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Sports Wrapups: April 2

April 2, 2012

New Berlin West softball

The New Berlin West Vikings began the season with a 2-0 run last week, rolling over St. Francis (11-6) and Wauwatosa West (11-1).

A game with Wauwatosa East at Waukesha West was rained out and moved to April 21.

The Vikings won, 11-6, at St. Francis on March 27 to open the season. Junior Casey Devine gave up two earned runs in seven innings and fanned six while getting two hits. Junior Alison Kuhne had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs.

Junior Abby Kunz tossed a one-hitter and Ike beat Wauwatosa West, 11-1, on March 29 at Whitman Middle School. Kunz also had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.

The Vikings banged out 12 hits and used six walks and seven Trojans errors to roll to a victory. West led 3-0 through three innings before scoring four in the fourth and three in the fifth to put the game away.

Junior Aubree Sentkowski had a triple and a homer and four RBIs while Devine had three hits, Kuhne had a single, a double and an RBI, and sophomore Mallory Klotz had two hits, two walks and two runs scored.

Muskego boys track

Xavier Jansen continued his fine start to the season, winning the 200-meter dash in 23.68 seconds and helping the 800 relay team place first in 1 minute, 36.47 seconds at the Racine Invitational on Saturday.

Jansen ran with Neil Slomczewski, Sam Schultz and Alec Van Hecker in the winning relay for the Warriors, who finished fourth with 67 points in the 14-team event.

Taking second for Muskego were Schultz in the long jump (20 feet, 3 inches) and Sam Robinson in the shot put (49-10½). Coming in third were Adam Joerres in the 3,200 run (10:26.16) and the 3,200 relay team of Sebastian Miller, Zach Matusinec, Colin Reisenauer and Jacob Varsos (8:45.88).

Taking fourth were Matt Simono in the 400 dash (55.13) and the 1,600 unit of Slomczewski, Schultz, Van Hecker and Matusinec (3:39.99).

Eisenhower soccer

Ike (1-2) opened the girls soccer season at Nicolet on March 27, winning a thrilling, 5-4, back-and-forth match. Jenny Weiland scored her second goal of the game with four minutes to play to break a 4-4 tie.

Weiland had opened the game with a score at the 10-minute mark. Nicolet tied it seven minutes later, but Jackie Vanderkolk gave Ike a 2-1 lead at 26 minutes.

Ike's Stephanie Panzenhagen scored a minute into the second half for a 3-1 lead, but Nicolet scored two minutes apart (47:00, 49:00) to tie the game at 3-3. Stephanie Bruno scored at 55 minutes and Nicolet tied it at 69 minutes, setting up Weiland's heroics.

The Lions then took part in the Kenosha Tremper Tournament on Friday and Saturday and didn't get any wins or goals.

They were blanked by Whitefish Bay on Friday, 3-0, and Kenosha Tremper on Saturday. The Blue Dukes scored once in the first half and twice in the second and Tremper had a goal in each half.

West soccer

The New Berlin West girls soccer team opened the season with a tie, a win and a loss last week.

The Vikings are coming off a 6-5 fifth-place finish in the Woodland Conference and an 8-9 overall record, but they are excited about the upcoming season.

The Vikings have eight returning letter winners, led by captains Cayla Holz, a senior forward, and Emily Sehulster, a senior goalkeeper/forward, and junior defender Lizzie Kuhl.

Five other seniors are also returnees, all midfielders - Jess Twitchell, Elise Weiss, Elli Pappas, Kelley Osvatic and Taylor Martin.

Assistant coach Peter Knebel said that newcomers to watch are freshmen Lauren Odegard, a defender, and Jenna Nelson, a forward.

"We are very excited about the talent level on this year's team," Knebel said. "We are implementing a new system which the girls are eager to learn and understand. Our girls have been training hard in the off-season and everyone is anticipating a great season this year."

The Vikings opened at home March 27 with a 2-2 tie against Pius XI. The Popes scored first for a 2-0 lead, but West scored once in the first half and again in the second to tie the game.

Tina Bedwell scored the first goal, assisted by Kuhl at the 3:03 mark of the game and the second goal tied the game in the 79th minute as Holtz was assisted by Sehulster the keeper on a booming punt down the field.

"Our defense played a good game except for two mental lapses where we just couldn't clear the ball on their corner kicks. This is how they scored their two goals on us," Knebel said.

The Vikings then took almost two full overtimes to defeat West Allis Hale, 1-0, Friday at home. Porter scored 3:12 in the second overtime for the win.

Then on Saturday at home, the Vikings dropped a 4-1 against an excellent Menomonee Falls team. The Indians led, 1-0, at halftime, and 2-0 three minutes into the second half when Porter drilled in a shot five minutes later. But Falls closed the game out with two more goals.

Eisenhower track

New Berlin Eisenhower boys were fourth and the girls sixth at the 10-team Ed Dwyer Invitational on Saturday at Waukesha South.

Wisconsin Lutheran scored 168 points to win the girls event, while Ike had 49.

The 960 relay was first (2:26.75) and Catherine Michaletz took second in the 60-yard hurdles (9.36) and fifth in the 220 (29.51).

Carley Ney was second in the 880 (2:31.73) as was Therese Thompson in 2-mile run (12:08.15).

Ike also finished 12th out of 17 teams at the Lois Wolf Invitational at Whitefish Bay on March 27. Michaletz won the 55-meter hurdles (9.29 seconds) to earn the Lions' 10 team points.

Kettle Moraine won the boys meet at Waukesha South with 172 points while Ike had 66.

