Sports Wrapups: May 22

May 22, 2012

Germantown girls track

Jennifer Ellis won 300 low hurdles and Melissa Asmondy claimed the shot put as the Warhawks took second in the North Shore Conference outdoor at Grafton on May 15.

Ellis won her race by more than a second in 47.31 while Asmondy took advantage of the absence of a top competitor from Nicolet to claim her title by three inches with a throw of 35-6.

Germantown took part in the WIAA regional meet at Sussex Hamilton on Monday and qualifiers from there advanced to the sectional meet Thursday at Menomonee Falls. The top three in each event plus all those whose efforts are among the top eight of all sectionals statewide advance to the state meet in La Crosse on June 1 and 2.

"We've been training hard and I think everyone is ready to go," said Ellis.

The Warhawks scored 100.2 points for their spot as Whitefish Bay defended its outdoor title with 118.

Jayne Bertieri also had a good meet for Germantown, taking second in both the 100 (13.02) and the 200 dashes (26.49).

Other good places by event for the Warhawks included 100 high hurdles, Ellis, third (16.1); 100 dash, Bethany Laubenheimer, fifth (13.67); 1,600, Caitlin Dillon, third (5:14.28); 800 relay, third (1:52.27); 400 relay, fifth (52.22); 800, Dillon, third (2:24.11); 1,600 relay, third (4:12.92); long jump, Chanelle Harris, fifth (14-9 ½); and shot put, Katelyn Turner, fourth (33-7).

Menomonee Falls boys track

Matt Christensen, the last holdover from the glory days of a few years ago, got his just reward as a senior, as he nudged ahead of the field to claim the 100-meter dash in the storm-shortened Greater Metro Conference championships on May 15.

"It was a great thing, because he's such a good kid," said Indians coach Bobby Regent-Smith. "He's someone who just works his butt off. I was expecting him to do better in the 200 or the 400 but the 100 was a bit of a surprise.

"And it was a real Christensen race. He held his own and then gathered in everyone at the end."

Christensen is the fourth Falls' runner to win the 100 at the GMC in the last five years, including Brad Tietyen in 2010 and Washington Farrington in 2009 and 2008. Christensen, who was also third in both the 200 and the 400, led Falls to a fifth-place showing in the final standings with 70 points as defending state champion Brookfield East won with 155.5.

Neither the open 3,200 or the 1,600 relay was contested as storms forced a cancellation of those events. The meet had been earlier delayed by an hour due to another storm.

Falls took part in the WIAA regional at Hamilton and will host the WIAA sectional Thursday (see separate column).

Christensen was clocked in 11.33 seconds to edge an East opponent by 0.02 of a second in the 100. He turned in a 22.79 for his spot in the 200 and was clocked in a season best of 50.35 in the 400, an event he qualified for state in last season.

"Matt's been such a great influence on this team," said Regent-Smith. "I.J. (Bullock)'s dad was very complimentary of how Matt took I.J. under his wing and really helped him this season."

Another victory for Falls went to the 400 relay team of Christian Almonte, Nate Boehler, Bryce Bradford and Ayola Olapo (44.25).

Other notable finishes for the Indians included 3,200 relay, Mike Van Alstyne, Adam Vechart, Dan Hyde and Jake McMahon, fourth (season best 8:12.75); 400, Bullock, sixth (52.41); high jump, Adriaan Roscher, second (personal best 6-0); and triple jump, Van Alstyne, second (40-8) and Wil Roscher, fifth (40-3 ½).

Germantown boys tennis

Though the Warhawks were not able to crack through the glass ceiling that is Homestead, Whitefish Bay and Nicolet in the North Shore Conference, they were able to set a few records with their fourth-place finish in the final team standings.

Included among those was the fact that all Germantown entries earned a spot in the top five in the NSC tourney, which was contested May 17 and 18. Jeff Stodola believes this is a first in school history.

Earning a third was Eric Stodola at third singles (19-3 so far this season).

Claiming fourths were Brett Conard at fourth singles (17-5); the second doubles team of Matt Klaver and Mike Weber (13-6) and the third doubles team of Jordan Gunnelson and Karl Gardner (10-4).

And taking consolation championships were Ben Wait at first singles (13-9), Ryan Stodola at second singles (14-8); and Tyler Cox and Johnny McCauley at first doubles (13-9).

The team also won a school record 91 individual matches this season (39 conference and 52 non-conference).

Germantown took part in WIAA sub-sectionals on May 21 at Homestead High School. Qualifiers from there advanced to sectional play at the Fox Cities Racquet Club in Appleton on Thursday. The top four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles and the winners of flight two in singles and doubles in the sectional advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament from May 31 to June 2 in Madison.

