A number of key returnees from last season's WIAA Division 2 state runner-up squad are back to help the Bulldogs this season.

The group of veterans includes senior midfielder Jared Short and senior forward Noal Baldwin, and they are ready to help Cedarburg go a long way again this year.

"We are excited about the upcoming season," coach Pat Sorensen said. "The upperclassmen are prepared to lead to achieve team goals. The new players to varsity are talented and will gain valuable experience through the year."

Cedarburg opened with a 9-0 romp over Beaver Dam on Aug. 23 behind a hat trick from senior midfielder Andrew Kuborn, two goals from senior forward Michael Slavin and one apiece from Baldwin, Short, senior defender Ian McConeghy and sophomore forward/midfielder Nathan Miller.

The Bulldogs were rated second in Division 2 behind Whitefish Bay and met the Blue Dukes in a big North Shore Conference game on Aug. 30.


The Highlanders bounced back from their disappointing season opener against Arrowhead with an impressive 50-26 win over Kenosha Indian Trail on Aug. 26.

"We were very pleased with how the kids came out and performed tonight," said Highlander coach Dave Keel. "Putting up 36 points in the first half was very nice and was a real credit to (offensive coordinator) coach Drake Zortman and his staff."

Homestead will open defense of its North Shore Conference co-title when it hosts Grafton (0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The Black Hawks fell, 31-0, to Tosa West on Aug. 26.

In the victory over Indian Trail, the Highlanders got first-quarter TDs from Brad Woldt (two-yard run) and Mathew Hartlieb (23-yard pass from Eric Zoeller) in taking a 15-7 advantage into the second session.

There they blew the game open with back-to-back 1-yard rushing TDs from Woldt. The Hawks did bounce back with a score of their own, but Zoeller hit Hartlieb again, this time from 19 yards out with only 29 seconds left in the half, to give Homestead a 36-13 lead heading into the break.

Indian Trail simply could not stop Homestead this night as Woldt found paydirt again on a 3-yard rush and Zoeller completed his third TD pass, this time to Jared Schneider from 86-yards out.

Zoeller hit eight of 14 passes for 244 yards this night while also rushing for 72 yards on eight tries, and Woldt had 67 yards on 18 tries. All told, the Highlanders gained 395 yards. Schneider had two catches for 121 yards, while Hartlieb had three grabs for 56 yards.


Sophomore Julia Wille ran third in 21 minutes, 23 seconds to lift the Black Hawks to second place with 63 points in the Shorewood Invitational on Aug. 25.

Freshman Ava Pederson placed 12th (22:54), freshman Natalie Cherella 14th (22:55), freshman Anna Eifert 16th (23:10), freshman Chloe Chontos 18th (23:17), sophomore Zoe Leannah 20th (23:23) and sophomore Elise Lueck 40th (25:04).

The Grafton boys were sixth with 114 points. Junior Gordy Thompson came in third (17:48), sophomore Zander Lichosik 13th (18:17), junior Ben Weishan 28th (19:03), sophomore Jake Kempka 30th (19:08), sophomore Sam Peters 40th (19:44) and sophomore Thomas Volkmann 41st (19:44).


The Black Hawks won the Milwaukee Lutheran Tournament on Aug. 27, topping Wauwatosa West, 9-25, 25-18, 15-10, in the championship match.

They went 5-0 in pool play, topping Ashwaubenon, SWCHA, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay B and Lutheran.

Grafton also finished fourth in a 32-team tournament at Oshkosh on Aug. 23-24.

"We have a senior-heavy team with 10 returning varsity players," coach Austin Cass said. "We are looking to make a splash in our conference this year."

The Hawks are led by senior Kayla Tsui, a four-year varsity player; senior Chloe Doring, a three-year varsity player; and junior Sarah Schmitz, a two-year player.


The Highlanders won its third straight North Shore Conference mini-meet at Tripoli on Aug. 29.

Behind meet medalist Speedy Kent, Homestead turned in a nine-hole score of 169 as Cedarburg was a distant second at 197.

The win goes along with triumphs at Blackstone Creek in Germantown and at Brown Deer. In the Blackstone Creek meet on Aug. 22, Kent and Isabelle Maleki were co-medalists with 42 apiece while Trinidy Pate carded a 44.

Kent turned in a 41 for medalist honors at Tripoli.


The Black Hawks won a pair of 1-0 games last week, downing West Bend West on Aug. 27 and West Bend East on Aug. 23.

In the West game, Logan Block scored the goal, assisted by Brian Holdmann. Against East, it was again Block scoring the goal with help from Holdmann.

Coach Don Arnold should have another strong team, led by senior midfielder Block.


The Highlanders, under new coach Becky Young, will work with six returning WIAA state meet qualifiers in order to build a successful season this fall.

"Last year’s season saw two relays and three individuals at state," said Young. "Our team goal is to get more individual events at state, as well as improve our overall standing. We have a lot of experience returning this year, and we will try to use that to our advantage."

Leading the way are two state qualifying relay teams that have seven of their eight participants returning. The 200-yard medley team comes back intact with sophomore Leah Tunney, junior Caitlyn Lansing, senior Talia Gottlieb and junior Lindsey Bjornstad.

The state 200 free relay returns Bjornstad, Gottlieb and sophomore Jayci Scheff. In addition, Gottlieb also participated at state in the 100 free, as did Bjornstad in the 50 and 100 free.

Furthermore, the Highlanders also return state medal-winning diver Sami Nickerson. She has already broken the 35-yard-old school and pool six-dive record.

Young is also encouraged by three new, talented freshmen in Kailey Carbone, Katie Lennie and Catherine Seiberlich.

"All three excel at multiple events, and they have already made a positive impact on our team," Young said.


The Highlanders had a competitive start to their season with solid efforts at the Menomonee Falls Coaches' Classic at Rotary Park on Aug. 25.

"We have a large team that is working hard," said new coach James DeMarco. "It is early, but I like what I am seeing in practice. We graduated four of our top eight last season who were also great leaders, so it will take a few meets to figure out this year's varsity squad.

"Allie Levin and Zanelle Willemse worked hard over the summer and look great in practice. Thais Marques, Reilly Albert, Grace Baden and Hope Kim have improved quite a bit, and we pick up sophomore Kimmy Hartlieb, junior Savannah Melan and two freshman in Lauren Fitzsimmons and Ava Wojnowski.

"Veterans Katie Gebhardt and Addie Damron will also be in the mix as well for a varsity spot. It is early so I am sure there will be some more names with a chance at varsity as the season progresses. Our team goals is for everyone to improve, continue to work hard and get to the state meet."

Levin was fourth in the 120-plus runner junior/senior race, covering the 5,000-meter lay-out in 19:57, while Albert was 11th (22:21). In the freshmen/sophomore race, Marques was 10th (22:00), and Hartlieb was 12th (22:09). The Highlanders will host their own invite at Tendick Park in Saukville on Friday, Sept. 2.


The Pirates return a veteran defense, led by junior goaltender River Clark, a three-year starter; junior center-back Josh Holtebeck, another three-year starter; and senior right-back A.J. Voeller, a four-year varsity player and three-year starter.

Other key players are sophomore center-back Jake Markiewicz, in his first year on varsity, and junior left-back Caleb Tydrick, in his first year as a starter.

The defense certainly clicked last week, with the Pirates blanking Kohler, 6-0, on Aug. 23 and West Bend West, 4-0, on Aug. 25.

Sophomore forward Patrick Zamora tallied a hat trick against West in his second varsity game, and senior midfielder Dom DeMaria added one goal.

Scoring against Kohler were sophomore midfielder Ben Hughes with two goals and junior midfielder Zach Wehner, senior forward Charles Schlessinger, Zamora and Tydrick with one each.


The Highlanders are off to a 1-1 start this season and are looking to improve on the 6-13-1 record they turned in last fall.

They defeated Menomonee Falls in a wild 6-5 affair on Aug. 27 after falling to D2 state power Brookfield East in a tough 2-1 decision on Aug. 23.

The Highlanders' captain this fall will be senior defender Charlie Hanson. Other seniors on the team included midfielder Jack Sabinash, forward Sam Gianokis, midfielder Phineas Charles, forward Will Buenz and defender Collin Reiels. Homestead is very young this fall with 11 sophomores and three freshmen on the varsity.

In the wild Falls game, junior midfielder Luca De Martino scored the last of his four goals with just 42 seconds left for the game winner. Charles and sophomore midfielder Jackson Bogli also had goals for Homestead.


Senior Abeba Sullivan came in third with 19 minutes, 31 seconds in the West Bend Invitational on Aug. 27.

She helped the Pirates to fifth place as a team with a combined time of 1 hour, 42.36 seconds. Junior Emma Meyer took 25th (20:30), senior Brenna Kautz 30th (20:40), junior Alexis Reichardt 31st (20:43) and sophomore Jill Cavanaugh 48th (21:12), giving Port five top-50 finishers in the 528-runner field.

Sophomore Katie Erlandson ran 22:25 and freshman Elizabeth Shiflett 22:44.

The boys squad finished eighth with 1:29.32, led by senior Ben Claas, who was 22nd (17:15). Junior Miles Stimac ran 37th (17:35), sopohomore Brett Grisar 53rd (17:55), senior Jonny Bischoff 58th (18:04) and junior Tony Cook 98th (18:43). Junior Zach Miller finished in 18:47 and senior Charles DeMerit in 18:57.

"We finished fourth in the North Shore meet last year, and I think we should be right in the middle again this year," coach Mark Pasten said.


The Bulldogs shook off an opening-round defeat at the hands of Arrowhead and went on to win the rest of their dual meets and take ninth place in the Brookfield Central Invitational on Aug. 25-26.

Cedarburg fell to the Warhawks, 6-1, in the first round but defeated Oconomowoc, 5-2; Waukesha South, 5-2; and DePere, 6-1. Winners against Oconomowoc were Allison Jeske at third singles; Claire Cummings at fourth singles; the first doubles team of Hailey Haws and Amanda Skonieczny; the second unit of Marquerite Manning and Margo Henke; and the third team of Sydney Weise and Mia Andrae.

Winners against South were Peyton Farley at second singles, Jeske, Weise at fourth singles and Haws/Skonieczny, Manning/Henke and Paige Johnson and Kierin Barnett at third doubles.

The Bulldogs also competed in the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational on Aug. 23-24, going 1-3 in dual meets. They beat Stoughton, 5-2, but lost to Green Bay Notre Dame, 6-1; Eau Claire Memorial, 5-2; and Nicolet, 5-2.


The Bulldogs tallied 178 strokes for second place in a North Shore Conference mini-meet on Aug. 24 at Brown Deer Golf Course, trailing Homestead's 162 shots.

They were also second with 197 strokes in another North Shore mini-meet on Aug. 22 at Blackstone Creek, once again behind Homestead with 177 shots.


The Pirates topped Milwaukee Lutheran, 5-2, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Aug. 25.

The first doubles team of Alex Kelly and Maggie Noll prevailed, 6-2, 6-2.

Port also beat Sheboygan South, 4-3, on Aug. 23 behind victories from Lexi Longstaff at first singles, Ali Cofta at second singles, Brooke Verfeuth at third singles and the first team of Noll and Kelly.


In a homecoming for coach Tom Miazga, the Black Hawks fell to Shorewood, 106-58, on Aug. 24.

Miazga had been the head coach for the Greyhounds in the previous season.

"I can't lie; it was an interesting feeling being back down at Shorewood, and it was a strong meet for both sides," Miazga said.

Autumn Haebig won the 200-yard freestyle with 1 minute, 52.46 seconds, which was only 0.06 off the time that won the Division 2 crown last season. She also captured the 100 backstroke in 56.12 seconds, which was a Shorewood pool record and broke her own mark of 56.96 last season.

Emma O'Brien claimed the 100 breaststroke with 1:12.76 and took second in the 500 freestyle at 5:46.06.

Also taking second were Gabby Sparapani in the 200 individual medley (2:41.95); Olivia Konzen in the 50 freestyle (28.14) and 100 freestyle (1:03.55); the 200 medley team of Haebig, O'Brien, Sparapani and Konzen (1:59.51); the 200 freestyle relay of Mackenzie Kerr, Rebecca Eichhorn, Maddie Hillner and Sparapani (2:03.59); and the 400 freestyle unit of Grace Hahm, Konzen, O'Brien and Haebig (4:04.02).


The Bulldog boys finished 13th with a combined time of 1 hour, 32.18 seconds in the West Bend Invitational on Aug. 27.

Senior Andrew Rathkamp paced Cedarburg with 40th place in 17 minutes, 38 seconds, followed by junior Sam Schleicher in 45th (17:43); junior Greg Sorrell, 66th (18:15); and freshman Timmy Brey, 141st (19:21).

Other runners were senior Matthew Zbiegien (19:21), freshman Matthew Meuler (19:32) and junior Noah Pecor (19:49).

The girls squad came in 14th with 1:50.11. Junior Abbey Kuborn took 14th place (19:59), senior Raine Tenpenny 59th (21:27), senior Samantha Grady 62nd (21:32) and senior Stephanie Korb 172nd (23:29). There were 528 runners in the meet.

Also, junior Erin Galioto ran 23:44, junior Amber Jesko 24:18 and junior Ditte Bojsen 24:19.