.

 
Better late than never for Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:08

Big defensive plays lift CG-Belgium football team to 2nd-round playoff win

As the skill level begins to even out deeper into the WIAA playoffs, the nails of Cedar Grove-Belgium football fans begin to shorten.
Regardless of being a lower seed, New Holstein gave the Rockets everything they could handle last Friday.
The No. 5-seeded Huskies outgained top-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium by 50 yards and held the lead three times, including late into the third quarter, before the home team pulled away for a 28-18 win in a second-round Division 5 game.
“They’re a good team, good program, very respectable coach,” Rockets coach Dan Schreurs said.
“I’m just extremely proud of the guys, never giving up.”
With the Rockets railing, 18-14, their  defense forced a punt, and the offense took  over at midfield with less than eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Anzia Navis tackle CG B football 11 2 17 4CNine plays later, Cedar Grove-Belgium s took the lead for good.
A pass to Michael Navis and runs by Griffin Prinsen, Bryce Morgan and quarterback Jason von Heimburg took the ball to the New Holstein 36.
Von Heimburg ran twice for nine yards,  then hit Morgan, who broke tackles for an 18-yard gain to the 5-yard line. Morgan took it up the middle from there for a touchdown. Chris Jentges’ extra point made it 21-18.
The Rockets’ defense then stepped up. The Huskies converted on a fourth-and-two with a 9-yard pass, but four plays later quarterback Teddy Schnell fumbled while running.
A Cedar Grove-Belgium player tried to scoop the ball up, and it squirted away. But defensive lineman Aaron Salazar fell on it at the Rockets’ 24 to stop the scoring threat.
“I saw the ball. I just thought, when I saw my teammate fumble it, I just need to jump on it,” Salazar said.

 
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