The Sabers are, to put it mildly, motivated this spring.
They are coming off a season that ended last year at the WIAA Sectional where their season-low 18-hole team score of 322 missed out on going to the WIAA State Tournament by two strokes. On top of that, current senior Mitchell Ottmissed state as an individual when he lost out in a three-man playoff.
'Fast forward, it's 2016,' said coach Brandon Johnsen. 'We are returning the entire lineup that was at last year's WIAA sectional. Varsity players for 2016 include: senior Mitchell Ott (playing golf at Carthage College next year; second team All-SEC); senior Andrew Niemic(second team All-SEC), senior Sean Luangpraseuth, senior Tony Dilaveri(new addition), junior Jackson Rehm, sophomore Brett Grulkowski(varsity letter as a freshman), and freshman Nolan Ruffing.
'Mitchell, Brett, and Nolan had a great summer playing competitive golf and are looking to build. Andrew has been on varsity since his sophomore year. Sean has played in and out of varsity since his sophomore year and shot 81 at the WIAA sectional last year. Nolan is exciting to watch. His swing and mental approach to the game mirrors someone who is a junior or senior and not a freshman.
'We have high expectations of ourselves, however we understand that in golf, nothing is handed to you. We are out to prove ourselves this season. This is the deepest team in terms of having seven solid varsity-level golfers on the roster.'
The Sabers won the opening SEC league mini-meet with a nine-hole score of 163 at Ives Grove on April 13. Ruffing was the meet medalist with a 37 while Ott, Grulkowski and Rehm all shot 42s.
The defending Southeast Conference champions will bring a veteran crew to the courts this season.
'We have 35 players in our program this year,' said coach Gail Champion. 'It took awhile to get started as spring break was our first week of practice, but the players have really come on strong the last two weeks. We are very optimistic about our season!'
The coaching staff includes John Brandes and new addition Andrew Smith. Champion said the team will bring back many seasoned players. In singles they will include Eric Vonderwell, and sophomores Ethan Grissomand Billy Her. A new addition will be freshman Max DeMario.
Doubles veterans include seniors Matt Brandesand Alex Eder, junior Cole Cimoch, and sophomores Adam Bartoshevich and Adam Dohr. Junior Parker Rehmalso will help out.
The Sabers opened the conference season last week with a 7-0 win over Racine Case.
All singles' matches were 6-0, 6-0, and included Vonderwell, Grissom, DeMario and Her, respectively. The doubles' teams of Brandes and Eder, Cimoch and Bartoshevich, and Dohr and Ben Revie, all won easily too.
This weekend, the Sabers will be at the Waukesha South Tournament.
The Panthers won four games last week to extend their winning streak to five and their season record to 5-1.
Greendale blanked Shorewood, 24-0, on April 14 on a five-inning no-hitter by Riley Johnson, who struck out six and walked one.
She received plenty of support, with the Panthers rapping out 26 hits and scoring 13 runs in the second inning. Ellen Daviswent 3-for-4 with a double, home run and run batted in and Abby Zimmermanwas 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Panthers also downed Wauwatosa West, 10-1, on April 12 and came into this week at 4-1 in the Woodland Conference.
On April 16, Greendale won two games in an event at Racine, beating West Allis Hale, 11-4, and Racine Park, 7-2.
Against Hale, Johnson picked up the victory and the Panthers collected 16 hits. No further information was available about the Park game.
This is a big week for the Panthers, who took on unbeaten Whitnall and New Berlin West earlier and face once-beaten Greenfield at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Konkel Park. They also meet Divine Savior Holy Angels and Oak Creek on Saturday, April 23.
The Knights opened their season with fifth place in the first Southeast Conference mini-meet at Ives Grove on April 13 and then took 10th in the Muskego Warriors' Scramble at Edgewood on April 16.
Co-captains this year will be junior Nick Phungand seniors Alek Deeand John Stefaniak. Others on varsity include freshman Brad Greishand junior Owen Hren. Also competing for spots will be senior Joey Callies, juniors Matt Berlinand Brandon Peterson and sophomore Steven Miszewski.
