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Strong 2nd half can’t save Rockets in loss to Oostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:40

CG-Belgium soccer team edged in league battle, 1-0; Ozaukee nipped by Rams

A thin margin of error cost the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer team the shot at an upset win Sept. 26.

Despite hanging tough with host Oostburg throughout a Central Lakeshore Conference match, the Rockets fell victim to a defensive miscue in a 1-0 loss.

When Cedar Grove-Belgium’s back line was caught out of position in the 37th minute, Oostburg’s Michael Meke cashed in with the game’s only goal.

The score stood up through a hard-fought second half, leaving the Rockets to wonder what might have been.

“We had some defensive problems in the first half, but in the second half we played very well,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Chris Mortag said.

“We created a lot of scoring chances and should have had a goal. A lot of players stepped up for us.”

Mortag singled out the work of Tyler Garside, Stuart Friberg, Colin Kohl and R.J. Lemmermann in sparking the Rockets’ offensively and goalkeeper Spencer Bares for his steady defense.

“It was a disappointing loss, but it was a much better effort than we had against Kohler (in a 5-1 loss Sept. 19),” Mortag said. “The guys really wanted to win this one. They said we haven’t beaten Oostburg since 2008.”

 
Pirates pick up pool pace in Plymouth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:38

Port swimming team makes season-best times the norm on way to 7th place at invite

A tough field didn’t keep the Port Washington girls’ swimming and diving squad from turning in one of its best performances of the season last Saturday.

Although the Pirates had to settle for seventh place in the eight-team Plymouth Invitational, they continued to show improvement.

“Out of 29 total swims, we had 17 season or personal bests,” Port coach Melissa Hoogester said.

“It was probably our best meet of the year.”

Senior diver Kristen Smith led the Pirates with a second-place score of 323.4 points.

Port’s other top-10 individual finishes were a third by Kelsey Brockman in the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 9.85 seconds), sevenths by Becca Murray in diving (257.6 points) and Sasha Ottesen in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.42) and a ninth by Ottesen in the 200 individual medley (2:39.55).


The Pirates’ top relay finishes were eighths by the 200 medley team of Brockman, Ottesen, Ann Nuedling and Elise Andersen (2:12.95) and the 200 freestyle team of Nuedling, Andersen,
Ottesen and Brockman (1:57.29).

Port scored 145 points, just six behind sixth-place Kiel.

Ashwaubenon won the team title with 566 points, and Pulaski was second with 486.

Cedarburg 141, Port 41

Brockman gave the Pirates their lone first-place finish in a North Shore Conference home loss to a state-ranked foe Sept. 24.

 
Penalty kicks pay for champion Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:21

Shootout success carries Grafton boys’ soccer team to top honors at annual Appleton Xavier Invitational

Soccer teams usually can’t count on penalty kicks to win championships, but don’t tell that to the Grafton boys’ team.

The Black Hawks not only enjoyed going 1-on-1 against opposing keepers last weekend, they found the net often enough to secure first place at the Appleton Xavier Invitational.


“It was fantastic. It went right down to a shootout, and our guys stepped up,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.


After posting a 2-0-1 record in their three tournament games, the Hawks found themselves tied with Eau Claire North on overall points. The deadlock required a shootout to determine the champion.


Grafton took the penalty-kick tiebreaker, 4-2. After Ben Lorge, Zach Greenwood  and Jake Demerath converted their shots, Adam Huibregste sealed the win.


Goalkeeper Jeffrey Frankard limited North to two scores on their attempts.


“It was really exciting to see our guys come through like that,” said Arnold, whose team won the tournament for the first time.


“We played solid soccer and had a fun weekend.”


Grafton opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Appleton West on Friday night.


Dominick Rome gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute with an assist from Lorge.


Adding goals were Brendon Konon (22 minutes) and Spencer Ortyn (29 minutes), with assists from Ben Bauman and Matt Salm, respectively.


 
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