New Berlin West softball
The Vikings rolled to a 5-0 record, good enough for first place in the Woodland Conference Blue Division, after two one-sided wins last week.
New Berlin West beat Wauwatosa West (15-0) and Shorewood (13-0) by a combined 28-0 score, as the Vikings banged out 23 hits in the two games while their pitching allowed three hits and fanned 10.
In the win over Tosa West to start the week, the Vikings scored in the first four innings (4, 7, 3, 1) to put the game away. Eddye Tyler went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Mallory Klotz had a single, double and two RBIs, Alison Kuhne was 2-for-2 and Moira Collins was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Carey Devine allowed two hits and fanned seven for the win.
Leading 1-0 after two innings against Shorewood, the Vikings scored seven runs in the third inning and five in the fourth to blow out the Greyhounds.
Abby Kunz went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, while Martha Radtke went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Radtke also allowed one hit and fanned three in her five innings of work to get the win.
With a relatively new crop of competitors, the New Berlin Eisenhower golf team looks to improve as the season progresses under veteran coach Dave Scheidegger.
The team has a stable of upperclassmen, but the Lions enjoyed the luxury of a senior-heavy lineup in 2010 and graduated four starters. Playing at Naga-Waukee in the first Woodland Conference mini-meet of this season, the Lions shot 176 and took fourth place, well back of top finishers Pewaukee (160) and New Berlin West (161).
Junior Robbie McGinn, playing in his first full year with the team, carded a 40 to lead the way. Senior Keith Kaiser, also new to the team this year, shot 41.
"None of these guys have a lot of varsity experience even though we rotated guys in here and there," Scheidegger said. "I think we're going to start off a little inexperienced, but the competition of the team and having five seniors, I think we'll get seasoned pretty quickly here."
The team was already making progress this past week. On April 12 at New Berlin Hills, the team shot 170 for second place, and the squad took second again with a 174 at Deer Creek. New Berlin West won both Woodland mini meets.
McGinn shot 40 for the low round in the earlier meet. Anthony Hintz and Jake Sperka both shot 43, and Kaiser had 44.
"It's not quite where we want to be yet, but we're getting closer," Scheidegger said.
At Deer Creek, Sperka posted a 42, followed by Kaiser (43), McGinn (44) and Hintz (45).
"Once these other guys get comfortable, I think we can shoot as well as anybody in the conference on any given day," Scheidegger said.
At the Oakwood Open on Friday, Ike finished with 375. Senior Colin Boyd shot 89 for low honors, followed by McGinn (91), Sperka (96) and Hintz (99).
John Majewski also brings some experience from the senior class, and Phil Bregant returns after missing his junior season with a thumb injury. Steven Zeske represents an additional member of the junior class.
Eisenhower girls track
Paige Lindow won the high jump for the Lions at the Catholic Memorial Invitational on Saturday.
Lindow jumped 4 feet 10 inches to tie the effort of Kara Krugel of Brookfield Central, but was awarded first place.
Carley Ney placed third in the 400 dash (1 minute, 5.7 seconds), and adding fifth places were Holly Plazak in the triple jump (30-7) and Catherine Michaletz in the 300 hurdles (50.6 seconds).
The Lions tallied 24 points for 13th place in the 22-team event, which was won by Brookfield Central (93 points). They were second of six Woodland Conference teams, trailing only Shorewood (31 1/2 points).
Both the Eisenhower boys and girls were slated to compete in the Greendale Invitational on April 14 but that meet was canceled by the cold weather.
The second half was good and bad for the New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team this week.
Ike whipped the Rockets at South Milwaukee, 4-0, on April 12, using four second-half goals to win. But then in a 3-1 loss to Wauwatosa West at home on April 14, the Lions saw the Trojans overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit with three second-half goals.
Kristen Hesselbach was the player of the game in the win over the Rockets, first assisting on Andrea Ganzke's goal five minutes into the second half which gave the Lions a 1-0 lead.
Hesselbach then scored the remaining three goals at 52 minutes (Rachel Menges assist), at 63:00 (Ganzke assist) and 74:00 (Alex Klonis assist).
