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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 18:34

Freshman’s double win paces Grafton at sectional; five local divers earn trips


High expectations don’t usually accompany freshmen making their first appearances in state competition.GRAFTON SENIOR Caitlyn Hanney qualified for this week’s WIAA Division 2 state meet in one individual event and as a member of two relay teams.                                                                         Photo by Sam Arendt

But Grafton’s Sam Senczyszyn is anything but your typical first-year high school swimmer.

Besides leading the Black Hawks with two individual state-qualifying performances at a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet in Plymouth last Saturday, Senczyszyn has emerged as a title favorite in each race.

She won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.94 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.39, defeating state record holder Kate Criter of Plymouth in the latter event. Criter was second in 1:04.37.

Senczyszyn had the fastest Division 2 qualifying times in her victories and was also a member of two state-qualifying, fifth-place relay teams.

The 200 medley team of Caitlin Hanney, Senczyszyn, Rachel Hauer and Kaitlyn Gallun (1:53.4) advanced, as did the 400 freestyle team of Hanney, Katelyn Brooks, Stephanie Haebig and Senczyszyn (3:44.71).

“Sam definitely had a great meet,” said Grafton coach Adan Burgos, whose team emerged from a tough sectional field with eight individual qualifying performances and two qualifying relays.

“To go into the state meet seeded first in two events is impressive.”

 
Versatility gives soccer players All-NSC nod PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 18:27

Grafton’s Pilarski, Wilde earn 2nd-team honors along with Port’s Bello, Helmstedt


Versatility abounds among local soccer players receiving All-North Shore Conference honors this fall.Alex Lorbecki

Singled out for their all-around skills, Grafton’s Wolfgang Pilarski and Jacob Wilde and Port Washington’s Alex Bello and Carlos Helmstedt were named to the all-league second team in a recent vote of coaches.

Pilarski and Bello both excelled in the midfield, where they sparked their teams’ transition games. Besides providing steady defense, they used their playmaking skills to score and set up teammates.

Pilarski, a junior, had nine goals and five assists for a Grafton squad whose 12-7-1 overall record included a 4-3 mark in conference play.

 
Another big step toward the prize PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:16

With dominant 2nd half, CG-Belgium knocks out St. Joseph, moves closer in quest for Division 5 title

Forget about slow starts.

When it comes to strong finishes — where it really counts — no one has had anything on the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team this season.A BROKEN-UP PASS sent Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Nick Peterson over the top of a Kenosha St. Joseph player during a WIAA Division 2 playoff game last Friday.  Photo by Sam Arendt

Brushing aside a spotty first half in which Kenosha St. Joseph stayed within striking distance, the host Rockets powered their way to a 57-17 win in the second round of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs last Friday.

Standout performances abounded for undefeated Cedar Grove-Belgium, which dominated the second half by a 35-0 tune and advanced to a state quarterfinal game this weekend against Cambridge (see related story).

The Rockets, who piled up 412 yards in total offense and forced five St. Joseph turnovers, got another big game from tailback Alex Giles. The junior rushed for a game-high 179 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

Fullback Hunter Buechler added 72 yards rushing on 12 carries and had a two-point conversion run.

Quarterback T.J. Obbink was just 3-for-7 passing but each completion went for a touchdown.

Perhaps the brightest star was Jon Herzog, a senior who excelled as a tight end and linebacker. Besides catching all three of Obbink’s touchdown pitches — from 18, 35 and 42 yards out — Herzog capped the scoring with a 24-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

“Jon had a fantastic game,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Chris Zablocki said.

“He touched the ball four times and scored four touchdowns. You can’t do much better than that.

“He’s one of those players who knows their assignments, does their job and responds when their number is called.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium, which improved to 11-0, was facing St. Joseph (8-3) for the second time this year. The Rockets had some trouble in a season-opening game against the Lancers before pulling away in the second half for a 35-14 victory.

The rematch had a similar tone. St. Joseph scored first on a 78-yard touchdown run by Chris Madden and pulled within 22-17 when Ryan Casey threw a 66-yard scoring pass to James Battley late in the half.

“This game reminded me of the first time we played them,” Zablocki said.

“Kenosha St. Joe’s came out and caught us off guard with a good offensive call, and the game was back and forth for the first half. But after that, we made some adjustments at halftime.

“The great thing about our kids was that they responded when they knew the game was on the line. We stuck to our game plan and didn’t panic.”

The Rockets’ renaissance included a 21-0 run in the third quarter. The surge, which put them ahead, 43-17, started when linebacker Darren Koopman picked off a pass by Casey and returned the ball to the Lancers’ 35.

On the next play, Obbink faked a handoff with St. Joseph’s defenders crowding the line and lofted a touchdown pass over the middle to a wide-open Herzog.

Before the period ended, Nick Peterson scored on a 41-yard run and Giles added a 24-yard touchdown burst.

The fourth quarter was all Herzog, starting with his third scoring catch.

Zablocki said the use of a two-platoon system helped keep the Rockets fresh for their second-half punch.

“We’re very fortunate with our numbers that our lines don’t have to go both ways,” he said.

“Our game plan has allowed us to wear teams down in the second half.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s defense buckled down after surrendering most of the Lancers’ yardage in the opening half.

Madden’s early scoring burst was the first rushing touchdown the Rockets allowed this season. However, after gaining 90 yards on his first two carries, Madden had just 38 yards on his last 15 attempts.

Casey’s passing provided 166 of the Lancers’ 305 yards of total offense, but he completed only nine of 33 attempts against the Rockets’ relentless pressure and threw four interceptions.

 
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