Franklin girls volleyball
The Sabers got their season off to a smashing start when they won the St. Francis Invitational on Aug. 23.
"Today was a good first step towards what I hope will be a better season for the Franklin girls," said Sabers' coach Ken Huber. The girls started out a little nervous versus St. Francis. You could feel the tension. However, when I called timeout at 17-16, I gave them some advice and then told them to relax out on the court and breathe.
"Well, they did and they came up successful."
Franklin defeated St. Francis 25-17, 25-15; Milwaukee Marshall School of Languages 25-7, 25-18; Cudahy 25-21, 25-19; and Shoreland Lutheran 25-18, 25-13.
Team leaders included sophomore outside hitters Sarah Losiniecki and Caitlin Koska with 11 kills each, and junior middle blocker Elissa Herman with 10. Senior middle blocker Mara Braun had six blocks while Herman had five. Junior libero Katie Babula had 11 digs while freshman setter Jordyn Dutkiewicz came up with eight.
Herman's all-around day included eight aces while junior outside hitter and setter Megan Carr had 31 assists while Dutkiewicz had 30.
Huber said the team was seriously tested in the Cudahy match, falling behind 20-16 in the first set before rallying with a 9-1 burst.
He was also pleased that Dutkiewicz served an ace on her first service attempt as a varsity player.
Oak Creek boys soccer
The Knights had a stellar week with four wins, improving to 6-0-1 overall, including winning the Cudahy Invitational on Aug. 25.
At Cudahy, they defeated Cudahy 1-0 and Wisconsin Lutheran (also 1-0), before beating Waukesha North, 5-4, in a penalty kick shootout for the title.
On Aug. 23, they rallied to down nonconference opponent South Milwaukee, 2-1, and on Aug. 21, they earned a 1-0 overtime thriller in their Southeast Conference opener against Kenosha Tremper.
In the victory over Lutheran, sophomore forward T. J. Schleicher got a first-half goal for the only score as senior goalie Zach Zelten had five saves, while versus Cudahy, sophomore forward Jake West scored a second-half goal as Zelten snagged six saves. In the championship game against North, Zelten had six saves.
Against South Milwaukee, the Knights were down 1-0, before both junior forward Dylan Johnson and junior midfielder Christian Alfaro found the back of the net as Zelten made four saves.
In the league opener against Tremper, Zelten made seven saves as junior forward/midfielder Matt Hargreaves converted a pass from Alfaro two minutes into overtime for the game-winner.
Whitnall girls volleyball
A young Falcons squad developed quickly in claiming the Silver Bracket championship at the season-opening Prairie School Tournament on Saturday.
Whitnall has just two seniors on the roster in Emily Kuether and Ashley Markowiak and four freshmen in Ana Haning, Lexi Ratkowski, Kendall Stribling and Olivia Szalacinski.
"Having four freshmen and two sophomores, along with three first-time varsity juniors, will lead to a good case of the jitters," head coach Todd Smith said.
The Falcons dropped their first match to Racine Case, 25-17, 27-26, after leading 23-19 and 24-22 in the second game.
They went on to defeat The Prairie School, SWCHA, Martin Luther and Racine Park.
"The entire day was a great learning experience," Smith said. "This is a good, talented group, and it will be fun to watch them grow."
Franklin boys cross country
Led by returning WIAA State Meet qualifier senior Nikolai Grabowski, the Sabers finished a competitive ninth of 19 teams in the challenging River Falls Invitational on Aug. 24.
"Participation is up for the second straight year as 31 total boys start the season on the roster," said coach Tyler Fyock. "That is up from 25 last year and 19 from 2010. Our leaders have done a great job so far of 'selling' the running lifestyle and it continues to show with the number of athletes."
Senior lettermen Grabowski, who was also a first-team All-SEC runner last fall, and Evan Watters are co-captains. Other letterwinners include junior Ben Alt and sophomores Sam Harmeyer and Zach Lee.
The Sabers will also be looking for key contributions from seniors Joe Jensen (another co-captain), Matt Piotter, David Czisweski, Erik Fedran, junior Kevin Salgado and sophomore Henry Klein. Senior leadership will be important, said Fyock with a roster heavy in underclassmen, including 16 cross country newcomers.
