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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

CG-B girls’ team races to 4th place in Division 3 meet; Holle leads Rocket boys

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ cross-country team didn’t reach the medals podium after a brutally tough WIAA Division 3 state meet last Saturday, but it easily cracked the top four.

Led by senior Kiera Depies and sophomore Molly Ison, the Rockets scored 142 points, good for fourth place in a 16-team field. THE CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM girls’ cross-country team raced to fourth place in the WIAA Division 3 state meet Saturday. Members included (from left) Chloe Paul, Molly Ison, Lily Paul, Jericho Duenk, Kiera Depies, Maria Schueller and Tammi Del Ponte. Photo courtesy of Les Paul

Oshkosh Lourdes won the championship with 57 points, and St. Mary Springs (72) and Darlington (118) rounded out the top three.

This marks the third time in the last four years the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls finished in the top six in the state meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Their best efforts were second-place honors in 2007 and 2009.

“We had a good day,” Rockets coach Les Paul said of his team’s performance Saturday.

“We have run solid the last part of the season, and this was no different. We had hoped for a higher finish, but the competition ran very well.”

Depies crossed the finish line with a 4,000-meter time of 15 minutes, 54.9 seconds, good for 12th place among runners on full teams and 20th overall. She took 11th at state the two previous seasons.

Ison, who came on strong late in the season, was right behind at 15:55.5, good for 13th in team scoring and 21st overall.

Among other Cedar Grove-Belgium scoring runners, junior Tammi Del Ponte (16:33.96) placed 25th (53rd overall), freshman Lily Paul (16:58.29) was 39th (74th) and sophomore Jericho Duenk (17:13.79) was 53rd (90th).

Also for the Rockets, junior Chloe Paul (17:23.75) was 60th (99th) and junior Maria Schueller (18:10.36) was 84th (123rd).

“These girls worked hard and made every practice count,” coach Paul said.

The team is looking forward to another strong season in 2012, losing only Depies to graduation.

The Division 3 girls’ state individual champion was University Lake School’s Molly Seidel, who raced to her fourth straight title in 13:39.59.

Holle leads CG-B boys

Senior Alex Holle led a pair of Cedar Grove-Belgium boys who qualified for the state meet by finishing 10th with a 5,000-meter time of 16:48.89.

Teammate Michael Merritt, a junior,  was 48th (17:53.82).

Holle was making his third straight state appearance after placing ninth last year and 25th in 2009.

“Alex ran so strong here at the end of the season. He ran great in a super fast top-10 group,” coach Paul said.

Merritt “earned his spot and ran strong with much hope for going up the ladder next year,” Paul added.

Tyson Miehe of Darlington won the Division 3 individual title in 16:02.14.

Overall, it was a solid finale to another strong season by the Rockets.

“It has been a privilege to coach these kids,” Paul said.

“They are great kids with super supportive families, and it has made this a great season.”

 
Hawks 5th, Port 7th in NSC pool final PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:05

Grafton girls make most of short-handed lineup in meet dominated by Dogs


A runner-up effort in diving set the pace for the Grafton girls’ swimming team at last week’s North Shore Conference meet in Cedarburg.KATELYN GALLUN helped the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team to a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the North Shore Conference meet.                       Photo by Sam Arendt

Senior Katelyn Zarem led the Black Hawks with a second-place score of 342.1 points in her specialty, trailing only Cedarburg’s Kelsie Hall, who had 378.8.

Close behind was Port Washington junior Hayley Seitz, whose third-place effort of 340.6 points was her squad’s top finish.

Cedarburg won the overall title with 431 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Homestead (394.5) in the eight-team meet, which began with diving Thursday and concluded with swimming Saturday.

Whitefish Bay was third (368.5), followed by Nicolet (245), Grafton (232), Germantown (202), Port Washington (88) and Milwaukee Lutheran (73).

Besides piling up points with their depth, the host Bulldogs won seven of the meet’s 12 events. Leading the way was freshman Jessica Short with victories in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke.

Grafton’s next-best finishes were thirds by sophomore Stephanie Haebig in the 100 backstroke (with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 2.5 seconds) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Lisa Borden, Kaitlyn Brooks, Caitlin Hanney and Haebig (3:56.31).

Rounding out the Hawks’ top-six efforts were fifths by Haebig in the 200 freestyle (2:02.89), Hanney in the individual medley (2:21.91) and the 200 freestyle team of Haebig, Rachel Hauer, Borden and Katelyn Gallun (1:48.45) and sixths by Hanney in the 100 backstroke (1:04.91), Rachel Hauer in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.55) and the 200 medley team of Hanney, Rachel Hauer, Anna Hauer and Gallun (2:02.35).

Grafton was limited by the absence of freshman standout Sam Senczyszyn, who missed the meet to take part in a session at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Senczyszyn was invited to participate as a nationally ranked swimmer in her age group. 

