Franklin boys golf
It was a case of the glass being half full for the Sabers, as junior Matt Schauer advanced to the WIAA state tournament as an individual at the sectional meet at Oakwood on May 29, becoming the first Franklin golfer since 2001 to do so.
It was also a case of the glass being half empty as Franklin missed out on a state team berth by just four strokes, taking third. Coach Brandon Johnsen decided to take the high road.
"I am very proud of how our team played and responded at sectionals," said Johnsen. "Matt's back nine was pretty special. He chipped in for a birdie two on the par-three 13th hole. Anyone who has played Oakwood knows how hard that hole is. To shoot a 37 on the back nine at sectionals (is special).
"He deserves to go to state. I am excited to follow Matt on Monday and Tuesday (of this week at University Ridge in Verona). Matt was playing on the JV team for the most part of the season. We asked him to step into the fifth varsity spot and he responded with flying colors.
"Imagine that … someone who was playing on the JV team in early May is playing in the WIAA State Tournament in early June."
Behind Schauer's fourth-place individual score of 80, the Sabers turned in an 18-hole score of 331 at the sectional as Kenosha Tremper (326) and Kenosha Bradford (327) took the team state berths.
Senior John Trepanier missed out on a state berth of his own by one shot with an 81 ("His best round of the year," said Johnsen) while senior Nick Cervantes contributed with an 83 as did junior Alex Simonson with an 87.
Johnsen, however, could not help but feel bad for the Sabers' Southeast Conference player of the year Sean Sanguansap, who had a couple of bad holes early and could never recover shooting his worst round of the year with a 91.
Greendale boys golf
Matt Tomczyk fired a 77 on nines of 38-39 in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 State Meet at University Ridge on Monday.
"That was Matt's best round of the year on the biggest stage," head coach Lance Wenger said.
Tomczyk shot a 79 to finish third among individuals at a sectional meet on May 29 at Oakwood Golf Course. He became the first Greendale representative at state in over 10 years, Wenger said.
Brady Hennessy carded an 84 for a share of 14th place, Alexander Rendon 85 for a piece of 17th place, Joey Robb 89 for a share of 29th and Dan Jensen 91 for a share of 36th. The Panthers tallied 336 shots to finish fourth in the sectional, only 10 strokes behind champion Kenosha Tremper (326).
Franklin boys track
Sabers' hurdler Takuto Kobayashi earned his second WIAA State Meet medal in as many years, when the junior took fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in the finals of the event at UW-La Crosse's Veteran's Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Kobayashi, who was fifth in the event last season, turned in a finals time of 39.18 seconds for his spot after qualifying sixth out of the preliminaries on Friday in 39.29. Kettle Moraine sophomore Alex Sharrock turned in the state's best time of 37.64 in winning the event. Kobayashi also competed in the 110 high hurdles, missing out on the finals by just 0.09 with a 13th-place clocking of 15.15.
He was also part of the all-underclassmen 1,600 relay team of Blong Vang, Matt Piotter and Greg Rand, that took 23rd of 25 in 3:28.67 while senior shot putter Levon Myers finished his fine high school career with a 19th-place effort of 48-6 ½.
His efforts earned the Sabers five team points, good for a tie for 44th in the Division 1 field as Brookfield East successfully defended its title with 39.
Also competing at the state meet for Franklin was junior Nikolai Grabowski, who was 20th of 25 in the 1,600 with a 4:26.23 time.
Franklin boys tennis
The Sabers ended their season with a commendable effort at the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison last weekend.
Evan Bauer lost to Hartland Arrowhead's Kevin Heitzer 6-2 ,6-2 in the first round while third-year qualifier Kyle Hoffmann and Eric Bauer won their first round doubles' match against Wausau West 7-5, 3-6 (10-7 in the super tiebreaker), but in the second round, the pair lost to No. 1 seed Ben Klein and Ben Stewart from Brookfield East 6-3, 6-3. Klein and Stewart wound up falling in the final to a Marquette pair.
