Central cross country
Senior Alex Gonzales earned a top 10 finish in the rugged Greater Metro Conference meet Saturday at Washington Park.
Gonzales, the Bulldogs' leader all season, came in sixth in 16 minutes, 51 seconds. He was one of only two non-Marquette runners in the top seven in the meet.
Tyler Miletti was next for Central in 24th with 17:41, followed by Anthony Rueda in 30th (17:51).
The Bulldogs tallied 168 points for seventh in the event, which was won by Marquette with 19 points.
The Central girls took seventh place as well, with 188 points, led by Alex Jonas in 26th (17:08) and Katie Larson in 27th (17:09).
Hale cross country
The Huskies fit into the middle of what coach Ron Kurtz called the toughest cross country conference in Wisconsin.
They finished fifth in the GMC meet Saturday at Washington Park with 144 points. The meet featured four state-ranked teams: first-place Marquette, second-place Brookfield Central, third-place Wauwatosa East and fourth-place Brookfield East.
"We were only 12 points behind Brookfield East and 26 behind Tosa East," said Kurtz, whose team improved to 72-32 on the season. "Nagging injuries and the continued loss of our second runner, Sawyer Wickersham, were too much to overcome."
Jacob Ebben ran 18th in 17:25 to earn third-team all-GMC honors. Alex Murray was 26th (17:45) and Robert Effinger 27th (17:46).
Elizabeth Elliott led the Hale girls with 19th place (16:42) and earned third-team all-conference.
The Huskies were sixth with 180 points.
The Falcons remained unbeaten in Woodland Conference duals with a 102-67 win over host Greendale on Oct. 13.
Whitnall's 200-yard medley relay unit of Lauren Zurowski, Maddie Vokovitch, Leah Jenk and Lauren Engel kicked things off with a victory.
Also victorious were Sarah Arteaga in the 200 individual medley, Samantha Wesel in the 100 butterfly, Emma Smith in the 500 freestyle, Laura Sullivan in the 100 breaststroke and, in relays, Zurowski, Sullivan, Danika Johnson and Arteaga in the 200 free and Rebecca Wigington, Vokovitch, Johnson and Smith in the 400 free.
The Falcons also won the James Garcia Invite at Milwaukee Hamilton the next night.
"The girls looked awesome swimming some great races," Whitnall coach George Guddie said. "The starts, turns and walls look fantastic on all the races, and everything is starting to fall into place."
Winners were Johnson in the 50 and 100 frees, Wesel in the 200 free, Smith in the 500 free, Sullivan in the 100 breast and, in all three relays: Arteaga, Sullivan, Wesel, Johnson in the 200 medley; Zurowski, Vokovitch, Arteaga and Sullivan in the 200 free; and Zurowski, Wesel, Smith and Johnson in the 400 free.
Senior Katie Schahczinski's state run - the first for the school in eight years - ended abruptly Oct. 14.
Schahczinski lost to Burlington junior Stephanie Londre, 6-1, 6-1, in an opening-round match at the WIAA State Tennis Tournament at Nielsen Stadium in Madison.
Schahczinski, Greenfield's first state representative since a doubles team qualified in 2002, finished her season with a 23-6 record and 65-13 in her career.
Whitnall girls volleyball
The Falcons were bounced out of the Woodland Conference tournament after taking second in pool play at New Berlin Eisenhower on Oct. 14.
Whitnall defeated South Milwaukee, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17, but lost to the host school, 25-13, 25-16.
Eisenhower won the pool by going undefeated and advanced to the four-team conference finals Saturday.
Up next for Whitnall is a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. today at Greendale. The eighth-seeded Panthers beat the ninth-seeded Falcons in four games earlier this season. The winner advances to a regional final at Muskego at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Despite a strong offensive outburst, the Bulldogs lost to Brookfield Central, 38-20, in a GMC game Friday.
Quarterback Brandon Danowski went 10-for-27 in passing for 133 yards and three touchdowns, with scoring throws of 55 and 3 yards to Nick Starich and 16 yards to Brian Hoppe. Starich finished with four catches for 80 yards and Hoppe one for 16. Marquise Hinton added two receptions for 27 yards.
Running back Jon Green collected 109 yards in just nine carries (12.1 average) and Hinton chipped in with 53 yards on the ground.
"The one thing we have is pride," coach Dax Rodriguez said after his team fell to 0-6 in the GMC and 0-8 overall. "We thought we had a good game plan in, and it was for big plays. They (the Lancers) have more athletes at skill positions than we have right now. We never quit. We're playing a lot of guys who have never played varsity football before, and it's a learning experience."
The Bulldogs turned in a fine effort in losing a tough 2-0 match to second-seed Brookfield Central in regional play Oct. 12.
The Lancers tallied two goals in the first 12 minutes, then kept the Bulldogs at bay the rest of the way.
"We had a lot of trouble creating opportunities," coach Ed Hahn said. "They stifled us, and we only had about two shots on goal."
Hahn awarded an "A+" to his defense, led by sweeper Juan Olmedo, Peter Weissmann, Eddie Fregoso, Tom Hanley and goaltender Aaron Gaglione. Overall, he said it was a solid effort, considering the team was without Juan Romo and Uriel Diaz.
