Sports Wraps: Sept. 11

Sept. 11, 2012

Germantown boys volleyball

Success breeds success.

The WIAA state semifinal run of the youthful Warhawks in 2011 bred advancements in the program, according to coach Brian Rushmer, as for the first time in its limited (five-year) history, the team will also field a freshmen squad.

Not that the varsity will be shortchanged at all this year, as state tournament veterans senior outside hitter Luke Fischer, junior middle blocker Jon Averkamp and junior setter Jake Showalter return for another run at a North Shore Conference title and state tournament run.

"We are all very excited about the potential this group has," Warhawks coach Brian Rushmer said. "Having Averkamp, Showalter and Fischer as a core to build around is very nice. Fischer being the only senior on the roster makes us hopeful for seasons to come as well.

"Our team has a long ways to go to get where we want to be, but we all feel that by the end of this season we could be right back where we left off last year. Getting the taste of success that we got last year has only helped the program."

To that end, Rushmer points out that the Warhawks will have nine players on varsity that played club last year.

"Up until this year we had only two players total play club," he said. "It's a tremendous benefit to have those guys develop in the off season. It makes us a much deeper team to start the year then we have been in the past. The big new addition this year is a freshman team. I am coaching it as we did not have a contract to offer anyone to coach them. Hopefully after this year there is room made somewhere in the budget to have a third paid coach for the boys volleyball program."

Other varsity veterans include junior setter Jacob Reynolds and junior libero Alex Vance. Rushmer notes that developing depth will be key as the team lost key players like Matt Schultz, Corey Petta, Zak Showalter and Tom Andrus to graduation.

Overall, there are 31 players out for the sport.

"Having the freshman team rather than a large junior varsity team allows us to develop more players as they get more one-on-one coaching; as well as the opportunity for us to have seven more guys playing matches on a weekly basis," Rushmer said.

Germantown won its opening match on Sept. 4, 19-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18, over Pius XI, as Fischer had 19 kills and four blocks and Reynolds 41 assists and seven aces. The Warhawks will open North Shore play at Homestead today Thursday and then will be at Tosa West on Sept. 17.

Menomonee Falls girls tennis

The Indians had a good day out at the West Bend Invitational on Saturday as Julie Schweiss took the individual title at second singles to lead Falls to a third-place team finish.

With the win, Schweiss improved to an impressive 16-0 for the season. She has won titles in all three tournaments the Indians have played in so far this fall.

The third doubles team of Hannah Raebel and Missy Losano also took second place at third doubles, while Jill Schweiss earned a third at third singles as did top singles player Hayley Schlueter and the second doubles team of Emily Mayer and Kaitlin Merkel.

On Sept. 5, the Indians beat Waukesha North, 7-0, in a "dominating performance" according to coach J.J. Tischer. That was followed by a tough, 4-3, loss to Greater Metro Conference opponent Tosa East on Sept. 6.

Falls hosted DSHA on Tuesday and hosts border rival Sussex Hamilton Thursday in a pair of GMC matches.

Menomonee Falls boys soccer

Tommy Wolf scored a late goal as the Indians had to rally twice to defeat pesky Greater Metro Conference opponent Tosa East, 3-2, on Sept. 4.

The win improved Falls to 8-2-2 overall and, more importantly, kept them unbeaten in the GMC at 3-0. The ninth-ranked Indians had a showdown against defending state champion and top-ranked Marquette on Tuesday (see Menomonee for details) and will take part in the Cedarburg tourney Friday and Saturday.

Falls, which also tied Madison Memorial last week, trailed twice against Tosa (2-5-1) before rallying for the win.

With the score tied 2-2, the last fifteen minutes of the match was played at a furious pace, and with about nine minutes to go, Wolf was given time and space from 40 yards out and beat the East defense with some smooth foot work. He cleared himself for a shot from 18 yards out and put it away.

Germantown boys soccer

With Milwaukee Lutheran upsetting previous league leader Whitefish Bay last week, the North Shore Conference race is now wide open.

