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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 15:39

Victory over Hartford, Falls’ upset of Arrowhead give Grafton home match

The soccer gods smiled on the Grafton High School girls’ team last Saturday.

Not only did the Lady Hawks stun  Hartford, 2-1, in a WIAA Division 1 regional title game to advance to the sectional level, they secured home-field advantage in the process.

Grafton’s next challenge in the quest for a return trip to the state tournament comes Thursday, June 7, when it hosts Menomonee Falls at 7 p.m. Falls reached the sectional semifinals by upsetting Arrowhead, 1-0, in overtime Saturday.

Because the Hawks are a higher-seeded team, they get home field for the next round.

“We’re still playing, and that’s the good thing,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose squad used a second-half rally to edge favored Hartford in a game played at Arrowhead.

 
Pesky Pirates nipped by Dogs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 15:37

Determined rally can’t save Port baseball team from extra-inning defeat

Overtime didn’t pay for the Port Washington High School baseball team last Friday.

Despite battling back from an early deficit and giving Cedarburg all it could handle, the Pirates were left with a 10-5 defeat in a 12-inning North Shore Conference tussle.

After Port scored a run in the bottom of  the seventh to force extra innings, the game remained deadlocked at 5-5 until the 12th. The Bulldogs then broke through with a decisive five-run rally.

“It was a tough loss, but I was really proud of the way our guys hung in there,” Port coach Nicholas Wycklendt said.

“There were some real positives for us even though it didn’t end up our way.”

The defeat was Port’s third in as many conference games last week, coming on the heels of losses to West Bend West and Whitefish Bay.

Cedarburg held a 4-0 lead after three innings, but the Pirates answered with a run in the fourth and three more in the fourth.

 
Port handles Cougars’ challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 17:08

Softball team slips past Campbellsport in tough Division 2 regional opener


After scoring a 19-9 win over Campbellsport on May 4, the Port Washington softball team had good reason to be confident entering a rematch in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game May 24.

Even so, Port coach Steve Schmidt expected a tougher challenge in the teams’ second meeting, and his forecast came true.

Hanging on in a seesaw game, the host Pirates emerged with a 6-5 win that advanced them to semifinal play.PORT WASHINGTON’S Shay Paradowski slid home in an attempt to beat the tag of the Campbellsport catcher during a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game. Port rallied to pull out a 6-5 win.	Photo by Sam Arendt

“It was nice to pull out a win. The girls were excited,” Schmidt said after seeing his squad lose a 3-0 lead and overcome a 4-3 deficit.

“We started out strong, then gave back the lead, but did a good job of fighting back.”

Trailing, 4-3, the Pirates moved back in front for good with a three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Consecutive singles by Ali Bichler, Stephanie Volesky and Maggie Schmit fueled the comeback, with Schmit’s RBI hit tying the game. A run-scoring single by Jill VandeBoom and a sacrifice fly by Taylor Miller gave Port a two-run cushion.

The Cougars got one run back in the sixth and threatened to score in the final two innings, but Bichler managed to escape further damage. She capped her complete-game pitching effort by stranding two runners in each frame.

Bichler gave up 12 hits, struck out two batters and walked two.

 
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