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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 18:13

Host boys, Pirate girls use depth, talent to secure top honors at annual invite

There’s no place like home, or at least being as near to it as possible.

For host Grafton, the payoff was a boys’ track and field championship at the annual Black Hawk Invitational last Friday.Sports1

The same can be said for the Port Washington girls’ team, which raced to top honors in its portion of the competition.

“Since we don’t have a home meet all season, this is as close as we can get,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak.

“It was really nice for the girls to win it, especially when their families and friends have a chance to come to it.”

The Grafton boys excelled in sprints, distance events and throws in powering their way to a title.

The Hawks won seven events and scored 149 points, well ahead of second-place Brookfield Central’s 122. Ashwaubenon was third with 118 points.

Grafton got individual wins from senior Isaiah West in the shot put (44 feet, 8 inches) and discus (141-8), Nic Fullington in the 100 dash (11.06 seconds), Max Jensen in the 1,600 run (4:38.85), Gordy Thompson in the 3,200 run (10:27.69).

Placing first in relays were the 400 team of Caden Knauer, Bobby Olmr, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (45.23) and 800 team of Knauer, John Kluck, Zehetner and Fullington (1:33.13).

The Hawks got seconds from Ryan Melotik in the 400 dash (51.5), Nick Franzen in the discus (136-2) and the 3,200 relay of Thompson, Tim Buback, Jake Kempka and Noah Vaculik (9:15.8).

Taking third were Vaculik in the 3,200 run (10:41.52), Nick Mills in the triple jump (34-3) and the 1,600 relay of Kluck, Jack Orlowski, Ian Bould and Melotik (3:42.45).

In the girls’ competition, Port used steady scoring in running and field events to collect 136 points, three more than runner-up Whitefish Bay in the 13-team standings.

Grafton was third with 109 points.

Port got first-place finishes from Abeba Sullivan the 1,600 run (5 minutes, 28.17 seconds) and Brenna Kautz in the 3,200 run (12:34.23).

Kautz led a Port sweep of the top three spots in her speciality, with Jill Cavanaugh (13:12.96) and Clare Goodman (14:06.85)  placing second and third.

The Pirates also received seconds from Natalie Bozikowski in the 400 dash (1:04.93) and triple jump (32 feet, 6-1/2 inches), Kylee Paradowski in the 100 hurdles (16.78), Alexis Reichardt in the high jump (4-10), the 400 relay of Kaylyn Garant, Johannah Mueller, Paradowski and Sullivan (55.2) and 3,200 relay of Katie Erlandson, Cavanaugh, Emma Meyer and Kautz (11:19.99).

 
Missed chances haunt Hawks in 2-1 soccer defeat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 18:06

You never know when missed opportunities will come back to haunt you.

After failing to cash in on several early scoring chances, the Grafton girls’ soccer team paid the price with a 2-1 home loss to West Bend East in a nonconference match May 12.Sports2

“We had some real good opportunities in the first half but didn’t shoot well, didn’t finish,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

“I said at halftime that this was one of those game where we were messing with danger. That turned out to be true.”

After a scoreless first half, East broke through for a goal two minutes into the second period.

The Black Hawks maintained their composure and applied pressure until freshman Hailey Block found the net in the 75th minute.

“Hailey had a fantastic goal on a breakaway,” Arnold said. “The last 15 to 20 minutes, she really started to take over the game.”

But the 1-1 deadlock didn’t last long. In the 83rd minute, East struck again, slipping through Grafton’s defense for the winning score.

“We had possession at midfield but gave it up,” Arnold said. “East came down and scored a nice goal against us.

“They earned it. They have a solid team.”

Unable to answer, the Hawks saw their season record to slip to 8-5-1. East improved to 6-5-4.

This week, Grafton resumed North Shore Conference play against Cedarburg on Tuesday and will travel to Shorewood on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. nonconference match.

On May 24, the Hawks will wrap up their NSC scheduled with a 7 p.m. home game against Whitefish Bay.


Photo Credit: HAILEY ZWICKER controlled the ball for Grafton against a West Bend East player. Photo by Sam Arendt

 
Pirates shine as softball spoilers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:58

Snook-led Port puts hit on Grafton’s bid for outright North Shore Conference title

If you’re going to get a signature win, you might as well do it as a spoiler.

Just ask the Port Washington Pirates, who not only defeated first-place Grafton, 3-0, in a North Shore Conference softball game May 12 but also threw a wrinkle in their foe’s quest for an outright title.Sports3

“It was our biggest win of the season,” said Port coach Bob Snook, whose team combined solid pitching and defense with a timely hit to secure the upset.

“We know that Grafton is a longtime rival. Our girls came out really focused and played well in all areas.

“I told them that if they want to be the best, they have to beat the best. That’s what we were able to do in this one.”

The host Black Hawks, who entered the game alone atop the league standings, had good reason to believe they would take another step toward their first North Shore crown.

After all, Grafton had won its previous eight games against Port, a streak dating back to 2012. And the Hawks rolled through the previous week with a 6-0 run that included wins over defending champion Germantown and third-place Homestead.

“I don’t think we came into the game overconfident, but we definitely weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” said Grafton coach Ken Hunt, whose team fell to 9-2 in the league and back into a first-place tie with Germantown.

“Port played well, and we made some mistakes that cost us.” 

While junior pitcher Kate Snook held the Hawks in check on three hits, her team mustered just enough offensive support.

The Pirates (7-4) got all the runs they needed in the fourth inning.

With one out, Haley Erlandson reached on an infield error. After Erin Jozwowski drew a two-out walk off Kirsten Krause, a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position.

 
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