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Hard-hitting Pirates turn the corner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 18:03

 

Big defensive stop helps spark 2nd-half comeback that carries Port football team past Westosha Central

You never know when one big hit will turn a football team’s fortunes.

Facing an uphill battle on the road, the Port Washington Pirates trailed Westosha Central by 10 points midway through the second half of a nonconference game last Friday.

Sensing that his team needed a spark, defensive lineman Andrew Drake fired off the ball and dumped a Central running back for a 4-yard loss. Besides breaking up the play, Drake’s
bone-jarring tackle fueled a determined comeback that led to a 27-23, nonconference win for the Pirates.

“From that moment, we got a stop and just kept rolling,” said Port coach Tim Greisch, whose team evened its season record at 1-1.

“Andrew is 6-2, 338 pounds, and when he got excited, everyone else did, too. We started playing even harder.”

After giving up 23 points through the first three quarters, the Pirates’ defense pitched a shutout in the final period and set the stage for offensive heroics, as well.

Port’s hardest-hitting player with the ball was fullback Alex Multerer, who rushed for a game-high 158 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. The senior scored the Pirates’ final three touchdowns, including a 15-yard charge with 35 seconds left that capped the rally.

Multerer accounted for all of Port’s second-half touchdowns, including scoring runs of four and eight yards that chipped away at the Central lead.

“I have never seen a kid run harder with the ball than Alex did in the second half,” Greisch said. “When he saw the end zone on that last touchdown, he was not going to be denied.”

Any hope the Falcons had of a last-second comeback were snuffed on the ensuing kickoff when Port recovered a muffed ball.

“It was a great win for a young football team that’s still trying to put it all together,” Greisch said. “It was just what we needed.”

But Westosha Central made sure it didn’t come easily.

The Falcons, who defeated Port, 20-0, last season, appeared headed for a repeat when they controlled the first half and took a 15-6 lead into the break. Quarterback Austin Damaschke did most of the damage, rushing for most of his team-high 143 yards on 21 carries and throwing a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jason Castona.

When Jared Zirbel added a 7-yard scoring run in the third quarter, the Falcons owned their biggest lead.

Port’s lone score of the first half came on a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Devenport to tight end Shane Kennedy.

“The game started out a lot like the season opener,” Greisch said. “We couldn’t stop anybody and were getting beat physically up front, so we started rotating people.”

The loss of defensive back Joe McIlree with a second-quarter hamstring injury that sidelined him the rest of the game didn’t help the Pirates, either.

One of the changes the Pirates made was inserting Drake, a starting offensive lineman, into the defensive front.

“We were trying to find the right mix defensively,” Greisch said. “Andrew’s got a fire about him. It was contagious.”

Greisch also singled out the play of defensive end Zach Hauser, Devenport at quarterback and Kennedy at linebacker and tight end.

Kennedy was Devenport’s top target, finishing with three catches for 60 yards. He also led the Pirates in tackles with 10.

“Shane’s always solid defensively, and this year he’s also making an impact with the ball,” Greisch said.

Both teams finished with healthy offensive numbers. Port piled up 394 total yards, including 300 on the ground. Westosha Central totaled 314 yards, 227 on rushes.

Besides helping the Pirates put a season-opening loss to Muskego behind them, the win provides a confidence booster for their North Shore Conference opener this Friday. Port will host Germantown at 7 p.m.

 
Failure to finish puts Hawks in quandary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 17:58

Low-scoring tie leaves Grafton soccer team on prowl for win-sealing plays

The line between victory and defeat can often be frustratingly thin on the soccer field.

Just ask coach Don Arnold and his Grafton High School boys’ team.

“We have a 1-3-3 season record, and we probably should have at least five wins,” Arnold said Monday after seeing his squad settle for a loss and a tie in a pair of games last week.

“We just have to keep working hard and improving, especially on offense.”

Failure to finish scoring chances was the Black Hawks’ biggest enemy in a North Shore Conference loss to Cedarburg on Aug. 31 and a 1-1 tie with University School last Friday. In between,
Grafton had a nonconference game at West Bend East on Sept. 2 wiped out by inclement weather.

Against University School, the host Hawks had to rally to secure a draw despite holding a 25-6 advantage in shots through 80 minutes of regulation play and two 10-minute overtimes.

The Wildcats drew first blood when they scored in the 11th minute on a wind-aided attack. Freshman goalkeeper Killian Mielotz stopped a shot, but when he was unable to control the ball,
Josh Baker’s follow-up found the net.

After facing a 1-0 deficit at halftime, Grafton drew even in the 55th minute with the wind at its back. Willie McElligott scored off an assist from Wolfgang Pilarski to tie the game and give their team momentum, but the Hawks couldn’t cash in again.

“With that kind of advantage in shots, we should have been able to get at least one more goal,” Arnold said.

“It’s not like we didn’t have opportunities, but we just weren’t finishing.”

Cedarburg 4, Grafton 3 (OT)

The host Hawks held a 3-1 lead midway through the second half but faltered the rest of the way in a loss that left them 1-1 in NSC play.

Bobby Helf scored his second goal of the game at 83:20 to give the Bulldogs a sudden-death victory.

The teams exchanged goals in the first period, with Ryan Kearns’ score in the sixth minute for the Hawks matched by Parker Hewes’ goal at 26 minutes.

