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Determined play can’t save Pirates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 18:18

Final game defeat to Nicolet dooms Port to cellar in NSC standings

In a season where wins have been few and far between, the Port Washington High School baseball team went into its final North Shore Conference game of the season with a modest but noteworthy goal.

With a road victory over Nicolet on July 5, Port could avoid finishing alone in last place in the league standings.sports3

Despite a determined effort, the Pirates’ hope was dashed by an 8-7, nine-inning loss that left them 2-16 in NSC play. Nicolet wound up one place higher in the standings at 4-14.

“We had a chance. The kids played and kept fighting,” Port coach Ryan Finnerty said.

“I told them before the game that we had something to play for, and they showed that it meant something.”

After Nicolet jumped ahead, 3-0, in the first inning, the Pirates answered with two runs in the fourth. Things looked bleak for Port when the Knights built a 6-2 lead in the fifth, but it wasn’t a done deal.

In the seventh, the Pirates fought back with a four-run rally that extended play.

“We got some breaks,” Finnerty said. “We also took a few more pitches and went deeper in the count.”

Steve Barney and Jake Huebner started the comeback with walks. After Zach Uselding reached on a fielder’s choice, Michael Murphy struck out, but the ball eluded the catcher, allowing a two-out run to score.

After Kale Knaub and Pat Knowski each drove in a run with a single, a ground ball hit by Tanner Orten was misplayed, bringing home the tying run.

The rally continued in the eighth when Huebner singled, moved to second base on a sacrifice by Matt Wozniak and scored on a two-out double by Murphy that put the Pirates up, 7-6.

Homegrown talent bound for Rio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 19:26

Verfuerth, Hinze to be among wheelchair athletes representing United States in 2016 Paralympic Games

Two athletes with local ties will vie for honors at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.sports1

Kaitlyn Verfuerth, a 2003 graduate of Port Washington High School, will be a member of the U.S. wheelchair tennis team that participates in the Games Sept. 9 to 16.

Nate Hinze, who graduated from Cedar Grove-Belgium High School in 2006, will play for the U.S. wheelchair basketball team.sports1a

Both athletes will make return appearances in the Paralympics. Verfuerth played in the 2004 and 2008 Games, and Hinze earned a bronze medal as a member of the third-place men’s team in 2012.

Verfuerth, who lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., was chosen for the eight-member team by being among the world’s top 22 ranked women’s players. She is one of three female singles players on the squad.

Her selection was announced by the U.S. Tennis Association, which is the national governing body for wheelchair tennis.

Verfuerth, 30, has represented the United States in a variety of international tennis tournaments, winning a bronze medal in the 2014 Copa Americas Cup and two gold medals at the 2007 Parapan American Games. She plays professionally on the UNIQLO wheelchair tennis tour.

Verfuerth holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Verfuerth is the head coach of the girls’ tennis team at Flagstaff High School in Arizona and oversees a nonprofit group called Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden, which assists children with disabilities. She and her life and business partner Greg Guerin own a self-serve yogurt shop in Flagstaff.

Verfuerth lost the use of her legs after being injured in an automobile accident when she was 7.

This spring, Verfuerth was inducted into the Wall of Fame at Port Washington High School, where she played on the girls’ tennis team. She is the daughter of  Katherine Allen of Port.

Hinze was chosen for the men’s  Paralympic team following a selection camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hinze was diagnosed with osterosarcoma when he was in high school, leading to amputation of part of one of his legs. He was introduced to wheelchair basketball through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and played on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater team that won national titles in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Last year, he was a member of the U.S.  team that won the gold medal at the Parapan American Games.

Hinze holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational leadership. He teaches physical education at Ripon Middle School.

Hinze lives in Oshkosh with his wife and daughter. He is the son of Ron and Patti Hinze of Cedar Grove.

The Paralympic Games is open to elite-level wheelchair athletes who have a mobility-related disability. More than 4,200 athletes from around the world will participate in the 2016 Games.

Image Information: Kaitlyn Verfuerth and Nate Hinze

Fishing derby draws a crowd PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 19:19

Nearly 300 anglers test their skills, luck in Great Lakes group’s 30th annual contest

Nearly 300 contestants put their Lake Michigan angling skills to the test July 1 to 3 during the 30th annual fishing derby presented by the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen — Ozaukee Chapter.sports2

More than 1,000 fish were registered in the contest, which offered cash prizes for  first through 10th places in five categories: coho and chinook salmon and lake, rainbow and brown trout.

A total of $11,700 was awarded, including $500 for each first-place catch.

Joseph Sharpe of Sheboygan landed the top chinook, which weighed 27.63 pounds.

Janet Spitzer of Jackson had the largest coho (12.4 pounds).

Becky Korducki of Milwaukee had the first-place brown trout (24.44 pounds).

John Haferman of West Bend had the largest lake trout (21.16 pounds).

The largest rainbow trout (10.92) was landed by Brooke Consolo of Rhinelander.

The Great Lakes Sport Fishermen — Ozaukee Chapter, which has about 200 members, was founded in 1982 to improve and promote salmon and trout fishing on Lake Michigan.

Proceeds from the derby and a raffle fundraiser have been donated to the Ozaukee Rescue Boat, Kettle Moraine Springs Hatchery, Port Washington marina and other organizations and projects.

Image Information: ANGLERS WERE HAPPY to display their prize catches at the end of the 30th annual fishing derby presented by the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen С Ozaukee Chapter last weekend in Port Washington. Shown (front row, from left) are Becky Korducki, who caught the largest brown trout; Janet Spitzer, who had the largest coho salmon; (back row) Brooke Consolo, who had the largest rainbow trout; and Noah Cominata, who helped Spitzer land her catch.      Photo by Sam Arendt


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