Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:48
Mulloy’s victory leads CG-B qualifiers in Div. 2; Ozaukee advances in Div. 3
Josh Mulloy battled a hip injury this season but got healthy when it counted and won the boys’ 3,200-meter run in a WIAA Division 2 regional track and field meet at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Monday.
Mulloy, a senior, turned in a season-best time of 10 minutes, 7.81 seconds and was the only first-place finisher for a Cedar Grove-Belgium team that moved up to Division 2 this season.
Other Cedar Grove-Belgium boys making the top four to advance to Thursday’s Whitewater Sectional included Joel Merritt, second in the 1,600 run (4:38.11); Jesse Anderson, tied for third in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches); Kyle Kirst, third in the long jump (20-1-1/2); and Zach Lyons, fourth in the triple jump (40-3-3/4).
Also advancing for the Rockets with fourth-place finishes were the 800 relay team of Tyler Garcia, Spencer Jacque, Matt Bornheimer and
Andrew Leick (1:37.8) and the 1,600 relay team of Garcia, T.J. DuMez, Jacque and Zac Garza (3:35.61).
Cedar Grove-Belgium finished sixth in the boys’ team standings with 56.5 points. Kettle Moraine Lutheran was first with 120 points.
Marina Paul led the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls with two second-place finishes — in the 3,200 run (12:44.92) and the 1,600 run (5:49.88).
Also advancing to the sectional for the Rockets with second-place efforts were Kiera Depies in the 800 run (2:26.89) and the 3,200 relay of Jessica Meinen, Erika Meinen, Depies and Paul (10:18.67).
The Rocket girls placed seventh in the team standings with 42 points. Milwaukee Lutheran was first with 181 points.
Warriors advance to sectional
The Ozaukee girls won two events in a Division 3 regional meet at Sheboygan Falls and qualified several athletes for Thursday’s sectional meet at Princeton.
Placing first were Hillary Johnson in the long jump (15-7) and Caitlin Siesco in the 800 run (2:30.07).
The Ozaukee girls’ other sectional qualifiers were the 1,600 relay of Sarah Brown, Nicola Zanker, Siesco and Johnson, second (4:31.37); 800 relay of Zanker, Siesco, Brown and Johnson, third (1:57.01); Johnson in the 200 dash, third (29.61); Zanker in the 400 dash, third (1:06.91);
Brown in the 400, fourth (1:08.04); and Emily Utecht in the high jump, fourth (4-6).
The Warriors finished fifth in the girls’ team standings with 79 points. St. Mary‘s Springs was first with 199 points.
In the boys’ portion of the meet, Ozaukee’s Brandon Turenne took third in the long jump (19-5-1/2), as did the 400 relay of Hunter Hess, Noah Stahl, Dustin Richter and Jason Gensrick (47.98).
The Warriors’ other sectional qualifiers were Alex Kreif in the discus, fourth (118-11); Richter in the 1,600 run, fourth (4:46.3); 800 relay of Gensrick, Doug Grimm, Stahl and Turenne, fourth (1:40.1); 1,600 relay of Gensrick, Stahl, Richter and Turenne, fourth (3:47.03); and Stahl in the high jump, fourth (5-10).
Brunette, McKee, Zahn pace Grafton in Div. 1 regional; Port’s Greisch, Sandlin win
Despite failing to win an event, Grafton track and field teams made some noise in a WIAA Division 1 regional meet at home Monday.
Freshman Cathy Brunette and senior Samie McKee led the Black Hawks in the girls’ portion of the competition with second-place finishes.
Brunette took runner-up honors in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.25 seconds, and McKee finished second in the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 11 inches.
Other Grafton girls finishing in the top four to advance to Thursday’s sectional meet at Homestead included Emily Van Langen, who took third in the 200 dash (27.32), and Rachel Aschenbrenner, who was fourth in the 100 dash (13.59).
Also advancing were the 3,200 relay team of Megan Pawlak, Jamie Karrels, Britta Lahr and Heidi Bauer, third (11:06.84); 400 relay of Emily Schreiner, Sara Grange, Aschenbrenner and Van Langen, third (51.36); and 800 relay team of Carrie Herian, Grange, Aschenbrenner and Van Langen, fourth (1:49.59).
Grafton took sixth in the seven-team girls’ standings with 73.5 points. Homestead was first with 147 points.
In the boys’ portion of the meet, the Hawks were led by sophomore Jason Zahn, who placed second in the shot put (48-7) and discus (150-3).
Grafton’s other sectional qualifiers were the third-place 1,600 relay of Kevin Wegner, Marcus Hill, Sean Hanley and Justin Tomashek (3:31.83) and fourth-place finisher Sean Hanley in the 400 dash (52.11).
The Grafton boys were sixth in the team standings with 53 points. Homestead won the title with 197 points.
Pirates advance in Plymouth
Three first-place performances led the Port Washington boys and girls in a Division 1 regional meet at Plymouth on Monday.
For the girls, the 3,200 relay of Bianca Benkley, Payton Greisch, Ashley Hilton and Diana Seer posted a winning time of 10:04.06, and junior Payton Greisch won the 400 dash (59.9).
