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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:57

With bounty of state-level performers on board, Grafton girls set their sights on top honors in Div. 2 swim battles

If you thought the Grafton girls’ team finishing third at the 2012 WIAA Division 2 state swimming and diving meet was a surprise, get ready for another
eye opener.


Armed with talent up and down their lineup, the Black Hawks are poised to make a bigger splash this fall.


“We are really looking forward to this season. We did pretty well at the state meet, but we think we could do even better this time,” said coach John
Douglass, who enters his second year at Grafton.


“We lost a few seniors to graduation and some from our 200 freestyle relay, but other than that, we’ve got everyone back. We’re excited.”

 
New coach, new outlook for Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:54

Mortag takes over helm as CG-Belgium soccer team tries to regain winning form, climb ranks in conference


With its third coach in the last two seasons now on board, the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer team may have finally found some stability on the sideline.

The Rockets will also have plenty of talent on the field.

First-year coach Chris Mortag is optimistic about his team’s chances of transforming a 7-14-2 finish last year into a winning mark this fall and moving into the upper echelon of the Central Lakeshore Conference.


“We have a lot of good, young players,” said Mortag, who played soccer at Cardinal Stritch University and coaches with the Port Washington Soccer Club.


“Last year, it was a senior-led team. This season, we have good seniors again with more juniors and younger kids.”


Cedar Grove-Belgium changed coaches midway through the 2012 season on the way to a 5-7 CLC record and a first-round defeat in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.

 
Express churn way to playoff showdown PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:46

With two impressive wins, Grafton rolls into division finals against defending champion Cedarburg

A daunting challenge awaits them, but the Grafton Express are alive and well in the Land O’ Lakes baseball postseason.

By winning their first two games in the Northern Division playoffs, Grafton advanced to the division final against defending champion Cedarburg this weekend.


The host Express defeated Saukville, 6-1, in last Sunday’s semifinals, eliminating a foe that defeated them twice during the regular season.


Grafton took charge early in the rematch and was never in trouble. The Express grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning and stretched the margin to 4-0 in the third.


Fueling the three-run outburst were a double by Dustin Kesner, a single by Lance Keplinger and a wild pitch.


Kesner added a two-run single in the sixth inning, when the lead grew to 6-0.


Saukville scored its run in the eighth.


Max Pruefer had four hits for Grafton, which outhit the Saints, 11-3. Kesner added three hits.


Grafton pitcher Jordan Clark turned in an impressive complete-game effort, not allowing a hit until Cole Granrath singled in the sixth inning.


In Sunday’s other semifinal, top-seeded Cedarburg blanked Thiensville-Mequon, 2-0.


On Saturday, Aug. 17, Cedarburg will host Grafton in a division final at 1 p.m.


If Cedarburg wins, it will advance to the league’s grand championship playoffs next week.

 
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