The Highlanders stayed even with Whitefish Bay in the North Shore Conference race with a 40-0 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 16.

The win improved the Highlanders to 3-0 in league play and 4-1 overall.

"It was a good job by the kids," said Homestead coach Dave Keel. "We had a couple of early miscues, but then we were able to get things rolling. I really liked how we kept the pressure on once we got going."

The Highlanders will have their hands full with a road trip to a surging Port Washington team (2-1, 3-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. The Pirates routed always dangerous Cedarburg, 55-34, on Sept. 16.

"That's a significantly improved team," Keel said. "I think their offense is scoring around 35 points a game."

But the Homestead offense is starting to roll now, too. They had a couple of early turnovers against Lutheran but still managed to take an 8-0 lead at the quarter on a 5-yard run by Bradley Woldt. The Highlanders did pick it up in the second quarter as a 33-yard run by quarterback Eric Zoeller, a Zoeller to Matt Hartlieb pass and a 1-yard run by Zoeller punched the lead up to 27-0 at the half.

Brady Bartz added a 2-yard TD run in the third period, and Zoeller hit Taejuan Johnson on a 22-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Woldt had 79 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Bartz had 65 yards on eight tries. Zoeller hit six passes for 156 yards and two TDs. Cole DeStefanis had two catches for 54 yards, while Jordan Schroeder had 11 total tackles and John Erpenback 10.

"We're just focusing on getting better," Keel said.


The Pirates made a mark for themselves by playing powerful Cedarburg to a 2-2 tie in North Shore Conference action on Sept. 13.

"We know that Cedarburg has a talented program and outstanding coach (Pat Sorensen), and we know that every Tuesday is going to be a battle," coach Sean O'Brien said. "To come away with a tie is a good result; it reaffirms the effort these kids have put in."

Port fell behind 1-0 at the half before Dom DeMaria scored early in the second half. The Bulldogs regained the lead at 2-1; then Charles Schlessinger tallied to create the tie.

"What we were really excited about was how we (got the tie), crawling back from two deficits," O'Brien said. "It's a credit to these kids and their resiliency."

Port moved to 1-0-1 in the North Shore and 4-0-3 overall.


Winning three of four matches, the Black Hawks tied Arrowhead and Slinger for the top spot at the Slinger Invitational on Sept. 17.

Grafton topped Elkhorn, 25-18, 25-10; Waukesha North, 23-25, 25-17, 15-3; and Arrowhead, 25-20, 25-22 and lost to Slinger, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13.

Against Arrowhead, Kayla Tsui collected 17 kills in 32 attempts, plus 10 digs and three blocks.

"Kayla had one of the best games I've seen in a long time by any player," coach Austin Cass said. "For only being 5-7, she played like she was 6-2."

Grafton dropped a 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 North Shore Conference match to Germantown on Sept. 13. Tsui collected 12 kills and 13 digs, Maggie Proefrock 19 assists and Ty Depies three blocks.


The first doubles team of Hailey Haws and Amanda Skonieczny and the third doubles unit of Sydney Weise and Claire Cummings both claimed championships to lead the Bulldogs to second place in their own invitational on Sept. 17.

Cedarburg tallied 15 points to beat West Bend East with 13 points in the tournament, which assigns one point for first place, two points for second and so on, meaning that the lower score is better.

Taking second were Alison Jeske at second singles, Alexa Andrae at fourth singles and the second doubles team of Margot Henke and Marguerite Manning. First singles player Mia Andrae was third and third singles player Willow Larson fourth.

Cedarburg downed Grafton, 7-0, on Sept. 13, winning each match in straight sets, and fell to Homestead, 7-0, on Sept. 15. The closest matches against the Highlanders were from Henke/Manning (7-5, 6-4) and Weise/Cummings (6-3, 6-3).


The Bulldogs claimed fourth place in the Watertown Invitational on Sept. 17.

