Written by Mitch Maersch
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:26
Holle’s 2nd-place run helps CG-B repeat as class of Central Lakeshore meet
Nobody’s been faster in Central Lakeshore Conference cross country the past three years than the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ team.
The Rockets successfully defended their CLC title Oct. 14 at Sheboygan Lutheran, narrowly beating the host squad, 39-45, and appear primed to return to the state meet again.
Junior Alex Holle, who led Cedar Grove-Belgium much of the season while Joel Merritt recovered from a leg injury, came out of nowhere to place second in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17 minutes, 2 seconds.
At last year’s conference meet, Holle was seventh in 17:33.
“The guy’s on fire,” Rockets coach Ron Wood said. “He trusts his training.”
Merritt finished fifth in 17:14, nine seconds off his pace last year, when he was second.
“Joel is getting it back. He’s still a little hesitant, I think, but ready to go,” Wood said.
Among the other Rockets, Richard Beabout was seventh (17:28) and Brandon Krauska was 10th (17:52). Krauska’s time was 29 seconds faster than last year.
Mike Merritt finished 15th (18:25) to round out the top-five totals that count for the team score.
Zacke Lyons and Josh Beaudry were 18th and 19th, respectively, both finishing in 18:53. The Rockets had their entire team finish in the top half of the 43-runner field.
“They’re all hitting stride at the right time,” Wood said.
Rounding out the team standings were Random Lake in third with 98 points, followed by Oostburg (100), Howards Grove (103) and Elkhart Lake (135).
Ryan Mugan of Howards Grove won the boys’ race in 16:45.
Ozaukee’s incomplete lineup included Doug Grimm in 18th (18:53) and Vince Cardarelle in 36th (21:53).
Wood said that the way the Rockets are running, they have a good chance to return to the WIAA state meet to defend their Division 3 title.
The sectional meet at Sheboygan Lutheran on Saturday, Oct. 23, will be held on the same course as the conference race. The top two teams advance to the state level along with the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams.
The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls finished third in the conference behind Lutheran and Random Lake, but also have a good chance to go to state as a team, Wood said.
The Rockets’ Marina Paul didn’t three-peat as conference champion, finishing the 4,000-meter race with a second-place time of 15:38. Random Lake’s Delaney Sinnen was first in 15:10.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Kiera Depies, as she has been all season, was right behind with a third-place time of 15:51.
Regardless of team sectional finishes, Paul and Depies should advance to state as individuals, Wood said.
Last year, Paul won the conference race in 15:35, and Depies was second in 15:51.
Among other Rocket girls, Erika Meinen was eighth in 16:23, shaving 20 seconds off her meet time of last year. Chloe Paul was 21st (17:52), followed by Tammi Del Ponte in 26th (18:26), Carina Deppiesse in 31st (19:03) and Maria Schueller in 34th (19:25).
Lutheran won the girls’ title with 46 points, and Random Lake had 49.
Cedar Grove-Belgium finished with 60 points, followed by Howards Grove (96), Elkhart Lake (135), Oostburg (148) and Ozaukee (194).
The Ozaukee girls were missing top runner Ali Hughes (injury) and Amanda Nordby (illness).
Sarah Brown led the Warriors with a 28th-place time of 18:38, followed by Amanda Lallensack in 36th (19:38), Marissa Thill in 42nd (20:58), Annalena Feix in 43rd (21:01) and Carissa Conine in 45th (21:09).
“The CLC is a tough conference when it comes to cross country. Overall, I was pleased with our results,” Ozaukee coach Chris Raisbeck said.
“I have seen improvement in every runner. Most runners were around 30 seconds faster than earlier in the season when they ran this same course. Hopefully, we will be at full strength when it comes to sectionals.”
Random Lake will not be in the Sheboygan Lutheran Sectional because it has a Division 2 program. But Cedar Grove-Belgium will face tough competition from St. Mary’s Springs and Pardeeville.
The sectional boys’ race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the girls’ race at 11:45 a.m.
Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 17:08
Port girls, boys make most of first 2010 run at Tendick by securing runner-up honors in invite; Paul shines for CG-B girls
How much advantage cross-country teams have running on a home course is debatable, but there’s no question the Port Washington Pirates made the most of their first chance to do so this season.
The host Pirates got runner-up performances from their girls’ and boys’ squads in the annual Port Washington Invitational at Tendick Park in Saukville on Oct. 7.
Led by Bianca Benkley’s 10th-place finish, the Port girls scored 94 points, just three behind champion West Bend West in a 15-team field. Rounding out the top five teams were Cedarburg (113 points), Germantown (149) and Slinger (152).
Among other local squads, Cedar Grove-Belgium placed seventh (186), and Ozaukee was 15th (437).
“It was a nice finish for us,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said. “We ran well in a field that had a number of good teams.”
Benkley, a sophomore, turned in a 4,000-meter time of 15 minutes, 50.7 seconds. Among her teammates, Ashley Hilton finished 12th (15:51.4), followed by Diana Seer in 14th (15:59.5), Payton Greisch in 28th (16:39.2), Allison Hilton in 30th (16:41.1) and Bonnie Allen in 43rd (17:08.7).
Seer and Allison Hilton both turned in personal-best times.
The girls’ race was won by Cedarburg’s Haley Bauer in 14:53.5. Plymouth’s Haley Johnson was second in 15:03.6.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was again led by Marina Paul, whose personal-best time of 15:20.6 was good for fifth place. Paul was the only senior among the top 10 runners.
The Rockets’ other scoring finishers were Kiera Depies in 19th (16:09.3), Erika Meinen in 23rd (16:28.9), Chloe Paul in 70th (18:11.1) and Tammi Del Ponte in 74th (18:16.8).
Also for Cedar Grove-Belgium, Carina Deppiesse took 95th (19:10.2), and Maria Schueller was 97th (19:48.0).
Rockets coach Ron Wood was impressed with his team’s showing against squads from larger schools.
“I thought they responded well,” Wood said.
“There was some big-time competition. It was good to see some of the big teams and step it up to compete with them.”
Ozaukee was led by senior Sarah Brown, who placed 67th (18:05.4). The Warriors’ other finishers were Amanda Lallensack in 96th (19:31.2), Annalena Feix in 102nd (21:29.2), Marissa Thill in 103rd (21:30.3) and Carissa Conine in 104th (21:48.9).
“It was another tough week for Ozaukee cross country,” Warriors coach Chris Raisbeck said.
“We are battling against the cold and flu season. We had two runners (Ali Hughes and Amanda Nordby) from the girls’ team that were out sick for multiple days.”
The Port boys were paced by Justin Fote’s seventh-place effort and scored 75 points, trailing only Brookfield East (62). West Bend West finished a distant third with 132 points, and Plymouth (148) and Appleton East (165) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was sixth (171), and Ozaukee had only two runners.
“It was a pretty good performance,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said of his team’s effort. “We went out with a pack mentality and tried to stay together, but that didn’t work so well.
“In the end, we had some solid individual efforts that kept us up in the standings.”
Fote, a senior, finished with a 5,000-meter clocking of 17:21.1 and led the Pirates for the first time this season.
“Justin had a really good race. We’ve had several different runners lead us this season, which shows that we have a number of good options,” Pasten said.
The Pirates’ other scoring finishers were Jake Verfuerth in 11th (17:23.1), Jared Sandlin in 15th (17:32.9), Brandon Hinneberg in 20th (17:46.4), Jason Marhal in 22nd (17:50.5). Augie Yates placed 30th (18:04.2) and Jared Burris was 37th (18:15.9).
Senior Joel Merritt was Cedar Grove-Belgium’s fastest runner with a 14th-place time of 17:25.9. The Rockets’ other scoring finishes came from Alex Holle in 18th (17:38.0), Richard Beabout in 26th (17:59.5), Brandon Krauska in 56th (18:42.1) and Mike Merritt in 59th (18:49.8).
Also for Cedar Grove-Belgium, Josh Beaudry was 82nd (19:27.5), and Al Murphy was 83rd (19:31.6).
