Menomonee Falls girls volleyball
Menomonee Falls' 6-1 junior middle hitter Simone Lee has won volleyball titles with U.S. national teams, and she has announced her intent to attend powerhouse and multi-time national champion Penn State.
But she also just loves doing what she did it at the end of the Indians' gritty 22-25, 25-9, 25-12, 25-23 Greater Metro Conference opening win over a solid Brookfield East squad on Aug. 28.
And that's taking a perfect set from fellow junior Abby Becker, and slamming the match winner down the left-side against an overmatched defense.
"That set by Abby was perfect," laughed Lee. "We never skip a beat with her anywhere on the court."
Though there were a few hiccups along the way, including a sleepy start that veteran coach J.C. Bruns didn't appreciate.
"It sort of ticked me off," he said, "because last year, they gave us a real tough five-game match at the start of the conference season and I tried to emphasize to them that we didn't want them to get too comfortable."
And though in the first game the Spartans were a little too comfortable, they were never that way again. The Indians caught them in a bad rotation in the second game and ran off 15 consecutive points during one stretch en route to an easy win, and were never seriously challenged in the third game.
But the fourth game was a different matter. East, which was coming off a title in the 23-school UW-Whitewater Tournament on Aug. 25, scored the first three points in a set that would eventually have eight ties.
The last deadlock came at the end of a 3-0 run by the Spartans that made it 22-all, but after a Falls timeout, the Indians went to Lee again and she hammered home a winner to put Falls up for good.
Sarah Held notched a tip kill to make it 24-22, and after the Spartans narrowed it to 24-23 on a Falls' hitting error, Lee thumped home her match-winner.
"I accept the fact (that I'm going to be called on a lot)," she said. "It happened with my club team, too. It's something I work off of. I'm used to having pressure on me and I like being given the chance to rise to the occasion."
Which Bruns and the Indians are happy to ask her to do as often as possible.
"We simply have to get her the ball," he said. "When we do, she's just about unstoppable."
And Bruns would like the Indians, who successfully defended their title in the Mukwonago Invitational on Saturday, to be a little more consistent and a little more unstoppable.
"When we're in system, we're just fine, but when we pass badly, it isn't very pretty," he said. "We just can't get caught looking past people."
And the Indians didn't in the Mukwonago Invite, which Falls has won for several years running now. They bombed Kenosha Bradford, 25-9, 25-18 in the semifinal before overpowering the host team, 25-16, 25-20, in the finals. Earlier, Falls had swept aside Oconomowoc 25-15, 25-10; Howards' Grove, 25-12, 25-16; and Waukesha North, 25-7, 25-6.
Lee had 12 kills and 10 digs and Becker four kills and 14 assists on the day.
Lee, who says that life playing volleyball is a lot more fun right now that she has made her college choice, said the Indians will find a way.
"We're feeling good," she said. "We know that we have a lot of things to work on. We just have to make sure we work ahead and try to avoid some of the adversity that we've been facing."
Germantown boys soccer
The Warhawks stayed positive, beating Grafton, 2-0, on Aug. 28 to improve to 1-1 in the North Shore Conference.
In that game, Collin French scored in the 25th minute with help from Paul Ciszewski and then seven minutes later Ciszewski added a goal of his own with help from Dan Hougard. Brandon Wein had seven saves for the Warhawks.
In the Waukesha Catholic Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Germantown turned in 4-0 victory over Racine St. Catherine's. Hougard had two goals, while Brody Lauer and Carlos Pavon also found the back of the net.
The Warhawks have a light schedule this week, as they took on North Shore rival Cedarburg on Tuesday and then are off until another North Shore game at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at home against Milwaukee Lutheran.
Menomonee Falls girls tennis
First singles player Hayley Schlueter scored a blow for the Indian net program when she defeated Brookfield Central's Hannah Sekaran, 6-4, 6-2, in a 5-2 Greater Metro Conference loss to the Lancers on Aug. 30.
It's rare for any Falls tennis players to win any matches against the Lancers and even rarer still for one to take a first singles match.
Falls will be at the West Bend Invitational 8 a.m. Saturday.
Menomonee Falls girls golf
The Indians have stayed competitive in Greater Metro Conference golf, taking fourth in both of the nine-hole league mini-meets that have been conducted at Currie Park.
In the most recent one on Aug. 28, Falls turned in a score of 181 as Brookfield Central won its second consecutive mini-meet with a 161 mark.
Jessica Gruber turned in an excellent score of 38 to lead the way for Falls as Morgan Scrobel came in with a 41, Courtney Rodriguez 47, Morgan Richards 55 and Hailey Barbee 60.
On Aug. 21, Falls came in with a nine-hole score of 184, as Central won with a 159 mark.
Gruber carded a 42 to lead the way while Scrobel came in with a 44, Rodriguez 45, Barbee 53 and Kaitlyn Kirchberger 57.
Falls took part in another league mini-meet on Sept. 4 and now will be at the Beaver Dam Invitational at Old Hickory on Saturday.
