Homestead kickers keep winning as Navarre improves

Published on: 5/3/2011

Mequon — The news keeps getting better and better for the Homestead girls soccer team.

Both athletically and more importantly, personally.

The state-ranked Highlanders downed Cedarburg, 3-2, Milwaukee King, 9-0, and Sheboygan North, 4-0, last week to improve to 7-0-1 on the season.

Meanwhile, the sun started to shine on this wet and cold spring as the team got the warm news last week that assistant coach Tony Navarre has come out of his medically-induced coma and is fully engaged in his treatment for a rare form of leukemia.

'It was just after Easter,' Highlanders coach Rich Dorn said. 'I had a chance to visit him. He's in good spirits and is anxious to review some game film (laughs). He's going through physical and occupational therapy now and he may well be able to go back (home) to his family soon.'

Dorn said that Navarre still faces a rigorous course of chemotherapy, but the news is much better than it was a month ago.

'Three weeks (in the coma) was a long time,' said Dorn, 'but this week was the first sign that things are turning around.'

In the interim, Dorn has been grateful that other assistants like Eric Schultz and Meg McKenzie and volunteers like former player David Check, have been able to pick up the slack in Navarre's absence.

'I'm fortunate to have these folks around,' said Dorn.

Homestead had a big game against Nicolet on Tuesday and will be at Brookfield East on Thursday, and at powerhouse Whitefish Bay the following Tuesday at 7 p.m.

In the wins last week, Dorn praised the efforts of defenders Brooke Szafranski and Madeline Bireley, captain and midfielder Aubrey Quick, midfielder Kate Wirthlin and forward Shannon Greeley.

'We have the luxury of some depth and versatility right now,' said Dorn. 'It's really helping.'

On more than one front.