New Berlin West opened the week by dropping an 8-4 decision to Brookfield East on June 4 at home and closed it by sweeping Shorewood in a twin bill Saturday.
The Vikings are 5-0 in first place in the Woodland Conference Blue Division and 7-1 overall. Cudahy (3-1) is in second place with a 5-4 record through last week.
In the June 4 contest, the Vikings scored four runs in the first inning and then the Spartans shut them down the rest of the way. The scored was tied at 4-4, when East scored four runs in the seventh to win the game.
Matt Rink singled and tripled and drove in two runs, while Allen Peil and Tyler Stephens each singled twice and drove in a run.
After taking time off for exams, the Vikings whipped Shorewood in a doubleheader Friday at home, winning by 8-3 and 8-2 scores.
In the first game it was 2-2 through three innings and then coach Tom Farina's crew scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Dave Tsolak pitched a completed game, allowing five hits while walking six and he fanned two to earn the win.
West banged out 11 hits, three by Allen Peil. Darren Sowinski singled and doubled and scored twice. Andy Knoll had two hits and two RBIs, Stephens had three RBIs and Travis McKeon had two.
In the second game, the Vikings led 4-2 after three innings, then pulled away with two runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Austin Fritz tossed the complete game, scattering nine hits, walking two, fanning six and nor allowing an earned run. Sowinski homered and singled and scored three times and Stephens singled twice and drove in three runs.
West track & field
New Berlin West track and field coach Matt Ische was more than pleased with the 2012 season for both the boys and girls teams.
"This season was one that was great and beyond my expectations," he said. "The staff had a lot of fun coaching this group. The boys winning conference relays and the girls taking 10 athletes to state were great accomplishments. I am so proud of our kids and the work they put in.
"Our staff did a great job all season and they helped put the kids in position to succeed. The kids did the hard part in the end, though, and stepped up when it counted."
Ische was especially happy with the way his athletes responded to the move to Division 1.
"The transition to moving up a division went very well," he said. "I think we are going to be D1 for a long time and now that the kids have made the transition we don't have to worry about excuses. They see that they can compete, but the big difference is you always need to be at the top of your game."
The Vikings will lose a ton of good student-athletes to graduation.
"Our boys did a great job this year leading a young group," Ische said.
"Our senior girls are a group that started a huge turnaround in the program," he said. "Before they arrived, we were always in the bottom half of the conference. This group never finished worse than fourth out of 13 teams at the conference meet, were conference runners-up, won two regional titles and were sectional runners-up.
"Before that we really did not have much and now we have a very strong girls team to compliment a boys team that has always done well. It is tough saying goodbye to this group."
Ische will lose Alex Cranfill, Mitch Wanta, Brock Shilling and Chase Robles, who Ische called the hardest working kid he has ever coached.
Other senior losses are Patrick DeLaney, Scott Franke, Mitch Groth, Eddie Guizar, Dino Poulos and Nic Prom.
For the girls, Becca Gasper, a great hurdler and leader the last four years, and Karis Arbeiter led the senior class.
"Karis is probably the most decorated sprinter we have ever had," Ische said. "And that is saying a lot since last year we had Tori Martino. Karis has gone to state three times and has been a conference champion seven times."
Also graduating are Shannon Burke, Taylor Ellis, Rebecca Gasper, Mackenzie Koch and Haley Robles.
Team captains were Arbeiter, Burke, Koch for the girls and Cory Davis, Groth, Shilling and Wanta for the boys.
Other honors included:
State qualifiers - 4x100 relay team (Rayce Albino, Arbeiter, Sami Stenstrup, Marissa Myers, Gaby Torres, Anne Radtke), which just missed a school record at the state meet; 4x200 relay (Myers, Ali Boldt, Stenstrup, Arbeiter, Koch, Alison Lange), which broke the school record at the state meet; Rayce Albino (pole vault), Brittany Kozlowski (800); Cranfill (shot put, second in conference); Davis (200).
Conference champions - Arbeiter (100); shot put relay (Alex Rodriguez, Adam Linssen); pole vault relay (Stenstrup, Albino, Ana Liska).
The regular season went well for the Lions, who won another Woodland Conference Black Division Championship (16-1). Unfortunately, they lost to a Catholic Memorial team, which was under .500, in the first round.
Coach Jeff Setz had plenty of talent to draw from, as four players made the combined All-Woodland Team - pitchers senior Jamie Kilps and junior Katie Lang, catcher senior senior Shawna Rickard and first baseman Jenna Malinauskas.
Those four were joined on the first-team Black Division team by senior second baseman Rachel Weigand and junior outfielder Sam Lewiston.
Second-team Black Division selections were third baseman Bailey Meyer and junior outfielder Nicole Pandl. Honorable mention choices were senior shortstop Carolyn Bogart and freshman utility player Stephanie Lombardo.
The Vikings made out well when the post-season awards were announced for the All-Woodland teams.
Mallory Klotz was a unanimous selection in the infield on the combined All-Woodland team and was joined on the first-team All-Blue Division team by outfielder Carey Devine, first baseman Alison Kuhne and pitcher Abby Kunz.
Second-team honors went to infielder Kelly Duggan, catcher Hannah Just and outfielder Kailey Nealon. Outfielder Aubree Sentkowski earned honorable mention honors.
The Vikings won back-to-back conference championships following 2011, when they went 18-4 and won their first conference championship in 25 years. This year a younger, but experienced, team not only repeated as champs but finished 19-5.
"While we were on a roll for a great majority of the season, it was a disappointing end to the season," co-caoch Greg Klotz said. "We beat our toughest competition in the Blue (Cudahy) twice and then lost a close game to South Milwaukee. We were able to beat Ike for the first time in a long, long, time. After that, we had a let down against Greendale and finally Whitnall in the second game of regionals."
The Vikings have a great foundation for next year, losing only one senior: four-year starter Moira Collins.
Coach Klotz praised Kunz, Devine, Kuhne, Klotz, Duggan, Nealon and Just for their performance and the huge roles they will have next season.
West boys golf
Vikings sophomore Andrew Knoll shot a 164 and finished 27th at the WIAA State Golf Tournament on June 4-5 at University Ridge in Madison.
Knoll shot 84 on the first day and then came back with an 80 on day two.
Knoll finished the year as a first-team All-Woodland Conference West choice, ranking third overall in the division.
In the WIAA regional, the team did not advance but Knoll qualified for sectionals finishing as the top individual qualifier in the regional with a 77 at Ives Grove on May 22.
At the sectional meet May 29 at Koshkonong Mounds, he shot an 81 and finished in a three-way tie for the second and third individual qualifier spots. He then won a sudden death playoff to earn an individual spot at the state meet.
In other end-of-the-season news, senior Ray Rathjen received the Captain's award and the Woodland Conference Scholar's award.
- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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