The Falcons edged the Sabers in a wildly entertaining nonconference dual meet, 25-11, 25-21, 15-25, 19-25, 17-15, on Sept. 29.

Whitnall did not fare as well in its Woodland Conference crossover match, falling, 25-15, 25-6, 25-18, to Greendale on Sept. 27. Lilly Naumann collected seven kills, Kayla Brunette nine assists and Haley Wynn 12 digs.


A pair of singles players and the first doubles team all advanced out of a WIAA Division 1 subsectional on Oct. 3.

First singles player Valentina Kukuruzovic, second singles player Kelly Hanlon and the first doubles unit of Victoria and Alex Mueller all moved on to sectional play, which was held Oct. 5 at Greenfield.

Kukuruzovic won her flight and improved to 13-1 on the season, Hanlon (15-5) came in second and the Muellers (11-8) were fourth.

Third singles player Jenna Hutchinson; fourth singles player Elly Hottinger; the second team of Kate Smazal and Grace Perinovic; and the third unit of Meredith Hawley and Emma Johnson all won their first matches but fell in the second round.

Last week in the Woodland Conference tournament, Greendale wound up fifth with 25 points.

Kukuruzovic finished second, falling 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 in the title match, and Hanlon and the Hawley/Johnson team both took fourth. Taking fifth were Hutchinson, Hottinger and Smazal-Perinovic, and Mueller/Mueller finished sixth.


The Panthers remained unbeaten in Woodland Conference dual meets with a 25-15, 25-6, 25-18 triumph over Whitnall on Sept. 27.

Nicole Martin racked up 21 kills, Kayce Litzau 16 assists and Jessica Grabowski seven digs for Greendale, which moved to 7-0 in conference meets.

The Panthers lost to D.C. Everest, West Allis Hale and Bay Port in the Menomonee Falls Invitational on Oct. 1.


An early lead held up for the Falcons in a 3-1 victory over Greendale on Sept. 28.

The Falcons lost a 2-0 decision to Greenfield in other Woodland Conference action on Sept. 26.


The Sabers built on their Southeast Conference championship by claiming the WIAA regional title in the meet held at Ives Grove on Sept. 29.

It was the third straight regional title for Franklin. The Sabers looked to earn their second straight WIAA state tournament berth in the sectional tournament held at Mee-Kwon in Mequon on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The state meet will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10 and 11, at University Ridge in Madison.

In the regional, the Sabers cruised to a 37-shot win in the 18-hole meet with a 338 total. They took the top three spots as Hailey Smoot was medalist with an 80, Faith Krause had an 82 and Courtney Matschke 85. Mallory Swartz came in with a 91 and Grace Pugh 97.


The Knights were a competitive third in the Southeast Conference meet Sept. 29.

Earning seconds were Varsha Sriram at first singles and the second doubles team of Maggie Howell and Alexa Dietsche, while thirds were earned by Amanda Czerwinski at second singles; Emma McCoy at fourth singles; the first doubles team of Kayla Stolz and Tori Lara; and the third doubles team of Rachel Papp and Sarah Luther.

The Knights took part in WIAA sectional play on Oct. 5, looking to advance players to the state individual tournament in Madison, Oct. 13-15.


The Knights advanced to sectional play with a fourth-place finish in the WIAA regional meet at Ives Grove on Sept. 29.

Oak Creek turned in an 18-hole regional score of 418, while Southeast Conference champ Franklin won with 338.

Alexis Hecker finished in a tie for sixth individually with an 89, while Lilian Gough came in with a 108, Haili Cota 110, Ashley Arndt 111 and Evey Liegler 117.


It's officially a season on the brink for the Knights. Coach Mike Bartholomew's team again had a hard time holding onto a lead as Racine Horlick scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to rally for a 35-28 victory on Sept. 30.

"It wasn't one position group, one side of the ball or the other," Bartholomew said. "It was everyone. We were outdisciplined by a team that, flat out, outplayed us."

