Whitnall cross country
The Falcons played the role of ungracious host quite well as the boys and girls swept their own Whitnall Invite at Hales Corners Park on Friday.
The girls placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 13 with Dana Steffen's third-place time of 15 minutes, 22 seconds leading the way. Mary Erickson ran fourth in 15:48, Leah Windt eighth in 16:16, Katherine Crivello 12th in 16:50 and Jennifer Bahling 13th in 16:51 as Whitnall won the seven-team meet with 40 points.
"From the best that I can tell, the girls won their home invite for the first time in at least seven years," Whitnall girls coach Mike Thompson said. "Last week, the ladies got state and area recognition by being ranked in both. They wanted to prove it wasn't a fluke. There were many personal bests run on the day, but most notable were the two freshmen girls (Bahling and Alyssa Woo, who was 14th in 16:59) running varsity."
Eric Windt paced the boys, who tallied 46 points. The senior finished in 17:16, two seconds ahead of Mitch Olson, who placed sixth.
Rob Emmett in ninth (17:35), Alex Richardson in 10th (17:36) and Jack Kasprzak in 16th (17:57) rounded out the Falcons' top five.
Mistakes continued to plague the Bulldogs in a 28-6 loss to Marquette on Friday at the West Allis Athletic Complex.
"We left a lot of points on the field," said Central coach Dax Rodriguez after his team fell to 0-3 on the season. "We must have had 100 yards in penalties, and we had a turnover inside the 20. We dropped a touchdown pass, and we missed some wide-open receivers. We also have had 14 turnovers in three games, and you are not going to win that way."
The Bulldogs will try again at 7 p.m. Friday, when they take on West Allis Hale (2-1) at the athletic complex.
Central's lone touchdown against Marquette came on a 25-yard pass from Jeff Hankins to Nick Starich, who finished with three receptions for 49 yards. Marquette quarterback John Kopriva accounted for three touchdowns himself, two running and one throwing.
Central quarterbacks Hankins and Brandon Danowski combined to complete 13 of 24 passes for a total of 169 yards.
"We made some big plays, but we were still wildly inconsistent at the quarterback spot," Rodriguez said.
Greenfield girls volleyball
The Hawks bumped the conference season off to a solid start with consecutive victories Sept. 7 and 9.
Greenfield swept host Greendale, 25-20, 25-19, 25-16, two days after beating visiting Whitnall, 26-28, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19.
The Hawks also won the silver bracket championship of the Lancer Invite at Brookfield Central on Saturday by posting a 25-19, 25-13 victory over league rival Wauwatosa West in the finals.
It was all in the family for the Huskies in a 2-1 victory over Brown Deer on Friday night.
The goals were scored by cousins Kevin Rodriguez (assisted by Ty Taalbi) and Ulices Munoz (assisted by Jade Kruzcowski). It was also the third goal of the season for Rodriguez, a freshman.
Hale lost to top-rated Brookfield Central, 5-0, Sept. 8, being outshot 26-1.
"We just wanted to play smart and make the game last," Hale coach Martin Lataille said. "They (the Lancers) just broke us down five times. They also played their best 11 for the whole game, and we continued to play strongly."
The Huskies improved to 7-5 and will take on state-ranked Neenah on Friday in the first round of the Cedarburg Invitational.
West Allis swimming
The 850 freestyle team of Molly Sykes, Lauren Riegert, Olivia Harders and Kayla Martin won the South Milwaukee Rocket Relays on Saturday with a time of 9:26.1.
The Wave also posted second-place rankings in diving with Ashley Elder (122.86 points), the 300 free with Samantha Young, Harders, Rachel Schumitsch and Martin (2:56.13), and the 500 breaststroke with Brittany Ross, Emily Woodard, Young and Schumitsch (7:15.29).
With 228 points, West Allis finished second in the nine-team event. Franklin won with 254.
West Allis also dropped a 124-61 dual meet to powerful Brookfield Central on Sept. 9 despite firsts from Martin in the 500 free (5:23.33), the 200 medley team of Martin, Young, Schumitsch and Harders (2:04.39) and the 200 free corps of Garland, Harders, Young and Martin (1:53.83).
The Falcons opened the Woodland Conference season with a back-and-forth battle at New Berlin Eisenhower on Sept. 8. Whitnall prevailed in a 98-87 victory.
Whitnall won seven of 12 events with Sarah Arteaga, Samantha Wesel, Rachel Stave and Emma Smith leading the way.
"The meet was really close from beginning to end, and neither team had an overwhelming advantage," Whitnall's George Guddie said. "I knew this was going to be a close meet because of (Eisenhower's) Allie Bellford and Steffi Durley. They both are top-notch swimmers."
