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Hawks advance in sectional softball; golfers’ season ends PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 21:23

The Grafton High School softball team is one step closer to its first WIAA state tournament appearance since 1994.
The Black Hawks scored a 4-1 win over state-ranked Waupun in a Division 2 sectional semifinal game in Waupun on Tuesday.
Pitchers Kirsten Krause and Ally Parsons combined to limit the Warriors to four hits.
Grafton built a 4-0 lead by scoring two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Amanda Parsons and her sister Ally had two hits apiece.  
The Hawks (17-5) advance to a sectional final Thursday, when they will play New Berlin West at 5:30 p.m. in Chilton. West (20-6) reached the final with a 5-2 win over Catholic Memorial.
Thursday’s winner advances to the state tournament June 9 to 11 in Madison.
With Tuesday’s victory, Grafton avenged sectional semifinal losses to Waupun (20-5) in 2014 and 2015.

Season ends for local golfers

The Grafton and Ozaukee boys’ golf teams bowed out of the WIAA tournament in sectional play Tuesday.
Grafton tied for seventh place in a Division 2 sectional at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls. The Black Hawks’ 365 total was matched by Racine St. Catherine’s in a 12-team field led by Catholic Memorial at 317.
Grafton was led by Bailey Colber’s 84, good for a share of 12th place. Among his teammates, Jake Pederson shot 90, followed by Ryan Stachurski at 94 and Matt Silasiri and Andrew Henning with 97s.
Ozaukee placed last in a 12-team sectional at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.
The Warriors, who shot 403, were led by Avery Clark and Mitch Meeuwsen with 97s, followed by Nathan LeSage with 103, Grant Klas at 106 and Jack Behrens at 107.
The top two teams and top three individuals who are not members of qualifying teams in each sectional qualified for next week’s state tournament in Madison.

Regional track depth pays off for Grafton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 19:55

Wins abound for sectional-bound Black Hawks; Port, Ozaukee, CG-Belgium athletes also advance

Depth paid big dividends for the Grafton Black Hawks in a WIAA Division 2 regional track and field meet at Brown Deer on Monday.sports1

In the boys’ portion of the meet, Grafton scored 120 points, good for second place among 10 teams, and had 11 individual performances and three relays advance to the sectional level with top-four finishes.

The Grafton girls also excelled in their competition, placing third with 95 points and having nine individual performances and two relays qualify for sectionals.

The boys were led by first-place finishes from Nick Franzen in the discus (145 feet, 9-1/4 inches) and Nick Mills in the pole vault (11-3).

Other individual sectional-qualifying efforts included seconds by Dan McAdams in the pole vault (9-0), Nic Fullington in the 100-meter dash (11.3 seconds); thirds by Isaiah West in the discus (136-10-1/4), Ian Bould in the pole vault (8-6), Noah Vaculik in the 1,600 run (4:47.87) and Max Jensen in the 3,200 run (10:08.39); and fourths by Ryan Melotik in the 400 dash (51.91), West in the shot put (44-7-1/2) and Gordy Thompson in the 3,200 run (10:8.72).

In relay events, the Hawks advanced with second-place finishes by the 800 team of Bobby Olmr, John Kluck, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (1:33.02) and the 400 team of Kluck, Olmr, Zehetner and Fullington (44.3) and a fourth by the 3,200 team of Jake Kempka, Tim Buback, Sam Peters and Ben Weishan (9:04.12).

Milwaukee Lutheran won the boys’ team title with 141 points.

The Grafton girls were paced by first-place finishes from Grace Cleveland in the high jump (5-0), Nathalie Arendt in the pole vault (8-0), Julie Wille in the 1,600 run (5:33.52), the 800 relay of Abby Koby, Abby Cibulka, Nikki Kreutzer and Adele Danner (1:47.61) and the 1,600 relay of Kreutzer, Maria Salm, Julia Wille and Danner (4:12.36).

The Hawks’ other sectional-qualifying efforts included seconds by Cibulka in the long jump (16-3-1/2) and Danner in the 300 hurdles (48.53); thirds by Cibulka in the 100 dash (13.01) and Casey Garza in the discus (97-1-3/4); and fourths by Justin Tiegs in the shot put (33-5-3/4) and Lizbeth Huertas in the 300 hurdles (50.91).

Kettle Moraine Lutheran won the girls’ team title with 132.5 points, and Milwaukee Lutheran was second with 132.

The Hawks will participate in the East Troy sectional at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sullivan wins leads Port girls

Three individual wins, including two by Abeba Sullivan, led the Port Washington girls’ team in a Division 1 regional meet at Plymouth on Monday.

Sullivan, a junior, placed first in the 1,600 run (5:22.31) and 3,200 run (11:47.66), as did teammate Alexis Reichardt in the high jump (5-2).

Catch-up game leaves Grafton lost on the road PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 19:53

Playing from behind didn’t work well for the Grafton girls’ soccer team on a trip to Shorewood last Friday.


Surrendering two goals during a four-minute span in the middle of a nonconference match, the Black Hawks couldn’t recover in a 3-2 loss.

The game was scoreless until Shorewood found the net in the 43rd minute. The Greyhounds struck again just two minutes into the second half, taking a 2-0 advantage.

Grafton got on the board in the 65th minute when Rhylan Gosselin scored with an assist from Malaya Sperber, but Shorewood countered with a goal at 84 minutes.

Although Monica Geiser’s unassisted goal in the 88th minute pulled the Hawks within striking distance, it was too little too late.

“You have to come out focused. You can’t pick and choose when you want to play,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team slipped to 8-6-2 overall.

“It was a costly loss because it may have big implications for us in (WIAA) tournament seedings. Those are the kind of letdowns we can’t have.

“Hopefully, we will learn from it.”

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