Menomonee Falls and Germantown boys golf
The Warhawks and the Indians gave a simple lesson to some area golfers when they went one-two in the WIAA regional at Blackstone Creek in Germantown on May 24.
"Knowledge is power."
With most of the competitors on the two teams having played on the familiar area track most of their lives, the two squads easily out played the likes of North Shore powers Homestead and Cedarburg, who have not played the course as often.
"This was surprising and fun," said Warhawks coach Gary Anderson, whose team won its first regional title ever in a thrilling playoff with Falls. "I mean, we've gotten out of regional before, but to get first place and to come home with the plaque that's never happened.
"I'll check with Bob Monroe (Germantown's long-time previous coach), and he'll tell me if I'm wrong or not, but what a day.
"We knew what the greens would be like and what the conditions would be like, and they were super this day," Indians coach Tony Pritchard said. "It was an amazing day. We tied at 322 (for 18 holes) and I told someone before the meet that if we shot a 332, I would have taken it and ran."
The pair of teams competed in the WIAA sectional meet at Fire Ridge on Tuesday. The top two teams and first three individuals not on those squads advanced to the WIAA state meet at University Ridge in Verona on June 6 and 7. The Warhawks were state team qualifiers last season.
At the regional, Germantown was led by individual runner-up Jakob Garstecki with a 76. He was the last player in for Germantown and was the final linchpin in the Warhawks earning a playoff with the Indians.
"I sensed that if he shot a low number we had a chance," Anderson said. "I looked at the number, 38 for the front and 38 for the back, and sure enough there it was. I gave Tony (Pritchard) the high sign that we were going to playing some more.
"We haven't been in that situation before while Tony's had a couple of them. It was a wild and fun thing. The kids really enjoyed it."
Other scores for Germantown included Phillip Johnson with a 78, Alex Lloyd 82, Gary Dahlke 86 and Kevin Bartos 97.
Falls was led by Tyler Johnson, who was third individually with a 77, while Brendan Paule had a 79, Kevin Burchardt 81, Joel Zyhowski 85 and Ben Dederich 88.
"It was a fun day," Pritchard said. "All that familiarity really did help."
Germantown girls softball
After winning the North Shore Conference title with a 4-1 win over Homestead on May 23 (see GermantownNOW.com for details), the Warhawks earned the top seed in the WIAA sectional tournament that they will host.
Germantown (13-1 in league, 15-5 overall) had a six-game winning streak toward the end of the season. The Warhawks get a first round bye and then host the winner of Milwaukee King and Wauwatosa East in a 7 p.m. regional final at Kennedy Middle School on Thursday.
The sectionals will be held June 7 and 10.
Germantown boys tennis
The fine season of the Warhawks' doubles team of Jon Nimmer and Ben Wait ended with a loss to a Sheboygan North duo in the WIAA Oshkosh North sectional May 26.
Coach Jeff Stodola put in for a special state qualifying bid for the duo (14-4) but the pair did get not land a berth in this week's individual state tournament in Madison.
The duo had earned the sectional berth with a win over Grafton pair in the sub-sectional held May 23. Also advancing to sectional was the second doubles team of Tyler Cox and Johnny McCauley (11-10) who defeated Slinger and Hartford opponents at sub-sectional to advance.
"It has been a great season for the team, and individual/team results at conference and sub-sectionals improved over last season," Stodola said. "These improved results and having two doubles continue into the tournament series was wonderful and a tribute to the hard work by all of the players this season.
"The players are committing to off-season play and are executing the new program philosophy and style of play. The youthfulness of the team points to future opportunities of success for them if they continue to work hard."
Germantown girls soccer
The Warhawks dropped a hard-fought, 2-0 decision to North Shore co-champ Homestead on May 24.
Germantown (4-2 in league and 9-4-1 overall) was able to get some early pressure on the Highlanders earning several corner kicks, but could not cash in. The Highlanders athleticism then took over as Homestead was able to get the better of play.
The Warhawks earned the fifth-seed in the loaded WIAA Brookfield East sectional. They concluded their regular season on Tuesday against Whitefish Bay with a chance to tie Cedarburg for third in the North Shore if they won.
Then on Thursday, they host 12th-seeded West Allis Hale in a 7 p.m. regional semifinal. If they win that game, they challenge the winner of fourth-seeded Arrowhead and 13th-seeded Oconomowoc in a regional final on Saturday (TBA).
Sectionals are on June 9 and 11.
Menomonee Falls girls soccer
The Indians are closing out the regular season on a rough note.
They lost to Greater Metro Conference champion Brookfield Central, 3-1, on May 24, and then dropped a tough 3-0 decision to state-ranked Homestead on May 26.
Falls (3-4 in Greater Metro play and 12-6-1 overall) now hosts Wauwatosa East (10-3) in a WIAA regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday. Falls lost, 2-0, to the Red Raiders earlier this season.
If the Indians win, they visit top-seeded North Shore Conference co-champ Grafton in a Saturday regional final (TBA).
Sectionals are slated for June 9 and 11.
- Steven L. Tietz
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