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Sports Wrapups: Aug. 31

Central football seeks season's first win

Aug. 31, 2010

West Allis Central football

The Bulldogs will try again for their first victory when they take on Racine Horlick at Racine Case High School at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Rebels lost their opener to Sussex Hamilton, 42-7, on Friday. Andrew Murriel provided the only offense with a 48-yard scoring run and finished with 57 yards on the ground.

"They have a new system, a wing-T, this year," Central coach Dax Rodriguez said. "They are super fast. They will pose a new set of challenges for us, but it should be a good matchup."

Central fell to Catholic Memorial, 41-7, in its season debut Friday. The Crusaders, who are the top-rated team in Division 3, jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Central cornerback Brian Hoppe picked off a lateral pitch and returned it 50 yards for a score. Lucas Gritzmacher's kick made it 10-7 after one quarter.

From there, though, the Crusaders shut down the Bulldogs and tallied 24 second-period points to take command at 34-7.

"They played amazing defense, and we missed some opportunities," Rodriguez said. "We have to clean up our own play, but the good news is that they were all correctible things."

Linebacker Eric Vis collected eight tackles and lineman Jon Green a pair of sacks for Central.

Whitnall cross country

Dana Steffen and Mary Erickson's 1-2 finishes were not enough to push Whitnall into first place but they did provide plenty of excitement for the Falcons in their season-opening meet at Kern Park in Milwaukee on Aug. 26.

Steffen won the race in 15 minutes, 45 seconds, 10 seconds better than teammate and runner-up Erickson's 15:55. That tandem led Whitnall to finish second of six teams, behind only Muskego, which received three top-six runs.

Also for Whitnall, Lea Windt ran 12th (16:58) and Katherine Crivello 16th (17:08).

The Whitnall boys did not place in the top 10 but still managed to place third of six teams at the same meet.

Rob Emmett ran 13th (17:44), Alex Richardson 15th (17:51), Jack Kasprzak 17th (18:05) and Eric Windt 20th (18:25) to lead a pack of Falcons that featured seven runners in the top 28.

Greenfield cross country

The Hustlin' Hawk boys were an impressive sixth of 16 teams at the season-opening Charger Classic at Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Aug. 26.

The Greenfield girls were 12th.

"Not bad considering last year we were last in both races," Greenfield coach Ernie Rosenthal said.

The boys were led by Cody Hagfor, who was 30th in 19:11; Jamie Bernam paced the girls in 18:26, good for 32nd.

West Allis girls swimming

Wave coach Brian Temke is hoping his team can have a breakthrough season in 2010.

"We are still working on our goal of getting the team's first Greater Metro Conference dual-meet win," Temke said. "We have been close a couple times but haven't yet been able to finish out a win. We will also be looking to move back out of last place in the conference championship standings."

The Wave will be led by senior Kayla Martin, the GMC champion in the 100 backstroke last season. Martin missed qualifying for the WIAA state meet by 0.01 in the 100 butterfly and hopes to take that extra step this year.

Other key contributors should include seniors Rachel Schumitsch, Emily Woodard and Lauren Riegert and juniors Olivia Harders, Heather Garland and Molly Sykes.

West Allis opened its season with a 103-82 loss to Waukesha West on Aug. 26. Martin won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds and the 100 fly with 1:01.18 for the Wave's only victories. West Allis posted 10 second-place finishes.

West Allis Hale soccer

The Huskies got off to a 4-0 start this season before falling to New Berlin West, 3-1, on Friday.

Hale fell behind 3-0 before Kevin Rodriguez scored off an assist by Travis Brunner. Rodriguez became the third freshman to score for Hale this season, following Bobby Saskowski and Josh Burke.

The Huskies started the week with a 5-1 triumph over West Allis Central on Aug. 24 behind two goals from Ty Taalbi and one each by Brunner, Jade Kruczkowski and Alex Kaul. Hale outshot Central 15-4 and goaltender Austin Ganzke had two saves.

Hale also downed Lake Country Lutheran, 6-1, on Aug. 25. Taalbi scored twice and Brunner, Kaul, Steve Milani and Ulices Munoz once each.

"It's been quite some time since Hale had a record like 4-1," Hale coach Martin Lataille said.

Greenfield soccer

Injuries have forced Greenfield to start at least six freshmen and sometimes as many as eight in early games this season. As a result, the Hustlin' Hawks have gotten off to a rough start.

After posting a 2-1 win against Racine Park at the Racine Case Invitational on Aug. 17, Greenfield has lost five consecutive matches, including a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of South Milwaukee on Monday.

"Four players, three of which are seniors, will be joining the team in games for the first time this year," Greenfield coach Steve Larson said Saturday at the Delavan-Darien Quad. "We will start to get some things figured out now that these players are returning and I look to be a competitive team by midseason."

Freshmen Zack Szalacinski and Lazar Petrovic scored in the win against Park. Also in the tournament Greenfield lost Case, 3-0, and Elkhorn, 6-1, in the third-place match despite another goal by Petrovic.

After a 2-0 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran on Aug. 24, Greenfield fell to visiting Franklin, 6-1, on Aug. 25, as freshman Kyle Holmes notched his first varsity goal.

West Allis Hale girls cross country

The Huskies finished 11th of 18 teams at the West Bend Invitational on Saturday.

Sophomore Elizabeth Elliott placed 12th in her age group and received a medal. Other top runners for Hale, according to coach Terry Labinski, were junior Virginia Wightman, sophomore Alyssa Drajkowski, senior Kayla Pasko and senior Erin Vollmer.

