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DOMINICAN BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY

Green Knight senior Christian Lesac qualified for the WIAA D2 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, after taking sixth in the sectional race at Lake Park Golf Course in Glendale on Oct. 22.

Lesac covered thee rolling 5,000-meter two-loop course in 17 minutes, nine seconds to earn his spot in the 76-runner sectional field. Matt Olson of team champion Wisconsin Lutheran won the race in 16:28.

The state meet will be held on the Ridges Golf Course.

Sophomore Catherine Phillips topped the girls' sectional efforts with a 32nd-place finish (22;22).

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY

Wildcats senior Andrew Puetz earned the fifth and final state qualifying spot in the WIAA D2 sectional meet at Lake Park Golf Course in Glendale on Saturday, Oct. 22.

For his efforts, Puetz will take part in the D2 state meet on The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rpaids at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Puetz covered the sectional course in 17:31, earning his spot by about three seconds.

Freshman Lexi Keppler was 16th in the girls race (21:10) to lead the Wildcats. She missed out on a state berth by three positions.

WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SOCCER

The defending D2 state champs made short work of their two WIAA regional opponents last week as the Blue Dukes easily advanced into sectional play.

They buried 16th-seeded Green Bay West, 11-0, in a regional semifinal  on Oct. 20 and overpowered area rival Nicolet, 9-3, in a regional final on Oct. 22.

For its efforts, Bay (18-2-1) will host Slinger (9-5-6) in a sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. If they win, they will advance to a sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Kaukauna against the winner of Oshkosh North (18-3-2) and Cedarburg (12-2-3). Cedarburg has been ranked second behind Bay all season in state polls, and the Blue Dukes beat the Bulldogs for the state title last November.

The sectional champion advances to the state tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park, Nov. 3-5.

Against Nicolet, the Blue Dukes took a 4-2 lead in the first half and then scored four unanswered goals to put the game away in the second half.

Matt Comiskey had three goals, while six other players (Nicholas Anguil-Andriacchi, Jeremy Haddock, Jackson Dryden, Zavier Ware, Jack Chandler and Felippe Cragg) also scored. Dryden had two assists. For Nicolet, Noah Hernandez scored twice, Scott Arenzon once and Andrew Muenster had two assists, as the Knights ended their season at 7-10-2. Hernandez finished with 20-plus goals on the season.

Nicolet keeper Joel Kaswan did the best he could, making 13 saves.

NICOLET GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Knights cruised to a WIAA regional title last week, downing Milwaukee Life Long Learning (25-2, 25-6, 25-3) and Tosa East (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) to advance to the deepest sectional in the state this week.

The seventh-ranked Knights will take on sixth-ranked Brookfield East in a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Brookfield Central, with the winner advancing to a sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at DSHA. The other semifinal will feature eighth-ranked and two-time defending champion DSHA and 10th-ranked Central.

Veteran coach Dann Jacobson believes his team is ready for the opportunity that sits before it. A berth in the WIAA state tournament in Green Bay, Nov. 3-5, awaits the sectional champion.

"I am extremely proud of this team and believe our best match is directly in front of us," he said. "Our team chemistry is really strong. The kids play hard for each other and willingly sacrifice personal goals for team success."

Jacobson felt the regional final with Tosa was a good test.

"Our only issue in the night was how tight we were in the first half of the match," he said. "We were really fired up and extremely focused, but we were not our typically loose and joking team. That's on me as the coach, and I need to do a better job of helping my kids find that balance."

Cori Meyers had 14 kills, while Laura Keyser had 25 digs, Kara Conley 25 assists and Rodrian 14 assists. MacKenzie Eford contributed two aces, two solo blocks and four assisted blocks.

The team served 96 percent for the match.

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Wildcats won the WIAA D2 regional title on Oct. 22 with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-9 win over Port Washington.

The regional top seed had preceded that with a 25-6, 25-9, 25-8 regional semifinal victory over Milwaukee School of Languages on Oct. 20.

USM (21-3 in match play) will take part in a sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, against Kettle Moraine Lutheran at Plymouth.

The winner of that will face the winner of Catholic Memorial and Shorewood in a sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Whitnall for the right to advance to the WIAA D2 state tournament in Green Bay, Nov. 3-5.

Against Port, Chynna Bacchus led the Wildcats in kills with 10, while Mia Cudahy had 19 assists and Bacchus added 11 digs and five aces..

SHOREWOOD/MESSMER FOOTBALL

The Greyhounds were simply overwhelmed as their season came to an end with a 49-8 WIAA D2 Level 1 loss to Germantown on Oct. 21.