The team conducted a fundraiser to take part in the River Falls event, which is on a more traditional cross country course including uneven terrain, fallen trees and small creeks and rivers, said Fyock.
Grabowski took sixth to lead the way while Lee was 30th, Watters 45th, Harmayer 56th and Alt 67th.
Whitnall boys soccer
A total of four players scored as the Falcons started their season with a 4-0 victory over Waukesha South on Aug. 23.
Foreign exchange student Guillem Corbera opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a 25-yard blast off a pass from senior Tyler Quinn. Junior Petar Miskov converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0.
Early in the second half, Quinn received a pass from junior Bryan Domitrz for a goal and senior Jamie Wunrow connected on another penalty kick.
The Falcons then lost two games at Cudahy on Saturday, 1-0 to Oak Creek and 3-2 to Wisconsin Lutheran.
Head coach Stevan Miskov said junior Chris Kelnhofer, senior Zach Barnhart, senior Kyler Chelminiak and senior Brent Sluka will form a strong defense, while Petar Miskov, Wunrow, Domitrz and freshman Joe Schauer make up a solid midfield.
Whitnall girls cross country
The Falcons finished seventh in the Shorewood Early Season Invitational on Aug. 23 at Kern Park, scoring 154 points.
Junior Jasmine Van Tine led them by taking seventh place in 17 minutes, 26 seconds. She was followed by junior Kim Hurst in 29th (18:27), junior Alyssa Woo 30th (18:30), freshman Lauren Lent 42nd (18:47), sophomore Kina Cross 46th (18:54), sophomore Kristy Crivello 57th (19:25) and senior Carly Cardenas 73rd (22:07).
"We're looking forward to a successful and injury-free season," head coach Mike Thompson said, "as we were plagued by numerous injuries last year. Our goal is to stay healthy and, as always, compete for a conference title."
Whitnall boys cross country
Alex Richardson claimed third place in 17 minutes, 13 seconds as the Falcons came in seventh with 195 points in the Shorewood Early Bird Invitational on Aug. 23 at Kern Park.
Richardson was followed by Derrick Yimsut in 36th (19:55), Seth Nowak 41st (20:13), Jacob Wick 57th (21:30), Austin Hurst 58th (21:36), Blake Stencil 59th (21:40) and Shane Murphy 62nd (21:44).
Greendale boys soccer
John Fauser scored off a pass from Mihailo Schmidt as the Panthers earned a 1-1 tie against Franklin on Saturday evening.
Fauser's goal came in the sixth minute, but the Sabers tied it in the 18th minute, and no one else scored the rest of the way.
"We hit the crossbar three times and had at least 10 very good chances to score," head coach George Knezic said. "Our team and individual defense were outstanding, and I believe we found ourselves, which is important for the start of our (Woodland) Conference schedule."
The Panthers lost, 1-0, to West Allis Hale on Friday and 5-2 to St. Anthony on Aug. 21. Julian Gutierrez and Schmidt scored against St. Anthony for Greendale, which went into this week at 0-4-1.
Greendale girls volleyball
The Panthers are set to open their 2012 Woodland Conference schedule at Shorewood at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
New head coach Katie Matel has a team with seven seniors: Olivia Surita, Shawn Hotson, Anna Klar, Halle Ringelberg, Kaitlin Rypel, Alyssa Docter and Taylor DeLong.
Greendale girls swimming
The Panthers are off to a good start, head coach John Wilkinson said, after their first two meets, the Whitnall Fountainwood Fun Fest and the Panther Relays at Racine Park.
"(Freshman) Caroline Jungers received swimmer of the meet honors for her dual victories in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley (at the Fountainwood)," he said. "We are on track for a great season. (Seniors) Kate Jungers, Katharine Loomis, Kelli Lohrke and Emily Barutzke are this year's captains."
Oak Creek boys cross country
The Knights will open their season at 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the West Allis Central Invitational at McCarty Park.
"We have a young team but it does have a couple of strong leaders in Jake Schmidt (senior) and Austin Zajkowski (junior)," said Knights coach Rick Stack. "They both could be top runners in the conference this year as long as they avoid injuries. It's early, but underclassmen could be relied upon as the season progresses."
