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Sports Wrapups: Oct. 27

Oct. 25, 2011

Hale boys cross country

Senior Jacob Ebben nearly pulled off a storybook ending to his season.

Ebben had been injured in summer and sustained another injury midway through the fall, but came back and fell just one spot short of qualifying for the WIAA Division 1 State Meet this weekend.

He wound up ninth in a sectional on Saturday at Greenfield Park with a personal-best 16 minutes, 42.24 seconds, just missing the fifth and final qualifying spot, which was taken by Stephen Browne of Brookfield East.

"That was disappointing," coach Ron Kurtz said. "It was nice to know you were that close, but that also makes it tougher. Jacob had a good season, though. He came back from the injuries and was right there."

Milan Stojanovic took 18th (17:05), Sam Gagliano 32nd (17:25), Robert Effinger 34th (17:29), Sawyer Wickersham 49th (17:56), Tony Lozano 50th (18:05) and Tim Ebben 53rd (18:14).

The Huskies finished sixth with 142 points in the sectional, which Kurtz called the toughest in the state.

Hale was plagued by injuries this season but still beat eight teams rated in the top 20 along the way. The Huskies also kept the West Allis city championship plaque by beating Central in three meets.

Greenfield girls swimming

Victories and school records came for the Hustlin' Hawks in a Woodland Conference crossover meet victory over St. Francis/St. Thomas More on Oct. 19.

Sienna Bast won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke with a school record, while Esmeralda Perez captured the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Bast, Brooke Charles, Esmeralda Perez and Elisa Perez won both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay, setting a school record in the 200 freestyle.

Coach Tim Locke, who also praised Morgan Borchardt for her efforts, said, "I am very proud of all the girls' hard work this season."

Central girls volleyball

Despite battling hard throughout, the Bulldogs ended up dropping an 18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 match to Greenfield in WIAA Division 1 regional action on Oct. 20.

"We were down in the first game but came back and won," coach Bob Staskunas said. "It was back and forth in the second game, but the third was all Greenfield, with no bounces our way. The fourth game was hard-fought, and we came back again and fell just short of sending it to five."

Jamie Weigel collected seven kills and nine digs, while Claire Hankins tallied seven kills and four solo blocks with a couple of athletic plays at the net, Staskunas said.

Mehryn Kraker served well and notched seven kills and April Wildes led Central in digs with 25. Angela Reyes had four kills and no errors in setting, while Jenny Wildes had a team-high 13 assists and nine digs.

The Bulldogs lose nine seniors but have six other regulars returning next season.

Whitnall girls swimming

The Falcons lost a 96-90 decision to New Berlin West in a Woodland Conference crossover meet on Oct. 19.

Lauren Zurowski won the 50 freestyle in 27.01 seconds, while Danika Johnson claimed the 100 freestyle (1:00.34) and Sarah Arteaga the 100 breaststroke (1:17.75). The 200 medley relay team also won (2:06.34).

Whitnall will compete in the Woodland Conference Meet on Saturday at Greenfield.

Hale girls cross country

The Huskies ran seventh with 163 points in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet on Saturday at Greenfield Park.

Ellie Probst took 19th in 16 minutes, 14 seconds, ahead of Virginia Wightman in 28th (16:36), Elizabeth Elliott 30th (16:39), Alyssa Drajkowski 38th (16:52), April Koshen 48th (17:11), Emily Zelten 56th (17:49) and Jessica Trapp 67th (18:23).

"The girls ran a good race and had a nice season," coach Terry Labinski said.

Greenfield cross country

Tom Friedbacker ran 20th in 18 minutes, 22 seconds at a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at Washington Park on Saturday, missing a state qualifying spot by four places.

Also for the Hustlin' Hawks, Casey Sabinash ran 23rd (18:25), Mike Hensiak 38th (19:15), Shaun Fleischhacker 39th (19:16) and Quinton Kufahl 65th (21:14).

The Hawks tallied 177 points for eighth place in the 10-team field, which was led by Marquette's 23 points.

For the girls, Jill Dworschack finished 32nd (17:47) and Jamie Bernam 33rd (17:49). They were the only two runners for the Hawks, so they had no team score.

Central boys cross country

Tyler Miletti finished 20th in 17 minutes, 7 seconds at a WIAA Division 1 sectional on Saturday at Greenfield Park.

Anthony Rueda placed 27th (17:23), Joshua Ostrenga 65th (18:56), Joshua Boeder 76th (20:02), Kyle Bigus 78th (20:08), Collin Borazo 79th (20:08) and Damien McFaden 84th (20:47) for the Bulldogs, who came in 11th with 266 points.

Central girls cross country

Freshman Katie Wardinski had been improving throughout the season and led the Bulldogs in their final meet of the year, a WIAA Division 1 sectional Saturday at Greenfield Park.

Wardinski crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 24 seconds for 53rd place, and was followed by Abby Pranghofer in 55th (season-best 17:49), Alex Jonas 61st (18:04), Becky Schwindt 64th (18:18), Sam Kass 71st (18:35), Brianna Nelson 81st (22:26) and Sam Chaulklin 82nd (22:59).

"Abby showed growth throughout the season," coach Mark Klobukowski said. "Sam Kass was a real strong worker who peaked in the sectional meet. Her hard work and desire to accomplish a better time each week paid off at the end of the season. Laura Kovach started out running strong and was improving until a stress fracture ended her season. Our season wrapped up with consistency for each and every runner."

Central scored 304 points for 11th place in the sectional.

Whitnall girls volleyball

The Falcons saw their season come to an end with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 loss to second seed East Troy in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal match on Oct. 18.

Whitnall went 4-4 in Woodland Conference dual meets this season and lost in pool play in the conference tournament.

Hale boys volleyball

The Huskies earned their first Greater Metro Conference victory of the season with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 triumph over West Allis Central on Oct. 19.

Zach Bohmann led Hale with 14 digs and four aces, while Savaughn Boston tallied 31 assists and Parker Voller 14 kills.

The Huskies will play at West Allis Central in a WIAA regional match at 7 p.m. Friday.

Central boys volleyball

The Bulldogs lost a pair of matches last week, falling to West Allis Hale, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22, on Oct. 19 and Waukesha South, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16, on Oct. 17.

Leading the way against the Huskies were Chris Schwartz with seven kills, Najeal McMillan with five blocks, Dane Travers with 12 digs and Josh Kopplin with 32 assists.

In the South match, Schwartz totaled six kills, Derrick Heinemann five blocks, Travers 12 digs and Kopplin 18 assists.

The Bulldogs will get a rematch with Hale in a WIAA regional match at home on Friday.

Greenfield boys volleyball

The Hustlin' Hawks fell to Shorewood, 25-11, 25-12, 25-19, on Oct. 17 and to Wauwatosa West, 25-11, 25-18, 25-12, on Oct. 19.

Adam Garlie collected 12 digs, Nick Nagorski 18 assists and Parambir Singh 10 kills against Tosa West.

The fifth-seeded Hawks open WIAA regional play at fourth-seeded Racine Case at 7 p.m. Friday.

- Compiled by John Rech

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