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Hawks’ true-grit comeback falls short PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:10

Knauer-led rally in final quarter not enough for hard-working Grafton in close loss to Cedarburg

If football teams received extra points for grit, the Grafton Black Hawks could have walked off the field with an upset win last Friday night.sports1

As it turned out, coach Shaun Behrend’s team had to settle for a what-if, 20-17 loss to rival Cedarburg in a North Shore Conference tussle that wasn’t decided until the final minute.

“We had our chances. The kids played hard,” said Behrend, whose team fell to 1-5 in NSC play with the Senior Night defeat

“We just have to learn to make more plays at the right time.”

Trailing, 20-9, entering the fourth quarter, host Grafton warmed up a comeback bid on a chilly night with a 45-yard touchdown run by Caden Knauer.

The sophomore snagged a pitch from quarterback Hayden Proefrock on an option play to the left and sprinted down the sideline for the score. A two-point conversion pass failed, but the Hawks pulled within 20-15 with nine minutes, 15 seconds left.

Cedarburg mounted a time-consuming drive on its next possession, during which a 31-yard touchdown run by Clayton Van Tassel was wiped out by an illegal block.  When the Bulldogs failed on a fourth-down pass, Grafton got the ball back at its 29 with 4:04 to play.

Short-handed Hawks trail at Bulldog PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:08

With half of their lineup missing, Grafton girls fall to 8th place at annual swim invitational in Cedarburg

A seriously short-handed lineup got the better of the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving squad last Saturday.sports2

After posting top-four finishes at the Bulldog Invitational in Cedarburg each of the past five seasons, the Black Hawks slipped to eighth out of 13 teams this time.

“We were missing 10 of our 21 athletes, which made it tough to compete,” Grafton coach Tom Miazga said.

“We didn’t have two of our best swimmers (Autumn Haebig and Mallory Fox) and a lot of our depth was gone.”

With nearly half of his roster missing due to recruiting trips, illness and family commitments, Miazga said he used the meet as a learning experience for the remaining team members.

“It was only our second invitational of the year, and a lot of girls really stepped up,” he said. “We had multiple best times, some of them by four and five seconds per race.”

Scoring drought saddles Hawks with rematch loss to Tosa East PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:02

Last year, the Grafton boys’ soccer team had no trouble finding the net when it battled Wauwatosa East to a 6-6 draw in a nonconference game.sports3

But the Black Hawks lost their shooting touch when the teams met for a 2016 rematch Oct. 6.

Host East grabbed an early lead and pulled away for a 3-0 win that left Grafton coach Don Arnold and his players wondering “what if.”

“We were in it most of the game, but simple things like not making the right pass or finishing on shots hurt us,” said Arnold, whose squad fell to 6-4-3.

“Tosa East is a solid team, so we wanted them on our schedule. It’s a chance for us to face some good opposition as we get ready for the playoffs.”

East (8-7-2) got the only goal it needed in the 15th minute when Jack Glynn scored with an assist from Joey Kortas. The Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead into intermission.

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