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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:04

With more experience and better skills, CG-B girls now take confidence to the field

Coach Scott Soerens and his Cedar Grove-Belgium High School softball team are having more fun than ever this spring.

Now in their fifth year of the sport, the Rockets don’t go into games expecting to lose. Instead, they’re planning to win — a product of improved skills and experience.

“It’s definitely more fun for me. It’s still a lot of the same girls that started as far as the seniors,” Soerens said.Cedar Grove Softball

“I think it’s fun to see them excited that we’re not just going to come in and lose. It adds a new excitement.”

Although the Rockets have usually had good pitching — with Steph Ruppel as their ace for four years and now sophomore Kasie Feind in the role — improved  offense has been the biggest difference in their success.

“I don’t think there were many games where we’ve had nine or 10 hits, and we’re pretty much averaging that now,” Soerens said.

Cedar Grove-Belgium pulled out an 8-7 win at home April 10, hanging on to edge Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler in a Central Lakeshore Conference game.

Lutheran grabbed a 2-1 lead, but the Rockets rallied to go ahead, 8-3, and then survived a late threat.

Freshman Mandy Race relieved Feind and ended the game with one pitch. With runners on first and second and two outs, a liner to senior shortstop Kelly Hubing sealed the win.

 
North Shore first for GHS girls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:44

Grange-led Lady Hawks cruise to their inaugural NSC indoor championship

Grafton High School doesn’t have the largest girls’ track and field team in the North Shore Conference this season, but it certainly has one of the best.

The Black Hawks turned in a history-making performance April 3 by winning their first conference indoor team title in dominant fashion at Cedarburg High School.

Led by three first-place finishes from junior Sara Grange, Grafton scored 100 points, 20 more than runner-up Germantown.

Grange showed her versatility by winning the 55-meter dash (7.64 seconds), 200 dash (27.59) and high jump (5 feet, 2 inches).

The Hawks also got firsts from junior Cathy Brunette in the 55 hurdles (8.89) and the 3,200 relay team of Kylie Longoria, Jamie Karrels, Heidi Bauer and Megan Pawlak (an indoor-team record 10:25.0).

“We dominated the meet, and the 4-by-800 relay set the tone for us,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “They went out and set a record, which really got us going.”

Grafton’s steady scoring also included second-place finishes from Brunette in the high jump (5-0) and the 1,600 relay of Katie Boehm, Anya Dillahunt, Rachel Schmitz and Katelyn Gallun (4:267.9); thirds by Gallun in the 400 dash (1:04.71) and the 640 relay of Emily Schreiner, Dillahunt, Schmitz and Brunette (1:32.57); and fourths by Schreiner in the 55 dash (7.89) and Amber Ducheny in the 3,200 run (12:29.0).

“Overall, it was a nice team effort, with scoring in sprints, hurdles and distances,” Kriegel said.

Kriegel said his team’s goal entering the meet was to score more than 90 points, which he believed might give the Hawks an edge in a title fight with Germantown and Whitefish Bay.

“I thought we would have a good chance to win it if we did that,” he said. “We got 100, which was great.”

Bay finished third in the eight-team standings with 75 points, followed by Milwaukee Lutheran (63.5), Homestead (60.5), Cedarburg (60), Nicolet (51) and Port Washington (31).

Port was led by junior Bianca Benkley, whose third-place time in the 1,600 run (5:17.2) was just one second off the team record.

“Bianca had a great run. She matched last year’s state-qualifying time,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.

The Pirates’ highest-scoring event was the long jump, where they got a third from Emma Shelander (15-9-3/4), fourth by Kristina Rossi (15-5-3/4) and seventh from Anna Pierringer (15-3).

 
Pirate bats put big hit on first two foes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:42

 Softball team shows its power by scoring in bunches during lopsided home wins

The Port Washington High School softball team wasted no time lowering the boom this spring.

Blending hard-hitting offense with sharp pitching, the Pirates cruised to wins in their first two games of the season, most recently an 11-1 victory over Sheboygan South last Friday.

The contest was scoreless through three innings, but host Port erupted for six runs in the fourth and added five runs in the last two frames.

Stephanie Volesky’s bases-loaded triple with one out in the sixth provided the final margin in a game decided by the 10-run rule.

“We just started manufacturing runs,” Pirates coach Steve Schmidt said. “We had a number of timely hits.”

Port’s nine-hit attack was led by Volesky, who went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Kelsey Brockman and Ali Bichler each had two hits.

 
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