'This year's team goals will revolve around finishing in the top half of conference,' said coach Craig Thome. 'We will be led by three returning starters (Phung, Dee, Stefaniak). I am also counting on Owen Hren to provide us with some solid play, and the progression of freshman Brad Greish will be integral to our future success, as well.
'All of our players have shown promise in practice, but now they have to perform at a higher level during our meets (we have not yet golfed up to our potential). Our focus will be to improve on a consistent basis and to get players to shoot 45 or below (bogey golf or below for nine holes). Consistency and remaining mentally strong in pressure situations will be integral factors in our overall success.'
In a crazy, three-meet week, the Sabers found that they are ready for the outdoor season.
They took fourth in the 14-team West Allis Hale Mondo Invite on April 16, a day after they were sixth of 10 in the Germantown Invitational. They opened the outdoor campaign with a seventh in the Mukwonago M-Club Relays on April 12.
'We just wanted to get an idea of where we stood, so we just went out and competed against as many top teams as we could,' said Sabers' coach John Troy.
The Sabers will host their own eight-team coed invite on Saturday, April 23. It will be the first major meet on the school's resurfaced facility.
In the Mondo, they scored 82 points for their spot as New Berlin Eisenhower won with 1171/2.
Sprinter Josh Iraci continued his amazing spring with wins in both the 100-meter dash (10.98) and the 200 dash (22.5). Other wins included the 4x800 relay team of Max Fassbender, Ben Tarmann, Brady Snelsonand Andrew Stengel (8:21.11); and Tri Phamin the long jump (20-3 1/2).
The 4x100 relay team of Iraci, AJ Catarozoli, Charlie Rydeskiand Jack Wadzinskiwas second in 44.6 while thirds went to Chris Rafalskiin the 400 (51.95), Bryce Tomein the 3,200 (10:35.13), the 4x400 relay team of Rydeski, Joe Hasenstein, Fassbender and Carter Snelson (3:34.95).
At Germantown, Franklin scored 52 points for its spot as defending state champion Bay Port won with 142. Pham turned in a great effort of 43-2 to easily win the triple jump and also won the 110 high hurdles (16.36)while the 4x400 relay team turned in a state honor roll time of 3:27.76 in claiming another victory.
Seconds went to Iraci in the 100 dash (11.2) and Brady Snelson in the 800 (1:59.04).
At Mukwonago, the Sabers scored 49 points for their spot. The 800 medley relay team was third (1:41.71).
Job Rohloffwon the 3,200-meter run in a personal-best 10 minutes, 27.37 seconds for the Panthers in the Milwaukee Lutheran Invitational on April 16.
Nolan Ruddcame in second in the 1,600 run at a personal-best 4:42.88 for Greendale, which finished seventh in the meet with 282 points.
'Job is a good 1 1/2 minutes faster than last year,' coach Corey Binnebose said. 'Nolan put the hammer down with about 250 to go, and had he done that at 350, he would have won. Job and Nolan trained together every day last winter and I expect their times to keep dropping.'
The 4x100-meter relay of Sam Lister, Collin Cragoe, Imani Powelland Aaron Bostonplaced fourth (45.94 seconds) and the 4x800 squad of Logan Groh, John Poppe, Jacob Thomaeand Erich Wolffinished sixth (9:43.52).
Claiming eighth were Isaac Seiboldin the 400 meters (55.26) and Groh in the 3,200 meters (11:57.96).
Nikolina Mijatoviccaptured second in the triple jump with a season-best 32 feet-2 inches and sixth in the long jump with 14-7 1/4 in the Milwaukee Lutheran Invitational on April 16.
'Nikolina has quietly become a scoring mainstay,' coach Corey Binnebose said. 'We have to use her skills more.'
Emily Hagmayertook third in the triple jump (personal-best 31-11) and brought home seventh in the shot put (26-5 3/4) in her debut in that event.
Taking fifth were Sophia Fontein the 300-meter hurdles (57.22 seconds) and the 4x200-meter relay of Ahmely Bonne-Annee, Maddie Clopper, Claire Lassouedand Mijatovic (2:07.42). The 4x100 unit of Bonne-Annee, Clopper, Corinna Plittand Savannah Pookcame in sixth (1:01.26) for the Panthers, who were eighth with 254 1/2 points.