Also advancing to the Beaver Dam Sectional on Thursday for the Pirates were Marly Trier in the discus (second at 114-9) and shot put (fourth at 32-7-1/2); Benkley in the 3,200 run (second at 11:39.43); Emma Shelander in the triple jump (second at 33-4); Greisch in the 800 run (second at 2:29.39); Claire Kinzer in the pole vault (fourth at 8 feet) and Bonnie Allen in the 800 run (fourth at 2:30.94).
Junior Jared Sandlin had the Port boys’ top finish with a victory in the 800 run (2:00.83).
The Pirates’ other sectional-qualifying efforts were a second by the 3,200 relay of Joe McIlree, Sandlin, Justin Fote and Jeff Bartow (8:32.05); third by the 1,600 relay of McIlree, Steven Nelson, Adam Prom and Eric Didier (3:28.11); and fourths by McIlree in the 400 dash (51.95) and
Adam Schoenfeld in the triple jump (40-6-1/2).
The Port boys finished seventh with 59.5 points in the meet, which was won by West Bend West with 141.33.
GRAFTON SOPHOMORE Jason Zahn advanced to WIAA Division 1 sectional competition in the discus and shot put by placing second in each event at a regional meet at home Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt
Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:42
Re-energized Grafton opens eyes by soaring in first two baseball games
What a difference a year can make.
After struggling to a 4-23 record in a 2009 season marked by anemic offense, inconsistent pitching and shaky defense, the Grafton High School baseball team has gotten off to a flying start at home in 2010.
The Black Hawks put the clamps on Thomas More in a season-opening win last Saturday and then hammered their way to a 17-7 victory over Wauwatosa East on Monday.
“We’ve had two great games to open the season,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose team took its lumps last year with a young lineup that should be stronger, smarter and more determined this time around.
“We have just about everybody back from last year, and we’re really excited about our chances.”
Against East, the Hawks came out swinging. They pounded out 16 hits and scored in five of six innings, including an eight-run third, in a game called on the mercy rule.
“We really hit the ball well,” Durst said. “Tosa East came in 2-0 and has a good team, but we kept the pressure on.”
Four Grafton players each had two or more hits, led by sophomore Robbie Doring’s 4-for-5 performance, which included two triples, three runs scored and three RBI.
C.J. Koehler went 3-for-4, and Al Nennig and B.J. Weisflog each had two hits. Nennig, a freshman, smacked a three-run homer and had five RBI.
After taking a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the third, the Hawks erupted for eight runs, all scoring after two outs. An infield error was followed by six straight hits, including a two-run triple by Skyler Bohn, RBI singles by Weisflog, Doring and Ryan Hartwig and Nennig’s homer.
East fought back and scored three times in the sixth to pull within 13-7. However, Grafton ended the slugfest with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
The last two runs came home when a grounder hit by Dylan Mayer was thrown away for an error.
Koehler pitched the first five innings for the win. He struck out six and walked five.
Grafton 7, Thomas More 2
After trailing, 2-1, the Hawks scored six unanswered runs to win easily in their 2010 debut.
Grafton pulled even with a run in the fourth when Nennig tripled and scored on Mayer’s groundout.
In the fifth, the Hawks scored twice on infield singles by Koehler and Doring to go ahead, 4-2.
Capping the comeback was a three-run sixth highlighted by a two-run double by Koehler.
Senior pitcher Conor Fisk worked the first six innings for the win. He didn’t allow a hit for the first 5-1/3 innings and finished with a one-hitter, striking out nine and walking two.
Talent gives Hawks high hopes
With only one regular from last year’s team lost to graduation, Durst has good reason to be optimistic about this season.
The Hawks have four seniors, led by Fisk, who is in his fourth varsity season. Although he missed much of last year because of a shoulder injury, Fisk is healthy and should be one of the top pitchers in the North Shore Conference, Durst said.
“Conor will be one of the real keys to our success,” said Durst, whose team is coming off a last-place, 1-17 finish in NSC play.
Grafton’s other veterans include seniors Bohn (catcher), Mayer (first base) and Birch (second base); juniors Weisflog (center field), Koehler (third base/pitcher), Hartwig (outfield/first base), Ty Chopp (designated hitter) and Ryan Donahue (infield); and sophomore Doring (shortstop).
Weisflog and Koehler both received honorable mention in all-conference voting last year and should be among the team’s top hitters.
Durst has also been impressed with the early season play of Nennig, who has shown power with a compact swing.
“I’m impressed with the strides our players have made since last year,” Durst said. “It’s exciting. We’ve got some good pitchers and we’re showing we can hit the ball.”
The Hawks will miss Matt Malkowski, a senior outfielder who died April 30 after being injured in a car accident several weeks earlier.
“That’s a big blow to us, especially from an emotional standpoint,” Durst said.
This week, Grafton was scheduled to face Sheboygan Falls on Tuesday and will continue nonconference play with a 5:30 p.m. game at
Muskego on Thursday and at home against Brown Deer at 3 p.m. Saturday.
On June 1, the Hawks will open their NSC schedule at 5:30 p.m. at Port Washington.
A HEAD-FIRST SLIDE got Grafton’s B.J. Weisflog to second base before the throw in his team’s season-opening win over Thomas More last Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt