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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:02

Tennis team holds its own at tournament, against Homestead; Port scores wins in two dual meets

Rain wiped out the Grafton girls’ tennis team’s home quadrangular last Saturday, but the weather didn’t put a damper on an encouraging start to the season for the Black Hawks.

“We’ve been playing well,” coach Nick Kassens said.

“Whenever you can have most of your singles and doubles positions set this early in the season, that’s a big plus.”

Grafton opened the year with a sixth-place finish at the 15-team South Milwaukee/Oak Creek Invitational on Aug. 17 and 18.

After losing to New Berlin West, 4-3, the Hawks bounced back with 7-0 wins over Greenfield and South Milwaukee and a 6-1 victory over Waterford.

Posting 4-0 match records for Grafton were the doubles teams of Amanda and Ally Parsons (No. 1) and Megan Gilson and Ari Loughlin (No. 2).

The No. 3 duo of Alyssa Jobe and Jenna Kloss finished 3-1.

Going 3-1 in singles were Gillian Waskiewicz (No. 1), Izzy Teich (No. 2) and Steph Balistrieri (No. 3).

“We had some good performances. The loss to New Berlin West hurt us, but we came back and played well after that,” Kassens said.

 
Weiss-Hilbelink air show lifts Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:03

Quarterback, receiver deliver record-setting nightas CG-Belgium soars to 48-26 win in season debut

A thunderstorm delayed the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets’ season opener last Friday, but from a football standpoint, the lightning started right off the bat.sports1

All-Big East Conference quarterback Josh Weiss missed on a long pass to his first cousin, all-league end Reid Hilbelink, on the opening play, but that was about the only time the two didn’t connect.

Their aerial connections led the host Rockets in a 48-26 victory over Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian.

Weiss racked up 404 yards passing, breaking his own team single-game record, and threw four touchdown strikes.

Hilbelink had seven receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Rockets’ career record for catches and yardage.

Hilbelink has 65 catches for 1,305 yards, eclipsing 2005 graduate Bryan Krizak’s mark of 58 catches for 1,251 yards.

Also for Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ethan Brochtrup had three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Matt Dirkse had five receptions for 85 yards and a score.

The big victory broke a streak Weiss was hoping to end.

“As seniors, we haven’t won a week-one game,” he said.

The Rockets have now, but not in traditional fashion. This year, the team isn’t expected to rely on a hard-hitting running game powered by a large offensive line.

This team moves down the field in a way befitting of the school nickname.

“That’s what we’re kind of expecting out of our offense,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Dan Schreurs, whose team piled up 521 total yards.

The Rockets scored on their first four possessions in building a 28-13 halftime lead.

 
Will the Hawks rise again? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:00

After talent losses to graduation, Grafton soccer team counts on balance in title chase

How does a soccer team fill the voids created by graduation losses that included its top two offensive players and best defender?sports2

If you’re the Grafton High School boys’ squad, you simply reload with a blend of proven talent and hungry newcomers.

“We definitely lost a ton of good players and a lot of scoring,” said Black Hawks coach Don Arnold, whose graduation hits included all-state midfielder Jake Demerath, forward Danny Bader and defender Tommy Makela.

“Between Jake and Danny, that was about 85% of our scoring last year.”

Grafton relied heavily on a dozen or so  seniors in compiling a 20-3-2 record that included a 5-2, third-place finish in the North Shore Conference and WIAA regional and sectional titles on the way to the Division 3 state tournament.

Even so, the Hawks had enough talent in reserve to be veteran-heavy again this fall.

Leading this year’s seniors are goalkeeper Noah Chopp, midfielders Logan Block and Quinton Riddle; forwards Carson Klaus, Patrick Stilb and Andy Papcke; and defenders Jakob Pedersen, Jonathon Holdway and Tyler Otto.

Block, who will again be counted on to spark the Hawks’ transition game, had 18 goals and 18 assists last year on the way to All-NSC first-team honors. He was the lone junior named to the top all-league squad.

 
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