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Football stars to take final prep bows Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:30

Port, CG-Belgium and Ozaukee standouts, coaches to participate in WFCA All-Star Games Saturday in Oshkosh

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games scheduled for Saturday, July 15, at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will include six players who graduated from local schools this spring.
Port Washington, Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee will each have two players in the games.
All four coaches in the Ozaukee Press coverage area are assisting the squads. Port’s John Bunyan — the North Shore Coach of the Year — and Grafton’s Sean Behrend will help lead the North Large team. Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Dan Schreurs and Ozaukee’s Jim Lippe will assist the South Small team.
The North Large school roster includes former Port offensive lineman and future Wisconsin Badger lineman Tyler Beach and running back Matt Ruppel.
Beach often blocked two defenders at once in helping lead a Port line that averaged nearly 255 yards rushing per game.
Ruppel led the North Shore Conference in rushing for the second straight season, this year totaling 1,197 yards and averaging 7.4 yards per carry. He scored 18 touchdowns and broke the school record for career touchdowns with 43.
The South Small school team includes Cedar Grove-Belgium’s state record-breaking quarterback Josh Weiss and wide receiver Reid Hilbelink and Ozaukee quarterback Joe Lippe and offensive lineman Anthony Rauch. Lippe is listed as a utility player on the roster.
Weiss and Hilbelink lit up the scoreboard in leading the Rockets to a 12-2 record and a WIAA state title game.
Weiss was named to the WFCA all-state team and the Associated Press all-state second team. He completed 253 of 356 passes (71.1%). He threw for 4,231 yards and 59 touchdowns, both single-season state records.
Hilbelink caught 97 passes for 1,985 yards and 24 touchdowns, setting single-season state marks for yards and scoring receptions.
Lippe completed 112 of 199 passes for 1,953 yards and 25 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also rushed 122 times for 530 yards and 10 scores.
Rauch, a four-year varsity starter, helped block for a team that racked up more than 2,000 yards each in rushing and passing, including 30 rushing touchdowns and 27 passing scores.
Leading up to the all-star game, players are charged with raising money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Small School game is at 10 a.m. and the Large School game is at 2 p.m., with both contests at Titan Stadium.

Rockets hang tough entering playoffs PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:22

Baseball team hopes to step up despite losing final two games of regular season

The Cedar Grove-Belgium baseball team lost its final two regular-season games but still headed into the WIAA summer playoffs with momentum.
The Rockets lost both ends of a home doubleheader to New Holstein, 4-1, and 7-6, last Friday, with the second game spilling into Saturday thanks to what has become a nearly daily downpour this summer.
KIRST s3070917228 4C“We played really good both games, some of our best baseball,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Tom Race said.
In the first game, Tyler Kraus pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two.
“He’s really coming on,” Race said. “We just didn’t hit as well. We kicked it around a little bit and it cost us.”
Justin Theune went 1-for-3 with a walk, and Matt Dirkse and Josh Weiss each went 1-for-3.

Hogan’s heroics keep Hawks on top PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:16

Senior uses glove, bat to help Grafton baseball team secure pair of one-run wins

Regardless of what happened in the WIAA playoffs this week, Grafton senior Mike Hogan has a couple of baseball memories to last a lifetime.
In both of Grafton’s one-run victories last week, Hogan made the play to win the games, one with his glove and the other with his bat.
Against Pewaukee on Saturday, the Black Hawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings.
“We really took advantage of early opportunities,” coach Brian Durst said.
2ND BASE PORT s4070317159 4CPewaukee, on its senior day, battled back. Going into the seventh, Grafton nursed a 6-5 lead.
With two outs and the bases empty, the Black Hawks got a rally going. Caleb Horvath singled and stole second.

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