New Berlin West track
Steve Poulos had a busy day at the WIAA Division 2 Whitewater Sectional Friday.
He will have another this weekend in La Crosse.
Poulos qualified in four events for the state meet to be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Friday and Saturday.
At Whitewater, Poulos was second in the long jump with a personal-best distance of 20 feet-7 inches. He then anchored the 3,200-meter relay to a second-place finish in 8 minutes, 20.06 seconds; led off the 400 relay that finished third in 44.88; and helped the 800 relay take fourth in 1:34.84.
"I really can't say enough to what this kid means to our program," New Berlin West coach Matt Ische said. "Steve could individually qualify in two or three events but he knows if we take him off a relay that one does not go. It's great to see such a team player.
"He leads us, and the kids in the distance relay step it up a notch when they run with Steve. He brings out the best in our kids"
Patrick Ziesmer, Matt Schumacher and Taylor Schmidt joined Poulos on the 3,200; Tony Smith, Chris Treptow and Anthony Budd were on the 400 relay; and Treptow, Andy Wargin and Chris Higgins were on the 800 relay.
Budd qualified in the 100 dash by taking fourth in 11.26. At the end of the preliminary race, he pulled up with an injured hip that limited him the rest of the meet. He was unable to run in the 800 relay.
For the girls, Katie Hausmann cleared 8-6 in the pole vault to finish fourth and move on.
"The big thing was she was able to do it with basically no misses," Ische said. "She had to have a good consistent day. … It's very exciting to get a girl through."
The Vikings boys won their seventh straight regional title at Catholic Memorial on May 26, and the girls were third.
New Berlin Eisenhower softball
When the Lions begin their WIAA Division 2 sectional at Waupun today, they will be facing a familiar foe.
New Berlin Eisenhower (22-2) will meet Union Grove (22-3) at 2 p.m. in a semifinal. The two teams met in the same situation a year ago. Eisenhower rallied from a two-run deficit with two runs in the seventh and the winning run in the ninth and went on to win the state title.
Two years ago, Union Grove beat Eisenhower in the semifinal and eventually advanced to state.
"It just seems that every year we end up playing them in one way or the other," Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz said. "The team that survives that game normally goes on to state. It's going to be another very difficult battle Thursday."
Waupun and Port Washington, the top-seeded teams in the other half of the bracket, will also play a semifinal at 2 p.m. The title game is 4:30 p.m.
"It's always an exciting day, to play a doubleheader, and if you get through those two games, you're on to Madison," Setz said.
The Lions set up the rematch with Union Grove by beating city rival New Berlin West, 6-0, at home in a regional final May 28.
Eisenhower pitcher Lauren Beres allowed one hit, struck out 14 batters and walked none.
"It was a very dominating performance," Setz said. "(The Vikings) are a younger team and their future looks real good, but right now we have their number with our two senior leader pitchers."
Tori Kilps gave Eisenhower a lead with a two-out, two-run single in the third. In the sixth, Megan Duerlinger belted her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot.
Junior Kyle Costigan will be one of only three discus throwers to have a sectional seeding distance of more than 160 feet when the WIAA Division 1 State Meet begins Friday in La Crosse.
Costigan had the second-best effort at the eight statewide sectionals at 161-9, second only to Monona Grove's Damonte Reed's 163-9.
Costigan's throw at the Wisconsin Lutheran Sectional on Friday won the event by six inches over Racine Horlick's Jeff Bias and earned him automatic qualification (top three in each event) for the state meet.
Sophomore Niki Drolshagen won the 800 in 2:25.04, just ahead of Racine Horlick's Breana Stephens' 2:25.44, and was second in the 1,600 in 5:19.44.
The Warriors' only other sectional winner was Samantha Bartel, who won the 200 dash in 26.04.
Muskego runners-up were Lauren Anderson in the 100 hurdles (16.24), the 800 relay of Kate Matusinec, Rachel Reed, Sarah Mlachnik and Bartel (11:46.74), Matt Borneman in the 3,200 (9:39.14) and Costigan in the shot put (51-6).
The boys 3,200 relay of Nick Rudd, Jake Klockow, Zac Weier and Alex York ran third (8:11.56) as did Taylor Drolshagen in the 3,200 (11:47.54).
The Muskego girls were third of 16 teams with 80 points; the boys were sixth of 18 with 49.
The Warriors (15-9) advanced to the WIAA sectional with a 7-2 victory over Racine Park in a regional final at home May 28.
Ashley Gnacinski pitched four innings to pick up the win, and at the plate delivered a home run and three RBIs.
Lauren Roflke also homered for the Warriors.
Top-seeded Muskego will face fifth-seeded Pius XI in a sectional semifinal at 1 p.m. today at Konkel Park in Greenfield. In the other semifinal, second-seeded Greenfield plays sixth-seeded Waterford. The championship game is the same day at 3 p.m.
- Compiled by David Cotey
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