WHITNALL GIRLS TRACK, FIELD
Jasmine Bickerstaffposted second place in the 100-meter hurdles with 16.07 seconds in the Mondo Invitational at West Allis Hale on April 16.
Earning sixth were Alex Radantin the pole vault (8 feet-6 inches) and Taya Fleischmanin the shot put (34-10). Coming in seventh were Sam Benzingerin the triple jump (32-13/4) and the 4x800-meter relay squad of Bridget Finn, Amanda Arteaga, Alyssa Doherty and Cali Kucifer(11:01.65).
The Falcons finished 12th with 181/3 points.
The Sabers won their Southeast Conference opener, 1-0, over Racine Case on April 12.
They improved to 3-0-1 overall with the victory. They will now visit rival Oak Creek at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.
Katie Lehman scored a second half goal off a crossing pass from Adrianna Henryfor the gamewinner.
'The defenders, Rachael Ramakrishnan, Jen Wiza, Reilly McGoldrickand Natasha Ignatowski, made the game easy for junior goalie Hailey Scasnyto gain her third shut out of the season,' said coach Casey Roche.
Anna Turdoscored in the first minute and Taylore DeLongadded another goal to lift the Panthers to a 2-0 victory over Greenfield on April 12.
Goalkeeper Adrianna Bratelcame up with four saves in her first shutout of the season.
Greendale (2-3-1 coming into this week) lost to New Berlin Eisenhower, 2-0, on April 14 despite 12 saves from Bratel, and 1-0 to Martin Luther on April 15, with Bratel making four saves.
The Panthers downed Pius XI, 5-2, on April 14 in their first Woodland Conference dual meet of the season.
The first doubles team of James Marquardtand Ryan Hoeffswon its match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Greendale came in 10th with 19 points in the Waukesha Invitational on April 16, beating Mukwonago, 5-2; losing to Oconomowoc, 4-3; and topping Waunakee, 5-2.
The Falcons downed South Milwaukee, 4-1, in a Woodland Conference contest on April 14. The names of the goal-scorers were not available.
The Falcons blanked Greenfield, 7-0, in a Woodland Conference dual meet on April 14 with victories of 6-1, 6-1 by Jason Dundasat first singles and 6-1, 6-1 from the first doubles team of Jake Garmanand Gabe Danz.
They dropped their other dual meet, a 4-3 decision at the hands of Waukesha South on April 12. Dundas won his match, 7-5, 6-1.
The Sabers earned second in its outdoor opener, the Mukwonago M-Club Relays on April 12.
They scored 77 points for their spot while Oak Creek ran away with the title in the 10-team field with 118.
They won the 4x100-meter relay with a very quick early season time of 51.42 seconds and also took the 800 sprint relay with a 1:55.06 clocking. the pole vault crew of Brianna Oelke, Elizabeth Konkel and Becca Cartwright were also winners as Oelke had the best individual effort at 10 feet even.
The long jump trio of Morgan Edwards, Alyssa Collaand Jolene Mantoanwas also a winner as Edwards was second individually at 15-7 on the chilly but dry night. Brittney Lincoln had the top individual shot put throw of 38-11/2 as the trio of Kathryn Pechaand Megan Hessilfinished third in the event.
The triple jump team of Haley Pyan, Colla and Miki Kobayashiwas second as Pyan topped the Sabers with a 32-4 showing while high jump trio of Jaylin Flores, Oelke and Rebecca Kressuktied for second as they all cleared 4-6 individually.
WHITNALL BOYS TRACK, FIELD
Reid Millercaptured fourth in the pole vault with 11 feet-6 inches in the Mondo Invitational at West Allis Hale on April 16.
Finishing seventh for the Falcons were Matt Garmanin the 400-meter dash (54.37 seconds) and the 4x800-meter relay unit of Tyler Nape, Gabe Lepak, Ethan Christensen and Miller (9 minutes, 28.78 seconds).
Jovan Radisavceviccame in eighth in the shot put (43-5) for the Falcons, who tallied 91/2 points for 14th place.
OAK CREEK GIRLS SOCCER
The Knights fell to 0-3 overall with a 6-1 loss to Kenosha Bradford in their Southeast Conference opener on April 12. They will now host Franklin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech