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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 16:55
Aly Bartel

Senior pitcher secures place in Grafton softball annals by tossing perfect game against Milwaukee Lutheran


Stu Hannam has seen his fair share of stellar pitching performances in 13 years as head coach of the Grafton High School softball team.

But Aly Bartel’s gem against Milwaukee Lutheran last week now tops his list.

The senior left-hander not only no-hit the host Red Knights in a North Shore Conference game April 21, she achieved perfection in the process.

Bartel retired all 21 batters she faced in a 7-0, seven-inning win, with none of them managing to get the ball out of the infield, Hannam said.

“That’s the first seven-inning perfect game I’ve seen in all my years at Grafton,” he said. “Aly just did such a nice job of throwing strikes and getting batters to hit it on the ground.

“And our defense was outstanding. They made all the plays they had to.”

Bartel helped make things easier for her teammates by striking out nine in the first no-hitter of her career. However, the Black Hawks’ infield was equally sharp, especially in the late going.

In the seventh, first baseman Kim Schacht and second baseman Emily Kabitzke each fielded hard-hit balls cleanly to preserve the perfect game, Hannam said.

Hannam also praised the work of senior catcher Casey Assmann in flawlessly handling Bartel’s pitches.

Offensively, Grafton did all the scoring it needed with a pair of runs in the first inning. The Hawks turned the game into a rout by adding two runs in the third, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Grafton finished with eight hits, led by Lauren Lennon’s 2-for-2 effort. Assmann was 1-for-3 and drove in two runs.

Besides enjoying a historic pitching performance, the Hawks improved their record to 4-1 in conference play, good for a share of second place. Lutheran fell to 0-5.

Although the Red Knights have struggled this season, they have shown offensive ability. In their two previous games, they lost slugfests to Nicolet (18-17) and Port Washington (31-10).

“Lutheran has a nice team. They can hit the ball, and they played some great defense against us,” Hannam said.

“Their center fielder made four unbelievable catches against us that cost us some runs.”

Ironically, Bartel wasn’t originally scheduled to pitch the whole game, according to Hannam.

“We planned to use her in only the first three innings and then bring in Amanda Hunt to pitch the rest of the way,” he said.

“But every inning, Aly kept getting them out in order, so I couldn’t take her out.”

The game was originally supposed to be played April 19 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

This week, Grafton was scheduled to continue league play against Port Washington at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and host Oakfield in a nonconference contest at 5 p.m. Thursday.

On May 3, the Hawks will host Homestead at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch with the NSC’s first-place team. Grafton will be looking for revenge after losing, 4-3, to the Highlanders on April 18.

 
Versatility pays for Black Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 16:53
SOPHOMORE CATHY BRUNETTE led the Grafton girls‘ track and field team with first-place finishes in three events at the Owl Invitational in Slinger last week — the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump.
                                                         Photo by Sam Arendt

Multiple wins from standouts help Grafton teams score runner-up finishes at Slinger invite


The versatility of standout athletes gave the Grafton track and field teams major boosts in their first outdoor meet of the season last week.

Jason Zahn and Ryan Grange each won two events for the Grafton boys, while Cathy Brunette was a triple winner and Sara Grange won twice for the girls at the annual Owl Invitational in Slinger on April 21.

Zahn, a junior, continued to lead the Black Hawks in the weight events by placing first in the shot put (52 feet, 2 inches) and discus (158-11). Both were personal-best distances.

Grange, a senior, turned in a pair of personal bests while winning the high jump (5-10) and triple jump (36-4-1/2).

The Grafton boys also got firsts from Kevin Wegner in the 300-meter hurdles (43.5), Marcus Hill in the 400 dash (51.4)  — both personal-best times — and four relay teams.

Winning were the 3,200 team of Alex Konop, Steven Duarte, Patrick Tobianski and Adam Kahmann (8:51.21); 800 team of Wegner, Kyle Terry, Grange and Willie McElligott (1:39.2); 400 team of Wegner, Erick Huertas, Terry and McElligott (46.05); and 1,600 team of Grange, Hill, Huertas and Justin Tomashek (3:33.65).

“It was a good first outdoor meet for us,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “It was nice to see all the personal bests.”

The Grafton boys scored 83 points, trailing only Slinger (94) in the four-team meet.

West Bend West was third with 48 points, and Sheboygan South had 40.

Sophomores shine for girls

Brunette did most of the scoring for the Grafton girls, who finished second with 62 points.

The sophomore won the 100 hurdles (16.1), 300 hurdles (52.9) and high jump (5-0).

Sarah Grange, another sophomore, placed first in the 100 dash (13.0) and 200 dash (27.1).

Also winning for the Grafton girls were Kylie Longoria in the 3,200 run (13:25.2); the 3,200 relay team of Longoria, Emily Volkmann, Anna Hauer and Megan Pawlak (11:09.3); 800 team of Carrie Herian, Katelyn Gallun, Anya Dillahunt and Emily
Schreiner (1:53.5); and 400 team of Schreiner, Dillahunt, Victoria Boyer and Grange (54.1).

Slinger won the girls’ competition with 90 points. Sheboygan South (33) took third, and Greendale (20) was fourth.

“The girls did an excellent job in cold, windy conditions,” Kriegel said.

This Saturday, both Grafton teams will  travel to Waukesha for the North Star Classic, which starts at 10 a.m. at North High School.

On May 4, the Hawks will participate in the North Shore Conference relays at Nicolet High School.

 
Slow start helps keep CG-B girls winless in soccer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 16:50
One bad stretch sent the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team to its sixth straight defeat to start the season Monday.


The Rockets lost, 3-2, at Elkhart Lake in the makeup of a Central Lakeshore Conference game postponed April 5.

“The pattern hasn’t changed — we don’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Elias Garza said.

“We had an eight-minute stretch in the first half where we gave up three goals.”

Trailing, 3-0, the Rockets got on the board with a goal from Briana Weyker, who scored just before intermission with an assist from fellow sophomore Halie Schieffer.

Schieffer added a goal in the 60th minute, assisted by Brooke Koepsell.

“We managed to apply more pressure in the second half,” said Garza, who added that the Rockets had several more good scoring chances but couldn’t slip a shot past the Elkhart Lake keeper.

Cedar Grove-Belgium outshot the Resorters, 12-11. Goalie Alyssa Schmitt had five saves for the Rockets.

The loss dropped Cedar Grove-Belgium to 0-4 in league play.

“These are tough losses, yet I know with their hard work, desire and determination, we will soon be able to finish one of these games in the win column,” Garza said.

This week, the Rockets were scheduled to play a makeup game at Howards Grove on Tuesday and host Ozaukee at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Garza said Thursday’s game was moved to Cedar Grove because of damage to Ozaukee’s field.

 
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