GERMANTOWN BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Trevor Becker won the individual title in a wire-to-wire effort and led the Warhawks to a strong second-place finish in the 11-team Waterford Wolverine Invitational on Friday.
The meet was the final tune-up before Saturday's North Shore Conference meet at Tendick Park. The boys race gets under way at 11:45 p.m. Port Washington is considered the favorite with other teams in the mix including Germantown.
"I thought we ran very well," Warhawks coach Andy Bavlnka said. "We're getting it close to putting it all together. We were actually leading the meet until about the last 800 meters.
"And Trevor did an excellent job. We've had him on a hard program with a lot of mileage so far. He's waiting patiently and has a lot of trust in what we're doing. He looked great today. He was already up 40 meters by the mile mark."
Germantown scored 57 points for its spot as West Allis Hale won with 49.
Becker covered the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes 20 seconds, eight seconds clear of the runner-up from Hale.
Helping him out were Nick Foti in eighth (17:02), Danny Horanoff in 13th (17:22), Jake DuFrane 16th (17:30) and Craig Reese in 19th (17:41). Also running were Brady Sheridan in 20th (17:42), Blake DeMunck in 28th (17:54) and Cory Rhind in 48th (18:20).
"Our main goal right now is getting our fifth runner closer to our first," Bavlnka said. "We do that, we're very competitive."
A slightly short-handed Indians squad still managed to close out its regular season on a solid note with a third-place finish in the Port Washington Invitational on Oct. 10 at Tendick Park.
Falls competes for Greater Metro Conference honors at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Greenfield Park when the league meet is contested. The Indians will be among the favorites that include West Allis Hale and Marquette in the annual event.
At the 16-school Port meet, Falls scored 114 points for its spot as West Bend West won with 45 and Port Washington was second with 54.
Falls, which was without Josh Hindman, was led by Kaleb Becker, who covered the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, five seconds, good for 10th. He got help from Jake McMahon in 12th (17:31), Ben Maas in 22nd (17:31), Jayce Kolinski in 34th (17:54) and Dom Carini in 36th (18:03).
Also running were Brandon Schinker in 42nd (18:20) and Cooper Dozzi in 58th (18:42).
Sam Siebenaller claimed the 50-yard freestyle in a swift time of 24.59 seconds to lead the Warhawks to a respectable seventh-place finish in the talent-ladened Homestead Highlander Invitational on Saturday.
The sophomore Siebenaller won her race by 0.35 of a second in leading Germantown to a 143-point total as defending WIAA state champion Waukesha South/Mukwonago won the 17-school event with 400 points.
Other good finishes for the Warhawks included a runner-up showing by the 200 medley relay team of Skye Beckes, Haley DeGrace, and Rachel and Sam Siebenaller (1:51.16) while Sam Siebenaller also grabbed a runner-up finish of her own in the 100 butterfly (59.63). DeGrace was also third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.19).
"Aside from the swimming, I thought out team had a great presence," coach Kevin Arne Ewald said. "We brought great energy, support for each other and high-pressure focus."
Other good finishes for the Warhawks included sixths by Rachel Siebenaller in the 200 free (1:57.82) and the 500 free (5:18.66) and a sixth by the 200 free team of DeGrace, Beckes and both Siebenallers.
Other good efforts included DeGrace in the 100 free (57.7), Beckes in the 100 backstroke (1:05.34), McKenna Coulter in the 100 fly (1:05.92) and Alle Raglund in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.48).
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS SWIM
New Indians swim coach Kelsey Ogle is working hard to keep the team positive and upbeat in this rebuilding campaign.
"The girls have been handling it very very well," she said. "We are a very young team so the girls didn't expect a lot, and the older juniors and seniors were all swimming JV (junior varsity) in the past, so they are all very excited to be swimming varsity and taking on new roles.
"To be honest I think it's harder on me because I am such a competitive person. Where these girls were used to winning but they really weren't contributing to the wins in the past. But coaching these girls is an absolute blast, we have so much fun. These girls work their tails off and I couldn't ask for a harder working group of girls."
The Indians were 14th of 17 in the powerhouse Homestead Highlander Invitational on Saturday.
The fine season of the Warhawks came to a quiet end in WIAA sectional play at Oconomowoc on Oct. 9.
Germantown's top doubles team of junior Diane Xue and senior Emily Maritato (15-7) fell in a quarterfinal match to an Arrowhead duo while the second doubles team of sophomores Taylor Sackett and Emma Brandenburg (18-5) also lost to an Arrowhead pair before bouncing back to defeat a Sussex Hamilton team for third place in their flight.
Co-coach Megan Kitze-Ward said that they applied for special qualifier status for both pairs, but the two teams were not in the WIAA state individual tournament draw when it came out on Saturday. State runs Thursday through Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
"There were some other strong cases out there and they only take so many," Kitze-Ward said. "The girls played some great tennis on Wednesday (Oct. 9), some really tough tennis. Overall it was a great year."
