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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:21

Freshman talent blends with veteran leadership as Grafton/Cedarburg team vaults way to 5th place at state

A remarkable season came to a rewarding close for the Grafton/Cedarburg gymnastics team at the WIAA Division 1 state meet last Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

It had been 13 years since the co-op squad qualified for state competition and longer than that since it cracked the top five at the meet.


Check both off the list.


Grafton/Cedarburg placed fifth out of 10 teams with 140.7 points, its second-highest total of the season, and did so with three freshmen.


“This is a huge accomplishment for our team, and it shows a very promising future for the gymnasts,” Grafton/Cedarburg coach Ali Pfeiffer said.


“The girls had an amazing meet, and everyone on the team reached some of their season-high scores.”


Freshman Maddie Gleed scored 9.083 on the balance beam, her season high.


The team leader in the vault was freshman Sami Koppa with a 9.267 mark.

 
Springs’ surge too much for Warriors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:19

Big 2nd half by St. Mary’s ends tournament trail for Ozaukee basketball team

A second-half rally by a defensive-minded foe ended the Ozaukee girls’ basketball season last Saturday.

After battling top-seeded St. Mary’s Springs on even terms for 2-1/2 quarters, the Warriors couldn’t keep pace down the stretch and were handed a 49-32 loss in a WIAA Division 4 regional final in Fond du Lac.


The Warriors advanced to the championship contest with a home win over Wayland Academy the previous night.


On Saturday, Ozaukee trailed early and faced an 11-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter.


Katie Bares’ three-point basket at the end of the half — on a shot that bounced off the rim twice before going through the net — pulled the Warriors within 20-17.


But in the second half, Springs picked up its offensive effort and used stifling defensive pressure that the Warriors weren’t able to handle.

 
Do you believe in Black Hawk magic? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:25

Never-say-die Grafton boys embrace underdog role on way to eye-opening regional title

Tournament championships in boys’ basketball have been a rare commodity at Grafton High School the past few years.

Make that during the current millennium.

Ending an 19-year drought, the Black Hawks stormed their way to a WIAA Division 2 regional title last Saturday by upsetting host Waupun, 56-51.

After taking a 10-point lead into halftime, Grafton shook off a shaky third quarter to secure the crown — their first in boys’ hoops since 1994.

“It’s really amazing. Our guys are playing with a lot of confidence,” said Hawks coach Bob Maronde, whose team continued a late-season roll by notching its fourth straight win.

“Right now, they’re believing that they can beat any team anywhere.”

After last weekend, Grafton has good reason to buy into that credo. The sixth-seeded Hawks opened some eyes by defeating No. 3 Nicolet in a quarterfinal game Friday to set the stage for a bigger road win the next night.

 
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