The Warriors claimed a WIAA Division 1 regional championship with a 4-1 triumph over Oak Creek on May 31.
Hailey Blount allowed just five hits in a complete-game victory. Jenna Klockow brought in two runs, while Kelsey Noah and Brianna Witter each tallied two hits. Kelly Adams made two fine defensive plays in the infield as well.
The Warriors tallied three runs in the second inning, helped by Klockow's run-scoring single and a pair of Oak Creek errors. They added one in the fourth on Klockow's groundout.
Muskego improved to 17-8 and met rival Franklin on Monday in a sectional semifinal contest. The game was played after press time. If the Warriors won, they would play for the sectional championship at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Greenfield's Konkel Park, perhaps against Southeast Conference champion Kenosha Bradford.
New Berlin Eisenhower's outstanding season ended a lot sooner than the Lions hoped it would, as they were upset by Catholic Memorial, 9-7, on May 29 in a regional semifinal at home.
Leading 7-3 through five innings, the Lions saw the Crusaders score three runs in each of the final two innings to win the game and end their season. The Lions have knocked off Catholic Memorial in the postseason the past two years.
The Crusaders led 2-0 when the Lions scored three in the third to take the lead only to see Catholic Memorial tie it with a run in the fourth. But Eisenhower seemed to put the game away with four runs in the fifth inning.
But the Crusaders did the unheard of, scoring six runs off losing pitcher Katie Lang and Jamie Kilps in the final two innings. They combined for 10 strikeouts and only one walk, but they allowed 12 hits.
Kilps had a single and three RBIs, but Rachel Weigand was the hitting star with three of the Lions' six hits and three RBIs.
The Lions finished their season with an excellent 20-5 overall record.
New Berlin West (19-5), facing a Whitnall team they defeated 10-0 in the regular season, saw the Falcons score four times in the first en route to a 7-4 upset over the Vikings in the second round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs.
The Falcons (18-6) led 5-0 before the Vikings got on the board with two runs in the third, the latter on an Alison Kuhne RBI single, to pull within 5-2. The lead was up to 7-2 in the fifth when Carey Devine singled for West down the third base line, where Ann Bay made a quick throw to second and gunned down Devine trying to stretch it into a double. That loomed large when three of the next four West batters reached, and the inning concluded with just one run across.
Single runs in the fifth and sixth were all the Vikings could manage the rest of the way.
Whitnall senior pitcher Carolyn Dudek, who stranded at least one West runner in every inning, finished with seven strikeouts. Dudek left the bases loaded in the fourth when Renee Caron saved an errant throw from shortstop and retreated to the bag to punch out the runner for the third out. Two more runners were stranded in the fifth.
For West, it was a season that ended with a division title in the Woodland and perhaps a few clutch hits short of advancement.
"The first time we saw (Whitnall), they didn't hit like I expected them to," West coach Corey Scheel said. "I called it fool's gold, a 10-0 win against Whitnall. I knew we'd see a completely different team today."
Muskego boys tennis
The doubles team of Ben Ziolkowski and Nick Oleniczak split a pair of matches in the WIAA Division 1 State Individual Tournament last week in Madison.
The Warrior duo downed Brian Jun and Taylor Ginther of Madison Memorial (28-5) by a 6-4, 3-6, (7-5) count in the opener on May 31, then fell, 6-2, 7-5, to 14th seed Reed Cammarota and Matt Brooks of Neenah (22-8) on Friday.
Ziolkowski and Oleniczak wound up 23-8 for the season.
"Ben is only a sophomore and Nick a junior, so they will have another chance to get up there next year, and with another year of experience, hopefully will advance another couple of rounds," head coach Jake Adamson said.
Singles player Blake Kraussel (11-9) dropped his opener on May 31 to Bennett Hogendorn of Middleton (14-16) by a 6-0, 6-1 score. Kraussel finishes his Muskego career as the school's only three-time state qualifier and with 72 victories.
New Berlin golf
New Berlin West's Andrew Knoll qualified for state tournament on Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison on June 4-5.
Knoll qualified with an 81, which tied him for seventh place May 29 at the WIAA Sectional hosted by Jefferson at the Koshkonong Mounds Country Club in Fort Atkinson. He was one of three individual qualifiers.
New Berlin Eisenhower's senior Robbie McGinn finished 17th with a 78 at the WIAA Sectional hosted by Waukesha West at Moringstar Golfers Club in Waukesha. McGinn was the only Lion to qualify for the sectional and he did not move on to state.
Muskego boys golf
The Warriors' Jake Toby fired an 83 for 29th place and Nick Lehner an 87 for 40th place in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at Morningstar Golf Club last week.
"We knew we had a steep hill to conquer in order to qualify for (state), as we were going up against some of the best teams and players in the state," head coach Robert Radtke said. "Jake came out of the gate scoring extremely well on the front nine, going one-over after nine holes.
"Jake was competing on the varsity level for the first time and managed the course extremely well, made great decisions on club selections and didn't allow the stress to affect his game. On the back nine, he encountered a few bad breaks and got into some trouble early."
Both will be back next season, as Toby is a sophomore and Lehner a junior.
The Lions are 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Woodland Conference Black Division after going 4-1 for the week, 3-0 in conference play.
Eisenhower opened the week with back-to-back 6-2 wins over Greenfield, winning on May 29 at home and May 30 at Greenfield.
