Franklin boys volleyball
The Sabers advanced to a WIAA sectional semifinal rematch with Muskego when they overpowered Racine St. Catherine's, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21, in a regional final on Friday.
"Friday's game was not the cleanest of games for us having a combined 17 errors in hitting and serving, but we still played good enough to pull out the win," said coach Chris Dibb.
Statistical leaders for the Sabers included Sam Rivedal with eight kills, Trevor Przybyla five blocks, Bryce Pierzchalski three aces, Zach Bertram 19 assists and Austin Bohn 10 digs.
Franklin lost a tough sectional semifinal to the eventual state meet qualifiers from Muskego last year. But the Sabers graduated 14 players off that team, so the Tuesday sectional semifinal was something largely new for this squad, Dibb said.
Muskego is the top seed in the sectional. If Franklin won, it advanced to a sectional final at 7 p.m. Thursday at Racine Horlick against the winner of Horlick and New Berlin with the winner advancing to the WIAA state tournament, Nov. 9 and 10.
Franklin girls cross country
In the mind of Sabers' girls coach Regina Schindel, it was a victory unto itself for the team to be part of the 100th anniversary of the WIAA state meet on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.
And for the game and determined injury-riddled squad to take 15th under those circumstances was an absolute triumph in her eyes.
"I really do love having such a competitive state meet though, because it definitely means something to finish 15th," she said. "Had our girls all ran five-second personal bests our team would have been 14th, so 15th is an honor.
"We beat a school that beat us at Griak, so that was nice, and making it (to state) after losing our No. 1 (two-time individual champion Allie Fons) to injury, our two to mono, our No. 7 to low iron, having a newbie who was sixth for us at the beginning of the season out with injury, in spite of all of it, these seven girls really did deserve to be at the state meet."
The finish was an improvement on the 19th-place showing of a year ago, as the Sabers scored 393 points.
Freshman Jensen Ritzow led the way, taking ninth in the team standings (and 17th overall) in the 190-runner field. She covered the 4,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout in 14:53.89, which is the second-fastest time ever for a Franklin runner, only trailing Fons.
Junior team captain Katherine Carlino was next, earning the only personal best of the day for Franklin with a 29th-place effort (55th) of 15:36.17. Other scoring runners for the Sabers included Melanie Hansen with a 109th-place effort in the team standings (16:24.94), Katelyn Salzburger in 121st (16:42.83) and Monica Sweet in 125th (16:45.16).
Also running were Brenda Sweet in 126th (16:52.05) and Madeline Gierach in 132nd (17:04.46). Salzburger was the only senior competitor.
"Looking ahead to next year, we will be healthy," she said. "I will make sure of it when track ends. This summer will be the biggest group of girls ever running daily with Katie Carlino, Monica Sweet and Allie Fons leading them and (I think) our team will be top 10 (in state cross country in 2013).
"We have made it there two years in a row and the focus must change to being in the top half. We have the talent for it, no question."
Greendale girls volleyball
The Panthers played another tight five-set match against rival Greenfield on Oct. 25 in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal, but this time, they were the ones coming up short.
Greendale fell, 25-21, 12-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-4, to see its season end. The Hustlin' Hawks went on to the title match, which they lost to Muskego on Saturday.
The match was similar to the five-setter the teams played in the semifinals of the Woodland Conference Tournament, except that the winning team was reversed.
"The match was certainly thrilling, as we match up pretty well against each other," head coach Katie Matel said. "We had some very strong moments but just fell short in the end."
Stephanie Kramer tallied 17 kills, Brittany Seidcheck and Taylor DeLong both two blocks, Shawn Hotson three aces and Lauren Litzau 34 assists.
Greendale enjoyed a solid season in its first year under Matel, taking second in its division of the conference and winning the Brookfield East Tournament.
Franklin girls swim
Sophomore Katrina Voge won diving to lead the Sabers to a fourth-place showing in the Southeast Conference meet on Saturday.
Voge turned in an 11-dive score of 370.45 points to edge a Racine Case competitor by 1.25 points, while teammate and 2011 state meet qualifier Melanie Pearson was fourth (333.9).
Those efforts led the Sabers to a 322-point total in the eight-school field as Kenosha Tremper dominated the meet with 501.5.
"We had very good efforts across the board," Franklin coach Ross Lennertz said. "The girls tapering for (WIAA) sectionals swam well and had some good time drops. They had very good first halves for their races and looked a little tired on their back halves, which is what I expected to see since they are not fully tapered yet.
"The girls fully tapered for sectionals swam very good as well. We had our 200 free relay disqualified for an early start, which dropped us down a bit, but still a good meet overall."
The Sabers now head to Kenosha Tremper for WIAA sectional competition this weekend. Diving is at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Tremper and swimming is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kenosha's LakeView RecPlex.
