Several area players helped the Milwaukee Volleyball Club 18 boys team earn third out of a 74-team club field in the USA Volleyball Junior National championships in Dallas last week.
The team, coached by Nicolet boys coach Brad Kuehl as well as other area coaching figures Jon Nowak and Chandler North,included area players Joe Clemensand Nick Plamannof Mequon; Joe Lockof Shorewood; and Steven Roenitzof Whitefish Bay.
Both Lock and Zack Schmidt, who hails from Kaukauna, were named to the 15-player All-Tournament team. Look in the July 14 edition for a more detailed story about the team's efforts.
WHITEFISH BAY BASEBALL
The Blue Dukes followed their solid win over Nicolet with three good efforts and a 2-1 record for the remainder of the week.
They downed Grafton in a North Shore contest, 4-0, on June 30, fell to Greater Metro Conference champion Oak Creek, 10-8, in a nonconference game on July 1 and then beat Tosa West, 4-0, in another nonconference tilt on July 2.
They started this week at 18-9 overall and 10-7 in North Shore play. They closed out North Shore play on July 5 against West Bend East and then finished off the regular season at New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday, July 8, and at home against Whitnall at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9.
The WIAA state tournament series will begin Tuesday, July 12.
In the win over Tosa West, Jake Rybakowiczthrew a complete-game three-hitter to lead the way. He had eight strikeouts and two walks. A three-run second provided him with all the support he would need as Owen Jonashad two hits and an RBI and Gunnar Stockalso had a good game.
Bay fell behind, 10-4, to hard-hitting Oak Creek, but their rally came up just short.
Chris Sieberthad three hits and two runs scored, while Carson Kimplehad two hits and two RBIs; Cade Garcia had three hits and two RBIs; and Andrew Jamesadded two hits.
Against Grafton, pitcher Liam Kahncontinued his excellent season with a complete-game three-hitter as he had four strikeouts against just two walks. Garcia had two hits and scored three runs, while Kimple added two hits.
BROWN DEER BASEBALL
The Falcons broke their 11-game losing streak with an emphatic 14-4 nonconference win over West Allis Central on July 1.
Brown Deer, which is taking part in the Woodland Conference Tournament this week, improved to 3-18 with the victory and shook off recent drubbings to Greendale (13-0) on June 30 and South Milwaukee (12-0) on June 28.
They will close out the regular season with a 12 p.m. game Saturday, July 9, at Random Lake. The WIAA tournament will begin Tuesday, July 12.
The Falcons scored eight runs in the first inning against Central and never looked back as they rattled off 17 hits against the Bulldogs.
Shawn Salemand Mike Weedenhad four hits apiece, while Nathan Gonzalez, Jordan Ruhlandand Anthony Gonzalez all had two hits apiece.
Anthony Gonzalez pitched five innings for the win, scattering five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
The Knights got a much-needed win when they upset area rival Homestead, 5-4, on June 30.
Nicolet had a 4-2 lead after three innings, scored one more in the fifth and then held on for the win against the Highlanders (16-10).
No further details were available for the contest.
Nicolet (6-20 overall) then went on to fall to Wauwatosa East (7-2) on July 1 and then 2-1 to defending WIAA state runner-up Franklin on July 2. They closed out their North Shore Conference campaign against Port Washington on July 5.
The WIAA tournament begins Tuesday, July 12.
In the tough loss to Franklin, which has been a longtime nonconference rival of the Knights, three pitchers, including Elan Berman(42/3 innings), kept Nicolet in the game. The Sabers scored once in the third and again in the fifth.
Nicolet got its only run in the sixth. The Knights could summon only three hits against pitcher Tanner Neitman and couldn't quite take advantage of four Franklin errors.
Brayden Elliotthad two hits.
Against Tosa East, a five-run Red Raider first did in the Knights as Aaron Trattnerhad two hits.
It was a rough week for the Highlanders as three losses dropped them to 16-10 overall.
They fell to South Milwaukee, 7-4, on Friday, July 1; Nicolet, 5-4, on June 30; and Germantown, 5-2, on June 28.
They started the week at 11-6, still in second place in the North Shore Conference. They finished the North Shore campaign against Grafton on Tuesday, July 5; will host New Holstein on Thursday, July 7; and will take on Marquette in a tournament at Tosa's Breitlow Field on Saturday, July 9.
The WIAA tournament begins Tuesday, July 12.
Against South Milwaukee, the Highlanders trailed 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh before a rally came up short.
Homestead trailed, 5-2, going into the bottom of the fifth before scoring twice. They managed only six hits on the night and could not come back.
The Highlanders had a 2-0 lead after three innings against Germantown but then fell as the Warhawks scored three times in the seventh.
Austin Jeffery took the loss.
It was a rough week for the Greyhounds with Woodland Conference losses to New Berlin West (15-1) and Whitnall twice (9-1, 12-0) as they fell to 5-18 overall.
They turned in a good effort in the first round of the Woodland Conference Tournament on July 5, dropping a close 6-5 decision to Woodland West champ Greendale. That event will continue July 6 and 7.
Shorewood will close out its regular season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at West Bend East.
Luis Rochehad two hits in the 12-0 loss to Whitnall.