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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:59

Fast start can’t save Express as Lakes season ends with 9-1 loss to Cedarburg in Northern Division final

The Grafton Express knew they were underdogs entering a Land O’ Lakes baseball showdown with Cedarburg last weekend.

Early in a Northern Division playoff final Saturday, that didn’t seem to matter to an upset-minded team that jumped to a 1-0 lead over host Cedarburg.

But the suspense quickly ended when the Mercs scored three runs in the third inning and continued to pull away for a 9-1 victory that sent them into the league’s grand championship playoffs.

Cedarburg, which finished two games ahead of Grafton in the Northern Division during the regular season, had the benefit of two home games against the Express in last weekend’s division playoff final.

Thanks to Saturday’s win, the Mercs didn’t need a second contest.

Grafton started fast with a first-inning run on back-to-back triples by Max Pruefer and Robbie Doring.

However, Cedarburg pitcher Taylor Piel settled down and retired the next eight batters he faced. Piel went the distance, scattering seven hits.

In the third, the Mercs did all the scoring they needed.

Nick Boehnlein started the rally with an infield hit and scored on Brandon Nedoma’s single. John VandenBerg followed with an RBI double and scored on Ross Zahour’s single to put Cedarburg up, 3-1.

Hawks eager to make waves again PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:57

With bounty of state-level performers on board, Grafton girls set their sights on top honors in Div. 2 swim battles

If you thought the Grafton girls’ team finishing third at the 2012 WIAA Division 2 state swimming and diving meet was a surprise, get ready for another
eye opener.

Armed with talent up and down their lineup, the Black Hawks are poised to make a bigger splash this fall.

“We are really looking forward to this season. We did pretty well at the state meet, but we think we could do even better this time,” said coach John
Douglass, who enters his second year at Grafton.

“We lost a few seniors to graduation and some from our 200 freestyle relay, but other than that, we’ve got everyone back. We’re excited.”

New coach, new outlook for Rockets PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:54

Mortag takes over helm as CG-Belgium soccer team tries to regain winning form, climb ranks in conference

With its third coach in the last two seasons now on board, the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer team may have finally found some stability on the sideline.

The Rockets will also have plenty of talent on the field.

First-year coach Chris Mortag is optimistic about his team’s chances of transforming a 7-14-2 finish last year into a winning mark this fall and moving into the upper echelon of the Central Lakeshore Conference.

“We have a lot of good, young players,” said Mortag, who played soccer at Cardinal Stritch University and coaches with the Port Washington Soccer Club.

“Last year, it was a senior-led team. This season, we have good seniors again with more juniors and younger kids.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium changed coaches midway through the 2012 season on the way to a 5-7 CLC record and a first-round defeat in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.

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