Germantown girls golf
Though they've finished fifth in both North Shore Conference mini-meets so far, the Warhawks have maintained a good level of consistency so far.
The varsity group has included seniors Mikayla Tenorio and Alexa Beechler, sophomore Erika Bethhauser and Alex Kleczewski and freshman Sophia Mazurek.
They turned in a nine-hole score of 217 at the first mini-meet held at North Shore Country Club as Mazurek had a 51 and Beechler a 53. They then carded a 226 at Ozaukee Country Club with Tenorio, Bethhauser and Beechler each shooting 56s.
Germantown boys cross country
On a warm Friday afternoon, the Warhawks took a step forward in earning a credible fourth in the 14-school West Allis Central Bulldog Invitational at McCarty Park.
Germantown scored 110 points for its spot as Oshkosh West won with 68, Waukesha North was second with 87 and Waukesha West third with 103.
Three seniors led the way for the Warhawks, as Riley Shelton was 14th on the 5,000-meter layout in 17:25, while Sam Marchewka was close behind in 16th (17:29) and Josh Biesel 18th (17:31). Other scoring runners included junior Trevor Becker in 26th (17:46) and sophomore Nick Foti in 36th (18:07).
Also running for Germantown was junior Cory Rhind in 40th (18:13) and senior Jake Kiser in 45th (18:25).
The Warhawks are at the Arrowhead Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Germantown girls volleyball
The Warhawks opened defense of their North Shore Conference co-championship with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-11 victory over Whitefish Bay on Aug. 30.
Germantown, which also took third the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Sept. 1, got 11 kills from Beth Kuske, 16 assists from Paige Groth and 15 digs from Marisa Moser. They host Grafton in another North Shore match at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and then will be at the West Allis Hale Mary Blandino Invitational at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
In the Kettle Moraine event, Germantown lost to eventual runner-up New Berlin West, 25-20, 25-22, in the semifinals before bouncing back to beat the host Lasers in the consolation match, 24-26, 25-18, 15-8. Madison La Follette won the championship 26-24, 26-24, over West.
Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swim
The Indians opened defense of the their Greater Metro Conference title on a sour note, as Brookfield East claimed a 105.5-75.5 dual meet win on Aug. 30.
Falls/Hamilton visits another Greater Metro Conference foe in Tosa East at 6 p.m. Thursday and then hosts its own invitational at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In the dual with East, the Indians had six first-place finishes but little depth behind them. Amanda Siehs turned in two excellent times in winning both the 50-yard freestyle (24.41 seconds) and the 100 free (53.94). Other individual victories went to Haley Lucas in the 100 butterfly (59.16) and Hannah Mast in the 100 breast stroke (1:11.87).
In addition, the 200 free relay team of Siehs, MaryEllen Pawley, Lucas and Grace Devine was victorious in 1:43.42 and the grouping of Lucas, Emmorie Jossie, Sommer Semanek and Siehs cruised to a win in 3:47.58.
Seconds went to the 200 medley relay team of Semanek, Mast, Devine and Jossie (1:58.12); Lucas in the 200 free (2:00.83), and Devine in the 100 free (56.11).
Germantown girls cross country
The Warhawks used balance and willpower to hold onto a sixth-place finish in the Oconomowoc Nature Hill Challenge on Aug. 30.
"It was another scorcher in Oconomowoc," coach Nancy Pietrowiak said. "Almost a repeat of last year's 95 degree heat and 99 percent humidity.
"But this year, the Germantown runners were more patient in the first mile of the race, and most athletes bettered their times from last year on this course. The girls are beginning to pack well, and are working hard with the fourth week of practice coming up quickly."
Germantown will be at the Whitnall Invitational at 4 p.m. Friday.
In the Oconomowoc event, the Warhawks scored 152 points as Westosha Central won with 59.
Freshman Brianna Klopfer led the way with a 21st place showing of 17:47, while other scoring runners included freshman Calli Lemke in 22nd (17:47), senior Andrea Brown in 23rd (17:50), freshman Emily Baus in 40th (18:40) and senior Jennifer Ellis in 46th (18:46).
Also running were Hannah Knapp in 62nd (19:16) and Kimmie Karin in 67th (19:32).
The junior varsity was fifth as sophomore Paige Kutzora led the way with an eighth place finish.
Menomonee Falls boys cross country
The Indians were eighth of 13 in the West Allis Hale Leighton Betz Invitational at Greenfield Park on Friday.
Falls scored 208 points for its spot as powerful Arrowhead dominated the meet with 38.
Ben Maas covered the 5,000-meter course in 17:46, good for 21st to lead the way for Falls in the 80-plus man field. Also competing for the Indians were Jacob Newman in 37th (18:14), Dan Farrenkopf in 38th (18:15), Dom Carini in 46th (18:29) and Andy Shepherd in 66th (19:32).
Falls will now co-host, along with the girls team, the annual Matt Hadler Memorial Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rotary Park.
- Steven L. Tietz
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