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Penalty kicks pay for champion Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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.

Young mat man on the rise PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:19

Former Port standout Dieringer pins down collegiate, international wrestling honors

With only one year of collegiate wrestling under his belt, Alex Dieringer has just begun to grapple with the learning curve that confronts young athletes.

But the former Port Washington High School standout has already taken giant steps — all the way into an international spotlight.

After going 35-3, winning a conference title and placing third in the NCAA tournament as a redshirt freshman at Oklahoma State University in March, Dieringer stayed on a roll this summer.

As a member of Team USA, he placed second in the 74-kilogram (163-pound) weight class at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in August.

Late miscues foil Port’s upset bid PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:17

Pirates’ fourth-quarter woes help Cedarburg pull away for North Shore Conference win

A fourth-quarter bugaboo took its toll again on the Port Washington football team.

As was the case in a recent loss to top-ranked Homestead, the Pirates stayed with favored Cedarburg last Friday night before fading to a 34-20 defeat in North Shore Conference play.

Trailing by only 17-14, Port had a chance to pull even when it drove to the Bulldogs’ 15 late in the third quarter. But after Jake Krapfl’s 32-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left, Cedarburg took charge for good.

The Bulldogs mounted an 80-yard, 10-play march, capped by Jonathan Stiever’s 14-yard touchdown catch. The scoring strike from quarterback Mike Mojica was the only pass of the drive and put Cedarburg up, 24-14.

After intercepting passes on Port’s next two possessions, Cedarburg ended the suspense by tacking on a field goal by Trevor Tegtmeier and a 25-yard touchdown run by Hudson Walton.

“We just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. It’s something we’ve got to figure out,” said Port coach John Bunyan, whose team has struggled with a lack of depth against two-platoon foes.

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