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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 15:08
FRESHMAN Sydney Greisch participated in the high jump for the Port Washington girls’ track and field team at the Spartan Invitational as well as running the 400-meter dash and on a first-place 1,600 relay team.                                                         Photo by Sam Arendt

Steady scoring helps Port boys, girls place 3rd at Oshkosh invitational


Well-balanced performances served the Port Washington track and field teams well in the Spartan Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh last Friday.

Scoring in 15 of 18 events, the Port girls’ squad finished third in a nine-team field with 95 points.

The Pirates’ boys did almost as well, scoring in 14 of 18 events and sharing third out of 10 teams with 70 points.

“It was a good all-around effort,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said. “We scored in every event where we had kids entered.”

The top finish for the Pirates’ girls came in the 1,600-meter relay, where Sydney Greisch, Kristina Rossi, Anna Pierringer and Payton Greisch combined for a winning time of 4 minutes, 20.78 seconds.

Placing second for Port were Bianca Benkley in the 1,600 run (5:27.23), Marly Trier in the discus (111 feet, 8 inches) and the 3,200 relay team of Diana Seer, Rossi, Bonnie Allen and Benkley (10:12.69).

The Pirates received third-place efforts from Payton Greisch in the 400 dash (1:01.66), Emma Shelander in the triple jump (33-6-3/4) and Sarah Carini in the discus (106-1) and fourths from Kristen Smith in the 200 dash (29.65), Allen in the 800 run (2:39.07), Pierringer in the triple jump (33-6) and Trier in the shot put (33-2).

Placing fifth were Sydney Greisch in the 400 dash (1:04.79) and the 800 relay team of Smith, Julia Von Buddenbrock, Rossi and Shelander (1:56.86).

The Pirates more than held their own in a meet filled with teams from larger schools. Green Bay Preble won the girls’ title with 172 points, and Lakeland Union was second with 103.

“We were one of the smallest teams, so we did pretty well,” Adamak said.

The lone victory for the Port boys came in the meet’s final event, the 1,600 relay. The team of Boomer Scheel, Justin Fote, Augie Yates and Joe McIlree combined for a winning time of 3:34.94, with McIlree pulling away from the rest of the field down the stretch.

Placing second for the Pirates were Zach Hauser in the discus (a personal-best 144-4) and the 3,200 relay team of McIlree, Jake Verfuerth, Jared Burris and Jared Sandlin (8:24.32).

“I was pleased to take third in this meet,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said. “I thought we would probably be right in the middle of the field, but we did even better.”

Stevens Point won the boys’ title with 137 points, and Appleton East was second with 126. Port and Lakeland Union shared third.

Also bolstering the Pirates were fourth-place finishes by Yates in the 1,600 run (a personal-best 4:33.59), Adam Schoenfeld in the long jump (a personal-best 19-10-3/4) and Carlos Helmstedt in the discus (128-2).

Taking fifth were Scheel in the 400 dash (55.54), Verfuerth in the 800 run (2:10.68) and Nathan Penkwitz in the shot  put (44-7).

Pasten also singled out freshman Marty Franzkowiak, who placed sixth in the 100 dash (11.91) and seventh in the 200 dash (24.06).

This week, both Port teams were scheduled to travel to Nicolet High School on Wednesday for the North Shore Conference relays at 3:30 p.m.

On May 10, the Pirates will participate in the Menomonee Falls Invitational at 3:30 p.m.

Zahn’s record-setting effort leads Hawks

Jason Zahn stole the show for the Grafton Black Hawks at the North Star Classic in Waukesha last Saturday.

In addition to winning the discus with a school-record throw of 170-1, he placed second in the shot put with a personal-best effort of 52-8-1/2.

Zahn shattered the previous Grafton boys’ discus mark of 166-8, set by Andy Drzewiecki in 2001.

“It’s quite an accomplishment. Jason has worked very hard,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.

“Our goal is to have Jason get into the mid-170s this season, which is certainly within his reach.”

The Grafton boys scored 38 points, good for 10th place in the 16-team standings. Arrowhead won the meet with 151 points, and Brookfield East was second with 108.

The Hawks’ other scoring finishes included seconds by Justin Tomashek in the 600 run (1:24.78) and the 1,600 relay team of Erick Huertas, Kevin Wegner, Stefan Lundgren and Tomashek (3:31.7) and a fifth by the 800 relay team of Jack Howman,
Wegner, Huertes and Tomashek (1:34.41).

Kriegel said his team was limited by the absence of several regular performers, including Ryan Grange, Marcus Hill and Willie McElligott.

Sophomores Cathy Brunette and Sarah Grange led the Grafton girls, who scored 47 points in their portion of the meet, good for a share of seventh place with Oconomowoc.

Brunette won the high jump (a personal-best 5-3) and was second in the 100 hurdles (16.05).

Grange took second in the high jump (tying a personal-best 5-0), third in the 200 dash (a personal-best 26.94) and fifth in the 100 dash (13.72).

“Cathy’s 5-3 was a huge jump,” Kriegel said. “She also did well in the hurdles, so she’s on pace to go to state in both events.”

