Germantown boys golf
Warhawks golfer Jakob Garstecki advanced to the WIAA State Tournament with a second-place individual finish in the WIAA sectional at Washington County on May 29.
Garstecki, who finished seventh in the state tournament last season, advanced to the 36-hole tournament that was played at University Ridge in Verona, Monday and Tuesday.
In the sectional, Garstecki carded an 18-hole score of 73, one stroke behind competitor Jordan Niebrugge of Homestead (72). Garstecki had very even nines of 36-37 with only one six on his card and five threes.
Garstecki's teammate Phillip Johnson, who had also qualified for state in 2011, was two shots out of advancing again this season when he carded an 80, which was good for a tie for ninth. Homestead's Matt Mitman earned the final individual qualifying spot with a 78.
Marquette and Menomonee Falls earned the state team berths out of the sectional.
Menomonee Falls girls track
Mikayla Robertson earned her third straight state medal in the triple jump, when she took third with a personal best of 37-6 3/4 in the event held Friday in the WIAA championships held in La Crosse.
Unfortunately for Robertson, the triple jump coincided with her other event, the heats of the 400. She had been one of the top seeds in the event, but didn't quite have the legs for it after several triple jump attempts, falling just short of the finals with an 11th-place showing 59.5 seconds. The top 10 make it to the Saturday finals.
In the triple jump, Robertson hit her best jump in the preliminaries as Menomonie's Stefani Friedenfels (38-6 1/4 ) won the event.
It promises to be a very competitive event next year as all six place-winners were underclassmen.
'I'm still proud of myself,' Robertson said. 'I wanted to make it back up to the podium, and I did it with a personal best.'
Robertson's six points that she earned, gave Falls a tie for 41st in the Division 1 field as Milwaukee Riverside won with 37.
Senior Alex Poole didn't have the best meet to go out on, taking 22nd in the high jump at 4-10 and 21st in the long jump (15-2). She said she was well behind the board on the long jump on a couple of good tries. Junior teammate Aerial Holt was 17th in the event at 16- 1/4 .
The meet concluded a highly successful season for the Indians, which won several meet titles including the Greater Metro Conference Relays and their own Falls Invitational.
Germantown girls soccer
The Warhawks excellent season came to a tough conclusion with a 2-1 WIAA overtime regional final defeat at the hands of North Shore rival Whitefish Bay on Saturday.
Bay's Leah Rothstein hit a shot from about 30 yards out at the 86:30 mark, which was just outside the reach of Warhawks goalie Lauren Meyer. Germantown coach Paul Sikinger said Meyer made 'at least five critical saves that were able to keep us in the game.'
Sikinger said the team was a bit listless against the wind in the first half when Germantown fell behind 1-0. In the second half, an official's mistaking a camera flash for lightning resulted in a 30-minute delay. After that, the Warhawks had some spark, Sikinger said.
'Then it started to rain,' he said. 'Our intensity picked up a little, and we were able to find Jamie Karch on a breakaway that she buried to tie the score. The last 10-15 minutes of regulation, we had them on their heels a little bit.'
Germantown had a great opportunity to win in regulation as Paige Blankenheim served up a free kick from the corner that found Kayla Schlosser's head, but the shot ricocheted off the post and Bay was able to clear it.
Bay (15-3-2) advances to a sectional semifinal at top-ranked Cedarburg on Thursday while Germantown's season closes at 15-5-1. Jenny Teeters was the team's only senior.
Germantown girls track
The successful Warhawks season came to a quiet end when they failed to score a point in last weekend's WIAA State Meet in La Crosse.
In the 100 meters, sophomore Jayne Bertieri missed out on making the finals by just 0.02 of a second with a 12.63 second trials time, good for 11th.
She also joined with fellow underclassmen Sammie Gassner, Bethany Laubenheimer and Sydney Langmann, to take 14th in the trials of the 400 relay (50.82).
Bertieri wasn't the only one to suffer a near miss on the finals for the Warhawks, as junior 300 hurdler Jennifer Ellis came up 0.16 short of the finals, also taking 11th in 46.26.
Also taking part at state, senior Caitlin Dillon ended her fine career in La Crosse, taking 21st of 24 in the 800 with a clocking of 2:25.08. In the shot put, junior Katelyn Turner was 17th of 24 with a distance of 35-5 1/4 while senior Melissa Asmondy failed to record a distance in the discus.
The meet ended a fine season for the Warhawks, as despite numerous injuries, they still managed to win the North Shore Conference Relays.
Menomonee Falls boys track
Matt Christensen ended his fine career at the state meet in La Crosse, taking 16th of 24 with a 50.82 clocking in the 400, the same event he advanced to state in last season.
Christensen, whose name will still be in the state meet program next season as part of the Indians' 2010 state record 800 relay, was the team's only representative at the annual conclave of the Wisconsin's best.
It was still a solid rebuilding year for the Indians. Other key seniors included Bryce Bradford and Dan Hyde.
Germantown boys tennis
Despite a lack of state qualifiers, it was one of the most successful seasons in Warhawks boys tennis history, according to coach Jeff Stodola.
'It was a really fun and memorable April and May, and the boys always stayed focused on the goals we had,' he said. 'It was a privilege coaching them, and their hard work in the off season paid off with several individual and team records set this season. The support received from my family, the coaching staff (Jack Osieczanek and Greg Wait), coaches within the conference, parents and community was a blessing and very appreciated.
'At one point during subsectionals, the whole team was in position to move on to sectionals which was great to see. … Advancing three singles players and a doubles team to this round (sectionals) was a great victory for the program, but there is a lot of work to do in the off season related to weight training, strategy and technique to compete at the sectional level if we are going to play in June next season.'
The only senior in the final regular season top 10 was senior first doubles player Tyler Cox. Top records included 22-4 for freshman Eric Stodola at third singles and 20-6 for freshman Brett Conrad at fourth singles while the second doubles team of juniors Matt Klaver and Mike Weber posted a 15-8 mark. Coach Stodola is expecting some more talented freshmen next season.
- Steven L. Tietz