MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS SOCCER
Ahead of the biggest game of the year, the Indians improved to 7-0 with four wins last week including a wild, 4-3 triumph over Greater Metro Conference rival Wauwatosa East on Aug. 27.
They followed that with a 5-1 rout of Tosa West on Aug. 28 and then won the title in the Pewaukee Quad last weekend as they defeated Oregon (3-0) and Madison Edgewood (4-0).
That set the stage well for the Indians biggest game of the year the Time Warner broadcast GMC tilt with defending WIAA state champion Marquette that was played at home on Wednesday.
"We've rarely had a game that big before," coach Scott Stein said.
The Indians prepared well for it. Out in Pewaukee, against Edgewood, goals went to Kay Olapo, Collin Dowling (2), and Bryce Meyers while versus Oregon, Joe Burgoyne, Nick Gonzales and Will Vander Horst all found the back of the net.
Against Tosa West, The Indians scored four times in the first 21 minutes en route to the rout, as Olapo, Young (2), Meyers, and Brandon Dantone all scored.
The Tosa East game, on the other hand, was far more difficult. The Indians trailed, 1-0, before getting two late first-half goals from Alex Russo (Gonzales and Tommy Wolf assists) to take a 2-1 lead.
The Red Raiders tied it up 10 minutes into the second half before Falls took control a short time later with tallies from Gonzales and Jacob Lucht. East got to within one goal with 18 minutes left, but behind a combined three saves from Will Genthe and Erik Vastag, Falls was able to hang on. Wolf had three assists.
GERMANTOWN BOYS SOCCER
The defending North Shore Conference champs are off to an 1-4-1 start this season.
The Warhawks have lost a pair of North Shore Conference tilts, 1-0 to Whitefish Bay and 3-2 to Cedarburg. They have also tied Hartfiord, 1-1, and lost to defending state champion Marquette, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the Brookfield East Gusho Tournament on Aug. 29
To add insult to injury, they dropped a 2-1 decision to Bay again in a consolation contest at the Gusho on Friday before winning the seventh-place game over Kenosha Bradford, 4-0.
The team returns 11 players from that strong squad of a year ago. They are led by tri-captains Paul Ciszewski an honorable mention all-state performer as well as a first-team all conference choice and the team's leading scorer in 2012; Nate Bronikowski a first-team NSC defender and Brody Lauer an honorable mention all conference midfielder.
Additional returning starters are junior second-team All-NSC defender Zack Knudson and junior defenderJP Rodriguez.
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The Indians opened their season with a successful effort in their own Coaches' Classic at Rotary Park on Aug. 29.
"I was pleased with the meet and thought the boys ran well for the first competition," coach Tom Shannon said. "If we had scored the meet, Tosa East and Waukesha North would have beaten us so we were competitive in the 11-team meet. I thought Josh Hindman stepped it up although he faded a bit at the end. He was in sixth with 400 meters to go and ended 10th. Ben Maas and Jake McMahon were very solid as was Kaleb Becker. We need our fifth to move up but we're off to a good start."
Shannon, who will be assisted by Tom Peterson, will have six letterwinners to work with this season. They include seniors Maas and Becker and juniors Hindman, Dom Carini, Brandon Schinker and McMahon.
Key contributors include sophomores Jayce Kolinski, Kevin Larkin and Owen Stegner and senior Tom Grizzle.
The best overall finish for Falls in the age group, nonteam-scored event was a fourth by Hindman in the junior race as he covered the 5,000-meter layout on a warm and humid day in 17 minutes, 34 seconds. McMahon was close behind in sixth (17:57). In the senior race, Maas was ninth (17:45) and Becker 10th (17:52). Kolinski topped the underclassmen, with an eighth in the sophomore race (18:40).
GERMANTOWN BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Trevor Becker won the senior race in the Menomonee Falls' Coaches Classic age group meet on Aug. 29, as the Warhawks got the season off to a good start.
"Yeah, Trevor had a nice race," Warhawks coach Andy Bavlnka said. "Really, he put in a lot of work over the summer. I think he is primed to make a significant jump. He has really grown as a leader and runner — he is ready to put his stamp on this team."
Becker edged Brookfield Central's Michael Flatley by a little more than a second on the hot and muddy day at Rotary Park, covering the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, four seconds. 64 runners were in the senior field.
As for the rest of the team, Bavlnka said it is a work in progress.
"The guys (as a whole) are a bit young and inexperienced," Bavlnka said, "but the talent is there to really grow. They seem to be buying into the 'culture of work' that we try to establish."
Other good finishes for the Warhawks included Joey Rogers taking 17th in the senior race (18:52), Nick Foti taking 13th in the junior race (19:00) while teammate Brady Sheridan was 16th (19:03). In the sophomore event, Jake DuFrane was ninth (18:46) while in the freshmen effort, Westin Feltz was ninth (20:42), Jake Garvey 13th (20:59), Dylan Ayers 16th (21:16) and Ben Cincotta 18th (21:21).
GERMANTOWN GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
In spite of some serious heat and humidity, the Warhawks had some good performances at the season-opening Menomonee Falls Coaches' Classic age group meet on Aug. 29.
"Eight of the returning runners ran better times today than last year at the same meet," veteran coach Nancy Pietrowiak said. "We now have a starting point on which to base future performances."
The varsity runners on the 40-plus competitor team include senior Julia Schroder; sophomores Lucy DeLain, Kaitlyn Dittloff, Brianna Klopfer, and Calli Lemke; and freshmen Molly Baus, Alyssa Camden, and Alyssa Goesch.
