Whitnall girls volleyball
A young Falcons squad developed quickly in claiming the Silver Bracket championship at the season-opening Prairie School Tournament on Saturday.
Whitnall has just two seniors on the roster in Emily Kuether and Ashley Markowiak and four freshmen in Ana Haning, Lexi Ratkowski, Kendall Stribling and Olivia Szalacinski.
"Having four freshmen and two sophomores, along with three first-time varsity juniors, will lead to a good case of the jitters," head coach Todd Smith said.
The Falcons dropped their first match to Racine Case, 25-17, 27-26, after leading 23-19 and 24-22 in the second game.
They went on to defeat The Prairie School, SWCHA, Martin Luther and Racine Park to take the Silver crown.
"The entire day was a great learning experience," Smith said. "This was a great lift for a young team. This is a good, talented group, and it will be fun to watch them grow."
Hale boys cross country
A veteran squad could help head coach Ron Kurtz experience success in his 40th season of coaching cross country.
Kurtz, who is in his 37th year at Hale, has six returning lettermen. They are senior co-captain Milan Stojanovic, the team's most valuable junior last season; senior co-captains Robert Effinger and Sam Gagliano; junior Tony Lozano, the most valuable sophomore last season; sophomore Dan Nelson, the most valuable freshman last season; and junior Tim Ebben.
The Huskies went 99-30 last season and captured the West Allis city championship for the fourth straight season.
They opened on Saturday at the West Bend Invitational, taking fifth with a combined time of 1 hour, 27 minutes and 38 seconds.
Stojanovic led the way with 17:02, followed by Effinger at 17:19, Nelson 17:21, Gagliano 17:25, Lozano 18:31, Ebben 18:36 and Bailey Keune 19:00.
The Huskies, rated 12th in Division 1, host an invitational Aug. 31 at Greenfield Park.
Whitnall boys soccer
A total of four players scored as the Falcons started their season with a 4-0 victory over Waukesha South on Aug. 23.
Foreign exchange student Guillem Corbera opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a 25-yard blast off a pass from senior Tyler Quinn. Junior Petar Miskov converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0.
Early in the second half, Quinn received a pass from junior Bryan Domitrz for a goal and senior Jamie Wunrow connected on another penalty kick to close the scoring.
The Falcons then lost two games at Cudahy on Saturday, 1-0 to Oak Creek and 3-2 to Wisconsin Lutheran.
Head coach Stevan Miskov said junior Chris Kelnhofer, senior Zach Barnhart, senior Kyler Chelminiak and senior Brent Sluka will form a strong defense, while Petar Miskov, Wunrow, Domitrz and freshman Joe Schauer make up a solid midfield.
Junior Max Schwarz will be the goalkeeper.
Hale boys soccer
The Huskies continued their strong start to the season at 4-1-1 by playing Brookfield Central tough in a 3-1 loss on Aug. 21, tying Pius XI, 3-3, on Aug. 22 and blanking Greendale, 1-0, on Friday.
Alex Sykes tallied the only goal in the triumph over Greendale, which was Hale's fourth victory. It was Sykes' fourth goal of the young season.
Scoring against Pius were Josh Burke, his fourth of the season; Bobby Saskowski, his third of the campaign; and Sykes.
Alex Kaul put in the only goal against powerful Brookfield Central, his first of the season.
Whitnall girls cross country
The Falcons finished seventh in the Shorewood Early Season Invitational on Aug. 23 at Kern Park, scoring 154 points.
Junior Jasmine Van Tine led them by taking seventh place in 17 minutes, 26 seconds. She was followed by junior Kim Hurst in 29th (18:27), junior Alyssa Woo 30th (18:30), freshman Lauren Lent 42nd (18:47), sophomore Kina Cross 46th (18:54), sophomore Kristy Crivello 57th (19:25) and senior Carly Cardenas 73rd (22:07).
"We're looking forward to a successful and injury-free season," head coach Mike Thompson said, "as we were plagued by numerous injuries last year. Our goal is to stay healthy and, as always, compete for a conference title."
Whitnall boys cross country
Alex Richardson claimed third place in 17 minutes, 13 seconds as the Falcons came in seventh with 195 points in the Shorewood Early Bird Invitational on Aug. 23 at Kern Park.
