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Runners: Local teams among inviteā€™s best PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:56

Ozaukee senior Elise Large won again, and the Port Washington girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams each placed second at the Port Invitational at Tendick Park on Oct. 5.
Large won the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 2.77 seconds, leading the Random Lake/Ozaukee team to third place among squads from much larger schools. It was the Rams’ lowest finish of the year but came against some of their toughest competition.
Large got out to a big lead quickly and won by nearly 17 seconds.
“My personal strategy is I like to get out in front,” she said.
Aside from a long stretch at the beginning that maks it difficult to take a lead, the Tendick course has one big hill in the middle the race.
“The hill is the hardest part,” Large said. “It’s comparable to the state course.”CR Kelley Large
Just like with other meets this season, Large’s freshman sister, Kelley, wasn’t too far behind. She took 10th in 19:56.96. She is still developing her running scheme.
“I try not to think about the hills too much,” she said.
“Otherwise, I don’t know my strategy yet.”
But they both know the best part about this season.
“I think what I’m enjoying most about this season is sharing it with my sister and seeing her finish right behind me. It’s a special thing,” Elise said.
“I wish we had more time,” Kelley said.
The rest of the Rams’ top five were: senior Alicia Hartmann, 32nd, 21:04.45; freshman Amy Hoffman, 52nd, 21:34.04; and freshman Grace Tinder, 61st, 21:42.47.
“The meet definitely prepared the cross country team, especially the younger runners, for the big challenging meets ahead, in reference to conference, sectionals and hopefully the WIAA state cross country meet. Our success at the invitational last week definitely gave our team a ‘boost’ of confidence, going into the final weeks of the cross country season,” coach Stephanie Ohme said.

Rockets: Shot at outright league title comes Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:55

Last Friday was homecoming and senior night, with a share of the conference title on the line against the two-time defending Big East champions, and it rained.
The Cedar Grove-Belgium football team rose to the occasion, posting its second shutout in three weeks with a 21-0 win over Hilbert/Stockbridge.
Although the Rockets were elated with the victory immediately afterward, coach Dan Schreurs didn’t have to tell his team what it meant.
“The team was trying to tell me they’re not done,” he said.
The Rockets, who improved to 7-0 in the Big East, can win the conference crown outright with a victory this Friday at Random Lake, 2-5 in the Big East.
“It was our goal coming in to win the conference. We’ve just got to finish business next week,” senior quarterback Jason von Heimburg said.
The Rockets’ defense held the conference’s leading rusher, Bennett Lau, to 78 yards on 20 carries — his second worst output of the season — and preserved the goose egg CR Morgan run 10 12 17with two stands deep in their own territory late in the game.
“That was huge,” senior linebacker Cameron Kirst said of the shutout.
“Homecoming and senior night. Twenty-one to zero never felt so good.”
Junior Chris Jentges broke up a pass in the end zone to help stop one scoring chance, and the Wolves missed a field goal on another. Jentges rushed for more than 100 yards a few times this season, but after injuring his thumb switched positions and starred on defense. Once Jentges gets his cast off, he may split time at running back again, Schreurs said.
“Right now, we really love the way he’s playing cornerback,” he said.
Senior Bryce Morgan stepped into the tailback role and put up huge numbers. He again led the team in rushing with 109 yards on 20 carries and made big stops at linebacker.
“The defense stepped up many times. We made sure that we stopped their run. We knew the plays that they were going to do,” he said.

Hawks fall short in bid for playoffs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:33

Loss to Slinger dashes improved Grafton team’s hope for postseason spot

The postseason clock for Grafton’s football team hit midnight against Slinger last Friday.
The Black Hawks needed victories in their final two games to make the WIAA playoffs, one year after they won only one game. But visiting Slinger ended that chance with a 26-7 victory.
“It’s not how we wanted it to go. We just couldn’t get anything going and couldn’t get off the field on third down,” coach Sean Behrend said.
Grafton fell to 3-5 in the North Shore Conference and can only play spoiler and ruin 4-4 Port Washington’s playoff chances and its homecoming on Friday.
Quarterback Brady Ward played with a black and blue shoulder and arm and was held to 2-of-12 passing for 15 yards and an interception.
CR GHS FOOTBALL s3100617312“He’s a tough son of a gun,” Behrend said. “He took a good shot in third quarter.”
Caden Knauer ran 22 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Ward added 41 yards on 12 carries.
The 6-2 Owls built a 20-0 lead before Knauer scored on a four-yard run with 36 seconds left in the first half.
Slinger quarterback Tyler Evans completed nine of 14 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown.
Behrend credited defensive linemen sophomore Isaiah Mielke, sophomore Max Medvedev,  junior Alec Davis and seniors Connor Ramsey and John Kluck for their play on defense. Kluck led the Hawks in tackles with 12.
The Hawks were able to hold the Owls’ running game in check, but the passing game then picked up.
“When we get one thing figured out, something else goes,” Behrend said.
If Grafton would have won, Port Washington’s homecoming game would have meant the winner goes on to the playoffs and the loser goes home.
“How awesome would that have been?” Behrend said.
The second-year coach is disappointed for his seniors: “I really wanted to get there for those seniors. We talked about it, though, it  was nice to be playing meaningful games this late in the season.
“It’s a step forward but it’s not where we wanted to be. It’s not our expectation.”
Playoffs on the line or not, motivation this week won’t be an issue, Behrend said.
“We’re aware where they’re at. I want to send these seniors out on a positive note,” he said.

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