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Written by STEVEā€ˆOSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 18:21

Steady scoring on track, in field keeps Port girls in title chase at Falcon Invite

Versatility paid dividends for the Port Washington girls’ track and field team in its first outdoor meet of the season.

Scoring in 14 of 18 events, the Pirates collected 69 points, good for second place in the eight-team Falcon Invitational at Whitnall High School on April 21.

Whitnall won the team title with 76 points.

Highlighting Port’s steady point production was a sweep of the top three places in the 3,200-meter run.

Sophomore Clare Goodman won the race in 14 minutes, 1.38 seconds, followed by Emily Mitchell (14:15.05) and Lillie Cook (14:20.01).

The Pirates also got first-place finishes from Brenna Kautz in the 1,600 run (5:53.99), the 1,600 relay of Alexis Reichardt, Katie Erlandson, Natalie Bozikowski and Elise Benkley (4:22.7) and the 3,200 relay of Erlandson, Jill Cavanaugh, Reichardt and Abeba Sullivan (10:27.62).

“It was a good meet for us. If we had used a full lineup, we probably could have won it,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said.

The Pirates’ other second-place finishes came from Sullivan in the 400 dash (1:04.87), Kylee Paradowski in the 100 hurdles (17.48), Reichardt in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Brynn Greisch in the shot put (31-3), the 400 relay of Paradowski, Amanda Kissinger, Lisa Biertzer and Benkley (55.21) and the 800 relay of Biertzer, Bozikowski, Johannah Mueller and Benkley (1:57.06).

Taking fourth were Kautz in the 800 run (2:41.64), Goodman in the 1,600 run (6:11.15), Kissinger in the 100 hurdles (18.52), Bozikowski in the triple jump (32-5), Alison Pujanauski in the shot put (30-1) and Allison Lopez in the discus (82-6).

Adamak noted that his team had a number of personal and season-best performances.

“That was nice to see in our first outdoor meet,” he said.

Last Friday, Port was without several of its top athletes and placed 11th out of 12 teams at the Spartan Invitational in West Bend.

The Pirates’ top-five finishes were a second by Reichardt in the high jump (5-0), third by Paradowski in the 100 hurdles (17.11), fourth by Bozikowski in the triple jump (32-11-1/2) and fifth by Greisch in the shot put (33-1/4).

 
Edgewood keeps soccer edge over Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 18:19

Madison team duplicates tiebreaker win against Port to claim tournament title again

For the second straight year, the battle for first-place honors in the annual Port Washington girls’ soccer quad went down to the wire.

And for the second straight time, the host Pirates came up on the short end of a tiebreaker at Flack Field.

After playing Madison Edgewood to a scoreless deadlock through regulation in Saturday’s title game, Port bowed, 2-1, on penalty kicks.

“It was a pretty evenly matched game, with a lot of real good soccer played across the pitch,” Pirates coach Mike Bultman said.

“There were chances to score, but we had trouble putting the ball in the net.”

Goalkeeper Allison Lessila did her best to keep Port in the game, making several saves during regulation and stopping two shots in the tiebreaker. However, Alli Klotz was the only Pirate to convert a penalty shot.

“We practice penalty kicks a lot, but we put the ball wide and over the top on our attempts,” Bultman said.

Both sides had easier times in Friday’s semifinal games of the four-team tournament. Edgewood rolled past New Holstein, 9-1, and Port blanked Ozaukee, 3-0.

 
Resilience serves Grafton softball team well PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 18:16

Bounce-back wins keep Black Hawks in NSC title chase after error-filled home loss to Homestead

It’s not easy bouncing back from the most disappointing loss of the season.

Nonetheless, the Grafton softball team made the most of recovery mode by scoring two wins in three North Shore Conference games last week.

After shaky defense saddled the Black Hawks with a loss to Homestead on April 18, they rebounded to defeat Port Washington and Cedarburg.

An 8-5 home victory in the latter contest April 21 improved Grafton to 5-1 in NSC play, good for a share of first place with Homestead. Defending champion Germantown remained close behind at 3-1.

“We needed to bounce back after the Homestead game, and we did,” Grafton coach Ken Hunt said.

“We were able to finish the week on a positive note.”

Although the Hawks never trailed Cedarburg and held a 7-2 lead after four innings, the win didn’t come easily. The Bulldogs made things interesting by scoring single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

“It was kind of a weird grinder of a game,” Hunt said. “We got the jump early and were able to put up some runs, but Cedarburg kept chipping away.”

Ally Parsons pitched the first five innings for the win, striking out two and walking two. Jordyn Case and Kirsten Krause followed with an inning apiece.

 
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