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Sports Wrapups: April 2

April 2, 2012

Germantown boys tennis

The Warhawks began their season in spectacular fashion by winning the Muskego warrior Quadrangular on Saturday.

"It was a great day for the boys and Germantown tennis," coach Jeff Stodola said. "The players have worked extremely hard in the off-season, had a great week of practice, and were ready to play on Saturday. They are a great group of young men, talented, and enjoy being around each other. There is a lot of tennis yet to play, and it will be exciting to see their development as the season moves on."

Germantown won all three duals and posted a 16-5 match record with victories over New Berlin Eisenhower, New Berlin West and Muskego.

The Warhawks won five flights in claiming their title. They included Ryan Stodola at second singles, Eric Stodola at third singles and Brett Conard at fourth singles. In addition, the second doubles team of Jon Riesch and Matt Klaver and the third doubles pair of Jacob Riesch and Jordan Gunnelson were also victorious.

Tyler Cox and Johnny McCauley at first doubles took second place, and the exhibition doubles team of Mike Weber and Karl Gardner posted a 3-0 record as well. Germantown opens the North Shore Conference season on April 17 at Whitefish Bay. Germantown returns 10 varsity players from the 2011 season including seniors Tyler Cox (team captain) and Jon Riesch.

Other team members include Ben Wait, Brandon Sberna and Keegan Hasbrook.

Menomonee Falls girls soccer

Despite a series of injuries, the Indians began their 2012 season on a good note, turning in a 2-0-1 first week.

"We've got a large senior class (eight) and we'll be relying on them a lot," Indians coach Scott Stein said. "With our injuries, we'll need people to step up, but fortunately for us, I believe that this is the deepest girls team that we've had in quite some time. It's just unfortunate that the injury bug hit us when it did."

Falls, which finished at 13-7-1 last season, opened its Greater Metro Conference campaign with a huge challenge against Brookfield East on Tuesday. Before that, the Indians beat New Berlin West, 4-1, on Saturday, tied 2011 state qualifier Whitefish Bay, 0-0, on March 29 and beat Waukesha South, 3-0, on March 27.

Leading the way this spring for the Falls is senior captain and midfielder Jenna Woodson, who will be out until after spring break with an injury. Other top people include top defenders and seniors Molly Poeske and Jackie Noshay, who will be helped out by freshmen Sammy Lehnen and Hannah Nelson.

In the midfield, the experienced group will be led by sophomore Jen Eberhardy, senior Nelly Botticelli and sophomore Anna Smalley (also hurt). In the forward positions will be senior Cassie Poeske, junior Leanne Hawk, sophomore Rachel Clayton and senior Olivia Dennis.

Stein is hoping senior defender Emily Bollman and senior midfielder Hailey Schild will return soon.

"Technically, we didn't have our best off-season so we're still working on that first touch and on the speed of play," Stein said. "The kids will need to understand their roles and play with confidence."

In the West game, Dennis, Nelson, Botticelli and Eberhardy all found the back of the net for Falls.

Germantown girls soccer

The youthful Warhawks started out the season on a positive note with a 3-0 victory over Watertown on March 27.

"We are a pretty young team again consisting of one senior," Germantown coach Paul Sikinger said. "I think we've shown signs of improvement in every game this year. We got some injuries right now to players who play significant minutes and we have a tough nonconference schedule that includes top ranked teams in the state. We have set our expectations high this year."

Germantown, which was 13-5-1 last season, lost to host Arrowhead, 1-0, and tied Hartford, 0-0, in a quadrangular tourney last weekend. The Warhawks took on state qualifier Whitefish Bay in their North Shore opener on Tuesday and host Kimberly at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Key returnees for the Warhawks include sophomore Maddie Tetzke (two goals in the Watertown win) and junior Jennifer Teeters and junior goalkeeper Lauren Meyer, who made 11 saves in the win over Watertown. Sophomore Deanna Washburn had the other goal.

Other players on the roster include goalie Samantha Hochmuth and Sarah Cantwell, Jamie Karch, Leah Beck, Hannah Thomsen, Paige Blankenheim, Kayla Schlosser, Brianna Bloedorn, Amy Flasch, Taylor Koepke, Kristen Lemke, Jennifer Poss, Kelsey Schmitz, and Dani Schuyler.

Menomonee Falls girls track

After her smashing 59.97 winning effort in the 400 meters at the Whitefish Bay Lois Wolf Invite on March 27, Indians junior Mikayla Robertson now sits second in two events on the state track honor roll early this season. "I didn't know I was going that fast," Robertson said. "It just felt good."

Robertson destroyed the 21-runner field by more than five seconds with her stellar effort on the 160-meter Bay field house indoor track.

Her efforts led the Indians to a third-place finish in the 17-school field with 38 points as Arrowhead won with 94 and Brookfield Central was second with 56.

Falls took part in the Greater Metro Conference Indoor meet at West Allis Central on Wednesday.

Robertson's effort in the 400 is second only to the 59.75 turned in by Watertown's Taylor Naatz. Robertson is also second in the triple jump with a 35-9 effort. Only De Soto's Kasey Ballawahn's 36-foot effort is better.

Other top places for the Indians included a second from the four-lap relay team (1:30.59) and a third by state qualifier Alex Poole in the high jump (5-0).

Other top six efforts by event included the following: 200: Jessica Robinson, fourth (28.72); 1,600 relay: fourth (4:28.52); 3,200 relay: fifth (11:00.8); and pole vault: Erin Schneider, fourth (9-0).

Both Poole in the shot put (34-6) and Aerial Holt in the long jump (15-11 1/2 ) narrowly missed on places despite good efforts.

Germantown boys track

Despite state hurdles finalist Ben Holcomb false-starting in the 55 hurdles, the Warhawks turned in sound efforts in the Madison West Class A Relays on Saturday.

"It was a good day, minus Holcomb's 'false start,' " Germantown coach Jared Foerch said. "But that's how sports go, we have ups and downs, just make sure that you are going back up after you've been down."

The Warhawks took part in the North Shore Conference Indoor meet on Wednesday.

They scored 27 1/2 points for their ninth-place spot in the 23-school West field, which was won by Arrowhead with 91.

Bryan McMichael led the way with a runner-up showing in the high jump at 6-0 as teammate Evan Wesenberg tied for sixth at 5-10. The 400 relay team of Alec Richmond, Clay Knapp, Quin Fliss and Chasen Brown, was third in a quick 45.78.

Other top performances included the following: 3,200 relay: Tommy Adair, Jake Kiser, Adam Schueller and Riley Kruger, seventh (8:20.4); 1,600 relay: Zack Winkler, Holcomb, Adair and Riley Kruger, sixth (3:36.23); 400: Holcomb, 11th (55.22); 55 dash: Richmond, 10th (6.9); 55 hurdles: Everett Wood, 11th (8.53); and shot put: Bobby Stemm, ninth (47-2).

Menomonee Falls boys track

The Indians got a seventh out of Christian Almonte (6.76) in the 55 dash to lead their efforts at the Madison West Class A Relays on Saturday.

Falls took part in the Greater Metro Conference Indoor on Tuesday.

Other non-placewinning efforts of note included Nate Boehler 14th in the long jump (19-9); an 11th by the 1,600 relay team (3:38.54); a ninth by the 400 relay team (46.3); a 13th by Dan Hyde in the 800 (2:06.11); a 13th by Duncan McKennie in the 400 (55.77); and a 14th in the 200 by Ayoola Olapo in the 200 (24.96).

- Steven L. Tietz

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