Written by Debbie Hamm
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:33
Ozaukee unleashes relentless rushing attack to score its first victory over Random Lake in 10 years
Ozaukee High School football fans have been waiting a long time to buy playoff tickets — seven years, in fact, since the Warriors last qualified for the WIAA tournament.
But the drought ended this fall when Ozaukee claimed a postseason berth in impressive fashion. With one regular-season game left, the Warriors have a 5-1 mark in the Central
Lakeshore Conference that keeps them on target to host an opening-round playoff game.
Last Friday’s 49-9 rout of visiting Random Lake kept Ozaukee on a roll with its third straight victory.
“Our goal for this week is to take care of business,” said Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe, whose team improved to 6-1 overall.
“If we win (this Thursday against Howards Grove), hopefully we’ll have a home playoff game.”
Another reward enjoyed by the Warriors last week was the Cream Bucket, a traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game with Random Lake. The Rams held the trophy the last nine years.
“This was actually the most points scored in a Cream Bucket game (by the winning team),” Lippe said.
“Ozaukee’s only had the Cream Bucket once since 1993, so it’s been quite a drought. The last time we had it was in 2000.”
Five Ozaukee players scored in the romp, including Devon Linzenmeyer, who rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries. The junior averaged nearly 14 yards per carry.
“It was nice that a lot of guys scored,” Lippe said. “We try to get a lot of guys chances to run. They all work hard.”
As a team, Ozaukee piled up 425 yards rushing on 45 carries.
The first quarter was close, with the Warriors clinging to a 7-3 lead, but they erupted for 28 points in the second period to pull away.
“The guys played a really nice game,” Lippe said. “They were very focused.”
Alex Janke scored Ozaukee’s first touchdown at the 4:03 mark of the first quarter on an 11-yard run.
Three minutes later, the Rams answered with a 25-yard field goal by Dan Pohl.
“We had a few breakdowns on defense to start out, but they picked it up,” said Lippe, who singled out linebacker Ben Haas and end Matt Demler for strong performances.
Ozaukee’s second-quarter flurry started with a 5-yard touchdown run by Andrew Habich, who finished the game with 86 rushing yards on seven attempts.
After Linzenmeyer scored the next two touchdowns on runs of 49 and 16 yards, Matt Demler’s 1-yard scoring burst made it 35-3 with 35 seconds left in the first half.
In the third quarter, Linzenmeyer added a 56-yard touchdown run, and Jason Gensrick scored on a 15-yard scamper.
“Jason Gensrick is really coming along,” said Lippe, noting the senior has bounced back from an early season injury.
The Rams’ only touchdown came on a 15-yard pass from Brady Schmidt to Lance Klatt in the final period.
Ozaukee finished with 468 yards in offense, more than doubling Random Lake’s 221. The Warriors’ rushing attack averaged 9.4 yards per carry.
Andrew Gatz led the Rams with seven carries for 68 yards.
Random Lake (2-4 in conference, 2-6 overall) was hurt by four turnovers, three on fumbles. Linzenmeyer also had an interception.
Ozaukee lost the ball once on a fumble.
This week, the Warriors will wrap up their conference schedule with a 7 p.m. game Thursday at Howards Grove.
A win will give Ozaukee sole possession of second place in the CLC race. The Warriors trail only Oostburg (6-0), which faces Sheboyan Lutheran/Christian/Kohler (3-3) on Thursday.
The playoffs will begin Oct. 26, with pairings to be announced late this week.
ANDREW HABICH and his Ozaukee teammates used a high-powered rushing attack to flatten Random Lake, 49-9, and improve to 5-1 in Central Lakeshore Conference play Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt
Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:30
Pirate boys, girls turn in solid finishes but trail top two teams at conference run
There were few surprises in the race for top team honors during last Saturday’s North Shore Conference cross-country meet at Tendick Park in Saukville.
As expected, the Whitefish Bay girls and Germantown boys successfully defended their titles.
The fight for runner-up honors was another matter, though, with both Port Washington teams having to settle for third in tight battles.
“It wasn’t a bad day for us as a team, but we could have run better,” said Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten, whose team scored 62 points, 13 behind second-place Bay.
“Bay turned out to be a little bit better than I expected.”
Germantown won the boys’ title with 36 points. Among other teams, Homestead was fourth with 125 points, followed by Nicolet (142), Milwaukee Lutheran (154), Cedarburg (164) and Grafton (204).
Port was led by senior Jake Verfuerth, who placed sixth with a 5,000-meter time of 16 minutes, 57 seconds. Verfuerth earned all-conference first-team honors by finishing in the top eight.
“Jake ran a really good race. He started out in the pack and steadily picked up the pace,” Pasten said.
The Pirates’ other scoring runners were Augie Yates in 10th (17:18), Justin Fote in 14th (17:18), Jason Marhal in 15th (17:35) and Jared Sandlin in 17th (17:39).
Also for Port, Brandon Hinneberg placed 21st (17:51), Jared Burris was 28th (18:05) and David LeBlanc was 37th (18:33).
Marhal was the only Pirate to run a personal-best time.
“If everyone had been a little faster, we could have caught Bay,” Pasten said. “We had to settle for a solid third.”
The individual championship went to Bay’s Mike Camilleri (16:28). Homestead’s Nate Rothier won the race for the second straight year only to be disqualified for wearing nonconforming trunks that didn’t match those of his teammates.
The Grafton boys were paced by freshman Patrick Tobianski, who finished 29th with a personal-best time of 18:11. Teammate Stefan Lundgren was 30th in the same time.
Also for the Black Hawks, Josh Wimmer took 47th (19:17), Adam Kahmann was 53rd (20:16) and Michael Knapik was 55th (20:40).
“We were hoping a better finish,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “But other than Patrick, none of our runners showed any improvement.”
The Bay girls continued to show they are one of the state’s best by placing first with 55 points, 19 fewer than second-place Homestead.
Port took third with 80 points, followed by Germantown (95), Cedarburg (112), Nicolet (138), Grafton (163) and Milwaukee Lutheran (186).
Sophomore Bianca Benkley again led the Pirates with a personal-best 4,000-meter time of 15:39, good for eighth place. The time was matched by Grafton sophomore Amber Ducheny, who finished seventh.
Also for Port, Ashley Hilton took ninth (15:45), Diana Seer was 11th (a personal-best 15:54), Payton Greisch was 25th (16:49), and Allison Hilton and Bonnie Allen were 27th and 28th, respectively (both at 16:50).
Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak was pleased with his team’s showing, noting “we finished exactly where I thought we would.
“Our overall time was faster than Homestead, but they had all five of their (scoring) runners finish ahead of our fourth-place runner,” he noted.
Ducheny received all-conference first-team honors with Benkley, as well as praise from her coach.
“Amber ran a great race,” Kriegel said. “It’s not an easy course, and she still dropped two seconds off her best time.”
Grafton’s other scoring finishers were Jamie Karrels in 21st (a personal-best 16:44), Emily Volkmann in 40th (17:24), Kylie Longoria in 48th (18:10) and Kimmy Bader in 52nd (18:37).
“The girls did pretty well,” Kriegel said. “I was pleased with their effort.”
This Saturday, all conference teams but Whitefish Bay will return to Tendick Park for WIAA sectional meets.
Grafton will join Cedarburg, Homestead, Germantown, Nicolet and other area squads in a Division 1 meet. The boys’ race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the girls at 11:45 a.m.
Port and Milwaukee Lutheran will be among the teams in a Division 2 meet, with the boys running at 2 p.m. and the girls at 2:45 p.m.
The top two teams in each sectional meet will advance to the state level along with the top five individuals from non-qualifying squads.
The Port boys and girls will be among the favorites as state team qualifiers.