Germantown boys volleyball
Last season, the Warhawks made hay by making the WIAA state semifinals and then taking a game off eventual champion Marquette in that round before losing.
On Saturday at the Middleton Cardinal Invitational, the Warhawks almost did that one better, blasting their way into the finals before losing a wrenching 27-25, 25-23 decision to the same Hilltoppers.
"It's been a solid two weeks for us," coach Brian Rushmer said. "The second-place finish at Arrowhead (earlier this month) was good for us as we didn't have Jake Showalter at all that day as he was away on college visits.
"This Saturday was a little different as we played more top 10 teams in the state then we had all year."
The 10th-raanked Warhawks, who looked to maintain their North Shore lead against Homestead this past Tuesday, went 5-1 in pool play, sweeping Madison LaFollette and Greenfield and splitting with sixth-ranked Kettle Moraine.
They earned a first-round bye in the playoffs and then swept the host Cardinals, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. Middleton had entered the tournament ranked ninth in the state.
In the semifinals, the Warhawks lost a spirited 33-31 first game to Catholic Memorial but then swept the next two games from the Crusaders to advance into the final. Rushmer was pleased with the effort against Marquette, which is ranked fifth this season.
"Marquette was tough, but they are very different team than they have been in the past," Rushmer said. "These were very close games. The highlights of the weekend included Luke Fischer leading the team in kills, a solid serve receive by Cullen Liberski, Jon Averkamp and Jake Showalter, and a relentless blocking effort from our middles (Troy Thompsen, Ben Walter and Luke Deubler)."
Germantown boys cross country
As coach Andy Bavlnka notes, things are trending upward for the Warhawks as they turned in a strong second-place finish in the 11-school Fond du Lac Relays on Friday.
"We're sneaking in there, laying a little bit low," Bavlnka said. "We started the year a little slow, but we've really picked up the pace. And the good thing is, is that we're getting some guys used to running at the front of the pack."
The Warhawks have their final pre-conference meet tuneup on Friday at the Waterford Invite.
"Normally I'd rest the varsity guys (before the NSC meet on Oct. 13), but this is a team that needs race experience."
Such as what the Warhawks turned in at Fondy on the quick Rolling Meadows Golf Course layout.
They turned in a score of 70 points for their spot, trailing only Oshkosh West (39) and ahead of Sheboygan North (80).
Germantown was led by Riley Shelton, who turned in an eighth-place showing of 16:53 on the 5,000-meter course. The remainder of the Warhawks scoring runners came in within just 21 seconds behind him.
They included Trevor Becker in 13th (17:01), Swam Marchewka in 14th (17:01), Josh Biesel in 15th (17:05) and Nick Foti in 20th (17:14).
Cory Rhind was 29th (17:22), Jake Kiser was 35th (17:31) and Danny Horanoff in 39th (17:33)
All told, Germantown had 10 runners at 17:47 or better this day as Bavlnka noted that Becker has been a pleasant surprise this year. He said the conference meet at Tendick Park in Saukville should be incredibly competitive.
"There are six teams that are in this race and I count about 42-44 guys who could legitimately be all-conference (top 24)," he said.
Menomonee Falls girls cross country
Turning in the fastest team race for a Falls group in years, the Indians were a highly competitive third in the Fond du Lac Relays on Friday.
And earned a break in the process.
"Ideal conditions led to many happy faces," Indians coach Paul Schramka said. "The majority of the girls hit their personal bests not only for the year but career today. It was the best team overall run I've been a part of since I've coached here. Fantastic!
"We had our annual competition today where we randomly pick four runners. If they beat their PR from this year we take a day off. (Megan) Paule, (Cassie) Visintainer, Megan Rohde and Caroline Hanson all nailed them. So we are going to enjoy Monday off."
Falls scored 107 points for its spot in the field as Appleton North won with 80 points and Appleton West was second with 106.
Menomonee Falls was led by fourth-place finisher Megan Paule (15:09) and Jami Lessila in 11th (15:41) 11th.
