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Grafton/Cedarburg gymnasts soar to state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:19

Weaver, Ball advance to Division 1 meet with standout sectional finishes

Renae Weaver and Catie Ball are going to the WIAA Division 1 state gymnastics meet this week, and their Grafton/Cedarburg team came oh so close to qualifying for the first time in program history.

Grafton/Cedarburg scored a season-high 137.325 points but missed second place by 3/10ths of a point in the Manitowoc Sectional last Saturday.

Sheboygan won the meet with 141 points, and Oshkosh took second and the other qualifying spot with 137.625.

Grafton/Cedarburg coach Ali Pfeiffer said she wouldn’t let her girls look at scores throughout the meet to avoid a lack of concentration on their routines, and the plan worked.

“They kind of knew coming into it that they had a chance at going. I think they kind of focused on that and tried to give it their best,” Pfeiffer said. “They were disappointed. They had a really good meet overall, though.”

Weaver, a senior, qualified for individual competition with first-place performances in the vault (9.4) and uneven bars (9.125).

Ball, a sophomore, advanced with a third-place effort in uneven bars (8.625).

The top five sectional finishes in each event and all-around qualify for state, as do the top two teams. Several other Grafton/Cedarburg gymnasts narrowly missed advancing.

 
Lady Hawks dodge Port’s upset bid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:10

Grafton pulls away in 2nd half to secure win, move one step closer to conference championship

Staying close is the first step in upsetting a heavily favored opponent.

For three-plus quarters last Friday, the formula worked to a tee for the Port Washington girls’ basketball team as it tangled with host Grafton.

The Pirates trailed by only 27-21 with less than seven minutes to play against a foe that began the night with a 10-game winning streak and its sights set on a North Shore Conference title.

But moments later, Port’s upset hopes were dashed as Grafton went on a 16-4 run that carried it to a 43-25 victory.

Besides keeping the Black Hawks’ streak alive, the win put them in position to claim a share of the league crown. Whitefish Bay’s victory over first-place Nicolet the same night left all three teams tied for the top spot with 11-2 records and one NSC game left for each.

Despite his players’ struggles Friday, Grafton coach Bob Maronde said persistence had its reward in a Senior Night game.  

“All year long, I kept telling them they had to practice like champions and play like champions if they wanted to be champions,” Maronde said.

“Now we’re in position to accomplish that.”

The Hawks, who can clinch a title share by defeating Milwaukee Lutheran  (1-12) this week, found themselves scuffled much of the game against a Port team that used hustle and hard-nosed defense to stay close.

The Pirates (3-10) had several first-half leads, including an 11-9 edge late in the second quarter on a basket by Nicole Ziehm. However, Grafton responded with a 5-0 run to end the half and never trailed again.

 
Madison mission leads to Nennig title PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:29

Grafton boys ride junior’s victory in 50 freestyle to impressive showing at Division 2 state swimming meet

Al Nennig was a young man on a mission last Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.

Heading into the WIAA state swimming and diving meet, the junior had his sights set on becoming the first Grafton boy in nearly 20 years to win an individual state championship.

By the time the Division 2 competition ended, Nennig not only accomplished his mission, he came within a whisker of doubling his fun.

Besides winning the 50-yard freestyle, he finished second in the 100 breaststroke, trailing only Jake Mandli of McFarland.

“I felt very comfortable about my chances going in,” said Nennig, who had two of five school-record times set by Grafton swimmers at the meet.

“I wanted to have two firsts, but winning one championship out of two isn’t too bad.”

In the 50 freestyle, Nennig jumped to an early lead and never trailed, posting a winning time of 21.64 seconds. “I was really focused and nailed my start and turn,” he said.

The breaststroke race didn’t go quite as smoothly, as Mandli broke out quickly on the way to a state-record time of 56.43. Nennig stayed close but couldn’t make up the difference in his 58.35 effort.

“I was a little disappointed with my time. I took it out a little too slow in the first 50,” Nennig said. “I knew if (Mandli) got out faster, he would be hard to catch.”

Nennig became the first Grafton boy to win a state swimming title since Eric Mueller, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1992 and 1993.

Nennig’s first-place effort also continued a family tradition of swimming excellence. His sisters Bailey and Sadie won girls’ state titles in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively.  

Grafton’s team performance Friday wasn’t too bad, either. Coach Mark Minz’s squad scored in six events and collected 111 points, good for ninth place in the 31-team standings.

McFarland took the team title with 325 points. Cedarburg was second with 249.5 points, followed in the top eight by Monona Grove (237), Madison Edgewood (154.5), Kiel (145), Milton (136), Ashwaubenon (124) and Fort Atkinson (123).

In addition to Nennig’s solo finishes, the Black Hawks had three other top-10 performances: a third from their 200 freestyle relay team of Nennig, Brad Kempka, Kieran Paddock and Ben Gosselin (1:28.68); sixth from diver Zach Greenwood (306.35 points); and eighth from the 400 freestyle team of Kempka, Paddock, Gosselin and Nennig (3:20.46).

 
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