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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 19:37

Freshman’s 2nd-place effort in breaststroke helps Grafton girls to 8th at Division 2 final


Young talent stole the show for the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team on the biggest stage of the season last Friday.

Fueled by steady production from their underclassmen, the Black Hawks secured eighth-place honors in the WIAA Division 2 state meet in Madison.imSWIMMERS AND DIVERS who helped the Grafton girls’ team reach the WIAA Division 2 state meet and finish the season with eighth-place honors last week included (from left) Kaitlyn Brooks, Stephanie Haebig, Katelyn Gallun, Sam Senczyszyn, Caitlin Hanney, Katelyn Zarem, Emma Saunders, Rachel Hauer and Paige Schommer.                   Photo by Sam Arendt

Grafton scored 108 points in the 32-team standings and was led by freshman Sam Senczyszyn, who took second in the 100-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 50 freestyle.

Senczyszyn was also part of a 200 medley relay team that finished fourth.

Among other local teams, Port Washington took 32nd with nine points, all from its three divers.

“We had some fantastic swims,” said Grafton coach Adan Burgos, whose squad improved on a 13th-place state finish in 2010.

“We had two school records and a lot of lifetime-best swims. Our goal was to get into the top 10, and we did that with a very young team.”

Senczyszyn entered the meet at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium as the fastest seed in both the breaststroke and 50 freestyle. She narrowly missed winning the breaststroke in a battle between three swimmers separated by .04 of a second.

Catholic Memorial senior Anna Meinholz won the race in 1:03.06, followed by Senczyszyn (1:03.07) and Fort Atkinson’s Emma Bare (1:03.10). All three broke the state record of 1:03.28 set last year by Plymouth’s Kate Criter, who placed fourth Friday in 1:04.13.

“It was an amazing race. They were neck and neck all the way,” Burgos said.

“Sam’s first turn was not the greatest, but she had a fantastic surge in the last turn and nearly pulled it out. One of the problems was that the winner was a couple lanesover, and Sam couldn’t really see where she was.”

 
Hawks’ Gosewehr leads volleyball honorees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 19:33

Grafton hitter’s selection to All-NSC 2nd team tops awards for five area girls


Veteran talent grabbed the lion’s share of recognition in this year’s All-North Shore Conference girls’ volleyball selections, including honors for local teams.

Among the award winners in the coaches’ voting were three Port Washington players and two Grafton players.

Topping the local standouts is Grafton’s Sammy Gosewehr, a junior middle hitter who was named to the All-NSC second team. Also for the Black Hawks, senior outside hitter Kimmi Schacht received honorable mention.PORT WASHINGTON’S Caity Tydrick was one of five local volleyball players who received recognition in this year’s All-North Shore Conference voting. Photo by Sam Arendt

Port had a trio of honorable-mention players — senior libero Alex Stammer, senior setter Caity Tydrick and junior outside hitter Mikayla Hilton.

The 6-foot Gosewehr earned recognition as one of the league’s strongest hitters and blockers.

Gosewehr “was just a force out of the middle,” said first-year Grafton coach Jarrod Luedtke, whose team won the consolation title in the conference tournament.

“I look forward to coaching her again next year.”

Schacht (5-11) was chosen the Black Hawks’ most valuable player for her steady front-row work.

“Her consistent play and leadership will be difficult to replace next year,” Luedtke said.

Schacht and Gosewehr were crucial to a late-season run that carried Grafton to two match wins in WIAA Division 2 tournament play. The Hawks reached a regional final before falling to top-seeded Plymouth in a five-game match.

Despite the loss of Schacht, Luedtke is optimistic about his team’s chances next year.

“Although we will greatly miss our graduating seniors, we look forward to returning a very competitive team,” he said.

 
Wake-up call keeps Rockets on course PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 18:37

After slow start, CG-B dispatches Cambridge to keep state title hope alive


The Cedar Grove-Belgium football team advanced to the WIAA Division 5 state semifinals for the second time in four years Saturday, albeit after an inauspicious start.

On the way to a 26-13 win over host Cambridge, the Rockets lost a pooch kickoff to open the game and nearly lost another a short time later.HEAD COACH Chris Zablocki (right), his assistants and players celebrated a second-half touchdown during Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Division 5 quarterfinal win over Cambridge.                                      Photo by Sam Arendt

They lost a fumble on their first possession, committed two penalties on their second offensive series and punted.

Yet at the end of the first quarter, Cedar Grove-Belgium only faced a 6-0 deficit. The Rockets’ defense held firm after that, and the Blue Jays failed on several scoring chances.

“It’s amazing, and that’s just the perseverance of these young men,” said Rockets coach Chris Zablocki, whose team improved to 12-0.

Those young men include defensive back Nick Peterson, a senior co-captain who said he and his teammates never gave up.

“It could have been bad, but we have some strong players on D. We never look down on our offense or individual players,” Peterson said.

“We just play every play like it’s our last.”

The Rockets rallied to take a 7-6 lead by halftime and never trailed again. Now they’re just one game from playing for a state title at Camp Randall in Madison.

In a game with an undercard of Alex vs. Alex, Cedar Grove-Belgium junior Alex Giles outrushed Cambridge senior  Alex Resnick, 265 to 101 yards.

Resnick started the contest with more than 2,100 yards on the ground this season, and Giles had 1,956.

Both ran to a standoff in the first half, each accumulating about 50 yards. But the real Giles came out in the second half, when the tailback had 205 yards, including scoring runs of 63 and 45.

“They were looking to shut down our holes. I just had to run in, hit my hole fast, be patient and wait for the outside,” Giles said.

The 63-yard burst came on the Rockets’ first possession of the third quarter.

With Cedar Grove-Belgium backed up to its 6-yard line after a Cambridge punt, Giles ran five of six times on the drive. On the score, he bumped into his own lineman, made two tacklers miss and was off to the races.

Late in the third period, the Rockets got moving again, this time from their 25.

Giles caught his only pass of the game for nine yards and ran several times. On the final play of the period, quarterback T.J. Obbink completed a 28-yard pass to tight end Jon Herzog, who raced up the sideline to the Cambridge 36.

Giles then ran five times in a row, including two blasts out of the Rockets’ famous elephant formation in which offensive lineman Kyle Boehlen (280 pounds) moves to fullback and Alex May (283) replaces him on the line.

On second-and-8 from the 9, Obbink ran a bootleg with a run-pass option. With receivers covered and only blockers in front, the senior kept the ball and dived inside the left pylon for a touchdown.

The Rockets were up, 20-6, with 8:57 to play.

 
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