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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 16:07

Four-run fifth propels Grafton softball team to come-from-behind victory

A four-run rally in the fifth inning propelled the Grafton High School softball team to a 7-4 win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Monday.

The host Black Hawks trailed, 4-3, after four innings before taking control of the nonconference game.

Kaitlyn Brandenburg sparked Grafton’s resurgence with a key triple and drove in four runs for the contest. She was also the winning pitcher.

The Hawks’ Amber Tanski led both teams with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and scored three runs. Sarah Fischer was 2-for-3.

Grafton, which improved its overall season record to 3-5, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Lutheran (1-5) moved in front with a three-run third inning, only to have the Hawks quickly tie the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the same frame.

The Chargers regained the lead with a solo run in the fourth, setting the stage for Grafton’s decisive comeback.

Junior Ali Bartel pitched the first four innings for the Hawks before giving way to Brandenburg. The senior worked the final three innings, striking out three and walking none.  

Grafton 11, Cedarburg 2

The Hawks used a pair of four-run innings to take charge in a North Shore Conference road win April 15.

After pulling away from a 1-1 tie with a four-run third, Grafton stretched its lead to 7-2 by scoring twice in the fifth and tacked on four runs in the seventh.

“We put a lot of pressure on Cedarburg’s defense,” said Hawks coach Stu Hannam, whose team evened its league record at 1-1.

“They only had three errors, but we kept hitting the ball hard at them.”

Grafton’s 10-hit attack was paced by a 3-for-4 performance by Casey Assmann, who drove in two runs and scored twice. Tanski was 2-for-5 with a double.

Bartel pitched a complete game for the win. She allowed four hits, struck out six and walked three.

Erin Livingston also went the distance in taking the loss.

Homestead 4, Grafton 0

Bekah Rennicke checked the host Hawks in a low-scoring NSC opener April 13, giving up four hits in a complete-game victory.

The Highlanders scored single runs in the second and third innings and doubled their advantage with a two-run fifth.

“They beat us, 4-0, but we really felt it was a much closer game,” Hannam said. “We played solid defense with only one error, and that kept us in it.”

Half of Homestead’s 10 hits off Bartel came from Michelle Zoeller and Britt Schlaeger, who were a combined 5-for-8. Zoeller had two triples, Schlaeger hit a long solo homer in the fifth, and Amy Keel had two sacrifice flies.

The Hawks put runners in scoring position in four innings but couldn’t come up with a key hit.

Arin Saunders led Grafton with a 2-for-2 effort that included a double.

The Hawks were scheduled to resume conference play Tuesday against Nicolet. They will continue their NSC schedule with 4:15 p.m. games Thursday at Whitefish Bay and April 27 at home against Milwaukee Lutheran.


GRAFTON’S CASEY ASSMANN got ready to connect on a pitch during her team’s 7-4 win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a nonconference softball game Monday. The host Black Hawks rallied to pull out the victory, which was their second straight and improved their season record to 3-5. Photo by Sam Arendt

 

 
Bragging rights go to Ozaukee girls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 15:57

Warriors squeak past Eastbrook Academy to grab top honors in six-team meet at Cedar Grove-Belgium

The Ozaukee girls’ track team eked out a rare victory in a six-team meet Monday at Cedar Grove-Belgium.

The Warriors scored 106.5 points to finish just ahead of Eastbrook Academy’s 106 and the host Rockets’ 100.

Washington County Homeschool had 73.5 points, followed by Howards Grove with 68 and Dedicated Athletes School at Home (DASH) with 18.

Ozaukee coach Chris Weavers said it was the team’s first win in a big meet in “quite some time.”

In the boys’ portion of the meet, Ozaukee took second with 135 points, trailing  Howards Grove (151.67). The rest of the field was Cedar Grove-Belgium (117), Eastbrook Academy (39), Washington County Homeschool (20) and DASH  (16.33).

“We really didn’t have a ton of personal records, but everyone seemed to run, throw, or jump well enough to bring home the gold,” Weavers said of the girls.

Ozaukee’s individual wins came from Hillary Johnson in the 100-meter dash (14.13 seconds) and Emily Utecht in the high jump (4 feet, 2 inches).

The Warriors also got firsts from the 400 relay team of Johnson, Katie Frank, Hailey Bares and Kylie Watry (58.67); the 1,600 relay of Nicola Zanker, Caitlin Siesco, Darien Boyer and Sarah Brown (4:43.01); and the 3,200 relay of Siesco, Zanker, Emily Thome and Brown (11:53.21).

The Ozaukee boys’ wins came from Derek Richter in the 1,600 run (5:03.44), Noah Stahl in the high jump (5-8) and Alex Krief in the shot put (39-8-1/2).

Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Steve Moore took it easy with his teams, which were participating in their fourth meet in eight days.

Star runner Josh Mulloy sat out due to a hip injury, and most of the rest of the girls and boys only took part in one event each.

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls got first-place finishes from Marina Paul in the 3,200 run (12:35.9), Kiera Depies in the 1,600 run (5:57.1), Jessica Meinen in the 800 run (2:42.5), Erika Meinen in the 400 dash (1:08.8) and the 800 relay of Carina
Deppiesse, Aylin Birlik, Ashley Tarvas and Jackie Bruggink (2:01.9).

