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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:27

Port boys live up to top billing on way to sectional crown, berth in Div. 1 final

Living up to expectations was not a problem for the Port Washington boys’ cross-country team last Saturday.

In fact, it was all in a day’s work for the Pirates, who raced to a WIAA Division 1 sectional title and a berth in this week’s state run with an impressive showing at Tendick Park in Saukville.

Placing all of its scoring finishers in the top 17 of a 76-runner field, Port scored just 49 points, well ahead of runner-up Germantown’s 80 points.

In the process, the Pirates earned their first full-team trip to state since 2010, when they finished third in the Division 2 final.

“Things went about as we hoped,” Port coach Mark Pasten said. “The guys executed their plan to perfection.”

That plan, Pasten said, was to go out fast as a group, set a winning pace early and keep the pressure on other teams.

Eagan Norman led a tight pack finish by the Pirates with a 5,000-meter time of 16 minutes, 45 seconds, good for fifth place. Right on his heels was fellow junior Nick Michalowski in sixth (16:46).

Seniors Billy Ernest (16:59) and Taylor Godersky (17:00) placed 10th and 11th, respectively, and junior Tom Knowski was 17th (a personal-best 17:25).

Rounding out the Pirates’ finishers were junior Lucas Bischoff in 19th (17:29) and senior Mason Purtell in 29th (17:45).

Norman and Michalowski ran well but “could have competed a little harder,” Pasten said.

“But that’s OK because our goal is to run the hardest next week,” he added.

Slow start can’t stop Rockets’ charge PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:25

Early deficit no big problem in first-round win that sends CG-B football team to Bonduel

Nothing comes easily at playoff time, even for heavy favorites.

It took the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team a quarter to answer a wake-up call against an upstart foe last Friday, but once the Rockets got started, they wasted little time ending the suspense.

Blending two touchdown passes with a relentless rushing attack, host Cedar Grove-Belgium rolled past Oconto, 36-15, in the opening round of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs.

The win advances the top-seeded Rockets to a level-two game this Friday, when they face host Bonduel at 7 p.m.

“We knew Oconto would be tough. They come from a very, very good football conference (Olympian-Packerland-Small) that has hard-hitting, hard-nosed teams,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Chris Zablocki said.

“They caught us early with a touchdown, but our kids responded. Every game is four quarters long, and we were able to take control after the first quarter.”

A 12-yard touchdown run by Brandon Tousey allowed the eighth-seeded Blue Devils to take a 7-0 lead into the second period.

However, the next two quarters belonged to Cedar Grove-Belgium. Despite a brisk wind that typically plays havoc with passes, the Rockets didn’t hesitate to go airborne.

Grafton runners book four state tickets PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:20

Woolf leads trio of boys, White advances for girls in Division 2 cross country

There will be no shortage of Grafton runners at this weekend’s WIAA Division 2 state cross-country meet.

Three boys and one girl will represent the Black Hawks after turning in qualifying performances at the Shorewood Sectional last Friday.

In the boys’ 5,000-meter race at Kern Park, Grafton’s state-worthy finishers were senior Jacob Woolf (sixth place in 16 minutes, 48 seconds), junior Alec Weinhold (seventh in 16:51) and sophomore Parker White (eighth in 16:51).

Senior Elise White advanced for the Grafton girls with a 4,000-meter time of 15:56, good for seventh place.

“It was definitely a good meet for us,” Hawks coach Kevin Kriegel said. “To have four runners get through to state in a tough sectional like that is great.”

The Grafton boys were a solid third in the 10-team standings with 60 points, trailing only state powers Wisconsin Lutheran (35) and Shorewood (48).

Woolf earned his second straight trip to state after placing 25th in the Division 2 final last year.

The Hawks’ other scoring finishers Friday were Max Jensen in 19th (17:36) and Erick Huertas in 20th (17:40), followed by Patrick Tobianski in 35th (18:28) and Joe Docter in 36th (18:29).

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