The Indians lost a WIAA regional final to underdog Homestead last year, but it was not going to happen again on Oct. 22, as they overcome a sluggish start to sweep the Highlanders, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15.

"Last year, they came in as the lower seed, and they really handed it to us," said Indian coach JC Bruns. "The girls we're really happy to see them in this position again."

With the win, the sectional top seed Indians will advance to a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, against rival Sussex Hamilton. The Indians beat the Chargers this season in a tense Greater Metro dual. The winner will get the victor of Arrowhead-Mukwonago in the sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Germantown for a berth in the WIAA state tournament in Green Bay, Nov. 3-5.

Mukwonago received honorable mention in recent state polls and beat Falls in the finals of Mukwonago's own tournament in early September.

The fourth-ranked Indians showed flashes of brilliance against a game Highlander squad. They used a balanced attack and a block that really rose to the occasion in the second and third sets. Sarah Navin, MacKenzie Robertson and Rachel Murphy formed a stout defensive wall time and again.

Good internal competition helps the team.

"We keep pushing each other, and that helps us do our best," said the junior middle hitter Navin.

"Defense is something we've been working on a lot," Robertson added. "We're very excited to be playing at this time of the year."

Robertson said the team received great inspiration from the football team, which pulled an upset over Menasha on Oct. 21, in a WIAA playoff game.


For the first time since 2007, the Chargers are regional champions. Hamilton defeated Cedarburg, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22, 26-24, on Oct. 22.

"On Saturday, we played a very talented and very well-coached Cedarburg team," HHS coach Traci Buhr said. "We started out almost afraid to lose in the beginning, but once we got into a rhythm, we were able to hold them off. We have had some trouble finishing close games at the end, so it was wonderful to see us finish strong at the end of games two, three and four. We have been going back and forth with a 6-2 and 5-1 ever since our setter, Nicole Macaluso, tweaked her knee. But our team has a lot of faith in her, and she was able to set pretty much the entire match."

Morgan Gramins led with 15 kills, and Tori Johnstone contributed 12 and hit .588. Sarah Schrader had a team-high three aces, and McKenna Packer blocked six total shots. Macaluso had 42 assists, and Macy Thurler had 22 digs.

"Morgan Gramins and Macy Thurler were very strong leaders in the match," Buhr said. "Macy was stellar on defense and really made their hitter have to change their shots and gave them some trouble. Morgan was the leader on the court both in kills and vocally. All of our seniors were determined to not let that be the last match of the year, and they left everything on the court. Something as a coach you can only hope for, for the last time for the seniors playing at home."

Two days earlier on Oct. 20, Hamilton beat Madison University/Marshall/Milwaukee School of Languages/Northwest, 25-6, 25-4, 25-2. Schrader had 12 aces, and Molly Hubred compiled 10.


The vastly improved Indians ended their season with a 2-0 loss to fifth-ranked and Greater Metro Conference rival Brookfield Central in a WIAA regional final on Oct. 22.

The Indians had advanced to the regional final with a 2-1 regional semifinal victory over border rival Sussex Hamilton on Oct. 20.

The loss ended Falls' season at 12-9-2. Central scored twice in the first half to earn the win. The Lancers advanced to WIAA sectional competition, Oct. 27 and 29.

Falls made great improvements this season with a senior-dominated squad after having some difficulties in 2015 following their 2014 WIAA state finals run.

Seniors included Ben Ehlert, leading scorer and co-captain Sam Thomann, Trevor Russell, Ian Scargill, Nick Dawson, Michael Handler, Nick Langerock, Ryan Sanicki, Andrew Godfrey, Tra Williams, Dylan McMahon, Matthew Nienow, co-captain Ryan Callan, who scored the game winner against Hamilton, and Jake Sutherland.


The Warhawks' season came to a quiet end, when they fell, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16, to Arrowhead in a WIAA regional final.

Germantown had advanced to the final with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 regional semifinal victory over Waterford on Oct. 20.

In that semifinal, Kendall Holmes had 14 kills, while Kailynn Mongan and Anna Jeanne Averkamp seven each and Olivia McNeal six. Mongan had 27 assists, while Amber Bischel led in digs with 12.

In this rebuilding season, seniors for the Warhawks included Emma Wax, Mongan, Averkamp, Holmes and Krista Meyer.


The Indians' season came to a quiet end with an eighth-place finish in the WIAA sectional meet at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Glendale on Oct. 22.

They turned in an 184 point total for their spot in the 11-full team field as Homestead (65) and Germantown (77) earned the state meet team berths.

Senior Tyler Smalley led the way in 15th place with a time of 17:03 for the 5,000-meter course. Other scoring runners included freshman Eric Dethloff in 32nd (17:20), senior Josh Ebner in 39th (17:32), junior Tom Goihl 47th (17:44) and sophomore Logan Hipps 51st (17:59). Also running were junior Kyle Hilgendorf in 53rd (18:05) and sophomore Braden Hervey in 63rd (18:50).


