Franklin Cross Country
Allie Fons showed great character in taking the individual title and leading the Sabers to a third-place finish in their own invite on Saturday.
"She started in the back of the varsity race, lost a shoe around 1,000 meters in and was running in one shoe for the rest of the race," said Franklin coach Regina Schindel. "She also fell hard around the 1.5 mile mark but was still able to hold on to a win. She enjoyed the race very much for all that she learned from it."
Behind that gritty effort, the Sabers, who were missing two regular varsity runners, still scored just 95 points for their spot in the 10-team field as Oconomowoc won with 49 and Beaver Dam was second with 58.
The 2010 state individual champion Fons was clocked in 14:53 over the 4,000-meter high school based course. She got help from Jennifer Eickhorst 14th place (16:14), Hannah Timm 17th (16:16), Katherine Carlino 31st (16:46) and Katelyn Salzburger 32nd (16:50).
Emma Klein was 41st (17:01) and Michelle Fedran 56th (17:53). Eickhorst passed 31 people in the last 1.5 miles and Klein, with the help of Carlino, was 58 seconds faster than she was last year.
Behind Nikolai Grabowski's fifth place individual slot, the boys team was eighth in its own meet with 151 points as Westosha Central won with 59.
Grabowski covered the 5,000-meter course in 16:42 to lead Franklin. Other runners for Franklin included William Campbell 30th place (18:16), Evan Watters 37th (18:28), Zach Lee 38th (18:28) and Sam Harmeyer 41st (18:43).
Also running were Myles Devine 47th (19:01) and Ben Alt 49th (19:05).
Franklin girls tennis
Only a loss to state power Kenosha Tremper in a Southeast Conference dual marred the Sabers' 4-1 week that also included the championship in the Oconomowoc Invitational.
Franklin dropped a 5-2 decision to the powerhouse Trojans as Kat Donovan at third singles and Kassie Murawski at fourth singles won their matches.
In addition, the Sabers defeated Racine Park, 7-0, in another Southeast dual while in the Oconomowoc Tourney, they defeated Janesville Craig (7-0), Neenah (4-3), and Oconomowoc (5-2).
Franklin is now 17-3 overall and 5-1 in Southeast duals. The team has won 14 of its last 15 matches.
"I am so proud of this team," said Sabers' coach Jon Vogt. "We have won all four 4-3 matches we have had this season, most of them clinched with a tiebreak victory. To continually come out on top in tight matches shows the mental toughness of the girls."
Second singles player Yuka Shiotani dropped the first set in all three of her tournament matches but rallied to win each time, including 10-8 in the third against her Neenah opponent.
"There were times when I wanted to give up but I kept pushing myself to keep going," said Shiotani. "It always came down to just believing in myself and my abilities and I'm glad I did."
Donavan at third singles and Murawski each went 3-0 on the day with Donovan winning 12-10 in the third set against Neenah.
Greendale boys soccer
The Panthers blanked a pair of Woodland Conference foes last week, downing Cudahy, 3-0, on Sept. 14 and Greenfield, 1-0, on Sept. 12.
Scoring against Cudahy were Jandrija Sever, Julian Gutierrez and Jake Sisler. Goaltender Brandon Cook made four saves for the Panthers (2-2 in the Woodland entering this week).
Greendale girls volleyball
Without even losing a game, the Panthers swept two Woodland Conference opponents, South Milwaukee on Sept. 15 and Whitnall on Sept. 13.
Greendale downed the Rockets, 25-17, 25-9, 25-19, behind 24 digs from Olivia Surita, nine kills and three aces by Shawn Hotson, nine kills by Andrea Waldera, 25 assists from Anna Klar and five blocks by Alyssa Docter.
The Panthers beat the Falcons, 25-9, 25-16, 25-18, as Surita posted 12 digs, Hotson 13 kills and five aces, Klar 22 assists and Docter three blocks.
Greendale lost a 25-22, 10-25, 25-16, 26-28, 15-11 match to Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 12.
