HOMESTEAD GIRLS TRACK
Maddie Powellwas the only senior on the Highlanders' WIAA state meet fifth-place finishing 4x800 meter relay on June 3.
And she was happy.
'It was a really big day for me,' she said as she dabbed tears from her eyes. 'It was my first state meet and my last state meet. I'm just so proud of these guys (her teammates) who I've been working with so long. They're like my sisters.'
Then the group that included Zanelle Willemse, Allie Levinand Katie Wegmannengaged in a happy group hug.
They had reason to, as they improved on their strong sectional time with a 9:28.61 effort to earn their state medals. Waukesha West won the event with an impressive 9:11.81 clocking.
Wegmann, the anchor runner, said the team, as the Highlanders' only state representative, had strong goals.
'The podium was the only goal,' she said. 'We started the season not sure of how things would go, but we just got better and better and gained more and more confidence.'
The meet finished a strong season for the Highlanders, who won the North Shore Conference outdoor title.
NICOLET BOYS TENNIS
The Knights' North Shore Conference title season ended on a positive note when the doubles team of junior Jack Steinbergerand sophomore Eli Winter(18-5) earned fifth in the WIAA state tournament in Madison, June 2-4.
They entered the tourney as the eighth seed by rapidly improving on their spot by downing Brookfield Central (6-0, 6-7, 6-0) and Eau Claire North (6-4, 6-4) opponents before they fell to the eventual champs from Brookfield East (6-0, 6-3).
But they bounced back in the consolation rounds to beat Arrowhead (6-2, 6-0) and Marquette (6-1, 6-3) pairs to earn their state medals.
Other state finishes for the Knights included the double team of junior Ari Robinsonand senior Sam Scribner(0-1, 19-12); the doubles team of juniors Eytan Robinsonand Julian Lowe(0-1, 29-2); senior singles player Rafi Barash(0-1, 25-8); and freshman singles player Jaden Aranda(1-1, 22-9).
HOMESTEAD BOYS GOLF
As veteran Highlander golf coach Steve O'Brien said, 'This one stings a bit'.
He advanced his top player, Robbie Morway,to the WIAA state tournament in Madison this week (he tied for sixth in the individual standings; see details in the June 16 edition of the Now), but Homestead missed out by the narrowest of margins on a state team berth.
Eventual state team champion Marquette won the WIAA sectional decisively (285 18-hole score) at Brown Deer Park on May 31, but the race for the second spot could not have been closer, as Arrowhead (304) edged both Homestead and Whitefish Bay (305 apiece) for the second state team berth.
'I am very proud of the effort our guys showed playing in a very challenging golf course and a loaded sectional,' O'Brien said. 'We saved our best for the right time; it just wasn't good enough.'
Morway earned his individual slot by tying for fourth individually with a 71, while Max Pasherjust missed a state slot when he earned a tie for seventh with a 73. Joey Hobbscame in with an 80, while Dawson Dahlbergcarded an 81. Adam Morris finished up with a 90.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS GOLF
Blue Dukes veteran coach Frank Donadio saw his fine career end in disappointing fashion, as despite a scorching 18-hole team score of 305, his team failed to advance anyone to the state tournament out of the red-hot WIAA sectional at Brown Deer Park on May 31.
But Donadio had the right attitude afterward.
'In short, yes, it was disappointing to not advance, but the thrill of a great competition was a great rush,' he said. 'Golf truly teaches us that the process is more important than the result. Our postgame routine, win or not win (losing is not in our vocabulary list), is to go to the nearest Culvers to unwind. No different yesterday. Food and ice cream are great sedatives for growing boys (and mature coaches).'
And Bay needed them. Eventual state team champion Marquette dominated the sectional with an 18-hole score of 285, while Arrowhead (304) edged both Homestead (305) and Bay (305) for the second state team berth.
Sophomore Gus Grunaumissed an individual berth by three shots with a ninth-place 74, while senior Patrick Siculacarded a 75. Junior Jack DeRochecame in with a 76, sophomore Matthew Comiskeyan 80 and senior Teddy Weber 81.
NICOLET BOYS GOLF
The Knights were a surprise state meet qualifier last season, but there was no such luck for them this year as at last week's WIAA sectional tournament at Wanaki, they came up five shots of a repeat berth.
