Nicolet girls soccer
A deep Knights' squad will have to fight for every win it gets in what promises to be a very deep North Shore Conference this season.
Nicolet opened its season with a 5-4 loss to New Berlin Eisenhower on March 27 and a 2-0 win over West Bend East on Friday. They opened their North Shore season against defending co-champ Homestead on Tuesday and then visit Sussex Hamilton at 7 p.m. Thursday.
"We're really pretty deep this season," coach Tony Quintero said. "We only graduated three players last year. … We got a great corps of new players and our veterans are more seasoned. We'll be stronger in the middle but we're looking at a tough, tough conference."
The Knights will be led by junior midfielders Nicole Dunn and Sara Travia. Meanwhile, captain and defender senior Briana Lopez is coming off a knee injury. Other top performers include senior forward Laila Eslami, junior defender Danielle Doucette, senior goalie Kristy Leopold and junior defender Jordan Borneman.
"We've beefed up our schedule," Quintero said, "which will help because we've been switched into the (WIAA) sectional of death (laughs). We'll be better, but we'll have to be."
Eslami scored both goals in the first 12 minutes against East (assists to freshman Hilary Miller and Danielle Sobelman).
Brown Deer girls soccer
The Falcons have started 1-2 and look to improve on their 2-8-1 record of a year ago.
They defeated Milwaukee School of Languages and dropped decisions to Oak Creek and Port Washington.
"We finished ninth in the Woodland last season (2-8-1), so our conference goal is to improve our record," Falcons coach Joshua Anderson said. "We graduated five starters, four of whom were defenders or our goalie, so we're starting anew in the back. We also struggled to score goals last year. Senior Emily Kozak already has five goals this season, which matches the high total from any individual from all of last year, so I think we'll be much improved in that area.
Other players of note include senior captain Erin Sellers and senior Emily Kozak.
"Both have spearheaded our offense so far," said Anderson. "Nicole Gross and Natalie Surfus are returning sophomores who played every match last year as freshmen and will play major roles as well.
"Nicole in particular has looked strong at defensive marking back. Junior Jordan Schubert has stepped in to run the defense as our sweeper and junior Lindsay Halmar has moved up from JV goalie last year and has big shoes to fill in net. Freshmen Amanda Bach and Gina Wade have both started all three games so far and have not looked overwhelmed or out of place in the least."
The Falcons will be at Wauwatosa West on Thursday.
Nicolet girls softball
The Knights look like they're ready to make a major step forward this season, as they have opened their season with a pair of impressive wins.
They defeated Shorewood, 11-0, on March 27 and Rufus King, 16-6, on March 29.
"This is the most experienced team that we've had," coach Brad Kuehl said. "We're going to get as many games as we can in early. In the past, I tried to teach them everything I know early on but then we'd get to those five- and six-game weeks in May and when we could badly use a practice, there just wasn't time.
"Now we won't be so stressed (in May) and there will be some time for teachable moments."
Leading the Knights will be a young pitcher of great ability as freshman Amanda Mehl is what Kuehl calls "The real deal, with four pitches she can all hit for strikes.
"The best pitcher I've seen at Nicolet," he added.
Others, of note, include senior first baseman Jazmine Stacey, senior second baseman Erin Miller, sophomore shortstop Eden Herbert, junior third baseman Lanoira Duhart, sophomore catcher Jaclyn Clark, senior pitcher Kylie McAdams, junior centerfielder Emily Zausch, junior leftfielder Kelsey Clark and senior rightfielder Sidney Anderson.
"At seven of nine positions we have an experienced person back," Kuehl said.
Nicolet finished at 6-19 last year but had an encouraging end to last season, battling state power Homestead well before falling 6-3 in WIAA regional play.
The Knights opened their North Shore season on Tuesday against Homestead.
Whitefish Bay girls softball
The Blue Dukes got their season off to a positive start with a 9-8 win over village rival Dominican on March 29.
A six-run second gave Bay a 6-2 lead, but then the Blue Dukes needed to score twice in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the win.
Senior Katie Miller got the win with six strikeouts and four walks while senior Lauren Wigton had two hits and two RBI and sophomore Paige Kerwin also contributed two hits.
Bay, under coach Jess Iwanski, is coming off a 4-19 season. Seniors include Miller, Wigton, Bridget Whaley, Ciara Otto, Kristen Enea, Kay Burns, Renee Kortendick and Sophie Martin.
The Blue Dukes opened their North Shore season against Germantown on Tuesday and are at Plymouth on Thursday.
Shorewood boys track
The Greyhounds, led by a powerhouse victory from the 1,600 relay team of Alec Grimm, Taylor Dennis, Anthony Brewer and Justin Rabon, took fourth in Class B of the Madison West Relays on Saturday.
"We had a great showing," Greyhounds coach Dominic Newman said.
The relay won its event by two seconds with a 3:30.95 clocking. The time is the best in state Division 2 honor rolls and is second overall.
Shorewood scored 46 points for its spot as Platteville won the 21-team meet with 63.
Another first was taken by Taylor Dennis in the long jump as he took two quick jumps and held on for victory with an effort of 20-8.
