OAK CREEK GIRLS TRACK
The Knights stayed busy and productive on spring break, closing out their indoor season with a tie for the championship in the 12-team Racine Case Classic at UW-Parkside on April 2.
'Although we didn't have any first-places finishes, we placed in a number of events, which kind of shows the depth we seem to have this year,' said coach Bob Haberli. 'Like most other schools, we were missing quite a few upper-class athletes due to spring break. It's still early, so hopefully we can continue building on our early-season success.'
They will open their outdoor season with the Mukwonago M-Club Relays on Tuesday, April 12.
Oak Creek scored 63 points, which tied it with Beloit Memorial for the title as Racine Horlick was a razor's width behind in third at 621/2.
The pole vault was a big event for the Knights as sophomores Abby Lownik(8-6) and Bella Nuck(7-6) were second and third, respectively, while other seconds went to freshman Katie Gardin the high jump (4-8) and the 4x200-meter relay team of freshmen Alaina Holt, Katieand Maddie Gard and sophomore Shannon Nelson (1:50.41).
Other thirds went to senior Emma Simsin the 800 (2:29.11), freshman Megan Drzadinskiin the 3,200 (12:40.44) and the 4x800 relay of Sims, freshmen McKenna Wardius and Lauren Simsand junior Liesel Couch(10:53.98).
FRANKLIN BOYS TRACK
Brady Snelsonwon the 400-meter dash and Dawson Zieglerthe pole vault to lead the Sabers to a second-place finish in the 13-team Racine Case Classic at UW-Parkside on April 2.
'We've gotten off to a pretty good start as a team,' said coach John Troy. 'We have a large number of returners, as well as a good amount of young athletes. It is also really nice to have a track to train on this year.
'Our goals remain very high this year, and hopefully with a little luck, we'll be able to achieve them. I have a lot of confidence in this team and think we may be able to surprise a few people along the way.'
The Sabers, who finished second in the Southeast Conference outdoor meet last season, will compete in the USATF State Indoor meet on Saturday, April 9, at UW-Whitewater.
Snelson was clocked in 52.34 seconds in taking the 400 by over a full second, while Ziegler cleared 11-6 to take the pole vault. Those efforts led Franklin to a 78-point effort at Case as the host school won with 102 points.
Another victory was taken by the 4x400 relay team of Chris Rafalski, Charlie Rydeski, Andy Stengeland Snelson (3:35.34). Seconds went to Josh Iraciin the 55 dash (6.59) and 200 dash (22.85); Michael Gormanin the 1,600 (4:42.9); and Michael Hennigin the 55 hurdles (8.53).
OAK CREEK BOYS TRACK
Caleb Ogdenbroke his own meet record in the 200 dash with a clocking of 22.33 seconds and also claimed the 400 in a blistering time of 49.09 in leading the Knights to a second-place finish in the Madison West Relays on April 2.
Oak Creek scored 48 points for their spot as Stevens Point won the 28-team event with 541/2 points.
Dominique Smith helped out Ogden by continuing his impressive spring in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-0 to take his specialty. Earlier this season, his height of 14-1 broke a 23-year-old school record.
Other places for the Knights included a fourth from the 4x400 relay team of Ogden, Sam Wesner, Charlie Quentin and Smith (3:33.86), while the 4x100 relay of Ryan McDermott, Cornelius Bright, Macen Leonardi and Roy Hardenwas third (44.98), Harden was fifth in the long jump (21-33/4) and Cullen Quinnwas seventh in the shot put (48-51/2).
Coach Rick Stack is encouraged that his defending Southeast Conference champions have a good mix of experience and young talent. He said his team will have a strong leadership base this spring.
'It is also an edge to have such a great group of seniors to lead this team onward,' he said. 'It is a close-knit group that are looking upward to the season and its challenges. I will be leaning on my seniors for that guidance as the season progresses.
'The list of seniors is larger than past years. Besides Caleb, we have Macen Leonardi, Charlie Quentin, Dominique Smith, Cullen Quinn, Evan Siira, Ryan McDermott, Kyle Rombcaand a host of others.'
The Knights will open their outdoor season at the Mukwonago M-Club Relays on Tuesday, April 12.
FRANKLIN GIRLS SOCCER
The Sabers opened their season with a 3-0 home win over Pius XI on April 4.
Goals were scored by junior midfielder Samantha Wieland (assist sophomore midfielder Abby Gardner), freshman midfielder Katie Lehman (assist junior midfielder Abby Lehman) and senior midfielder Adrianna Henry. Junior keeper Hailey Scasny had three saves on the night.
'The 2016 team is the most balanced squad that I have had since taking over in 2014,' said coach Acasio Roche. 'In the past, if changes were made to strengthen up a position or line, we typically were depleting another or changing the formation. This year, we have players that can come in right off the bench and contribute just as much as the starters, which has made practices very competitive.
'It's taken a while to balance out the squad, and I guess you can't expect it all to happen over night. Nonetheless, it's been fun getting to this point for both players, as well as the coaching staff. Our goals for the season remain the same as the last two years. To improve on our overall record, to make it further in the WIAA tournament than the previous year and, last but not least, contend for a conference championship.'
The Sabers took on Greenfield in another nonconference game on April 6.
FRANKLIN GIRLS TRACK
The Sabers took fourth in the tightly-contested 13-school Racine Case Classic on April 2.
The team scored 56 points for its spot.
Lisa Konkolwon the pole vault with a clearance of 9 feet even, and Franklin also got a victory out of the 4x800 relay team of Jolene Mantoan, Meghan Jacobson, Demi Yoder and Morgan Trinko(10:51.96).
Seconds went to the 4x400 relay team of Trinko, Meghan Gain, Jensen Ritzowand Yoder (4:25.93) and Breanna Judkinsin the long jump (16-111/2), while the 4x200 relay team of Alyssa Colla, Konkol, Yoder and Jacobson was third (1:52.71) and Gain was fourth in the 1,600 (5:56.66).
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz