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Sports Wrapups: May 31

May 29, 2012

Whitnall softball

The Falcons put away Pewaukee early in a WIAA Division 2 regional playoff game on May 24.

They tallied four runs in the second and five in the third inning en route to a 9-1 decision. The victory improved Whitnall to 16-7 overall and sent the Falcons into a second-round contest at New Berlin West on Tuesday of this week.

If Whitnall won that game over the 19-4 Vikings, it would play for a regional title Thursday, likely against top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower.

Lizzy Menden and Amanda Rosenwald each had two hits and drove in one run for the Falcons, while Liz Thon brought in two runs and Amber Rueth and Carolyn Dudek each one run. Dudek also pitched a three-hitter, striking out six.

Whitnall swept two Woodland Conference foes last week to finish at 14-3 in the league. The Falcons dropped Wauwatosa West, 14-2, on May 22 and Shorewood, 12-0, on May 21.

Against Tosa West, Renee Caron and Thon each hit home runs, Dudek and Kim Robinson each brought in two runs and Menden went 3-for-3, including a triple, and scored three times. Dudek allowed four hits in five innings.

Ann Bay and Robinson both homered against Shorewood, while Rueth and Thon both drove in two runs, along with Robinson. Carly Wagner surrendered seven hits and fanned 10.

Greendale softball

The Panthers upset Woodland Conference Blue Division champion New Berlin West, 9-8, on May 22.

Natalie Burton went 3-for-5 with a double and run batted in for Greendale, while Sam Sardina and Melissa Wiorek each had two hits and an RBI. Burton worked the complete game, allowing nine hits and striking out four for the Panthers, who won the back-and-forth contest with three runs in the seventh inning.

Greendale also routed St. Thomas More, 13-2, on May 21 behind two hits from Alison Bekolay and Burton, who also gave up just three hits to gain the victory.

Greendale opened WIAA Division 1 regional action Tuesday at Greenfield. If the Panthers won, they would play at top seed and Southeast Conference champion Kenosha Bradford at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a regional title contest.

Oak Creek boys tennis

The Knights' season came to an end in the WIAA sectional at Brookfield Central on May 23, when they failed to advance anyone to this weekend's state individual tournament.

Oak Creek had advanced two entries to the sectional. The first doubles team of senior Zack Kaestner and freshman Sam Hyatt (8-14 overall) lost their quarterfinal match while junior second singles player Nathaniel Yost lost his semifinal match but came back to finish third. He finished with a fine 19-7 record.

Those efforts gave Oak Creek 13 sectional points, good for a tie for sixth in the 14-team field as Brookfield East earned team honors with 54.

Whitnall boys tennis

Singles players Andrew Dundas and Shane Murphy qualified for a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at Brookfield on May 23.

But Dundas lost his first match to finish the season at 11-8, while Murphy lost both his matches to finish fourth at second singles and concluded the season at 13-6.

Greendale girls soccer

The Panthers blanked New Berlin West, 3-0, on May 22 as Lauren Rutkowski tallied two goals and Hayley Serketich one and goalkeeper Maddy Zastrow made 10 saves.

Greendale then completed the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Sussex Hamilton on Friday. Briana Pawlowski scored the team's only goal at 43 minutes.

They visit Muskego at 7 p.m. Thursday in their WIAA Division 1 regional opening playoff game.

Franklin softball

The Sabers closed the regular season with a fine 2-1 win over Southeast conference rival Racine Case on May 22.

With the victory, Franklin tied for second in the Southeast Conference with Muskego at 9-5 and entered the WIAA tournament with a 17-6 record.

The Sabers earned the third seed in the WIAA Greenfield Sectional and hosted Bay View on Tuesday in a regional semifinal. If they won, they would host the winner of Racine Horlick and South Milwaukee in a regional final on Thursday.

Franklin stayed sharp with the win over Case. The score was tied 1-1 after the first inning and stayed that way until the Sabers scored the eventual winning run in the fifth.

Pitcher Annie Versnik turned in another outstanding performance with a five-strikeout, no-walk performance as she outdueled the Eagles' Courtney Ellingson. Both pitchers allowed only four hits apiece.

Oak Creek softball

A disappointing regular season came to a positive conclusion when the Knights used a six-run first inning to surprise Southeast rival Muskego, 7-5, in the regular season finale May 22.

The Knights finished the regular season at 7-15, while the Warriors closed out at 16-8.

Oak Creek earned the seventh seed in the WIAA Greenfield Sectional and hosted Racine Park in a regional semifinal on Tuesday. If they won, they would head back to Muskego on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. regional final against the second-seeded Warriors.

After getting the early lead against Muskego on May 22, Oak Creek hung on despite three runs by the Warriors in the bottom of the seventh.

Mikayla Kenney got the win, scattering eight hits with one strikeout and no walks as Alexis Alicea had two hits including a double and Katie Finn had two RBIs.

Franklin girls soccer

The Sabers ended the regular season on a positive note, routing non-conference opponent Cudahy/St. Francis, 8-0, May 24 after tying Racine Case, 1-1, in the Southeast Conference finale May 22.

Franklin finished 3-3-1 in league play and 6-8-6 overall.

The Sabers earned the eighth seed in the WIAA Brookfield Central Sectional and host ninth-seeded West Allis Hale at 7 p.m. Thursday in a regional semifinal match. If they win, they will advance to a regional final on Saturday at top-seeded Brookfield Central.

In the win over Cudahy/St. Francis, Rachel Stein scored three goals while Sam Devcich had two and Megan McCarthy, Kristin Witkowski and Vicki Asimakipoulos one each.

In the tie against Case, Witkowski scored the only Franklin goal with help from Cassie Corriere as Jessie Bykowski had 12 saves.

Oak Creek girls soccer

The Knights pulled a minor upset when Bianca Alarcon scored an overtime goal to give Oak Creek a 2-1 win over area rival Muskego on May 22.

With the win, the Knights finished 4-3 in Southeast play and 10-11 overall while Muskego finished at 5-2 and 11-9-2.

Oak Creek earned the sixth seed in the WIAA Brookfield Central bracket and will host West Allis Central in a regional semifinal at Oak Creek East Middle School at 7 p.m. Thursday. If the Knights win, they would likely visit third-seeded Wauwatosa East in a regional final on Saturday.

In the victory over Muskego, Morgan Kokta scored in the 65th minute with an assist from Brianna Reid before the Warriors tied it with only three minutes left in regulation.

Whitnall girls soccer

The Falcons stepped out of the Woodland Conference and lost twice last week.

They fell to Oconomowoc, 4-0, on Friday night and to Pius XI, 1-0, on May 21. Goaltender Lauren McKeown made seven saves for the Falcons against Pius, which tallied the lone goal in the 68th minute.

Whitnall opens WIAA Division 1 regional play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at third-seeded Kettle Moraine.

- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech

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