The Warhawks (2-1 in league play and 6-2 overall) kept in tight contention with a 1-0 win over Cedarburg on Sept. 4 as Paul Ciszewski scored in the eighth minute and then goalie Brandon Wein made it stand up with seven saves.

Germantown took on Lutheran, which beat Bay 1-0, on Sept. 4, on Tuesday. The Blue Dukes gave the Warhawks their only conference loss of the season. Germantown will now play at the New Berlin West tourney on Friday and Saturday.

Menomonee Falls girls volleyball

With top setter and offensive threat Abby Becker out because she was standing up in her sister's wedding, the Indians did well to fight their way into the quarterfinals of the Brookfield Central Lancer Invitational on Saturday.

"It gave us a look at other options," Indians coach J.C. Bruns said. (Sophomore) Justine Ertl stepped in at setter and gained some valuable experience. She had some growing pains but she also had some good moments, too."

Falls, which stayed unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference play with a win over Brookfield Central on Sept. 5, took on Tosa East in another GMC dual on Tuesday and now will be at the Watertown Invitational on Saturday. The Indians then travel to DSHA for a critical GMC dual on Sept. 18.

In the Lancer Invite, Falls beat Nicolet (25-22, 22-25, 16-14); Cedarburg (19-25, 25-14, 15-8); and Kenosha Tremper (25-15, 25-15) in pool play before falling to eventual runner-up Pius in the championship quarterfinals 21-25, 25-21, 15-11.

"They had a few players back from the first time we played them, but just weren't as effective offensively," Bruns said. "I liked the way we battled though."

Germantown girls cross country

As Warhawks coach Nancy Pietrowiak indicated, her Warhawks are made of stern stuff as the weather didn't prevent them from taking second place in the Whitnall Invite on Friday.

"We didn't escape the rain, as it poured just before the beginning of the JV race," Pietrowiak said, "but the Germantown girls aren't made of sugar, so they didn't melt. We burned up previous best and season best times (in that race) on our way to a first place, 20-point finish."

Aliena Matuszczak and Tooly Dhariwala went one-two, respectively, for the JV as a total of 15 of their competitors had either personal or seasonal bests.

The varsity backed that up as all eight of its runners turned in season or personal best times as the Warhawks lost only to host Whitnall. The Falcons scored 41 points as Germantown had 59 and New Berlin Eisenhower 66.

Senior Jennifer Ellis led the way with a fifth-place showing on the 4,000-meter Hales Corners' Park course (16:48) while freshman Brianna Klopfer was eighth (16:49) and fellow frosh Calli Lemke was ninth (16:50). Other scoring runners included senior Kimmie Karin in 18th (17:28) and sophomore Paige Kutzora in 19th (17:29).

Also competing were seniors Hannah Knapp in 21st (17:35) and Andrea Brown in 22nd (17:38).

"The varsity kids were not about to be outdone (by the junior varsity)," Pietrowiak said.

All in all, 33 athletes ran this meet, 16 had personal best times and 15 had season best performances.

Germantown will be at the Waukesha South Invitational on Saturday at Minooka Park.

Menomonee Falls girls cross country

Megan Paule finished fourth individually with a season best as the Indians took a strong fourth as a team in their own Matt Hadler Memorial Invitational held at Rotary Park on Saturday.

Paule finished with a season best 15:30 on the 4,000-meter course as Falls finished with 101 points in the 10-school field.

Waukesha West won the meet with a score of 55 points followed by Grafton (65) and Appleton West (82). Other top finishers for Falls included sophomore Hannah Nelson in 12th (16:08), freshmen Tessa Estock in 15th (16:11), sophomore Juliette Schefelker in 34th (17:12) and senior Jamie Ertl in 36th (17:19).

Also running were seniors Cassie Visintainer in 45th (17:37) and Erin Birschbach in 56th (18:07).

Sophomore April Gilbert knocked off four minutes from her previous race in Oconomowoc to finish with a time of 18:07 while in the junior varsity race, junior Amber Dwyer was 26th (18:47).