For Ozaukee, Doug Grimm placed 91st (19:47.0), and Vince Cardarelle was 107th (21:58.4).
Team champions in the junior-varsity portion of the meet were the Port boys (34 points) and West Bend West girls (23).
The Pirates’ David LeBlanc won the JV boys’ individual title (18:14.3). The top JV girl was West Bend West’s Taylor Uebersetzig (16:55.4).
This Saturday, Port Washington and Grafton will return to Tendick Park for the North Shore Conference meet at 10 a.m.
The Whitefish Bay girls and Germantown boys are the defending team champions.
Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee will run in the Central Lakeshore Conference meet at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Sheboygan Lutheran.
The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys and girls will defend their CLC team titles.
ASHLEY HILTON placed 12th for the Port Washington girls in their runner-up finish at last week’s Port Invitational.
BRANDON HINNEBERG of Port Washington finished 20th in the boys’ 5,000-meter race at the invitational. Photos by Sam Arendt
Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 17:06
Giles’ 227-yard outburst in road win helps propel CG-B to postseason berth
In a season marked by peaks and valleys, the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team took a definite upturn last Friday.
Riding an explosive offensive performance by running back Alex Giles, the Rockets flattened Elkhart Lake, 35-0, for a Central Lakeshore win that assured them of a postseason berth.
Giles, a sophomore, rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns on only 18 carries, as Cedar Grove-Belgium rolled to a homecoming victory — and bounced back from a shutout loss to Oostburg on Oct. 1.
“The kids worked hard after that loss to come back,” said Rockets coach Chris Zablocki, whose team improved to 3-2 in CLC play and is guaranteed at least four league wins due to a pending victory Oct. 21 against Stockbridge, which has forfeited its season.
“We got a stellar effort from our defense, and Alex Giles did a great job of reading his blocks. Our offensive line opened some big holes, and he took advantage of his opportunities.”
Elkhart Lake, which fell to 1-5 in the conference, was no match for the Rockets on either side of the ball. The Resorters managed just 154 yards of total offense and couldn’t put the brakes on Cedar Grove-Belgium’s rushing attack, which gobbled up 299 yards.
Giles gave his team all the scoring it needed when he broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
He followed that effort with scoring runs of three and 70 yards in the second period and a 4-yard touchdown burst that made it 28-0 in the third quarter.
The Rockets’ final touchdown came on Justin Keller’s 2-yard run.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s impressive running game overshadowed a productive effort through the air.
Quarterback Travis Obbink completed eight of 14 passes for 157 yards. His top target was tight end Chris Peszko, whose two catches were good for 66 yards.
Although the Rockets’ win came against a decided underdog, their determined play impressed their coach.
“With our injuries and a young team, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year,” Zablocki said. “The kids have had to overcome a lot of adversity, and we’ve had different players step up for us.”
Giles helped pick up the offensive slack left with the loss of injured fullback Hunter Buechler, who was also Cedar Grove-Belgium’s top linebacker.
Junior Darren Koopman has taken over for Buechler as the Rockets’ defensive signal caller and joined Jonathan Herzog as the team’s leading tacklers, Zablocki said.
Zablocki also praised the play of his defensive line, which was sparked by Jake Weyker’s three sacks and helped pressure quarterback Kyle Rentmeester into throwing four interceptions.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Zablocki said of his team’s injury problems. “What it did was open the door for other people to contribute.”
The Rockets, who improved to 4-3 overall, have won three of their last four games after losing two of their first three this season. They will try to stay on a roll this Friday when they travel to Howards Grove for a 7
p.m. game that will mark the end of their regular-season schedule.
Both teams are tied for third place in the CLC race. Howards Grove (3-2) needs another win to clinch a playoff spot.
Cedar Grove-Belgium will then be idle until opening postseason play Oct. 26.
QUARTERBACK TRAVIS OBBINK broke free on a short run during Cedar Grove-Belgium’s playoff-clinching win over Elkhart Lake last Friday. The junior completed eight of 14 passes for 157 yards to complement his team’s high-powered rushing attack. Photo by Sam Arendt
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