The boys 3,200 relay (8:52.04) and the 960 relay (2:04.15) took first, Nick Taylor was second in the 60 dash (6.86) and the 220 (24.82), while Brandon Wing was third in 880 (2:07.08) and Dylan Petre was fourth in the 220 (25.22).

Ike saw Andrew Swiecichowski take third in the 2-mile run (10:37.00) and Matt Kizaric finished right behind him (10:54.20).

The boys took part in the Wangerin Invitational and didn't have any one their three entries score.

Muskego girls track

The 800-meter relay team of Dani Abella, Morgan Marek, Brianna Frey and Shannon Staral placed first with 1 minute, 53.71 seconds at the Racine Invitational on Saturday.

Taking fourth for the Warriors were Sonya Ponzi in the 800 run (2:29.26) and Georgi Llanas in the 3,200 run (12:28.15).

Muskego tallied 34 points for eighth place in the 14-team meet.

Morgan Kath won the high jump (5-3½) in the Lois Wolf Invitational on March 27 at Whitefish Bay. Muskego took fourth in the 3,200 relay (10:58.28) and finished 10th in the 17-team meet with 18 points.

West track

The girls finished second in the New Berlin West Quad on March 27 and the boys finished third as the varsity ended the indoor season.

Mukwonago's girls won with 78.66 points, followed by the Vikings (60), Waterford (49) and St. Thomas More (9.33).

"For the girls we are finally getting a lot of girls back from either injuries or from basketball," coach Matt Ische said. "The staff was very happy with the meet today and newcomers Rebecca and Rachel Gasper, Ali Boldt, and Anne Radtke added some great performances."

Brittany Kozlowski won the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 31.51 seconds and the 800 (2:31.67) and Karis Arbeiter took first in the 200 dash (28.80).

Marissa Myers was second in the shot put (31 feet, 9½ inches), the 55 dash (7.69) and the 200 (28.97).

Rebecca Gasper in her first meet back took second in the 55 hurdles (9.77) and Madeline Egan was second in the 3,200 (12:55.33).

The 960 relay was also second (2:30.70).

"We have a lot of depth and that is going to really help," Ische said. "Our hurdle group is very strong this year and I look forward to when we get outside. This has been a solid indoor campaign and our captains (Shannon Burke, Arbeiter and Mackenzie Koch) have done a great job with leading the younger kids.

Mukwonago also won the boys side (66), followed by Waterford (63.50), West (54) and St. Thomas More (16.50).

Chase Robles in the 1,600 (4:44.45), the 640 relay of Erik Schaeffer, Paul Kennedy, Sean Marton and Tyler Thompson (1:22.57) and the six-lap relay of Dino Poulos, Scott Franke, Brock Shilling, and Dylan Wiese and (2:07.67) won their events.

The Vikings had the top two finishers in the 200 in Erik Schaeffer (25.61) and Dylan Wiese (25.76).

The Vikings had four other runner-up finishes - Alex Cranfill in the shot put (45-11), Corey Davis in the 400 (54.69) and James Kern in the 3,200 (10:47.18) and the 3,200 relay (8:57.39).

Muskego softball

The Warriors, coming off a 19-9 season that ended in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship game, have a mixed bag of players this year.

"We are very young at some key positions," head coach John Rosenberg said, "but we also have a good core of returning players. Our captains, (junior infielder/catcher) Jessica Cattani, (senior infielder) Kelly Adams and (junior infielder/catcher) Mackenzie Wagner, along with returners (junior outfielder) Cory Ludwig, (sophomore infielder) Kelsey Noah and (sophomore outfielder) Brianna Witter, give us a good foundation."

The big question will be pitching, as multiyear standout Ashley Gnacinski graduated, but Rosenberg feels sophomores Joy Lees and Hailey Blount are ready for varsity work.

"We will be a fun team to watch, hungry and aggressive, and we will never quit," Rosenberg said.

The Warriors were supposed to open the season on Friday, but were rained out. They were to play two games earlier this week.

West golf

The New Berlin West boys golf team opened the season on Wednesday and coach Steve Murdock has only one returning letter winner in sophomore Andrew Knoll.

"Andrew had a very strong season for a first-year freshman on varsity last year," Murdock said. "With an improved short game, he has the ability to be one of the top individual performers in the Woodland this year."

Murdock said he has had a good turnout of freshmen golfers this year, but he's not sure who is going to emerge from this group yet. He did add that two or three freshmen might be on the varsity this year.

"This year has to be considered a rebuilding year for us," he said. "We have won our division of the Woodland for six years in a row now but I don't see that as a realistic goal for us this year."

Murdock is happy with the influx of young talent, though.

"I am excited by the fact that we have a good number of younger, athletic boys coming out who seem to be really enthusiastic about golf," he said. "Our success this year is going to be measured primarily by the improvements our young team makes as the season progresses."

Muskego tennis

Muskego took second in the Warrior Quad last week with New Berlin West, New Berlin Eisenhower and Germantown.

No. 1 doubles, Nick Oleniczak/Ben Ziolkowski, won all three matches to take first place, finishing with a tremendous match against a much improved Germantown team. They were able to win in a third set super tie-breaker.

"They really displayed a lot of mental toughness, which I would expect from a veteran team," coach Jake Adamson said.

Taking second were Blake Kraussel at No. 1 singles, Mike Bratishko at No. 3 singles, Josh Taylor and Max Francis at No. 2 doubles and Eddie Bratishko and Harry Thompson at No. 3 doubles.

"It was great to see everyone in action and getting a chance to play this early in the season. It was a nice chance to get out there and gain a little experience and assess everyone position. As a team we took second to Germantown."

(None of the New Berlin coaches responded with results.)

- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech

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