Cedarburg went 2-1 in pool play, topping Fort Atkinson and Racine St. Catherine's and falling to eventual champion Neenah. The Bulldogs then lost to Watertown in the semifinals and DePere in the third-place match.

Cedarburg downed Port Washington, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16, in a North Shore Conference match on Sept. 13. Sophia Pahl totaled 10 kills, Riley O'Connell 25 assists, Bryn Harvey three blocks and Kira Lynch five digs.


The Bulldogs swept two games in their own quadrangular on Sept. 16-17.

They topped St. Anthony, 2-1, on Sept. 17 on goals by Nathan Mierow and Noal Baldwin and blanked Racine Case, 6-0, one day earlier with Eric Peterson and Willy Kornetzke each scoring twice and Baldwin and Max Ruzicka each once.

Cedarburg played Port Washington to a 2-2 tie on Sept. 13 with goals from Peterson and Ian Nelson and assists by Jared Short and Andrew Kuborn.


After playing Germantown to a tough scoreless tie on Sept. 13, the Black Hawks split two games in an invitational on Sept. 16-17.

They beat Fox Valley Lutheran, 2-1, in the first game and lost by the same score to Delavan-Darien the next day. The names of the goal-scorers were not available.

Grafton came into this week at 1-1-1 in the North Shore Conference and 5-2-1 overall.


After rolling to a 5-0 North Shore win over Hartford on Sep 13, the Highlanders ran into rough sailing on the nonconference front, falling to Hartford (1-0) on Sept. 15 and then to state-ranked New Berlin Eisenhower (2-0) on Sept. 17.

The Highlanders started play this week with a 2-0 record in North Shore play and a 6-3 overall mark.

In the win over Lutheran, Luca De Martino had two goals, while Chris Tiako, Will Buenz and Sam Gianokis all had single scores and Jackson Bogli two assists.


Continuing their one-two finishes with Homestead, the Bulldogs carded 177 shots for second place in another North Shore Conference mini-meet on Sept. 14 at Fire Ridge.

Anna Reisinger fired a 44 to lead Cedarburg, which has finished behind Homestead and ahead of everyone else in every NSC meet this season.

"A tradition of winning is being built day by day," coach Curtis Bentley said. "Our junior varsity defeated Homestead to remain unbeaten in conference. Both teams are off to conference meets, with the future looking so bright."


Abbey Kuborn captured second place with 19 minutes, 40 seconds to lead the Bulldogs to second in the Whitefish Bay Invitational on Sept. 15.

Jenna Short came in eighth (20:38), Raine Tenpenny ninth (20:46) and Samantha Grady 11th (20:51) for the Bulldogs, who tallied 66 points to finish behind only Whitefish Bay with 42 points. Ditte Bojsen was 36th (23:17) and Stephanie Korb 41st (25:15).

The Cedarburg boys were third with 98 points. Andrew Rathkamp captured fifth (17:12), Sam Schleicher seventh (17:16), Greg Sorrell 22nd (18:32), Timmy Brey 31st (19:07), Matthew Meuler 33rd (19:11), Matthew Zbiegien 34th (19:15) and Noah Pecor 36th (19:21).


Both Pirate teams captured fifth place in the Angel Invitational on Sept. 17 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The boys tallied 177 points, with Miles Stimac 25th in 17 minutes, 30 seconds, Isaiah Holland 27th (17:35), Ben Claas 29th (17:36), Brett Grisar 46th (17:55), Jonny Bischoff 50th (17:57) and Charles DeMerit 106th (19:01).

The girls scored 171 points behind Abeba Sullivan in third (19:35), Alexis Reichardt 23rd (21:00), Emma Meyer 24th (21:01), Jill Cavanaugh 46th (21:42), Clare Goodman 75th (22:32), Shelby Ortyn 164th (26:10) and Emma Strohl 165th (26:11).


The girls squad tallied 197 points for sixth place in the Waukesha South Invitational on Sept. 17.