West Allis Central girls volleyball

The Bulldogs enter 2010 with a new head coach and a new attitude.

"Our mind-set has changed, we now have swagger," said coach Tom Breitlow, who takes over the girls head job after working in the boys program the past four years. "It's going to be a pleasure watching this group grow and reach its potential. This is a smart and athletic group of girls with a passion for volleyball and for turning around this program."

The defense is led by juniors April Wildes and Halie Weigel, while the offense is paced by two outside hitters, senior Brittany Niebuhr and junior Mehryn Kraker, both team captains. The setter is Jenny Wildes and the middle blockers are junior Claire Hankins and freshman Angela Reyes.

Central started by taking fifth in its tournament Saturday, beating Madison East, 21-14, 19-21, 19-17, and Milwaukee Hamilton, 21-19, 21-13, to advance to the championship bracket. The Bulldogs then lost, 21-14, 12-21, 17-15, to Plymouth.

"There is reason to be optimistic for this season," Breitlow said. "The players are pumped and excited to see what they can do."

Whitnall soccer

After a rough opening week during which the Falcons lost four of five matches, they opened the Woodland Conference season Monday with a great effort against one of the top teams in the league.

Unfortunately for Whitnall, the result was the same.

Visiting Wauwatosa West's Nico Zabala was on the receiving end of a long counter following a Whitnall miscue and drove home the game-winning goal with just three minutes remaining to lead his team to a 3-2 win.

Whitnall took an early lead on Dushan Marinkovic's assist to Bryan Nagy in the eighth minute and later tied the score at 2-2 on Nagy's second goal, this time with an assist from Peter Miskov, before Zabala's heroics.

The Falcons opened the season with a 6-0 loss at Oconomowoc on Aug. 24, followed by a 2-1 loss at Waukesha South two days later. At the Cudahy Invitational on Saturday, Whitnall defeated the host school, 3-1, but fell to Oak Creek, 2-1, and Milwaukee Ronald Reagan, 3-1.

West Allis Central girls cross country

Senior Katie Larson, junior Abby Pranghofer and freshman Alex Jonas all claimed medals in their races at the Kenosha Tremper Invitational on Saturday at Lincoln Park.

Larson took fifth in the seniors race in 16:38, while Pranghofer was 10th among juniors in 17:02 and Jonas fifth in the freshman event at 17:37.

Central has experience at the top of its lineup, as Pranghofer was last season's top runner and a WIAA state qualifier and Larson was the team's third runner in 2009.

The Greater Metro Conference is loaded this season, and coach Mark Klobukowski said Brookfield East and Brookfield Central should lead the way. The Bulldogs will look to move up from seventh place last season.

West Allis tennis

Singles players Alyssa Owens and Lindsey Klingman won their matches in a dual meet against Pius XI on Aug. 24, but West Allis still fell, 5-2.

Owens prevailed in the second spot, 6-3, 6-2, and Klingman rallied for a 1-6, 6-1 (10-5) decision in the fourth spot.

The first doubles team of Amy Bell and Lindsey Dickhut dropped a 7-5, 5-7, (10-8) match and the second unit of Ashley Palesse and Marissa Rechlicz lost a tough 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) decision.

West Allis Central soccer

Carlos Esparza tallied all three goals as the Bulldogs tied Cudahy, 3-3, on Friday.

The Bulldogs dropped their intra-city game to West Allis Hale, 5-1, Aug. 24, and fell to Milwaukee Ronald Reagan, 7-2, Aug. 26.

Mike Manlick scored the goal against Hale, while goaltenders Keegan Dentici and Aaron Gaglione each made five saves.

Julian Gutierrez and Nigel Johnson scored against Reagan.

West Allis Hale girls volleyball

A veteran team gives coach Angie Hardwick reason for optimism this season.

Starters returning are senior middle blocker Erika Marisch, and outside hitter Erin Barbeau, setter Sarah Fabina, middle blocker Hannah King and defensive specialists Angie and Kelli Lopez, all juniors.

Also back are senior hitter Brenna Tomczak, senior outside hitter Krista Radtke and junior outside hitter Rachel Voller, who returns after missing last season due to knee surgery.

The Huskies went 1-2 in their opening quadrangular on Aug. 25, beating Sussex Hamilton, 25-19, 25-10.

They finished 3-4 in the St. Thomas More Joust on Friday and Saturday, taking 18th place of 24 teams.

Whitnall volleyball

The Falcon girls placed second of five teams at the Martin Luther Invite on Saturday. In the deciding match against the host school, Whitnall lost, 15-25, 25-18, 16-17.

Whitnall opened the season with a 25-6, 25-18, 25-19 win over visiting Milwaukee King on Aug. 26.

The Falcons are led by four-year varsity starter and captain Mary Neuendorf, a middle hitter who has a full athletic scholarship to St. Cloud State University in Minnesota; three-year starting seniors Brittany Brezgel and Kelly Ertl, a pair of captains; and three players who started as sophomores a year ago.

Whitnall tennis

After taking second at the St. Francis Quad on Aug. 25, Whitnall's first doubles team of Kristin Kowaleski and Sami Zacker picked up one of the Falcons' two victories in a 5-2 home loss to Union Grove on Aug. 25.

Kowaleski and Zacker defeated Meghan Lee and Meghan Tomoe, 6-0, 6-4.

At the quad, Whitnall was third of four teams behind Waterford and Oak Creek.

- David Cotey and John Rech

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