Franklin boys tennis
The Sabers opened the season with a quadrangular at Waukesha South on Saturday and despite being down three varsity players due to ACT testing, they were still a competitive 1-2 with each loss by a 4-3 score.
Franklin defeated Onalaska 7-0, but then fell to Waukesha South and Wauwatosa East, each by 4-3 scores.
Freshman Jack Gumina had a highlight win at fourth singles, claiming an exciting three-setter 6-3, 6-7 (10-7).
Against South, Gumina won another three-setter 6-3, 6-7 (10-8). Mitch Maher and Eric Bauer won their second match of the day at second doubles 6-4, 6-4 while Andrew Carballo and Logan Myers also won their second match at third doubles 6-4, 4-6 (10-3).
Against East, all three doubles teams won. Patrick Donovan and Jake Ruetz won their second match of the day, 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles. While Maher and Bauer won 6-3, 6-1, and Carballo and Myers claimed a 6-3, 7-6 decision. Eric Christopherson lost a tough match at 2nd singles, 6-3, 3-6 10-8.
New players to the line-up Gumina, Carballo, Myers, Maher, Donovan and Ruetz all had strong outings.
Others expected to compete for spots include Evan Bauer, Mitch DeMario, and Manny Gumina in singles and Steve Petershack and Kyle Hoffmann in doubles.
Oak Creek boys track
The Knights took a solid second of 18 in the Franklin Invitational Saturday, the final indoor meet of the season.
Oak Creek scored 51 points as Burlington won with 57.
Rafael Saez continues to dominate the shot put winning by 2.5 feet with a toss of 56-2 while Rashid Jones turned in a fine effort of 43-1 ¾ in taking the triple jump and Ray Overland claimed the high jump at 6-0.
Other places by event for the Knights included the following: 200-Scott Vieau, seventh (24.26). 400-Thomas Overland, seventh (55.84). 800-Ryan Clementz, eighth (2:08.92). 1,600-Jake Scmidt, eighth (4:47.76). 3,200-Tony Rodriguez, sixth (10:30.65). 55 hurdles-Darian Zelazny, fourth (8.99). 3,200 relay-fifth (9:00.08). Triple jump-Thomas Overland, eighth (38-9 ¾).
The Sabers got off to a good start, beating Muskego, 6-2, on April 5, and Racine Case, 10-4.
The James Bartz-coached unit will be led by senior outfielder Natalie Kay a first-team All-Southeast Conference pick a year ago, while senior pitcher/infielder Jayme Love was a second team all-league pick a year ago.
Also back are all-league honorable mention selections junior infielder Lauren Mather and catcher/infielder Siera Spahiu.
In the win over Muskego, Spahiu was four for four with three RBI while Love had two hits with a double. A four-run third gave Franklin the lead for good.
Sophomore Annie Versnik got the win throwing four innings with three walks and two strikeouts while Love had four walks and two strikeouts in three innings of relief work.
Against Case, a six-run second did the trick as Mather had two hits and three RBI while Kay also knocked in two runs.
Whitnall girls soccer
Dana Steffen connected on a penalty kick 49 seconds into overtime as the Falcons dropped Wauwatosa West, 2-1, on April 5 for their first victory over the Trojans in the 18-year history of the program.
The score was even at 1-1 when Ashley Markowiak was taken down in the box, earning the penalty kick.
-Steven L. Tietz
and John Rech
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