SHOREWOOD BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
After a couple of weeks of banging their heads against bigger schools and teams, the top-ranked Division 2 Greyhounds took on competition more its own size on Saturday at Wausau's Smiley Invitational and came away with an easy title in the 13-school D2 bracket of the event.
Charles Stahl and Sam Kuhlmann led the way on varsity with a one-two finish, respectively. The Greyhounds had such a good day, that they swept the first eight places in the junior varsity race, too.
Coach Dominic Newman still sees room for improvement.
"We will need to improve our pack running in order to be competitive in the bigger races," he said. "I think that this will improve when everybody is healthy. We had a lot of improvement over last year's race. Each runner had a course PR (personal record) and the course average improved for both the JV and varsity."
The defending state champion Shorewood squad scored 35 points for its title as Little Chute was second with 66.
Stahl covered the 5,000-meter course in an impressive 15 minutes, 59 seconds for his victory as Kuhlmann was clocked in 16:26 for the runner-up spot.
Other scoring runners included Jacob Goldberg in seventh (16:50), Jack Mauer in 11th (17:16) and Sam Shields in 14th (17:37). Also running were Johnnie Papineau in 15th (17:40), Henry Fowler in 17th (17:52) and Mayan Essak in 22nd (18:07).
On the junior varsity, Max Gietzen and Dylan Larson came in in virtually identical times of 18:17 to lead the sweep.
NICOLET AND HOMESTEAD TENNIS
The Highlanders had their full lineup back in hand and so swept past a talented field, including the host Knights, 6-1, in the final, as they won the Nicolet Invitational last weekend.
The five-time state champion Homestead team now closes out its dual meet season when it hosts area rival Whitefish Bay at 3:30 p.m. Thursday while Nicolet hosts Cedarburg at the same time. The North Shore Conference Tournament will be Oct. 3 and 4 at Nicolet and Whitefish Bay courts.
In the final of the Nicolet Tourney, Homestead beat the Knights for the third time this season paced by a dominant 6-0, 6-0 effort from two-time state singles champ Elizabeth Konon over the Knights' Emily Mone. Highlanders Anna Kreynin, Alex Talyansky and Lexi Heth all won competitive straight set matches over their Nicolet counterparts.
The best match of the day came at first doubles as Homestead's Mardee Merar and Katya Mikhailenko outlasted the Knights' Sara Miller and Michelle Margolies, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Homestead also got a 7-6, 6-3 win from the third doubles team of Dasha O'Brien and Hannah Goddard.
Nicolet's only win came from the second doubles team of Erin Wathen and Josie Docalavich, 6-1, 6-4. The duo went 7-0 on the week playing at both first and second doubles.
HOMESTEAD AND NICOLET FOOTBALL
The Highlanders kept it simple in their 42-0 rout of the Knights on Friday, scoring 28 points in the first and attempting only two passes on the evening.
"I was pleased that we were able to stay focused and that individually we were able to get better," Highlanders coach Dave Keel said.
The Highlanders (3-0 in North Shore and 5-0 overall) have their biggest game of the year, when they visit rival Cedarburg (3-0, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs' Hudson Walton has been running wild this season with 960 yards rushing and 13 TDs. Last season, the Highlanders routed the Bulldogs, 41-10, en route to a share of the NSC title, but Keel sees a much different game this time around.
"Our season is a bit back-loaded," Keel said, noting future games with Whitefish Bay and Germantown also on the schedule, "and this is just the start. It's going to be their (the Bulldogs') homecoming so we expect a wild atmosphere out there. They're looking very good."
Meanwhile, Nicolet (0-5) hosts rival Bay (4-1) in their own homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday.
In the Homestead-Nicoklet game, Highlanders touchdowns went to Eric Wade (46 and 70 yards), Cole Murphy (7), Matt Winters (8), Luke Neusen (3) and Eric Zoeller (1). Murphy ran for 136 yards on 18 carries, while Wade had 119 yards on three carries and Winters 69 on 14 tries.
Nicolet gained only 97 total yards on the evening.