Against the Trojans two days later, Hasselbach continued her hot streak with a goal at 34:00 (Ganzke assist) for a 1-0 lead at halftime. But then Tosa West put the game away with second half goals by Jenny Sunder (59:30), Maggie Boyle (70:30) and Jenna Engel (77:00).
Eisenhower fell to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in Woodland Conference play.
The Lions (3-1) played and won two games last week but one thing was the same each one - The Lions had good pitching from Jaime Kilps and Katy Lang.
The duo combined to allow five hits and strike out 21 in wins over at Shorewood (14-0) on April 12 and South Milwaukee (3-1) at home the next day.
Kilps allowed one hit and fanned 12 in a five-inning win over the Greyhounds to open the week. Jenna Malinauskas singled, tripled, scored a run and drove in one, Kilps went 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI and Elle Surges went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Lang allowed only four hits and fanned nine in the win over the Rockets.
The Lions scored twice in the second inning as Lang and Bailey Meyer had singles to key the rally. The Rockets also added a key error. After South Milwaukee cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth, Ike got the run back when Lang was safe on an error and Malinauskas singled, sending Lang to third, the latter taking second on the throw to third. Lang then scored when Carolyn Bogart's grounder was mishandled.
It was a tough week for the New Berlin West girls soccer team as they not only went 0-3 to drop to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in Woodland Conference play, but they didn't score a goal in three games.
The Vikings lost at Shorewood, 1-0, on April 12, and then dropped two home games to Whitnall, 3-0, on April 14 and a non-conference game to Madison Edgewood, 2-0, on April 15.
After a scoreless first half, Shorewood's Carol Devitt scored the game's only goal 7 minutes and 4 seconds into the second half.
"We played a solid game that led to very few scoring opportunities," West coach Ryan Otten said. "We were able to switch the point of attack, and possess the ball for periods of time, but the end objective is to score goals, which is the most difficult for players to do at a high level.
"I thought Rachel Butler, an outside defender, played a smart game for us and was able to link passes with our midfield."
In the loss to Whitnall, the Falcons' Dana Steffen scored twice in the first half for a 2-0 lead. Steffen then assisted on Whitnall's final goal by Ashley Markowiak at the 51-minute mark.
Otten, who felt he and his staff didn't prepare his team for this improved team, praised the play of Steffen.
"She just willed herself to score goals, and that's why she's one of the best players in the conference," he said. "We struggled to build an attack again this game. We just need to have a purpose with every pass and run off the ball. Once we decide to play for each other, and with each other, then we will start to put goals on the board."
The Vikings fought the weather as well as No. 2 ranked Edgewood on Friday at home. "We ended up playing in horrible conditions on Friday night. With these unfavorable conditions, it led to a sloppy game which created unforced turnovers from both teams," Otten said. "Edgewood capitalized on a shot that hit the cross bar, and fell inside the six for a rebound goal … and ten minutes later finished on a tight angled shot from the right wing.
"We struggled connecting passes in these conditions, and didn't create many opportunities on goal."
Two New Berlin West entrants battled back from first-set losses, and the Vikings defeated Brown Deer in a chilly Woodland Conference match April 14, 6-1.
Second doubles team Matt Hartwig and Matt Seely rebounded to defeat Jordan Smith and Jimmy Pierson, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, and No. 1 singles player Luke Hubert went down a set before winning, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Max Harty and Jesse Pakula also won singles matches for West, while doubles teams Ryan Revers/Theo Sessler and Scott Franke/David Franke went mostly untested in straight set victories.
Middle school basketball
The New Berlin Eisenhower seventh-grade girls basketball team took second place in Division 2 in the 2011 Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament held in Wausau on April 9-10.
Twenty-six of the top Division 2 teams from around the state were invited to compete in the tournament, and the Lions made it to the championship game, where they lost by one point to Pewaukee 37-36. The girls finished a very successful season with an overall record of 37–7.
Members of the team include Chelsea Brackmann, Nicole Dorshorst, Kasie Erenyi, Emalie Hahn, Ashley Hofmeister, Chloe Janich, Vasi Katris, Kailey Vogel, Abby Thyne, Maggie Majewski and Jasmyn Somarsingh.
The team is coached by Rob Hahn, Greg Hofmeister and Jim Vogel.
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