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Hawks: Big plays highlight long-overdue win PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:11

None of this year’s Grafton High School football players remember the last time the Black Hawks beat Cedarburg.
They hadn’t been born yet.
But last Friday the Hawks made a new memory they can eventually share with their children and grandchildren for decades to come.
The Hawks last topped the Bulldogs on Oct. 18, 1996 — a 35-28 thriller in which Grafton scored the final 21 points.
Grafton left no doubt this time in North Shore Conference play, racking up nearly 500 yards of offense and picking off three passes during a 46-7 demolition in front of the packed stands for their homecoming game.
Orlowski catch 3 (CR) 4CPlayers grasped the historical significance of the victory moments after the game.
“It feels amazing, especially in my senior year. Great way to go out against Cedarburg,” senior two-way lineman Connor Ramsey said.
“This is the best feeling I’ve ever had. It’s so nice to pay back the seniors who have put so much time and work into the program,” junior Caden Knauer said. The tailback ran for a game-high 175 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
“The team just came together, man. All my seniors have been awesome,” second-year coach Shaun Behrend said.
Junior quarterback Brady Ward completed 14 of 16 passes for an 87.5% completion rate for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
The Black Hawks’ defense, led by senior hard-hitting linebacker and homecoming king John Kluck, held the Bulldogs to seven points in the first half and shut them out in the second.
“We had a really good game plan. Me and Joey Giorgi were just attacking at linebacker, so we knew they had to pass it and we have good defensive backs,” Kluck said.

Port volleyball team goes 1-2 in home tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:08

The Port Washington volleyball team lost in the semifinals of its home tournament last Saturday.
The Pirates fell to Campbellsport, 25-13, 25-22.
PW OZ VB 4C s1092317324“Overall the girls played well, and are learning new things. They are finding out they can do anything if they want it,” Port coach Mary Kay Heinz said.
Earlier in the day, Port lost to Ozaukee, 25-19, 25-23. The Pirates beat Mayville, 25-22, 21-25, 15-7.
This week, Port was scheduled to host Slinger on Tuesday and play at a tournament in Oostburg on Saturday.
Ozaukee beat Mayville, 25-20, 22-25, 15-11; and lost to the Milwaukee School of Languages, 25-23, 22-25, 15-8.
For the tournament, Sydnie Stadler had 14 kills and 27 digs. Rachel Liermann had 13 kills and 19 blocks. Loren Miller had 14 digs.
Cayleigh Ebersold had 34 assists, and Caryn Hamm had 19. Sam Kroeger had 15 digs.
On Sept. 19, Port lost to Hartford, 25-12, 25-11, 25-16. Kyra Baumann had 10 kills and Gretchen Lilly 23 assists.
Also on Sept. 19, Ozaukee beat Cedar Grove-Belgium, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 25-22.
Ozaukee’s Stadler had 13 kills and 10 digs. Hamm had 20 assist and Ebersold 15. Kroeger had 11 digs.
For the Rockets, Amanda Meerdink had 10 kills and Makenna Ferber had seven.   Megan Gonwa had 20 digs, and Jessica Rose had 14. Amy TenHaken had 12 assists.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was scheduled to play at Mishicot, host their own tournament Saturday and host Random Lake Oct. 3.
On Sept. 21, Ozaukee swept visiting North Fond du Lac, 25-20, 25-11 and 25-15.
Stadler had five kills and 11 digs.
Rachel Liermann missed just one of 13 service attempts with four aces and five blocks.
Naomi Smith was a perfect 10-of-10 at the service line and Izzy Richards recorded 11 digs to lead the defense.
Last week’s results allowed the Warriors to move ahead of .500 with a 13-12 overall match record.
Ozaukee visited Random Lake Tuesday and will host Mishicot Thursday in a homecoming week matchup.
On Oct. 3, the Warriors welcome Oostburg to town. Varsity action begins at 7 p.m.
Grafton’s volleyball team lost at Nicolet on Sept. 19, 28-26, 18-25, 25-16, 25-11.
The Black Hawks were scheduled to host Cedarburg Tuesday, play in an Oostburg tournament Saturday and play at Hartford on Oct. 3.