BROWN DEER AND SHOREWOOD SOCCER
The Greyhounds won this Woodland Conference battle of North Shore rivals by a 2-0 count on Monday.
The victory improved the Greyhounds to 3-3-2 while the Falcons fell to 7-8-1.
Shorewood earned the win with two second half goals, one by Elliot Lane in the 45th minute and got an insurance goal from Mads Hansen in the 73rd minute.
On Sept. 18, the Greyhounds dropped a 2-0 decision to Wauwatosa West, while on the same day, the Falcons routed Cudahy/St. Francis, 9-1, as Johnny Pierson had three goals and Jimmy Pierson two goals and two assists.
In addition, Aaron Weichart, Brandon Szczepanski, James Bublitz and Dustin Koenig also scored for the Falcons. Bublitz and Weichart had two assists each.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS TENNIS
The Greyhounds completed an impressive 5-0 run through Woodland Conference Eastern Division dual meet schedule with a 7-0 whitewash of Cudahy on Sept. 19.
On Sept. 17, the Greyhounds also won another Woodland dual, 5-2, over Greenfield. They visit Wauwatosa West on Thursday for the Woodland Conference crossover dual meet title.
Sites for first round matches of the Woodland Conference Tournament on Oct. 1 will be played at various sites including Whitnall, Martin Luther, Greenfield, the Village Club in Greendale and other places. Second day play on Oct. 2 will be held in Wauwatosa at Hart Park and Wauwatosa West High School.
The Greyhounds appear to be ready.
Against Cudahy, the Greyhounds lost only two games total in singles as Elizabeth Kruch, Jenna Vuorinen, Bryn Urban and Grace Reckmeyer all claimed matches. The first doubles team of Tricia Nelsen and Grace Rybarik had the toughest match of the afternoon pulling out a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 decision, while the duos of Ellie Schmitt and Hayley Ostrowski and Claire Howland and Grace Kleaveland-Kupczak also won in straight sets.
Against Greenfield, the Greyhounds dropped matches at fourth singles and third doubles, but Kruch, Urban and Reckmeyer all claimed easy singles wins as did the first doubles team of Nelsen and Rybarik. The second doubles pair of Schmitt and Ostrowski had to work a little harder for a 6-2, 7-5 victory.
SHOREWOOD AND BROWN DEER GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Greyhounds pulled out a 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 25-16, 15-5 thriller over the Falcons in a Woodland Conference dual meet on Sept. 19.
In that match, Shorewood was led by Grace Hayes with 14 kills and six blocks while Megan Eimers had 45 assists and Marlee Lane 11 digs. Meanwhile, Brown Deer was paced by Monique White with 10 kills, Megan Rogers with 35 assists and Kendall Laurent with 16 digs.
The Highlanders prepped for their big season-ending meets with a third in the five-team, nine-hole Whistling Straits Invitational on Sept. 18 as Anika Hitt earned medalist honors with a 37.
Homestead tried to defend its North Shore Conference title on Wednesday at Mee-kwon.
The Highlanders had a nine-hole score of 202 at the national level Whistling Straits course as powerhouse Green Bay Notre Dame won with a 188 and Sheboygan shot a 193.
Helping out Hitt was Kathleen Cullen with a 51, Kelly Kasper with a 53, Bella Barbiere 61 and Katie Gebhardt 62.
On a warm, humid day, on a course slowed by morning rains, the Knights girls turned in a fine fifth-place showing in the 11-school Whitefish Bay Vanden Avond Invitational at Kletzsch Park on Sept. 19.
The Knights scored 148 points for their spot in the field, as the host Blue Dukes dominated proceedings with a 31-point total.
Sophomore Katie Novak remains a consistent force for the Knights, as she led the way with an 11th-place showing of 16 minutes, 38 seconds on the 4,000-meter course while freshmen teammates Nora McGuire (13th, 16:39) and Rylee Callahan (30th, 17:22) supported her.
Also running were Hilary Miller in 43rd (18:13) and Michelle Pigg in 51st (18:35).
Freshman Alexis Haupert led the junior varsity effort with a 15th-place showing (18:51).
