HOMESTEAD BOYS GOLF
It was not the greatest of tournaments for the Highlanders' Robbie Morway, but his matching 18-hole rounds of 74 apiece were good for a 148 and a tie for sixth in the WIAA state tournament at University Ridge in Madison, June 6 and 7.
'Robbie performed very admirably at the state tournament,' said coach Steve O'Brien. 'To finish in the top 10 is an excellent accomplishment. To finish with two 74s considering the way he hit the golf ball is even more impressive.
'He battled some swing issues but stayed mentally engaged to find a way to put the ball in the hole. He had to 'dance with the date he brung.' It wasn't easy, in fact, it was frustrating at times, but he never stopped competing and ended up earning a medal. I am very happy for and proud of him.'
Morway was the only qualifier for the Highlanders. The top six individuals at state all earn medals. Middleton's Emmet Herb won the state title with a 138 score.
The impressive thing about Morway was that the day after the tournament, he was at a WSGA state match play qualifier at The Broadlands and wound up medaling in the 18-hole event with a 67.
O'Brien was not surprised.
'Then at the qualifier, his swing came back, and he was able to go low,' O'Brien said. 'Robbie is an extremely talented young man.'
BROWN DEER BASEBALL
Let's put it this way, the 2-9 Falcons are experienced this summer.
'We are about the darkest color of green that you would find in the entire state,' said coach David Lucre, 'but I am encouraged because they seem to be a very relaxed group of guys. I think that happens when you have youth on your side.
'They love their uniforms. They love being on the field. They're very low-key, which can be both good and bad, but it's what we've got and we'll work with it.'
Key people include senior co-captains Anthony Gonzalez (shortstop and pitcher), Shawn Salem (pitcher and third base) and three-year catcher Caleb Stampa. The only other senior is outfielder Gino Hernandez.
Others who are slated to make an impact include junior first baseman and clean-up hitter Jordan Ruhland; junior infielder and pitcher Evan Awe;and freshman pitcher and third baseman Emory Weedon.
'I'm very encouraged by the defense so far,' Lucre said. 'Last year, we were losing games and giving up double digits (in terms of runs) all the time, and there would always seem to be four or more errors per game to go along with that. Just mental mistakes.
'This year, we're more competitive, and I'm very encouraged by that.'
Salem and Weeden have been the top pitchers so far.
The offense has also picked up, Lucre said.
'We were doing a little too much of swinging for the fences,' he said. 'We had a little talk, and I think we have corrected things. We scored seven and 11 runs in the next two games. We have to remember that baseball is a game you need to be relaxed as possible in in order to be successful.'
The Falcons will visit area Woodland rival Shorewood on Monday, June 20, and then will host them Tuesday, June 21. Both games will be at 5 p.m.
Coach Josh Lemke said the young Greyhounds are making progress despite a 3-11 record.
'This is our second year in a row being a team with a lot of youth, but this year it's combined with a lot more experience,' said Lemke. 'Expectations are higher this year because of returning seven varsity starters from last season. We need a lot from our pitchers, Simon Bjornstadand the Bussenbrothers, Jonathan and Benji. So much success in baseball rests on starting pitching, so we will need all three of them to have big years.
'Our goal again this year is to be playing our best baseball by the end of the year. With our limited practice time, we need to learn a lot during games and put those lessons into place the next time we encounter a similar situation.
'We have much better approaches at the plate this year, and top to bottom of our lineup will be tough outs.
'I especially like where we are at as a team defensively. We are not afraid to go make the splash plays and at the same time have made the routine plays. I expect our defense to keep us in games, so we need timely hitting to turn some close losses into close wins.
'I like the courage of our team to play in big moments. Two of our three wins so far have been walk-off wins in extra innings after trailing late in the game.'
In their most recent effort, the Greyhounds dropped a tough 6-4 decision to Cudahy on June 13. Seniors include Bjornstad (pitcher/utility), Jonathan Bussen (pitcher/outfielder) and Nathan Raskin(infielder).
SHOREWOOD GIRLS SOCCER
The encouraging season for the Greyhounds came to a quiet conclusion when they dropped a 3-0 WIAA D3 sectional semifinal to Grafton on June 9.
The loss concluded the Shorewood campaign at 11-6-1. Grafton went on to lose to powerful Catholic Memorial in the sectional final on June 11 for the right to head off to this week's WIAA state tourney.
First-year Shorewood coach Kyle Konkol was both discouraged and encouraged.
'We would have loved to play longer, but we didn't play our best game when we needed it,' he said. 'Grafton is a tough team, and they really came to play. We had a hard time finding our groove as the game went on.
'We had a good season. The players really wanted to win and do it together. We are striving to be a great program. This year's senior class really helped us take a big step toward that. It started with a lot of leadership getting together in the off-season. They encouraged our younger players to have high expectations for our play and our results. They supported the coaches' decisions in practices and games. We were accountable to each other. And we had fun with it all. It was very much what a team should be.'
Seniors included Sarah Goldberg, Molly Eder, Ava Miller, Genevieve Vahl, Shelby Hammond, Megan Curtis, Claire Howland and Marlee Lane.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS SOCCER
The Blue Dukes could not make it two in a row against powerful top-ranked Waukesha West as they dropped a 4-2 WIAA D2 sectional semifinal decision to the Wolverines on June 9.
Bay, which had given West (20-1-2) its only regular-season loss back on May 7, finished 14-5-3, while the Wolverines overpowered New Berlin West, 4-0, in the sectional final on June 11 to earn a berth in this week's WIAA state tourney.
West's one-two punch state Player of the Year candidate Dani Rhodes (43 goals on the season) and Nat Yass (13 goals and 19 assists) proved to be too much for the Blue Dukes. Yass scored twice in the first half, once on an assist from Rhodes for a 2-0 lead. Then two goals in the space of four minutes early in the second half, one scored by Rhodes and assisted by Yass, gave West an insurmountable 4-0 lead.
Emma-Kate Steckerand Gracie Riedladded late goals for Bay to make it competitive.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz