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Fast start, solid finish for Port boys in NSC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 15:56
JARED SANDLIN (left) took the handoff from Jared Burris at the start of the anchor leg on the Port Washington boys’ winning 3,200-meter relay team at the conference indoor meet.
                Photo by Sam Arendt

Opening race victory helps Pirates to 4th place overall; Grafton’s Zahn wins shot


A victory in the first race didn’t propel the Port Washington boys’ track and field team to the top at the North Shore Conference indoor meet March 31, but it certainly gave the Pirates a quick boost.

“It was a great way to start out,” Port coach Mark Pasten said of his team’s victory in the 3,200-meter relay event at Homestead High School.

“The guys ran well in that race and throughout the meet.”

An all-senior lineup of Joe McIlree, Augie Yates, Jared Burris and Jared Sandlin combined for a winning time of 8 minutes, 46.64 seconds in the 3,200 relay.

Port finished the day with 52.5 points, good for fourth in the eight-team standings.

Homestead dominated the meet with a first-place score of 145.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Germantown’s 119.

Milwaukee Lutheran was third with 53.5 points, followed by Port, Grafton (48), Whitefish Bay (45.5), Cedarburg (41.5) and Nicolet (16.5).

The Pirates’ other scoring finishes included a second by Sandlin in the 800 run (2:04.81), third by Justin Fote in the 1,600 run (4:44.08), fourths by Jake Verfuerth in the 1,600 run (4:46.94) and McIlree in the 400 dash (56.47), fifth by Adam Schoenfeld in the long jump (20 feet, 5 inches) and sixths by Derek Haley in the pole vault (11-0), Yates in the 3,200 run (10:32.3) and the 1,600 relay team of Dan Karrels, Fote, Boomer Scheel and Nathan Kitzerow (3:58.07).

Pasten praised his middle and long-distance runners, noting Sandlin led the 800 race until the final 20 meters and Fote and Verfuerth were first and second, respectively, in the 1600 race until the last lap.

“Overall, it was a good team effort. I was pretty happy,” he said.

Grafton was led by Jason Zahn’s impressive win in the shot put. The junior had a first-place throw of 52-1-1/4, more than two feet farther than runner-up Kyle Schober of Homestead (49-8-3/4).

The Black Hawks also got a strong effort from sophomore Willie McElligott, who shared second place in the 200 dash with Germantown’s Jake Richmond. Both finished in
24.59.

While pleased with some of his team’s finishes, Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel was disappointed with fifth place in the overall standings.

“We were hoping for third place,” he said. “That was realistic. With a few stronger efforts in some events, we would have been there.”

The Hawks’ other top-six finishes included thirds by Justin Tomashek in the 400 dash (56.09) and the 640 relay team of McElligott, Zach DeBuhr, Cody Bobholz and Marcus
Hill (1:19.4), fourths by McElligott in the 55 dash (6.89) and the 3,200 relay team (9:13.05) and fifths by Hill in the 200 dash (24.81) and the 1,600 relay team of Bobholz, Ryan Grange, Hill and Tomashek (3:55.22).

 
Southern soccer comfort PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 15:55
JUNIOR HANNAH KNAUER is one of several veteran players being counted to spark the Grafton girls’ soccer team in the quest for titles in the North Shore Conference and beyond this season.       Press file photo

GHS girls’ team opens high-expectation season with wins on Hilton Head trip


While most other area soccer teams were battling chilly spring weather along with opponents last week, the Grafton girls’ squad took a warm approach to the task.


The Black Hawks made the most of a spring-break trip to Hilton Head, S.C., for the second straight year by winning two of three games against out-of-state foes.

“It was a great trip. The weather was rainy, but it was warm, and we got to play against some good teams,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

“It was a great chance for us to get in some good soccer and bond as a team.”

The Hawks, who are pegged as one of the title favorites in the North Shore Conference this season, opened the season with a 4-1 win over St. Vincent’s Academy of Savannah, Ga., on March 30. A 2-1 loss to highly regarded Hilton Head on March 31 was followed by a 6-4 win over Frederica Academy of Savannah last Friday.

The match against Hilton Head, one of the top-ranked teams in South Carolina, was “a fantastic game,” Arnold said.

“It was a very physical, intense game against a real quality opponent.

Hilton Head scored in the 26th minute on a 20-yard shot that deflected off a Grafton defender, but the Hawks countered at 43 minutes with a goal by Tess Safstrom, assisted by Emma Fatla.

The Seahawks got the game winner on a head ball in the 63rd minute.

Hilton Head finished with a 15-13 edge in shots.

“The result wasn’t what we wanted, but we played at a high level,” Arnold said. “It showed us what we are capable of, even this early in the season.”

 
Sprinters give Grafton boys lift in Madison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 15:51

McElligott leads way as Black Hawks make their mark at annual West Relays


Sprinting success made a trip to Madison worthwhile for the Grafton boys’ track and field team last Saturday.


Led by Willie McElligott, the Black Hawks won one race and placed second in three other Class B events at the annual Madison West Relays.

Grafton’s victory came from the 400-meter relay team of McElligott, Ryan Grange, Justin Tomashek and Marcus Hill, which was clocked in 46.03 seconds.

McElligott took second in the 200 dash (23.5), as did the 1,600 relay team of McElligott, Grange, Hill and Tomashek (3:35.41) and junior Jason Zahn in the shot put (52 feet, 3
inches).

Placing sixth for the Hawks was the 3,200 relay team of Tomashek, Steven Duarte, Matt Salm and Chris Rose (8:41.44).

“We only took a few guys to the meet, and they did very well,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.

“It was a good chance for us to go up against some bigger teams and see how we could do.”

The Black Hawks finished sixth in the 21-team Class B standings with 37 points.

Tomah placed first with 89.5 points, and Catholic Memorial was second with 54.

Among other Grafton athletes, Chris Rose took 10th in the 800 run (2:11.42), and Hill was 14th in the 55 dash (7.0).

The Hawks were without one of their top sprinters, sophomore Zach DeBuhr.

 
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