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MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS TENNIS

New Indians coach Joe Keller is optimistic about the new season.

In the Indians' most recent match, they defeated Slinger, 5-2.

"As we look forward into the season we are aware of the improvements we need to make as individuals and as a team," said Keller. "The season is young but also short which means we need to take advantage of any time we can on and off the courts. The thing I enjoy is how supportive the team is of each other. Even when playing a challenge match which could make or break their varsity spot, they still walk away from the match with a smile and congratulate each other for playing at such a high level.

"I must also mention how supportive the team has been for me, they welcomed me and trusted me from the beginning, which may be difficult for any athlete when starting over with a new head coach."

The roster is a mix of veteran and young players. In singles, in order from first through fourth, it includes senior Georgia Schefelker, sophomore Tia Hebbring, senior Kathryn Manion, and sophomore Gwen Viegut. In doubles, from first through third, it includes the teams of sophomores Haley Matthiesen and Ally Diestelhorst, senior Madi Grzesiak and junior Elena Crownover and seniors Grace Walton and Valerie Ehr. 

The varsity reserve includes junior Lindsay Travia  and  sophomore Jackie Plantier.

Keller has been pleased with the player involvement, noting that Crownover has made several good suggestions including the inclusion of summer open courts in the off-season and encouraging the players to vote on having a teachers attend home meets to improve attendance.

"It is this type of help and trust that we all have in each other to make this a successful season as well as set ourselves up for success in future seasons," said Keller.

Against Slinger, Schefelker won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 while Hebbring also won (6-1, 6-3). Travia lost a tough three-setter while all three doubles teams won in straight sets.

GERMANTOWN GIRLS GOLF

The Warhawks are off to an encouraging start as coach Tom Kujawa has 16 girls out for the team this fall.

Varsity returnees include Lindsey Enders and Taylor Weitermann.

"We have a promising future with some new blood (in the program)," he said.

The Warhawks beat Sussex Hamilton in a dual meet on Aug. 17 and they hosted the first North Shore Conference mini-meet at Blackstone on Monday, Aug. 22.

GERMANTOWN GIRLS TENNIS

Despite a washout of the Washington County Invite on Aug. 21, the Warhawks remained busy finishing up with a 6-2 dual meet record on the week.

Though the County Invite was rained out, the Warhawks improvised that day and played a quadrangular meet with Slinger, West Bend East and Waukesha South at Pleasant Valley. They went 2-1, beating South (4-3) and Slinger (7-0) and falling to East (4-3).

"It was great to get a chance to play on a rainy day," said coach Vincent Daniels. "It was great for Marissa (Marks) and Shiv (Shivali Zala) to win in match tiebreakers (against South). Marissa  had a huge win over a player that she split with last year."

Daniels also praised the efforts of  first doubles team Jayden Bogner and Maddie Ryczek against Slinger, noting they really took steps forward in learning how to compete.

Earlier in the week, the Warhawks turned in a fine 4-1 record at the Tosa Invitational at Hart Park.

"This team did a great job of coming out and playing together,." said Daniels. "Day one, we won 16 of 21 matches and did about as well as we could early in the year.  Day 2, coming out against a good Pewaukee team and a good Wauwatosa West team we went, 2-0 , which was a great feeling."

Freshman Melina Kopischkie went 5-0 over the two days, which Daniels called a "huge positive." He also noted that Marks has been a great leader so far.

"To see kids like freshman Ashley Pallan and sophomore Josie Coulthurst come out with a match-clinching win at second doubles against Pewaukee, and then seniors Megan Ellis and Alyssa Allen stepping up to get us a match-clinching win at third doubles shows that different people on this team can step up at different times," Daniels said.

"This team has bought in to building a culture. We rarely talk about winning and losing.  We spend a lot of time talking about improving and being good people.  Wins happen when a solid foundation is in place.  We have a lot of good people doing good things right now, on and off the court."

Germantown will host a quad meet against Franklin, Muskego and Slinger at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

GIRLS SWIM

The Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swim team defeated border rival Germantown, 167-81, in a season-opening dual meet on Aug. 18.

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HAMILTON GIRLS GOLF

The Chargers placed 15th out of 21 teams at the Racine Case Invite with a 404. Played at Wanaki, the event was won by Racine Prairie's 307.

Kirsten Leonardi led the way for Hamilton with a career-best 89 and Shayna Savage shot a 120. Brenna Kelbel/Sarah Sankey carded a best ball team score of 95. Hallie Anton/Karley Garcia had a scramble score of 100.

In a 204-211 loss to Germantown on Aug. 17 at Silver Spring, Leonardi shot a 50, Sankey and Ashley Johnson both shot 53s, Kelbel a 55, Julia Nolde a 56, Anton a 58, Savage a 60 and Garcia a 61.

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