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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:37

Butterflies, state-meet hype can’t keep Grafton junior from racing to 400-dash crown in Division 1 state meet

You would have never known from the results, but Erick Huertas was feeling butterflies during last weekend’s WIAA state track and field meet at Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

“To be honest, I was really nervous because it was my first time at a state meet in an individual event,” the Grafton junior said.


“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I kept my focus and I was prepared.”


True enough.


Living up to his billing as the top seed in the Division 1 boys’ 400-meter dash, Huertas raced to first place in 47.76 seconds. Runner-up Daniel Freiberg of Madison LaFollette was clocked in 48.33.


Coming on the tail of a school-record 47.53, first-place time in the preliminaries, Huertas firmly established himself as the state’s best quarter-miler this season.


“This meet shows how good Erick Huertas really is,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.


“He’s been hidden in relays the last two years, but this season he stepped up and demonstrated what kind of talent he has. And he’s only a junior.”


Huertas’ preliminary time broke the Grafton team mark of 48.4, set by Dan Murray in 2000. It also came within a whisker of the state-record of 47.12, established by Nicolet’s Bryan Jones in 1990.

 
Fast start sends Warriors to sectional PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:35

Strong first-half play helps Ozaukee soccer team drop New Holstein in regional final

A fast start helped put a WIAA regional title within the grasp of the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team last Saturday.

And a late goal sealed a 3-1 win over New Holstein in a championship game that also propelled the Warriors into the sectional round of the Division 3 tournament.


Top-seeded Ozaukee made the most of its home field by grabbing the lead for good in the second minute.


Junior forward Natalie Clark found the net with an assist from Lizzie Janke to make it 1-0.


The Warriors maintained the edge until the 35th minute, when Abby Brouillette’s unassisted goal allowed them to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.


Eighth-seeded New Holstein fought back with a goal by Nikki Reese at 59 minutes.


However, Clark provided some insurance with unassisted goal in the 66th minute.


The win improved the Warriors’ season record to 18-1-1 and advanced them into a sectional semifinal at home against Sturgeon Bay at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

 
Rockets retool: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:30

Graduated baseball talent leaves CG-Belgium rebuilding with youth

The Cedar Grove-Belgium baseball team lost six players from last year to graduation, and their absence is showing.

With only two seniors on their roster, the Rockets are going through growing pains early this season, managing to split their first two games with less-than-super performances.


Monday was low point with a 4-2 home loss to Oostburg in a Central Lakeshore Conference contest.


“We had five errors and probably 12 mental errors that cost us runs,” Rockets coach Mike Ruppel said.


“We had a stretch in the sixth inning where we had two or three errors in a row. They basically bunted three times. We couldn’t get an out.”


The Rockets spread their mistakes among base running, throwing, fielding and communicating.


“I hope they think about it long and hard and come to practice with a little intensity,” Ruppel said of his players.


“We can’t play the way we’re playing right now. We’ve got a young team that just has a lot to learn.”


Starting pitcher Spencer Bares worked the first six innings, striking out 11, but the Rockets didn’t make plays behind him.


David Niebauer pitched a scoreless seventh.


 
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