The Rocket boys were led by wins from Cameron Krief in the discus (122-10), Zach Lyons in the triple jump (38-4) and the 800 relay of Derek Lopez, Matt Bornheimer, Christian O’Donnell and Zac Garza (1:41.2).

With several of his top athletes sidelined, Moore was pleased with his squads’ performances.

“The younger kids got a chance to come out here and do something, show what they can do,” he said.

Rockets hang tough at Marshall

The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys held their own in the challenging Marshall Cardinal Invitational last Saturday.

The Rockets finished third among 11 teams with 96 points, trailing only Lake Mills (144) and Lomira (104).

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls finished seventh with 50 points. Lakeside Lutheran won the girls’ title with 194.5 points.

“We came in a lot more focused knowing that was the first big meet of the year,” Moore said. “Our times definitely got better. It brings out the best of them.”

Joel Merritt won the 800 run (2:06.65), and Zac Garza won the 200 dash (24.48).

Placing second for the Rockets were Merritt in the 1,600 run (4:37.53), Mulloy in the 3,200 run (10:13.15), Krief in the discus (126-7), the 800 relay of Tyler Garcia, Nate Drewry, Andrew Leick and Derek Lopez (1:37.46) and the 1,600 team of
T.J. DuMez, Garcia, Garza and Bornheimer (3:41.56).

The Rockets got thirds from DuMez in the 800 run (2:09.0), Mulloy in the 1,600 run (4:43.53) and Jesse Anderson in the high jump (5-8).

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls, again hurt by a lack of athletes in field events, had one first-place finish. Paul won the 1,600 run (5:42.97).

Depies took second in the 800 run (2:35.25) and the 1,600 relay of Bruggink, Depies, Tammi Del Ponte and Paul was  third (2:35.55).

Erika Meinen took fourth in the 800 run (1:05.48).

CG-B teams 2nd in triangular

Moore used a three-team meet at Kohler on April 15 as a tune-up for last Saturday.

Kohler won the boys’ competition with 60 points. The Rockets scored 55 points, and Elkhart Lake had 38.

Kohler took the girls meet with 88 points. The Rockets scored 42 points, and Elkhart Lake had 21.

Ozaukee grabs runner-up honors

The Ozaukee girls’ and boys’ squads each finished second in a triangular meet at Howards Grove on April 15.

The girls had 56 points. Sheboygan Lutheran was first with 78 points, and Howards Grove was third with 30.

The boys scored 57.5 points, trailing Howards Grove (72) and beating Lutheran (42).

Placing first for the Ozaukee girls were McConnell in the discus (87-4), Johnson in the long jump (15-2) and 100 dash (13.2), the 3,200 relay (12:17.0), 1,600 relay (5;28.2) and 400 relay (59.4).

The boys’ wins came from Krief in the discus (127-11) and shot put (42-2-3/4), Stahl in the high jump (5-7) and 200 dash (25.0) and the 400 relay (49.8).

This week, the Warriors will host a triangular meet on Thursday. Cedar Grove-Belgium will participate in the DePere Invitational on Saturday.


NOAH STAHL of Ozaukee raced to a third-place finish in the boys’ high hurdles at a meet in Cedar Grove-Belgium on Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt


 
Late letdown keeps Warriors at bay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:45

Second-half mistakes leave Ozaukee out in cold against Oostburg in soccer opener

The Ozaukee girls’ soccer team knew it would need a sustained effort to win its season opener Monday against defending Central Lakeshore Conference champion Oostburg.

Although the host Warriors trailed by only 1-0 at halftime, they couldn’t keep pace late in the second period on the way to a 4-1 defeat.

“We need to be physically and mentally strong to close out games,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said. “Our lack of depth may have contributed to our letdown late in the game.”

The contest was a rematch between the conference’s top two teams last season, when Oostburg defeated Ozaukee in a regular-season finale to take the title.

On Monday, the Flying Dutchmen struck first on a goal by Emily TeBeest and never trailed.

The margin grew to 2-0 in the second half on a goal by Melissa Schleicher before the Warriors awakened offensively.

Midfielder Abbey Beck halved her team’s deficit by scoring on a follow-up shot.

“Abbey did a nice job of playing wide and keeping her composure on the finish,” Liebergen said.

However, Oostburg regained control by maintaining pressure that produced two insurance scores.

“We gave up a few late goals, which is disappointing, but the reality is we saw some positives that we can build off of,” Liebergen said.

“It’s tough opening the season with a strong opponent like Oostburg. We will correct mistakes and have something to prove in our rematch.”

Liebergen singled out forward Katie Bares, midfielder Jeanette Lapinski and defender Mari Scalone for steady performances, as well as goalkeeper Amanda Lallensack for a strong effort in her first varsity start.

“Amanda played the right angles and showed promise,” he said.

The Warriors will continue conference play with 4:30 p.m. games at Sheboygan Christian on Thursday and at home against Random Lake on April 20.


MARISSA THILL (left) battled an Oostburg player for possession of the ball during Ozaukee’s season opener Monday. Oostburg prevailed, 4-1, in a rematch of last year’s top two Central Lakeshore Conference teams. Photo by Sam Arendt

 

 
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