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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:22

High-scoring games leave Port baseball team with string of hard-luck losses

Scoring runs wasn’t a big issue for the Port Washington High School baseball team last week.

Holding foes in check was another matter.

Although the Pirates got their bats warmed up enough to score 21 runs in three games, they surrendered 29 runs and couldn’t find the win column.

On Friday, host Port couldn’t protect an early seven-run lead and fell to South Milwaukee, 13-12, in nonconference play. The loss was the Pirates’ sixth straight and dropped them to 2-7 overall.

“We’ve played well in every game so far, but we’re just coming out on the wrong end of the stick,” Pirates coach Nicholas Wycklendt said.

“We’ve showed that when we have to hit the ball, we can. But we just need to do a better job of avoiding mental mistakes.”

 
Weisflog-led Hawks edge Ozaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:20

With three outs to go, the Ozaukee High School baseball team appeared well on the way to an upset win over Grafton last Saturday.

But Choo Weisflog had other ideas.

Not only did the sophomore ruin the host Warriors’ party by stroking a game-tying hit in the top of the seventh, he pitched three innings of scoreless relief as Grafton rallied for a 10-8 nonconference victory.

“It was all about Choo Weisflog,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst. “He took charge out there and had a great game.”

Ozaukee took an 8-5 lead into the final inning, thanks to a pair of big rallies. After a five-run first inning highlighted by Devon Linzenmeyer’s three-run homer, the Warriors tacked on three runs in the fourth.

Grafton failed to score in the fifth or sixth before breaking through in the seventh against reliever Zach Beck.

 



After a pair of Ozaukee errors gave the Black Hawks a run and left a runner on second base with no outs, Will Birch drew a walk. Robbie Doring hit into a fielder’s choice but stole second to put two runners in scoring position.

After Weisflog delivered a two-run single to tie the game at 8-8, Kevin Scholz drove an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a two-run homer that put the Hawks ahead for good.

 
Zahn’s title makes GHS track history PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 15:41

Grafton senior’s discus victory gives school its first Division 1 state champion

Making a trip to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for last weekend’s WIAA state track and field meet was nothing new for Jason Zahn, who qualified for Division 1 competition each of the past two years.

But the Grafton senior made his final state appearance his most memorable by coming home a champion. Zahn outdueled Monona Grove senior Theron Baumann to win the discus Saturday, one day after finishing second to Baumann in the shot put.

In winning his first state title and becoming Grafton High School’s first Division 1 individual champion, Zahn unfurled a toss of 173 feet, 5 inches on his sixth and final attempt. Baumann had the second-best mark at 169-2, fouling on each of his final three throws.

Windy conditions and a slick surface in the ring area limited throws throughout the competition, with Zahn and Baumann having both eclipsed 190 feet during the regular season. However, Zahn wasn’t about to complain.

“It was great. I was able to have my best throw on my final attempt, which put some pressure on (Baumann),” he said. “It was a nice way to end the season.”

Baumann had little trouble winning the shot put with a throw of 60-9-1/4, well ahead of Zahn’s 56-4-1/2. But Zahn was pleased with his finish, noting Baumann was a heavy favorite.

“We were both within two feet of our personal bests. I just wanted to get at least 55 feet,” he said.

As it turned out, Zahn finished a half-inch ahead of third-place Zach Poker of Oconomowoc in a field of 24 throwers.

Led by Zahn’s 18-point output, the Grafton boys shared fifth place with West De Pere in the 63-team standings. The Black Hawks’ 27 points were their most ever in a Division 1 state meet and trailed only champion Brookfield East (39), La Crosse Central (35), Brookfield Central (30) and Janesville Craig (28).

“I’m really happy for our team,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “Jason had a great meet and met all our expectations, and the rest of our guys came through with strong meets, too.”

The Hawks’ other scoring finishes were  a third by the 1,600-meter relay of junior Marcus Hill, senior Kevin Wegner and sophomores Patrick Tobianski and Erick Huertas (3 minutes, 21.39 seconds) and a sixth by junior Zach DeBuhr in the 200 dash (22.4).

 
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