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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:27

Grafton, Port boys get two wins apiece but can’t escape bottom half of conference meet standings

A thin margin of error took its toll on the Grafton and Port Washington boys’ track and field teams at the North Shore Conference indoor meet April 10.

Despite having several first-place finishes and scoring in a variety of events, both squads found themselves in the bottom half of the final standings.

The depth of opponents — most notably champion Homestead and runner-up Whitefish Bay — was too much to overcome.

“It was disappointing for us,” said Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel, whose team placed sixth in the eight-team meet at Bay with 58.5 points.

“We were within eight points of third place, so we could have done a lot better. There were a number of events we could have scored more in.”

Grafton, which finished just ahead of Port (55 points), was again led by its sprinters.

Junior Erick Huertas continued his strong season by contributing two first-place finishes for the Hawks.

He won the 400-meter dash (52.98 seconds) and anchored a first-place 1,600 relay that also included Sam Miller, Zach Greenwood and Patrick Tobianski (3:39.59).

 
Unsportsmanlike spring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:25

Relentless pounding from snow, rain, cold takes toll on area sports teams

During his 20-plus years of coaching soccer at Grafton High School, Don Arnold thought he had seen just about everything in the sport.

That is until this spring, when his girls’ team has spent more time kicking balls around in gymnasiums and hallways than on the field.

Thank you, Mother Nature.

“This has got to be the worst spring I’ve ever seen for sports,” said Arnold, who like other area coaches has watched practices and games fall victim to lousy weather — first snow, then rain and cold.

“It’s been crazy, like the tale of two  springs. Last year, we had 70-degree days, and everybody was getting suntanned.

“This year, we can’t even get out on the field. It’s not that playing in the rain is a problem because we do that. But the fields are just too soaked, too unsafe to use.”

After having its first three games postponed, Grafton caught a reprieve this week. On Monday night, the Black Hawks were able to use Whitefish Bay High School’s artificial-turf field for their season opener against Germantown.

Few teams have been so lucky. Although track and field squads dodged inclement conditions as they finished their indoor seasons, the sloppy spring has taken its toll on soccer, softball, tennis and golf.

 
Bash title gives Warriors a quick start PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:37

Bares-sparked rally in Brookfield tournament allows Ozaukee soccer team to open season with championship

After having its first two games this spring postponed because of unplayable field conditions, the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team was eager to get the ball rolling.

A season-opening tournament last Saturday turned the trick for the Warriors, who made the most of their chances in winning the Brookfield Academy Bash.

Coach Eric Liebergen’s squad won all three of its games, capping the run with a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over St. Mary Central in the title match.

The Warriors fell behind, 2-0, but controlled play with a rally capped by Katie Bares’ game-winning goal in the 47th minute.

“It was a fast start to our season,” Liebergen said. “It feels pretty special for our team to battle back and get a quality win against a perennial state soccer participant.

“Central is a very good team. We hope to build off this experience.”


Ozaukee had scored two shutout wins in the six-team tournament before facing its toughest test.

Central wasted no time jumping ahead, grabbing a 2-0 lead on goals by Molly Britt in the second minute and Kelly Conn at four minutes.

With the tournament games shortened to 25-minute halves, Ozaukee had no time to waste in its comeback.

Natalie Clark got the Warriors on the board with an unassisted goal at 22 minutes.

 
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