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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 17:50

Comeback victory over Germantown puts Hawks in line for elusive NSC title

To say the Grafton High School softball team had a productive time last week would be one of the understatements of the season.Sports1

Not only did the Black Hawks win all six of their games, they took control of the North Shore Conference race in the process.

A come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over defending champion Germantown on May 5 gave Grafton sole possession of the NSC top spot in a bid for its first league title.

“It was a huge win for us,” said Black Hawks coach Ken Hunt, whose team’s 9-1 conference record left it 1-1/2 games ahead of runner-up Germantown (7-2) and two games in front of third-place Homestead (7-3).

“We fell behind, but the team persevered. They kept battling back and got the job done.”

By winning their last four NSC games, the Hawks can claim the elusive crown outright. They started this week with Milwaukee Lutheran, Port Washington, Cedarburg and Whitefish Bay left on their league schedule.

“We still have a lot of work to do. Nothing will come easily,” Hunt said.

Even so, Grafton was equal to a tough challenge in defeating Germantown for the second time this season.

The Warhawks held a 2-0 lead after four innings, thanks in part to Michelle Moore’s solo home in the second. Moore’s power pitching also held Grafton in check  during a complete-game performance in which she struck out nine.

But after stranding five runners in the first four frames, the Black Hawks broke through with the only rally they needed.

Morgan Weisflog got the comeback started with a double, stole third base and scored on Danielle Koziczkowski’s double. After Amanda Parsons was hit by a pitch, Katie Hunt walked to load the bases.

Ally Parsons chopped a two-run single to give Grafton a 3-2 lead. With two outs, Kirsten Krause singled home an insurance run to help her own cause.

Krause, a freshman, then closed out a complete-game pitching performance by allowing only one base runner in the final two innings. She gave up six hits, struck out four and walked none.

Krause went the distance in three wins last week, showing no wear in her first varsity season.

“Kirsten had another great game,” coach Hunt said. “She’s had great control and has been able to locate her pitches in tight spots.”

The win marked the first time in recent memory that Grafton has defeated Germantown twice in one season.

“Germantown and Homestead, these are the teams we have to beat to win it all,” coach Hunt said.

 
West, Fullington spark Black Hawks at Myrhum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 17:29

Throws and sprints paid off nicely for the Grafton boys’ track and field team last Saturday.Sports2

Sparked by Isaiah West in the discus and shot put and Nic Fullington in the dashes, the Black Hawks finished ninth out of 20 teams in the Myrhum Invitational at Arrowhead High School.

West won the discus with a personal-best throw of 160 feet, 1 inch, and was fifth in the shot put (45-3). The discus distance was the fourth-best in school history.

“Isaiah is doing awesome. He’s really coming into his own,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. 

Fellow senior Fullington took fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.46 seconds) and fifth in the 200 dash (22.95).

Also scoring for Grafton, which had 32 points, was a fourth-place effort by the 800 relay of Ryan Melotik, Bobby Olmr, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (1:32.77) and fifth by Nick Franzen in the discus (137-7).

The Hawks’ next-best finish came from Max Jensen, who was 10th in the 1,600 run (4:42.74).

Oak Creek won the boys’ team title with 119 points, well ahead of runner-up Fond du Lac’s 84.

In the girls’ portion of the meet, Grafton was 18th out of 20 teams with three points.

The Hawks’ scoring finishes were a seventh in the 800 relay of Abby Koby, Maria Salm, Nikki Kreutzer and Adele Danner (1:50.51) and eighth by Danner in the 300 hurdles (48.7).

Arrowhead won the girls’ championship with 102 points, and Milwaukee King was second with 74.

Local squads trail at NSC relays

Victories were an elusive reward for Grafton and Port Washington teams in the annual North Shore Conference relays at Homestead High School on May 4.

The lone local first-place came from the Port girls in the 300 hurdles. Amanda Kissinger, Kylee Paradowski and Kaylyn Garant combined for a winning time of 54.12.

