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Sports Wrapups: Aug. 27

Aug. 27, 2012

West girls swimming

New Berlin West's first-year coach Becky Young is excited about this season, what with a state champion, among three state qualifiers returning.

Madison Tew, a sophomore, was the 2011 state champion in both the 200 and 500 freestyle and was on the state 200 and 400 free relay.

Emily Szydlowski, a sophomore was a state qualifier in both 200 and 400 free relay and Amber Kazinski, senior, a state qualifier in the 200 free relay.

Senior Jenny Graham and junior Kayla Rasmussen both look to build on their sectional success from last season, and senior divers Kelsey Dickinson and Taylor Woller continue to build off their success from previous years.

Young said some of the newcomers to watch are sophomores Molly Wannamaker, Rayna Matthews and Abby Jaquish and freshman Alyssa Kaiser.

Other 2012 varsity members are seniors Jenny Mathias and Ashley Underwood, juniors Maggie Kellermann and Melissa Vanselow and freshman Sophia Pezze.

The Lions won three events and finished second in another to place fourth in the 12-team Panther relays Saturday at Racine Park.

West placed first in the 400 individual medley relay (4:39.05) behind Szydlowski, Kaiser, Wannamaker and Tew. The 500 Crescendo Free relay team of Tew, Szydlowski, Kazinski and Rasmussen won with a time of 4:59.71.

Szydlowski, Rasmussen, Kazinski and Tew teamed for a second win, this time in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:46.74.

Pezze, Matthews, Graham and Mathias led the 200 medley relay to a second-place finish with a time of 2:15.78.

West girls volleyball

For the third straight season, the New Berlin West girls volleyball team won the West Allis Central Invitational on Aug. 25.

The Vikings went 8-0 for the tournament, beating Delavan-Darien (21-9, 21-12), West Allis Central (21-5, 21-12), Waukesha North (21-10, 21-12), Milwaukee King (21-8, 21-11), Dominican (21-6, 21-12), Madison East (21-9, 21-6), Whitefish Bay (21-15, 21-17) and Plymouth (21-11, 21-16).

What was more impressive was the fact that the Vikings played the entire day without their setter, Sarah Franzen (2011 Woodland Blue Division Player of the Year) due to an ankle injury suffered earlier in the week.

"We had two days to make numerous changes to our lineup, and the results far exceeded my expectations," coach Joel Golsteyn said. "I expected more confusion and miscommunication on the court, but the girls did such a great job talking that we limited our mistakes."

Golsteyn said junior outside hitter Gina Pezze led the offensive attack with 62 kills, with her most dominating match in the championship against Plymouth. Senior Casey Luehrs made the switch from outside hitter to setter and "was outstanding, doing a great job distributing the ball and controlling the offense" as she tallied 94 assists on the day.

Senior Carly Hubert made the switch from middle hitter to outside and also came up big. She had 22 assists, 25 kills, 30 digs and 11 aces. Senior Kellie Shaw led the team in digs with 72, and she chipped in 10 aces.

West girls cross country

For the first time in school history, the Vikings girls won the Palmyra Eagle Invitational with 50 points.

Freshman Sarah Meleski was fourth (17:11), followed by sophomore Maddie Eagan (fifth, 17:14), senior Brittany Kozlowski (sixth, 17:18), junior Rachel Butler (13th, 18:14) and sophomore Erin Simpson (22nd, 18:31).

"Adding Sarah to our team and having Maddie really step up since her freshman year has brought us to a new level for the girls program," coach Jill Werner said. "We were good last year, but we knew that we were a year away from really getting aggresive and challenging some teams.

"Brittany Kozlowski has been the top runner throughout high school, both in cross country and track, but she finally has a team around her to help her race and compete as contenders for the top of the conference."

Muskego girls volleyball

The outlook is once again strong for the perennial power Warriors this season.

Muskego won three of four matches in the Joust Tournament last weekend, taking second in the Red Bracket after losing to Pius XI, 24-26, 25-22, 16-14, in the title match.

Senior Mary O'Connor collected 12 kills and three blocks against Pius, while sophomore Morgan Kath had 29 assists and nine digs, junior Michelle Fugarino 17 digs and two aces, junior Jordan Wachowiak seven kills, senior Sam Jezewski two aces and junior Lauren Kudronowicz three blocks.

Earlier, the Warriors downed Waukesha West, 25-15, 25-17; Appleton Xavier, 25-20, 25-16; and Wisconsin Lutheran, 25-23, 25-23.