The loss leveled the Greyhounds' season record at 5-5, while Germantown (5-5) advanced to face Homestead (9-1) in a Level 2 game on Friday, Oct. 28.

Lael Thompson caught a TD pass from Joe Friedman for the Greyhounds' only score.

Ben Grabowski had 12 total tackles and Sean Williams eight to lead Shorewood/Messmer

BROWN DEER BOYS SOCCER

It was an uphill climb all season for the Falcons, but they finished the season on a positive note, defeating Milwaukee Messmer in a WIAA D3 regional quarterfinal on Oct. 18 and then pulling an amazing 0-0 (4-3 in shootout) win over area rival Shorewood in the regional semifinal on Oct. 20 before falling to Plymouth (16-2-2) in a tightly contested regional final, 3-2.

The Falcons finished the season 5-13-2 despite being outnumbered in almost all their matches this fall.

No game details were available from the Shorewood or Plymouth matches, but in the win over Messmer, the Falcons' Cameron Williams scored four goals, while Bryce Graff had a solo goal and Kyle Schroeder, Kyle Hudson and Liam McGuire had an assist apiece.

Seniors for the Falcons included Graff, Michael Tremblay, Jackson Drummond, Jonah Freuler, Maxwell Torunski and Schroeder.

SHOREWOOD BOYS SOCCER

The Greyhounds saw their season end in stunning fashion against Brown Deer in a WIAA D3 regional semifinal on Oct. 20. The game came down to a shootout, and they came up a bit short, 4-3.

With the loss, they finished at 11-4-3.

Seniors included Markus Arskog, Jack Schill, Nano Wagner, Arman Khan, Callen Papineau, Patrick Quinlan and Chris Zak.​

WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Dukes saw their season come to an end with a 25-23, 25-14, 25-6 WIAA regional final loss to state-ranked Brookfield East on Oct. 22.

Bay advanced to the final with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-13 win over Milwaukee Riverside on Oct. 20.

BROWN DEER GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Falcons' season came to an end with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 WIAA D2 regional quarterfinal loss to Milwaukee School of Languages on Oct. 18.

Seniors on the team this fall included Maggie Pierson, Alissa Meek, Krista Michels, Tori Rosenberger, Malena Edwards, Ester Sonubi, Shelby Sellers and Brianna Key. 

BROWN DEER CROSS-COUNTRY

Junior Rory Burmeister finished 48th out of 76 runners as his season came to a positive close in the WIAA D2 sectional race at Lincoln Park Golf Course on Oct. 22.

Burmeister covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:39 for his spot.

Meanwhile, junior Kristiana Longe finished 33rd out of 67 in the girls race with a clocking of 22:09.

NICOLET BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Knights are closing the regular season on a positive note after taking second in the Homestead Invitational on Oct. 22.

They went 3-3 in pool play but advanced to the championship round on a tiebreaker and then beat Appleton North (25-16, 25-21) and Appleton West (25-20, 26-24) to make the finals, where they fell in three sets top top-ranked Marquette.

Coach Brad Kuehl was very pleased with the effort. He said his team had been short-handed for pool play efforts due to ACT testing in the morning but then played extremely well in the afternoon playoffs. The Knights were at full strength in the playoffs for the first time in three weeks, according to Kuehl.

Ari Robinson has destroyed the season school record for digs with 446. Kuehl also noted the team got strong serving runs from Ryan Mitchell and Will Nikoley. He praised the efforts of Matt Heidenrich, Ben Babisch and Dayvin Cheney.

Nicolet is the second seed behind North Shore Conference champion in the WIAA Fond du Lac sectional. They will host seventh-seeded Neenah in a regional final Friday, Oct. 28.

"We seem to have some momentum as we head into our sectional, which probably has the three hottest teams in the state right now," Kuehl said.  "Us, Germantown and Arrowhead, which  just won the Classic 8 conference tournament. Whoever makes it out of our sectional will have earned it, that is for sure."

WHITEFISH BAY BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Dukes grabbed a game off of top-ranked Marquette in pool play and eventually wound up winning the consolation bracket in the Homestead Invitational on Oct. 22.

They went 3-3 in pool play and then downed Greendale, Cedarburg and Fond du Lac in the consolation rounds. Marquette wound up winning the tournament.

The Blue Dukes are the second seed in the WIAA South Milwaukee sectional and will host seventh-seeded St. Anthony in a regional final at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. 

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