Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swim
The Indians won five events, including two by Amanda Siehs and one each from Haley Lucas and Grace Devine, but they didn't have enough depth to defend their Greater Metro Conference team championship, settling for fourth in the annual event at West Allis Central on Saturday
"We did pretty well," Indianscoach Jim Weitzer said. The girls swam and we took some conference championships. It was probably the best we could do. Next week, we'll be a little more together and a little better rested."
"Next week" is the WIAA sectional meet that will be held this weekend at Cedarburg. Diving is at 4 p.m. Friday and the swimming is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best of all sectionals statewide advance to the WIAA State Meet in Madison on Nov. 10.
The Indians scored 396 points in the conference meet as Brookfield Central edged Brookfield East, 550-530 for the title.
Siehs' victories came in the 50 free (24.63 seconds) and 100 free in a meet record (53.42). In the 100 free, Grace Devine backed up Siehs with a runner-up showing of 55.32.
Devine grabbed a title of her own in the 200 free with a clocking of 1:59.15 as Haley Lucas took third in 2:01.57.
Lucas herself was victorious in the 100 butterfly (1:00.2).
Devine, Lucas, and Siehs joined with Sommer Semanek to take the 400 free relay in a fine time of 3:44.75.
Other top finishes for the Indians included the following: diving: Cassidy Pilo, second (349.15 points); Kate Haznaw, third (331.6); Ali Kornburger, fifth (317.95); 200 medley relay: Semanek, Hannah Mast, Lucas and Emmorie Jossie, second (1:56.59); 200 free relay: Siehs, Jossie, Mast and Devine, second (1:43.41); 100 backstroke: Semanek, fifth (1:04.45); and 100 breast stroke: Mast, fourth (1:12.52).
Germantown girls swim
Freshman Sam Siebenaller won the 100-yard butterfly to lead the Warhawks to a fifth-place showing in the North Shore Conference championships Saturday.
The Warhawks now turn their attentions to the WIAA sectional meet at Cedarburg on Friday and Saturday. Diving is at 4 p.m. Friday and swimming at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The winner of each event plus the next 18 best efforts from all sectionals statewide advance to the WIAA State Meet in Madison on Nov. 10.
Germantown scored 283 points for its spot as Cedarburg won the championship with 436 with Grafton taking second (342).
Siebenaller won the 100 butterfly by close to a second in 1:00.51 to lead the way.
Other top efforts for the Warhawks included the following: 200 medley relay: Khia Kurtenbach, Haley DeGrace, Abby Schabel and Siebenaller (1:53.37); 200 free: Rachel Siebenaller, second (1:58.5); 50 free: Sam Siebenaller, second (24.89); 100 butterfly: Schabel, fifth (1:04.46); 100 free: Rachel Siebenaller, third (53.96); Haley DeGrace, fifth (57.57); 200 free relay: Schabel, McKenna Coulter, Rachel Siebenaller, and Skye Beckes, fifth (1:47.95); 100 backstroke: Kurtenbach, third (1:02.35); 100 breast stroke: DeGrace, fourth (1:10.46); and 400 free relay: Sam Siebenaller, Kurtenbach, DeGrace and Rachel Siebenaller, third (3:47.17).
Germantown girls volleyball
A ball in the net here, a side out there and a kill attempt that was just inches out - that was how the Warhawks' very successful season came to an end in WIAA sectional semifinal play, as the 10th-ranked Germantown squad fell 25-23, 25-21, 27-25, to eighth-ranked Watertown on Oct. 25.
"A total of eight points in three games," veteran coach Diane Harrod said, "and in the last game, we had game point, the line judge called out our way, the up judge called their way (and overruled the side judge). That's the way it went.
"We had our chances. We were ahead in the first game. At least we didn't choke a little like we did last year (in the sectional final against Watertown). Our passing was good all three games. We were riled up and nervous. We didn't get the production out of the middles like we thought we would, but (all-around) Maggie (Megan) Johnston had a heck of a game and (librero) Marisa Moser did a great job, too. They were two seniors who really held up tonight."
Watertown would eventually lose in three games to Menomonee Falls in the sectional final Saturday as Falls advanced to the state tournament.
"We came a long ways this season and played hard almost every match," Harrod said. "It was that we, and the kids agreed with this, did our own killing to ourselves a little bit tonight."
The Warhawks successfully defended their North Shore Conference title this season in what was decidedly a rebuilding year, and Harrod was pleased with the effort.
Seniors included Moser, Johnston, Bethany Laubenheimer, Brianna Fox and Katlyn Sanfilippo.
Harrod said she is pleased to have both setters Paige Groth and Jessica Baehr back next season.
Menomonee Falls girls cross country
Megan Paule rolled her ankle at about the two-mile mark, but fought through it and still finished a credible 52nd out of 190 in the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
"She ran pretty well," said Indians boys coach Tom Shannon, who helped with Paule in preparations for state. "She didn't fall (on the downhill area where she rolled the ankle) but in a field that fast, that's enough to take you off your game a little bit.
"She was about 35th-40th at that point and so to lose only a few spots (was good). It was a tough week for her, but I thought she handled it well."
Paule, in her second state meet, finished in 15:35.18 on the 4,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout for her spot, as Baraboo's McKaela Christenson claimed the individual title in 14:12.65. Arrowhead easily won the team title.
Paule had run a 15:41.9, good for 65th at last year's state meet.
In this 100th anniversary state meet, the event was faster than ever for the girls, as 19 athletes broke 15 minutes and 103 finished under 16 minutes for the 4,000-meter distance.
- Steven L. Tietz
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