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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 22:36

Pirates score semifinal win but fall in title game; Grafton struggles with defense in pair of losses


After stumbling to shutout losses in  back-to-back North Shore Conference games, the Port Washington boys’ soccer team entered its quadrangular tournament last weekend eager for a win.PORT’S CARLOS HELMSTEDT (left) battled a Luxemburg-Casco player for possession of the ball during Saturday’s championship game of the Port Washington quadrangular tournament.       Photo by Sam Arendt

The Pirates regained their form by blanking Platteville/Lancaster, 2-0, in Friday’s semifinals. However, they scuffled n Saturday’s title game, falling to Luxemburg-Casco, 3-1.

“We did OK against Platteville, but we didn’t play very well Saturday,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.

“We played very individual soccer, which is supposed to be a team sport. We weren’t making any runs off the ball and just didn’t have a very good team effort.”

Senior Alex Bello kept the Pirates in contention with a goal that tied the score at 1-1 late in the first half. However, Luxemburg-Casco pulled away by scoring in the 60th and 66th minutes.

“We’ve got some things to work on, and getting everyone involved as a team is the first one,” Bultman said.

Against Platteville/Lancaster, Bello scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first half.

Bultman praised senior goalkeeper B.J. LaForest, who “played very, very well and made some key saves for us.”

LaForest has been filling in for injured keeper Mitch Lemons.

The weekend split left the Pirates with a 3-6 overall record.

Slinger 3, Grafton 1

Shaky defense in the second half hurt the host Black Hawks in a nonconference loss last Friday.

Grafton rallied from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game in the 31st minute on a goal by Willie McElligott. But the Owls stepped up their attack in the second period and pulled away with goals from Jesse Anderson in the 56th minute and Scott Burns at 74 minutes.

“We didn’t clear the ball in the back, and it hurt us. We weren’t aggressive enough,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

Goalkeeper Killian Mielotz “played a fantastic game” to help keep the Hawks in contention, Arnold said. The sophomore finished with seven saves.

Homestead 3, Grafton 2

 
Grafton volleyball team rebounds to win quad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 22:32

The Grafton High School volleyball team got its act together at the Fond du Lac Invitational last Saturday, and it carried over to a tournament Monday.


After posting a 2-3 match record in Fond du Lac, the Black Hawks went 4-0 at the Milwaukee Riverside Quadrangular.GRAFTON’S Grace George (left) and Amber Tanski took a double-team approach in bumping the ball during a recent volleyball match.                       Photo by Sam Arendt

At the invitational, Grafton defeated Menasha, 2-0, and Denmark, 2-1, before losing to Hartford, 2-1, in a match coach Jarrod Luedtke said the Hawks should have won.

Grafton was then swept, 2-0, by Fond du Lac and Verona, 2-0, but Luedtke said one game against Verona, a state power, went to 27-25.

“Over the weekend, we really meshed as a team,” Luedtke said.

The Hawks took that momentum to Riverside, where they scored 2-0 wins over  the home team, Milwaukee Hamilton and Brown Deer and had a 2-1 victory over South Milwaukee.

The strong all-around play of senior outside hitter Kimmi Schacht sparked Grafton.

“Kimmi is definitely the best hitter on our team. She’s playing real well,” Luedtke said.

Luedtke also singled out the performances of Amber Tanski, a senior outside hitter, and Amanda Hunt, a sophomore middle hitter.

“The big change on our team is defense and passing,” he said. “Charlotte Weaver, Gabby Dreskovic and Grace George — they just put in a solid effort.”

Luedtke said outside hitter Carrie Herian and setter Dani Carlson also add depth to the lineup.

“For Grafton, it’s kind of a confidence thing. I’m hoping some of the good play leads to some confidence,” Luedtke said.

“I think there’s a lot of potential on our team.”

Through Monday, the Hawks were 9-8 overall and 0-2 in North Shore Conference matches.

This week, Grafton played Homestead on Tuesday and will participate in the Slinger Invitational on Saturday.

On Sept. 20, the Hawks will host Nicolet at 6:30 p.m.

 
By air or ground, Rockets deliver PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:47

Obbink’s passing, Giles’ rushing carry CG-Belgium past Random Lake for impressive league-opening win


Who says the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team has an aversion to passing?CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Alex Giles fought for yardage as he broke through the line during Friday’s win over Random Lake. Giles rushed for 202 yards in the 44-6 victory. Photo by Sam Arendt

The high-flying Rockets laid that myth to rest last Friday when they handled Random Lake through the air — as well as on the ground — and opened their Central Lakeshore Conference schedule with a 44-6 road win.

In flexing its muscles as the league title favorite, Cedar Grove-Belgium charged ahead early and remained in control through the night.

After overcoming slow starts in two nonconference victories to open the season, the Rockets broke to a 21-0 lead against Random Lake and held a 28-6 edge at intermission.

By that time, Cedar Grove-Belgium had scored two touchdowns rushing and two passing, the latter on quarterback T.J. Obbink’s strikes of 37 yards to tailback Alex Giles and 58 yards to tight end Jon Herzog.

“The kids executed very well. It was a very balanced offense for us,” Rockets coach Chris Zablocki said.

“Random Lake had a nice game plan and came out with a defense we didn’t expect. They slowed our running game down, but that opened up some pass plays for us.”

Obbink, who found Giles open out of the backfield for the game’s first score, finished the game 5-of-6 for 138 yards.

Obbink then put the Rockets up, 14-0, when he scored on a 10-yard keeper.

But the biggest offensive star of the night was Giles, a 170-pound junior who rushed for 202 yards on 22 carries. Giles’ 68-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter gave Cedar Grove-Belgium a 34-6 lead and effectively ended any thought of a Random Lake comeback.

The Rockets dominated play by controlling the trenches, Zablocki noted. The offensive front opened holes for a rushing attack that collected 267 yards, and the defensive line limited the Rams to just 11 yards on 19 attempts.

Quarterback Brady Schmidt gave Random Lake some offensive life by completing 10 of 22 passes for 159 yards.

“It’s a credit to our defensive players and coaches. They did a tremendous job and controlled the line of scrimmage,” Zablocki said.

“We’re fortunate because we don’t have a lot of two-way starters on the line, and we can keep fresh players in there.”

The Rockets’ only breakdown defensively came in the second period when Schmidt found Tim Grimes open for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Grimes finished the night with four catches for 71 yards.

But Cedar Grove-Belgium more than made amends by outscoring the Rams, 23-0, the rest of the way.

The Rockets (3-0 overall) are expected to face a tougher test in a key early season showdown this Friday. They  will host defending CLC champion Oostburg (2-1) at 7 p.m.

“It’s a huge game,” Zablocki said.

“Oostburg has a very disciplined offense, so you have to be disciplined defensively or they will  hurt you. They also play very tough defense.

“We’ll have to come ready to play.”

 
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