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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:30

Reinhardt takes over reins of Grafton girls’ team with shared focus on winning

It didn’t take long for members of the Grafton girls’ basketball team to make a good impression on their new coach.

“They’re a very, very hard-working group of kids, very coachable,” said Steve Reinhardt, who has started his first season at the varsity helm with the Black Hawks.

“I really like their ability to work together and teach each other. They have great intensity in practice.”

Reinhardt knows a few things about basketball and how it should be played. He has a tough act to follow at Grafton, succeeding longtime coach Bob Maronde, who stepped down after 19 seasons, two state championships and six conference titles to take over the school’s boys’ basketball program.

However, Reinhardt won eight league championships in 18 years with the Slinger girls’ team before spending last season coaching a Brown Deer squad that went 10-14 with no seniors.

 
Numbers game a challenge for Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:29

With small roster, Pirates will depend on endurance, hustle to be competitive

Numbers will not be on the side of the Port Washington girls’ basketball team this season.

Hustle and endurance will have to be.

With only eight players expected to start the season on the varsity roster, third-year coach Brian Johnson knows his Pirates face a sizeable depth challenge.

“It’s definitely tough but not something we can’t deal with,” Johnson said. “Right now, we’re just taking what’s available.”

Port, which went 6-18 overall and 3-11 in the North Shore Conference last season, will need a productive youth movement to be competitive.

The Pirates’ top players are three seniors who were regular contributors last season — Mikayla Hilton, Kayla McIlree and Stephanie Volesky.

 
State show caps Grafton pool success PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:43

Fast start, medley-relay title propel girls’ team to 3rd place in Division 2 state swimming, diving meet

A fast start wasn’t enough for the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team to grab top honors in the WIAA state meet in Madison last weekend, but did help the Black Hawks reaffirm their place among the Division 2 elite.

After racing to an early lead, Grafton saw the advantage fade but still emerged with third-place honors in a 38-team field at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

Sparked by a record-setting victory in the 200-yard medley relay, the Hawks scored 193 points, well ahead of fourth-place Fort Atkinson’s 133.5.

Shorewood won its sixth state team title and its first since 2003 with 255 points, and Milton was second with 217.

Among other local teams, Port Washington had 18 points, good for a share of 30th place with Catholic Memorial.

“Shorewood was the class of the state in Division 2 this year. I always thought first place would come down to them and Milton,” Grafton coach John Douglass said.

“But I was very pleased with our performance. Heading into the meet, we had us scoring 190 to 230 points, so we were right there.”

The Hawks’ best event finish came in the meet’s first race. The medley team of junior Stephanie Haebig, sophomores Sam Senczyszyn and Rachel Hauer and freshman Natalie Keshemberg combined for a winning time of 1 minute, 48.47 seconds that broke the team record.

The victory, which was good for 40 points, followed a strong Grafton showing in diving. Sophomore Gabby Kraus finished third with 373.85 points, and junior Paige Schommer was sixth (350.25).

Schommer placed 11th at the meet last year, and Kraus was making her first state appearance.

 
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