For the seventh straight year, the Oak Creek boys are Southeast Conference track and field champions, breezing past the field with 195 points at home May 12. The Oak Creek girls made it a clean sweep with 169.5 points, edging Franklin (146). The Sabers also took second on the boys side with 118 points.
The Knights rode their depth, winning only three events. James Carter secured the high jump (6-2), and Michael Sippy won the 800 in 1:55.77, with teammate Steven Potter taking second (1:57.79). Ryan Potter took the 400 (48.99 seconds), posting the third-fastest time recorded in the state thus far, and Sippy also has the third-best time in his event.
Roy Harden (10.90) took second in the 100 behind Dwayne Ford of Racine Case but still posted the fifth-best time on the state honor roll.
Franklin’s 4x400 team of Joe Hasenstein, AJ Catarozoli, Carter Snelson and Chris Rafalski won in 3:25.34, and Tymek Stanisz won the pole vault at 13 feet, edging teammate Dawson Ziegler (12-6 for second place).
On the girls side, the Oak Creek 4x100-meter relay team of Alaina Holt, Lea Finn, Katie Gard and Maddie Gard won in 49.72 seconds.
Jaszmin Washington won the 100 hurdles (15.55) for Oak Creek and took the 300 hurdles in 46.45. Her 14.78 in the former event, recorded at the Myrhum Invitational one week earlier, continues to be the second-best mark in the state. Isabella Nuck won the pole vault by clearing 10 feet. Amber Lane (103-3) won the discus, leading a trio of Knights in the top three, with Lindsey Pederson (100-2) and Jenna Dankert (97-4) also in the running for the gold. Dankert added first place in the shot put (40-5 ½).
Franklin freshman Clare Pitcher won the 400 with ease, recording 58.19, a time that already would have just missed qualifying for the finals at last year’s state meet. Her time of 2:23.43 also won the 800. Freshman teammate Nadia Vo won the high jump (5-1)
Franklin’s Hailey Migliano won the 1,600 (5:12.09) and 3,200 (9:49.91), and fellow Sabers senior Haley Pyan won the triple jump (35-2 ½).
The Whitnall girls track and field took second at the Hale Invite on May 12, and the boys placed sixth.
Bridget Finn won the 1,100-meter steeplechase, an event held annually at Hale but usually at no other point during the year. Her time was 4:02.03, just ahead of teammate Katie Klages 4:14.08.
Austin Marshall won the boys pole vault (12-6).
Franklin improved to 10-3 and 5-0 in the Southeast with a 4-1 win over Kenosha Indian Trail on May 9. Abby Gardner scored twice, and Katie Lehman and Angela Chobanian scored once. Megan Lacina made four saves.
Janel Karow, Chobanian and Abby Lehman all scored goals in a 3-0 win over Thomas More on May 12.
Capping off a sweep of the Southeast Conference dual-meet season, Franklin knocked off Kenosha Tremper on May 11, 5-2. Billy Her won his No. 2 singles match in three sets with a 7-1 win in the super tiebreaker, and the Sabers swept in doubles.
Franklin will get a chance to add an accent onto the regular-season crown with Thursday’s league meet.
FHS downed South Milwaukee in a nonconference match May 8, 7-0, and then handled Racine Park a day later, 7-0. The Sabers recorded an impressive win over powerful Brookfield Central in the first match of the Manitowoc Invitational on May 13, winning all three doubles matches and at No. 1 and No. 3 singles (Ethan Grissom and Parker Rehm).
Against Nicolet, perhaps the state’s best team, Franklin fell by a 7-0 count, then fell by a 5-2 ledger against the top team in Division 2, Notre Dame. Adam Dohr and Parker Rehm won a doubles match at the No. 2 flight, and Ethan Grissom won at the No. 1 singles spot.
Other members of the league-champion team are Ben Revie (No. 4 singles) and the doubles lineup of Adam Bartoshevich/Cole Cimoch, Nick Hillstrom/Ryan Ace and Connor Henry/Jack Takerian.
Greenfield’s hold on first place in the Woodland Conference East Division became more tenuous with a 6-2 loss to Whitnall on May 11, cutting Greenfield’s lead over the Falcons to one game.
Haley Wynn went 3 for 4 for Whitnall and got the win with seven strikeouts in four innings. Sierra Grubor and Abby Cunningham each drove in two runs for the winning Falcons.
Whitnall (18-4) won six of seven games in a remarkably busy week, finishing with two wins in three tries in a Saturday tournament at the YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc.
Wynn homered twice and finished with four RBIs against Homestead in a 15-4 victory; Abby Cunningham also homered. The Falcons closed with a 5-4 win over Arrowhead.
The rest of the week included four Woodland Conference wins. Mackenzie Sutton homered, posted three hits and six RBIs in a 9-3 win over New Berlin Eisenhower. Whitnall downed South Milwaukee, 10-0, and crushed Pewaukee, 20-0.
Franklin (13-7) fell to Oak Creek by a 7-0 count on May 9 and to Greendale on May 13, 3-2, but also won five games last week, including conference wins over Racine Case (3-2), Racine Park (10-4), Racine Horlick (7-2) and Kenosha Indian Trail (14-0). The Sabers downed Divine Savior Holy Angels on May 13, 12-2.
Brook Runte drove in two runs and had two hits in the narrow win over Case, in which the Sabers scored all three runs in the top of the seventh to prevail. Breanna Roberts struck out an eye-popping 17 batters in seven innings and allowed just one hit and one walk.
Abby Matthews homered and drove in a pair against Park, and Emily Versnik and Kylie Klein drove in two apiece against Horlick. Versnick had a huge day against Indian Trail, going 4 for 4 with five RBIs, and Taylor Viertel had three hits, as well, with two driven in.
Greendale finished fourth in the Woodland West standings after wrapping the regular season last week.
Cassidy Kramp shot 42 and Josh Warner 43 at Western Lakes on May 10 as the Panthers shot 174 for fourth. At Wanaki on May 11, James Johnson led the way with 40 and Warner 43 as the team shot 178, good for third.