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Warriors rule again in the trenches PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:05

Ozaukee football players repeat as state’s top dogs in lineman competition

Ozaukee football team’s beasts up front proved winning the King of the Trenches competition last year was no fluke.
The Warriors repeated as champions this year, edging Clinton.
The event, held in McFarland July 11, features 10 events for linemen that include lifting weights, pulling and flipping tires, pushing sleds and wheelbarrows and a tug of war.
20170717 181830 SUB 4COzaukee’s total score of 95 points beat Clinton’s 89 and those of eight other teams to bring home consecutive titles and the traveling trophy for another 365 days.
“It just really brings the guys together and just shows that all that hard work in the weight room really pays off,” coach Jim Lippe said.
“For a Division 6 school, we are really big and strong up front.”
While the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers often get the headlines and accolades, Lippe said “to have something for the offensive and defensive linemen to compete in is cool.
“It’s good for our program.”
The Warriors last year won the Big East Conference, sharing the title with Hilbert. The Warriors racked up more than 2,500 yards rushing, 542 tackles, 33 tackles for a loss and 28.5 sacks.
“We’re going to be big and strong up front. We’re really looking forward to the season,” Lippe said.
The Warriors won the junior varsity title as well, making for an optimistic future in blocking and tackling up front.
“We’re pretty fired up about that,” Lippe said.
The competition included 21 teams from 16 schools and more than 150 linemen.

Football: Coaches and players form bonds PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:03

It had been months since they stepped onto a football field in uniform together — most recently at Camp Randall in Madison for the state title game — but it didn’t take Josh Weiss and Reid Hilbelink long to get back into rhythm.
The Cedar Grove-Belgium stars played key roles in leading the South Small School team to a 25-20 comeback victory in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game this month in Oshkosh July 15.
The games serve as a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This year, more than $450,000 was raised.
Down, 20-19, with 9:58 to play, Weiss found River Valley receiver Ryan Wickman for an eight-yard score that turned out to be the game-winner.
Weiss went 15-for-20 for 214 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Hilbelink caught seven balls for 128 yards and a score.
Rockets coach Dan Schreurs, who coached defensive backs in the game, said his two nephews were ready to go from the start of the week.
Oz and CGB ALL STAR FOOTBALL 4C“They were once again their same self. You would have never guessed they were apart seven months,” he said.
“They were right on target right from practice.”
At least five of Hilbelink’s catches came from Weiss, who split time at field general with Brookfield Academy’s Ian Francis. He went 6-for-10 for 77 yards.
Weiss hit Hilbelink for a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter and later for another big pass that reached the 1-yard-line.
Schreurs sat back and watched his prized players work.
“Josh scrambled on a busted play and found Reid wide open in one of the zones,” Schreurs said.
“I kind of chuckled a couple of times. It was just like old times.”
With Weiss in late to ice the game, he went back to his cousin.
“When we needed to kill clock at the end, Josh went to Reid three times on a stop pattern nobody can guard,” Schreurs said.
Hilbelink sprinted, instantly stopped at the first-down marker and jumped forward to move the sticks, sealing a victory after a 20-6 third-quarter deficit.

Dirkse leads all-league Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:59

Senior receives Big East top team spot as one of four CG-Belgium players honored

The best baseball team Cedar Grove-Belgium High School has had in recent memory yielded three All-Big East Conference first-team players and one honorable-mention selection.
Senior Matt Dirkse was named to the first team for the second straight season as outfielder in the coaches’ voting.
JOSH WEISS s2060917026 4CJunior Jason von Heimburg was chosen for the first team as a pitcher after receiving honorable mention last year. Senior Josh Weiss  joined the first team at third base in his first year out for baseball, and junior pitcher Tyler Kraus earned honorable mention.
Despite a shoulder injury keeping him out for four games, Dirkse led the Rockets  in batting average (.516), hits (33) home runs (two), triples (four), total bases (53), on-base percentage (.563) and slugging (.828) and tied for the lead in steals (12). He had eight doubles and knocked in 19 runs.
With Dirkse nursing his shoulder late in the season, coach Tom Race put him in left field for the WIAA playoffs. In an 8-1 victory over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Dirkse had three hits with two doubles and an RBI and scored three runs.

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