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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:54

With gutsy win over rival CG-Belgium in sectional final, Ozaukee soccer team earns long-awaited trip to final four

The four-year goal of Ozaukee High School seniors Erika Karrels, Katie Bares and Micaela Burns has finally been realized.

The Warriors are going to state in girls’ soccer after a nail-biting, air-gasping, 1-0 win over rival Cedar Grove-Belgium in a WIAA Division 3 sectional title game last Saturday at
New Holstein.

“It feels awesome. Four years of hard work finally paid off,” said Karrels, a goalkeeper who made nine saves.

The Warriors mobbed each other after the game clock expired and were soon joined by parents, family and friends in hugs and high fives, often through tears of joy. Several players said the team’s camaraderie has been key this season.

“It’s indescribable,” said junior forward Natalie Clark, who scored the game’s only goal. “It’s the best feeling in the world, and we have the best bond in the world.”

“It’s unreal. I can’t even explain it,”  said freshman Emily Janke, who assisted on Clark’s score.

“We all have each other’s backs,” Karrels said. “I’m so proud of everyone.”

Across the field, Cedar Grove-Belgium players hugged each other as well, but with sobs of sorrow. They controlled the ball for most of the game and had numerous scoring opportunities but just couldn’t put a ball into the net.

Hit-and-run Hawks: PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:52

Grafton baseball team pummels St. Francis after struggling at plate in two NSC losses

A hard-hitting attack gave the Grafton High School baseball team some respite last Saturday.

After having its bats quieted in two North Shore Conference losses earlier in the week, the Black Hawks hammered St. Francis, 17-2, in a nonconference win.

Besides collecting 11 hits, host Grafton received nine walks from a trio of pitchers.

“Once we knocked their starter out, St. Francis wasn’t quite as deep,” Grafton coach Brian Durst said.

“We scored in every inning. I liked our approach at the plate.”

The Black Hawks raced to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, tacked on three runs in the second and two runs in the third, and finished with an eight-run fourth.

Leading the offensive surge were 2-for-2 efforts by Will Birch (with four RBI), Al Nennig (three RBI) and Tristan Meyer (two RBI).

Sweep gives Warriors a jump in CLC wars PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:49

Doubleheader success puts Ozaukee baseball team at 4-0 in conference games

Don’t look now, but the Ozaukee Warriors have suddenly become a serious title threat in Central Lakeshore Conference baseball.

After opening the season with a pair of nonconference losses, coach Bob Kiefer’s squad turned things around quickly in CLC play.

Last week, Ozaukee won its first four league games, including a 15-5, 15-5 doubleheader sweep of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Friday.

In each contest, the Warriors pounded out 15 hits and used a monster frame to take control. A seven-run fourth inning highlighted their first win, followed by a 10-run fourth in the nightcap.

“Elkhart Lake is a very young team this year, and we had some big innings against them,” said Kiefer, whose team improved to 4-2 overall. “We did a great job of staying disciplined at the plate.”

In the first game, Ozaukee held a 5-4 lead after three innings and won the game on the mercy rule in the sixth. Highlighting the Warriors’ big fourth was a three-run double by Lee Wysocki.

For the game, Zach Beck led Ozaukee with a 3-for-3 effort. Adding two hits apiece were Wysocki, Jake Wolff, Joe Nick and Joe Schauer.

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