The Black Hawk girls held up well, earning a 10th-place finish in the WIAA D2 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 29.
Meanwhile, both Gordy Thompson and Zander Lichosik did will in their individual boys races.
"On the girls side, most of the girls ran very well," said coach Kevin Kriegel. "It is always awesome to qualify, but with so many young kids, you never know how they will respond on such a big level. I would say they responded well to the pressure; we were hoping for a top-10 finish as a team and just finished outside of that but were only a few points away. Julia Wille continued to impress with just an amazing race; she ran like a leader, running an all-time PR for herself (over 20 seconds), which is saying a lot at the state meet and on a course that runs difficult."
The girls scored 265 points for their 11th-place spot in the 16-team field as East Troy won the title with 88.
As noted, Wille ran strong with a 12th-place team finish (21st overall) on the 5,000-meter course in 20:03. Other scoring runners included Natalie Cherella in 45gth (81st) in 21:09, Anna Eifert in 61st (100th) in 21:46, Ava Pedersen in 72nd (111th) in 22:00 and Elise Lueck in 75th (115th) in 22:04. Also running were Chloe Chontos in 81st (121) in 21:15 and Grace Gasser in 94th (134) in 22:31.
On the boys side, Thompson had a great day, taking 20th out of 151 in 16:49, while Lichosik was a solid 44th in 17:15.
"Going in, we were hoping for a top-20 and top-50 place from both, and we achieved both of those goals," Kriegel said. "They hopefully both have next year to improve upon their performances while having that taste of state."
Kriegel is excited about next year as all the girls will return and seven of the top eight boys.
"I think one of the most important things about this year and team was not so much about their great performances (which they had many), rather that it was truly enjoyable to coach them and be a part of their journey; their attitudes and camaraderie made it a special season," Kriegel added.
PORT WASHINGTON CROSS-COUNTRY
Senior Abeba Sullivan finished her fine career on a good note, taking 47th out of 189 runners in the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 29.
She turned in a time of 19:42 on the 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout, as Meghan Scott of DSHA won in 18:10.
CEDARBURG CROSS COUNTRY
Junior Abbey Kuborn turned in a solid effort in taking 55th in the 189-runner field in the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 29.
She turned in a time of 19:47 for her spot on the 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout, as DSHA's Meghan Scott won in 18:10.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Senior Allie Levin finished her career on a fine note, taking 66th of 189 runners in the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 29.
She turned in a time of 19:59 for her spot on the 5,000-meter Ridges Golf Course layout, as Meghan Scott of DSHA won in 18:10.
GRAFTON BOYS SOCCER
The Black Hawks' good season came to a quiet close as it fell, 5-1, to powerful Delavan-Darien in a WIAA D3 sectional semifinal on Oct. 27.
The loss closed out their campaign with an 18-6-5 mark, while Delavan-Darien (24-1-2) eventually beat Catholic Memorial to advance to the state tournament.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS SWIMMING
Behind diver Samantha Nickerson's personal-best winning score, the Highlanders finished second in the North Shore Conference meet on Oct. 29.
"I am really happy with how we swam this weekend," said coach Becky Young. "Our 400 free relay has been strong throughout the season, but yesterday it finally clicked. All of the girls swam great splits, and we are encouraged going into sectionals having swam that time.
The NSC is a very tough conference with a lot of great swimmers. Placing second as a team is a great confidence booster going into sectionals this weekend."
The Highlanders will look to qualify individuals and relays for the state meet out of the sectional to be held at Cedarburg at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best out of all sectionals statewide advance to the state meet in Madison, Nov. 12.
Nickerson showed she's ready to be a threat for state honors, as she won her specialty with a 502.65-point total. Her effort led the Highlanders to a 396.5-point total, as Cedarburg won with 518.5.
Homestead took five seconds, including two by Lindsey Bjornstad.
Other good efforts included the following: 200 medley relay: Leah Tunney, Caitlyn Lansing, Talia Gottlieb and Bjornstad, third (1:51.53); 200 free: Tunney, second (2:00.61); 200 individual medley: Bjornstad, second (2:16.49), Clara Huskin, fifth (2:23.16); 50 free: Gottlieb, fourth (25.17); 100 butterfly: Gottlieb, second (1:01.22); 100 free: Bjornstad, second (53.86); 500 free: Jayci Scheff, fourth (5:41.1); 200 free relay: Kailey Carbone, Esther Zelenovskiy, Huskin and Nicole Lennie, fourth (1:48.43); 100 breaststroke: Lansing, fourth (1:10.52); and 400 free relay: Bjornstad, Scheff, Tunney and Gottlieb, second (3:39.87).
GRAFTON GIRLS SWIMMING
Autumn Haebig won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in leading the Black Hawks to a sixth-place showing in the North Shore Conference meet on Oct. 29.
She turned in a time of 1:53.43 in the 200 free and a clocking of 5:04.93 in taking the 500 as the Black Hawks scored 241 points for their spot. Cedarburg won with 518.5. Mallory Fox also took the 100 free (53.64).
Other efforts of note included the following: 200 medley relay: Haebig, Emma O'Brien, Fox and Olivia Konzen, second (1:50.67); 200 individual medley: O'brien, third (2:19.7); 50 free: Fox, second (24.73); 200 free relay: O'Brien, Konzen, Rebecca Eichborn and Maddy Hillner, fifth (1:48.86); and 400 free relay: Fox, Hillner, Gabby Sparapani and Haebig, fifth (3:50.57).
The Black Hawks will take part in the WIAA D2 sectional at Plymouth on Saturday, Nov. 5, with qualifiers heading to the state meet Nov. 11.
PORT WASHINGTON GIRLS SWIMMING
The Pirates were eighth in the Northb Shore Conference meet on Oct. 29.
Sasha Ottesen was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.76).
HOMESTEAD BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Highlanders won a thrilling, 25-23, 12-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-8 WIAA regional final over visiting Fond du Lac on Oct. 28. The win advanced them to a sectional semifinal at top seed and North Shore Conference champion Germantown on Nov. 1.
CEDARBURG BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Bulldogs saw their season come to a close with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 WIAA regional final loss to to host Arrowhead on Oct. 28.