The Knights, who began the season as a favorite in the Southeast, fell to 2-3 in league play and 4-3 overall. They need to win their final two games, at home against Racine Case on Friday, Oct. 7, and at Southeast runner-up Kenosha Indian Trail (5-2) on Friday, Oct. 14, in order to qualify for the WIAA playoffs.

Against Horlick, it was a crazy first as the teams traded TDs and were tied 21-21 at the break. Quarterback Jakup Sinani hit Ryan Harvey-Turner on a 60-yard TD pass, Elijah Robinson broke a 78-yard TD run and Sinani hit Ben Stanke on a 27-yard TD pass.

In the third quarter, Oak Creek went ahead on a 3-yard TD run by Sinani. They held the lead for much of the fourth quarter, but dangerous Rebel QB Joe Garcia hit Derrick Seay on a 34-yard TD pass on fourth down with 3:27 left. It was the only pass of the day for Horlick. The extra point was missed, and Oak Creek still held a 35-34 lead.

Oak Creek recovered the onside kick but then had to punt. Disaster struck when the snap went over the kicker's head, and the Rebels recovered on the Knights' two. They punched it in on the second play and converted the two-point conversion to take the lead with 1:29 left.

Robinson rushed for 131 yards, Sinani passed for 123 and Harvey-Turner caught five passes for 83 yards.


Another hat trick from Mike Howell lifted the Panthers to a 6-1 victory over Greenfield on Sept. 30 in Woodland Conference play.

The game started on Sept. 7 but was suspended with Greendale up 2-0 on goals from Howell and Maverick Berner off a cross from Michael Miksic.

When it resumed last week, Howell tallied with an assist from Chris Lechuga and Adam Krecak scored to make it 4-0 at halftime. In the second half, Howell connected on a penalty kick, and Josh Richlen closed the scoring on a head ball served by Miksic.

The Panthers fell, 3-1, to Whitnall on Sept. 28, with Howell scoring the lone goal with five minutes left.

Greendale (3-3 in the Woodland, 8-5 overall going into this week) dropped a 3-2 game to Shorewood on Sept. 26. Miksic and Richlen connected to tie the game at 2-2, but the Greyhounds hit the game winner in the 62nd minute.


The girls squad tallied 155 points for sixth place in the Mukwonago Invitational on Sept. 29.

Dijana Mitrovic came in 19th with 21 minutes, 6 seconds to pace the Falcons. Savannah Holt finished 21st (season-best 21:13), Sonja Mitrovic 25th (season-best 21:26), Bridget Finn 39th (22:11), Katie Klages 51st (22:39) and Alyssa Tolson 60th (23:18).

The boys team placed 10th with 265 points, led by LaShaun Dobbie in 26th (17:40). Reid Miller took 38th (18:07), Eli Mitchell 56th (18:53), Jacob Holt 72nd (21:19) and Nathan Steyn 73rd (21:29).


Third singles player Laura Dirk went 2-2 and finished sixth in the Woodland Conference tournament last week.

Fourth singles player Tori St. Onge won her opening match for the Falcons, who tallied three points for ninth place.


The Raptors went 1-3 in the Shorewood Invitational on Oct. 1, beating Eastbrook Academy, 25-15, 25-23, and losing to Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and Burlington.

Danny Palmer tallied six service aces, 29 assists and 11 kills; Charlie Riegg 11 aces, 27 kills and two blocks; Kevin Slattery four aces and seven kills; Tom Kolasinski two aces, four kills and six blocks; Amoun Vang six aces, seven kills and two digs; and Brady Cunningham three aces and nine digs.

Greenfield/Whitnall fell to New Berlin, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16, on Sept. 28. Palmer had 15 assists and two kills; Riegg 10 aces and four kills; Cunningham six digs; Kolasinski three kills; and Austin Marshall and Vang two aces.


The Sabers had a very positive week, improving to 7-3-2 overall with a 3-2 Southeast Conference victory over Kenosha Indian Trail on Sept. 27 and then a 9-0 nonconference win over Cudahy/St. Francis on Sept. 29.

Franklin is still deep in the mix of a very convoluted Southeast Conference race that has Oak Creek on top at 3-0-1 and Kenosha Tremper and Franklin tied for second at 3-1-1.

In the rout of Cudahy, the Sabers went up 6-0 at the half as Mitchell Martin finished with a hat trick, Jackson Ziegert had two goals and Cesar Huerta, Joe Brucker, Tyler Devinger and Nick Kafkas all had goals. Joe Thiry had two assists.

In the win over Indian Trail, the Sabers got two goals from Connor Kapczynski and one from Devinger.


The Knights got a sixth-place finish from Megan Drzadinski to lead them to a third-place finish with 56 points in the rain-soaked Cudahy Purgold Invitational on Oct. 1 at Sheridan Park.

Drzadinski covered the 5,000-meter course in 20:35 for her spot, and Danielle Moczynski was eighth (20:42). Other scoring runners included Lauren Sims in 11th (21:01), Olivia Schommer in 12th (21:07) and Kat Pawlak in 19th (22:00). Also running were McKenna Wardius in 23rd (22:07) and Sara Traxel in 36th (23:57).


The Knights competed well in taking fifth of 11 teams with 114 points at the Cudahy Purgold Invitational on Oct. 1 at Sheridan Park.

Steven Potter covered the 5,000-meter course that was pelted by rain in 16:58 to finish seventh, while Michael Sippy was eighth in 17:00. Other scoring runners included Tyler Kisting in 14th (17:21), Simeon Menako in 38th (18:11) and Seth Rocha in 47th (18:31). Also running were Brandon Medenwaldt in 54th (18:50) and Cameron Hyatt in 60th (19:04).


The Knights stayed in the Southeast Conference lead with a 2-1 win over Racine Horlick on Sept. 27.

The Knights, who had two league games this week including a weather makeup with Kenosha Bradford on Oct. 5, started the week at 3-0-1 in league play and 7-3-1 overall.


The Knights remained hot with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 Southeast Conference win over Racine Horlick on Sept. 27.

Coach Karen Lois said she was nervous going into the match as the Knights had played the Rebels twice in tournaments already this season.

Jazmine Neal had eight kills to lead Oak Creek, while Taylor Seney and Abby Lownik both added 7.  Seney also had four blocks, while Emily Shelton had 21 digs, Katie West 16 assists and Jenna Dankert 14 assists.


The Panthers fell to Beloit Memorial, 25-12, 26-24, 25-23, in a nonconference match on Sept. 26.

Tyler Cira collected nine assists and two service aces; Mehmet Ademi five digs and two aces; Ryan Hoefs six kills; and Jack Nelson three blocks.


The Knights gave it a good effort but fell short of the top team in the Southeast Conference with a 100-86 dual meet loss to Kenosha Tremper on Sept. 27.

Winning events for the Knights were Isabelle Anderson in diving (217.3 points) and the 200 free relay team of Alison Scharff, Muzyk, Jaden Cordelli and Cassie Ketterling (1:49.89).

Individual seconds went to Cordelli in the 200 free (2:13.24), Muzyk in the 50 free (27.11), Ketterling in the 100 butterfly (1:01.0), Scharff in the 100 free (1:00.41), Jenna Fields in the 500 free (6:04.29) and Rosemary Chitko in the 100 backstroke (1:11.11).


The Sabers were seventh of 15 teams with 207 points in the Racine Case Eagle Invitational on Oct. 1 at UW-Parkside.

Mary Pitcher was 17th on the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19:58, and Hailey Migliano was 18th (20:00) to lead the way. Other scoring runners included Jolene Mantoan in 48th (21:27), Whitney Thomas in 59th (21:48) and Leslie Davis in 64th (21:56).


The Sabers were 12th with 269 points in the Racine Case Eagle Invitational on Oct.1 at UW-Parkside.

Bryce Tome was 12th on the 5,000-meter course in 16:48 to lead the way, while Cale Pliska was 32nd (17:26), Joe Hasenstein 66th, Ben Tarman 75th (18:34) and Braden Schubring 84th (19:15).


The Knights' unbeaten run through the Southeast Conference came to an abrupt end with a 25-11, 25-12, 25-6 defeat at the hands of fifth-ranked Kenosha Tremper on Sept. 28.