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Sports Wrapups: Sept. 2

Sept. 2, 2012

West girls volleyball

West participated in the Kettle Moraine Invitational over the weekend, taking second place.

The local spikers (11-2) beat Shawano (22-25, 25-9, 15-7) and Whitnall (25-16, 25-11) and lost to Madison LaFollette (21-25, 25-18, 13-15) in pool play.

In the semifinal they beat Germantown (25-20, 25-22) before losing to Madison LaFollette again in the title game (24-26, 24-26).

On the day, the Vikings were led by Gina Pezze who had another dominating offensive performance tallying 69 kills and 59 digs.

Casey Luehrs added 75 assists as she did another fine job filling in for injured setter Sarah Franzen, who returned to action in a limited role as the libero and contributed 46 digs on the day.

"We played with passion and that intensity is what we need to bring to the court every game if we want to play at the level we know we are capable of," coach Joel Golstyn said of the win over Germantown.

In the title game, West had six point leads in each of the games but could not knock LaFollette out.

Muskego boys volleyball

The 2012 season opened for the Warriors with a share of third place in the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Saturday.

Muskego finished second in its pool behind Burlington with a 4-2 mark and went to the championship bracket. The Warriors then met Westosha Central, which had tipped Marquette, 25-24, 25-24.

The Warriors topped Westosha, 28-26, in the first game after rallying from a 7-2 deficit, then took the second game, 25-21.

In the semifinal, Muskego fell to Burlington, 25-19, 25-23.

Tony Mack led in kills with 42 for the day, while Al Grunert collected 26 and Sammy Pedersen 21. Joe Kuchler totaled 20 digs and Ryan Alvine and Matt Pedersen both set well, Arbinger said.

Middles AJ Pratt and Sean Tobin came up with key blocks, the coach said, and Steve Cotton provided solid defense and energy.

"This was a great first test of the year," head coach Joe Arbinger said, "and being able to compete and win against some of the best teams in the state provides a boost to the boys' morale and will give us some things to work on."

Muskego girls volleyball

Once again proving its place among the area's elite, Muskego finished second in its own invitational on Saturday.

Defending WIAA state champion Burlington won the event, while Hartland Arrowhead was third, Brookfield East fourth and Nicolet fifth.

Mary O'Connor paced the Warriors in kills with 22, followed by Jordan Wachowiak with 10, Brianna Witter with nine and Kelly Spoerk and Kristyn Paskiewicz with eight apiece.

Morgan Kath collected 70 assists, while Michelle Fugarino totaled 36 digs, Sam Jezewski 15 digs and Kath 11 digs.

Sandy Mohr finished with 11 blocks, followed by Witter with 4½, Wachowiak with four and O'Connor and Lauren Kudronowicz with 3½ each. Fugarino served 10 aces and Jezewski seven.

Muskego also pulled out a tough five-set victory over Arrowhead on Aug. 28 to win its first Classic 8 Conference dual.

The Warriors prevailed, 17-25, 25-10, 16-25, 25-17, 16-14, behind 11 kills from O'Connor, 40 assists by Kath, 17 digs by Fugarino, six blocks from Kudronowicz and three aces by Jezewski.

Muskego girls cross country

The Warriors came in third with 134 points in the Rebel Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday.

Lexie Tremble was their top finisher, taking 17th place in 16 minutes, 5 seconds. Sonya Ponzi placed 22nd (16:09), Georgi Llanas 26th (16:14), Jenna Lederman 30th (16:19), Amy Klaus 39th (16:31), Ellie Tadych 40th (16:37), Gabby Mraz 43rd (16:42) and Alyssa Jansen 68th (17:12).

West cross country

The New Berlin West girls took fifth out of 12 teams and boys finished seventh out of 10 teams at the Oconomowoc Nature Hill Challenge on Aug. 30.

The Westosha Central girls (59) won the event while the Vikings scored 128 points.

The Vikings had three Top-15 finishers, led by Brittany Kozlowski, who finished ninth (17:11), Sarah Meleski (11th, 17:14) and Madeline Egan (17:30).

On the boys side, the Vikings scored 143 points while Kettle Moraine won the race with 68.

West had one Top-10 finish as James Kearn took seventh in 17:58. Momo Mohamed had a Top-25 finished, taking 22nd (18:39).

"Getting our fourth and fifth runners to close the gap on both the boys and girls teams are the main focus," coach Jill Werner said. "Individually, the kids are all running smart races, they are in good shape for this time in the season, so we need to stay healthy and keep pushing to close those gaps between our top three runners and the rest of the varsity teams."

Muskego boys cross country

The Warriors came in a respectable fifth with 128 points in the West Allis Hale Invitational on Friday at Greenfield Park.

Zach Matusinec led the way with 19th place in 17 minutes, 44 seconds, followed closely by Alex Erickson in 22nd (17:48), Josh Deakin 25th (17:55), Mitch Kwapick 27th (17:58), Nic Blommel 35th (18:10), Colin Reisenauer 36th (18:12) and Max Tesch 44th (18:27).

Hartland Arrowhead won the 13-team meet with 38 points, followed by the host school with 82 points.

Muskego boys soccer

Junior forward Andrija Novakovich continued his season-long attack on opposing goalkeepers with seven more goals as the Warriors downed Waukesha North, 6-0, on Aug. 28 and West Bend West, 8-1, on Aug. 30.

Novakovich tallied four first-half goals as Muskego beat North to notch its first-ever victory in the Classic 8 Conference. Senior midfielder/forward Jake Helland and freshman midfielder Luka Prpa both scored in the second half.

In the triumph over West Bend, Novakovich scored three times in the first half to boost his season total to 21 goals.

