The Sabers' bid for a second straight WIAA state tournament berth was shattered when they lost in a one-hole playoff, 14-15, to Brookfield Central for the second state team berth out of the sectional held at Meekwon in Mequon on Oct. 4.

"Obviously not the ending to the season we'd hoped for," said coach Brandy Johnston. "The girls played tough but came up just a bit short. We didn't adjust well to the greens, and we gave away a few too many strokes with our putting."

The Sabers still advanced senior Hailey Smoot and junior Courtney Matschke as individuals to the state tournament that was held Oct. 10 and 11 at University Ridge in Madison.

The sectional at MeeKwon featured three teams ranked in the top six in state polls. Host and North Shore Conference champion Homestead, paced by individual medalist Speedy Kent, won with an 18-hole total of 331, while Franklin and Greater Metro Conference champion Brookfield Central tied with a 333 total.

That led to an aggregate total playoff that started and finished on the par-four first hole. The key was one of the Lancer players stiffing her approach shot from 125 yards out to just about a foot from the hole, a gimme birdie. The Sabers could not recover.

"The playoff was intense, and I probably would've really enjoyed watching it had we not been a part of it," Johnston said. "I was proud of the way the girls handled the pressure of the moment. They stepped up and made some big shots when they needed to in order to keep pace with Brookfield Central.

"In the end, BC just made one more big shot than we did. Tough way to end the season as a team."

Matschke finished in a tie for fourth individually with an 80, while Smoot tied for sixth with an 81 to earn their state spots.

Faith Krause completed her fine career with a tie for ninth with an 85, while Mallory Swartz carded an 87 and Grace Pugh 92.


Junior Alexis Hecker ended the Knights' season on a spectacular note when she finished 11th out of 48 in the WIAA sectional tournament at Meekwon on Oct. 4.

She carded an 18-hole score of 86 to lead the Knights to an eighth-place finish in the sectional with a 410 team score. She was only five shots off of an individual state tournament berth. Homestead won the meet with a 331 mark.

Hecker went out in a 45 and came back in with a 41. Homestead's Speedy Kent was medalist with a 69.

Other players for Oak Creek included Lillian Gough with a 104, Haili Cota with a 108, Evey Liegler with a 112 and Ashley Arndt with a 117.

Oak Creek shot a 211 on the front nine but improved to a 199 on the back.


The Panthers completed a clean sweep of Woodland Conference foes with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 victory over Woodland Conference East Division champion Greenfield on Oct. 4.

Corinne Bialo collected nine kills and 13 digs, Kayce Litzau 20 assists and Dani Litzau three blocks for the Panthers, who finished 8-0 in Woodland dual meets.

Greendale will play in the Woodland Tournament this week, with pool play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at sites to be announced and the semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Greenfield High School. The championship match will follow.


Behind four top-20 finishes, the Falcon girls claimed second place at the Westosha Central Invitational on Oct. 6.

The team tallied 82 points to place behind only East Troy, which scored 24 points and had four of its runners in the top five spots. Westosha Central came in third with 95 points.

Dijana Mitrovic snared 10th place with 21 minutes, 42 seconds and was followed by Sonja Mitrovic in 12th (21:46), Savannah Holt 16th (22:12) and Bridget Finn 19th (22:18) to round out the top-20 finishes. Katie Klages came in 25th (22:37), Chase Nowak 34th (23:23) and Alyssa Tolson 46th (24:13).

"The team performed well in spite of a muddy and hilly course," coach Bridget Sparks said.

The boys squad finished ninth with 232 points. Reid Miller led the way in 15th (18:09), followed by LaShaun Dobbie 35th (18:47), Eli Mitchell 70th (19:45), Josh Cram 121st (21:46), Ethan Christensen 124th (21:54), Jacob Holt 127th (21:58) and Nathan Steyn 148th (22:50).

Both teams will compete in the Woodland Conference Meet starting at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Hales Corners Park. The girls won an invitational there earlier this season.


Jeremy Rutlin and Brady Korpal both scored to lift the Falcons to a 2-0 victory over Pius XI on Oct. 6 at Croatian Park, capping off a strong week.

Rutlin tallied in the first half, assisted by Anthony Schauer, and Korpal in the second, helped by Sean Damro. Goaltender Sam Thut made eight saves.

Eric Kopcha connected on the lone goal, assisted by AJ Thut, to help Whitnall beat Cudahy, 1-0, on Oct. 5.

