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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:21

Grafton girls ride wave of 18 qualifying performances to Division 2 pool final; Port advances two divers

It’s nice to go into the biggest meet of the season fully armed.

The Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team knows the feeling, thanks to a dominant performance in WIAA Division 2 sectional that sends them to this week’s state final with a serious title shot.

“We had some really terrific performances,” Grafton coach John Douglass said after watching his squad win eight events and take the Plymouth Sectional championship with 416 points last Saturday.

“We don’t have the depth of teams that have 50 or 60 kids, but our top-level kids really performed well.

“If they’re not in first place, they’re in second or third. And if they’re not second or third, they’re in the top five or six.

“You can’t ask much more than that.”

The Black Hawks finished well ahead of runner-up Ashwaubenon, which had 367 points, in a 14-team field. Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol was third with 261 points,

Among other local teams, Port Washington was 11th with 82 points.

More importantly, the Hawks had 15 individual sectional performances and all three of their relays advance to the state  meet in Madison. The 18 qualifiers are the most ever by a Grafton team.

Leading the Hawks’ state-worthy efforts were individual firsts by junior Sam Senczyszyn in the 50-yard freestyle (23.29 seconds) and 100 freestyle (50.95), junior Rachel Hauer in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.03), sophomore Natalie Keshemberg in the 100 backstroke (59.87) and freshman Autumn Haebig in the 500 freestyle (5:09.09).

Madison-bound for Grafton with relay wins are the 200 medley team of senior Stephanie Haebig, Hauer, sophomore Katherine Bordetskaya and freshman Emma O’Brien (1:51.63); the 200 freestyle team of Keshemberg, O’Brien, Autumn Haebig and Senczyszyn (1:38.03); and the 400 freestyle team of Autumn Haebig, Keshemberg, Stephanie Haebig and Senczyszyn (3:35.16).

Rockets’ season comes to painful end PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:17

Injuries, turnovers take toll on CG-Belgium football team as it falls to Kewaunee in Div. 5 playoff semifinal game

The injury-ridden Green Bay Packers have nothing on the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football team.

Beleaguered by a flurry of ailments that slowed or sidelined several key players, the host Rockets fell to Kewaunee, 47-12, in a WIAA Division 5 semifinal game last Friday.

On a night when Cedar Grove-Belgium needed to be at full strength to stay with a hard-hitting foe, starting quarterback Drew Emperley (shoulder) and wide receiver Logan Peterson (collarbone) fell victim to first-half injuries.

The Rockets also lost back-up quarterback Josh Weiss to a third-quarter concussion. Adam Chier, their top defensive lineman, returned to the field after a bout of mononucleosis but was slowed by the lingering effects of the illness.

“It was a rough night, but injuries happen, so we can’t use that as an excuse,” Rockets coach Chris Zablocki said.

“You have to have other people step up, and we did that, but we lost a lot of offense with Drew and Logan getting hurt. That made things very tough for us.”

So did the Storm’s Caleb Johnson, who almost single-handedly turned the game in his team’s favor. The senior quarterback/defensive back had a hand in five touchdowns, including two on passes, one on a run and a pair on interception returns.

Hawks’ Demerath joins NSC elite PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:13

Sophomore gets all-league first-team nod from coaches for play that helped Grafton grab share of runner-up honors

It’s not easy for underclassmen to distinguish themselves among senior-dominated talent in North Shore Conference boys’ soccer each fall.

Count Grafton’s Jake Demerath among the chosen few.

All the sophomore midfielder did this season was help the Black Hawks grab a share of second place in the perennially tough NSC race by scoring 10 goals and adding a team-high 10 assists.

Demerath was one of only four underclassmen accorded all-conference first-team honors in a vote of coaches. He made that big of an impression despite being sidelined for a third of the season due to an injury.

“Jake had a great season. He has the ability to score and to set up plays,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team posted a 5-2 league record, good for a second-place tie with Cedarburg and Germantown.

“He missed eight games with a leg muscle injury, but the coaches still recognized how much impact he made.”

Demerath solidified the Hawks’ midfield with his athleticism and leadership.

“He’s very strong, very fast and understands the game of soccer very well,” Arnold said. “He’s everything you want in a central midfielder.”

Conference champion Whitefish Bay  (7-0) led all squads with four first-team selections.

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