Coach Paul Schramka said that Schefelker raced phenomenally well.

"Each week she's gaining confidence and with this effort it is going to make a great difference in the up-and-coming meets," he said.

Falls will be at the Angel Invite on Saturday at UW-Parkside.

Germantown boys cross country

The times got better and the Warhawks put six runners under 18 minutes on the fast 5,000-meter course, but all that got the team was a ninth-place showing in the talent-laden, 15-school Arrowhead Invitational.

The Warhawks scored 225 points for their spot, as the host Arrowhead squad walked away with the title with 69 points as Shorewood was second with 113.

Riley Shelton led the way for Germantown with a 30th place showing in 17:01 as Josj Biesel was 37th (17:08) and Sam Marchewka was 39th (17:11). Other scoring runners included Trevor Becker in 49th (17:22) and Nick Foti in 70th (17:49).

Also running for the Warhawks were Cory Rhind in 73rd (17:56) and Dan Horanoff in 82nd (18:07).

Germantown will be at the Waukesha South Invitational on Saturday.

Menomonee Falls boys cross country

The Indians continued to show improvement as sophomore Jake McMahon won the junior varsity race and the varsity took sixth of 10 in their own Matt Hadler Memorial Invitational on Saturday at Rotary Park.

Falls combined for a 169-point total Waukesha South, behind individual champion Brad Woodford, won with 41.

Jacob Newman led the way for Falls, taking 12th on the 5,000-meter course in the close to 70-runner field in 17:06, while Ben Maas was 31st (17:34), and Dom Carini was 33rd (17:41).

Kaleb Becker was 40th (18:08) and Andy Shepherd was 53rd (18:51) to round out the scoring.

Also competing were Brandon Schinker in 57th (18:58) and Zach Pogozelski in 60th (19:13).

McMahon, who made a splash on the Indians track team's 3,200-relay squad last spring, beat a Waukesha South runner by four seconds with a time of 18:07 as he claimed the 169-runner junior varsity event.

Jayce Kolinski (18th), Ryan Schwalbach (20th), Max Bennett (21st), Tom Grizzle (27th) and Aric Ibarra (28th) all also finished in the top 30.

The boys will also be at the Racine St. Catherine's Invitational at UW-Parkside on Saturday.

Menomonee Falls girls golf

The Indians worked hard to finish sixth out of 11 full teams in the Beaver Dam Invitational at Olde Hickory on Saturday.

Falls turned in a four-person, 18-hole score of 420 as Stoughton won with a 354.

The Indians were led by Morgan Scrobel who turned in an even 100 (51-49) on the day while Courtney Rodriguez came in with a 101 (50-51), Jessica Gruber carded a 102 (45-57), and Morgan Richards and Hailey Barbee contributed 117 and 126 marks, respectively.

The Indians remain solidly in fourth in the Greater Metro Conference standings after turning in a season best third-place finish in the latest nine-hole mini-meet at Bristlecone Pines last week. Falls carded a 188 as Scrobel, Gruber and Rodriguez all came in with scores 45.

Brookfield Central remained perfect in league play with a 167 mark.

Falls will be at the Appleton West Invitational at Winagamie on Sept. 15.

Germantown girls tennis

The Warhawks split a pair of North Shore duals last week, falling to Cedarburg 7-0, and beating Milwaukee Lutheran (no exact score available).

Among the winners for Germantown against Lutheran were singles players Kendra Christensen and Chili Monroe and the doubles teams of Leah Beck and Kayla Heitpas, Emma Brandenburg and Taylor Sacket and Kayla Nieman and Jess Vogt.

Monroe had to work hard for her 7-5, 6-4 victory at fourth singles.

Against Cedarburg, Sacket and Brandenburg lost a tough 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 decision at second doubles.

The Warhawks host Nicolet in a North Shore dual at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and then host their own eight-team invite at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with Kenosha Bradford, Oak Creek, Watertown, Waukesha West, Wauwatosa West, West Bend West and Pius XI involved.

- Steven L. Tietz

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