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GERMANTOWN BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Warhawks finished with a clean slate as it closed out its sixth and final North Shore Conference title with a  25-21, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18 win over Whitefish Bay on on Oct. 25.

Bryce Thomas had 15 kills, Chris Elberson 36 assists, Chris Stapelman 12 digs and three blocks and Luke Taylor three blocks.

It was a bittersweet finish for the Warhawks, which will switch over to the Greater Metro Conference next year.

"We are very excited to be conference champions this year," said coach Brian Rushmer. "Being that it is our last year in the North Shore, the boys all felt that it was that much more important to solidify a sixth straight title as we bow out of the NSC and head into the GMC. "

The Warhawks will look to make a return trip to the WIAA state tournament. They took on Homestead in a sectional semifinal on Nov. 1 and will challenge the winner of Arrowhead and Nicolet in a 7 p.m. sectional final Thursday, Nov. 3, at Fond du Lac. The sectional champion heads to the state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Nov. 11 and 12.

"Going into the postseason, we feel we are capable of making a run," Rushmer said. "We are all confident that we are playing some of our best ball right now. Our seniors have a strong desire to make a mark on the program itself."

GERMANTOWN GIRLS SWIMMING

Spectacular season-best efforts, especially by the relays, led the Warhawks to a third-place finish in the North Shore Conference meet on Oct. 28.

They scored 329.5 points for their spot as defending champ Cedarburg cruised to the title with 518.5, and Homestead was second with 396.5.

Germantown will look to build on this success when it takes part in the WIAA sectional meet at Cedarburg at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best out of all sectionals statewide, will advance to the state meet in Madison, Nov. 12.

Stephanie Marks led Germantown at the conference meet, with a second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.45), while the 200 free relay team of Gabby Barnes, Brittany Coulter, Paige Driebel and Mary Green did the same (1:44.66).

Thirds went to Alexandria Sherman in diving (373.4 points), Coulter in the 100 butterfly (1:02.49), Barnes in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.97) and the 400 free relay team of Rachel Jaworski, Marks, Coulter and Green (3:44.78).

Fourths were taken by Julia Gill in diving (336.45); the 200 medley relay of Marks, Barnes, Coulter and Jaworski (1:53.74); and Marks in the 100 free (55.55).

GERMANTOWN CROSS-COUNTRY

The Warhawks finished their season on a strong note, finishing 12th of 20 teams in the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 29.

"I'm very happy with how the boys raced this weekend," said coach Harris Jones. "We ran the course tactically to be able to move up well the second half of the race, which was evident in the overall improvement of the team score from the first mile to the finish.

"While we had hoped to potentially crack into the top 10 teams this year, every returning runner raced faster than they had at state last year, and we improved our team score by 40 points from our 12th-place finish last year. I am incredibly proud of what the guys were able to accomplish in a difficult field of competition."

The senior-dominated Warhawks scored 270 points for their spot as Madison West edged Arrowhead, 130-137, for the title. Dylan Ayer was 39th in the team standings (63rd overall) on the 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout in 16:51 to lead the way, while Ben Schnoor was 52nd (85th) in 17:04.

Other scoring runners included Jake Garvey in 56th (89th) in 17:06, Evan Adair in 58th (91st) in 17:08 and Sean Drinan in 65th (103rd) in 17:14. Also running were Westin Feltz in 102nd (147th) in 17:44 and Joe Biesel in 104th (150th) in 17:47.

Seniors include Biesel, Feltz, Garvey, Adair and Ayer. Jones said the seniors were great leaders as well as great runners.The Warhawks are not expected to skip a beat next fall as their junior varsity was dominant this season.

Sophomore Sami Stieve finished the season on a spectacular note, taking 26th out of 189 in the girls race (19:22).

MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY

For their first time at the WIAA state meet in over 20 years, the Indians held up well, taking 13th out of 20 teams in the annual event at The Ridges Golf Course Oct. 29.

"I'm proud of the girls and their efforts throughout the season and at state as well," said coach Tom Shannon. "We were a bit nervous on Saturday, but that was to be expected. We were cautious over the first mile because we stressed on not going out too fast because of the atmosphere and adrenaline, and I think we did well from there."

Falls scored 308 points for its spot as Sun Prairie dominated the meet with just 82 points.

Kylee Wunschel improved greatly on her individual state finish of a year ago, when she earned 13th in the team standings (23rd overall) on the 5,000-meter course in 19:21. Other scoring runners included Eileen Tocco in 56th (98th) in 20:15, Emma Weber in 72nd (121) in 20:38, Maggie Grant in 76th (125th) in 20:41 and Amber Kivisto in 91st (141st) in 20:55.

Wunschel was 23 seconds faster than she was at state last season.

Also running were Olivia Robinson in 100th (150th) in 21:01 and the team's only senior Emily Poffinbarger in 13th (184th) in 22:29. Shannon praised all the runners for this breakthrough effort.

"Hopefully, the state meet was a great experience for all the girls, and we'll learn from this race and continue to get better," said Shannon.

HAMILTON GIRLS GOLF

Five Chargers received Academic All-State honors from the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin. Hallie Anton, Ashley Johnson, Brenna Kelbel, Kirsten Leonardi and Julia Nolde were among 325 girls from 96 high schools across the state who were honored.

Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25, participate in at least 75 percent of their team's varsity matches and are at least a sophomore in high school.

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