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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:48

With most of their state qualifiers back and new coach, Grafton girls set sights on high honors in swimming, diving

There’s a bounty of talent on the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team this season.

There’s also a new poolside leader.

John Douglass, a longtime coach for the University School/Brown Deer co-op team, has taken over the head coaching job. He succeeded Adan Burgos, who stepped down after last season.

Douglass, who most recently served as an assistant swim coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is enthused about taking over a Grafton team that last year placed eighth in the WIAA Division 2 state meet.

Bolstered by the return of most of its state qualifiers, including sophomore standout Sam Senczyszyn, the Black Hawks should again be among the area’s top Division 2 squads.

 
Springs too much for Warriors again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:46

Defending Division 5 state champ continues to flex its muscles in rematch with Ozaukee football team

Two years ago, when Jim Lippe took over the varsity football coaching reins at Ozaukee High School, he expressed the belief that you only become a championship team by playing title-caliber opponents.

Last Friday, the Warriors continued that approach when they faced St. Mary’s Springs, the defending WIAA Division 5 state champ, for the third time in the past two years.

And for the third time, the meeting left Ozaukee with a lopsided loss, this time by a 48-7 margin in Fond du Lac.

“When you play the undisputed best team in the state in our division, you have to take that into consideration when you look at how the game goes,” Lippe said.

“It’s a really tough comparison. That being said, we remain one of the few teams that can consistently score on Springs.”

 
On course: With top runners back, Port teams set to pursue cross-country honors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:57

After seeing his team finish in the middle of the pack at the North Shore Conference meet last season, Port Washington boys’ cross-country coach Mark Pasten is hoping for better things this fall.

It’s not just wishful thinking, either.

With the best of last year’s runners back in the fold, the Pirates are poised to show strength in numbers.

“We return all seven runners from our sectional team, and they are looking good,” Pasten said.

“The kids worked really hard this summer. I think we will be in good shape.”

Port, which placed fourth in the conference meet, is led by senior Jason Marhal, who developed into the Pirates’ No. 1 runner. He was the Pirates’ lone qualifier for the WIAA Division 2 state meet, capping the season with a 32nd-place finish.


Joining Marhal as the team’s top runners are seniors Jack Skelton-Miller and Joe Bortolotti, juniors Bill Ernest and Taylor Godersky and sophomores Eagan Norman and Nick Michalowski.

Pasten also expects senior Alex Balister and junior Matt Froelich to contribute at the varsity level.

“It’s a nice mix. There’s not a big drop-off from one to seven, so our depth should be good,” he said.

Marhal continued his strong junior season with an excellent track season and has stepped up as a leader again this fall, Pasten noted.

 
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