Menomonee Falls girls softball
The Indians moved into a tie for first with a fast start and a critical 9-2 victory over West Allis Hale on May 5.
"Their starting pitcher wasn't available right away (because of a disciplinary situation) and we were able to take advantage of that," Indians coach Wendy Wolff said. "We also had 12 hits including six against their starter (Ashley Kluck) when she came back in.
"This is big. I told the girls that we're now in charge of our own destiny."
Falls scored all nine of its runs against the Hale sub and coasted to victory, as Hailey Mohrfeld continues her torrid spring with three hits, including a home run and three RBI, while Maddie Eikenmeyer (two RBI), Jamie Ertl and Aleah Van Horne all had two hits apiece.
Wolff was very impressed with the nine strikeout, three-hit performance of pitcher Nicole Zywiec.
"She's really grown up and gained a lot of confidence and poise," Wolff said.
With the win, Falls and Hale entered the week tied for the GMC lead at 7-1. Falls belted DSHA, 13-0, in another GMC game earlier in the week.
The Indians will have two more GMC games this week, including hosting Brookfield East at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
They finally get some nonconference games in this weekend, when they make-up their half of the previously rained out Germantown Invitational when they go to Muskego to take on the Warriors, Shoreland Lutheran and West Bend East in a round-robin tournament at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
The North Shore-leading Warhawks finally got their invite in on Saturday, falling to Kettle Moraine Lutheran (no score available) and Greenfield, 5-4, and beating New Berlin Eisenhower, 2-0.
The Warhawks, who also routed Port Washington and Whitefish Bay in a pair of North Shore games to maintain share of the league lead with Homestead, entered this week at 7-1 in the league and 8-6 overall.
"We played some great teams, who play a lot of good ball," Warhawks coach Amy Barbiaux said. "It's good to gain experience against teams we don't normally see all the time."
Germantown will have another hectic schedule this week, when it takes on three North Shore opponents, including a game at Cedarburg at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and then goes to Nicolet for a make-up at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The Warhawks are then at the Westosha Central Invite on Saturday.
Barbiaux said the team didn't play badly on Saturday just that a few mental mistakes and poor approaches at the plate hurt their effort. Hannah Klebesadel got the win against Eisenhower and Erika Swoboda was highlighted for her offensive efforts.
Gemantown boys track
Warhawks coach Jared Foerch was proud of his team's effort as the Warhawks grabbed two first places and took second in the North Shore Conference Relays on May 4.
The 330 high-hurdle shuttle that included Ben Holcomb, Zack Winkler and Brad Geisthardt earned one of them in 48.07, while the pole vault team of Brian Kuhlenbeck (personal best 13-0), Alex Gasper and Peter Winarski (cumulative, 32-6) earned the other.
Seconds for the Warhawks included the 400-relay team of Alec and J.R. Richmond, Dylan Krivoshein and Chasen Brown (season best 43.56); the 900-intermediate hurdle relay of Holcomb, Winkler and Geisthardt; the 1,600-relay team of J. R. Richmond, Adam Schueller, Tommy Adair and Jake Scaduto (3:37.89); the high jump trio of Dane Collins, Evan Wesenberg and Sam Midlikowski; and the shot put team of Will Sommer, Bobby Stemm and Ryan Lemke.
"We started out pretty strong," said Foerch. "We were pretty inexperienced in some spots, and I hope we got it right because in a relay meet, it's hard to get everything correct right away."
The Warhawks took part in the Menomonee Falls Invitational on Tuesday and now will forward to the North Shore Conference outdoor at Cedarburg on May 17.
Germantown girls track
The Warhawks were competitive in taking third in the North Shore Conference Relays on May 4 at Nicolet.
Homestead was able to edge league indoor champ Bay, 80-77, for the title, while Germantown was third with 68 and Nicolet fourth with 56.
Germantown was led by firsts from both hurdle units as Jennifer Ellis, Taylor Edmonds and Leah Wheaton combined for a 52.49 time in the 300 highs and won the 900 lows with a 2:31.07 clocking.
Seconds went to the sprint medley relay of Ellis, Bethany Laubenheimer, Jayne Bertieri and Sammie Gassner (1:55.98) and the shot put trio of Katelyn Turner, Melissa Asmondy and Katie Reiels.