Taking seconds were Peter Morris in the 3,200 with a personal best of 9:48.06 (second on the state D2 honor roll) and Justin Rabon in the 200 (23.09). Morris is 40 seconds ahead of his pace from last year while Rabon still sits atop state rolls with a time from earlier this season. Rabon was also fourth in the 55 dash (6.71).
Sam Kuhlmann placed eighth in the 1,600 (4:52.5) to earn a point for the team while Brewer was fifth in the 400 at 53.14.
John Traudt was ninth in the 800 in a time of 2:08.65.
Homestead boys track
Despite playing it low-key in several events, the Highlanders still turned in a strong effort in taking second in the annual 14-team Wangerin Invitational at Whitefish Bay on March 28.
The Highlanders, who looked to defend their North Shore Conference indoor title on Wednesday, scored 55 points in the Wangerin as Waukesha South won with 64.
Taking seconds for Homestead were Jay Schneider in the 55-meter dash (6.66 seconds), Brett Geschke in the 200 (24.4), Mensah Amuzu in the shot put (48-6 1/2 ), Cody Berger in the 800 (2:04.55) and Evan Sadowsky in the long jump (20-6).
The 1,600 relay team was third in 3:44.58.
Other top six places for Homestead included the following: 55 hurdles: Christian Toth, fourth (8.45); four-lap relay: sixth (1:20.43); 3,200: Conner Knuth, sixth (10:34.29); 400: Stephen Sheperd, sixth (55.9); and high jump: Alex Butovskiy, fifth (5-10).
Parker Lewis had a fine effort in the pole vault (10-6).
Whitefish Bay boys track
Rashadeem Gray won the 55 hurdles and was second in the high jump, as the short-handed Blue Dukes took a strong fourth in their own Wangerin Invitational on March 28.
Bay was at full-strength for the North Shore Conference Indoor that was held Wednesday.
The Blue Dukes scored 48 points for their spot in the 14-team field. Gray, who is in his first full year working on the hurdles, won the event in 8.35 seconds and also turned in a fine effort of 6-2 in taking second in the high jump.
He also anchored the four-lap relay team to a second-place showing in 1:18.69 and was fourth in the long jump (19-7 3/4 ).
State cross country qualifier Nate Gomoll was also second in the 1,600 in 4:35.54.
Other top six efforts included the following: 3,200 relay: third (9:08.41); and 3,200: Sam Casey, fourth (10:25.46).
Tommy Friesch just missed out on placing in the 200 (25.14).
Whitefish Bay girls track
The Blue Dukes took fifth in their own Lois Wolf Invitational on March 27.
Bay took part in the North Shore Conference Indoor on Tuesday at Cedarburg (see WhitefishBayNOW.com for details).
At the 17-school Wolf, Bay scored 34 points as Arrowhead dominated with 94.
Four seconds led the way as Anna Bednarczyk claimed one in the 400 meters (1:05.09), while Emma-Lisa Murphy claimed another in the 3,200 (11:40.31), Sofie Yang another in the pole vault (10-6) and the 3,200 relay team (10:36.71).
Sara Coffey was fifth in the 1,600 (5:29.44).
Nicolet girls track
The Knights got seconds from state cross country qualifier Lauren Cunningham in the 800 meters and from Jnana Martin in the 200 in taking sixth in the Wolf Invitational at Bay on March 27.
Nicolet, which also took part in the North Shore Conference girls indoor on Tuesday (see GlendaleNOW.com for details), scored 30 points for their spot in the event. Cunningham was clocked in 2:27.24 for her spot in the 800 while Martin came across the 200 in 28.14.
Other top six finishes for the Knights included the following: shot put: Devon Peck, fourth (35-11 1/2 ); four-lap relay: fourth (1:32.36); and pole vault: Kim Charles, third (9-6).
Laura LeBrun in the pole vault (8-6) and Martin in the 55 dash (7.86) narrowly missed scoring, too.
Shorewood girls track
The Greyhounds were a competitive ninth in the Lois Wolf Invite at Bay on March 27.
Shorewood, which will be off until its April 17 outdoor opener at the University School Invite, scored 20 points for its spot in the Wolf.
The 1,600 relay team was second in 4:24.34 to lead the way.
Sydney Cross had the highest individual finish in the meet with a third in the 200 (28.59), while Haley Holan was fourth in the 3,200 (11:49.02).
Other top six spots included the following: 1,600: Haley Florsheim, sixth (5:31.09); and 400: Sabrina Manns, sixth (1:07.25).
Maddie Ferone had a good effort in the 800 (2:39.57).
Nicolet boys track
The Knights were 12th in the Wangerin with 12 points, and also took part in the North Shore indoor on Wednesday.
Brandon Kappel was third in the 400 (55.24) and sixth in the long jump (19-0) while Robert Washington was sixth in the 200 (24.98), Coleman DeVante fifth in the 55 hurdles (8.46) and the 3,200 relay team fifth too (9:12.74).
Josh Greenburg narrowly missed out on placing in the 3,200 (10:35.39) as did Alex Baez in the high jump (5-8).
- Steven L. Tietz
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