Smith was a winner in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyles. Wesel won the 100 backstroke and Arteaga the 100 breaststroke, and those two teamed with Laura Sullivan and Danika Johnson to win the 200 medley relay.
Stave was the top diver, and the Falcons also got a win from the 200 free relay team of Lauren Zurowski, Rebecca Wigington, Maddie Vokovitch and Sullivan.
The Falcons split their first two Woodland matches of the season, losing in four games to host Greenfield on Sept. 7 before sweeping visiting South Milwaukee in three games just two nights later.
Against Greenfield, Whitnall won the first game before self-destructing. Coach Todd Smith said his team surrendered 60 combined points due to serving, hitting or passing errors.
"We have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot once in a while," Smith said. "We have to shore up our fundamentals in game situations if we are going to compete in this strong conference."
St. Cloud University recruit Mary Neuendorf led with 19 kills and five blocks. Erika Eykmans and Katilin Wood combined for 16 kills.
Hale boys volleyball
The Huskies earned their first dual victory of the season Saturday at the Racine Park Invitational with two triumphs over Waukesha North.
"That was a step in the right direction," said Hale coach Brad Weitzer, whose team fell to 2009 WIAA Division 1 runner-up Nicolet and to Franklin in other action.
First singles player Katie Schahczniski earned a pair of victories as her team split league duals with New Berlin Eisenhower and Whitnall.
In a 5-2 road win over Whitnall on Sept. 9, Schahczniski knocked off Whitnall's Sarah Houle, 6-1, 6-6. Two days earlier in a 6-1 loss against visiting New Berlin Eisenhower, Schahczniski was a 6-1, 6-3 victor over Lauren Slonac.
Despite a goal by Santino Sobelman in the 52nd minute, the Hawks lost, 2-1, to visiting Brown Deer on Sept. 8. They dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-2 in the Woodland Conference, as of Monday.
After dropping to 0-3 in the Woodland Conference with a 6-0 home loss to Pewaukee on Sept. 8, the Falcons earned a 1-0 nonconference victory at West Allis Central on Friday when Quinn Dombrowski snapped a scoreless tie with a goal in the second half.
Whitnall began the week of Sept. 12 at 3-7 overall.
Greenfield cross country
Jamie Bernam ran 16th in 16:59 to pace the Greenfield girls at the Whitnall Invitational on Friday. Cody Hagfors placed 19th in 18:10 to lead the boys.
The Hawks posted two top-three times at Saturday's South Milwaukee Rocket Relays.
The 300 fly unit of Sienna Bast, Elisa Perez, Phoebe Muszynski and Esmeralda Perez was runner-up in 3:17.01, placing behind New Berlin Eisenhower's 3:15.45.
The 850 free team of Bast, the Perezes and Kristina Nguyen swam third in 4:09.75.
"The girls did a great job, and the times are steadily coming down," said Greenfield coach Timothy Locke.
West Allis tennis
Coach Jesse Chen moved his lineup around a bit, but his team still prevailed, 4-3, over St. Francis in a nonconference dual Sept. 8.
Branka Lugonja moved up to first singles and won, 6-1, 6-4, while Lindsey Klingman went to second singles and prevailed, 6-3, 6-4. Ashley Palesse won at third singles, 2-6, 7-5, (10-3), and the third doubles team of Katarina Jevtic and Jovana Vujasinovic posted a 6-1, 6-4 triumph.
West Allis lost to Brookfield Central, 6-1, in a Greater Metro Conference dual Sept. 9, with Alyssa Owens providing the sole victory at second singles, 6-1, 7-5.
The Bulldogs lost, 1-0, to Whitnall on Friday on what coach Ed Hahn deemed a fluke goal at the 73-minute mark.
"Our goalie (Aaron Gaglione) went down to his knees, but the ground was hard and the ball took a crazy bounce above his head," Hahn said.
The Bulldogs also lost to Brookfield East, 7-0, on Sept. 8.
Hale girls volleyball
The Huskies fell, 25-12, 25-13, 25-14, to Menomonee Falls in a Greater Metro Conference dual Sept. 8.
Erin Barbeau collected seven kills, Sarah Fabina 13 assists and Angie Lopez four digs for Hale, which slipped to 1-1 in GMC duals.
Hale also placed third of six teams at its own Mary Blandino Invitational on Saturday.
Central boys volleyball
The Bulldogs dropped a 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 nonconference decision to Germantown on Sept. 8.
Jordan Jens totaled five kills, Chris Schwartz eight assists, Dane Travers six digs and Austin Westrich two blocks for Central.
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