Stack has a point, as on the 21-man roster, there are seven freshmen and seven sophomores as well as four juniors and three seniors. Other seniors include Chris Cieminski and Daniel Jarrett.
Oak Creek girls volleyball
The Knights got their season formally underway with a solid seventh-place finish out of 23 schools in the UW-Whitewater Invitational on Aug. 25.
Leading the way for Oak Creek were Sara Januszewski with 45 kills and 13 blocks, senior setter Alayna Quinn with 104 assists, junior middle blocker Katie Finn and Quinn with 13 aces apiece and Rachel Bragstad with 80 digs.
Franklin girls golf
A very young Sabers team has been remarkably competitive in the early going this season.
"Incredibly young," said coach Jim Doucette. "We have five freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and only one senior. We are also very inexperienced as only two of the 13 have varsity experience and six of the 13 have not played golf before this year."
The Sabers defeated Racine Park in a nine-hole dual meet, 235-277, with sophomore Kaitlin Bowe medaling with a 55. They have also lost to Kenosha Bradford, 218-237, as both Bowe and freshman Megan Hessil each carded 54s.
Making up the varsity this season are Bowe, Hessil, freshman Kristin Bowe, junior Alyssa Darst, senior Maggie English, freshman Taylor Scot and freshman Olivia Kresse.
Franklin and Oak Creek girls tennis
The Sabers defeated the Knights, 6-1, in a Southeast Conference dual meet on Aug. 23 after going 1-3 in their two-day adventure of the Eau Claire Invitational (Aug. 20 and 21).
"We came out of Eau Claire with a 1-3 record, but we don't necessarily aim to win varsity invites," said Sabers' coach Jon Vogt. "In fact, if we consistently win them we need to sign up for tougher competition. Our goal was to be challenged both physically and mentally and to build character along the way. From the perseverance the girls showed in Eau Claire, we accomplished those goals."
Highlights of the tourney included Yuka Shiotani earning the first individual match win versus Brookfield Central that the girls program has ever had with a victory at second singles.
Also the Sabers showed great perseverance in rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat Hartford, 4-3, for their only match win in the event.
"After being down to Hartford 0-3, Kassie Murawski pulled out a mentally tough three-set win at first singles against a very good player," said Vogt, "and freshman (fourth singles) Eva Oklobdzija clinched our comeback win with a three-set victory (6-3, 2-6, 6-4) in front of everyone from both teams. It was tremendous pressure but she played like an upperclassman."
Franklin's other matches included losses to eventual champion Nicolet (7-0), Central (6-1) and Eau Claire Memorial (7-0).
In the decision over Oak Creek, match scores were as follows: singles - Kassie Murawski (FR) def. Megan Kos (OC) 6-0, 6-2; Yuka Shiotani (FR) def. Morgan Schlueter (OC) 6-0, 6-2; Keara Thiele (FR) def. Shelly Lee (OC) 6-2, 6-4; and Eva Oklobdzija (FR) def. Sarah Ciombor (OC) 6-1, 6-4; doubles - Gossett/Kruege (FR) def. Marin/Orosz (OC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Bista Wozniewicz (FR) def. Fischer/Hoskins (OC) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4; and Ungerecht/Datkiewicz (OC) def. Lampone/Ke. Brandon (FR) 6-2, 6-2.
Greendale girls tennis
The Panthers struggled against top competition at the Lancer Invitational on Aug. 23-24.
They lost to Green Bay Notre Dame, 5-2; to Waukesha South, 4-3; and to Kenosha Bradford, 5-2.
They opened Woodland Conference play this week and will host New Berlin Eisenhower at 4 p.m. Sept. 4.
Franklin boys soccer
The Sabers tied area rival Greendale 1-1 in overtime on Aug. 25 as junior forward midfielder Josh Martens tied the score in the 18th minute with an assist from freshman forward Pablo Guzman.
On Aug. 22, the Sabers (2-1-1) defeated Greenfield, 3-0, as junior forward Lazar Petrovic and senior midfielder Austin Koska (assist Petrovic) scored first-half goals and Guzman earned a second-half goal with help from Martens.
Sophomore keeper Ahmad Mahmoud made four saves.
Mahmoud was the highlight in the tough 7-0 Southeast Conference opening loss to Kenosha Bradford on Aug. 21 as he made 14 saves.
- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech
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