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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:21

Grafton girls bank on new blend of talent after taking hit from graduation

Loaded with veteran talent at every position, the Grafton girls’ soccer team staked its claim as one of the state’s top Division 1 programs last season.

But with a new year comes new challenges, and the Black Hawks are no exception.

This time they’ll have to restock a roster that lost nine players to graduation, including standouts such as forward Carley Pfannerstill, midfielders Emma Fatla and Hannah Knauer, defender Gabi Kuester and goalkeeper Alissa Viste.

“Numbers-wise, we’ve graduated this amount in the past, but we never graduated this much talent,” said coach Don Arnold, who guided Grafton to a 20-7-2 record and the state semifinals last year.

“It was definitely a huge hit for us defensively and with the goals lost. It's a challenge, but it’s one that our players can relish.

“It’s another opportunity for them to step up and become leaders.”

The Hawks certainly aren’t short on skills.

Their offensive attack includes forwards such as seniors Angie Mann and Haley Orlowski and junior Zoie Bauer. Mann is the team’s top returning scorer,  finishing with 11 goals and 10 assists last season.

“Angie can attack out of the midfield and on top,” Arnold said. “She’s got a very strong shot.”

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:16

Returning letterwinners brighten Grafton’s forecast for a conference title shot

If a Wisconsin softball team can’t beat winter, it might as well try playing somewhere else a bit warmer — like Alabama.

The Grafton High School squad is scheduled to open this season Tuesday, March 26, with a 4:30 p.m. home game against Cedarburg, but that contest is expected to be
postponed due to a snow-covered field.

If so, the Black Hawks will begin play on a spring-break trip to Foley, Ala. Combining vacation fun with practice, they will face Foley and a team from Kentucky in nonconference
games April 3.

“It should be interesting. We don’t know anything about those teams, but at least it gives us a chance to play,” Grafton coach Ken Hunt said.

When it rounds into shape, Grafton should have one of the North Shore Conference’s top clubs. With seven letterwinners back, including most of their starters, the Hawks have
proven pitching, hitting and defensive skills.

Rockets’ Schmitt stands with CLC’s best PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:13

CG-Belgium guard earns spot on all-league first team; Ozaukee has two on 2nd unit

On a girls’ basketball team that often struggled offensively this season, Alyssa Schmitt was Cedar Grove-Belgium’s steadiest force.

The contributions of the senior guard, who led the Rockets in scoring and rebounding, didn’t go unnoticed by Central Lakeshore Conference foes, either.

Schmitt was one of six players named to the all-conference first team in a recent vote of coaches.

“Alyssa was our go-to player. She is very deserving of the honor,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Nate DePagter said.

Schmitt was the only local player chosen for the All-CLC top team, though several others received recognition.

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