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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 17:17

Grafton boys’ soccer banks on depth, vesatility in NSC wars and beyond

Playing competitively in the perennially tough North Shore Conference is almost never a problem for the Grafton boys’ soccer team, which regularly finishes in the top half of the league standings.

With the Black Hawks returning most of their talent from a 2011 team that went 4-3 in NSC play, coach Don Arnold has hopes for bigger things this season.

“On paper, we are better, no question about it,” said Arnold, who welcomed more than a dozen varsity veterans to practice this week.

“We will have some depth and a lot of guys who can play different positions. But the biggest thing for us is going to be attitude — how much they want to put into this season and what they want to get out of it.”

Grafton, which was 12-7-1 overall last season, has nine seniors vying for starting positions, including defenders Andrew Best, Jake Wilde and Alec Rosenberg, midfielders Jacob Kellett, Wolfgang Pilarski, Michael Stockhausen and Nick Bocanegra and forwards Alex Lorbecki and Aaron Hodges.

Lorbecki, Hodges and Kellett were the team’s top three offensive threats last year.

 
Winners during their first at bat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by SARAH McCRAW   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 17:16

Port’s Midshore League youth baseball team takes title in inaugural season

    Coaches for the new U14 Midshore Baseball League team in Port Washington would have been happy reaching .500 this season, but instead celebrated winning the league’s championship game in their inaugural year.

    The Port Washington Pirates defeated the Kohler White Bombers, 9-6, in the first round and won 16-13 against the Kohler Blue Bombers in the second round of the championship on Sunday, July 22.

    The victories came against the two teams Port lost to at the beginning of the season.

    “We were able to show that we could really beat them,” said coach Mike Rintelman.

    Rintelman, who spearheaded the creation of the Port Washington Midshore team last fall, said he wanted to help fill a void in youth baseball.

 
Saints march back into 2nd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:53

Saukville starts fast in Lakes win that keeps it alone in division runner-up spot

A fast start helped the Saukville Saints score a key win and maintain the edge in a battle for runner-up honors in Land O’ Lakes baseball last Sunday.

Host Saukville used three walks and an error to score four runs in the first inning and rolled to a 10-3 win over Thiensville-Mequon in Northern Division play.

The win gave the Saints an 11-6 record, one game ahead of third-place Grafton (10-7) entering the final week of the regular season.

Driving in a run apiece for Saukville in the first inning were Josh Hein (sacrifice fly) and Mike Sherrick.

The Saints stretched their early 4-0 lead to 9-1 in the fifth.

Saukville finished with 15 hits, including three apiece by Sherrick and Brandon Slayton. For the Twins (7-10), Ryan Finnerty had three hits, including a solo homer.

Cedarburg (16-0) has clinched the regular-season division title.

Highlights of other local Northern Division games follow:

Grafton 5, West Bend 4

Max Pruefer’s one-out RBI double in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Express to a home win Sunday.

With the game tied at 4-4, Joey Thome started the final rally with a walk. He stole second base and raced home on Pruefer’s hit.

West Bend held a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Grafton scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth to pull even.

Mickey Pruefer pitched a complete game for the win, blanking the Benders over the last seven innings.

 
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