Richardson was followed by Derrick Yimsut in 36th (19:55), Seth Nowak 41st (20:13), Jacob Wick 57th (21:30), Austin Hurst 58th (21:36), Blake Stencil 59th (21:40) and Shane Murphy 62nd (21:44).
Hale girls cross country
The Huskies claimed 11th of 18 teams at the West Bend Invitational on Saturday, posting a combined time of 1 minute, 29.52 seconds.
Junior Ellie Probst had the lowest time at 16 minutes, 49 seconds, followed by sophomore April Koshen in 18:07, freshman Madison Mihaljevic 18:15, senior Alyssa Drajkowski 18:16 and senior Elizabeth Elliott 18:22.
Everyone finished in the top 25 in their respective age groups, and Probst and Mihaljevic both received medals.
Also running were freshman Caroline Daniels (19:00) and senior Emily Zelten (19:13).
"We have more depth this season," head coach Terry Labinski said. "We have 10 girls working for a varsity spot."
Central girls volleyball
The Bulldogs posted a 4-4 record in their own nine-team round-robin tournament on Saturday, going 8-9 in games.
Junior Rachel Sura and freshman Mary Martens led Central in hitting, while senior Melissa Smith led in setting. Martens and Smith also paced the Bulldogs in serving.
Junior Tammy Murazewski, junior Angela Reyes and sophomore Emma Somppi led the way in blocking, while senior Emily Villafuentes and junior Amber Wegner topped the team in digs.
"We have only two returning seniors in Melissa and Emily," head coach Bob Staskunas said. "The other two seniors (Jourdan Davis and Nikki Waite) are first-year varsity players. Emily is the anchor of our passing and defense and Melissa is the setter, with experience from starting last year."
Hale girls volleyball
First-year coach Leng Sayaovong is in the process of determining the best lineup for his team.
"Since this is my first year at Hale," Sayaovong said, "I'm still trying to figure out who can play best next to each other. I'm not familiar with how these players play or what position they played last year."
The Huskies opened with a quadrangular on Aug. 22 at home, finishing 1-2. They lost to Waukesha West, 25-20, 25-23, and to New Berlin Eisenhower, 25-19, 25-23, and beat Sussex Hamilton, 22-25, 25-17, 15-6.
In the victory over Hamilton, sophomore Jamie Supple totaled seven kills, two blocks and nine digs; senior Marlee Freitag six kills; senior Rachel Milani four blocks; senior Caitlin Kantowski 15 assists; and sophomore Natalie Carr six digs.
"The setter position is going to be a key factor," Sayaovong said. "Kantowski is doing a great job so far trying to learn the position. Supple is a strong all-around player, Milani can be a big factor in the middle and Freitag can play multiple positions."
Central girls cross country
The Bulldogs will be led in the 2012 season by junior Alex Jonas and sophomores Katie Wardinski and Becky Schwindt, head coach Mark Klobukowski said.
"All our young runners are looking forward to helping the team with individual success and improvements throughout the season," Klobukowski said.
Schwindt had the best performance in Central's opening meet, Saturday's Kenosha Tremper Invitational, as she ran 19 minutes, 37 seconds. Team scores were not kept at the meet.
Greenfield cross country
The Hustlin' Hawk boys finished seventh with 174 points and the girls 11th with 246 points in the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Invitational on Aug. 23.
West Allis girls swimming
The Wave is anticipating a good season under new head coach Kristin Lehman.
"I am looking for the girls to have improved times from last year and to really work together as a team so they can help each other achieve their goals," Lehman said.
Key performers for the varsity include Haley Marie Asher, Paulina Fortis, Sydney Jewel, Tara Kelley, Brianna Kulas, Larissa Mickelson, Meghan Pfeiffer, Cortney Wery and Jess Drews.
Central boys soccer
Michael Manlick tallied two goals and Matt Medcalf made six saves for the Bulldogs in a 5-2 loss to Cudahy/St. Francis on Aug. 20.
Central also fell to Wauwatosa East, 11-0, on Aug. 21 and to New Berlin West, 6-0, on Friday.
West Allis girls tennis
Marissa Rechlicz won at third singles to provide her team with its only victory in a 6-1 dual loss to Milwaukee King on Aug. 22.
Rechlicz improved to 7-2 on the season.
West Allis also dropped a 7-0 dual to New Berlin West on Aug. 21.
Greenfield boys soccer
The Hustlin' Hawks lost to Waukesha North, 3-0, on Friday and Franklin, 3-0, on Aug. 22.
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