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Sport Shorts: June 12

Muskego's Ben Ziolkowski competes in his WIAA Division 1 Individual Boys State Tournament match in Nielsen Tennis Stadium on June 5. Ziolkowski played doubles with Josh Taylor.

Muskego's Ben Ziolkowski competes in his WIAA Division 1 Individual Boys State Tournament match in Nielsen Tennis Stadium on June 5. Ziolkowski played doubles with Josh Taylor. Photo By Peter Zuzga

June 9, 2014

WEST GOLF

New Berlin West senior Andrew Knoll qualified for the WIAA State Tournament on June 9-10 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison on June 9-10, as one of three special qualifiers not on the first and second place teams.

Waterford (320) Brookfield Central (322) made it to this week's state tournament as a team by finishing first and second in the Mukwonago Sectional on June 2-3 at Edgewood Golf Course.

The other six teams were Waukesha West (336), Mukwonago (338), Kettle Moraine (339), Brookfield East (346), Menomonee Falls (371) and Wauwatosa (375).

Knoll was the third of the three special qualifiers. This is Knoll's first trip to state, as he missed going by one stroke last spring.

Junior Brad Leitermann of Mukwonago, who shot a 78 (40-38), finished fourth and senior Dylan Patscot of Kettle Moraine and Knoll were one of three golfers who tied for fifth (79, 39-40).

MUSKEGO BOYS GOLF

Kyle Warkoczenoski worked some extra time but qualified for this week's WIAA Division 1 State Meet by firing an 81 in a sectional meet on June 4 at Brightondale.

Warkoczenoski tied for seventh place individually and beat Will Buhler of Racine Horlick on the fifth hole of sudden death to earn his state spot.

The junior played in the state meet at University Ridge near Verona earlier this week.

Also for Muskego, Matt Pedersen shot an 83 for a share of 13th place, Evan Warwick an 86 for a share of 22nd, Austin White 92 for 41st and Matt Polivka 97 for a share of 45th place.

The Warriors tallied 342 strokes for fifth place as a team.

MUSKEGO BOYS TENNIS

The doubles team of seniors Ben Ziolkowski and Josh Taylor dropped its opening match at the WIAA Division 1 State Individual Tournament.

The Ziolkowski-Taylor pairing fell to Luke VandeLoo and Benton Bourget of Eau Claire Memorial 3-6, 6-2, (7-4), on June 5 at Nielsen Stadium in Madison.

Ziolkowski and Taylor completed a fine season at 19-4, while the Eau Claire team went on to win its next match before falling to the sixth seed and finish at 24-4.

Doubles player Eric Voisin is the only other senior who played regularly on the varsity team, so the Warriors have plenty of experience back for next season.

MUSKEGO SOFTBALL

Scoring opportunities were not abundant for the Warriors against Union Grove in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal game on June 3, primarily because they had only one hit.

They did have a few chances, though, and could not take advantage of them in a 1-0 defeat.

In the fourth inning, Lizzie Terp doubled for the lone hit and was bunted to third base with one out. The next two hitters struck out to end the threat.

Later, Christy Dachowski reached second base and was stranded, and Annika Graves walked and wound up at third, but the Warriors could not bring her home either.

"You only have so many chances against a good team," head coach John Rosenberg said.

For the Warriors, pitcher Hailey Blount allowed seven hits and gave up the lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The loss ended Muskego's season at 25-4, a school record for victories.

The Warriors also did well in the Classic 8 All-Conference voting. Blount was named the conference player of the year and was one of five first-team selections.

The others were Graves in the infield, outfielders Terp and Brianna Witter and Dachowski at utility.

Second-team choices were catcher Delaney O'Keefe, infielder Rachel Lensing and outfielder Jenna Klockow, and infielder Tanya Hammitt made honorable mention.

WEST TRACK

Defending champ junior Rayce Albino finished third in the pole vault with a leap of 11-feet, 6 inches,the best showing of any local trackster at the WIAA State Track and Field meet on June 6-7 in La Crosse.

Albino finished behind behind sophomore Kylie Swiekatowski of De Pere (12-3) and senior Taylor Amann of Arrowhead (12-0).

Albino talked about placing in the pole vault after she had won it last year.

"I came to PR but I didn't," she said. "It was frustrating. I was hoping to have a great day. I had a good second attempt (at 12-0) and I even tried a bigger pole."

Coach Matt Ische talked about her struggle with the big pole on her final try.

"Rayce caught a really bad break on her last vault at 12-0," Matt Ische said. "Otherwise I think she was going to set a PR. Would that have won it? Maybe, but she would have least set a career best.

"Over the past two years she has really separated herself as one of the best vaulters in the state. She has shown that each week when she is at a meet she is going to be in contention to win the event."

"She said that her frustration this year will make her go to more pole vasult cvamps this year. She is already devoting herself full-time to the event.

Patricia Boles was 19th in the shot put (34-feet, 11½) and sophomore Liz Liska was 19th in the high jump (4-10).

Senior Marissa Myers finished 21st in the 200-meter run preliminaries (27.39 seconds) and junior Ali Boldt finished 23rd in the 400 (1 minute, 1.91 seconds).

The 4x200-meter relay took 24th of 1:49.61 behind Myers, senior Carley Stauche, senior Anne Radtke and freshman Kailey Foster.

Senior Kia Richards had a no height in the pole vault.

On the boys side junior Grant Marton was 15th in the 800 (1:56.62) and senior Bryan Watson placed 23rd in the 100 (11.58).

"Grant Marton in the 800 was also a good race," Ische said. "He was very consistent in his sectional and state race. I am very excited what next year has in store.

"Other good performances were by our 4x2, Myers in the 200, Boldt in the 400, Boles in the shot put, Liska in the high jump and Watson in the 100 dash."

EISENHOWER TRACK

The Lions got shut out at the WIAA State Boys Track and Field Champions at La crosse on June 6-7.

Junior Rebecca Eldien finished 19th in the 1600-meter run, but she had a school record time of 5 minutes, 11.47 seconds.

"Becca put an exclamation point on the end of her fantastic second track season," coach Billy Simon said. "It has been awesome watching Becca get stronger, more confident and smarter on the track this season, especially over the last few weeks. We are still just seeing the tip of the iceberg with how good Becca can get. I can't wait to see what she is able to accomplish as a senior."

Senior Courtney Brucker was 22nd in the 200-dash in a time of 27.54 seconds.

"Courtney looked great at the start of the 200, but ran out of gas a little down the stretch," Simon said. "She really stuck her nose in there and was right with some really elite runners (including the state champ) for a good chunk of the race.

"I wish we could have Courtney for a few more years, but I am really glad she decided to come out for the team as a first-year senior and I am very proud of how far she was able to go."

On the boys side, Nick Taylor was 12th in 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time 11.33 seconds (11.32 qualified for finals).

"It was kind of a tough pill to swallow since Nick had been crushing the times of some of the kids that qualified for the 100 finals over the last few meets," Simon said. "But it was still great to see him out there with the elite athletes where he belongs."

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