Other scoring runners included Tessa Estock in 18th (15:53) Hannah Nelson in 33rd (16:05) and Jamie Ertl with a career best of 16:13, good for 41st. Also competing were Visintainer in 79th (17:18), April Gilbert in 92nd (18:17) and Amber Dryer in 94th (19:01).
Kerrianne Pawley led the junior varsity with a personal best of 18:17 and was followed by Maddie Thomas in 18:25.
Menomonee Falls boys soccer
It was an offensive explosion for the Indians as they outscored three opponents 18-2 in improving to 15-4-3 including a 4-1-1 mark in Greater Metro Conference play.
Falls battered GMC foe West Allis Central, 9-1, on Sept. 25, crushed nonconference foe Cedarburg, 5-1, on Sept. 27 and blanked another nonleague foe South Milwaukee, 4-0, on Saturday.
Those final two games were fundraisers for the Indians annual Breast Cancer Awareness "Go Pink" campaign.
The Indians closed out GMC play Tuesday against West Allis Hale and host nonconference opponent Grafton in the regular season finale Thursday. WIAA tourney play begins Oct. 9 with regional semifinals. Falls is in the brutally deep Brookfield Central sectional but should earn a very high seed.
In the win over South Milwaukee, goals went to Alex Eastman, Jake Brust, Tommy Wolf and Alex Russo as Jamie Fox had two assists and Nick Gonzales and Russo one apiece.
And vs. Cedarburg, Brust and Connor Young had two goals apiece while Trevor Estock also found the back of the net. Gonzales had three assists, while Ayoola Olapo, Carter Welch, Will Vanderhorst, and Brust all had one assist apiece.
Menomonee Falls girls golf
The Indians turned in an 18-hole score of 398 and earned the fourth and final WIAA sectional qualifying spot out of the regional that was held at Ironwood in Sussex on Sept. 25.
With the effort, Falls was able to advance to sectional play at Butte Des Morts Country Club (Neenah hosting) that was played on Monday. The top two teams and first four individuals not on those teams advanced to the WIAA State Meet at Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Oct. 8 and 9.
Defending state champion Homestead won the regional with a 318 count as Arrowhead (324) and Cedarburg (367) also earned team sectional spots.
Morgan Scrobel was 11th individually to lead the Indians with an 89, while Courtney Rodriguez was 15th (97). Other competitors for the Indians included Jessica Gruber with a 105, Hailey Barbee with a 107 and Morgan Richards with a 117.
Rodriguez is the only senior on the squad for Falls.
Menomonee Falls girls tennis
The Indians got thirds from singles players Hayley Schlueter and Julie Schweiss en route to a sixth-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on Sept. 26 and 27.
Falls took part in WIAA subsectional play on Monday and sectional play at Oconomowoc on Wednesday. The first four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles and the winners of flight two in singles and doubles advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament at Nielsen Stadium in Madison, Oct. 11-13.
First singles player Schlueter carried an excellent record into subsectional play.
Falls scored 18 points in the GMC tournament as DSHA won with 49.
Schlueter outlasted a Wauwatosa East opponent, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, in her quarterfinal match before falling to a Brookfield Central foe, 6-2, 6-2. She then beat Brookfield East player, 6-1, 6-2, for third.
Schweiss exceeded her seed in taking third at second singles. She crushed a West Allis foe, 6-2, 6-0, before falling to the eventual champion from DSHA, 6-0, 6-2. She then beat a Central player, 6-3, 6-4, for her spot.
Jill Schweiss took a fourth at fourth singles as did the third doubles team of Amanda Bradley and Taylor Koman (6-2, 6-0).
Germantown girls golf
Senior Alexa Bechler shot an 18-hole score of 98 to advance to WIAA sectional play from the regional held at Ironwood on Sept. 25.
Bechler played at the sectional held at Butte Des Morts (Neenah hosting) on Monday.
Her efforts led the Warhawks to an eighth-place finish of 418 in regional play as defending state and North Shore champion Homestead won with 318.
