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Pressure-cooker test puts Rockets on top PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:34

Late rally lifts CG-Belgium past Oostburg in showdown for conference championship

If a football team’s mettle is best measured by how it plays at crunch time, the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets passed a tough test with high marks last Friday night.

They also grabbed their biggest reward of the season to date: their third straight Central Lakeshore Conference title in a showdown with longtime rival Oostburg.

After seeing an 18-point, third-quarter lead fade, Cedar Grove-Belgium faced a 27-24 deficit in the closing minutes. But there was still time for one more drive, and the Rockets made the most of it.

Quarterback Drew Emperley found wide receiver Logan Peterson open for an 8-yard touchdown pass with just 45 seconds left and then added a two-point conversion run, as Cedar Grove-Belgium surged ahead to stay, 32-27.

When Justin Obbink intercepted a desperation pass on Oostburg’s final possession, the celebration officially began.

“It was a great high school football game,” said Rockets coach Chris Zablocki, whose team finished 5-0 in CLC play, improved to 8-1 overall and received a No. 1 seed for the WIAA Division 5 playoffs that start this week.

“We had our chances to put Oostburg away earlier, but we failed to score twice in the red zone and fumbled five times and lost three of them. It came down to the end, and our kids did a great job of executing.

“It’s a credit to them and our coaching staff. Our seniors really showed their leadership.”

Both teams started the night with 4-0 conference records, setting the stage for a winner-take-all regular-season finale.

Title defense races pay off for Pirates, Rockets PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:30

Norman’s victory leads Port boys to 2nd straight NSC cross-country crown

After winning the 2012 North Shore Conference championship by five points, the Port Washington boys’ cross-country team took aim at a more decisive
statement in its title defense last Saturday.

It all came together for the Pirates, who cruised to a second straight league crown with just 34 points at Tendick Park in Saukville.

All five of Port’s scoring finishers placed in the top 13 of a 61-runner field — a pace that left Grafton a distant second with 66 points.

Eagan Norman led the Pirates with a winning time of 16 minutes, 34 seconds on the 5,000-meter course.

Close behind were teammates Nick Michalowski in third (16:46), Billy Ernest in seventh (16:50), Taylor Godersky in 10th (17:01) and Lucas Bischoff in 13th (17:16).

“I thought the guys competed really well,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said.

Seniors shine as Grafton cruises in season finale PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:25

Weisflog’s big night leads veteran standouts in 62-7 win over Milwaukee Lutheran

If you’re going to celebrate Senior Night, you might as well go all out.

Fittingly, players taking their final bows for the Grafton High School football team last Friday night fueled most of the revelry in a season-ending thumping of Milwaukee Lutheran.

Led by quarterback Choo Weisflog, the Black Hawks got seven touchdowns from seniors on the way to a 62-7 win in North Shore Conference play.

Weisflog ran for a game-high 163 yards and two touchdown on just six carries, as well as throwing three scoring passes — to fellow seniors Alex Gall, Beau Benzschawel and Michael Nielsen.

For good measures, seniors Alex Teich and Brad Hanney had touchdown runs, as Grafton finished with a 3-4 league record.

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