Junior Christian Almonte bolted out of the blocks like he was shot out of a cannon and cruised to a surprising victory in the 100-meter dash in the WIAA sectional meet at Sussex Hamilton.
With the effort, Almonte earns a berth in this weekend's WIAA State Meet at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium. Division 1 preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Finals begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Almonte won the 100 in a personal best of 11.05 seconds.
"My start was the key for me," Almonte said. "Everyone's fast here and I knew it would be a tight race, so I knew I had to get out quickly. I just ran loose and gave it everything I had. I felt good and my form was on point.
"I'm happy to competing. I just want to get up there (to state) and compete."
Almonte was the Indians' only state qualifier as they scored 37 points for a 10th-place finish in the 15-school sectional field. Oconomowoc won the meet with 102 points.
Other sectional efforts for the Indians included the following: 400: I.J. Bullock, fourth (51.86); 800: Jake McMahon, sixth (2:04.46); 400 relay: Almonte, Will Vander Horst, Brandon Kivisto and Ayoola Olapo, fifth (43.76); 800 relay: Almonte, Vander Horst, Mike Van Alstyne and Olapo, fifth (1:32.17); 1,600 relay: Bullock, Adam Vechart, Jacob Newman, and Van Alstyne, sixth (3:29.13); 3,200 relay: Jacob Newman, Kaleb Becker, Brandon Schinker and McMahon, sixth (8:29.83); pole vault: Aron Schwartz, (no height); and triple jump: Van Alstyne, sixth (40-111/2); Wil Roscher, seventh (403/4).
The Indians built on their Greater Metro Conference championship when they claimed a WIAA regional title on May 23 with a 6-2 victory over Arrowhead.
Falls (14-2 overall) had opened the tourney with a 21-0 five-inning rout of Milwaukee Hamilton in a regional semifinal on May 21.
Because of upsets to the top two seeds Mukwonago and Oconomowoc, the third-seeded Indians are the highest remaining seeded team in the sectionals. They take on GMC rival West Allis Hale in one sectional semifinal on Tuesday and if surviving, face the winner of Kettle Moraine and Watertown in a sectional final at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Arrowhead for the right to advance to the WIAA State Tournanment.
The Indians would be seeking their first berth since 2009.
In the regional final win over arrowhead, Falls scored three times in the first inning and never looked back. Kelly Berglund scattered six hits for the victory with eight strikeouts and just one walk. Both Maddie Eikenmeyer and Brittany Robinson had two doubles and scored two runs apiece.
Against Hamilton in the semifinal, Falls scored 14 runs in the first inning as Angelica Labermaier had four hits with three runs scored and Ashley Zdroik had three hits with three RBI. Labermeier and Berglund combined on a five inning no-hitter.
The top-seeded in sectional Warhawks picked up a first-round bye and then overpowered North Shore Conference rival, Whitefish Bay, 10-2, in a WIAA regional final on May 23.
The game was a vast turnaround from a recent 1-0 decision the Warhawks had to pull out against the feisty Blue Dukes.
With the victory, the 17-2 Warhawks advanced to a WIAA sectional semifinal against Sussex Hamilton on Tuesday. If they win that game, they head off to Brookfield East at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for a WIAA sectional final against either DSHA or Brookfield Central for the right to advance to the state tournament.
Germantown was a WIAA state semifinalist last season.
Bay took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second of the regional but then the Warhawks scored five times in the bottom of the frame to take control for good.
Amanda Witzlib got the win, striking out eight, walking three and scattering three hits. She got offensive help from Erika Berry (two hits including a home run and four RBI); and Alexa Bechler and Felicia Kons (two hits apiece). She also helped herself as she cracked a home run and had two RBI.
Despite a slightly substandard effort, the Warhawks still advanced to WIAA sectional action with a third-place finish in the regional meet at Naga-Waukee on May 22
Germantown turned its attentions to the sectional tournament at Hidden Glen on Tuesday. The top two teams and first three individuals not on the qualifying teams advanced to the WIAA State Tournament at University Ridge in Madison that will be held June 3 and 4.
The Warhawks turned in an 18-hole score of 322 at the regional meet. North Shore champion Cedarburg won with 307 while Arrowhead was second with 320 and Homestead claimed the other qualifying spot in fourth with a 326 mark.
Phillip Johnson was fifth individually with a 78, while Mike Mueller and Logan Sterns each carded an 80 and North Shore Conference medalist Jakob Garstecki came in with an uncharacteristic 84.
The Indians advanced out of their own WIAA regional meet at Silver Spring on May 21 when it took fourth with an 18-hole score of 337.
Falls then participated in the sectional tournament at Wanaki on Tuesday. The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams advance to the WIAA state tournament at University Ridge in Madison on June 3 and 4.
The Indians were a surprise state team qualifier last season.
In the regional tournament, Brookfield Central and Sussex Hamilton tied with 316 scores apiece while Brookfield East claimed the other team spot with a 322 mark.
Brendan Paule tied for third individually with a 76 to lead the way for the Indians, while Davis Narey and Brad Kaiser each carded 86s, and Trevor Estock 89.
The fourth-ranked Warhawks continued rolling with an impressive 4-1 win over area rival Homestead on May 21.
With that win, Germantown improved to 9-2-2 overall. The Warhawks earned the third seed in the WIAA Whitefish Bay sectional. They play Bradley Tech in a regional semifinal Thursday and host a regional final against the winner of Sussex Hamilton and Port Washington on Saturday.
Sectional action is June 6 and 8. North Shore leader and top-ranked Cedarburg is the top seed in the sectional while Greater Metro champion and third ranked Menomonee Falls is the second seed.
In the win over Homestead, Jamie Karch had a hat trick while Jennifer Poss had the other goal. Kayla Schlosser, Paige Blankenheim and Maddie Tetzke all had assists for the Warhawks.
The Indians, who ended their season in WIAA subsectional play last week, turned in a credible finish in the recent Greater Metro Conference Tournament.
Falls earned consolation championships from second singles player Danny Balister, the second doubles team of Sean Zoske and Lane Madisen and the third doubles team of Ian Dorney and Alex Freeman.
— Steven L. Tietz
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