Grafton’s other scoring finishes were a fourth by the 1,600 relay team of Katelyn Gallun, Anya Dillahunt, Kylie Longoria and Grange (4:23.19), fifth by Amber Ducheny in the 3,200 run (12:29.78) and eighth by Gallun in the 600 run (1:50.35).

“We had three girls out of this meet, so the ones we had did very well,” Kriegel said.

Both Grafton squads were scheduled to compete in the North Shore Conference relays at Nicolet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

They will then participate in the Menomonee Falls Invitational at 3:30 p.m. May 10.

 
Grafton golfers edge closer with another 6th in NSC meet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 15:05

The Grafton golf team continued to occupy a familiar place when it finished sixth for the third straight time in a North Shore Conference nine-hole meet at Tripoli Country Club Monday.

However, the Black Hawks are edging closer to a higher finish, shooting a 178 that left them just nine strokes out of fourth place.

“We shaved 11 strokes off our score in the last conference meet,” Grafton coach Phil Trottier said.

“I was pleased with the way the guys played. We worked on course management, and  it paid off.”

Josh Wimmer shot a 41 to lead the Hawks, who also got a 43 from Austin Hayburn and 47s from Ryan Hartwig and Ty Chopp. Emmett Schaut’s 51 wasn’t counted.

Homestead won the meet with 160, led by Jordan Niebrugge’s medalist 35.

Germantown and Whitefish Bay shared second place at 167, followed by Cedarburg and Nicolet (both 169), Grafton, Milwaukee Lutheran (194) and Port Washington (202).

Port was led by Jacob Schowalter’s 47. The Pirates’ other scores were Joey Henkle with a 49, Steven Wick at 52 and David Szpara and Kyle Williams with 54s.

Grafton takes 2nd in scramble tournament

The Hawks turned in a strong performance at the Campbellsport Scramble on April 30, earning runner-up honors in an eight-team field.

Grafton shot a seven-under-par 65 on the Auburn Hills course, trailing only Milwaukee Marquette’s 62.

The Hawks lineup included Hartwig, Wimmer, Schaut and Hayburn.

Grafton and Port will both continue play this week.

After participating in the Manitowoc Lutheran Invitational on Thursday at Fox Hills, the Pirates will host the annual Port Washington Invitational at 8 a.m. Friday at Hawthorne Hills. Grafton will be among the 18 teams scheduled to play.

Both local teams will resume conference competition at the next NSC nine-hole meet May 9 at Ozaukee Country Club.

 
Bartel’s gem one for the record books PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 16:55
Aly Bartel

Senior pitcher secures place in Grafton softball annals by tossing perfect game against Milwaukee Lutheran


Stu Hannam has seen his fair share of stellar pitching performances in 13 years as head coach of the Grafton High School softball team.

But Aly Bartel’s gem against Milwaukee Lutheran last week now tops his list.

The senior left-hander not only no-hit the host Red Knights in a North Shore Conference game April 21, she achieved perfection in the process.

Bartel retired all 21 batters she faced in a 7-0, seven-inning win, with none of them managing to get the ball out of the infield, Hannam said.

“That’s the first seven-inning perfect game I’ve seen in all my years at Grafton,” he said. “Aly just did such a nice job of throwing strikes and getting batters to hit it on the ground.

“And our defense was outstanding. They made all the plays they had to.”

Bartel helped make things easier for her teammates by striking out nine in the first no-hitter of her career. However, the Black Hawks’ infield was equally sharp, especially in the late going.

In the seventh, first baseman Kim Schacht and second baseman Emily Kabitzke each fielded hard-hit balls cleanly to preserve the perfect game, Hannam said.

Hannam also praised the work of senior catcher Casey Assmann in flawlessly handling Bartel’s pitches.

Offensively, Grafton did all the scoring it needed with a pair of runs in the first inning. The Hawks turned the game into a rout by adding two runs in the third, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Grafton finished with eight hits, led by Lauren Lennon’s 2-for-2 effort. Assmann was 1-for-3 and drove in two runs.

Besides enjoying a historic pitching performance, the Hawks improved their record to 4-1 in conference play, good for a share of second place. Lutheran fell to 0-5.

Although the Red Knights have struggled this season, they have shown offensive ability. In their two previous games, they lost slugfests to Nicolet (18-17) and Port Washington (31-10).

“Lutheran has a nice team. They can hit the ball, and they played some great defense against us,” Hannam said.

“Their center fielder made four unbelievable catches against us that cost us some runs.”

Ironically, Bartel wasn’t originally scheduled to pitch the whole game, according to Hannam.

“We planned to use her in only the first three innings and then bring in Amanda Hunt to pitch the rest of the way,” he said.

“But every inning, Aly kept getting them out in order, so I couldn’t take her out.”

The game was originally supposed to be played April 19 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

This week, Grafton was scheduled to continue league play against Port Washington at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and host Oakfield in a nonconference contest at 5 p.m. Thursday.

On May 3, the Hawks will host Homestead at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch with the NSC’s first-place team. Grafton will be looking for revenge after losing, 4-3, to the Highlanders on April 18.

 
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