"Both of our teams gave it their best effort," said coach Gail Champion. "They fought hard for every point. Despite the losses, it was a great way for Kyle and Evan to complete their career representing FHS at the state tournament."
Before the state meet, the Sabers held their annual banquet on May 30.
Awards went to Eric Christopherson, team captain (second letter); Austin Bohn, most improved (first letter); Nick Mihalyi, scholar athlete (first letter); Steven Fons, sportsmanship award (first letter); Evan Bauer, athletic director's award (four-year letter winner and eighth on the all time roster for wins); and Hoffmann, most valuable (four-year letter winner and second in wins on the all-time roster).
The team had a 6-1 record in Southeast duals and a 10-4 overall mark and won the Southeast Conference title, while also taking third in sectionals. Champion was helped out by assistants Scott Kossoris and Jon Vogt while the manager was Jessica Kossoris.
Greendale boys tennis
The doubles team of seniors Will Kivlin and Corey Bett went on a nice run at last weekend's WIAA Division 1 State Individual Meet in Madison.
Kivlin and Bett won two matches, downing Drew Kamenick and Adam Skoczylas of Elkhorn, 6-1, 6-0, and the seeded duo of Andy Krugler and Charlie Bostwick of Whitefish Bay, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, before losing to third seed David Winston and Jon Lopez of Nicolet, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), in the third round.
Kivlin and Bett finish the season at 13-3.
Senior singles player Matt Grieshop (16-8) also won his first match, a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Ben Luskin of Middleton, before falling to sixth seed Nick Dykema of West De Pere, 6-4, 6-4, in the next round.
Oak Creek boys track
Senior Scott Vieau made the finals of the 400 and finished 10th in the event in the WIAA State Track Meet in La Crosse on Saturday.
"I just got better and better in the event," he said after Friday's trials. "I kept trying to break (50 seconds) over and over again and then I figured out that I could do it."
Vieau had qualified fifth out of last Friday's preliminaries with a fine time of 49.5, but couldn't quite hold the pace in the final, settling for 10th in 50.28 as Lakeland's Marquis Johnson won in 48.57.
Vieau and fellow seniors Ben Quentin, Reymond Overland and Joey Dzierzewski took a mighty whack at the school record they had been seeking, but came up a little short, settling for 18th of 25 in the trials with a clocking of 3:25.59.
The 800 relay team of Overland, Dzierzewski, senior Lincoln Wylie and sophomore Nick Baumann turned in a season best of 1:31.36 in taking 15th of 24 in the trials.
In the field events, Overland struggled a bit, failing to clear a height, while in the long jump, junior Alex Hahn was 23rd of 25 with a leap of 19-6 and in the discus, senior Mike Heard was 23rd (123-11).
Franklin girls track
The Sabers' 3,200-meter relay team of Atalee Paremski, Katie Carlino, Monica Sweet and Hannah Timm turned in a spectacular 16-second season best in taking 15th of 24 in the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse on Friday.
The team turned in a time of 9:44.8 as Neenah broke Marinette's long-held state record with a 9:00.42 clocking. In the race, Timm had a five-second career-best 800 split.
In the triple jump, Katelyn Turner was 18th of 24 with a leap of 33-11 ½. Coach Jack Hervert said that Turner had a huge jump in the preliminaries but it was a foul by "not even a toe nail."
State cross country champion Allie Fons could not compete in the 3,200, in which she had finished third in last season's state meet, because she was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture.
Oak Creek girls track
Senior Amanda Thiel ended her high school track with a pair of sound efforts in the WIAA State Track Meet in La Crosse on weekend.
Thiel was 12th of 24 in the shot put with a throw of 36-1 ¾ and then was 11th of 24 in the discus with a toss of 115-1. A throw just two feel longer would have landed her in the finals in the discus.
Fond du Lac's Shavana Tabert won the shot put (44-0) while Madison Memorial's Corrine Franz took the discus (137-4).
Both Falcons entries to the WIAA Division 1 State Track and Field Meet did not make it out of the preliminaries.
Meredith Heller finished 20th in the preliminaries for the 300-meter hurdles with 48.05 seconds on Friday and did not advance to the final race on Saturday, which was won by Greenfield's Michelle Garner.
