Nov. 1, 2011

Greendale cross country

Dick Vitale's call to basketball coaches to "get a timeout" does not apply to cross country, and sometimes, that can make a difference.

Greendale coach Corey Binnebose thought junior Chelsey Heiden and senior Hayley Serketich could have used a break in the action during Saturday's WIAA Division 1 State Meet at Wisconsin Rapids.

Heiden finished 77th among 190 runners with 15 minutes, 48 seconds, while Serketich came in right behind her, taking 78th with 15:48 plus.

"Cross country has no timeouts," Binnebose said. "Once the gun goes off, the competition continues until you cross the finish line. I don't think (Heiden and Serketich) were totally satisfied with their results at state and could have used a timeout somewhere in there to regroup."

Binnebose was proud of the efforts of the two girls.

"They gave 110 percent in finishing only 0.03 of a second apart," the coach said. "We had a great walk and discussion of the course prior to the race. They both have run there before and liked the course. Both girls were super upbeat and ready to attack the course.

"They weren't thrilled with their time and place, but agreed they gave it all they had."

Both overcame past disappointments. Heiden did not qualify in 2010 after racing at state in 2009, while Serketich did not finish her first state race.

Binnebose was pleased with both the boys and girls teams in 2011.

"Both the teams improved in the conference and sectional standings," he said. "This was our seventh straight year with a state qualifier. My dream is to get our roster to 45 runners. We have a good nucleus returning next year."

Oak Creek girls swim

The Knights finished sixth in the Southeast Conference meet last Saturday with 203 points.

Places by event for Oak Creek included the following: 200 medley relay: Kaitlin Hartmann, Jackie Wnuk, Amanda Marciniak and Amy Seymour, sixth (2:08.68); 200 free: Sydney Krimmer, sixth (2:12.13); 100 butterfly: Marciniak, seventh (1:08.3); 500 free: Krimmer, seventh (5:57.99); Grace Goldensoph, ninth (6:06.06); 200 free relay: Kaitlin McIntosh, Ashley Heiges, Krimmer and Angela Fleischman, sixth (1:54.37); and 400 free relay: Krimmer, Seymour, Marciniak and Fleischman, fifth (4:09.83).

The Knights will be in the WIAA Kenosha sectional this weekend.

Franklin girls swim

Emily Nienhaus broke her own school record and won the 50-yard freestyle in leading the Sabers to a third-place finish in the Southeast Conference championships on Saturday.

"She's been such a great leader all fall in the water and out of it," coach Sara Petric said. "She gets the kids to do her stretches in warm-ups and really keeps her lane on task when in the water. This was a very good meet for us. I was very encouraged, and from freshmen through senior no one was fully tapered."

The WIAA sectional meet in Kenosha will be this weekend. Diving will be at Kenosha Tremper at 5:30 p.m. Friday and swimming will be at the Rec Center in Kenosha at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each event, plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best of all sectionals statewide, advance to the WIAA State Division 1 meet in Madison on Nov. 12.

Nienhaus won the 50 by more than a half-second in 25.26 seconds. She also broke her own school record in taking fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:02.6). She also helped two relay teams take fourth as the 200 medley team that included Sarah Talbott, Jourdan Lepkowski and Katie Konkel was clocked in 2:01.34 and the 200 free team that included Rowan Liederbach, Lepkowski and Konkel was timed in 1:48.93.

Divers were a huge key to the success of the team as Mel Pearson was second (334.95 points), Katrina Voge fourth (320.25) and Jessica Kossoris seventh (272.15).

Other places by event included the following: 200 free: Liederbach, fifth (2:10.94); 100 butterfly: Bethany Lefeber, eighth (1:09.37); Lepkowski, ninth (1:12.13); 100 free: Lepkowski, eighth (1:00.66); and 100 breaststroke: Talbott, eighth (1:17.37).

Franklin scored 299 points as Muskego dominated with 592.5 and Kenosha Tremper was second with 407.5.

Whitnall boys cross country

Sophomore Alex Richardson finished 70th with 16 minutes, 59 seconds in the WIAA Division 1 State Meet on Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids.

Richardson placed in the top half of the field of 190 runners on the Ridges Golf Course.

Greendale girls swimming

Kate Jungers claimed 14th place in the 100 butterfly with 1 minute, 11.63 seconds and helped the 200 freestyle team with Caroline Rowe, Sarah Hopeful and Megan Elliot place 15th (2:03.44) in the Woodland Conference Meet on Saturday.

Elliot was 16th in the 500 freestyle (6:11.59), and the 200 medley team of Lizzy Pekar, Grace Irwin, Jungers and Elliot came in 16th (2:16.1).

Greendale scored 10 points for 12th place in the meet, which was won by Shorewood (403).

The Panthers compete in a WIAA Division 2 sectional at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Cudahy.

Greendale boys volleyball

The Panthers met Racine St. Catherine's in a WIAA sectional semifinal match on Tuesday, and if they won, they would play in a sectional title contest against either Racine Horlick or Racine Case at Greenfield High School at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Franklin boys volleyball

The Sabers took on Muskego in a WIAA sectional semifinal on Tuesday. If they won, they would advance to a 7 p.m. sectional final Thursday back at Muskego against the winner of Kenosha Tremper and New Berlin Eisenhower for the right to advance to the WIAA state tournament.

- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech




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