Kitze-Ward said the team will really miss Maritato as she was a four-year varsity player.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Indians prepared for this weekend's Greater Metro Conference Tournament when it routed Brookfield Central in a league dual, 25-6, 25-7, 30-28, on Oct. 8.
No individual stats were available for the Indians, who remained the top-ranked team in state Division 1 coaches' polls.
They held senior and parents' night on Tuesday against Sussex Hamilton in their final league dual meet of the season. They host a first-round match of the GMC Tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday (opponent to be determined) and then the remainder of the tournament is Saturday at Brookfield East (9 a.m.).
GERMANTOWN GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The Warhawks closed out their regular season on a sound note on Oct. 10 when they took fifth-of-16 teams in the Port Washington Invitational at Tendick Park in Saukville.
Germantown returns to Tendick on Saturday for the North Shore Conference. The girls varsity race will be at 11:10 a.m. Multitime league champ and third-ranked Whitefish Bay is the heavy favorite. Earlier this season, Germantown coach Nancy Pietrowiak said that the team might be able to compete for a top three spot, but that challenge became harder when some weeks ago she found out that top runner Alyssa Goesch would be unavailable for the meet because of a prior commitment.
"We will have to see how things shake out," Pietrowiak said.
The freshman Goesch still led the Warhawks at the Port meet, taking sixth in a time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds as Germantown scored 172 points for its spot. West Bend West won with 76.
Also supporting Goesch were Brianna Klopfer in 24th (16:22), Molly Baus in 33rd (16:31), Calli Lemke in 52nd (16:54), and Hannah Schaetzel in 57th (17:02).
Also running were Julia Schroder in 70th (17:24) and Kaitlyn Dittloff in 76th (17:32).
All told, there were seven personal bests turned in at the race including Klopfer, Paige Kutzora, Sarah Ahles, Emma Andersen, Aliena Matuszczak, Jordan Pagel and Devanshi Patel along with seven season bests.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS GOLF
The story didn't end the way it was supposed to for seniors Jessica Gruber and Morgan Scrobel in the WIAA sectional tournament at Wanaki on Oct. 7.
The four year letter-winners were looking at earning the first WIAA individual state tournament berths since the program was recreated several years ago, but both came up short. For Gruber, it was agonizingly close, as she finished sixth individually with an 18-hole score of 85.
She was just three shots off the last individual berth earned by Nicolet's Emily Murphy (82).
For Scrobel, it was just one of those days, as she finished 29th individually with a 101 on a windy day just a day or so after heavy rains had pelted the area, resulting in a lift, clean and replace policy being instituted for the competitors.
Grace Dunn of team sectional champion Brookfield Central was medalist with a 70.
The meet ended a fine season for the Indians where Scrobel earned first-team All-Greater Metro Conference honors and Gruber second. Falls also set team 18-hole scoring records and finished second in the GMC 18-hole finale, its best finish ever.
GERMANTOWN BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Warhawks remained unbeaten in North Shore play with a 25-20, 25-15, 26-28, 25-13 win over Whitefish Bay on Oct. 9.
Jon Averkamp had 16 kills, while Jacob Reynolds came up with 33 assists, Luke Deubler three blocks and Alex Shebesta 13 digs.
Germantown closes out its NSC season at home against Homestead on Wednesday, Oct. 23 (6:30 p.m.).
Junior Erika Bethhauser finished the Warhawks season on a solid note, finishing in a tie for 68th in the WIAA sectional at Hartford on Oct. 8 with an 18-hole score of 99.
Bethhauser, one of the leaders of the Warhawks this season, was Germantown's only qualifier at the tournament. North Shore Conference medalist Anika Hitt of Homestead obliterated the competition by 16 strokes with a remarkable 66.
Arrowhead (336) and defending state champion Homestead (350) earned the team state tournament berths.
The Indians prepared for this Saturday's Greater Metro Conference meet by taking 16th in the Port Washington Invitational at Tendick Park on Oct. 10.
Falls takes part in the GMC test at Greenfield Park on Saturday. The girls varsity race begins at 11:05 a.m.
The Indians scored 394 points for their spot at the Port meet as West Bend West won with 76.
Tessa Estock led the way with a 35th-place showing of 16 minutes 33 seconds on the 4,000-meter course. Other scoring runners for the Indians included Allison Schultz in 84th (17:51), Megan Rohde in 85th (17:51), Kerianne Pawley 92nd (18:13) and Amanda Schultz in 98th (18:25).
Also running for the Indians were Jesse Rabay in in 100th (18:31) and Amber Dryer in 103rd (18:50).
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS TENNIS
The Indians season ended in WIAA subsectional play on Oct. 7 at Wauwatosa West as they won two matches but could not advance anyone to the sectional at Oconomowc that was played Oct. 9.
Falls was very young and inexperienced at a great many positions this fall but competed hard coach JJ Tischer said. Among the seniors who took part this fall were Hannah Raebel, Morgan Wolfe, Haylie Syverson and Katie Ish. The singles lineup was very young through most of the fall and will return largely intact next season.
— Steven L. Tietz
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