MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY
2015 WIAA state meet qualifier Kylee Wunschel won the 136-runner girls freshmen/sophomore race to lead the Indians in their own season-opening Coaches Classic at Rotary Park on Aug. 25 at Rotary Park.
The Indians will be at the Homestead Highlander Invite at Tendick Park in Saukville on Friday, Sept. 2.
In the girls frosh-soph race, Wunschel looked good on the warm and muggy day, covering the 4,000-meter course in 19:53, eight seconds ahead of the runner-up from Waukesha West.
Wunschel's win led the Indians to a runner-up finish in the 10-team field with 70 points as Waukesha West won with 67. Freshman Eileen Tocco was third with a time of 20:33, and sophomore Emma Weber was fourth in 20:40. Other runners in that race for the Indians included sophomore Olivia Robinson in 26th (23:25) and Maggie Grant in 36th (24:32).
In the junior-senior race, the Indians struggled a bit,taking ninth as senior Emily Poffinbarger was 22nd (22:24) and senior Allison Schultz was 37th (24:05).
"I thought the girls ran well on Thursday, led by Kylee, who ran a smart race and broke 20 minutes in her first race," said coach Tom Shannon. "She went out at a controlled pace and just competed. Eileen Tocco and Emma Weber were solid for our first meet. We're also counting on sophomore Olivia Robinson, senior Emily Poffinbarger, junior Amber Kivisto and senior Allison Schultz to help us out."
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS SOCCER
After an uncharacteristically off-season in 2015, the Indians are off to a sound 2-1 start, including a wild 6-5 loss to Homestead on Aug. 27.
"Let's put it this way, we have more wins now than we did in all of August and September last season," said veteran coach Scott Stein, "and we have a lot of kids back from that team. A team that was not so good. But we finished the last month of last season 5-2 so we'd like to challenge them to work with that."
Prior to the Homestead game, the Indians downed Verona, 3-2, on Aug. 23 and Whitnall, 4-1, on Aug. 25.
The schedule ratchets up considerably this week, as they take on defending state champion Marquette in their Greater Metro Conference opener and then will take part in the Brookfield East Gusho Memorial Tournament. They will take on state power and host East in a tourney match-up on Friday, Sept. 2. Due to a scheduling conflict, the East game will count as the Greater Metro Conference league game.
Falls will work to make those games competitive. Senior co-captain and defender Sam Thomann has eight goals in three games. His fellow co-captain is senior midfielder Ryan Callan. Stein is very pleased with their leadership so far.
Other seniors include goalkeepers Ben Ehlert and Trevor Russell, defender Ian Scargill, midfielder Nick Dawson, defender Michael Handler, defender Nick Langerock, forward Ryan Sanicki, midfielder Andrew Godfrey, defenders Tra Williams, Dylan McMahon, and Matthew Nienow and forward Jake Sutherland.
"I think the kids have brought a lot of intensity to the table," Stein said. "Last year was our worst in 16 years. It's a lot of the same faces, but a lot of work was done over the summer. We're a lot stronger."
The only disappointment of the week was that thee Indians lost to Homestead in the last 40 seconds.
GERMANTOWN BOYS SOCCER
Under new coach Patrick Morris, the Warhawks are out of the gate well with a 2-0 record.
They defeated Milwaukee Bradley Tech, 3-1, on Aug. 25 and then came back the next day to rout West Bend East, 5-1.
Morris is familiar to the program, having spent the last two seasons as junior varsity coach.
"I have a good idea of the talented players we have returning this season," he said. 'It's a new system, fresh new attitude. We will give it our best and try to compete in every game. I'm excited. The boys are excited. Life is good."
The Warhawks opened their North Shore Conference season on Aug. 30 against Nicolet and will then host NSC rival Homestead at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Seniors for the Warhawks include Zac Braier, Manuel Castaneda, Joe DeGail, Cole Erickson, Evan Holtebeck, Peter Isaac, Kofi Oduro, Tim Schabel, Austin Ulickey, Jake Woloszyk and Lukas Yahr.
Germantown will try to improve on its 2-2-3 North Shore record of a year ago.
GERMANTOWN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Coming off a fourth-place finish in the North Shore Conference last season, the Warhawks are looking to make a move up this fall.
"Our team this year is a dedicated group that will push each other to have a successful season," said coach Ted Gollakner. "We are expecting our seniors to lead by example this year, from their work ethic, performance and encouraging their teammates to do their best at every practice. We have a great mix of girls this year, five seniors to two freshmen that will be contributing from day one to our success."
Key players include seniors Kailynn Mongan, Kristra Meyer, Kendall Holmes and Anna Averkamp; junior Olivia McNeal; sophomores Tori Zagorski and Hannah Brown; and freshmen Amber Bischel and Nikki Censky.
"We have three solid girls competing at each position, so we are having great practices that is pushing everyone to do their best," Gollakner said. "We hold every practice as an evaluation."
The Warhawks opened North Shore Conference play against Nicolet on Aug. 30 and will host their own 12-team Invite at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY
The Indians' freshmen-sophomore team was fourth of 10 in their own Coaches' Classic at Rotary Park on Aug. 25.
Sophomore Braden Hervey made a strong season debut in the 120-plus runner field with a clocking of 18:26 on the 5,000-meter layout. He got help from sophomore Logan Hipps in 11th (19:01) and Eric Detloff was 15th (19:27). Pulaski's Brody Olson was the race winner in 17:19.
In the junior-senior race, Falls was sixth as senior Tyler Smalley was 10th in 17:33, junior Tom Goihl was 12th (17:47), senior Josh Ebner was 33rd (18:31), junior Kyle Hilgendorf 53rd (19:40) and junior Devin Hoferitza was 55th (19:48).