The Falcons also played to a scoreless tie with state-ranked New Berlin Eisenhower on Oct. 3 and came into this week at 4-3-2 in the conference.


Job Roloff came in second and Nolan Rudd third for the Panthers in the Westosha Central Invitational on Oct. 6.

Roloff finished in 16 minutes, 58 seconds and Rudd in 17:26 to help Greendale finish second with 72 points, trailing only South Milwaukee with 44 points.

"Job was closing ground on the eventual winner (Sheel Patel of Westosha Central with 16:54) but started his big push too late," coach Corey Binnebose said. "Nolan was strong, then found himself all alone the last mile."

Ryan Unruh came in 11th (17:55) and Logan Lutz 17th (18:11) to also win medals. Matthew Stilling finished 41st (18:53), Logan Groh 45th (19:03) and Travis Bradford 46th (19:08).

"Matthew had his best race of the year and the performance of the day," Binnebose said, adding that he was encouraged by how the team ran in the warm, humid conditions.

A short-handed girls squad came in seventh with 187 points. Top runner Emma Polenske stopped her race near the mile mark due to breathing problems, and Ellen Abad Santos was ill and did not compete.

Kelsey Sodemann ran 18th (22:15) to earn a medal, and Alyssa Dobbs took 27th (22:40), Cassidy Sanchez 47th (24:18), Ally Coombs 48th (24:23), Bella Thiel 50th (24:34), Madison Ryback 54th (24:46) and Emma Zei 58th (24:52).


The Panthers downed Waukesha South, 25-22, 25-14, 12-25, 25-18, on Oct. 3 for their second dual-meet victory of the season.

Jared Folker tallied four service aces, Ryan Hoefs 15 assists, Marvin Hossain two blocks, Sam Swittel 14 digs and Tyler Cira nine kills for Greendale.

"It was our dig pink night to bring awareness for breast cancer, and the boys got the crowd's attention with big plays and bright pink ribbon jerseys," coach Britta Bukowski said.

The Panthers dropped a 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13 match to South Milwaukee on Oct. 5. Hoefs collected 15 kills and 25 assists, Swittel 14 digs, Hossain three blocks and Folker three aces.


The Sabers split a pair of matches last week, defeating Racine Park in three sets in a Southeast Conference match on Oct. 4 and then losing to nonconference foe Pewaukee in three sets on Oct. 6.

The Park match was senior night and homecoming week for the Sabers. Coach Katie Bohen said they honored senior Kelsey Johnson for her outstanding dedication to Saber volleyball over a four-year career.

Stat leaders included Brianna Merkel with five aces, nine kills, six digs and 16 assists, while Lauren Reinke had five aces; Kaitlin Gawelski six kills and six digs; Bryanna Moonen six kills; and Emily Versnik 13 assists

It was Pewaukee's homecoming and senior night match in the three-set loss. Hannah Mofre had two aces and 14 digs; Nora Pecha seven kills; Merkel seven kills, 10 digs and 20 assists; Moonen seven kills; Kaylee Kuecker 13 digs; Reinke 11 digs;
and Versnik 12 assists.

The Southeast Conference tournament will be Saturday, Oct. 15, at Racine Case.


Behind Isabelle Anderson's six-dive, school-record diving effort of 238.45 points, the Knights turned in a 116-67 Southeast Conference dual-meet win over Racine Horlick on Oct. 4.

Her efforts led a one-two-three sweep in diving as Rebecca Koronkowski (225.05) and Brooke Goedel (221.6) both also went over 200 points.

Cassie Ketterling won the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.56) and 100 butterfly (1:02.86).

Other firsts went to the 200 medley relay team of Hannah Smith, Ketterling, Olen and Rosemary Chitko (2:03.69) and the 400 free relay team of Jaden Cordelli, Olen, Chitko and Alison Scharff (no time).


Winning eight events, the Falcons downed Brown Deer/University School, 96-73, in a Woodland Conference dual meet on Oct. 5.

Brooke Miles won both the 200-yard freestyle with 2 minutes, 10.23 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:03.04, and Kelly McElvain captured the 200 individual medley at 2:18.45 and the 500 freestyle with 5:29.79.

Katelyn Bloomer claimed the 50 freestyle with 28.46 seconds and Jennifer Bloomer the 100 freestyle at 1:03.89. Also winning were Miles, McElvain, Nicole Beckman and Katelyn Bloomer in the 200 medley relay with 1:59.62 and the 400 freestyle at 4:01.33.

