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No sweat for Lady Hawks on way to soccer sectional PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:30

With a No. 2 seed for the WIAA tournament, there was no question the Grafton girls’ soccer team would be favored in its two regional games last week.

But even die-hard fans of the Black Hawks might not have expected wins by double-digit margins at home.
Scoring early and often, Grafton rolled past third-seeded St. Thomas More, 10-0, in Saturday’s regional title match.Sports 3
The win came on the heels of a 13-0 semifinal victory over seventh-seeded St. Anthony.
Each game was called on the 10-goal rule after 60 minutes.
Grafton’s reward is a sectional semifinal game against top-seeded and host Shorewood at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 9.
“I was expecting a much tougher game against Thomas More,” Hawks coach Don Arnold said.
“We played aggressively, showed great teamwork and took advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
Grafton ended the suspense by scoring seven times in the first half.
Hailey Block led the attack with two goals. Adding one goal apiece were Malaya Sperber, Taylor Bould, Maddie Depke, Abby Schad, Sara Zimmerman, Gretchen Geiser, Laura Stockhausen and Faith Kettenhoven.
Block and Stockhausen each had two assists. Credited with one apiece were Caitlin Kugi, Hailey Hacker, Geiser, Schad and Sperber.
The Hawks had an even easier time against a short-handed St. Anthony team, scoring four times in the first nine minutes.
The lead reached 10-0 by halftime. Stockhausen’s third goal of the night in the 60th minute ended the rout.

Hawks soar to state track with talent to burn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 21:33

Grafton boys’, girls’ teams each have five qualifying performances for WIAA Division 2 finals in La Crosse

Grafton High School will take plenty of talent and motivation to this weekend’s WIAA Division 2 state track and field meet in La Crosse.

The Black Hawks’ boys’ and girls’ teams each had five state-qualifying performances at a sectional meet in East Troy on May 26.
Leading the boys were second-place finishes from seniors Isaiah West in the discus (150 feet, 3 inches) and Nic Fullington in the 100-meter dash (11.09).
Also advancing with top-four performances were the 800 relay of Bobby Olmr, John Kluck, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (third in a season-best 1:30.82), Max Jensen in the 3,200 run (fourth in 9:46.7) and the 400 relay of Kluck, Olmr, Zehetner and Fullington (fourth in a season-best 43.96).
“We had a lot of people come through,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.
“We always pride ourselves on our relays, and they really stepped up again.”
Three of the Hawks earned return trips to state. Last year, Fullington qualified as a member of the 800 and 1,600 relays, as did Olmr in the 800 relay and Jensen in the 3,200 run.

One hit just enough for a title PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 21:28

Stanisch’s RBI single gives Grafton the last word in 1-0 regional final victory over Kewaskum

How can you win a softball game when you strike out 16 times and manage only one hit?

If you’re the Grafton Black Hawks, you find a way to manufacture a victory.
Coach Ken Hunt’s team combined equal parts solid pitching, steady defense and small-ball offense to outlast Kewaskum, 1-0, in a WIAA Division 2 regional title game last Friday.
Not only did the Hawks earn a trip to sectional play this week, they chalked up a memorable win in a pitchers’ duel that was short on hitting but long on heroics.Sports2
Kewaskum’s Kennedy Lehn did everything she could to help her team avoid losing to Grafton for the fourth straight year in regional play. The hard-throwing freshman struck out 16, including 11 of the first 12 batters she faced, walked two and didn’t allow a base runner until the fifth inning.
But it wasn’t enough to clip the Hawks, who cashed in on their only scoring opportunity of the game.
Ally Parsons broke up Lehn’s bid for a perfect game by drawing a full-count walk to start the bottom of the fifth. She stole second base and raced home when Abby Stanisch blooped a single to left field.

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