Oak Creek and Franklin girls volleyball
The Sabers defeated the Knights in an intense Southeast Conference dual, 25-18, 21-25, 25-12, 28-26, on Sept. 13.
"Game 4 was a slugfest between two heavyweights" said Sabers coach Ken Huber. "Both teams played their hearts out. It was a shame a team had to lose this one but I was glad we came out on top."
Elissa Herman had 18 kills (and three blocks), Caitlin Koska 12 and Sarah Losniecki 10 for the Sabers while Katie Babula had 43 assists, Megan Carr four blocks and Mel Roemer seven digs.
For Oak Creek, Maggie Wilke, Katie Finn and Aliina Klatt each had 10 kills, while Maddy Wergin had 26 digs, and Alayna Quinn 35 assists.
"The girls fought hard, we had little runs here and there, but we couldn't string enough of them together to beat Franklin," said Knights coach Karen Lois. "The girls worked hard."
Franklin also went 2-2 at the Pewaukee Invitational last Saturday, losing to Green Bay Notre Dame and Pewaukee and beating Martin Luther and Milwaukee Rufus King. Herman had 17 kills and Carr 55 assists.
Oak Creek went 1-3-1 at the Kenosha Krush Tourney on Saturday, defeating Shoreland Lutheran and splitting with Fort Atkinson, but falling to Union Grove, eventual champion West Bend West and Waterford. Wilke had 30 kills to lead Oak Creek, while Quinn had 95 assists and Wergin 57 digs in the tournament.
Oak Creek and Franklin girls swimming and diving
The Sabers defeated the Knights, 97-89, in a Southeast Conference dual on Sept. 13.
Franklin was led by senior Emily Nienhaus and freshman Jourdan Lepkowski who each won two events while Katie Konkel claimed the 50-yard freestyle.
In addition, the Sabers won two of three relay races. The 200 medley team included Nienhaus, Konkel, Emily Simmons and Bethany Lefeber while the 200 free crew included Nienhaus, Konkel, Lepkowski and Rowan Liederbach.
Franklin's diving team also went first, second and third in the varsity competition. Mel Pearson won, Jessica Kossoris was second and Christy Lengling was third.
For the Knights, Sydney Krimmer took the 500 free, while Jackie Wnuk took the 100 breaststroke, and Angela Fleischman the 100 free. The 400 free relay team of Amy Seymour, Amanda Marciniak, Krimmer and Fleischman was also victorious.
"The girls swam their best," said Knights coach Katie Andreska. "We were very pleased with the times that the girls got. Swimming at home can be difficult because due to our pool, we have to start all races in the water."
The Knights also took sixth of 12 at the Port Washington Invitational, turning in 12 personal best times out of 21 individual swims. Oak Creek finished with 177 points as Plymouth won with 505.
Top performances included Marciniak fourth in the 100 butterfly (personal best), Wnuk sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.64), Krimmer sixth in the 500 free and a fifth from the 200 free relay team of Wnuk, Krimmer, Fleischman and Kaitlin McIntosh. Seymour, Marciniak and Lindsey Melotik all had two personal best individual times apiece.
Greendale boys volleyball
The Panthers downed rival Greenfield, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, in a Woodland Conference match on Sept. 14.
Matt Grieshop totaled 16 kills, six aces and 14 digs, while Matt Rehberg had five blocks and Jake Kurczewski 40 assists, for Greendale.
On Saturday, the Panthers competed in the West Allis Central Invitational, going 6-0 in pool play. They beat Central, 21-18, 21-18; Brookfield Central, 21-18, 21-19; and Fort Atkinson, 21-16, 21-19.
They lost in the first round of the playoffs to eventual champion Muskego, 21-13, 21-17.
Greendale lost to Wauwatosa West, 25-14, 28-26, 25-16, on Monday night. Grieshop tallied 10 kills, Kurczewski 25 assists, Rehberg five blocks and Justin Povlick 14 digs.
Greendale girls tennis
The Panthers sustained a rare dual-meet defeat in the Woodland Conference when they fell to New Berlin Eisenhower, 5-2, on Sept. 15.