Nicolet turned in an 18-hole score of 325, while Brookfield Central (306) and Kettle Moraine (320) earned the state team berths.
Sophomore Thomas Kozlovskywas a single shot away from an individual state berth with a 78, while other scores for the Knights included junior Eric Walshand senior Ben Spectorwith 81 apiece and senior Michael Carruth andjunior August Eurichwith 85 apiece.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS SOCCER
The Greyhounds cruised to a WIAA D3 regional title with a pair of 10-0 routs over Milwaukee Carmen (June 2) and Milwaukee School of Languages (June 4).
The two victories improved Shorewood to 11-5-1 overall and advanced them to a sectional semifinal back at home at 4 p.m, Thursday, June 9, against Grafton. The Greyhounds are the top seed in their half of the sectional bracket.
If they win, they will advance to a WIAA sectional final against the winner of Catholic Memorial and Big Foot/Williams Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, back at Catholic Memorial with the winner heading to the state tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park, June 16-18.
Coach Kyle Konkol is excited about the opportunity.
'It has been a fun season, and to be honest, it has everything to do with the players,' he said. 'To start, they are great people. There are no divisions among us. And it helps that we like to have fun. There of course is the goofing around fun but also having fun learning to play the team game.
'We like to pass and move the ball so that everyone is involved. We communicate. They really take pride in how we play together. It shows when players come to practice to learn and take coaching well. They also challenge each other in an encouraging way. We've had a few bumps in the road this season, but they really continue to support each other and the coaching staff. They strive to play great soccer. I'm really proud of this group and to be their coach. We are going in positive direction.'
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SOCCER
The Blue Dukes were impressive in downing Pius XI, 4-0, on June 2 and Brookfield East, 4-2, on June 4 to win a WIAA D2 regional title last weekend.
It advanced Bay (14-4-3) to a WIAA sectional semifinal at sectional top seed Waukesha West at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9. If they win, they will advance to a sectional final at 7 p.m. June 11, back at home against the winner of New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West for the right to advance to the WIAA state tournament.
Bay gave West its only loss of the season a few weeks ago, and coach Rob Dubinski is confident his team can pull the upset on the road.
'We know how talented their two forwards are, but we have the confidence knowing that we have beaten them the last two times we have played them,' said Dubinski. 'The girls are looking forward to the challenge and are excited to get back on the field Thursday night. It's unfortunate that the two best teams in Division 2 have to play each other in a sectional semifinal, but that's the WIAA for you.'
In the win over East, Emma Kate Stecker, Gracie Riedl, Mackenzie Nelson and Daria Ghorbanpporhad the goals, while against Pius, Lily Jefferson, Riedl, Nelson and Sam Loydaall found the back of the net.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS SOCCER
The North Shore Conference champion Highlanders looked good in downing Port Washington (4-0) on June 2 and West Bend East (3-0) on June 4 to claim a WIAA D2 regional title.
'The girls are taking care of business,' said veteran coach Rich Dorn. 'Step 1, regionals; step 2, sectionals; step 3, state tournament. Good play by all. We need to raise our collective level and have each player ready to be a difference-maker.'
The Highlanders (15-5-1) will host North Shore rival Cedarburg in a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The winner will advance to a sectional final at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Cedarburg against the winner of Green Bay Southwest and Oshkosh North for the right to advance to the D2 state tournament.
Homestead lost to Menomonee Falls in a heartbreaking sectional final last season. The Highlanders defeated Cedarburg, 1-0, in the regular-season finale to clinch an unbeaten North Shore run.
In the regional final against East, Alex Lutzhad two goals and Coco Wiencekhad the other score, while in the semifinal against Port, Kristen Gebhardt, Wiencek, Brigid Westand Jenna Dorfall had goals for the Highlanders.
HOMESTEAD BOYS TENNIS
The Highlanders' season ended on a quiet note in the WIAA state individual tournament in Madison, June 2-4.
Junior singles player Eric Mullins (15-17) dropped a 6-2, 6-1, opening-round match to a Neenah opponent,
The doubles team of senior Aaron Holmanand junior Tucker Gabriel went 2-1 to finish 27-6, as they lost a 6-2, 7-6 decision to a Marquette duo.