“We missed Sam, but she had a great opportunity,” Grafton coach Adan Burgos said. “She would have scored 30 to 40 points for us, so we would have easily taken fourth place.

“But we still did well with the girls we had. We had a lot of good swims in a meet that has a lot of tough teams.” 

Port’s other top finishes included a sixth from Claire Kinzer in diving (303 points), seventh from the 200 freestyle team of Kelsey Zeman, Mary Nuedling, Dana Grady and Alex Anderson (1:58.22) and eighth from Anderson in the 100 butterfly (1:09.88).

This weekend, Grafton and Port will participate in a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet at Plymouth High School.

Diving will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by swimming at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sectional winners in each event will qualify for the state meet in Madison on Nov. 11 along with the next 12 best finishes from all sectionals statewide.

Most of Grafton’s top performers this year reached the state level last season, including Zarem in diving and Hanney, Borden and Haebig in swimming.

Burgos, whose team finished 13th in the 2010 state meet, also expects Senczyszyn and Rachel Hauer to join the qualifying list.

“Our team goal is to qualify eight or nine individual swims, a diver and three relays,” he said.

Port’s 2010 state qualifiers were Seitz and Kinzer in diving.

 
Big quarter, no sweat for Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 21:30

Third-period mauling of Lomira in playoff opener propels CG-Belgium into football rematch with St. Joseph on Friday


If there was any doubt the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets were going to score a decisive first-round win in the WIAA football playoffs last Friday, one quarter ended the suspense.TAILBACK ALEX GILES spun past a Lomira defender for a long gain in Cedar Grove-Belgium’s opening-round playoff win last Friday. Giles, a junior, rushed for a game-high 205 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns.                    Photo by Sam Arendt

After muscling its way to a 16-0 lead over Lomira by halftime, host Cedar Grove-Belgium exploded for a 28-point third period that turned a mild mystery into a full-fledged mauling.

For Rockets coach Chris Zablocki, the impressive 47-0 victory in a Division 6 opener was the product of well-executed design — and a defense that forced seven turnovers, including six interceptions.

“We expected Lomira to come at us hard in the first half,” he said. “They’re a good football team that plays in a good conference (the Flyway).

“They had some good schemes and showed us some new wrinkles early in the game. But we made some adjustments at halftime and went out and got the job done.”

Job done indeed.

Cedar Grove-Belgium, which advances  to a second-round game this Friday against Kenosha St. Joseph, improved to 10-0. The Rockets were so dominant in the third quarter that Lomira (5-5) managed just six offensive plays.

Aided by three Lomira turnovers, the Rockets needed only 16 offensive snaps to score four touchdowns in rapid succession.

After receiving a kickoff to start the period, Cedar Grove-Belgium capped a 67-yard, seven-play drive with Hunter Buechler’s 2-yard touchdown plunge.

Tailback Alex Giles rushed for 65 of his game-high 205 yards on the march.

Linebacker Jon Herzog’s interception set up the next score, a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback T.J. Obbink to wideout Nick Peterson.

After defensive back Jake Prinsen picked off another pass, the Rockets needed five plays to find the end zone. Buechler did the honors with a 6-yard run.

Lomira’s generosity continued on its third possession, which ended with a first-play fumbled snap. Chris Peszko recovered at the Lions’ 29 for Cedar Grove-Belgium, which needed one snap for another touchdown.

Giles raced down the left sideline and cut past two defenders off a block from Buechler for a score that punctuated the rout.

An extra point by Josh Ruppel, who also kicked two field goals in the game, gave the Rockets a 44-0 lead.

Herzog and Prinsen each finished the night with two interceptions, and Koopman and Keller had one apiece.

Zablocki said the third-quarter underscored a key to success for this team this season: forcing turnovers and cashing in on the miscues.

“The defense has been able to do that all year,” he said.

“On offense, we were able to capitalize on Lomira’s aggressiveness. They were blitzing the gaps and trying to stop the run up the middle, but that opened things up outside for us.”

Zablocki also praised his team’s offensive line, which had to regroup after losing standout guard Brandon Miles to a season-ending injury the previous week.

“Kyle Boehlen stepped in for Brandon and did very well,” he said.

Although the Rockets were never seriously threatened, they had a relatively slow first half. Their lone offensive touchdown came with 8:58 left on a 71-yard pass from Obbink to Giles, who slipped behind the Lomira secondary for a wide-open catch and run.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other scores came on a 33-yard interception return by Koopman and a 22-yard field goal by Ruppel.

“We have some things that we can improve on, like communication,” Zablocki said.

Even so, there were many more positives than negatives for the Rockets, who posted their fifth shutout of the season.

“I didn’t expect us to have such a big win in our first playoff game, especially with a team of Lomira’s ability,” Zablocki said.

“It’s a tribute to how hard our players and coaching staff have worked this season.”

 
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