Germantown girls volleyball
There are still some pieces left to the puzzle, but there will be a lot of new faces for veteran Warhawks coach Diane Harrod this fall, as the defending North Shore Conference co-champs took 10th in the 24-team Homestead/St. Thomas More Joust Friday and Saturday.
"We have had moments where we've looked very good, but we've also had moments where we haven't," said Harrod, who is entering her 32nd year at Germantown and 42nd overall. Germantown lost in the WIAA sectional final last season to Watertown.
A lot of the offense is gone for Germantown, but they still have experienced defenders and setters returning.
Key returnees include senior outside hitter Maggie Johnston, senior right-side hitter Katie Sanfilippo and junior setter Paige Groth. Johnston and Sanfilippo are co-captains.
Others with varying levels of experience include junior middle hitter Beth Kuske and senior libero Marisa Moser. Others who will help out this fall include sophomore middle hitter Kayla Budgins, junior setter Jessica Baehr, senior outside hitter Bethany Laubenheimer and senior right-side hitter Brianne Fox.
"There are some things that I like and there are some things that I'd like to change," Harrod said.
Germantown hosts Whitefish Bay in its North Shore opener at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and then it will be at the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Saturday.
In the Joust, the Warhawks went 2-1 in first-day pool play, losing to area rival Menomonee Falls in three games before beating Pius XI in three and sweeping Kimberly.
In power pool play on Saturday, the Warhawks had a tough time and a brutal schedule, falling to defending Division 2 state champion Catholic Memorial and eventual tourney champion and defending Division 1 state champ Burlington, both in two games.
Back in the bronze division playoffs, Germantown beat Middleton before falling to Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
"I was happy with Friday's play, but not so much on Saturday," Harrod said.
Menomonee Falls boys soccer
A misdirected pass back to the keeper by a Brookfield East defender went into the goal and gave the Indians a 1-0 overtime win over the Spartans in their Greater Metro Conference opener Aug. 21.
Falls (5-1-1) takes on Brookfield Central in another GMC soccer match Tuesday and then will host Kettle Moraine at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Indians also host Tosa East Sept. 5.
The Indians were outshot by the Spartans in their match against Brookfield East, but held on through good defense, including work by keeper Brendan Paule.
Germantown girls cross country
A strong freshman class will help the Warhawks this fall as shown by the early-season efforts Aug. 23 at the Menomonee Falls Grade Level Invite at Rotary Park.
"The incoming talent, a result of the program at Kennedy Middle School, will only be an asset," said Germantown coach Nancy Pietrowiak.
The Warhawks, who have a total of 36 athletes out this fall, will build around returning letter winners including seniors Alysse Barrelmann, Marie Burnham, Andrea Brown, Jennifer Ellis, Kimmie Karin, Hannah Knapp and Kristen Lemke; and sophomores Paige Kutzora and Courtney Wahl. Germantown graduated 2011 state meet qualifier Caitlin Dillon.
The top varsity eight, according to Pietrowiak, includes Brown, Ellis, Karin, Knapp and Wahl, as well as freshmen Emily Baus, Brianna Klopfer and Calli Lemke.
"This team looks to be a strong pack from one through eight and we are shooting for all to finish the season under 16:15 (for 4,000 meters)," Pietrowiak said. "We are seeing great improvement from the returning athletes, the summer running group did a fine job considering the heat this summer."
The freshmen had five runners finish in the top 16 of their 63-runner race.
Klopfer was second in 17:05 and Lemke third (17:21). Also earning good spots were Baus in ninth (18:28), Aliena Matuszczak 12th (18:53) and Kaitlyn Dittloff 16th (19:17).
Wahl topped the efforts in the sophomore race with a 27th-place effort out of 74 (18:56), while Sarah Ahles was 25th of 68 in the junior race (19:29).
In the 45-person senior race, Knapp was 11th (18:22) and Brown 15th (18:36).
Germantown will be at the Oconomowoc Invitational, which begins at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Menomonee Falls girls cross country
Returning WIAA state meet qualifier Megan Paule was third in the sophomore race to lead the Indians in their own Grade Level Invitational Aug. 23 at Rotary Park.
Paule finished with a time of 16:17 for her spot as two Pulaski runners went one-two in the race. Other top 10 finishers in that 74-runner race were Hannah Nelson in seventh 16:46 and Jammi Lessila eighth 16:48.
In the freshmen race, Tessa Estock finished with a 17:44, which earned her fourth of 63.
In the 45-runner senior race, Jamie Ertl was ninth in 17:44.
"We have some work to do," said Indians coach Paul Schramka. "This was a benchmark for us and we will be aiming to improve every week. Lessila, Nelson and Estock were impressive. They were nip and tuck the majority of the race and Nelson's encouragement I felt was a turning point for the younger and less experienced runners."
The Indians will be at the Oconomowoc Invite Thursday.
Menomonee Falls girls tennis
With new interim coach J.J. Tischer at the helm, the Indians have been competitive in the opening weeks of the season.
The senior-dominated group includes Hayley Schlueter, Julie Schweiss and Danyelle Terry occupying the first three singles spots, while junior Jill Schweiss and senior Jessie Klappa will alternate at fourth singles.
In doubles, senior Ali Noltner will work with sophomore Hannah Matthiesen and seniors Emily Mayer and Kaitlin Merkel in the first two spots, respectively.
At the recently held Oconomowoc Invite, Schlueter took second at first singles and Julie Schweiss won the second singles slot. Schlueter is off to a 7-1 start this season, while Julie Schweiss entered this week at 8-0.
In its own Indian Invite, Falls went 0-4, dropping all four duals by 4-3 counts.
"Ughh," said Tischer. "So close and so competitive."
Tischer said a total of 15 girls have played varsity matches so far for Falls and he will continue to try and find as much playing time as possible for the maximum number of players.
On Aug. 23, the Indians pulled out a 4-3 non-conference win over New Berlin West, as seniors Amanda Bradley and Taylor Kloman pulled out a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 decision at third doubles to earn the team win. Schlueter, Julie Schweiss and Terry all claimed straight set wins in singles.
The Indians opened their Greater Metro Conference season on a rugged note this week, taking on Brookfield East on Tuesday and then hosting Brookfield Central on Thursday.
Germantown boys cross country
The Warhawks put a runner in the top 10 of all four races as they opened the season Aug. 23 at the Menomonee Falls Grade Level Invitational on a successful note.
Germantown, which graduated state-meet qualifier Adam Schueller, had Josh Biesel take 10th in the 99-man senior race on the warm and windy day at Rotary Park. He was clocked in at 17:40 for the 5,000-meter distance.
State track athlete of the year Carl Hirsch of Brookfield Central won the race by 50 seconds with a clocking of 15:22, while Sam Marchewka was 20th (18:23), Jake Kiser 24th (18:37) and Riley Shelton 28th (18:54).
In the junior race, Trevor Becker was sixth of 78 (18:06), while Cory Rhind was 12th (19:05) and Joey Rogers 19th (19:52).
Nick Foti led the sophomore efforts in eighth (19:48) while in the freshmen competition, Craig Reese was seventh of 49 (20:18).
Germantown will be at the West Allis Central Invitational at 5:15 p.m. Friday at McCarty Park.
Menomonee Falls boys cross country
The host Indians had three runners earn spots in the top 10 of their individual races as they opened their 2012 campaign with their own Grade Level Invitational Aug. 23 at Rotary Park.
Sophomore Dom Carini led the way for the Indians, as he took fifth in the 75-runner sophomore race with a clocking of 18:45, while junior Ben Maas was ninth in the 78-runner junior event in 18:59.
Senior Jacob Newman had the best time for Falls in the fast 99-runner race, taking 14th in 17:50.
Other competitors for Falls included senior Dan Farrenkopf, who was 26th in the senior race (18:40), Kaleb Becker, who was 16th in the junior race (19:43) and Zach Pogozelski, who was 14th (20:08) and Brandon Schinker, who was 17th (20:15), respectively, in the sophomore race.
The Indians will be at the West Allis Hale Invite at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Greenfield Park.
Germantown girls tennis
The Warhawks competed well in their North Shore Conference opener, falling 6-1 to powerful Whitefish Bay, Aug. 23.
Germantown got a win from the first doubles team of Leah Beck and Kayla Hietpas, who pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 decision, while at second singles, junior Emily Maritato played well before falling to Jenna Wirkus by a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 score.
Germantown took on Wisconsin Lutheran Monday and hosts Grafton in another North Shore dual at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz
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