Junior forward Brody Kraussel, Prpa, sophomore midfielder Leki Prpa, junior defender Joey Prekop and junior midfielder Mitchell Pope also scored as Muskego improved to 6-3.

Senior goalkeeper Nick Oleniczak allowed no goals in the two games.

West girls tennis

The Vikings lost a Woodland Conference match on Aug. 28 at Greendale.

The Panthers won, 5-2, as the only West winners were No. 4 singles Nicci Poellinger (6-1, 4-6, 6-2) and No. 2 doubles Maddie Maag/Danielle Svehlek (3-6, 6-4, 6-3).

The Vikings have an overall dual record of 3-7, 0-1 in conference play.

"Nicci Poellinger is continuing to play quality tennis," coach Chris Veste said. "She is consistent, quick and able to adjust her game during a match.

"Maddie Maag and Danielle Svehlek are really coming together as a doubles team and playing good matches. They move the ball around well and work as a team."

Muskego girls tennis

The Warriors are starting to feel at home in the new Classic 8 Conference.

They downed Catholic Memorial, 4-3, in a dual on Aug. 30 and blanked Waukesha North, 7-0, on Aug. 28 to improve to 2-1 in the conference.

"From everything I have seen so far," head coach Sue Vogel said, "this new conference is going to be a lot of fun. The Classic 8 should be a tougher conference than the Southeast, but I feel like I have the team this year to compete at this level."

Winners against Memorial were Amy Upthagrove at first singles (6-0, 6-0), Emily Kleist at second singles (6-2, 6-0), Alison Lambrecht and Natalie Radloff at first doubles (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) and Morgan Scholfield and Jessica Klamecki at third doubles (6-4, 2-6, 6-4).

"This was the first match where we had Alison Lambrecht back in the lineup," Vogel said. "She and Natalie shook off the rust and played stronger and stronger as the match went on. There is a certain chemistry between those two seniors."

The second team of Elizabeth Jacoby and Julie Dusold lost a third-set tiebreaker.

Winners in straight sets against North were Upthagrove, Kleist, Jessie West at third singles, Kristen Kubel at fourth singles, Radloff and Jacoby, Dusold and Scholfield and Klamecki and Megan Hunjadi.

West boys soccer

New Berlin West beat Wauwatosa West, 3-0, in a key Woodland Conference game on Aug. 27 to start the week.

Kevin Marx was the star, scoring all three goals. After a scoreless first half, Marx put the Vikings on the board at 48:20 with an assist from David Franke.

He then added a penalty kick at 65:58 and then scored at 78:22 on a pass from Bennett Bartkuhn.

The South Milwaukee match Aug. 29 and the Mukwonago Invitational on the weekend were not available.

Eisenhower cross country

The Eisenhower boys finished fifth and the girls finished seventh out of 12 teams at the West Allis Central Bulldog Invitational on Friday at McCarty Park.

Top-20 finishers were Stephen Arcuri (12th, 17:23) and Matthew Kizaric (17th, 17:30.

Ike scored 142 points while Oshkosh West won the race with 68.

The girls finished with 181 points while Brookfield Central won the event with 36.

The Lions had one Top-10 finish as Rebecca Eldien took eighth (15:41).

Here is a list of the top finishers in the 'Dog Days of August Run' at Lincoln Park on Aug. 25 in Kenosha hosted by Kenosha Tremper:

In the freshman race Jack Lodermeier placed fourth with a personal record 20:04 while in the sophomore race Kizaric also placed fourth (18:32). Dallas Thompson placed sixth (18:36) in the junior race.

In the girls races, sophomore Eldien placed fifth (17:17) and junior Hannah Kinzer placed sixth (17:43).

The Lions earned 11 medals, a record since Billy Simon began coaching in 2008.

New Berlin girls golf

The New Berlin Eisenhower/West golf team played three mini-meet last week, playing at Deer Creek on Aug. 27, Muskego Lakes on Aug. 29 and Bristle Cone Pines on Aug. 30.

Stacey Grabowski led the team with a 62 at Deer Creek, followed by Keri Lichtfuss and Bethany Korom, each with a 63. Hannah Pinter had a 67 and Hannah Giammarco had a 73. Then at Muskego Lakes, Caylee Balcerzak and Ashley Hofmeister led the way, each with a 52. Natalie Gagliano and Minhi Kang, each shot a 54 and Lauren Chojnacki had a 57.

Closing out the week at Bristle Cone Pines, Gagliano had the best score of the week, shooting a 47. Hofmeister (51), Minhi Kang (54), Balcerzak (55) and Chojnacki (67) rounded out the scoring.

Eisenhower boys soccer

New Berlin Eisenhower lost to the defending East conference champions Pewaukee, 1-0, in double overtime on Aug. 27 on the road to start the week.

After playing four tough nonconference foes, Ben Daines, Jimmy Kuhnz, Jake Thompson and Mikey Perez have formed a solid unit and kept the Pirates from scoring until three minutes left in the second overtime.

Eisenhower then bounced back to blank Brown Deer, 3-0, on Aug. 29 at home.

The Lions got a break when the Falcons had an 'own' goal scored at the 60-minute mark for a 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later Mike Trachak then scored with an assist from Andy Wilson. Mason Gretzon closed out the scoring at 75 minutes with a pass from Perez.

"Perez had a stellar game at both ends of the field," coach Gary Troy said, also praising goalkeeper Aaron Jaskulski.

Over the weekend, Eisenhower lost to Bradley Tech, 1-0, to start the Lions tournament on Friday. Saturday's games were not available.

- Compiled by John Rech and Tom 'Sky' Skibosh

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