With the late addition of Olmedo and Cesar Castillo, the Bulldogs won four games down the stretch this season to finish 5-15-1.
An inability to take advantage of some early chances cost the Huskies in their Division 1 regional match against Germantown on Oct. 12.
"We had three good opportunities in the first five minutes," Hale coach Martin Lataille said. "A free kick by Alex Kaul hit the wall (of defenders) and Travis Brunner put one just over the top and hit the post."
The North Shore Conference champion Warhawks then scored in the 10th minute, took a 2-0 halftime lead and tallied two more goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Ty Taalbi put in Hale's goal on a penalty kick.
The Huskies wound up 9-13, a big improvement for a program that won just two games in 2008.
"We are making progress," Lataille said. "We just have to learn how to stay competitive with the top teams."
Hale loses seniors Austin Ganzke, Dylan Torpy, Ulices Munoz, Nick Jablonski, Miles Patzer, Zach Zelton, Taalbi and Brunner.
The Huskies fell out of the playoff picture with a 30-7 loss to Brookfield East in a GMC game Friday.
The loss, their fourth straight, dropped them to 2-4 in the GMC and 3-5 overall.
Running back Justin Przeracki was a bright spot against East, collecting 95 yards and scoring the lone touchdown on a 2-yard burst in the first quarter. Zach Smith added 65 yards rushing.
Quarterback Steve Kopet completed three of 10 passes, with Joey Nowak catching two of those.
John Brick totaled eight tackles, while Tony Machowski tallied four tackles.
Hale girls volleyball
A split was frustrating for the Huskies last week.
They topped Brookfield East, 25-17, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22, in a GMC match Oct. 12.
Sarah Fabina had 33 assists, Erin Barbeau 13 kills and 21 digs, Rachel Voller three aces and Hannah King three blocks for Hale, which won its third straight match.
The Huskies, however, could not duplicate that result in a rematch with East two days later in the GMC Tournament. They lost, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12.
Hale begins regional play at 7 p.m. today at home against Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts. If the third-seeded Huskies win, they would play host to either Franklin or Brookfield East at 7 p.m. Saturday in a regional final match.
Central girls volleyball
Divine Savior Holy Angels beat the Bulldogs twice last week, including in the first round of the GMC Tournament.
The Dashers won the GMC regular-season finale Oct. 12 by a 25-9, 25-17, 25-17 count, despite six assists from Jenny Wildes and nine digs by April Wildes.
"We played DS extremely tough, forcing (the Dashers) to earn all of their points," coach Tom Breitlow said. "We were led by the defensive efforts of April Wildes, who has a tendency to put her body on the line to extend plays and track down balls."
Central then met DSHA in the tournament Oct. 14 and lost again.
"We did not play as well this time around," Breitlow said. "We were outmatched at the net and unable to put up a solid block."
The Bulldogs also lost to Sussex Hamilton and Wauwatosa East in consolation play Saturday.
Central opens regional action today at Racine Horlick. A win would put the Bulldogs in a regional final at Brookfield Central on Saturday.
Greenfield cross country
Cody Hagfors and Dan Pitroski helped the Hawks claim sixth at Woodland Conference Meet in Pewaukee on Friday.
Hagfors placed 26th in 17:51 and Pitroski was 30th in 17:57 as Greenfield edged seventh-place Greendale by 12 points.
The Greenfield girls did not fare as well as the boys and took 10th behind Jamie Bernam's 24th-place run of 16:25.
Central boys volleyball
The Bulldogs fell to Wauwatosa East, 25-3, 25-5, 25-14, in a GMC dual Oct. 13.
They were missing some key players due to injuries, coach Peter Romoren said.
They also fell to Germantown, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20, Oct. 11, even though Jacob Reuter had eight kills, Zach Richardson 13 assists and Dane Travers 11 digs.
Greenfield boys volleyball
The Hawks' conference losing streak was extended to three matches as of Monday with sweeps at the hands of host Shorewood on Oct. 11 and visiting Wauwatosa West on Oct. 13.
In a 25-19, 25-6, 25-19 loss to Shorewood, Evan Greco had seven kills and Patrick Stemo contributed 15 assists.
In a more competitive loss to Wauwatosa West - a 25-17, 25-18, 25-7 defeat - Austin Jacobsen managed 10 kills and four blocks and Stemo tallied 17 assists.
Visiting Milwaukee Ronald Reagan received a pair of goals from Cheenuj Shong and two assists from Juan Balderes in a 4-1 win over host Greenfield (4-17-1) in a regional semifinal Oct. 12.
The 10th-seeded Hawks struck first as Tyler Braden scored on Dragan Vasijevic's assist, but seventh-seeded Ronald Reagan responded with four unanswered goals.
The 15th-seeded Falcons' difficult season came to an end with an 11-1 regional semifinal loss to second seed and host Kettle Moraine on Oct. 12.
Trey Dowling scored three goals and added an assist for Kettle Moraine. Brian Nagy scored Whitnall's lone goal as the Falcons finished 4-16-1.
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