Julia Wille came in 11th with 20 minutes, 33 seconds, followed by Anna Eifert 16th (21:13), Natalie Cherella 26th (21:39), Chloe Chontos 58th (22:56) and Elise Lueck 86th (24:06).

The boys finished 10th with 268 points. Gordy Thompson was ninth (17:04), Zander Lichosik 20th (17:33), Jake Kempka 68th (18:37), Sam Peters 84th (18:57), Thomas Volkmann 87th (19:00) and McKenna Wolfe 124th (20:02).


The Black Hawks placed sixth with 42 points in the North Shore Conference Relays on Sept. 13.

The 500-yard crescendo team of Maddy Hillner, MacKenzie Kerr, Olivia Konzen and Autumn Haebig took second with 5 minutes, 15.08 seconds.

The 800 freestyle squad of Mallory Fox, Gabby Sparapani, Kerr and Lizzy Snell came in fourth (9:30.86), and fifth places went to the 200 freestyle team of Konzen, Fox, Grace Hahm and Hillner (1:52.61); the 400 medley group of Kate Ducheny, Emma O'Brien, Sparapani and Kerr (4:51.86); and the 400 freestyle unit of Hahm, Rebecca Eichhorn, Konzen and Haebig (4:12.56).

Grafton also competed in a triangular meet with West Bend West and Plymouth on Sept. 15. Fox won the 200 individual medley (2:17.65), and second places went to Fox in the 500 freestyle (5:28.88), O'Brien in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.77) and the 400 freestyle unit of Fox, Sparapani, Konzen and O'Brien (4:00.27).


The Black Hawks scored 37 points for sixth place in the Cedarburg Invitational on Sept. 17.

Taking fourth were Alyssa Jobe at first singles; Ally and Amanda Parsons at first doubles; Ari Loughlin and Megan Gilson at second doubles; and Lily Sabel and Jenna Klos at third doubles.

Grafton dropped a 7-0 North Shore Conference dual-meet decision to Cedarburg on Sept. 13, with Jobe taking her foe to a second-set tiebreaker. The Hawks also fell, 7-0, to Whitefish Bay on Sept. 15.


The Pirates finished seventh with 44 points in the Cedarburg Invitational on Sept. 17.

The third doubles unit of Somers Welton and Miranda Larson came in fifth, and sixth places were taken by Ally Doll at second singles, Amber Olson at third singles and Cassidy Yunas at fourth singles.

Port fell by 7-0 counts to Nicolet on Sept. 15, Homestead on Sept. 14 and Gemantown on Sept. 13 in North Shore Conference dual meets.


The Highlanders were 13th in D1 of the Smiley Invitational in Wausau on Sept. 17.

They scored 331 points for their spot in the 22-team field as Sun Prairie dominated the meet with 43.

Allie Levin was sixth on the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19:24, while Kimberly Hartlieb was 61st (21:35), Reilly Albert 62nd (21:35), Thais Marques 95th (22:17), Katherine Gebhardt 107th (22:39), Grace Baden 109th 922:41) and Lauren Fitzsimmons 113th (22:51).


The Highlanders dropped a 25-15, 25-7,32-30 North Shore decision to defending league champ Germantown on Sept. 14.

Stevie Bresser had seven kills, Tommy Lamers five assists and Michael Kennedy five blocks.


The Highlanders swept Milwaukee Lutheran, 3-0, in a North Shore dual meet on Sept. 13.


The Pirates placed seventh with eight points in the North Shore Conference Relays on Sept. 13, finishing seventh in all their events.

They were also 12th in their own invitational on Sept. 17, scoring 22 points.


The Pirates lost in three sets, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16, to Cedarburg on Sept. 13 in North Shore Conference action.

They also finished 1-1 in pool play and 2-0 in the silver division at the Wauwatosa West Invitational on Sept. 17, beating South Milwaukee and Racine Park.