SHOREWOOD GIRLS SOCCER
Coming off an 11-6-1 record last season, the Greyhounds are looking forward to a positive campaign this spring.
"I'm excited for our season," said coach Kyle Konkol. "We graduated eight seniors from last year but we have a youthful enthusiasm for this spring. We have some seniors returning that will lead us (including) our captain, senior defender Catherine Puppe, and leading scorer from last year, (senior) Giovanna Zizzo.
"We also have sophomore Abbey Drake, who transferred from Whitefish Bay's varsity team from last season. Some players that learned a lot from last year's seniors have already started to emerge in (junior) Abby Schill and (sophomore) Josie Lang in the midfield. Some players who previously stopped playing soccer before last year have decided to come back out. I take it as a good sign for our program in year two that we compete with top teams and have fun while doing it."
Other seniors include midfielder Eleanor Schmitt, defender Julia Clare Liegel, and defender/midfielder Rebecca Jonen. Juniors include midfielders Rita Yasrob-Doust, Caroline Fraser and Rachel Washington and defender Maya Deshpande.
The Greyhounds will open their schedule this week with two Woodland Conference games, including a Thursday, April 6, tilt at Wauwatosa West. On Tuesday, April 11, they will host area nonconference rival and state power Whitefish Bay at 6:30 p.m.
Konkol is anxious to get things rolling.
"Last year, we learned how to possess really well, but this year we are hoping to be more of an attacking team," he said. "I'm really hoping we can compete more this year in conference. We have talent but for us to be successful we need to be organized and depend on our whole roster to compete with these teams. We have a very together group so we'll see where we go."
BROWN DEER GIRLS SOCCER
Veteran coach Yuepeng Soung will work with a 14-member team this spring so good health will be a major requirement for the Falcons.
"We are a very young and small team," he said. "We have six freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and three seniors. There are a lot of new faces to the program and they are eager for the season. This year will be interesting because of the dynamics of the team. It will take us time to figure out a formation that works best for the team as well as how to play with one another."
Seniors on the team include defender Amder Wendt, and midfielders Victoria Mora and Maggie Pierson.
Pierson is the team captain this spring. The lone junior is midfielder/defender Tina Tyson.
"What I like most about this years team is the competitiveness between the underclass," said Soung. "They are willing to challenge each other during practice and push each other to do better."
The Falcons opened the season against New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday, April 4, and now will visit West Bend West on Tuesday, April 11.
A youth brigade is invading the Greyhound program this spring and it is a good thing for second-year coach Amy Keel.
"We are extraordinarily excited for this season and even more excited for the next few years," said Keel. "We have a great freshman class of 17 girls. This is also means we have a JV team for the first time in three years. We have seven freshmen on varsity, each of which will see playing time this season.
"We have two new pitchers as well, a freshman and a sophomore who was not out last year. This year will be a skill and experience building year, but we have very high hope for the freshman class as they grow. Our conference will continue to be challenging with the high level of competition, but we have added a number of competitive games that will help our team improve."
The Greyhounds will have only one senior this spring in outfielder Maggie Burghardt. Juniors include infielders Jessica Crawford, Shilei Bell-Lipsey, Julia Sottile and Audrey Jakubowski and outfielders Ashley Gosse and Ellie Moberg.
The pitchers will include sophomore Georgia Kundrat and freshman Trinity Higgins.
Shorewood dropped its first game to Greenfield, 16-0, on March 23. They will visit Greendale in a Woodland contest on Thursday, April 6, and then will take part in the Markesan Tournament on Saturday, April 8.
SHOREWOOD BOYS TRACK
The Greyhounds turned in some credible efforts at the Madison West Relays on April 1.
A second-place finish from Edgardo Gonzalez Valdes (2:02.31) led the way.
They also earned thirds from the 4x400-meter relay team of Julian Rodriguez, Luis Roche, Josh Melton and Gonzalez Valdes (3:39.33); and from Melton in the 200 (23.97).
Cole Baumann was ninth in the 1,600 (4:53.66) as was Anthony McGinnis in the 55 high hurdles (8.56 personal best). The 4x200 relay team of Rodriguez, Roche, McGinnis and Melton was 10th (1:38.63).
They will take part in the Woodland Conference Indoor meet Friday, April 7, at UW-Parkside.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS TRACK
The Blue Dukes turned in some nice finishes in the Madison West Relays on April 1.
Michael Kirkendoll led the way with a swift second-place finish in the 55-meter high hurdles (7.69 seconds), falling only to a Verona competitor (7.67). He was also seventh in the pole vault (13-0). Eli Dyer was fifth in the 1,600 (4:39.57) while Evan Murray was eighth in the 55 dash (6.71) and the 4x100 relay was seventh (46.0).
The North Shore Conference Indoor will be at Homestead at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6.