Greg Stribling came in 21st in the prelims for the 400 dash with 51.55, again not qualifying for the final.
Greendale girls soccer
The Panthers saw their 2012 season end with a 4-0 loss to Muskego in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal contest on May 31.
"We had some moments in the game and were only down 1-0 in the beginning of the second half, but they (the Warriors) were stronger and faster and had more endurance than us," head coach George Knezic said.
Greendale finished 6-3-2 in Woodland Conference play in 2012 and wound up 7-10-3 overall.
Oak Creek boys golf
The Knights' season came to a quiet end when they took seventh in the WIAA sectional meet at Oakwood on May 29.
Oak Creek shot an 18-hole score of 354 as Kenosha Tremper (326) and Kenosha Bradford (327) earned the state team berths.
Sophomore Sam Lecci was just two shots out of an individual state berth with an 82, while sophomore Kaylor Steger came in with an 83. Also contributing was senior Shawn Fettig (91), and juniors Derrick Dilts (98) and Mitch Srnec (101).
Whitnall girls soccer
The Falcons battled third seed Kettle Moraine all the way in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal contest on May 31 but ultimately lost a 3-1 decision.
The Lasers took the early lead on a penalty kick, but after Whitnall's Ashley Markowiak was taken down in the box about a minute later, Katie Schauer connected on the penalty kick, her third of the season, to tie the game at 1-1 at 32 minutes.
Kettle Moraine then took the lead at 35 minutes. The Falcons (5-14-1) had a chance to tie it in the second half when Markowiak went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but she missed.
Oak Creek girls soccer
The Knights ended their season with a competitive 4-2 loss to Wauwatosa East in a WIAA regional final on Saturday.
In that game, the Knights (11-13 overall), took a 1-0 lead on a score from Bianca Alarcon but then saw the Red Raiders score three unanswered goals. Brianna Reid scored midway through the second half to cut the margin to 3-2, but Oak Creek could not find a way to tie the game.
East (14-7) scored the clincher with less than a minute to go.
In the 10-0 regional semifinal rout of West Allis Central on May 31, Morgan Kokta had a hat trick while Lauren Fischer also found the back of the net twice.
Whitnall boys golf
Junior John Caron led the Falcons with an 85 for a share of 17th place in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet on May 29 at Oakwood Golf Course.
Sam Watson fired an 87 for a share of 24th, while Clayton Anderson carded 93 for 40th, Thayne Krause 95 for 43rd and Mitch Molbeck 96 for 45th.
The Falcons totaled 360 shots for eighth place as a team.
Franklin girls soccer
The Sabers saw their season end with a 6-9-6 record when they fell 2-1 to West Allis Hale (7-15-2) in a WIAA regional semifinal on May 31.
Rachel Stein scored a first half goal for Franklin, assisted by Sam Devcich. The score was 1-1 at the half before the Huskies scored the game-winner in the second half.
The Panthers were edged by rival Greenfield, 1-0, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game on May 29.
Nikki Gross had two hits and Natalie Burton allowed four hits in taking the loss for Greendale, which finished with seven victories.
Oak Creek girls softball
The Knights ended their season on a competitive note, falling 4-1 to Southeast Conference rival Muskego in a WIAA regional final on May 31.
Oak Creek, which had advanced with a 7-5 regional semifinal win over Racine Park on May 29, finished at 8-16 overall.
A three-run second by Muskego (17-8) did in the Knights in the regional final as Oak Creek committed three errors. Olivia Ahlborn took the loss, throwing four innings with three strikeouts and two walks while Mikayla Kenney had two strikeouts and one walk in relief.
Kayla Grant had two hits for Oak Creek while Alex Widenski knocked in the only run in the fourth.
In the win over Park, the Knights had to rally from a 4-0 deficit, as they scored six runs in the fifth. As Grant had two hits and a run scored and Kenney had two hits and an RBI.
Ahlborn had four strikeouts in four innings of work while Widenski was effective in three innings of relief.
- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech
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