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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:29

Shutout loss to Germantown dampens season debut for Grafton girls’ soccer team

The net was an elusive place for the Grafton girls’ soccer team when it finally had a chance to open the season Monday.

Struggling to get its offense on track, the Black Hawks were blanked, 2-0, by Germantown in a North Shore Conference match played at Whitefish Bay High School.


“We got to get on the field, that was the big thing,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team made its 2013 debut after having its first three games postponed due to inclement weather.


“It would have been better to come away with a win, but we can’t make any excuses. We didn’t play well. You could tell we didn’t have any rhythm going.”


The game was originally scheduled at Germantown on Tuesday, April 16, but was moved to Bay because of unplayable conditions. Bay has an artificial-turf field.  


The Black Hawks faced a tough challenge against a foe that finished second in the conference last year. Playing its third game of the season, Germantown (2-0-1) allowed only four shots.


Staunch defense became the order of the day for both teams, who had to play most of the night in steady rain.

 
Down to the wire for indoor honors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:27

Grafton, Port boys get two wins apiece but can’t escape bottom half of conference meet standings

A thin margin of error took its toll on the Grafton and Port Washington boys’ track and field teams at the North Shore Conference indoor meet April 10.

Despite having several first-place finishes and scoring in a variety of events, both squads found themselves in the bottom half of the final standings.

The depth of opponents — most notably champion Homestead and runner-up Whitefish Bay — was too much to overcome.

“It was disappointing for us,” said Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel, whose team placed sixth in the eight-team meet at Bay with 58.5 points.

“We were within eight points of third place, so we could have done a lot better. There were a number of events we could have scored more in.”

Grafton, which finished just ahead of Port (55 points), was again led by its sprinters.

Junior Erick Huertas continued his strong season by contributing two first-place finishes for the Hawks.

He won the 400-meter dash (52.98 seconds) and anchored a first-place 1,600 relay that also included Sam Miller, Zach Greenwood and Patrick Tobianski (3:39.59).

 
Unsportsmanlike spring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:25

Relentless pounding from snow, rain, cold takes toll on area sports teams

During his 20-plus years of coaching soccer at Grafton High School, Don Arnold thought he had seen just about everything in the sport.

That is until this spring, when his girls’ team has spent more time kicking balls around in gymnasiums and hallways than on the field.

Thank you, Mother Nature.

“This has got to be the worst spring I’ve ever seen for sports,” said Arnold, who like other area coaches has watched practices and games fall victim to lousy weather — first snow, then rain and cold.

“It’s been crazy, like the tale of two  springs. Last year, we had 70-degree days, and everybody was getting suntanned.

“This year, we can’t even get out on the field. It’s not that playing in the rain is a problem because we do that. But the fields are just too soaked, too unsafe to use.”

After having its first three games postponed, Grafton caught a reprieve this week. On Monday night, the Black Hawks were able to use Whitefish Bay High School’s artificial-turf field for their season opener against Germantown.

Few teams have been so lucky. Although track and field squads dodged inclement conditions as they finished their indoor seasons, the sloppy spring has taken its toll on soccer, softball, tennis and golf.

 
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