Germantown girls volleyball
Revenge is too strong a word, but veteran Warhawks coach Diane Harrod will take it.
That's what may be on the mind of Germantown players when they take on host Watertown in the nightcap of a pair of WIAA sectional semifinal matches at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Last year, a veteran Warhawks team was denied a state tournament berth by the Goslings in the WIAA sectional final. This time, a younger Germantown team will try to turn the tables.
"It's been a very satisfying season so far," Harrod said. "When we started this year, we didn't know who would come forward or step up. Our juniors turned seniors have done a great job and our setters (Paige Grothy and Jessica Baehr) have also been terrific."
The Warhawks advanced to the sectional with a WIAA regional championship last weekend. They routed Milwaukee Vincent (25-1, 25-2, 25-4) in a regional semifinal on Oct. 18 and then overpowered Arrowhead (25-19, 25-16, 25-16) in the regional final on Saturday.
"We got out of it what we wanted," Harrod said. "We had a little more nerves against Arrowhead and so gave up a few more points than we wanted, but we were pretty well rounded. It was pretty even across the board in terms of hitting and playing defense.
"We were pretty sound, not too many bad plays."
Harrod would like to take that a step further this week. If they beat the Goslings on Thursday, they will meet the winner of sectional top seed Menomonee Falls and Mukwonago in the sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday for a trip to the WIAA State Tournament.
"We'd like this match (Watertown) very much," she said. "The sectional is very even, so we will have to play well."
Menomonee Falls girls volleyball
The top-seeded Indians cruised to a 25-11, 25-14, 25-14 WIAA regional final win over Kettle Moraine and so cruised into the sectional semifinals Thursday at Watertown.
There they will face Mukwonago at 6 p.m. with a berth in the 7 p.m. WIAA sectional finals on Saturday at Waukesha West at stake.
Falls will be motivated for the Mukwonago match, as Mukwonago took out an injured and disarrayed Indians squad in regional play last season.
"We saw them earlier this season," Indians coach J.C. Bruns of Mukwonago said. "I'm hoping that we come into this match with a chip on our shoulder."
If the Indians are successful against Mukwonago, they will challenge either second-seeded Watertown or third-seeded Germantown in the sectional finals with a trip to the WIAA State Tournament at stake.
"Last year, we were just not healthy," Bruns said. "This time we're in a much better place."
Bruns was happy with the effort against Kettle Moraine.
"We played pretty well," he said, "and we didn't play down to their level. It was a pretty easy win, and we got pretty equal contributions across the board. We made a few mistakes, but overall, I thought our defense did a great job. It was overall a solid performance."
Germantown girls cross country
The Warhawks closed the season on a very positive note, as the varsity took fifth in the WIAA sectional meet at Arrowhead on Saturday as all seven of the Germantown student-athletes finished in less than 17 minutes for the 4,000-meter race.
Leading the way for the team was senior Jennifer Ellis, running a personal best time 16:05 for 20th place. Right on her heels were freshmen Brianna Klopfer and Callie Lemke with times of 16:07 each (which was a personal best for Lemke) as they took 21st and 23rd, respectively.
Senior Andrea Brown fought through a side cramp to finish 47th with a solid time of 16:47. Hard on her heels was freshman Emily Baus in 49th place and a personal best 16:49. Senior Kimmie Karin and sophomore Paige Kutzora pushed each other to the finish line with personal best times of 16:55 and 16:56, as they placed 54th and 55th respectively.
Germantown scored 160 points for its spot in the 11-team meet as Arrowhead (19 points) and West Bend West (65) claimed the state meet team berths.
"It was a great day to run a meet, and a vast majority of the Warhawks team was there to cheer on the varsity runners from Germantown," Germantown coach Nancy Pietrowiak said. "In the last two meets of the season, an astounding 31 of 34 runners (including those at the Falls' Meet of Future Champions) achieved personal best or season best times - what we'd call a successful season."
Germantown boys cross country
The Warhawks closed out their season with a sixth in the 11-school WIAA sectional meet at Arrowhead on Saturday.
Germantown scored 134 points as Arrowhead (42) and West Bend West (58) claimed the state team berths.
Leading the way for the Warhawks was junior Trevor Becker in 15th as he covered the flat and fast 5,000-meter course in 16:37 while senior Sam Marchewka was 25th (16:58), sophomore Nick Foti 30th (17:13), senior Josh Biesel 31st (17:13) and junior Cory Rhind 33rd (17:15).
Also running were senior Riley Shelton in 37th (17:19) and junior Dan Horanoff in 39th (17:21).
Menomonee Falls boys cross country
The Indians finished out their campaign with a seventh-place showing in the WIAA sectional at Arrowhead on Saturday.
Falls finished with 215 points for its spot in the 11-school field as senior Dan Farrenkopf led the way on the 5,000-meter course with a 36th place finish (17:19) while junior Ben Maas was 40th (17:22), senior Jacob Newman was 43rd (17:26), sophomore Josh Hindman 46th (17:33) and sophomore Dom Carini in 50th (17:38).
Also running were junior Kaleb Becker in 51st (17:40) and sophomore Jake McMahon in 54th (17:47).
"We were solid and probably finished where we supposed to," Indians coach Tom Shannon said. "I liked how we packed. We ran four sophomores today and it's going to sound like a broken record, but the future does look good for us. We're working hard at it, but it's just taking a little time."
Germantown girls swim
The Warhawks enter this weekend's North Shore Conference swim meet with a large amount of momentum on their side, as in the past two weeks, they have scored three North Shore dual meet wins, all by less than four points.
In the last week, the Warhawks took out both league powers Homestead and Whitefish Bay (no details available). The league meet is at Grafton High School, with diving on at 5 p.m. Thursday and swimming at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Cedarburg and Grafton are the meet favorites.
Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swim
The Indians look to defend their Greater Metro Conference championship when they take part in the league meet at West Allis Central on Saturday.
Diving is at 10 a.m. and swimming is at 2 p.m.
Germantown boys volleyball
The Warhawks took fifth in the power-packed Homestead Invitational on Oct. 5 in their final regular season tuneup before the WIAA Tourney.
Germantown, which finished the regular season ranked 10th in the state, had losses to top-ranked and meet champion Appleton North and to Wauwatosa East on the day.
Meet of Future Champions cross country meet
The bulk of the Germantown girls team finished the season with what coach Nancy Pietrowiak called an "exclamation mark" as 24 of 25 runners finished with personal best or season best times at the Menomonee Falls Meet of Future Champions held Oct. 18 at Rotary Park.
This is a unique meet where coaches send in the season best times of each athlete to seed the races. There are two races for both boys and girls, a fast race, and a faster race. The number of runners is split between the two races and the top 10 finishers in each race earn a medal.
Top finishers for the Warhawks in the fast race were Marie Burnham (ninth place, season best 18:40) and Danielle Rockelman (14th, personal best 19:02).
Also running personal best times were: Krista Lindwall, Jenna Blaubach, Sarah Ong, Hayley Grossmann, Nellie DeLain, Melissa Haldeman, Margaret Grady, Devanshi Patel, Miranda Cross, and Sarah Hjelsand. Michelle Haldeman ran a season best time.
In the faster race, freshman Aliena Matuszczak ran a personal best 17:15 which placed 48th. Close behind was senior Hannah Knapp with a season best time of 17:26 which was good for 57th place. Also running season best times were Alyse Barelmann, Kristen Lemke, Emma Andersen, and Courtney Wahl, while Sarah Ahles, Mikayla Bardele, Lucy DeLain, Jordan Pagel, and Kaitlyn Dittloff all ran personal best times.
Menomonee Falls' Allison Schultz won the girls fast race in 17:53 with teammate and sophomore Emily Jacobs earning seventh and sophomore Kyra Lasanske taking 12th.
For the Warhawks boys, junior Drew Schloesser was sixth in the fast race (19:40) while in the girls fast race, senior Brandon Goesch was 13th in the faster race (17:45) while senior Bobby Burmeister was 21st (17:55) and freshman Jake DuFrane 22nd.
For the Falls' boys, seniors Tyler Barbee and Austin Sanger were 10th and 11th, respectively, both in 19:44.
Close to 400 boys and 400 girls participated in the annual event.
- Steven L. Tietz
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