Also playing for Germantown were Erika Bethhauser with a 104, Alex Kleczewski with a 105, Mikayla Tenorio with a 111 and Sophia Mazurek. Tenorio and Bechler were the two varsity seniors who played at the regional.
Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swim
The Indians used an inspired finish to upset Greater Metro Conference Relays champion Brookfield Central, 93-90, in a league dual meet on Sept. 27.
Falls/Hamilton had led most of the meet, but fell behind after the Lancers went one-two-three in the 500 freestyle and then won the 200 free relay.
But the Indians pushed back as Haley Lucas won her second individual race of the day with a 1:04.71 clocking as teammate Sommer Semanek was second (1:04.77). Then Hannah Mast edged a Central competitor by just 0.07 of a second to win the 100 breast stroke in 1:12.14.
Falls/Hamilton then put the capper by winning the 400 free relay by just 0.06 of a second as Grace Devine anchored and Lucas, Emmorie Jossie and Semanek joined in a for a quick 3:46.37.
Mast doubled up her victory total in the 200 individual medley (2:19.83) as did Lucas in the 100 butterfly (very quick 58.79). Amanda Siehs did her usual good work taking both the 50 (25.1) and 100 freestyles (54.75).
A big help to the Indians was the one-two-three finish in diving as Cassidy Pilo (206.7 points), Kate Haznaw (198.05) and Ali Kornburger (182.35) cleaned up those spots.
The 200 medley relay team of Semanek, Mast, Lucas and Siehs was also victorious in 1:56.07 as Devine was just edged out in the 200 free by 0.05 with a 1:59.73 clocking and the 200 free relay team of Siehs, Mast, Jossie and Devine was also a close second with a quick 1:44.43.
Menomonee Falls boys cross country
The Indians again used balance to take fifth in the 11-school Fond du Lac Relays at Rolling Meadows Golf Course on Friday.
Falls, which will close the regular season at the Port Washington Invite on Thursday at Tendick, scored 130 points for its spot at Fondy as Oshkosh West won with 39.
Jacob Newman led the way on the 5,000-meter layout in 17th place (17:09), while Ben Maas was 19th (17:13). Other scoring runners included Dom Carini in 25th (17:19), Dan Farrenkopf in 32nd (17:27) and Kaleb Becker in 40th (17:34).
Also running were Jake McMahon in 51st (17:53), Brandon Schinker in 55th (18:14) and Andy Shepherd in 59th (18:31).
Germantown girls cross country
Though the Warhawks were only 10th of 13 teams at the Fond du Lac Relays on Friday, coach Nancy Pietrowiak was pleased to note that around 75 percent of the team either ran season or personal best times on the Rolling Meadows Golf Course 4,000-meter layout.
Germantown was led by Brianna Klopfer, whose personal best of 16:06 placed 34th in the field. Close behind were teammates Jennifer Ellis and Calli Lemke, with personal best times of 16:14 and 16:15 respectively.
Andrea Brown was just seconds off her personal best with a season best time of 16:29. Emily Baus was the last scoring runner for the Warhawks; her personal best of 17:00 was more than 30 seconds faster than her previous best race. Kimmie Karin ran her personal best time of 17:21, and teammates Paige Kutzora and Hannah Knapp both had season best times in the varsity race.
In the junior varsity race, top Warhawks finisher Aliena Matuszczak's personal best 17:52 was good for 34th place. Teammates who ran personal best performances included: Mikayla Bardele, Jordan Pagel, Lucy DeLain, Sarah Ong, Melissa Haldeman, Nellie DeLain, Devanshi Patel, Julia Spanton and Miranda Cross. Running season-best times were Sarah Ahles, Kristen Lemke, Alyse Barelmann, Courtney Wahl, Emma Andersen, Krista Lindwall, Jenna Blaubach and Margaret Grady.
The Warhawks will be at the Port Washington Invitational on Thursday at Tendick Park in Saukville, the site of the North Shore Conference meet on Oct. 13.
"The girls are really starting to believe in their training," Pietrowiak said. "It is great to see them working hard in practices and running well as a pack in meets."
- Steven L. Tietz
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