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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 17:29

Late homer caps comeback that leaves Grafton baseball team on short end in West Bend

One swing of the bat helped derail the Grafton baseball team’s hope of scoring a road win in a North Shore Conference game Monday.

After rallying to take a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Black Hawks watched West Bend West break loose for five runs.

West fought back to tie the game at 5-5, and moved ahead for good when Alec Steinmetz drove a pitch from reliever Dylan Mayer over the left-field fence for a three-run homer.

“It was a good game but a tough loss for us,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose team had its third-place record slip to 9-6.

“We thought we were in good shape heading into the bottom of the sixth, but it got away from us.”

Trailing, 2-0, the Hawks came to life offensively in the middle innings.

In the Grafton fourth, Alex Nennig doubled with two outs and scored on an infield single by Mayer to make it 2-1.

In the fifth, the Hawks took a 3-2 lead on a run-scoring groundout by Kevin Scholz and a bases-loaded walk to Nennig.

West scored a run in its half of the fifth to tie the game, but Grafton answered with two runs in the top of the sixth.

Two-out RBI singles by Robbie Doring and Scholz put the Hawks up by two runs.

But East (7-9) reached starter C.J.  Koehler for three hits in the bottom of the sixth, including an RBI single, and a sacrifice fly before Steinmetz’s blast.

Steinmetz finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Grafton got two hits apiece from Skyler Bohn and Scholz.

Cedarburg 13, Port Washington 7

The host Pirates rallied to make a game of it but saw Cedarburg pull away with a six-run seventh inning in NSC play Monday.

The Bulldogs (9-7) scored in each of the first three innings and built a 7-1 lead. However, Port (2-14) answered with a two-run homer by Kyle Melichar in the fifth and added three runs in the sixth to pull within 7-6.

In the seventh, Cedarburg sandwiched four hits around a Port error to regain control. Nick Boehnlein’s three-run homer off reliever Taylor Devenport was the key blow for the Bulldogs.

“It was a good game until the seventh inning,” Port coach Jeff Dornburg said. “We fought back to within a run, but we just couldn’t seem to get any outs in the top of the seventh.”

Cedarburg finished with 14 hits, led by Alex Nuelk’s 4-for-4 effort and three hits by Matt Bromley.

For the Pirates, Melichar was 3-for-3 with two extra-base hits, and Nick Godersky had a solo homer.

 
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 17:24

Great Lakes Sport Fishermen reward anglers for landing eye-popping lunkers at annual derby in Port

Trophy catches netted anglers cash prizes and bragging rights in the annual fishing derby presented by the Ozaukee County chapter of the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen.

The contest, which had about 300 entries, was held Friday, July 2, through Sunday, July 4, in Port Washington.

Jim Schaefer of Sheboygan was the grand-prize winner in a drawing among the five first-place anglers in salmon and trout categories. He received $1,200.

The contestants turned in 1,045 fish for registration with the Department of Natural Resources.

Schaefer placed first in the chinook salmon category with a catch that weighed 18.44 pounds. Taking second was Matt Falkner at 17.64 pounds.

The top two finishers in other categories follow.

Coho salmon — 1, Bob Stanul, 8.06 pounds; 2, Jeff Lutz, 7.88.

Rainbow trout — 1, Lawrence Cobleigh, 13.56; 2, Gary Williams, 12.22.

Brown trout — 1, Zach Walters, 23.54; 2, Jerry Booth, 21.72.

Lake trout — 1, Ted Foti, 16.52; Sal Foti, 15.02.

The first-place anglers in each category received $200 and six Opti Flashers. Second-place finishers received $100 and four Opti Dodgers.

The derby also had a Salmon Shootout, in which teams vied for prizes based on the total weigh of their catches. Top honors in that contest went to the team of Sal Foti, Ted Foti and Dominic Federighe.


