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Feisty Hawks bow in season opener PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 20:56

Grafton football teamshows fight in coach’s debutbefore Slinger pulls away

Ozaukee Press staffIt’s not often that 26-point defeats in football games can be considered misleading.sports3

Grafton’s 33-7 loss to Slinger last Friday could be called an exception.

Although the host Black Hawks came up short in a bid to make Shaun Behrend’s coaching debut a winner, they displayed an equal amount of grit.

Not only did Grafton get on the scoreboard first, it stayed in contention until the fourth quarter against a nonconference foe with more size and depth.

“Our guys went out and showed they can compete,” said Behrend, who is trying to get the Hawks’ program turned around as their fourth coach in the past four seasons.

“We had a lot of kids who knew they would have to play a lot of football because we don’t have the numbers. But they kept playing hard and gave themselves a chance to win.”

Besides having 20 fewer players on their roster than Slinger, the Hawks faced an uphill battle in the trenches. The Owls used several 300-pound linemen against Grafton fronts that average less than 240.

Embracing the triathlon challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 21:38

Grafton man emerges as overall adult winner in annual Seven Hills competition; Saukville girl races to youth title 

James Holmes embraced a test of will and skill last Saturday.sports1

The 43-year-old Grafton resident emerged as the overall winner in the sprint portion of the seventh annual City of Seven Hills Triathlon in Port Washington.

Holmes posted a cumulative time of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 24 seconds in the adult competition, which included a 400-meter swim in Pirates’ Hollow Waterpark, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5K run.

The overall runner-up and fastest female finisher was Bianca Benkley, 21, of Port Washington, who was timed in 1:14:27.

Winning the relay competition was the DeMerit team, which included Vince Zuccaro (swimming), J.B. Nosko (biking) and Charles DeMerit (running). Their collaborative time was 1:08:46.

This year’s event also included the third annual super sprint triathlon for athletes ages 13 and younger, who participated in a 200-meter swim, 7K bike ride and 2K run.  

Kamryn Lapacek, 12, of Saukville was the overall winner in 40:10. Close behind was runner-up Ashley Bensen in 40:47.

Garza returns to Rockets’ sideline this fall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 21:35

Longtime CG-Belgiumgirls’ soccer coach chosento oversee boys’ program

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School has turned to a well-known local coach to oversee its boys’ soccer program this fall.sports2

Elias Garza, the school’s longtime girls’ soccer coach, is adding the varsity boys’ position to his responsibilities.

Garza said several factors influenced his decision to become the successor to last year’s coach, Josh Kohls.

“I am a graduate of Cedar Grove-Belgium, thus the familiarity with the school, players and staff,” he said.

“I’m currently the girls’ soccer coach and having my son Zac collaborate with me on managerial responsibilities, as he does with the girls program, will only add to the appeal and make the transition less turbulent.”

Elias Garza takes over a program that hasn’t had a head coach stay longer than two seasons since 2010. He filled as boys’ coach for part of the 2012 season.

“Coach Garza brings knowledge, experience, energy and a love for Cedar Grove-Belgium High School to this position,” Athletic Director Scott Parsons said.

“Being a CG-B alum, this is more than just another coaching opportunity for him. Our hope is coach Garza will add much-needed consistency to the boys’ soccer program.”

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