Whitnall boys cross country
The Falcons totaled 88 points for third place in the Franklin Invitational Saturday.
Alex Richardson came in sixth with 16 minutes, 51 seconds and Mitch Olson was right behind him in seventh with 16:52. Derrick Yimsut placed 22nd (17:58), Pat Wyrowski 24th (18:06), Tyler Centers 29th (18:10), Mason Howard 48th (19:02) and Austin Hurst 59th (20:16).
Greendale cross country
Steve Ulatowski and Garrett Patterson placed in the top 20 of the Franklin Invitational Saturday.
Ulatowski took 16th in 17 minutes, 42 seconds, while Patterson was 17th (17:50). Haily Kazik came in 31st (18:16), Josh Moran 32nd (18:19), Dan Gnadt 50th (19:06), Bobby Lutz 53rd (19:19) and Tim Treu 54th (19:19).
Greendale was sixth with 146 points.
The girls squad finished seventh with 178 points. Chelsey Heiden claimed 11th (16:09), Hayley Serketich 29th (16:38), Emily Perszyk 33rd (16:52), Haley Unger 51st (17:32), Megan Steiner 54th (17:47), Natalie Burton 57th (18:11) and Sam Young 60th (18:29).
Franklin boys volleyball
The Sabers, ranked fourth in state, cruised past Racine Park, 25-7, 25-16, 25-21, in a Southeast Conference dual as 15 players got into the scorebook.
Oak Creek cross country
The boys team finished 11th and the girls 14th in the Racine St. Catherine's Angel Invitational at UW-Parkside Saturday.
There were 27 full teams in each field as the Oak Creek boys scored 303 points with Brookfield Central winning with 104. Seth LaBodda was 19th in 16 minutes, 38 seconds on the 5,000-meter course to lead the Knights while Austin Zajkowski was 28th (16:51), Jake Schmidt 34th (17:03), Sean LaBodda 109th (18:33) and Jerry Ryan 115th (18:48).
For the girls, Oak Creek scored 392 points as Brookfield Central won with 63. Shannon Dugan was 31st in 16:12 on the 4,000-meter layout, while Megan Gray was 50th (16:42) and Aylissa Bober 97th (17:29).
Whitnall girls cross country
The Falcons used last week for rest and recovery, only running four girls at the Franklin Invitational Saturday.
Jasmine Van Tine took seventh in 15 minutes, 54 seconds, her first time under 16 minutes. Alyssa Woo claimed 22nd (personal-best 16:23), Jennifer Bahling 32nd (16:39) and Kim Hurst 36th (personal-best 16:50).
Oak Creek girls tennis
The Knights split a pair of Southeast duals last week defeating Racine Horlick, 5-2, for their second league victory of the season, and falling to Kenosha Bradford, 5-2.
Coach Don Tellefsen modified his lineup by putting his top two singles players Serena Sellers and Megan Kos in at first doubles. The Knights were sixth in the Washington County Invitational Saturday.
In the loss to Bradford, it came down to third doubles and the Knight's pair of Lauren Fischer and Lauren Anderson lost a tough three-set match.
Whitnall boys soccer
The Falcons lost a 3-0 decision to Wauwatosa West on Sept. 14, but trailed only 1-0 until the 68th minute of play.
Whitnall girls volleyball
The Falcons came up short against both Greendale and New Berlin Eisenhower in Woodland matches last week.
They lost to Greendale, 25-9, 25-16, 25-18, on Sept. 13 despite 15 digs from Brittany Treuer, 13 assists by Allison Czaplewski and six kills from Jessica Lutzen.
Whitnall fell to Eisenhower, 25-9, 25-14, 25-14, on Sept. 15. Ashley Markowiak had seven kills, four aces and three blocks, while Lauren Ray totaled 10 assists and Treuer 13 digs.
Whitnall girls tennis
The first doubles team of Sammi Zacher and Liz Menden won a 6-0, 6-0 decision as the Falcons downed Greenfield, 6-1, on Sept. 13.
--Compiled by John Rech and Steven L. Tietz
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