The boys were eighth of 11 with 189 points as Wisconsin Lutheran also turned in a dominant effort of 31 points.
The all-junior group the Knights turned out for the meet was led by Aaron Zetley in 16th on the 5,000-meter course with a time of 17:35. Also running were Robert Dietz in 28th (18:07), Matthew Levy in 44th (19:04), Tagash Belete in 46th (19:06), and Jackson Melchert in 55th (19:35).
Freshmen August Eurich in 10th (18:59) and Kyle Asman in 11th (19:03) led the junior varsity.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The Greyhounds were fourth of nine in the Marquette Invitational on Saturday at Washington Park.
Shorewood scored 110 points for its spot as third-ranked Division 1 Neenah won with 39. Morgan Florsheim was third individually in the 4,000-meter course in 15:07, Micaela Gayner eighth (15:44) and Haley Florsheim 13th (16:01).
Katie Zachowski claimed a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 decision at first singles to lead the Falcons in a 5-2 Woodland Conference loss to South Milwaukee on Sept. 19.
The Falcons will be involved in the Woodland Conference crossover dual Thursday (TBA) and then take part in the Woodland Conference Tournament at various sites Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. Sites for first round matches on Oct. 1 include Whitnall, Martin Luther, Greenfield, the Village Club in Greendale and other sites. Second day play on Oct. 2 will be held in Wauwatosa at Hart Park and Wauwatosa West High School.
HOMESTEAD AND NICOLET BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Highlanders rallied dramatically from a 2-0 set deficit to beat their North Shore rivals 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-10 on Sept. 18.
Homestead was led by Blake Leeson with 17 kills,Jared Kashou with 25 assists, Fred Eason with four blocks and Matt Boyles with 11 digs.
For Nicolet, the leaders included Max Kinstler with 13 kills and 13 digs, Ben Spector with 32 assists and Sam Moser with four blocks.
The Highlanders now host two-time defending league champion Germantown on Oct. 2 while the Knights are at the Kaukauna Tournament on Saturday.
The Highlanders girls were 10th of 14 in the Division 1 competition of the Smiley Invitational at Wausau on Saturday.
They were led by Anna Keller in 40th (16:56) and Elizabeth Balistreri in 44th (16:59) on the 4,000-meter course while Abby Claussen was 63rd (17:34), Larissa Clopton in 67th (17:38) and Olivia Damron in 72nd (17:47).
Meanwhile, the short-handed boys were 22nd of 26 teams with 534 points as Liam Norman was 78th (18:10), Adam Peterson 87th (18:20), Tom Miller 96th (18:30) and Henry Desmond 124th (18:59).
The Highlanders continue to struggle, dropping a tough, 2-1, North Shore decision to Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 17.
Homestead (1-7) had tied the game in the 60th minute on a goal by Hayden Braaten but the Red Knights got the game-winner in the 73rd minute as Jesse Nye had five saves. Lutheran goalie Christian Van Dellen made 11 saves.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Blue Dukes defeated Grafton, 25-22, 25-14, 19-25, 25-20, on Sept. 17 as Claire Elliott had 18 kills, while Jillian Ludwig had 24 assists, Maya Jonas five blocks and Cassie Elliott 34 digs.
The Highlanders downed Kettle Moraine in a 19-25, 25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 15-10 nonconference thriller on Sept. 19.
In that match, Monica Caputa had 12 kills and nine digs, while Sarah Rohlff had seven assists and Emma Ansay nine blocks.
The Greyhounds overpowered St. Francis 25-22, 25-15, 25-13, on Sept. 17 as Sarah Goldberg had 12 kills and five blocks, Megan Eimers 25 assists, and Marlee Lane 15 digs.
After dropping a 25-12, 25-21, 25-15 decision to two-time North Shore Conference champion Germantown on Sept. 18, the Blue Dukes went back to Germantown and took third in the Warhawks' six-team invitational on Saturday. They lost to Arrowhead in the semifinals, but came back to beat West Allis Hale in the third-place match.
In the dual meet loss to the Warhawks, Jonathan Smallpage had seven kills and nine digs, while Beau Talbert had 11 assists.
— Steven L. Tietz
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