Grafton took control in the second half on goals by McElligott (assisted by Kearns) and Alex Lorbecki in the 44th and 53rd minute, respectively. However, Cedarburg fought back with scores by Helf and Kyle Crain, the latter tying the game at 3-3 at 56:31.

“It was a back-and-forth battle,” Arnold said. “We came out strong in the second half and got that lead, but then we stopped attacking, and Cedarburg came back.

“It was tough to lose this one, but it was one of the best high-school games I’ve been involved with in a long time.”

Each of the Hawks’ three losses this season has been by one goal.

Grafton and West Bend East got 20 minutes of scoreless play in before their game was suspended due to stormy conditions. It was not known early this week if the match will be rescheduled.

This week, the Hawks were scheduled to face Nicolet in a conference game Tuesday and play a 7 p.m. nonconference game at West Bend West on Thursday.

Nicolet 1, Port Washington 0

Failure to convert scoring chances left the host Pirates with a frustrating loss in North Shore Conference play Aug. 31.

Although Port outshot the Knights, especially in the opening 10 minutes, it had to settle for a scoreless first half. Nicolet found the net in the 52nd minute and held on the rest of the way.

“I don’t know how we lost that game,” said Port coach Mike Bultman, whose team fell to 0-2 in league play and 1-4 overall with its fourth straight defeat. “One or two of our guys should have
scored a goal against that team.”

Nicolet got its goal when the Pirates’ midfield was caught out of position, Bultman said.

“Even after that, we still had plenty of chances to score,” he added. “We had a ton of possession, but we kept trying to cram the ball into the middle of the field instead of getting it out wide.”

This week, the Pirates were scheduled to play Whitefish Bay on Tuesday and host a quadrangular tournament Friday and Saturday at Flack Field.

In Friday’s semifinals, Port will face Luxemburg-Casco at 5 p.m., followed by Madison Edgewood against Platteville. On Saturday, the losers will meet for the consolation final at 9:30 a.m., with the championship game at 11:30 a.m.

GRAFTON MIDFIELDER Nick Bocanegra jostled with a University School player during a nonconference soccer game last Friday. The teams battled to a 1-1 tie.                                        Photo by Sam Arendt
 
Pirates just shy in race for Verona Invite titles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 17:56

Five points separate Port Washington boys, girls from top spots in bid for Div. 2 cross-country honors

Five points kept the Port Washington boys’ cross-country team from continuing a championship tradition at last Saturday’s Verona Invitational.

Although the Pirates came close to winning their fourth straight Division 2 title in the meet, they had to settle for runner-up honors.

Paced by Jared Sandlin’s fifth-place finish, Port scored 48 points and trailed only Baraboo, which had 43.

Fort Atkinson took third with 73 points, and Stoughton was fourth with 88.

“We came up just a little shy,” Port coach Mark Pasten said. “I thought Baraboo would be our main competition, and it turned out that way.

“Their top runners were a little faster than ours, and that made the difference.”

Sandlin, a senior, finished with a 5,000-meter time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds.

The Pirates’ other scoring runners were Justin Fote in sixth (17:43), Augie Yates in 10th (18:01), Jake Verfuerth in 13th (18:06) and Brandon Hinneberg in 14th (18:08).

Jared Burris (18:43) and Jason Marhal (18:51) took 19th and 21st, respectively.

Baraboo’s Gerrit Bruni won the individual title in 16:43.

Port Washington got an impressive runner-up finish from its girls’ team, which also came up a few points shy of the Division 2 top spot.

Coach Joe Adamak’s squad was led by top-10 performances from Bianca Benkley and Ashley Hilton and scored 53 points. The Pirates trailed only Oregon, which had 48 points.
Fort Atkinson was a distant third with 99 points.

Benkley, a sophomore, finished fifth with a 4,000-meter time of 16:34, and Hilton, a senior, was sixth in 16:38.

Port’s other scoring efforts included Payton Greisch in 11th (17:15), Allison Hilton in 15th (17:20) and Diana Seer in 16th (17:22). Bonnie Allen placed 18th (17:23).

Baraboo’s McKaela Christenson won the Division 2 individual title in 16:11.

This Saturday, both Port teams will run at the Matt Hadler Invitational in Menomonee Falls at 9 a.m.

Grafton runners trail at invite

The Grafton boys’ cross-country team had trouble staying with the pack in the Bulldog Invitational at McCarty Park in West Allis last Saturday.

The Black Hawks got a 33rd-place finish from senior Stefan Lundgren (18:08) but placed 12th in a 14-team field with 300 points.

Grafton’s other scoring finishes were Justin Tomashek in 58th (19:05), Adam Kahmann in 62nd (19:17), Patrick Tobianski in 66th (19:22) and Josh Wimmer in 83rd (20:07). Michael Knapik was 84th (20:11).

The Grafton girls ran with an incomplete lineup.

Sophomore Amber Ducheny led the Hawks with a 19th-place finish (16:26), followed by Emily Volkmann in 49th (17:14), Heidi Bauer in 66th (17:47) and Haley Orlowski in 87th (18:21).

Both Grafton squads will run at the Hadler Invitational in Menomonee Falls this Saturday at 9 a.m.

 
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