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A conference win at last PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:07

Shut-down performance against Lutheran gives Port girls their first North Shore soccer victory since 2007

A long soccer drought ended last week for the Port Washington High School girls’ soccer team.

Make that, an ultra-dry drought.

With a 2-0 road win over Milwaukee Lutheran on April 25, the Pirates had their first North Shore Conference victory since 2007 — ending a 37-game losing streak.

“It was a long time in coming,” said Port coach Mike Bultman, who noted that most of his players are too young to remember anything about the team’s previous league win.

“There haven’t been a lot of wins in the last six or seven years, and we (the coaches) told the girls to enjoy this one. They made some history.”

By breaking through in their 2013 conference opener, the Pirates continued to show progress in their most recent rebuilding effort. They are in their second year with Bultman at the varsity helm.

The Pirates dominated Lutheran, piling up a 32-9 advantage in shots and collecting a goal in each half.

Port got the only goal it needed just 90 seconds into the game. Freshman Sarah Spaeth did the honors with an assist from Abby Becker.

“After that, we just tried to beat their goalkeeper the rest of the first half instead of moving the ball,” Bultman said. “It didn’t work.”

With the wind at their backs in the second half, the Pirates kept the pressure on Lutheran’s defense. Their 23-shot barrage in the second half included an insurance goal in the 63rd minute by freshman Brooke Effinger, assisted by Becker.

Hockey player from Port helps lead girls’ team to national championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:05

A young hockey player from Port Washington has joined the ranks of national champions this spring.

Sloan Sullivan, a sophomore at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., helped lead her girls’ 16-and-under  team to first place at the USA Hockey National Championships in San Jose, Calif., on April 8.

A starting defenseman, Sullivan co-captained a squad that rallied to defeat defending champion Assabet Valley (Mass.), 4-3, in the Tier-I title game. On the way to the final, Shattuck-St. Mary’s outscored its opponents, 23-1, in pool play and won two elimination games.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s trailed, 3-2, in the title game before scoring two third-period goals.

Sullivan, who attended kindergarten through eighth grade in the Port Washington-Saukville School District, started playing hockey at age 9. She has played on AAA girls’ teams during the regular season and in summer leagues and was chosen to attend national camps.

Rockets click with pitching PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:04

If there was ever a time for coach Scott Soerens to be thankful for a deep pitching staff, this spring is it.

His Cedar Grove-Belgium softball team can hand the ball to three strong-armed girls. With makeup games filling up the Rockets’ schedule, that’s a gift.

Kasie Feind, Mandi Race and Hannah Dirkse have shared pitching duties so far.

“I’m trying to divide them up a little bit with this many games. I don’t want anybody getting too beat up,” Soerens said.

Last week, the Rockets went 4-2 in six games. They capped the week with an 11-9 home loss to Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler in a Central Lakeshore Conference contest Friday.

Feind pitched the first four innings, and Race worked the final three.

The previous day, Cedar Grove-Belgium swept Stockbridge in a doubleheader, 11-7 and 19-7.

In the first game, Feind pitched two innings and Dirkse four. In the second game, Race went four innings and Dirkse two.

“Hannah Dirkse picking up six innings on Thursday was huge,” Soerens said.

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