Big win, familiar reward for Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:08

By crushing Oostburg, Cedar Grove-Belgium clinches spot in WIAA football playoffs for 15th consecutive year

The Cedar Grove-Belgium football team is going back to the WIAA playoffs. Again.
The Rockets have made it 15 years straight qualifying for postseason, this time after shutting out their rivals, the Flying Dutchmen of Oostburg, 51-0, at home.
That puts the Rockets in select company — coach Dan Schreurs said among the top 10 in the state for active playoff qualifications.
“It’s quite an accomplishment,” he said.
But the Rockets have more on their minds.
“Obviously, we always look further than just making the playoffs,” Schreurs said.
On Friday, senior Bryce Morgan, filling in for tailback Chris Jentges, who has an injured thumb, ran over and around Oostburg for 152 yards in just six carries. He scored on runs of 19 and 87 yards, the latter from a 4-back position.
“It was a simple inside trap. He picked his way through the hole and broke it free,” Schreurs said.
Morgan added two interceptions. Schreurs said he doesn’t get tired, despite playing both ways.
“Pretty much wherever we put him, he performed again. Bryce is special,” he said.
Like in the 57-16 win over St. Mary Central the game before, the Rockets got up big early, 29-0 by the end of the first quarter.
“They were rip roarin’ ready to go,” Schreurs said.
“This is probably the best I’ve seen this team come out all season.”
Quarterback Jason von Heimburg only threw four times. He completed all his passes, three to his teammates for 90 yards and one to a Flying Dutchmen.
Wade Navis hung on across the middle after taking a shot while catching a ball on third and 13, and Michael Navis caught a 67-yard touchdown.
“We ran Navis on a slant route and Jason hit him right in stride. It couldn’t have been a better thrown ball,” Schreurs said.
Defensively, Oostburg ventured inside the red zone once, but Morgan shut that down with an interception.
Schreurs said his team told him they let up a little bit after going up, 29-0, and just like the game before, they were encouraged not to do so.
“We don’t want to give anyone the chance to get back into it,” Schreurs said.
Ben Anzia, who had another sharp game with 10 tackles, provided the defensive thrill of the night with a de-cleating stick, blasting through the line, picking up the ball carrier and sending him backward, Schreurs said.
The coach praised linebacker Cameron Kirst, who made a team-high 11 tackles, and the entire squad that held the Flying Dutchmen to less than 100 yards.
During the film session, “We were able to show everybody they did something good on defense,” he said.
By the middle of the third quarter, junior varsity took over and had its share of success. Alex Acevedo ran six times for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Cayden Fisher 10 times for 67 yards and a score.
“They had a blast out there, too,” Schreurs said.
Jentges, who had multiple 100-yard rushing games this year, hopes to return to his post this season. In the meantime, Schreurs is using him as a defensive back, adding experience to the backfield.
Besides postseason, the Rockets have a more immediate goal in sight: their first Big East Conference title since 2013.
One loss in each of the past three years derailed a conference crown, but this year the Rockets are undefeated at 5-0 with three games to play. Howards Grove is 5-1 and Hilbert/Stockbridge 4-1. The Rockets don’t play the former this season and host the latter for homecoming  Oct. 6.
Schreurs said he hopes something changes with the conference. There are too many teams for everyone to play each other.
“It would be nice to play Howards again. It’s unfortunate,” he said.
Regardless, one of the Rockets’ goals is a Big East title. They play at Reedsville (3-2 Big East) this Friday, host Hilbert/Stockbridge next Friday and play at Random Lake (2-3) on Oct. 13.
“We can’t back down. We can’t be complacent. It’s ours to lose at this point,” Schreurs said.

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