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Beat goes on for Grafton girls — all the way to the top PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:36

Improved Lady Hawks race to title at Owl Invite; Grafton takes 3rd in boys’ field

A season of steady improvement carried the Grafton girls’ cross-country team to the top at the Owl Invitational in Slinger on Sept. 29.POSING WITH THEIR championship trophy at the Owl Invitational in Slinger were members of the Grafton girls’ cross-country team — from left, Rachel Ruona, Katie Boehm, Jamie Karrels, Amber Ducheny, Megan Pawlak and Catherine Lundgren.                            Photo by Carla Karrels

After turning in strong finishes at several earlier meets, the Black Hawks led the pack this time with an impressive showing in which all five of their scoring runners placed in the top 10 of the Division 1 field.

Amber Ducheny set the pace for Grafton, whose 33 points were 11 fewer than runner-up Slinger in an eight-team field. The junior had a second-place time of 16 minutes, 1.47 seconds on a rain-soaked, 4,000-meter course, trailing only Slinger’s Taylor Clyse (14:53.04) among 57 runners.

The Hawks’ other scoring efforts came from Jamie Karrels in fourth (16:30.23), Katie Boehm in eighth (16:52.16), Rachel Ruona in ninth (16:52.66) and Megan Pawlak in 10th (16:53.1).

Grafton’s other runner was Catherine Lundgren, who placed 23rd (17:56.93).

“The conditions were wet and soggy, but the girls ran very well,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.

“We went into the meet thinking we had a chance to beat Slinger, but we didn’t expect to have that kind of a score.”

Pack running helped give the Hawks the edge, particularly among their third through fifth runners, Kriegel noted.

Grafton also got a solid showing in the boys’ portion of the meet, placing third out of seven Division 1 teams.

Running with a complete lineup for the first time this season, the Hawks scored 77 points and trailed only champion Waupun (40) and Slinger (50).

Sophomore Patrick Tobianski led Grafton with a 5,000-meter time of 18:07.9, good for sixth out of 56 runners.

Also for the Hawks, Jacob Woolf finished seventh (18:08.34), followed by Steven Duarte in 18th (19:011.1), Adam Kahmann in 21st (19:15.21) and Connor Amundson in 21st (19:29.06).

 
Special teams make Warriors’ night special PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:34

Two kickoff returns for touchdowns pave way to homecoming win over Tigers

A couple of weeks ago, Ozaukee High School football coach Jim Lippe was concerned about the inconsistent play of his special teams.OZAUKE’S DEVON LINZENMEYER rushed for 272 yards and scored four touchdowns in his team’s win over Howards Grove last Friday.                                 Photo by Sam Arendt

That concern became a thing of the past last Friday, though, when the Warriors returned a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in a 34-20 win over Howards Grove.

The homecoming victory improved Ozaukee’s Central Lakeshore Conference record to 3-1, good for a second-place tie with Oostburg.

“We had a nice game offensively and defensively and got two kickoff returns,” said Lippe, whose team is 5-2 overall.

“It was really nice. We’ve been working hard on our kickoffs, and it was good to see that we had some success with it.”

The Warriors wasted no time making a big special-teams statement when Hunter Hess took the opening kickoff and raced 85 yards for the first of their three touchdowns in the first period.

After Devon Linzenmeyer broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run, Ozaukee owned a 14-0 lead.

Howards Grove responded with a 5-yard scoring run by Cole McGraw with just 52 seconds left in the quarter, but the Warriors quickly got another big play from Linzenmeyer that put them back in control.

On the ensuing kickoff, the senior duplicated Hess’ effort by fielding the ball and sprinting 85 yards to a touchdown. Ethan Brouillette kicked the third of his four extra points in the game, and Ozaukee owned a 21-6 edge.

Before the night ended, Linzenmeyer tacked on two more touchdowns — on a 5-yard run in the second period and a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter.

His final score gave the Warriors a 34-12 lead.

Linzenmeyer finished with another huge offensive night, rushing for a game-high 272 yards on 32 carries. He averaged  8.5 yards per rush and also completed three of eight passes for 65 yards, all caught by Steve Street.

 
Long night in the trenches PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:16

Bay’s relentless rushing leaves Port searching for answers after tough loss

When the Port Washington Pirates grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first quarter last Friday, it appeared they might be on their way to a pleasant night of North Shore Conference football.A COLLISION WITH a Whitefish Bay defender kept Port Washington tight end Zach Hauser from making a catch in Friday’s game.

So much for first impressions.

After ripping off a 12-play, 74-yard drive for a touchdown on their opening possession, the host Pirates saw their bid for a win over Whitefish Bay fade into a long series of frustrations.

Unleashing a methodical rushing attack, Bay dominated the rest of the game and pulled away for a 41-6 victory.

The Blue Dukes’ speedy backfield — led by the trio of Rashadeem Gray, Deontaye Brown and Julian Posey — piled up 415 yards and four touchdowns rushing on 48 carries. Gray led the way with a game-high 150 yards and two scores.

“We had great difficulty with their speed,” Port coach Tim Greisch said. “They kept running the ball, and we couldn’t stop them enough when we had to.”

Bay — which outgained the Pirates, 472-135, in total yardage — had trouble of its own early in the game.

After taking the opening kickoff, Port faced little resistance reaching the end zone. Quarterback Taylor Devenport capped the Pirates’ first series by throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Hauser on a third-and-14 play midway through the first period.

But Bay needed less than three minutes to move ahead for good. A 17-yard touchdown sprint by Gray was followed by the first of six extra points by Colin Downing, and the Dukes owned a 7-6 lead.

The Pirates struggled offensively the rest of the night, with six of their next 10 possessions ending in punts. The other times, they gave the ball up twice on interceptions and twice on downs.

Beating Port’s defense up the middle on quick bursts and to the edges on counter plays, Bay used its running game to take control. By halftime, the Dukes added a 57-yard touchdown run by Gray and two field goals by Downing, including a 22-yarder with five seconds left in the second quarter, and held a 20-6 lead.

The Pirates toughened their defense in the third period, forcing Bay to punt twice and turn the ball over on downs on its first three possessions. However, Port couldn’t get its own offense on track and failed to pick up a first down in the second half.

“We’re kind of tired of being one block away or one missed assignment from making the big play,” Greisch said

“Good teams can’t do that. We’ve just got to do a better job.”

Field position was not in the Pirates’ favor. On average, Bay’s possessions started at its 46, while Port started at its 27.

After taking a 27-6 lead into the fourth quarter, the Dukes sealed the win with two insurance touchdowns.

Bay improved to 2-2 in NSC play and 3-3 overall while Port fell to 1-3 in the league and 2-4 overall.

The Pirates had few offensive highlights, though Devenport managed to complete eight of 19 passes for 126 yards. Hauser had three catches for 64 yards.

Port will try to bounce back this Friday when it travels to Germantown for a 7 p.m. game — the second in a run of three tough NSC contests that concludes against Cedarburg on Oct. 7.

“I said before the season started that this would be our toughest three games in a row by far,” Greisch said.

“We just have to keep working and find a way to play better. It doesn’t get any easier, but we have to be ready.”

 
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