The second doubles team of junior Sydan Parkerand sophomore Robby Baranko(27-5) went 1-1 at the tournament to end their season.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS TENNIS
The Blue Dukes had some mixed results at the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison, June 2-4.
The doubles team of senior Brennan Greggand junior Ben Rackovan(13-7) split two matches, while sophomore singles player Patrick Conta(18-8) went 2-1 losing only to eventual champion David Hornefferof Brookfield East, in a 6-0, 6-3 third-round decision.
Senior singles player Anthony Enea(20-7) dropped a first-round decision to a Franklin opponent to end his fine career.
BROWN DEER BOYS TENNIS
The senior doubles team of John Piersonand Craig Schimenz(25-4) finished their strong career by going 1-1 in the WIAA D2 state tournament in Madison, June 2-3.
They downed a St. Joseph's pair, 7-6, 6-1, in the first round before falling to the eventual champions from Green Bay Notre Dame, 6-4, 6-1.
The duo finished their career as the leader of the all-time single season doubles wins.
SHOREWOOD BOYS TENNIS
The Greyhoounds' doubles team of sophomore Adam Kellyand junior James Ewing(12-8) split a pair of matches in the WIAA D2 state tournament, June 2-3.
They downed a Grafton duo, 7-6, 4-6 (10-6), in the first round before falling to a Brookfield Academy pair, 6-0, 6-2.
NICOLET GIRLS SOCCER
The Knights' fine season ended at 15-5-2 with a tough 2-1 WIAA overtime regional final loss to powerful Waukesha West on June 4.
Josie Keldermanhad the only goal for the Knights as Emily Roesnerplayed a fine game in goal making 11 saves.
The Knights had advanced with a 2-0 regional semifinal win over Tosa East on June 2.
In that game, Kelderman and Holly Rossmanhad scores as Greta Riciglianoand Sophie Marshallhad assists. Roesner made three saves.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS TRACK
The North Shore Conference outdoor champions saw their season come to a quiet conclusion in the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.
Sophomore Rhys Kochturned in a fine effort in the 800 meters, finishing 11th out of 23 runners with a time of 1:57.12, while junior Michael Kirkendollwas 16th in the triple jump with an effort of 42-43/4.
BROWN DEER BOYS TRACK
Senior Todd Beadle finished his career on a fine note, taking 15th in the trials of the D2 400-meter dash in the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.
Beadle was clocked in a time of 51.42.
In the long jump, senior Nyles Williamswas 11th (19-103/4), and junior Thomas Kellywas 12th (19-9).
NICOLET GIRLS TRACK
Freshman Destiny Huvenmissed out on making the finals of the 100-meter high hurdles by just 0.03 of a second when she took 11th in the trials of the WIAA state meet in La Crosse on June 3.
Huven was clocked in 16.05 for her spot in the race.
Junior Rylee Callahanwas a competitive 13th in the pole vault with a clearance of 10-0.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS SOFTBALL
The Highlanders' hopes of a WIAA state tournament berth took a rude hit when their season ended with a 16-1 WIAA sectional semifinal defeat to Greater Metro Conference co-champ and eventual state-tournament qualifier DSHA on May 31.
The loss ended the season for Homestead at 16-8, as the Dashers (22-6) would go on to earn their first state tourney berth with a win over Homestead's rival, Germantown, on June 2.
DSHA scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Highlander pitchers had a difficult night, issuing eight walks. Bernie Moyerand Megan Manninghad a hit apiece for Homestead.
SHOREWOOD BOYS GOLF
The Greyhounds' season came to an when they finished 12th in a WIAA D2 sectional last week at The Bull.
Shorewood turned in an 18-hole score of 439 as Catholic Memorial (317) and Sheboygan Falls (327) earned the state team berths.
The two best scores for the all-underclassmen Greyhounds were a 104 from junior Emmett Ognarand a 106 from junior Tommy Curtis.
BROWN DEER BOYS GOLF
Junior Kevin Kamppinenturned in an 18-hole score of 94 and junior Jalen Greenleea 97 as the Falcons finished up their season in the WIAA D2 sectional tournament at The Bull last week.
BROWN DEER GIRLS SOCCER
The Falcons' long season ended with a 3-0 WIAA D3 regional semifinal loss to Milwaukee School of Languages on June 2.
The defeat ended the Brown Deer season at 1-14.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz