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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:47

Grafton sprinter leads local boys to sectionals; Benkley wins for Port girls

Grafton’s Erick Huertas won a pair of events to lead the list of local sectional qualifiers in WIAA Division 1 regional track and field meets Monday.

Huertas, a sophomore, won the 200-meter dash (21.69 seconds) and 400 dash (48.63) in the boys’ portion of the Cedarburg Regional.

Also advancing for the Grafton boys with top-four finishes were seconds by Jamie Haessly in the 1,600 run (4:40.24), the 1,600 relay of Sam Miller, Alex Gall,
Patrick Tobianski and Huertas (3:26.36) and the 3,200 relay of Zach Greenwood, Haessly, Alex Weinhold and Tobianski (8:38.14); thirds by Patrick White in the
3,200 run (10:17.85), Jack Howman in the high jump (5 feet, 8-1/2 inches), Sam Hoffman in the pole vault (11-6-1/2) and the 800 relay of Howman, Gall, Miller and
Zach DeBuhr (1:32.48); and fourths by Weinhold in the 1,600 run (4:43.84) and Despot Gligorevic in the discus (118-7).

The Grafton boys placed fourth out of eight teams with 88.5 points. Homestead was first with 126.5 points.

The Grafton girls were led by senior Sara Grange, who won the high jump (5-2-1/2) and was second in the 200 dash (24.97) and third in the 400 dash (58.74).

The Lady Hawks got a second from the 1,600 relay of Kaitlyn Gallun, Anya Dillahunt, Hannah Weber and Grange (4:03.38).

 
Defense, ‘small ball’ top priority list for Pirates baseball PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:46

Don’t expect the Port Washington High School baseball team to be giving away many games this season.

At least not if you’re coach Nicholas Wycklendt, who’s counting on the Pirates to sharpen their play in his second year at the varsity helm.


“I’m really excited. I think we will be strong defensively and be a lot better at the plate with our bat control and discipline at the plate,” Wycklendt said.


“The kids worked hard in the off-season and will be up to the challenge. We’re really looking forward to the season.”


Last year, Port showed potential on the way to a 10-19 season that included a 6-12 record in North Shore Conference play. However, the Pirates struggled at times with fundamentals and had five one-run losses.


“I think we’re going to be more savvy and smart. We should be able to keep ourselves in more games and win more one-run games,” Wycklendt said.


Port lost five of last year's players to graduation, including starters Taylor Devenport, Max Kaske and Zach Hauser, who provided much of the team’s run production.

 
Never-say-die effort saves Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:44

Down to their last out, Pirates rally for victory in regional softball opener

It was better late than never for the Port Washington softball team in a WIAA tournament opener last week.

Down to their last out in a battle against Kettle Moraine Lutheran, the host Pirates rallied to pull out a 4-3, nine-inning win in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal game May 16.


After tying the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh, Port secured the victory on an errant throw in the ninth.


With the score tied at 3-3, Sam Wagner reached second base on a error. Mikayla Hilton then hit a grounder to the shortstop, whose overthrow to first base allowed Wagner to race home with the decisive run.


The win gave the Pirates a measure of revenge against a team that beat them on a throwing error in a regional game two years ago.


“The last three times we’ve faced Kettle Moraine Lutheran in the regionals, it’s been the same thing. The games have gone right down to the wire,” Port coach Steve Schmidt said.


“We’ve come to expect that when we play each other.”


A defensive miscue also helped Port escape defeat in the seventh.


The Pirates trailed, 3-2, when Wagner drew a two-out walk. Hilton followed with a grounder, but an error on an attempted force play left two runners on.

 
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