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Sports Wrapups: March 28

March 28, 2011

West boys track

Behind five event first-place finishes, the Vikings took a close second place in their own quadrangular on March 22.

Winning were Chris Higgins in the 55 dash at 6.61 seconds, Brock Shilling in the 400 dash with 58.37, Eddie Guizar in the long jump with 18 feet 4 inches, the 4x240 relay team at 2 minutes, 8.52 seconds and the 4x400 relay unit in 3:52.68.

Taking second were Dino Poulos in the 200 (25.54), Chase Robles in the 800 (2:12.67), Teddy Byrne in the high jump (5-8), Adam Ruiz in the pole vault (13-0), the 4x160 squad (1:22.78) and the 4x800 unit (9:21.67).

Coming in third were Logan Schmidt in the 800 (2:15) and Robles in the 1,600 (4:49.66).

West tallied 60 points to finish behind Waterford (64). In their previous meet, a quadrangular on March 16, the Vikings were first with 83 points.

West girls track

Marissa Lunsford claimed the sole first place for the Vikings in their own quadrangular on March 22, winning the shot put with 28 feet 7 inches.

Claiming second were Cristina Fischer in the 200 (30.03 seconds), Brittany Kozlowski in the 1,600 (6:00.7), Rebecca Gasper in the 55 hurdles (9.57 seconds), Emelie Troedson in the high jump (4-10) and the 4x400 relay unit (4:48.29).

Taking third were Katie Wargin in the 55 hurdles (9.65) and the long jump (14-10.75) and the 4x800 team (11:42.75).

The girls finished third with 34.5 points. They had won their previous meet, another home quadrangular on March 16, with 52 points.

Eisenhower boys track

Nick Tayler captured fourth in the 55 run at 7.07 seconds for the Lions at the Pius XI Invitational on March 19.

Also coming in fourth was the 4x160 relay team with 1 minute, 25.16 seconds. Taking fifth were Clayton Hersh in the 55 high hurdles (13.48), Andrew Swiecichowski in the 3,200 (11:20.72), Sean Bruders in the 400 dash (1:02.96), Brandon Wing in the 800 (2:21.06), Dylan Petre in the 200 (26.06) and Derek Wiedmeyer in the high jump (5 feet 4 inches).

The Lions were sixth in the meet with 29.5 points.

Eisenhower also competed in the Lake Michigan Invitational at Carthage College on Saturday, scoring no points. Wiedmeyer was 17th in the high jump (5-4), while Petre took 25th in the high jump (5-2) and 28th in the 400 (55.39 seconds).

Eisenhower girls track

Holly Plazak, Therese Thompson and Catherine Michaletz all earned ninth places in the Lake Michigan Invitational at Carthage College on Saturday.

Plazak was ninth in the triple jump with 30 feet 6.25 inches, while Thompson took ninth in the 1,600 run at 5 minutes, 49.77 seconds and Michaletz ninth in the 55 hurdles at 9.82 seconds.

Michaletz was also 11th in the 400 (1:03.93), Thompson 12th in the 3,200 (12:45.08) and Hannah Kinzer 13th in the 1,600 (5:55.18). Paige Lindow took 14th in the high jump (4-8), Carley Ney 15th in the 400 (1:04.58) and Kinzer 18th in the 3,200 (13:07.27).

At the Pius XI Invitational on March 19, Michaletz won the 55 high hurdles (10.02) and Lindow the high jump (4-10). The Lions were fourth with 73.3 points.

Eisenhower boys basketball

The New Berlin Eisenhower boys had their end of the year banquet on Sunday and several players were honored.

The awards - voted on by the players - included co-MVPs this season: senior Alex McRae and freshman Reed Timmer.

Two players also shared the Lions' Pride Award, seniors Mike Rastas and Dan York, and McRae also earned the Best Defender Award. McRae, Rastas and York were all co-captains.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to Timmer, of course, the Most Improved Player was Justin Holentunder and the Best Practice Player honors went to John Crowley.

Both Timmer and Keith Kahlfeldt were first-team All-Woodland Conference Black Division and McRae earned second-team honors.

The Lions will lose seven players to graduation - McRae, Rastas, York, Holentunder, Anthony Hintz, Jordan Sirek and Mike Beeler.

Eisenhower won its sixth straight league title, finishing 13-4 in conference play and 16-7 overall. Three of the four losses came against co-champ Whitnall, who won twice during the conference season and once in the postseason.

"It was a very rewarding season," veteran coach Dave Scheidegger said. "It went smooth. The kids handled everything that was thrown at them. We had ups and downs, but the seniors were good, mature leaders and understood how things worked."

Scheidegger was pleased with the team's chemistry.

"The first time these 16 kids got together was the day I picked them," he said. "We had four different classes on the team and we never had that before. It was a fun group."

Eisenhower girls soccer

The New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team wants to go a step further than what happened in an outstanding 2010 season.

Last year Eisenhower finished 10-0-1 in Woodland Conference play, co-champions with Wauwatosa West. It was the Lions first conference championship since 2000.

