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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:25

CG-Belgium girls make most of home course on way to Rocket Invite title

With all of its five scoring runners placing in the top 13, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ cross-country team had no trouble securing top honors at the annual Rocket Invitational on Sept. 12.

Junior Lily Paul led the home team with a second-place time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds on the 4,000-meter course.

Among the Rockets’ other scoring finishes, Molly Ison was fourth (16:36), followed by Sydni Loose in sixth (16:54), Emily Sass in 12th (17:47) and Jericho Duenk in 13th (17:50).

Cedar Grove-Belgium had 37 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Howards Grove’s 74.

“The girls’ team continues to progress nicely. The team score was solid,” Rockets coach Les Paul said.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other runners were Maggie Turchinski in 18th (18:12) and Elysia Hoopman in 40th (20:24).

In the boys’ race, the Rockets placed third with 109 points, trailing Sheboygan Lutheran (37) and Oostburg (48).

Freshman Ian Ison led Cedar Grove-Belgium with a 5,000-meter time of 18:21, good for fifth place.

Near miss shows Black Hawks’ mettle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:23

Hard-nosed effort in nail-biting loss to Homestead underscores Grafton football team’s new attitude

Near misses can’t be much more frustrating than the Grafton football team’s failed upset bid of a perennial state power last week.

Battling top-ranked Homestead to the final seconds, the Black Hawks were poised to secure their biggest win in years, only to be handed a 35-28 home loss in a North Shore Conference slugfest Sept. 12.

In overcoming a 15-point first-half deficit, Grafton rallied to take a 28-21 lead with less than eight minutes to play. Homestead countered, scoring two touchdowns in the final 3:44 and withstanding a last-ditch drive by the Hawks to secure the victory.

“It was a tremendous football game,” said Grafton coach Ben Chossek, whose team put a major scare into the defending WIAA Division 2 state champion.

“We felt when we took the lead in the fourth quarter that we really had an opportunity to win. But it wasn’t an error that cost us the game. Homestead just came back to make some big plays at the end.”

The Hawks had plenty of big plays themselves, most notably three touchdown passes by quarterback Choo Weisflog that put his team in position for a stunning win. After throwing a 15-yard scoring strike to tight end Beau Benzschawel in the second quarter, Weisflog tossed an 80-yard touchdown pitch to Alex Gall midway through the third quarter that pulled Grafton within 21-20.

In the final period, Weisflog capped a five-play, 90-yard drive with a 28-yard scoring pass to halfback Alex Teich to put the Hawks ahead. Benzschawel then caught a two-point conversion pass from Weisflog, and the Hawks owned a 28-21 lead with 7:33 left.

Missed chances dog Port in soccer quad title game PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:21

Failure to capitalize on scoring chances helped keep a championship from the grasp of the Port Washington boys’ soccer squad last Saturday.

Despite controlling the ball for much of the title game in a four-team tournament, the host Pirates fell to Luxemburg-Casco, 3-1.

“We had 70% possession but gave up three goals on breakaways,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.

“Luxemburg-Casco was faster than us. We pushed up farther because we were holding possession but got too far up and didn’t react defensively.”

The Pirates struggled to finish on early attacks and faced a 3-0 deficit by halftime. They finally got on the board with a goal by Tyler Grisar in the 55th minute.

“We had a lot of opportunities, but when we couldn’t finish, it put (Luxemburg-Casco) in position to counterattack,” Bultman said.

On Friday, Port failed to find the net in regulation against Platteville but came through in a shootout. The Pirates got penalty-kick goals from Mason Purtell, Grisar and Jameson Soya to prevail, 3-2.

“It was nice to win the shootout, but we could have won by two or three goals in regulation,” Bultman said.

“We controlled the ball and probably played our best game of the season.”

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