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Black Hawks go deep in All-NSC vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:26

Lukas brothers, Sternig earn first-team berths while other Grafton, Port players also receive recognition

After having three baseball players named to the All-North Shore Conference first team for the first time last year, the Grafton Black Hawks didn’t wait long to match that mark.

Coach Brian Durst’s team capped another solid season by receiving a trio of top individual honors in this year’s coaches’ voting.

First baseman Nate Lukas, outfielder Bryan Sternig and utility player Adam Lukas all landed on the first team.

Adding to the Hawks’ postseason haul were a second-team award for outfielder Will Birch and honorable mentions for infielder Brad Parsons and designated hitter Bryce Fisk.

“We had to have team success before we could get the individual honors, and we did that,” said Durst, whose team shared third place in the 10-team conference with a 12-6 record.

“It’s really rewarding to receive that kind of recognition.”

Each of the first-team Hawks piled up lofty offensive numbers.

Nate Lukas, a senior who made the top squad in a utility role last year, batted .500, sharing second place in the NSC with Sternig. Their single-season, team-record average trailed only Slinger’s Thomas Lofy, who hit .535.

As Grafton’s clean-up hitter, Lukas posted a .761 slugging percentage and drove in a league-high 26 runs. He had four doubles, a triple and two homers.

His .629 slugging mark topped the conference.

“Nate gave us tremendous production in the middle of our lineup,” Durst said.

“He really worked on the offensive aspect of his game and topped his numbers from last year. Teams ended up pitching around him.”

 
It’s déjà vu for Holland Fest’s fleetest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:23

Williams, Zwagerman successfully defend their 10K championships at 35th annual Cedar Grove event

It was déjà vu for the fastest finishers at the 35th annual Holland Fest Run in Cedar Grove last Saturday.

Successfully defending their titles in the 10-kilometer races were Jordan Williams of Oostburg and Jenny Zwagerman of Champaign, Ill.

Williams topped the men’s field on his way to the overall championship with a time of 33 minutes, 24 seconds.

Taking second in the men’s race was Alex Holle of Cedar Grove in 34:27.

Zwagerman won the women’s 10K race in 39:47. The runner-up was Marina Paul of Cedar Grove in 41:21.

More than 450 runners and 100 walkers took to the streets for this year’s events, which also included a two-mile run and two-mile walk.

Cedar Grove native Tony Teunissen of Belvidere, Ill., won the men’s two-mile race in 10:12. His wife Shannon Teunissen won the women’s two-mile race in 11:20.

Runners and walkers followed a course that started at Independence Park and continued through the village and on surrounding roads.

A summary of the top finishers in each race follows.

 
Wichmann powers way to All-CLC award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:22

Hard-hitting junior joined by fellow Ozaukee players Beck, McConnell on top Central Lakeshore star team

Opposing pitchers must be figuring out a few things when it comes to facing Jeremy Wichmann on the baseball diamond.

After surrendering hits to the Ozaukee High School slugger at a .482 clip last season, they held him to a .395 mark this summer.

Even so, the dip in batting average didn’t keep Wichmann from powering his way to All-Central Lakeshore Conference first-team honors for the second straight year.

All the junior first baseman did was lead the league in hits (30), slugging percentage (.750), doubles (11), homers (4) and runs batted in (34), earning a unanimous nod from coaches in first-team voting.

“Jeremy is the best hitter I’ve had in the four years I’ve coached here,” Ozaukee coach Bob Kiefer said.

“And he’s one of the best power hitters I’ve ever coached. He had another outstanding season.”

Wichmann’s power and athleticism  made him the leader on a young Ozaukee squad that placed fourth in the seven-team CLC with an 8-10 record. He hit safely in 22 of Ozaukee’s 25 games overall.

In addition to his infield duties, Wichmann was the Warriors’ top pitcher. He posted a modest 2-6 record but allowed only 29 hits in 44-1/3 innings and had a 3.16 earned-run average.

Wichmann is one of five players who were unanimous first-team selections in the coaches’ voting. That group also includes Ozaukee catcher Zac Beck, who was joined on the top squad by the Warriors’ Mitch McConnell as an infielder.

Beck, a senior, hit .373 with seven doubles and eight RBI. He led Ozaukee with a .462 on-base percentage and scored 17 runs.

“Last year, Zac improved defensively, and this year he was better on offense,” Kiefer said.

 
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