Homestead senior Thomas Miller was the individual race winner in 16:31.
"On the boys side, senior Tyler Smalley had a very good summer, and he's ready to continue his solid running," said coach Tom Shannon. "He was a second-team all conference selection last year, and he's ready to move up. Junior Tom Goihl also ran well with our younger runners, including Braden Hervey running well too. Juniors Devin Hoferitza and Kyle Hilgendorf, along with sophomore Logan Hipps and freshman Eric Dethloff, should be contributors this year."
GERMANTOWN GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY
Veteran coach Nancy Pietrowiak was encouraged by what she saw in the season-opening Menomonee Falls Coaches' Challenge at Rotary Park on Aug. 25.
"We are a smaller team than in years past but return five of the top six from last year," she said. "Our 12 seniors, most entering their fourth year on the team at Germantown, are working hard and setting a very nice example."
Pietrowiak, in her 22nd year, noted that the Warhawks were missing two of their top five runners, both due to health issues. She said the team looks to be at full strength for the Bulldog Invite at West Allis's McCarty Park on Friday, Sept. 2.
In the junior-senior race, senior state track place winner Alyssa Goesch covered the 4,000-meter course in 21;08, good for 11th out of over 120 runners, while fellow seniors Molly Baus (24th, 22:42) and Emily Betthauser (28th (23:11) also helped out. In the freshmen-sophomore race, sophomore McKenna Klopfer was 11th in 22:07. No other Germantown runner was under 24 minutes.
Both Goesch and Klopfer earned medals for their efforts.
Pietrowiak and longtime assistant Robert Wehner said they hope to enjoy their final season in the old North Shore Conference before realignment takes hold in the fall of 2017.
"(We'll do it) one day at a time," she said wistfully.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS GOLF
The Indians are competing well in the early going, turning in an 18-hole score of 392 in the 18-hole modified format Schroeder Invite at Wanaki on Aug. 22.
In that meet, seniors Brooke Leitner (107) and Morgan Richards (110) led the way in medal play, while other Falls entries played scramble and best ball formats that also added into the total.
In the first Greater Metro Conference mini-meet at Currie Park last week, the Indians tied for second with a nine-hole total of 182 as Cosette Schefelker came in with a 42, Emma Neale 44, Bella Dory 46 and Megan McDonald 50.
GERMANTOWN GIRLS GOLF
The Warhawks took part in the 18-hole Schroeder Invite at Wanaki on Aug. 22.
Nikita Kuikami led the way with a 115 total, and Abby Flora turned in a 120.
The Warhawks were also fourth in a North Shore mini-meet on Aug. 24 at Brown Deer with a nine-hole score of 213 as Lindsey Enders led the way with a 41, good for fifth individually, Amanda Peroutka came in with a 52, Grace Klubertanz 59 and Megan Powell 61.
Both the boys and girls cross-country teams placed second at Watertown's Glenn Harold Invite on Aug. 27 with 70 points. For the girls, Rachel Jeffers placed second (19:56.1), and Isabel Seay was third (20:38.2). Rachel Passow finished 16th (21:37.5), Carolyn Troutman took 20th (21:47.4) and Riley Swope placed 32nd (22:16.1).
The boys finished in second with 80 points. Michael Swope had the fastest time for HHS with a 17:07.8 and finished fifth. Evan Selin came in 13th (17:39.7), Brian Wiedenfeld was 15th (17:44.5), Nicholas Schmidt took 21st (17:59.3) and Peyton Feudner finished 28th (18:12.2).
"I'm extremely satisfied," Chargers coach Stephen Schmidt said. "That was a very good way to start the season. Watertown is a very slow course and those are some of the faster times we've put up on that course. It definitely tells me later in the season they're going to be running very fast."
HAMILTON GIRLS TENNIS
The Chargers went 2-1 in their last three matches. Against Slinger on Aug. 25, Hamilton won, 7-0. On Aug. 27, HHS beat Whitnall, 7-0, but lost to Mukwonago, 5-2.
Lisa Nuelk went 3-0 at No. 1 singles, which included a 7-6(2), 7-6(5) win against Mukwonago. Melina Murtos continued her great start to the season with three wins at No. 2 singles.
Sarah Chartrand (three singles), Rhea Last (four singles), Allie Banda/Alyssa Schmucker (one doubles) and Caroline Schneider/Jessica Anton (two doubles) all won two matches.
HAMILTON GIRLS GOLF
On Aug. 23, HHS defeated Catholic Memorial, 200-203.Sarah Sankey shot a personal-best score of 47.Kirsten Leonardi followed with a 48 and Shayna Savage shot a 52. Karley Garcia carded a 53, Brenna Kelbel a 55 and Hallie Anton a 68.
At a GMC mini meet on Aug. 24, Hamilton took sixth with a 209. Leonardi fired a 49, Sankey and Savage shot a 53, Garcia carded a 54, Kelbel a 55 and Anton a 60.
The next day on Aug. 25 at the Arrowhead Invite, Leonardi, Savage, Sankey and Garcia scored a 74 in a team scramble event. HHS took 22nd out of 26 teams.
The JV team won the Kevin Dunne Memorial JV North-South Battle on Aug. 26. In a two-person best-ball format, the Chargers Ashley Johnson and Samantha Garoukian took first place with a 43. Julia Noldeand Cean Faulstich placed second with a 44. The individual champion medal went to Johnson for her 45 and Nolde's 46 captured a second-place individual medal.