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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:53

Despite graduation losses, Grafton has plenty of hitting, motivation for diamond wars

One year removed from a senior-led season, the Grafton High School baseball team is poised to reload with a younger but no-less-determined array of talent.

“We’ve got a good portion of our batting lineup coming back. We really like where we’re at,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose squad is looking to improve on an 8-10 finish in the North Shore Conference last year.

“We lost some good players to graduation, but we have a lot of talent returning.”JUNIOR ALEX NENNIG is back this season with the Grafton High School baseball team after batting .368 and leading the Black Hawks with 22 RBI last year.   Photo by Sam Arendt

The Black Hawks’ biggest losses were three players who earned All-NSC second-team honors last year as seniors — outfielder B.J. Weisflog, utility player C.J. Koehler and designated hitter/infielder Ryan Donahue.

However, back in the fold are several starters who provided leadership and plate production. Heading the list are shortstop/pitcher Robbie Doring and outfielder Kevin Scholz, both seniors.

Doring, a four-year varsity starter, hit .320 with two homers, drove in 19 runs and scored 21 on his way to all-league second-team recognition.

“Robbie’s coming off a real solid season, and he’s looking to finish his career on a great note,” Durst said.

Scholz, a three-year starter, is the Hawks’ top returning hitter with a .420 average and .525 on-base percentage. He will be the team’s leadoff hitter.

Grafton’s other key returnees are juniors Alex Nennig (outfield) and Tim Grams (catcher) and sophomores Beau Benzschawel (third base/first base), Choo Weisflog (second base), Will Birch (catcher/third base) and Nate Lukas (pitcher/first base).

Nennig, who will play center field, hit .368 and had a .500 slugging average last year. He led the Hawks with 22 RBI, scored 15 runs and had seven doubles and a homer.

 
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:46

Late-season surge carries Grafton softball team to perfect week capped by Whitefish Bay Invite title

After struggling with inconsistency most of this season, the Grafton High School softball team may have turned the corner.

At least that’s what the Black Hawks appeared to do last week when they went on a seven-game winning streak, culminating in the Whitefish Bay Invitational title Saturday.

Emily Kabitzke pitched a one-hitter in the championship game as Grafton topped Milwaukee Pius, 4-1, and finished the 10-team tournament unbeaten in four games.

“It was a good week for us. The girls are starting to swing the bats and play well,” Hawks coach Ken Hunt said.THE HITTING and pitching of Amanda Hunt helped the Grafton softball team win all seven of its games last week, including a 4-0 effort Saturday on the way to the Whitefish Bay Invitational championship. 	 Photo by Sam Arendt

Kabitzke, a sophomore, capped her team’s busy day with a seven-inning gem. She struck out four, walked three and didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the seventh, when Megan Dooley reached on a bad-hop infield single.

Kabitzke got plenty of offensive support, as the Hawks collected 12 hits and scored in four of the first five innings.

Lauren Lennon put Grafton ahead to stay in the first when she smacked a solo homer over the left-field fence.

After getting a run-scoring single from Beth Kottke in the second inning, the Hawks added runs in the fourth and fifth on a sacrifice fly by Sam Maglio and an RBI single by Kate
Lennon, respectively.

Pius scored its run in the sixth with the aid of a walk and error.

“It was a good-hitting game for us. We had runners on base in every inning,” Hunt said.

Grafton’s offense was led by Kate Lennon and Lauren Pericak, who each went 3-for-4. Lauren Lennon was 2-for-3.

Hawks roll to title contest.

 
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:43

Grafton wins both halves of home invitational despite loss of Grange; Port girls run strong 2nd


An injury to its best all-around athlete didn’t keep the Grafton girls’ track and field team from ruling the roost last Friday.

Despite having junior Sara Grange sidelined with a hamstring injury, host Grafton raced to top honors at the annual Black Hawk Invitational.

The Hawks had only three first-place finishes but scored in all 18 events and piled up 134 points.

Port Washington took second with 114 points, followed by Whitefish Bay (95), Sheboygan North (68), Milwaukee Morse/Marshall (43), Random Lake (35), Milwaukee Washington (26), West Bend East (18), Milwaukee Messmer (14) and St. Francis (4).

“We really miss having Sara, but the other girls did a great job filling in,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.

The Hawks doubled their fun by also winning the boys’ team title in the meet. In that competition, Grafton scored 104 points, one more than runner-up Whitefish Bay.

Not having Grange robbed the Grafton girls of almost-sure points in the sprints and jumps. However, they got 30 points with winning efforts from junior Cathy Brunette in the 100-meter hurdles (16.13 seconds), freshman Hannah Weber in the 300 hurdles (48.59) and the 400 relay of Emily Schreiner, Brunette, Anya Dillahunt and Carrie Herian (51.79).

The Hawks got second-place finishes from Brunette in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches); Rachel Schmitz in the long jump (14-8); Katelyn Gallun in the 200 dash (27.71); Katie Boehm in the 1,500 run (5:20.88); the 800 relay of Schreiner, Brunette, Schmitz and Dillahunt (1:53.03); the 1,600 relay of Dillahunt, Weber, Schmitz and Megan Pawlak (4:13.91); and the 3,200 relay of Heidi Bauer, Jamie Karrels, Catherine Lundgren and Pawlak (10:35.2).

 
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