The Pirates also got a third from the 6,400 relay of Jill Cavanaugh, Alexis Reichardt, Brenna Kautz and Clare Goodman (24:39.31).

Taking fourth for Port were the 3,200 relay of Katie Erlandson, Reichardt, Emma Meyer and Sullivan (10:28.51) and the sprint medley relay of Paradowski, Kissinger, Natalie Bozikowski and Elise Benkley (2:00.16).

In field events, the Pirates’ top-four individual finishes were a second by Reichardt in the high jump (4-8) and third by Bozikowski in the triple jump (34-1/4).  

“We had some good performances, but we just don’t have the depth to compete in these kind of meets,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said. 

 
Doubles title leads Hawks at Pius Invite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 17:27

A first-place performance at No. 2 doubles provided the highlight for the Grafton boys’ tennis team at the Milwaukee Pius XI Invitational last Saturday.

Seniors Brian Gilson and Tommy Makela joined forces to win all three of their matches, capping the day with a 6-2, 1-6, 10-5 victory over Cedarburg’s Thomas Artz and Gavin Stumpf in the final.

“They played well. They definitely had the best day for us,” Grafton coach Nick Kassens said.

The rest of the Black Hawks’ lineup struggled, leaving Grafton with 24 points, good for sixth place out of eight teams.

New Berlin Eisenhower won the team title with 44 points.

“We lost some matches we should have won,” Kassens said.

Hawks go 1-2 in three dual meets

Earlier last week, Grafton had mixed results in three dual meets.

The Hawks fell to host Cedarburg, 5-2, on May 5.

Grafton got its wins in doubles. The No. 1 team of Sam Bucheger and Michael Rathke won, 7-5, 6-4, and the No. 2 duo of Gilson and Makela won, 6-4, 6-2.

On May 3, the Hawks swept the doubles matches in a 4-3 road win over Port Washington.

At No. 1 doubles, Jon Kottke and Rathke defeated Alex Burbach and Jack Larson, 6-1, 6-1. Also winning in straight sets were Gilson and Makela at No. 2 and Christian Rowland and Alan Olivas at No. 3.

At No. 1 singles, Bucheger defeated Ken Zacher, 7-5, 6-4.

Port got wins from Jimmy Clarke, Ethan Hoag and Kyle Zacher at Nos. 2 through four, respectively.

The host Hawks defeated Brown Deer, 5-2, on May 2.

Winning singles matches were Bucheger (No. 1), Tyler Otto (No. 3) and Jarrett DeSautel (No. 4). Doubles wins came from Gilson and Makela at No. 2 and Rowland and Olivas at No. 3.

Pirates go 1-2 at Roncalli

Port won one of three dual meets at the Manitowoc Roncalli Invitational last Saturday.

The Pirates defeated St. Mary’s Springs, 5-2, and lost to St. Lawrence, 4-3, and Roncalli, 6-1.

Against Springs, Port swept the singles matches, getting straight-set wins from Ken Zacher, Clarke, Aaron Montreal and Jake Schmit at the top four spots, respectively.

The No. 1 duo of Burbach and Kyle Zacher also won in straight sets.

Against St. Lawrence, Port’s victories came from Ken Zacher and Montreal at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and the No. 1 duo of Burbach and Kyle Zacher.

The Pirates’ lone win against Roncalli came from Montreal at No. 3 singles.

Port falls in three dual meets

The Pirates lost all three of their dual meets last week. Besides falling to Grafton, they lost to Germantown, 6-1, on May 5 and to West Bend East, 5-2, in May 4.

Ethan Hoag had Port’s lone win against Germantown, rallying for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles.

Against East, the Pirates got wins from Kyle Zacher at No. 4 singles and the No. 3 duo of Jimmy Brisky and Benji Jarman.

This week, Port was scheduled to play Nicolet on Tuesday, the same day Grafton was to face Whitefish Bay. On May 18 and 19, both local teams will participate in the conference tournament at Nicolet and Bay.

 
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