Germantown coach Greg Siegert said that the team performed well and noted that Gassner looked good after recovering from surgery to repair a broken finger. Gassner had been the Warhawks top hurdler, but because of the danger of falling and damaging the finger again, she will be relegated to sprints for the remainder of the season.
"It does give us a few more options with her," said Siegert.
The Warhawks took part in an invitational at Wauwatosa East on Tuesday and will now look forward to the North Shore Conference outdoor at Cedarburg on May 17.
Germantown girls soccer
The Warhawks stayed in the North Shore race with a 2-0 decision over Cedarburg on May 3.
Germantown is now 7-2-1 overall and 3-0 in North Shore play, took on Nicolet on Tuesday and will have a critical contest at home with state-ranked Grafton at 7 p.m. May 17.
In the win over Cedarburg, the Warhawks got goals from Vanessa Schneider and Jamie Karch (assist Paige Blankenheim) and won despite being outshot, 12-10. Lauren Meyer made seven saves on the night.
Menomonee Falls girls soccer
After flying high for the first several weeks of the season, the Indians hit an unfortunate dry spell last week, dropping a pair of Greater Metro Conference decisions.
Falls lost in double overtime, 1-0, to Brookfield East on May 3, and then was surprised by border rival Sussex Hamilton, 1-0, on May 5. Falls is now 6-2 overall and 2-2 in GMC play.
The East girls soccer team persevered on May 3 when junior forward Taylor Swittel recovered a missed shot late in the second overtime that crossed the front of the Menomonee Falls goal and then looped in a kick to the far side of the net from about 20 yards out to give the Spartans the victory.
"We've had our will and our hearts tested a lot this season," East coach Matt Schroeder said.
The game had a different feel for Indians coach Scott Stein. For him it seems that his team has to work even harder to show its heart. Falls had a great chance to win the game in regulation when junior Molly Poeske's long free kick kissed the crossbar and came down in front of the East goal 15 minutes into the first half.
However, no Indians player could get her foot on the ball fast enough to put the rebound in before it was cleared.
Further, in the first overtime, Falls seemed to get the winning goal on a scrum inside the Spartan box, but before the Indians could celebrate, the goal was waved off to a controversial offside call.
"They said the girl who scored the goal (on the rebound) was offside," Stein said. "I don't know how that could be."
East put on another rush. A missed shot came to rest right at the feet of Swittel at the far left side, who calmly turned and launched her perfectly struck shot for the game-winner at the 98:19 mark.
Stein, whose team knocked off state and GMC power DSHA to earn a high state ranking earlier this season, just wishes the respect from the officials that East and DSHA come to expect every game, would come to his squad.
"How disappointing it is to have a goal taken away and then have them get a penalty kick," he said. "It's almost like us having to play against an extra player sometimes because we're still fighting for that respect."
Falls is in the midst of a hectic week, including its own Indian Invitational this Saturday (TBA).
Menomonee Falls boys track
After taking last in the GMC Relays on May 4, the Indians turned in a more encouraging effort at the Burlington Invitational on Friday.
Falls, which will take part in the GMC Outdoor at Quad Park in Milwaukee on May 17, scored 61.5 for seventh place in the nine-team meet.
A series of fourths led the way, including Matt Christensen in the 200 dash (23.29), P.J. Weyer in the 800 (2:03.02), Dan Hyde in the 3,200 (10:32.98), the 400-relay team of Nate Boehler, Jordan Bostwick, Bryce Bradford and Yaphay Harvey (45.3); the 3,200-relay team of Hyde, Weyer, Dominic Thomas and Jacob Newman (8:39.77); and Ndiva Malafa in the long jump (20-8).
Sophomore Justin Johnson turned in a fine time of 42.52 in taking sixth in the 300 hurdles. Falls' best effort at the relays, was a season best fourth place effort of 1:33.5 in the 800 relay.
Menomonee Falls boys golf
The Indians sent their varsity reserve out to the Port Washington Invitational on Friday and picked up a 12th place showing in the 17-school field.
Ben Dederich and Joe Serio each shot 18-hole scores of 83 at Hawthorne Hills.
Falls will have a hectic week, including the first Junior PGA Invite at Yahara Hills in Madison on Friday and the Waukesha South "Kaz" Invite at New Berlin Hills on Saturday.
The Greater Metro Conference 18-hole finale will be on May 18 at Brown Deer.
- Steven L. Tietz
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