For the tournament, O'Connor totaled 35 kills, Kath 82 assists and Fugarino 46 digs. Also playing well were senior Kelly Spoerk with six kills against West, senior Kristyn Paskiewicz with six kills against Xavier and junior Brianna Witter with four blocks against Xavier.

Muskego also beat Brookfield Central, 25-15, 25-11, 25-16, in an Aug. 21 dual.

"We have seven returning players and seven newcomers, including a freshman, Sandra Mohr," head coach Karen Anderson said. "The girls play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and they are all excited about the season. We want to see what we can do as a team."

The Warriors host an invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday.

West boys cross country

Returning four the top five runners from last year's conference runnerup team has the Vikings excited about this season.

The Vikings finished second in the Palmyra Eagle Invitational on Aug. 23, finishing four points out of first.

Captain James Kearn won the varsity boys race in a time of 17:24 and was followed by senior Momo Mohamed (fifth, 18:37), senior Cory Davis (11th, 19:07), sophomore Andrew Munger (20th, 20:04) and Dominick Ropella (24th, 20:18).

Next up, the Nature Hill Challenge in Oconomowoc on Thursday.

"We are very optimistic that we will be having an even more successful season this year compared to our 2011 season," Werner said of both teams. "We return the majority of our scoring varsity runners, have added some new, young talent, and the team has put in more mileage this summer than ever before."

Muskego girls cross country

With five runners in the top 10, the Warriors won the Shorewood Early Season Invitational at Kern Park on Aug. 23, scoring 34 points.

Sonya Ponzi came in second at 16 minutes, 35 seconds, while Leanna Barr took fifth (17:19), Georgi Llanas eighth (17:27), Morgan Marek ninth (17:36) and Ellie Tadych 10th (17:39).

Gabby Mraz finished 13th (17:45) and Lexie Tremble 17th (17:59) for Muskego, which topped second-place Shorewood's 65 points in the 11-team event.

Muskego boys cross country

The Warriors' lineup is a little unsettled early this season. Six of last year's top seven runners graduated.

Head coach C.J. Michaud said the only runners who have clinched varsity spots are senior Andrew Salo, the lone returnee from last year's WIAA sectional squad, and senior Zach Matusinec.

Battling for the other varsity positions are seniors Max Tesch, Nick Hopp and Max Francis; juniors Colin Reisenauer, Jeremy Peterson and Nic Blommel; sophomores Ethan Kern and Alex Erickson; and freshmen Evan Seghers and Josh Deakin.

"What is exciting is that they all know there is an opportunity to become varsity runners," Michaud said, "and they are working very hard while still supporting each other as they compete for those spots."

Muskego opened the season on Saturday at Kenosha, but no team scores were kept. The Warriors will run in the West Allis Hale Invitational on Friday at Greenfield Park.

Muskego girls tennis

The Warriors' first experience in the Classic 8 Conference was not a positive one, as they fell to Kettle Moraine, 5-2, in a dual on Aug. 21.

Winners were Amy Upthagrove at first singles (6-1, 6-1) and Emily Kleist at second singles (7-5, 6-3). Falling in three sets were Lisa Krawczyk at fourth singles (0-6, 6-4, 7-6) and the second doubles team of Julie Dusold and Morgan Scholfield (7-5, 3-6, 6-1).

"This will be a new experience for us," head coach Sue Vogel said. "We don't know the teams, their reputations or anything about the conference. In a way, it is exciting not knowing about our competition, because all we have to do is come out and play our best tennis."

Muskego won its own triple dual Aug. 23 with 18 points, downing West Bend West, 4-3; Burlington, 7-0; and South Milwaukee, 7-0.

Krawczyk won a 7-5, 4-6, (10-6) match at fourth singles to help the Warriors defeat West.

"Lisa really hangs in there and never gives up," Vogel said. "She seems to claw her way into tiebreakers and comes out on top. We really needed her win after Amy (Upthagrove) lost a third-set super-tiebreaker, 16-14."

Muskego has won all three of its tournaments so far this season.

West girls tennis

New Berlin West blanked West Allis, 7-0, Aug. 21 at home to highlight their week.

Singles winners were first singles Naomi Bhagat (6-3, 6-1), second singles Lora Daskalska (4-6, 6-2, 6-0), third singles Alex Weis (6-4, 6-3) and fourth singles Nicci Poellinger (6-3, 6-3).

Doubles winners were first team Maddie Maag/Danielle Svehlek (6-7 [4], 6-4, 6-3), second team Kim Kramer/Lauren Hugdahl (6-2, 6-1) and third team Veronica Karolek/Brittany Buechs (6-4, 7-6 [0]).

