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Rockets face new era without Zablocki PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 19:09

Longtime coach’s decision to take Sheboygan North job leaves CG-Belgium looking for another football leader

In his own words, it was one of the toughest football decisions Chris Zablocki has had to make.

But in the end, the longtime Cedar Grove-Belgium High School coach couldn’t resist taking his talents to Sheboygan North, a larger school with a struggling football program he will have the chance to turn into a winner.

“It’s been a stressful and emotional couple of weeks, that’s for sure,” said Zablocki, whose resignation as a coach and teacher was accepted June 24 by the Cedar Grove-Belgium School Board.

“I had mixed feeling about leaving, but when this opportunity was presented to me, I knew I had to take it. It’s a better opportunity for me and my family.”

Zablocki and his wife Jessica have two young daughters.

His career change ends a 12-year stay with the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District in which he spent 12 years as an elementary-school teacher and nine years as head varsity football coach.

Under Zablocki’s leadership, the Rockets won six Central Lakeshore Conference championships and qualified for the WIAA playoffs each season.

Cedar Grove-Bel-gium made its deepest playoff run with Zablocki’s 2008 team, which advanced to the Division 5 state title game and went 13-1.

Last fall, the Rockets were 7-3, including a 4-1, second-place conference finish and a first-round loss in the Division 4 playoffs.

Win-hungry Pirates have no trouble with nonleague foe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 19:08

Sweep of twin bill against Sheboygan Falls gives baseball team a lift after NSC struggles

North Shore Conference foes have had the Port Washington baseball team’s number most of this season.

Nonconference opponents are another matter.

The Pirates raised their record to 6-3 outside league play last Saturday when they swept Sheboygan Falls, 12-9 and 8-7, in a doubleheader.

Besides snapping a four-game losing streak, the twin-bill success allowed Port to end the week on a winning note. Three straight conference defeats before Saturday dropped the Pirates to 3-9 in NSC play.

“It was definitely a good way for us to finish up the week,” Port coach Ryan Finnerty said.

“Sheboygan Falls has a good-hitting team, and we had to come from behind in both games to win.”

In the opener, Falls scored five runs in the first inning, only to have Port answer with four runs in its half of the same frame.

Fraser doubles his Frebeka fun PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 19:03

West Milwaukee runner races to 5-mile, 2-mile titles in annual fundraising event

Double duty was no problem for the fastest finisher at the annual Frebeka 5  Family Health Challenge Run/Walk Events on Sunday, June 28, at Waubedonia Park in Fredonia.

Kyle Fraser, 34, of West Milwaukee raced to top overall honors in the 5-mile run with a time of 29 minutes, 36 seconds, and also won the 2-mile run with a course-record time of 10:14.

The latter time broke the previous mark of 10:29 set by Aaron Roden of Port Washington in 2005.

The event, which was sponsored by the Fredonia Lions Club, attracted 112 registrants who vied for honors in 5-mile, 2-mile and kids’ 1-mile races.

Mary Bolich, 52, of Plymouth was the top female finisher in the 5-mile race in 36:21.

The winner of the women’s 2-mile run was Lisa Koller, 22, of West Bend. She finished in 13:48.

A 2-mile walk was also held.

Race organizers said 5-mile runners faced the added challenge of traveling through gravel and dust and around heavy equipment due to the reconstruction of Fredonia’s main street.

Proceeds from the Frebeka 5 benefit Starting Point of Ozaukee, the T-Baum Foundation, Blind Outdoor Leisure Development and Lions’ sight, hearing and diabetes projects.

The top age-group finishers in all races follow.

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