WHITEFISH BAY FOOTBALL
The Blue Dukes' hopes for a berth in the WIAA D2 state semifinals came to a discouraging halt in heartbreaking fashion, when Homestead's Bradley Woldt crashed in from 3 yards out with just 23 seconds to secure a 27-24 Level 3 playoff victory Nov. 4.
Bay, which had held a small lead for much of the half and augmented it on a field goal from Zach Lichosik with 5:17 left, finished this fine rebuilding season at 8-4, while the Highlanders (11-1) advanced to a state semifinal game on Nov. 11 against Monona Grove.
Receiver Maurice David Lee III had a big game for Bay, catching five passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Blue Dukes' season finished on an upnote, as they defeated Shorewood in a WIAA sectional final Tuesday, Nov. 1, before falling to top-ranked Marquette, 25-11, 25-20, 25-15, in the sectional final on Nov. 3.
First-year coach Alec Lannigan could not have been more pleased with the efforts and was not disappointed in the sweep loss to the powerful Hilltoppers, who advanced to this weekend's state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
"This was the first game all year, that despite the score, my boys never gave up," Lannigan said. "We played every single point to our absolute maximum potential. Sure there were things we could have done better, but that's not the point.
"The point of the match was that this showdown was a proving point from earlier in the season when we showed up at Kaukauna High School and went winless the entirety of the day against the top teams in the state. That we can hold our own against a top tier team. And we did."
Senior captain Gunnar Stock, despite taking a hard ball right to the face at one point, finished with nine kills to lead Bay, while Daniel Payne had 20 assists and four aces; Gavin Julien contributed four aces; and Joe Voit and Joey Anzia had five digs each.
The Blue Dukes had advanced with an impressive, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14 decision over Shorewood on Nov. 1. Nate Voit and Will Gerrietts had five aces apiece; Payne 25 assists; Julien and Gerrietts eight kills apiece; and Voit nine digs.
In short, it was a good end to the season.
"We got far," Lannigan said. "We got hot in the end of the season when it mattered the most. Shorewood was a formidable opponent. They're fronted by a great coaching staff, and that reflects greatly in their players. I actually had an opportunity to speak to two gentlemen on their team before the match briefly, and their mannerisms and respect were astounding."
NICOLET HALL OF FAME
Nicolet High School is proud to announce seven candidates have been selected to the Class of 2016 Nicolet High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The candidates include five athletes: James Allison (Class of ’63 football/wrestling/track), William Jenkins (Class of ’94- basketball/baseball/volleyball), Robert Jenkins (Class of ’94 basketball/baseball/football), Ashley Green (Class of ’11- basketball/track/cross-country), Felicia Townes Sutton (Class of ’83-basketball/track),coach Dwight Davis (1985-2015, boys and girls swimming) and for distinguished service, Mel Wade (1956-1990-recreation director/youth coach/administrator).
The Nicolet Athletic Hall of Fame honors former student athletes, coaches and other individuals who have contributed outstanding accomplishments toward Nicolet athletics. The candidates who make up the class of 2016 will be honored at halftime of the Nicolet boys basketball game when it hosts Homestead on Friday, Jan. 6. There will a dinner in the Knights Hall at Nicolet High School at 5 p.m. Jan. 6, followed by the induction ceremony and unveiling of the plaques in the “Wall of Fame." Dinner and ceremony tickets are on sale to the public and can be purchased in the athletic office.
BROWN DEER BOYS SOCCER
There were not many highlights for the struggling Falcons (5-14-1) this fall, but they did close their season with a flourish.
They defeated Messmer, 5-0, in a WIAA D3 regional quarterfinal and then knocked off area rival and state-ranked Shorewood, 0-0 (4-3 in the shootout), before falling to a strong Plymouth side (16-2-2) by a 3-2 count in the regional final.
It left coach Yuepeng Soung feeling encouraged.
"Our first game against Messmer was our statement game that we showed up for the playoffs," he said. "Messmer was a great team and out-possessed us in both halves. Our defense stood solid at any attack that they brought against us, and they were not able to penetrate.
"Fortunately for us, our best player, Cameron Williams, was able to find the back of the net four times. He had a phenomenal game and was extremely tough for Messmer to defend. Our attacks started with our defense, and we countered quickly straight to the forwards, who used their speed and ball-handling skills to beat Messmer.
"Our second game against Shorewood was probably the highlight of the season. Shorewood is a phenomenal team. The game plan was simple ...defend for as long as possible and hope for a penalty shootout. This is exactly what happened.
"Shorewood out-possessed us for the majority of the game and threw every offensive attack they had against us. Our back line was easily the players of the night. They stopped every attack along with our goal keeper Nathan Gonzalez. When we went into penalty shootouts, Gonzalez was probably the player of the match. He made big saves, ended up shooting our sixth penalty kick and saved one for the win. This is a great memory that the boys will remember for the rest of their lives, and it was great to be a part of it."
Our third game against Plymouth did not go quite as planned. We knew that they were a good team but did not want to go on the strategy of playing defensively. It was important for us to score quick to keep the momentum going, but it just didn't happen until the 75th minute.Things got interesting towards the end when the score was 3-2. We started to get some momentum, but unfortunately it was too late. I think what happened was that our nerves got the best of us first half. We didn't really 'show up' in the middle of the field. Our hats are off to Plymouth for a good match."
NICOLET BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The season ended on a quiet note for the North Shore Conference runner-up Knights, as they fell to eventual WIAA state tournament qualifier Arrowhead, 221-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23, in a sectional semifinal in their own gym on Nov. 1.
The hard-hitting Warhawks went on to stun sectional top-seed and North Shore champion Germantown in a three-set sweep in the sectional final Nov. 3 to advance to the WIAA state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Nov. 11 and 12.
Seniors for the Knights included Ari Robinson, Dylan Kravetz, Matt Aussem, Bennett Babisch and Dayvin Cheney.