"This was a great meet for us," coach Chris Veste said. "Both Alex Weis and Naomi Bhagat were able to beat players convincingly that they lost to in the tournament last week. That really built confidence for both girls.

"Also, Lora Daskalska at No. 2 singles and Maag/Svehlek at No. 1 doubles were able to come back after dropping the first set. There efforts were terrific and they were able to make adjustments necessary to win. It was a great meet all around."

The Vikings opened the week with a 5-2 loss to Germantown on Aug. 20 at home. Third singles Weis (7-5, 6-4) and Poellinger (6-2, 6-3) got the West wins.

The Vikings traveled to Menomonee Falls on Aug. 23 and dropped a 4-3 to the Indians. The Vikings won one singles and two doubles matches. Poellinger won at singles (6-2, 6-3) while Maag/Svehlek (6-3, 6-0) and Kramer/Avery Jenks (7-6 [4], 6-0) were doubles winners.

West finished fourth in its only invite on Saturday. Mukwonago won the event, followed by Whitnall, Sussex Hamilton finished ahead of the Vikings. West lost to Whitnall and Sussex Hamilton by 4-3 scores.

Muskego boys soccer

The Warriors struggled last week, posting just one victory, a 5-3 decision over Whitefish Bay on Friday in the first game of the Al Gusho Tournament in Brookfield.

Andrija Novakovich tallied four goals to boost his total to 14 for the season and Brody Kraussel also scored. Goalkeeper Nick Oleniczak made four saves.

The Warriors (4-3 going into this week) went on to fall to Waukesha West, 2-0, and tournament champion Marquette, 4-0, on Saturday.

They also lost their Classic 8 Conference opener to Kettle Moraine, 1-0, Aug. 21 despite seven saves from Oleniczak.

West boys soccer

West soccer coach Pete Knebel was pleased with the way his team bounced back Friday, defeating West Allis Central, 6-0, at home in a non-conference tilt.

"This was a positive win for our team," Knebel said. "We just came off a tough tournament where we played some very good teams and went 0-2-1."

The Vikings outshot the Bulldogs, 24-0, and didn't have to save a shot. They led 3-0 at intermission and coasted to the win as six different players scored.

David Franke scored at 9:21 to open the scoring. Then Jason Brandt scored with an assist by Devin Pearson at 22:26. The Vikings closed out the first half with a goal at 30:45 as Michael Schinker scored off Pearson's second assist.

Patryk Schlomann opened the second-half scoring at 53:26 and then five minutes later Victor Maniscalco scored with an assist by Schlomann.

With less than seven minutes left to play, Reed Albinger scored an unassisted goal to close out the scoring.

Boys volleyball

Last year, the New Berlin United boys volleyball team finished 9-1 tied with Shorewood for the Woodland Conference championship. With two key players - Mickey Sugar and John Collins - returning, coach Jay Szatkowski is looking forward to this season.

The United, which lost a five-set thriller to Muskego in the sectional final, will have an athletic, talented team which lacks experience.

Sugar, a junior, was a second-team All-Woodland Conference selection in 2011, will move to setter after ranking second on the team in kills as an outside hitter.

Collins, a 6-0 sophomore outside hitter, was honorable mention all-conference last year.

Other players are Brett Hanson (junior, OH), Greg Lawton (junior, libero/OH), Quinn Farrell (freshman, MB), Adam Campbell (freshman, OH), Tucker Tellefson (junior, MH), Trent Farrell (junior, MB), Bennett Kohlhardt (junior, OH), Matt Zeske (freshman, OH) and Stephen Kraninger (freshman, S/OH).

Szatkowski, who is his second year at New Berlin and sixth as a head coach overall, feels Pius XI, Shorewood and New Berlin should compete for a conference title.

Eisenhower boys soccer

The Lions couldn't handle Mukwonago's Evan Knopp and dropped a 4-1 decision Saturday at Eisenhower.

Knopp scored three of the Indians' goals and assisted on the fourth. He scored at 12:37 and came right back at 13:51 by assisting Joshua Mudd for a goal to give Mukwonago a 2-0 lead at intermission.

Knopp then came out and scored quickly in the second half, putting in a shot at 43:33. He then scored with about a minute left for a 4-0 lead at 69:49.

Aaron Wilson then kicked in Eisenhower's goal with an assist from Corbin Messman in the 72nd minute.

Mukwonago is 5-0 and the Lions are 0-3 to start the year.

- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech

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