In the first win, Kurt Hegeman scored twice, doubled, stole two bases and drove in a run, Jake Lipski doubled and drove in a run and Andrew Contrucci singled and drove in a run. Tyler Sagat scored twice, tripled, walk and stole a base. Reed Timmer pitched a complete game, allowed five hits, a walk and fanned five.
The next day Tyler Sagat had three hits and an RBI, Turner Sagat singled and doubled, Timmer and Aaron Wilson each singled, doubled and drove in a run and Steve Sakar had two hits.
The Lions had no trouble with St. Thomas More on Friday, rolling to a 10-4 victory as Paul Gaber tossed a seven-hitter and earned the win. Sakar homered and drove in three runs and Kurt Hegeman, Contrucci and Cooper Prindl each had two hits.
The Lions lost at Menomonee Falls, 8-5, on May 24 to open the year. Sakar doubled, tripled, walked and scored three runs as Ike managed only six hits. They then won at Whitefish Bay, 9-7, the next day in another nonconference game. Kurt Hegeman singled, doubled and drove in four runs, Steve Hegeman had two hits and Sakar drove in two runs. Mitch Arman got the win, working six innings.
The Lions split two games in their Wood Bat Tournament on Saturday, losing to Marquette, 7-1, while committing a season high six errors, and beating Waukesha West, 5-2, behind another strong effort from Arman, who threw his third complete game to improve his record to 3-0.
The Vikings finished the week with a 4-0 record, improving to 3-0 in the Woodland Conference Blue Division and 5-1 overall.
West opened the week with back-to-back wins over St. Francis. The Vikings beat the Mariners, 10-0, in a five-inning game May 29 to as David Tsolak tossed a one-hitter and fanned four to get the win.
Zach Scholz singled and doubled and drove in three runs while Austin Fritz had a solo homer. Also chipping in to the 11-hit attack was Travis McKeon with three hits and Tyler Stephens with two. Matt Rink, who singled, was one of two players with two runs scored.
Then the Vikings traveled to St. Francis and beat the M's, 12-4, the next day. Darrin Sowinski drove in three runs, Rink singled and doubled and drove in two runs, Fritz singled twice and drove in two and Scholz singled, drove in two runs and scored three times. Mike Phillips tossed the complete-game win, scattering nine hits, walking two and fanning two.
West trailed at South Milwaukee on Friday, 4-3, through four innings and then scored four in the fifth and three in the seventh to pull away. Tsolak worked four innings and Fritz closed the game out with a three-inning stint.
Adrian Peil had three hits, including a double, scored three times and drove in a run. Tsolak singled twice and drove in a run and Sowinski tripled, drove in a run and scored a run.
The Vikings rallied to beat Brookfield Central, 8-7, on Saturday at the New Berlin Eisenhower Tournament.
Trailing, 7-4, West scored four runs in the fifth inning and then held on for the wins. Mike Philipps, Knoll and Sowinski combined for the win on the mound and Peil led the way with three RBIs.
The Warriors are off to an up-and-down start to the 2012 season with a 4-3 mark going into this week.
They downed Oak Creek, 8-2, on Saturday behind two runs batted in each from Josh Breider and Peter Jewell and three hits, including a double, by Austin Wendlandt. Jewell allowed six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings to hand the Knights their first Greater Metro Conference defeat.
They tipped Marquette, 5-4, on May 29 behind three RBIs from Joey Bandoszewski and a six-hitter with seven strikeouts by Jewell.
They fell to Sussex Hamilton, 5-3, on Friday as Wendlandt and Zach Mattson each brought in one run.
Muskego was also blanked by Franklin, 7-0, on May 30, managing just four hits off Matt Busalacchi, including a double from Breider.
In earlier games, the Warriors downed South Milwaukee, 15-0, on May 24 and nipped Cudahy, 2-1, on May 23 on a combined one-hitter from Breider, Jewell and Sammy Pedersen.
Special qualifiers seniors Praveen Sankrithi and Michael Dunham (12-4) split two matches at the WIAA State Individual Tennis Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison on May 31-June 1.
Sankrithi/Dunham beat sophomores Jimmy Richison/Michael Elbing (13-6) of Amery (6-2, 6-0) on Thursday night and then lost to seeded seniors Topher McGee/Adam Salaymeh (8-11) of University School of Milwaukee (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) to send their prep careers.
New Berlin track
Several athletes participated in the WIAA State Track Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday, but no one made it to the finals.
For the West girls, freshman Rayce Albino finished 19th in the prelims in the pole vault with a jump of 9-feet, 6-inches and junior Brittany Kozlowski was 22nd in the 800 (2:28.17) prelims.
The 4x100 relay finished 20th (51.11) behind Albino, senior Karis Arbeiter, junior Samantha Stenstrup and sophomore Marissa Myers and the 4x200 was 21st (1:48.21) behind Myers, freshman Ali Boldt, Stenstrup and Arbeiter.
For the Vikings boys, senior Alex Cranfill was 23rd in the shot put (46-8 1/2 ) and junior Cory Davis was 24th in the 200 (22.96).
For the Eisenhower girls, junior Catherine Michaletz took 17th in the 300 hurdles (47.59) and the 4x400 relay finished 21st (4:09.98) behind junior Carley Ney, sophomore Holly Plazak, sophomore Kate Nieberle and Michaletz.
The only boys entrant for Ike was sophomore Nick Taylor, who was 21st in the 100 (11.37).
- Compiled by Tom 'Sky' Skibosh and John Rech
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