They finished with a 22-3-2 record, losing in the sectional finals to Waukesha West in double overtime. They also won the championship in the Sheboygan South and IKE Invite tournaments.

Coach Jim Keller will have 13 returning letter winners, including four all-conference players - forward Rachel Menges, midfielder Andrea Ganzke, forward/midfielder Jackie Vanderkolk and Erin Ganzke, who unfortunately will be out for season with knee injury suffered during basketball season.

Other returning letter winners are midfielder Alysa Farrell, defender Anne Curtis, goalkeeper Kristy Gargulak, defenders Emily Johnson, Alex Klonis, Rachel Farrell and Alex Zubke, midfielder Stephanie Bruno and Jenny Weiland.

Keller also said to look for help from top newcomers Nicole Bauman (goalkeeper, Taylor Baldridge (midfielder), Taylor McArthur (defender), Rachel Rush (forward) and Kaitlin Lamere (forward).

"We expect to be highly competitive again this season, with eight returning starters from last year's team and a great deal of roster depth," Keller said. "Also, much of last year's positive team attitude should help to influence another successful season."

Keller is in his eighth season and has compiled a 156-44-8 record. He is assisted by Erin Frantz, who is in his seventh year. He has four sectional final appearances to go along with last year's title league title.

West girls soccer

New Berlin West girls soccer coach Ryan Otten is looking for some good things in his second season at the helm.

The Vikings, who finished second in the Woodland Conference with an 8-3 record and 12-10-1 overall record, have 11 returning letter winners from that team.

Leading the way are second-team all-conference performers senior midfielder Lauren Klotz and junior goalkeeper Emily Sehulster.

Other returnees are senior Lindsay Cummings (forward), juniors Cayla Holtz (forward), Elise Weiss (forward), Elli Pappas (midfielder), Morgan Zimmerman (defender), Jessica Twitchell (midfielder) and Taylor Martin (midfielder) and sophomore Elizabeth Kuhl (defender).

Otten also looks for five newcomers to make an impression - sophomores Anne Kaczinski (defender/midfielder) and Abbie Loeper (forward) and freshmen Lexi Porter (midfielder/forward), Jenna Brezski (defender) and Katherine Daigle (defender).

"I believe our strong point this season will be depth at each position," Otten said, "therefore practice will be intense as players will be fighting for starting positions and overall playing time."

But he also knows his team has things to work on.

"I believe we need improvement in reading the game at a high level, as well as gaining experience at the varsity level, as more than half of the varsity roster is freshmen and sophomores."

Eisenhower softball

New Berlin Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz is entering his 17th season of coaching (284-74) and he will be looking to replace some talented people.

Gone is Megan Duerlinger, an all-state catcher, Ashleigh Sagat, an all-state outfielder, and Tori Kilps, a first-team all-conference pitcher, from last season's 16-1 Woodland Conference Division Champions, who finished 23-3 overall.

"I'm not sure if we can replace the stats of those three players," Setz said. "but our younger players have some talent and are working hard. We should be solid in the pitching position."

The good news is Setz has six returning letter winners to build on.

Leading the returnees are junior infielders Bailey Meyer (second-team all-conference) and Elle Surges (honorable mention all-conference). They are joined by senior infielder Taylor Pawelka, junior outfielder Shawna Rickard, junior pitcher Jamie Kilps and sophomore pitcher Katie Lang.

Setz also has some promising newcomers to count on.

Seniors Corrin Erickson (OF) and Sarah Potts (OF/IF), juniors Jenna Malinauskas (IF/P), Rachel Weiland (C), Tracy Heyrman (IF) and Carolyn Bogart (IF/OF) lead that group.

Setz said that Greenfield and South Milwaukee should be the teams to beat in the Black Division this season because they have all-conference players returning and he thinks that dark horses are Greendale and Whitnall.

West softball

When you have the Player of the Year on your softball team, that is a good place to build on. Then add several all-conference players and you can see why New Berlin West coach Corey Scheel is excited about this year's Vikings.

Senior pitcher/infielder Martha Radtke leads the way. She was first-team all-Blue Division, All-Woodland and Player of the Year in the Blue Division in 2010.

Then you have second-team all-conference performers in senior Jessica Alvaro (C/2B/OF), junior Moira Collins (3B) and sophomore Abby Kunz (P/OF).

Now add to that honorable mention performers in seniors Hailey Kunz (SS), Eddye Tyler (C/OF) and Jess Falls (1B) and senior outfielder Clara Seely and you can see the returning talent.

Scheel also pointed that juniors Gina Bednarek (OF) and Gina Showers (IF/OF), sophomores Kelly Duggan (SS/2B/OF), Alison Kuhne (1B) and Carey Devine (P/1B/OF) and freshman Mallory Klotz (IF/OF) are newcomers who should make some noise.

The Vikings were 13-9 overall and 12-6 in conference, good enough for second place in the Blue Division.

- Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech

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