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Never-quit Pirates find a way PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:44

Dogged determination helps Port softball team turn the tables for 11-10 victory over CG-Belgium

The famous late college basketball coach Jim Valvano would have been proud of the Port Washington High School softball team on Monday.

The host Pirates fell behind against Cedar Grove-Belgium, 5-0, after two and a half innings and looked cooked. Port had no hits while the Rockets were knocking the ball all over the diamond, rallying for runs in each of the first three frames.

But by the end of the contest, Port came away a 11-10 victory in nonconference play.

Valvano’s catch phrase he coined before dying of cancer was “Don’t ever give up.” It’s what Pirates coach Bob Snook teaches his team.

“Not giving up is one of the biggest things I try to instill in them. Even if you’re down by 10 runs, it’s a long game,” he said.

The tide slowly turned for Port in the bottom of the third. The Pirates tied the game before the Rockets bounced back with three runs in the fourth, taking an 8-5 lead.

Down 10-7 in the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates loaded the bases with two outs for Karley Lehtikangas. The senior grounded to short, but Megan Gonwa’s throw got by the first baseman. One run scored.

Erin Jozwowski tried to score from second base, and the throw home got by the catcher Morgan Green. That gave Morgan Esselman the opportunity to score from first, and she came in untouched.

After the wild play, the scoreboard read, 10-10.

Sarah Volesky then grounded to third, and the ball eluded Allie DeRuyter, allowing Lehtikangas to score the go-ahead run with three outs to go.

The Rockets had a runner reach second base in the top of the seventh, but Port ace Kate Snook got two popouts to end the game.

Buechler-fueled Rockets notch pair of soccer wins PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:42

Senior’s hat-trick work leads CG-Belgium girls to lopsided Big East victories

The Lady Rockets found their offense and the back of the net 17 times in a pair of Big East Conference soccer games last week.

Cedar Grove-Belgium defeated Random Lake on the road, 9-1, on April 13 after drubbing Sheboygan Lutheran, 8-0, two days earlier.

“Despite the final result of 9-1, we were not as efficient and effective as we were against Sheboygan Lutheran,” Rockets coach Elias Garza said.

“Credit to Random Lake for their efforts and providing resistance and playing hard to the final whistle.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium senior Faith Buechler scored three times for her second straight game, and Bares netted two goals for the second time in as many contests.

Jessica Rose scored twice, and Bailey Cooney and Amanda Meerdink each added one goal.

The Rockets got assists from Bares, Rose, Buechler and Autumn Beutel.

Cedar Grove-Belgium took a 4-0 lead into halftime. That allowed Garza to use some of his bench.

Rocket teams match strides in Valders PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:38

CG-Belgium girls, boys race to 4th-place honors at Viking track and field meet

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ and boys’ track and field teams matched each other’s performances to a point and place at the Viking Invitational in Valders on April 14.

The Lady Rockets scored 68 points for fourth place out of eight teams, and the boys did the same thing.

“Overall, I was pleased with the effort and how the athletes competed,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Brandon Langer said.

Senior Emily Sass led the girls by winning the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 37 seconds, and the 1,600 run in 5:49.

Sophomore Grace Voskuil took second in the 3,200 run (12:59), three seconds off her personal record.

Senior Maggie Turchinski took third in the 800 run (2:38), and senior Liz Bruggink placed third in the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 8 inches.

Voskuil was fourth in the 1,600 run (6:09), setting a personal record by 15 seconds.

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