Despite being even more short-handed than they have been all season, the Indians still managed a strong second-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 4.

The Indians were without sprinter Patrick Doyle (minor injury) and state honor roll high jumper Darron Murray (personal matter).

They hosted the annual Ron Burling Invitational on May 10 in their regular-season closer and will host the Greater Metro Conference outdoor at 2:30 p.m. (field event start) Tuesday, May 17.

Falls scored 95 points for its spot in the GMC Relays as Brookfield East continued its domination of the league with 128 points.

Bryce McMurtryand the hurdle crew that included Matt Nienowand Tyler Jacksonled the way. They sprinted to a winning time of 46.7 seconds in the 3x110 high hurdle shuttle and then overpowered the field in the 3x300 intermediate hurdle relay with a combined time of 2:03.03. McMurtry turned in a personal-best time of 39.76 in rallying to win the final heat, while Nienow (41.56) and Jackson (41.71) also turned in fine times.

The 4x400 relay of Nienow, Jackson, McMurtry and Cross Wilson was also was a nice surprise, turning in a winning time of 3:30.52.

Taking seconds were the 4x100-meter relay team of Amari Hackett, Mason Jansen, Jon Connor Graeberand Vincent Zimmermann (43.81); the shot put team of Ben Perdzock, Andrew Burzinskiand Brandon Schaefer; the discus trio of Perdzock, Schaefer and Matt Milos; and the long jump team of McMurtry, Wilson and Noah Hodgson.

McMurtry had a fine individual jump of 21-23/4, while Wilson had a personal best jump of 20-6.

Thirds went to the pole vault trio of Cameron Jemison, Andrew Godfrey and Matt Papador (33-6); the sprint medley relay team of Hackett, Zimmermann, Jansen and Wilson (1:38.18); and the 4x200 relay team of Jansen, Hackett, Zimmermann and Graeber (1:31.86).


The Warhawks battled back from a tough North Shore Conference loss to Grafton on May 5 to take second in their invitational on May 7, falling 9-4 to a powerful Greenfield squad after beating both New Berlin Eisnhower and Mukwonago.

'We played decidedly better softball,' said co-coach Kurt Raguse. 'Talking to the kids, almost all the games we lost were games when we weren't aggressive at the plate. When we're more aggressive at the plate, we're better off.'

The Warhawks finished the week at 7-2 in the North Shore behind Grafton (9-1) and were 11-7 overall.

They will need to sweep their five remaining North Shore games and then have someone knock off Grafton in order to grab a share of the league title.

'What we need is right in front of us,' Raguse said. 'We don't control our own destiny (for conference), but we can still control our fate for regional, sectional and state. The goals are not the same, but we are capable of things when we put our minds to things.'

In the final of their own tourney, and for the second straight year, the Warhawks were overpowered by all-state pitcher Bella Matthias, who blanked Germantown for five innings en route to an 8-0 lead. She was pulled in the sixth, and the Hustlin' Hawks coasted to the finish line. Raguse said Germantown needed to be more aggressive at the plate.

Megan Culltook the loss for the Warhawks as Michaela Buchholzknocked in two runs.

They were aggressive in the 19-1 semifinal win over a Mukwonago team that was missing its best pitcher. In the 2-1 quarterfinal win over state power New Berlin Eisenhower, Cull had her best game of the year, scattering six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. High winds played a big role in that victory, Raguse said.

Germantown fell to Grafton, 4-2, on May 5 after beating Arrowhead (11-2) on May 4 and Homestead (11-3) on May 3.


The Indians got a first from the 3x300-meter low hurdle relay team of Caleigh Chisholm, Rachel Aumueller and Danielle Rabay(2:33.86) to lead them to a fourth-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference relays on May 4 in West Allis.

Falls, which also took part in the Homestead Highlander Invite on May 7, scored 58 points for their spot as Brookfield East won with 113 points.

Chisholm was second individually with her leg of the hurdle relay at 50.56.

Other good finishes included a third from the 4x100 relay team of Jada Jones, Amber Kivisto, Anaya Hunter, and Brianna Becker (52.0); a second from the spring medley team of Aumueller, Jones, Kiara Hackett and Khady Diarrassouba(1:52.85); a third from the 4x200 relay team of Amber Kivisto, Hunter, Hackett and Diarrassouba (1:49.51); and a third from the pole vault trio of Caroline Hansen, Sam Kruk and Skylar Kennedy(22-6).

Highlights from the Highlander included wins from Jones in the 100 dash (13.05), Diarrassouba in the 400 (1:00.17) and the 4x400 relay team of Rabay, Diarrassouba, Chisholm and Kruk (4:17.4).

A second went to the 4x100 relay team of Jones, Hackett, Kivisto and Hunter (52.51), while thirds were claimed by Chisholm in the 100 hurdles (16.57) and the 4x200 relay of Kivisto, Aumueller, Hackett and Hunter (1:51.54).

Falls was fifth of 11 teams with 77 points as DC Everest won with 101.

'My coaching staff and I are very proud of the accomplishments that the ladies are achieving,' said coach Anthony Luedke. 'We continue to move forward.'


The Indians went 1-1-1 last week.

They fell to state-ranked Homestead, 3-1, in a nonconference game on May 7 after beating Brookfield Academy, 4-3, in another nonleague game on May 6. They tied archrival Sussex Hamilton, 1-1, in a Greater Metro Conference tilt on May 3. They are 5-5-2 overall.

In the loss to Homestead, it was 1-1 at the half on the strength of a Jordyn Smithgoal (assist Tessa Estock), but then the Highlanders scored twice in the second half to put it away.

In the back-and-forth contest with Academy, Falls was down 3-2 late before goals from Kylee Wunschel (Emma Weber) and Alex Graeber(Smith) earned the win. The winning goal came with just 1:40 remaining.

No details were available from the Hamilton game.


The Indians were fourth in the GMC mini-meet at Westmoor on May 3.

They turned in a nine-hole score of 166 as Marquette won with a 152 mark. Falls was led by Ryan Sanickiwith a 40, while Steve Sanickicame in with 41, Danny Sanicki42 and Sam Kachelek 43.


The Warhawks were sixth in the North Shore mini-meet at Tripoli on May 2.

Cedarburg won the meet. Sam Johnsonled the Warhawks with 41, while Matt Riestererand Tyler Hietpas each had 43 and Carter Schmidt 44.


The Warhawks dropped a 2-0 North Shore Conference decision to state-ranked Whitefish Bay on May 3.

The loss dropped them to 1-3 in NSC play and 1-5-3 overall. They took on Cedarburg on May 10 and will host their own quad tournament this weekend. They will play Tosa West at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, and then take on Hartford at noon on Saturday, May 14.

Piper Brownmade 11 saves for the Warhawks in the loss to the Blue Dukes on May 3. Germantown managed only four shots on goal for the game.

— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz