Sport Shorts: May 1

Oak Creek junior Devin Drake takes the baton during the M-Club Relays at Mukwonago on April 15. The Knights’ sprint relays have been a strength of the team this season.

Oak Creek junior Devin Drake takes the baton during the M-Club Relays at Mukwonago on April 15. The Knights’ sprint relays have been a strength of the team this season. Photo By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 29, 2014


The defending Southeast Conference champions and three-time WIAA regional champs will rebuild after graduating six seniors last season, leaving coach Brandon Johnsen with no one who had any varsity experience back from last season.

The wet weather and late spring break schedule has also complicated matters too, said Johnsen, whose team recorded an encouraging seventh-place showing out of 20 in its own invitational on April 25 at Oakwood.

"I hope to build off of this, get some more rounds under our belt and I truly believe we will see our team scores go down," Johnsen said.

The Sabers will be at the Greendale Invitational Friday, May 2, at Morningstar in Waukesha.

Franklin turned in an 18-hole score of 356 at its own meet as Racine St. Catherine's won easily with a 318 mark. Sophomores Andrew Niemic (83) and Mitchell Ott (86) led the way for the Sabers, while seniors Cody Scherr (93) and Ryan Ruffing (94) also helped. Junior Mike Osep had a 105 and will likely trade time with sophomore Sean Luangsprueth.


As soon as the weather allows and everyone returns from spring break, the Knights could have a successful season.

"I look for our team to compete for a conference title, to qualify for sectionals and to challenge for a possible state tournament spot," coach Craig Thome said.

The Knights will be led by Missouri-St. Louis recruit and WIAA state fifth-place finisher Kaylor Steger. Steger and fellow senior Sam Lecci are both four-year letter winners and co-captains.

Juniors Brendan Carranza and Kyle Markowiak and freshman Nick Phung will round out the top five. Two reserves are juniors Dylan Bielski and Logan Boone.

The Knights have taken second in the 12-team Muskego Scramble, lost on a tiebreaker to Racine Case in the first Southeast Conference mini- meet on a very cold day at Ives' Grove and were short-handed at the Franklin Invitational on Friday when they finished 16th of 20.

Thome said Steger has worked very hard in the off-season participating in many state and national events. He expects to shoot around par at every meet.

"Hopefully, his fifth-place at state last year will propel him to even bigger and better things," Thome said.

Oak Creek will also be at the Greendale Invitational Friday at Morningstar.


Alex Rendon shot 75 to take third place individually in the Franklin Invitational on Friday at Oakwood Golf Course.

Teammate Nate Thomson was right behind him in fourth place with a 76.

Ben Briselden fired an 89, Aaron Pawlinski 97 and Pete Jodarski 99 for the Panthers, who tallied 337 shots as a team to take fourth place, just one shot behind Mukwonago and Racine Case, who shared second with 336 shots.

Racine St. Catherine's won the meet with 316 strokes.

Greendale also competed in the four-team Pirate Cup scramble last week, finishing with 116 shots, six behind champion Pewaukee.

The team of Thomson and Pawlinski took medalist honors with a one-under-par 35. Rendon and Jodarski each posted 40 and Briselden and Ryan James 41.


The Sabers were a competitive 3-2 in taking fifth at the Waukesha South dual meet format invitational last weekend.

They defeated Greenfield (7-0), Waukesha North (5-2) and Appleton West (7-0) but fell to Whitefish Bay (6-1) and De Pere (4-3).

First singles player Jack Gumina went 5-0 on the day, while the third doubles team of seniors Dan Bartels and Mike Trepanier won all four of their matches. Going 3-2 on the day were fourth singles player junior Eric Vonderwell and the first doubles team of senior Ryan Larson and sophomore Matt Brandes, including a win over state power Bay. Junior Alex Henry was 2-2 at third singles while senior second singles player Mitch Adam picked up his first win of the season.

"We were very pleased with the results," said coach Gail Champion, who had 42 athletes come out for the team this spring. "This tournament challenged our players with many super-tie breakers played in lieu of the third set (for the match)."


The Panthers topped Cudahy, 9-2, on April 24 behind an 11-hit attack.

Melissa Wiorek went 3-for-4, while Natalie Burton and Heather Justus collected two hits apiece. Justus also allowed just four hits and struck out six for Greendale, which improved to 3-6.


The Knights' sprint crew remains impressive as Caleb Ogden won the 100-meter dash and then helped the 4x200 relay team that included Donovan Brown, Thomas Kroon and Roy Harden to a state honor roll winning time of 1:31.93 as they took fourth in the East Troy Invitational last Friday.

Oak Creek scored 72 points for its spot in the 12-school event.

Ogden turned in a time of 11.39 seconds in the trials and then came back for a winning time of 11.47 in the finals of the 100. He then ran the second leg on the 4x200, which finished more than three seconds ahead of its nearest competitor in a swift 1:31.93.

Other good finishes by event for the Knights included the following: 1,600 — Collin Doome, second (4:54.96). 3,200 — Evan Siira, third (10:29.28). 110 high hurdles — Dominique Smith, sixth (16.6). 4x100 relay — Nathan Harvey, Ryan McDermott, Devyn Drake and Luis Gonzalez, fourth (45.8). 4x400 relay — Charlie Quentin, Austin Zajkowski, Macen Leonardi and Brian Weinzirl, fifth (3:36.99). 4x800 relay — Nate Cramer, Noah Gill, Josiah Wolf and Michael Sippy, fifth (9:11.73). Pole vault — Smith, fourth (10-6). Discus — Cullen Quinn, third (133-4); Robert Campos, fourth (133-1).


Senior Stephanie Kostowicz remained on her torrid pace in the outdoor season as she won both the shot put and the discus to lead the Knights to a fifth place showing in the East Troy Invitational last Friday.

Kostowicz won the shot put by three feet with a throw of 37 feet 2 inches and then dominated the discus by more than 15 feet with a toss of 124-2.

Those showings led the Knights to a 66-point performance in the 10-team field as Jefferson won with 125.

Taking seconds were both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x200 relay. The 4x100 team included three freshmen Kaleigh Johnston, Kayla Knuth, and Jessica McIntosh along with senior Jenny Howski, who turned in a time of 52.69 seconds. The 4x200 crew was made up of freshmen Jazsmin Washington, Johnston, and McIntosh and Kostowicz, who turned in a time of 1:52.34.

Knuth was also second in the triple jump (32-4).

Other finishes of note included the following: 100 — Washington, sixth (17.84). 4x400 relay — Lindsey Doome, Serena Hukarevic, Lindsey Senger and Kayleigh Rybarik, sixth (4:38.14). 4x800 relay — third. High jump — Grace Nuck, sixth (4-8). Discus — Kara Gilmeister, fifth (81-10).


The Sabers were a competitive sixth of 17 in the Knights of Columbus Relays contested on the state meet track Saturday at UW-La Crosse.

Franklin scored 93 points for its spot as La Crosse Logan won with 171.

Blong Vang won the 400 meters in 51.03 seconds for the team's only event victory.

Best finishes by event for the Sabers included the following: 100-meter dash — Ting Lee, fifth (11.89 seconds). 200 — Vang, fourth (23.22). 800 — Brady Snelson, third (2:05.66); Zach Lee, sixth (2:09.76). 1,600 — Lee, third (4:34.07). 110 high hurdles — Tri Pham, sixth (17.65). 300 intermediate hurdles — Nick Stugelmeyer, fourth (45.23). 4x100 relay — fourth (47.06). 4x200 relay — third (1:36.85). 4x400 relay — fourth (3:39.29). 4x800 relay — second (8:59.63). High jump — Pham, third (5-8); Cale Pliska, fourth (5-2). Pole vault — Sam Lampone, sixth (8-0). Triple jump — Pham, fourth (40-5 1/2).


Continuing their solid start to the season, the Falcons won two dual meets in a quadrangular Saturday at New Berlin West.

They downed Martin Luther 4-3 and West 5-2.

Whitnall notched its fifth dual triumph of the season. The Falcons visit Cudahy at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1; welcome South Milwaukee at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, and host New Berlin Eisenhower at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.


The Sabers entered the week with a 3-4 record beating Pewaukee, 9-5, in a non-conference game on April 22 and falling to Southeast Conference rival Racine Case, 3-1, on April 24.

Franklin was scheduled to have three Southeast Conference games this week, including home games on Thursday, May 1 (Racine Park) and Friday, May 2 (Racine Horlick) at Lions Park, both scheduled for 4:30 p.m. But the persistent soggy weather has put all of those contests at risk.

Case scored twice in the first inning and that was enough for Eagles' pitcher Courtney Ellingson, who allowed only one hit with two walks and struck out 11 Franklin batters.

The Sabers' Alyssa Willert pitched well, scattering five hits with four strikeouts and only one walk.

In the win over Pewaukee, the Sabers expanded a 3-2 lead with two runs each in the third and fourth, as Ashley Lobraco had three hits, Karissa Minster two hits and two RBI and Kayla Turco two hits.

Willert got the win throwing four innings with four strikeouts and one walk, while Fatime Sino had two strikeouts in three innings of work.


The Sabers split a pair of non-conference games last week, falling to Wauwatosa East, 3-1, on April 22, and beating Beaver Dam, 2-0, on April 24.

Heading into this week, Franklin had a 4-2 overall mark. They were scheduled to play border rival Oak Creek on Tuesday, April 29 pending the wet weather and then will be at the East Troy Tournament on Saturday, May 3.

In the win over Beaver Dam, a goal in the 10th minute by Jackie Glasenapp and then an insurance score by Jada Falzon in the 53rd minute did the trick for Franklin as Jessie Bykowski had three saves.

Tosa East had a 2-0 lead at the half and Franklin could not recover. Glasenapp had the score for Franklin with assists to Adrianna Rieger and Samantha Wieland. Bykowski made seven saves.

— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech




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