THE SEA MATE TRIO of Sal Foti, Ted Foti and Dominic Federighe took first-place honors in the Salmon Shootout competition of the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen derby by landing 143.2 pounds of fish. Below, second place went to the Shock Hazard team of Kevin Zubarik, Matt Lubecke and Matt Moore.  Photos by Sam Arendt
 
CG-B dismisses soccer coach, forfeits titles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:36

Despite Pozo’s denial, school officials cite WIAA rules infraction in deciding not to renew contract, give up honors

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer program not only dismissed a coach last week, it surrendered its top two awards for the 2010 season — a share of the Central Lakeshore Conference chaampionship and a WIAA Division 2 regional title.

The Cedar Grove-Belgium School Board on June 23 voted not to renew the contract of head coach Papi Pozo after school officials decided he violated WIAA rules by using players in more than the 24 games allowed during the regular season.

As a result of the infraction, school officials also chose to forfeit the team’s league and regional championships.

“It was a unanimous decision,” School Board President Jim Lautenschlaeger said of the seven-member board vote following a closed session on Pozo’s coaching contracts for both the girls’ and boys’ soccer programs.

“We considered a lot of information that was presented to us. Once we took everything into account, we decided there was no other way we could vote.”

The board’s decision came after administrators, including athletic director Dan Coopman, investigated allegations that Pozo used four players — three seniors and one freshman — in an excessive number of games by having them participate in four varsity reserve contests.

Under WIAA rules, players are limited to 24 total games for the regular season. The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls played 22 varsity games, limiting them to two varsity reserve contests.

Coopman said that a parent sent an e-mail to the district alleging the rule infraction. After the same parent sent a follow-up e-mail with more specific information, Coopman said, schools officials conducted a post-season investigation.

Coopman said Pozo denied the allegations, but the investigation concluded there had been an infraction.

“When we felt we were in violation, we self-reported it to the WIAA,” Coopman said. “Their recommendation was that we forfeit the conference title and return the regional plaque.”

Coopman said “it didn’t really matter if there was one girl or four girls involved.”

“Once we determined at least one of them played in too many games, there was clearly a violation,” he said.

Pozo, who just completed his eighth year as the girls’ coach and coached the boys’ team for six years, adamantly denied breaking any rules.

“I did not have any of my players exceed 24 games,” Pozo said. “My assistant coach and I kept close watch on the books so that wouldn’t happen.

“I didn’t try to cover anything up. I sent my records to Dan and left it up to them.

“I’ve been coaching soccer for 20 years. Do you think I would do something that stupid during the wonderful season we were having?”

Pozo said he was disappointed with the administration’s recommendation and the board’s decision and said the allegation came from a parent “who has something against me.”

“I’ve been coaching under a microscope for the last three years or so,” Pozo said. “This just gave people who didn’t like me an excuse to get me out of coaching.

“When I talked to the board, I knew they weren’t going to keep me. I feel like I was left out there in the cold.”

Lautenschlaeger said the board’s decision — after a closed session that lasted more than one hour — was influenced by but not entirely based on the investigation.

“There were other factors out there,” he said. “We discussed a number of things that had to do with Papi and the coaching job.”   

Lautenschlaeger called the decisions to let Pozo go and forfeit the championships “very difficult and heartbreaking.”

“It really pulls at the heartstrings, especially for the girls who worked hard all year long,” he said. “This in no way reflects on their efforts or accomplishments.”

Lautenschlaeger also said Pozo deserves credit for his work with both soccer teams.

This year, the girls’ team finished 19-5-2 and won its first conference title, which it shared with Howards Grove. In 2006, the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ squad advanced to the WIAA Division 3 state semifinals. 

“I want to thank Papi for his many years of service. He gave a lot to the programs,” Lautenschlaeger said.

The district is accepting applications for the head soccer coaching jobs in both the fall boys’ and spring girls’ programs.

Coaching contracts in Cedar Grove-Belgium and most other school districts are subject to annual reviews prior to renewal.

 
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