"Our team is very young, and this group of freshmen is the biggest ever, and the strongest from top to bottom," Pietrowiak said. She said that seniors are exhibiting good leadership.
Pietrowiak said that returning North Shore champion Whitefish Bay (15 titles in 20 years) will have just as dominant team this season and will be among the state's elite. She said her team could be in the hunt for second in the NSC if it stays healthy.
Goesch led the way at Falls in the very warm (80-plus degree) and muddy day, taking third on the 4,000-meter course in 16:44, while Klopfer was fifth in the sophomore race in 17:24. Baus was 14th in the freshmen race (18:09), while Lemke was 13th (18:23) and Dittloff 14th (18:26) in the sophomore event.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS GOLF
The Indians remain competitive in the season's early going, taking second in the Greater Metro Conference mini-meet last week at Bristlecone Pines on Aug. 28.
They turned in a nine-hole score of 183, which trailed only Brookfield Central, which turned in a mark of 169. The finish now puts the Indians into a tie for second in the league standings with Brookfield East.
Morgan Scrobel was second individually with a 37, as Jessica Gruber came in with a 40, Kaitlyn Kirchberger 50, Hailey Barbee 56, and Morgan Richards 57.
The strong finish built upon Scrobel and Gruber teaming together to win the scramble event at the Schroeder Memorial Invitational at Wanaki earlier in the week, as they turned in an 18-hole even par score of 72.
Falls was also a competitive eighth of 30 in the Arrowhead Scramble Invitational on Aug. 29 at Ironwood. The Indians turned in a score of 67 as Mukwonago won by three shots with a 60.
GERMANTOWN GIRLS GOLF
The Warhawks are turning in a competitive team so far this young season, as they turned in a sound 396 combined stroke play/scramble total at the Brian Schroeder Memorial on Aug. 27 after they competed in the first North Shore Conference mini-meet of the year.
In the Schroeder meet, the Warhawks were led by sophomore Sophia Mazurek who turned in an 18-hole stroke play mark of 91 while junior Alex Kleczewski and senior Kimmy Soderberg turned in a scramble mark of 94.
Germantown also turned in an 18-hole scramble score of 70 in taking 20th of 30 in the Arrowhead Scramble on Aug. 29.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Without two-time state qualifier Megan Paule, who has moved, and with a new coach Dave Gruber, the Indians will be in a rebuilding mode this fall.
They co-hosted their own Falls Coaches' Classic at Rotary Park on Aug. 29.
Leading the way in that meet for the Indians was sophomore Tessa Estock was eighth on the 4,000-meter course in 17:46.0. Other solid efforts for the Indians included April Gilbert 16th in the junior race (18:16) while teammate Juliette Schefelker was 18th (18:22) in the same event.
Freshman Emma Jankowski was 19th in her race (18:42). Top seniors for Falls include Megan Rohde and Kerianne Pawley.
GERMANTOWN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Ted Gollakner era for the Warhawks got off to a positive start when the perpetually re-loading squad fell in the Bronze Division final at the 24-school Joust Tournament last weekend to Arrowhead by a 25-23, 30-28 count.
Gollakner is replacing Warhawks coaching legend Diane Harrod, who finally retired after a career that spanned four decades. As a going away present, the Warhawks won their 16th North Shore Conference title under Harrod last fall.
"We're off to a pretty good start," he said. "I think this a pretty big change for them, because I bring in a new kind of practice style. It's been pretty intense so far and the girls are pretty wound up for the season."
The Warhawks will have to work without a number of key components to that title team including now-graduated key passers Maggie Johnston, Bethany Laubenheimer and Marisa Moser.
But Gollakner will still have some pieces of the puzzle to work with including veterans such as senior setter/defensive specialist Paige Groth, senior middle hitter Elizabeth Kuske, senior outside hitter Emily Hillmann, junior outside hitter Madeline Heupel and junior setter/outside hitter Carly Townsend.
Townsend has accepted an athletic scholarship to Toledo.
Other seniors for Germantown include setter/defensive specialist Jessica Baehr and defensive specialist Lauren Schleicher.
"This is a strong group that's very knowledgeable," Gollakner said. "They have a lot of talent and want to mix it up."
At the Joust, the Warhawks beat Watertown and Waukesha West before falling to area rival and eventual meet runner-up Menomonee Falls on Friday. Power pool play followed on Saturday when the Warhawks dropped tough decisions to DSHA and West Bend East before the Bronze Division playoffs where the team defeated Pius XI (16-25, 25-17, 15-11) before falling to Arrowhead.
The Warhawks opened North Shore Conference play against Whitefish Bay on Tuesday and now will be at the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Saturday.
GERMANTOWN GIRLS' TENNIS
In play last week, The Warhawks rallied for a 4-3 victory over Pius XI in a nonconference match, but then fell in a good effort to North Shore rival Whitefish Bay, 7-0.
Against Pius, the Warhawks dropped the top three singles matches, but then got a win at fourth singles from senior Audrey Burnham (6-3, 6-1) and then swept the doubles as the teams of Emily Maritato and Diane Xue (6-2, 6-1); Emma Brandenburg and Taylor Sacket (6-0, 6-1) and Ashton Kusch and Ellery McAdams (7-6, 6-4) all pulled out victories to secure the team victory.
In the loss to Bay, Brandenburg and Sacket turned in what coach Megan Kitze-Ward called a "good battle" at second doubles, falling 5-7, 7-6, 6-0.
— Steven L. Tietz
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