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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:17

Injuries, turnovers take toll on CG-Belgium football team as it falls to Kewaunee in Div. 5 playoff semifinal game

The injury-ridden Green Bay Packers have nothing on the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football team.

Beleaguered by a flurry of ailments that slowed or sidelined several key players, the host Rockets fell to Kewaunee, 47-12, in a WIAA Division 5 semifinal game last Friday.

On a night when Cedar Grove-Belgium needed to be at full strength to stay with a hard-hitting foe, starting quarterback Drew Emperley (shoulder) and wide receiver Logan Peterson (collarbone) fell victim to first-half injuries.

The Rockets also lost back-up quarterback Josh Weiss to a third-quarter concussion. Adam Chier, their top defensive lineman, returned to the field after a bout of mononucleosis but was slowed by the lingering effects of the illness.

“It was a rough night, but injuries happen, so we can’t use that as an excuse,” Rockets coach Chris Zablocki said.

“You have to have other people step up, and we did that, but we lost a lot of offense with Drew and Logan getting hurt. That made things very tough for us.”

So did the Storm’s Caleb Johnson, who almost single-handedly turned the game in his team’s favor. The senior quarterback/defensive back had a hand in five touchdowns, including two on passes, one on a run and a pair on interception returns.

Hawks’ Demerath joins NSC elite PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:13

Sophomore gets all-league first-team nod from coaches for play that helped Grafton grab share of runner-up honors

It’s not easy for underclassmen to distinguish themselves among senior-dominated talent in North Shore Conference boys’ soccer each fall.

Count Grafton’s Jake Demerath among the chosen few.

All the sophomore midfielder did this season was help the Black Hawks grab a share of second place in the perennially tough NSC race by scoring 10 goals and adding a team-high 10 assists.

Demerath was one of only four underclassmen accorded all-conference first-team honors in a vote of coaches. He made that big of an impression despite being sidelined for a third of the season due to an injury.

“Jake had a great season. He has the ability to score and to set up plays,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team posted a 5-2 league record, good for a second-place tie with Cedarburg and Germantown.

“He missed eight games with a leg muscle injury, but the coaches still recognized how much impact he made.”

Demerath solidified the Hawks’ midfield with his athleticism and leadership.

“He’s very strong, very fast and understands the game of soccer very well,” Arnold said. “He’s everything you want in a central midfielder.”

Conference champion Whitefish Bay  (7-0) led all squads with four first-team selections.

Strong kicks to the state finish line PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:49

Paul-led CG-Belgium girls uphold tradition by racing to 2nd place in Division 3

Lily Paul and her teammates proudly stood on the medals stand after making Cedar Grove-Belgium High School history last Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Lady Rockets took second in the WIAA Division 3 state girls’ cross-country meet, tying their best finish ever, and Paul became the third member of her family and school to earn a girls’ individual state medal.

Cedar Grove-Belgium scored 83 points, trailing only champion Lourdes Academy’s 45 and well ahead of third-place Lake Country Lutheran’s 132.

Only the top two teams get to stand on the podium, and the Rockets knew they could do it. But it wasn’t easy.

“All the girls ran super-smart races,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Les Paul, Lily’s father.

“We tend to run from behind, and this race was no different. Practically the whole group had to run down a couple of dozen runners after they passed the 800-meter mark.”

Paul, a junior, made a huge push at the end to place third among runners on full teams with a 4,000-meter time of 15 minutes, 31.8 seconds. She was ninth overall among 151 runners in the race at The Ridges Golf Course.

“Lily continued to be the strong leader that everyone depended on and stepped it up big time,” coach Paul said.

“She wanted that podium spot for the team, and a huge goal for her was to make the podium on her own, too.”

The Rockets’ other scoring finishers were senior Molly Ison (16:07.9) in 12th (24th overall), freshman Sydni Loose (16:10.3) in 14th (28th), freshman Emily Sass (16:24.0) in 21st (40th) and freshman Elysia Hoopman (16:40.1) in 33rd (59th).

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