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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:47

Gutsy effort keeps Port in fight with powerhouse Homestead until 2nd half

A 23-point loss in a football showdown with a defending champion usually isn’t anything to write home about.

But for Port Washington coach John Bunyan, last Friday’s battle with perennial powerhouse Homestead was defined by more than the final score.


Things like toughness, focus and resilience earned the host Pirates kudos despite a 44-21 defeat in their North Shore Conference opener against the WIAA Division 2 state champion.


“I was extremely proud of the effort our kids gave,” said Bunyan, whose team stunned the Highlanders by overcoming an early deficit to take a 14-13 lead into halftime.


“We went into the game confident. We knew we were going to have to score some points and play strong defense to have a chance.


“We weren’t outworked. We ran our offense and got a lead. But we got worn down a little in the second half and made some mistakes.”


Homestead, a juggernaut that has lost only one conference game since 2002, appeared to be on its way to another easy win Friday when it raced to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

 
Depth pays as Hawks dunk Nicolet PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:46

Lineup changes allow Grafton to show versatility in easy NSC swim victory

A shuffled lineup didn’t keep the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team from cruising to a North Shore Conference road win last week.

Despite using swimmers in events they usually don’t enter, the Black Hawks sailed past Nicolet, 122-64, on Sept. 3.


“I tried to give the girls a chance to see what they could do in different events,” Grafton coach John Douglass said.


“It was an opportunity for us to find our depth and see who can do what.”  


The Hawks’ success included 1-2 finishes in a pair of events.


In the 200-yard freestyle, Sam Senczyszyn had a winning time of 1 minute, 52.26 seconds, and Autumn Haebig was second at 1:53.12.


“I believe those are the top two times in the state in that event this season,” Douglass said.


Gabby Kraus won the diving with 201.25 points, and Paige Schommer was second with 192.7. Both scores were personal bests for six-dive competitions.


Grafton’s other swimming wins included Senczyszyn in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.06), Emma O’Brien in the 200 individual medley (2:20.86), Natalie Keshemberg in the 50 freestyle (25.26), Stephanie Haebig in the 100 backstroke (1:02.81) and Autumn Haebig in the 500 freestyle (5:05.98).

 
Seesaw scuffle no friend to Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:28

Third-quarter scoring exchange, mistakes saddle team with loss to Plymouth

A football seesaw took the Grafton Black Hawks on a disappointing ride last Friday.

Despite playing Plymouth on even terms for much of the night, the host Hawks fell victim to a third-quarter duel that handed them a 17-14 loss in nonconference play.


After trailing, 7-3, at halftime, Plymouth used a long kickoff return to help set up a 40-yard scoring march on its first possession of the third quarter. Samuel Staehling’s 20-yard touchdown run capped a five-play drive as the Panthers grabbed a 10-7 lead.


Grafton answered with a touchdown of its own, reaching the end zone on a six-play, 64-yard drive. Quarterback Choo Weisflog’s 31-yard option keeper with 6 minutes, 54 seconds left put the Hawks back ahead, 14-10.


The blow-for-blow pattern continued as Plymouth responded again. This time, Tyler Willeford’s 9-yard touchdown run, followed by an extra point from Jack Heginbottom, gave the Panthers the lead for good.


Although there was plenty of time for Grafton to launch a comeback during a scoreless final period, two of its possessions ended in turnovers.


The Hawks were also slowed in the game by nine penalties and a missed field-goal try.


“We had some mistakes at very inopportune times,” Hawks coach Ben Chossek said. “We knew that Plymouth would be a very good team and that this was a good opportunity to see where we’re at.


 
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