Grafton (16-4) remained the team to beat in the North Shore Conference, upping its league mark to 11-0. With a three-game lead in the standings and three to play, the Black Hawks entered the week already possessing a share of the North Shore title.
Its four wins last week came by a combined score of 40-2. Both runs were scored by Germantown in a 4-2 win May 9, a victory over Grafton’s closest competition in the NSC standings. Kirsten Krause and Amanda Parsons both homered and finished with two RBIs in the win.
In a win over Milwaukee Lutheran, Leona Meyer, Chloe Doring and Jordyn Case all had three RBIs apiece. Ally Parsons and Amanda Parsons each had three in an 11-0 win over Nicolet.
Homestead (6-10) went 2-3 for the week, starting with a 7-2 loss to Germantown followed by a 15-0 win over Milwaukee Lutheran and 3-1 victory against Port Washington.
Carley Koc and Bernie Moyer both had four RBIs against Lutheran. Moyer and Sam Schindler both had home runs in the loss to Germantown, and Schindler struck out 16 batters over seven innings in the win over Port Washington.
The Highlanders closed the week with losses to Cudahy (5-0) and Whitnall (14-5), both nonconference battles May 13 in Oconomowoc.
Port Washington (9-7) also dropped contests against Appleton West and West Bend West late in the week, but it did start the week with a 9-8 win over Whitefish Bay on May 8 and 14-4 victory over Cedarburg on May 9.
Erin Jozwowski and Kate Snook both had three RBIs against Cedarburg. Against Bay, Port scored four times in the top of the seventh to prevail despite six errors. Keelie Schumacher and Jozwowski each had two hits.
Cedarburg (9-13) embarked on a crazy week that featured eight games in six days. The Bulldogs beat Milwaukee Lutheran, 19-0 and 14-4, in that stretch, and edged Nicolet, 4-3, with a win over Racine Horlick, 10-2, part of a three-game day May 13.
Cedarburg scored once in the seventh to tie the game and once in the eighth to win against Nicolet.
The Homestead tennis team has won three straight matches since giving Marquette, the state powerhouse that has been ranked No. 1 at points this season, a scare in a 4-3 loss May 6.
The Highlanders downed Brookfield East on May 12, 5-2, picking up wins from all three doubles tandems in straight sets. Tucker Gabriel/Sydan Parker, Eric Simonsen/Robby Baranko and Matthew Simonsen/Joey Slicker yielded a grand total of five games.
Eric Mullins won at No. 2 singles, and Drew Gebhardt won in three sets at No. 3.
In a 7-0 win over Germantown on May 11, Michael Morway and Connor Mason added victories at the book-end singles spots. HHS did not drop a set. Homestead also won over Cedarburg on May 9, 6-1, getting three-set victories from Baranko/Simonsen at No. 1 doubles and Daniel Kim/William Clark at No. 3.
With a doubles lineup of Tucker Gabriel/Sydan Parker, Baranko/Eric Simonsen and Teddy Brodzinski/Sam Keller, Homestead swept the doubles matches against Marquette at the Nicolet Sweet 16 Tournament. Gebhardt won at No. 3 singles.
Homestead also fell to Neenah at the event, 5-2, and downed Oconomowoc and Middleton.
The Highlanders finished 6-1 in North Shore dual meets, with the only loss coming in 5-2 fashion on May 2 against Nicolet – which ultimately defeated Marquette for the Sweet 16 title and jockeys back and forth with the Hilltoppers for top team in the state.
In that battle, Nicolet won two singles matches in three sets, while Homestead won a pair of doubles matches in three sets. Gabriel/Parker won at No. 1 doubles, and Baranko/Eric Simonsen won at No. 2.
Cedarburg landed a 7-0 win over Grafton on May 4. Winners for the Bulldogs were singles players Cooper Zimmerschied, Taylor Kuck, Scott Anderson and Connor Hester. Doubles teams were Tommy Ehrmann/Chuck Willer, Joey Tomcala/Blake Beran and Michael Beran/Jack Poehlmann.
Track and field
Drew Bosley won the 800 meters for Homestead at the Ron Burling Invitational on May 9, finishing in 2:00.43. Bosley and teammate Thomas Miller were the top two finishers in the 1600 meters with 4:25.09 and 4:27.23, respectively.
Port Washington’s 4x800-meter relay team of Nolan Olson, Bryce Bertler, Zach Miller and Ben Claas won in 8:26.99.
In the team scoring, Homestead finished fourth out of 10 teams, and Port Washington tied for ninth. Powerful Brookfield East won the event.
At the Lady Highlander on May 6, Cedarburg took second and Homestead third, using a true-team scoring format that accounted for all finishers. DC Everest won with 794 total points, followed by Cedarburg (648) and the Highlanders (643.5).
Savannah Melan and Grace Muller of Homestead took the top two spots in the 400 meters. Cedarburg’s Jenna Short won the 800, teammate Abbey Kuborn won the 1,600, and Homestead’s Allie Levin won the 3,200 with teammate Leah Gholson claiming the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
The Cedarburg 4x400 of Kira Lynch, Lucia Estrada, Maya Novak and Kuborn also took first place. The 4x800 team of Estrada, Ditte Bosjen, Julia Chumlea and Novak also won convincingly.
Abbe Belschner won the high jump for Cedarburg. Teammate Hayden Simons finished just ahead of Belschner for first and second place in the triple jump.
Grafton (9-0-2), the No. 2-ranked team in Division 3, stayed tied atop the North Shore Conference with a 3-0 win over Port Washington on May 9, followed by a 3-0 win over West Bend West on May 11 in nonconference fare. Hailey Block scored twice in the latter contest, and Abbie Schad scored once. Kate Stewart, Block and Malaya Sperber all scored against Port.
Speaking of Port Washington (7-6-2), the Pirates endured a busy late week, with three wins following the Grafton setback. They topped Beaver Dam on May 11, 1-0, and swept Kettle Moraine Lutheran and West Bend West on May 13, both by 2-0 scores.
Cedarburg (9-0-1) downed Germantown on May 9, 1-0, to remain perfect in four North Shore matches, followed by a 2-1 win over nonconference foe West De Pere on May 12. Selena Esten had the goal and Elaina LaMacchia made six saves in the win over Germantown,
Homestead (4-4-5) has recorded just one win, a 1-0 victory over Verona on May 5, since the calendar turned from April. The Highlanders dropped contests against Appleton North on May 13, 5-1, and Muskego on May 12, 1-0, after a 1-1 tie with Nicolet.
Competing at the Lake Country Charity Invite at Western Lakes on May 13, Homestead’s Max Pasher tied for 10th with a round of 74 (plus-2). Jack Blair of Marquette (70) won the event.
The Highlanders took fourth at the annual showcase with a team score of 320. Arrowhead won with 298, five strokes ahead of Wauwatosa.
Cedarburg took fifth and Grafton tied for sixth among Division 2 schools with 326 and 330, respectively. Madison Edgewood won with a 302.
Robbie Morway shot 76 for Homestead. Ryan Stachurski led Grafton with 77, Adam Denk shot 78 to lead Cedarburg. Teammate Peter Dorward shot 80.