Germantown boys golf

Both Jakob Garstecki and Phillip Johnson earned first-team all-conference honors after the Warhawks took third in the North Shore 18-hole finale at Washington County on May 18.

Third is also where the Warhawks finished in the final team standings, as Homestead defended its title and Cedarburg was second.

Germantown took part in the WIAA regional meet at Ozaukee on Tuesday. The top four teams and first four individuals not on those teams advanced to the WIAA sectional back at Washington County on May 29.

The Warhawks turned in an 18-hole score of 330 at the NSC 18-hole finale, as Homestead won with a 304 total and Cedarburg was second with 313. Both Garstecki and Johnson carded scores of 77 to lead the way.

Logan Sterns came in with an 86, Mike Mueller a 90 and Mike Loftus 92 for the Warhawks.

In the final all-conference standings, Garstecki was third and Johnson fifth as Homestead's Jordan Niebrugge repeated as player of the year.

Menomonee Falls boys tennis

Jake Kramer took fourth at third singles to lead the Indians to a fifth-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 15 and 16 at Brookfield East.

The Indians took part in WIAA subsectional play on May 21 and qualifiers from there advanced to the sectional at Brookfield Central on Wednesday. The first four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles and the winners of flight two in singles and doubles automatically advance to the WIAA state tournament in Madison from May 31 to June 2.

Kramer defeated a Tosa East opponent in his quarterfinal match before falling to Marquette and Brookfield Central foes. In his third-place match, he dropped a tough 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 decision to a Central foe.

Earning consolation titles for the Indians were Paul Fitzgerald at second singles (beat West Allis), and the doubles' teams of Chris Hans and Kyle Wilkins (beat Hamilton) and Andy Stoiber and Mitch Gerke (beat Hamilton and West Allis).

Falls scored 19 points for its spot in the final team standings, as five-time state team champion Marquette won five of seven flights to cruise to the title.

Menomonee Falls boys golf

Sophomore Brendan Paule finished with a surge in his last two conference meets and earned second-team All-Greater Metro honors.

His 35 in the last nine-hole mini-meet at Tripoli on May 14 tied for medalist honors and his 18-hole score of 75 was good for seventh individually in the 18-hole league finale at Morningstar on May 16.

Paule's efforts in the 18-hole finale to a fine 329 total and a fifth-place finish in the meet as Marquette clinched the overall league title with a scorching 291 total. Falls finished sixth in the final overall standings.

Paule finished tied for seventh in the final overall standings, while teammate Kevin Burchardt tied for 14th, earning third-team all-league honors. Paule is one of only two sophomores on any of the first three all-conference teams.

The Indians took part in the WIAA regional meet at Ozaukee on May 22. The first four teams and first four individuals not on those teams will advance to the sectional at Washington County on May 29.

Menomonee Falls girls soccer

The Indians lifted themselves a few steps higher on the credibility board in the thrilling 4-3 defeat to unbeaten and top-ranked in the state Cedarburg on May 17.

Falls, which had routed West Allis Central, 11-0, in a Greater Metro match two days earlier, fell to 14-5-2 (3-3 in GMC play) with the defeat but likely gained points in the upcoming WIAA seeding meetings. Cedarburg started the week at 13-0-1.

The Indians closed out their regular season on May 22 with the GMC finale against West Allis Hale. The WIAA tournament begins May 31 with regional play. Cedarburg and Falls are in the same sectional.

Falls, which also hosted its annual "football vs futball" cancer fundraiser on May 19, fell behind 2-0 to Cedarburg in the first 20 minutes, but rallied as in the first 13 minutes of the second half, as sophomore forward Rachel Clayton scored all three goals for the Indians with assists coming from Leanne Hawk, Anna Smalley and Jenna Woodson.

However, the Bulldogs rallied for scores in the 61st and 71st minutes to pull out the win.

Against Central, Falls got two goals apiece from Hawk, Smalley and Hailey Schild, as Olivia Dennis, Woodson, Jen Eberhardy, Emily Bollman and Nelly Botticelli all had single scores.

Germantown girls soccer

The Warhawks bounced back from a rough 4-0 loss to a good Hartford (14-2-3) team on May 17, to beat Slinger, 1-0, on May 19 behind a goal from Jenny Peters (assist to Jamie Karch).

Germantown (4-1, 11-4-1), which had a North Shore game with Nicolet postponed on May 15, has a hectic final week of the regular season, as they took on Homestead on May 22 and Nicolet on Wednesday in the last two North Shore tilts and then will visit Madison La Follette on Thursday in the non-conference completion of the regular season.

Lauren Meyer added five saves in the win over Slinger (12-5-3).

- Steven L. Tietz

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