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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:39

Senior guard accepts walk-on role to join Div. I college program in Houston

Port Washington High School’s best all-around basketball player will take his talents to Texas this fall.

Joey Burbach, a senior guard who earned All-North Shore Conference second-team honors, has accepted an offer to become a preferred walk-on with the men’s basketball team at Rice University in Houston.

Burbach, who led the Pirates with per-game averages of 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, said he turned down scholarship offers from NCAA Division II schools for a chance to play Division I basketball.

“I felt Rice would give me the best opportunity academically and athletically,” he said. “Playing Division I basketball has always been a goal of mine.”

At 6-foot-5, Burbach combined his size with quickness and ball-handling ability to become one of the area’s top offensive players. A three-year varsity player, he capped his senior season by becoming one of only five Port players to reach the 1,000-point career mark.

“Joe’s not afraid of anything out on the floor,” Port coach Brian Hebein said.

 
Versatility brightens Warriors’ soccer outlook PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:36

Roster with interchangeable talent should give Ozaukee another shot at league title

With five of last year’s players lost to graduation, the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team has several voids to fill as it prepares for another shot at a league title this spring.

The Warriors won’t be without firepower, though. Topping the list of their returning veterans are three players who received All-Central Lakeshore Conference honors last year.

“We have a good blend of talent and athleticism,” said Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen, whose team’s 13-9 record last season included a 9-5, third-place mark in the conference.

“I like the flexibility that our players provide for us. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of girls playing more than one position.”

Being counted on to provide much of the Warriors’ leadership are seniors Katie Bares (midfielder), Micaela Burns (defender) and Erika Karrels (goalkeeper) and junior Natalie Clark (forward).

Bares is coming off back-to-back seasons as an All-CLC first-team selection. She scored 12 goals and led the Warriors with 10 assists last year.

 
Hawks’ No. 1 soccer job: reload PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:21

Grafton girls bank on new blend of talent after taking hit from graduation

Loaded with veteran talent at every position, the Grafton girls’ soccer team staked its claim as one of the state’s top Division 1 programs last season.

But with a new year comes new challenges, and the Black Hawks are no exception.

This time they’ll have to restock a roster that lost nine players to graduation, including standouts such as forward Carley Pfannerstill, midfielders Emma Fatla and Hannah Knauer, defender Gabi Kuester and goalkeeper Alissa Viste.

“Numbers-wise, we’ve graduated this amount in the past, but we never graduated this much talent,” said coach Don Arnold, who guided Grafton to a 20-7-2 record and the state semifinals last year.

“It was definitely a huge hit for us defensively and with the goals lost. It's a challenge, but it’s one that our players can relish.

“It’s another opportunity for them to step up and become leaders.”

The Hawks certainly aren’t short on skills.

Their offensive attack includes forwards such as seniors Angie Mann and Haley Orlowski and junior Zoie Bauer. Mann is the team’s top returning scorer,  finishing with 11 goals and 10 assists last season.

“Angie can attack out of the midfield and on top,” Arnold said. “She’s got a very strong shot.”

 
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