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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 23:44

Underclassmen lead way as Grafton girls race to 2nd at Cedarburg invitational

Youth continues to carry the day for the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team this season.

Propelled by strong finishes from underclassmen, the Black Hawks churned to runner-up honors at the annual Bulldog Invitational in Cedarburg last Saturday.LISA BORDEN helped Grafton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team to a first-place finish in a North Shore Conference meet against Whitefish Bay.                                   Photo by Sam Arendt

Freshman Rachel Hauer contributed to a pair of event victories by Grafton, winning the 100-yard breaststroke (in 1 minute, 12.35 seconds) and swimming on the first-place 200 medley relay team with Stephanie Haebig, Sam Senczyszyn and Caitlin Hanney (1:55.56).

In addition, the Hawks got second-place finishes from freshman Senczyszyn in the 200 individual medley (2:14.92) and 100 freestyle (55.14), junior Anna Hauer in the breaststroke (1:17.71) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Senczyszyn, Haebig, Rachel Hauer and Katelyn Gallun (1:45.5).

“We were very pleased with our overall performance. The girls are swimming well,” said Grafton coach Adan Burgos, whose team scored 426 points and trailed only the host Bulldogs (548).

“Cedarburg is a really tough team in our conference, so we knew they would be hard to beat.”

Brown Deer/University School was a distant third in the seven-team standings with 330 points, followed by Divine Savior Holy Angels (304), New Berlin Eisenhower and Racine Case (tied at 268) and West Bend East (132).

Cedarburg won five events and used its depth to pull away from the field. However, Grafton tightened its hold on second place with steady scoring.

The Hawks’ other top-five finishes included thirds by Rachel Hauer in the 100 butterfly (1:03.94) and Haebig in the 100 backstroke (1:04.64), a fourth from Haebig in the individual medley (2:22.36) and fifths by Katelyn Zarem in diving (288.2 points), Caitlin Hanney in the individual medley (2:25.81) and the 200 medley relay team of Emma Saunder, Anna Hauer, Kaitlyn Brooks and Lisa Borden (2:09.81).

 
Bulldogs feast on Port turnovers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 23:39

Cedarburg dodges upset bid in North Shore tussle by making Pirates pay for miscues


One of the key ingredients in the victory formula was missing last Friday for the Port Washington football team.PORT WASHINGTON DEFENSIVE BACK Joe Burbach (center) went high to break up a pass intended for a Cedarburg receiver during last Friday’s North Shore Conference game. Teammate Austin Gehrke looked on. Photo by Sam Arendt

The Pirates forgot to protect the ball.

Derailed by five interceptions and several defensive breakdowns, host Port saw its shot at upsetting Cedarburg fade into a 44-22 North Shore Conference loss.

“We preached all week that you can’t make mistakes, and we made them,” Port coach Tim Greisch said.

“We came out pretty sound and got some stops on defense. We played physical football, but we turned the ball over too much, and Cedarburg capitalized.”

After Roman Bailey scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, the Pirates pulled within 7-6. However, the Bulldogs — who improved their second-place NSC record to 5-1 — responded with three unanswered scores that put them ahead, 28-6, by intermission.

After Cedarburg was forced to punt on four of its first five possessions, it took control. Quarterback Joey Lepak scored on a 1-yard run, Joe Zuba picked off a pass by Taylor Devenport and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown, and Matt Johnson caught a 29-yard scoring pass from Lepak with 1 minute, 28 seconds left in the half.

By the break, the Bulldogs had four interceptions against Devenport. However, the senior also helped rally the Pirates in the second  half and finished 11-for-26 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

On Port’s second possession of the third quarter, Devenport connected on a 48-yard scoring pass to Marty Franzkowiak. Mick Clarke’s two-point conversion run pulled the Pirates within 28-14.

However, Cedarburg countered with two scores. After Kane  Kaiman’s 1-yard touchdown run capped a seven-play, 63-yard drive, Jason Seeke kicked a 48-yard field goal that put the Bulldogs up, 38-14, with 1:08 left in the third quarter.

“Our defense has struggled all season,” said Greisch, whose team fell to 1-5 in the conference and 2-6 overall.

 
Tourney title a booster shot for Port PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:41

Championship at Rocket Invitational gives soccer team a much-needed reprieve during tough season

In a long season marred by inconsistent play, the Port Washington boys’ soccer team got a much-needed shot of confidence last Saturday.

The Pirates captured first-place honors in the Rocket Invitational at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School.PORT WASHINGTON’S Mason Purtell tried to push past a pair of Omro players in a fight for the ball during Saturday’s Rocket Invitational. Port defeated Omro, 2-0, in the semifinals on the way to the tournament title.                        Photo by Sam Arendt

A 4-3 shootout victory over Two Rivers in the title match gave Port bragging rights in the eight-team tournament.

“We didn’t always play as well as we could have, but it was nice to win it,” said Port coach Mike Bultman, whose team improved to 5-12-1.

Regulation time in the title game ended with a 1-1 tie.

Port struck first when David Cornell scored off a cross from Eric Graf in the fifth minute. However, Two Rivers pulled even with a goal in the 32nd minute.

In the penalty-kick shootout, Port got goals from Cornell, Carlos Helmstedt, Dan Macek and Alex Becker.

The Pirates opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Ozaukee in the quarterfinals.

Alex Bello led the romp by scoring a hat trick and had two assists. Also scoring were Graf, Colin Kinzer, Marcos Rodriguez and Kyle Kinzler.

Contributing one assist apiece were James Klotz, Nick Kopp and Tyler Grisar.

In the semifinals, Port blanked Omro, 2-0.

Rodriguez provided the game-winning goal when he netted a header off a pass from Klotz in the 23rd minute. Mason Purtell added an insurance score in the 44th minute.

Other local teams trail field

Among other local teams in the tournament, Cedar Grove-Belgium placed sixth and Ozaukee was last.

The host Rockets opened play with a 3-0 loss to Omro, allowing two goals in the first half.

Injuries to top scorer Kyle Kirst and goalkeeper Chris Uselding helped leave Cedar Grove-Belgium short-handed for the tournament.

“We had trouble scoring goals, and the goals we gave up were definitely defensive breakdowns,” Rockets coach Eric Miller said.

Cedar Grove-Belgium bounced back to defeat Ozaukee, 1-0, in the consolation semifinals.

Freshman midfielder Stuart Friberg scored for the Rockets. They also got a solid effort from back-up goalkeeper Joe Schmidt, who “had a couple of big saves for us,” Miller said.

The Rockets’ day ended with a 3-0 loss to Living Word Lutheran in the fifth-place final.

After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, Lutheran pulled away with goals in the 42nd and 47th minutes.

Cedar Grove-Belgium finished the tournament with a 6-13-2 season mark.

After losing to Port and Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ozaukee finished the day with a 4-1 loss to Coulee Christian. The game was tied at 1-1 at halftime before Christian
moved ahead for good with a goal in the 30th minute.

 
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