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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 18:49

State-proven veteran talent gives Grafton a strong shot at another WIAA crown

After going undefeated in dual meets and winning WIAA sectional and state titles, what can a swimming and diving team do for an encore?

If you’re the Grafton High School girls’ squad, you reload for another run at pool supremacy and keep chalking up the victories.

“We’re hoping to pick up where we left off last season,” said Black Hawks coach John Douglass, whose team cruised to a Division 2 state crown in 2013.

“We lost a lot of talent to graduation, but we’ve got a lot of good kids back. We have a chance to be just as good, if not better.”

Douglass has plenty of reasons to keep the bar set high.

Although the Hawks lost standouts such as state qualifiers Stephanie Haebig (freestyle) and Paige Schommer (diving) to graduation, they have most of their top talent back in the fold.

Heading the list are senior Sam Senczyszyn and sophomore Autumn Haebig, who each won two individual events and swam on two first-place relays at last year’s state meet.

 
Defense tops list of soccer challenges for Grafton boys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 18:45

Ability to replace back-line talent lost to graduation will be crucial to team’s success

Putting the ball in the net shouldn’t be a big problem this season for the Grafton boys’ soccer team.

Keeping opponents off the scoreboard may be a little tougher.


Although the Black Hawks have plenty of offensive talent returning to their lineup this fall, their major challenge will be filling defensive voids.


Among six players lost to graduation were defenders Zach Greenwood and Alex Eidman and goalkeeper Killian Mielotz, all of whom received All-North Shore Conference second-team honors.


“Defense, that’s definitely an area where we have to work some things out,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.


“If we can do that, we should be pretty solid. We’re strong in the midfield and up top.”


The Hawks are coming off a 20-3-2 season that included a second-place 5-2 record in the conference and a pair of WIAA Division 3 regional wins. In their season finale, they battled Pewaukee to a scoreless tie in a sectional semifinal before falling in a shootout.

 
Veteran talent boosts Warriors’ soccer hopes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 18:42

Senior leadership has first-year Ozaukee coach banking on improved play

The Ozaukee High School boys’ soccer team is banking on experience in pursuit of a winning record this season.

First-year head coach Brad Doro, who takes over after serving as an assistant to former coach John Annis, said the squad’s biggest asset is its 10 seniors.


“They’ve been playing together for a while. They kind of know their habits, where they’re going to be,” Doro said.


Most of the Warriors’ offensive punch will come from seniors Bradd Lemke, Ben Rudolph and Sean Murphy.


Lemke, a forward/midfielder, led the team in scoring last year on his way to All-Central Lakeshore Conference second-team honors. Rudolph, a midfielder/defender, received honorable mention.


Defensively, Doro is having his team use a flat-back three formation instead of a diamond. The formation features a trio of seniors: captain Zach Vogt, Hunter Radtke and Evan Lallensack.

 
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