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Seesaw scuffle no friend to Hawks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:28

Third-quarter scoring exchange, mistakes saddle team with loss to Plymouth

A football seesaw took the Grafton Black Hawks on a disappointing ride last Friday.

Despite playing Plymouth on even terms for much of the night, the host Hawks fell victim to a third-quarter duel that handed them a 17-14 loss in nonconference play.

After trailing, 7-3, at halftime, Plymouth used a long kickoff return to help set up a 40-yard scoring march on its first possession of the third quarter. Samuel Staehling’s 20-yard touchdown run capped a five-play drive as the Panthers grabbed a 10-7 lead.

Grafton answered with a touchdown of its own, reaching the end zone on a six-play, 64-yard drive. Quarterback Choo Weisflog’s 31-yard option keeper with 6 minutes, 54 seconds left put the Hawks back ahead, 14-10.

The blow-for-blow pattern continued as Plymouth responded again. This time, Tyler Willeford’s 9-yard touchdown run, followed by an extra point from Jack Heginbottom, gave the Panthers the lead for good.

Although there was plenty of time for Grafton to launch a comeback during a scoreless final period, two of its possessions ended in turnovers.

The Hawks were also slowed in the game by nine penalties and a missed field-goal try.

“We had some mistakes at very inopportune times,” Hawks coach Ben Chossek said. “We knew that Plymouth would be a very good team and that this was a good opportunity to see where we’re at.

Numbers give Rockets a leg up PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:24

CG-Belgium girls have talent, depth in preparing for another run at top honors

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ cross-country team sports a whopping 15-runner roster this season, including four letterwinners to lead the way and eight freshmen and sophomores to bolster the lineup.

It all means the Rockets have a great chance to improve on a third-place finish at the 2012 WIAA Division 3 state meet, when they ran the fastest collective, five-person race in team history.

Upholding an impressive tradition, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls have finished in the top six at state five times since 2007.

Back this year are junior Lily Paul and senior Molly Ison, who led the squad last year.

“These two should have excellent years and be top finishers in all our races,” coach Les Paul said.

Seniors Jericho Duenk and Kiran Sehgal “bring lots of experience and I’m looking for big season improvements to match their talents,” the coach said.

“Our returning runners bring excellent work efforts. We can see their fitness has improved, and they should bring a ton of support for the balance of the scoring top seven,” he said.

Paul said he’s anxious to see how his young runners perform.

Grafton runners get out fast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:22

Ruona, Weinhold lead Hawks’ teams in opener that shows cross-country depth 

After battling a depth challenge for several years, the Grafton High School cross-country teams appear to be gaining in the numbers game.

Bolstered by a blend of veteran and new talent, the Black Hawks are poised for strong seasons from their boys and girls.

“We have pretty good groups,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “If we stay healthy, we should be able to do well.”

Both Grafton squads got off to strong starts Aug. 29 by racing to third-place finishes at the Shorewood Early Season Invitational at Kern Park in Milwaukee.

Led by Rachel Ruona’s second-place performance, the Hawks scored 126 points among nine teams. They trailed only Muskego (38) and Shorewood (55).

Ruona, a junior, had a 4,000-meter time of 15 minutes, 59 seconds, in a field of 165 runners. Shorewood’s Morgan Florsheim was first in 15:28.

Grafton’s other scoring finishes were Elise White in 12th (17:18), Chloe Lichosik in 18th (17:40), Sara Zimmermann in 44th (18:50) and Monica Corner in 50th (19:28).

Also for the Hawks, Catherine Lundgren placed 54th (19:53) and Ella Aspenson was 56th (20:46).

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