The Warhawks' season came to a competitive end with a 3-1 loss to two-time Wisconsin Little 10 Conference champion Oconomowoc in a WIAA regional final Oct. 22.

Germantown had entered the tournament as the 11th seed and posted a small upset when they earned a 1-0 road win over sixth-seeded Neenah in a regional semifinal Oct. 20.

The split closes the Germantown season at 10-4-4, as Oconomowoc advances to sectional play Oct. 27 and 29.

Seniors for the Warhawks included Jake Woloszyk, Manuel Castaneda, Tim Schabel, Kofi Oduro, Peter Isaac, Lukas Yahr, Joe De Gail, Evan Holtebeck, Zac Braier, Austin Ulickey and Cole Erickson.


The Warhawks made the semifinals of the Homestead tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22.

They closed out their North Shore Conference championship on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and will turn their attentions to WIAA tournament action. They earned the top seed in the Fond du Lac bracket and earned a first-round bye.

They will host the winner of Homestead and Fond du Lac in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 1, with the sectional final slated for Nov. 3 in Fond du Lac. Germantown made the state tournament last season.

The Warhawks went 6-0 in pool play at Homestead, beating Tosa West, Homestead and Greenfield. In the championship quarterfinals, they defeated Tosa East, 25-23, 25-20. Then, as has been the case several times this season, they ran into top-ranked and eventual tourney champions Marquette in the semifinals, where they fell, 25-17, 25-20.

Marquette beat Germantown's North Shore rival Nicolet in the finals.

Germantown routed Homestead in a North Shore dual, 25-14, 25-19, 25-9, on Oct. 19 as Bryce Thomas had 16 kills and Bryce Behrendt eight. Chris Elberson had 34 assists and Alex Kohlbeck eight digs.


In the last-chance meet for nonvarsity cross-country runners, the Menomonee Falls Meet of Future Champions at Rotary Park on Oct. 20 was a success for Warhawks' runners.

The meet has been going on for many years and is divided into fast and faster races for both boys and girls and usually attracts 700 to 800 runners annually.

The Warhawks won the 13-team boys faster competition with a 47-point total, well ahead of Arrowhead (69). Jacob Reiner led the way with a third-place effort of 17:13 on the 5,000-meter course, as Jimmy Koel was fourth (17:21), Ben Cincotta sixth (17:31), Jacob Hefle 15th (17:52) and Hunter Knabe 19th (17:56). Also running was Thomas Tretheway in 21st (17:59) and Hunter Hochmuth in 44th (18:32).

Over 200 runners were involved in the race.

In the boys fast race, Max Cincotta led a fourth-place effort, finishing 17th (20:18).

The Germantown girls were sixth in the faster race as Lauren Young was 10th (21:47) and Sophie Franzmeier 12th (21:49). In the girls fast race, Sophia Kurszewski was 12th (24:34) to lead a fourth-place effort.


The Indians' boys team won the 17-team fast race in their annual last-chance meet for nonvarsity runners held at Rotary Park on Oct. 20.

Falls has been hosting the meet for many years and is divided into fast and faster races for both boys and girls and usually attracts 700 to 800 runners annually.

Junior Jonathan Thomas was the individual winner in the fast race, as he led the Indians to a 54-point total in the fast race. Area rival Hamilton was second with 69 points.

Other scoring runners for the Indians included Alex Nadolski in ninth (20:03), Jack Schubert in 11th (20:05), Yanick Elter in 15th (20:16) and Tyler Nash in 18th (20:18). Also running were Andrew Dryer in 28th (20:32) and David May in 42nd (20:46).

Close to 200 runners were involved in the race.

In the boys' fast race, the Indians were 10th behind Devin Hoferitza's 28th-place effort (18:11).

Allison Schultz was 31st in 22:14 to lead the girls' efforts in the faster race.


The Chargers'  teams did exceptionally well in the annual last-chance meet for nonvarsity runners hosted by Falls at Rotary Park on Oct. 20.

Falls has been hosting the meet for many years and is divided into fast and faster races for both boys and girls and usually attracts 700 to 800 runners annually.

Hamilton's girls faster team, led by individual champion Elizabeth Boney, was second in the 12-team field. Boney won the race by five seconds with a clocking of 20:26 on the 5,000-meter course.

Other runners of note in the race included Abigail Frick in third (20:57) and Emma Woelfel in ninth (21:41).  Over 150 runners were in the race.

The boys fast team was also second to second of 17 teams to host Falls.

Jack Shebuski was fourth on the 5,000-meter course in 19:47, while Michael Willey was fifth (19:53) and Thomas Casper 13th (20:15).

Hamilton's boys team was third of 13 in the faster race, as Cole Peske was eighth (17:37), Ryan Coe ninth (17:41), Blake Batzko 11th (17:45) and Zach Heckman 12th (17:46).

The girls team was second in the 11-team fast race that Homestead won. Kylie Friedrich was fifth (23:46), Abby Dowse sixth (24:08), Hannah Wenger eighth and Eden Raykowski 14th (24:40).