Taking second were Beckman in the 200 IM (2:18.54), Leena Meyers in the 50 freestyle (29.46), Izzy Cole in the 100 freestyle (1:04.19) and the 200 freestyle relay of Meyers, Jennifer Bloomer, Tegan Klass and Cole (1:59.32).


Placed in an extremely tough field with Divine Savior Holy Angels, Brookfield East, Brookfield Central and New Berlin Eisenhower, the Falcons did not score in a WIAA Division 1 subsectional at Brookfield East on Oct. 4.

That ended a season that saw them win three Woodland Conference dual meets and take ninth in the conference tournament.


The Raptors dropped two tight matches last week, falling to Shorewood in five sets on Oct. 5 and Brookfield Central in four sets on Oct. 3.

Greenfield/Whitnall lost to Shorewood, 25-13, 18-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-8, and to Central, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17.


The Falcons dropped a 25-16, 25-10, 25-19 dual meet to New Berlin Eisenhower in a Woodland crossover on Oct. 4.

Lilly Naumann totaled six kills and Kayla Brunette 11 assists for Whitnall, which went 3-5 in Woodland duals.


The Sabers won a 4-2 Southeast Conference decision over Racine Park on Oct. 4 and then fell in a 3-0 nonconference decision to Germantown on Oct. 6.

The split leaves the Sabers at 4-1-1 in Southeast Conference play and 8-4-3 overall. They sit in a tie for second in Southeast play with Kensosha Tremper, behind leader Oak Creek (5-0-1).

Joe Heup made four saves in the loss to Germantown.

In the win over Park, the Sabers were up 2-0 at the half.

Goals went to Connor Kapczynski (2) and to Jared Bielinski and Nolan Rufffing. Assists went to Mitchell Martin and Jackson Ziegert.


The Knights stayed in the Southeast Conference lead with a 6-0 rout of Kenosha Bradford on Oct. 4.

Oak Creek could have clinched the outright league title with an Oct. 11 game at Kenosha Indian Trail. Franklin and Kenosha Tremper are tied for second at 4-1-1.

No statistics were available from the Bradford game.

The Knights also dropped a 6-2 nonconference to powerful Waukesha West on Oct. 7.

In the loss to West, the Knights fell behind, 5-1, at the half. Goals were scored by Will Gonzalez and Kevin Rebollo.


The Knights stayed competitive in a long week of play.

On Oct. 4, they dropped a 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 Southeast Conference dual meet to Racine Case as  Katie West and Emily Shelton had 13 digs each. Jazmine Neal had eight kills and Corrine Kurz seven. Neal had five blocks, while Katie West had 13 assists and Jenna Dankert 11.

On Oct. 6, the Knights won a 25-13, 25-17, 27-25 nonconference dual against South Milwaukee as Emily Shelton had 20 digs, Abby Lownik nine kills, Grace Paar five blocks and Dankert 15 assists.

Then on Oct. 8, they went 1-3 in the powerhouse Brookfield East Invite as Shelton had 35 digs, West 30  and Lownik 27. Neal provided 23 kills and Kurz 17. Neal and Taylor Seney had six blocks each, while West had 38 assists and Dankert 29 and Kurz seven aces.

The Southeast Conference tournament will be Saturday, Oct. 15, at Racine Case.


Mike Howell scored a goal and assisted on another to help the Panthers beat Pius XI, 2-1, on Oct. 5.

Howell opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, and after Pius tied it on a penalty kick in the second half, he assisted Michael Miksic with the winning goal in the 82nd minute. Goaltender Austin Sabba made eight saves.

Greendale (4-4 in the Woodland Conference, 9-6 overall going into this week) fell to Wauwatosa West, 5-1, on Oct. 3, with the lone goal by Jovo Skavo.


The Sabers had a tough day at the Whitefish Bay Invitational on Oct. 8.

They went 0-3 in pool play, falling to New Berlin, Brookfield East and host Bay. They then lost a tough 25-19, 17-25, 15-10 consolation quarterfinal decision to Burlington.


On Oct. 3, the Knights dropped a 25-17, 25-7, 25-16, nonconference decision to Tosa West. The Knights also dropped a 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 nonconference decision to Wilmot on Oct. 10.

In the match against Wilmot, Joey Zietlow had seven kills, Connor Renz seven assists, Matt Lee five blocks and Matt Kasar 19 digs.