Other good efforts at conference for the Sabers included the following: 200 medley relay - Bethany Lefeber, Elizabeth Herrick, Jourdie Lepkowski, and Rowan Leiderbach, third (2:00.98). 200 individual medley - Herrick, fourth (2:25.22). 50 free - Leiderbach, fourth (26.57). 100 butterfly - Lepkowski, second (1:05.58); Lefeber, eighth (1:08.1). 100 free - Leiderbach, third (59.14). 500 free - Lepkowski, second (5:45.96); Lefeber, sixth (5:58.92). 100 backstroke - Anne Gundrum, eighth (1:13.56). 100 breaststroke - Herrick, third (1:16.45); Simmons, seventh (1:20.5). 400 free relay - Gundrum, Lefeber, Lepkowski and Leiderbach, fourth (4:02.87).
Oak Creek girls swim
The Knights turned in several personal bests in earning a seventh in the Southeast Conference meet on Saturday.
Oak Creek scored 179 points for its spot as Kenosha Tremper won with 501.5.
Earning those personal bests were Kaitlin McIntosh (11th, 2:16.72) and Katherine Chitko (17th, 2;22.41) in the 200 free; Sabrina Carli in the 100 butterfly (18th, 1:22.05); Ashley Hock in the 100 free (13th, 1:04.35) and 100 backstroke (12th, 1:13.95); Reba Wroblewski in the 100 breaststroke (17th, 1:27.7); Dee Brylow in the 100 free (14th, 1:05.08); and Lauren Miller (21st, 6:42.52) and Crystal Knuth (25th, 7:28.75) in the 500 free.
The 200 medley relay team of Amy Seymour, Lindsey Melotik, Amanda Marciniak, and Angela Fleischman was eighth (2:11.11); while the 200 freestyle relay was fifth in 1:59.97 (Seymour, Ashley Heiges, Miller, and McIntosh) and the 400 free relay was sixth in 4:12.17 (McIntosh, Melotik, Marciniak, and Fleischman).
In diving, Jasmine Chen-Smith was 15th (198.1 points) and Christina Gibbons was 16th (197.7).
Oak Creek takes part in WIAA sectional competition this weekend in Kenosha.
Greendale girls swimming
Carolyn Jungers placed second in both the 200 individual medley with 2 minutes, 12.62 seconds and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.08) at the Woodland Conference meet on Saturday at Greenfield High School.
The 200 medley team of Caroline Rowe, Carolyn Jungers, Kate Jungers and Abby Vey took fifth (2:02.14) and the 400 freestyle unit of Carolyn Jungers, Maggie Bowen, Lizzy Pekar and Rowe came in eighth (4:06.73) for the Panthers, who tallied 103 points for ninth place.
Greendale swims in a WIAA Division 2 sectional Saturday at Cudahy.
Franklin boys cross country
Though the 407-point, 19th-place effort was not the finish the Sabers had hoped for, coach Tyler Fyock was still pleased his team had the opportunity to take part in the WIAA state meet last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids.
"This season has been a great experience for the boys," he said. "It's been a long time since this team has experienced the success they have had this year and it was great to conclude the season at the Ridges."
Senior Nikolai Grabowski was 48th in the team standings in his second state meet with 16:53.37 on the 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout, while fellow senior Evan Watters was 60th (17:04.82). Other scoring runners were sophomore Zach Lee in 65th (17:09.89), sophomore Sam Harmeyer in 114th (17:42.53) and freshman Max Fassbender in 120th (17:46.61).
Also running were junior Ben Alt in 134th (18:29.57) and freshman Andy Stengel in 140th (19:40.16).
"I was happy for the seniors Evan and Nikolai that they could end their careers where they belong and it was a great learning experience for the younger guys. I thought everyone gave it their all out there, and as a coach that's all you ever want out of them.
"A couple of the guys got beat up a little bit out there. Max raced the last two miles without shoes and Sammy was pushed into a couple trees, so it was a bit of an adventure out there, but hopefully in the future this will help them out."
Franklin had preceded state with Southeast Conference and WIAA sectional championships.
Greendale boys volleyball
The Panthers lost to Whitefish Bay/Dominican, 25-13, 25-21, 25-21, in a WIAA regional match on Friday night as their season ended.
Jordan Hoppe collected 13 kills, Jake Kurczewski 16 assists and Justin Povlick four digs for Greendale.
GF/WHI boys volleyball
The Raptors lost to Pius XI, 25-12, 25-22, 25-17, in WIAA regional play on Friday to see their season end.
They had earlier beaten Kenosha Indian Trail, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-14, in a non-conference match on Oct. 22 behind 21 kills and seven aces from Skylar Czaplewski, 42 assists and six aces by Kurt Storvik, 14 digs by Kyle Hanneken and four blocks by Calvin Beebe.
Seniors are Hanneken, Beebe and Parambir Singh.
Oak Creek girls cross country
Junior Shannon Dugan was 160th in the WIAA state meet Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Dugan covered the 4,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout in 16:29.26.
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