HOMESTEAD GIRLS TENNIS
The Highlanders won five consecutive WIAA State D1 titles between 2008-2012. They have been solid ever since and now they seem poised to be aiming at another shot at glory as with a powerful influx of new talent they have started the season with nine consecutive impressive dual meet wins and championships in both the Brookfield East Invitational and the I-94 Challenge
The victories have earned Homestead the number one ranking in the first state coaches association poll, just ahead of defending North Shore Conference champion and rival Nicolet while Whitefish Bay is number four.
They are building around returning senior state placewinning first singles player Katya Mikhailenko. She is surrounded by young talent, including fellow singles players (in order second through fourth) Andie Weise, Natalie Yang and Jamie Gebhardt.
Doubles' teams include Frankie Lalonde and Sasha Shapsis, junior Alyssa Boyer and Bridget Brown and Grace Crowley and junior Helen Watkins .
Boyer played third singles last year Watkins fourth singles. They are the only ones aside from Miikhailenko who were in the starting line-up last season.
The Highlanders won the Brookfield East Invite which was played Aug. 16 and 17 and then turned around and claimed the I-94 Challenge in Maidson on Aug. 19 and 20.
In the I-94 Challenge, they defeated Madison Memorial (7-0), Verona (7-0), Middleton (6-1), Madison West (6-1) and Waunakee (7-0). Shapsis and LaLonde went unbeaten (5-0) as did every singles player who took part in the event.
Homestead was even more impressive in the Brookfield East Invite, as they downed powerful DSHA (7-0), Menomonee Falls (6-1), Nicolet (5-2) and Bay (7-0).
Coach Jackie Egelhoff switched Weise and Mikhailenko in singles against Nicolet with Weise losing a tough decision (6-4, 6-4). The only other loss came at second doubles while Shapsis and LaLonde won a tough, 3-6, 6-3 (10-5) decision over the talented Knights' team of Annabelle Crowley and Elise Gerard.
Against Bay, both the doubles teams of Brown and Boyer and Crowley and Watkins won third set super-tiebreakers. The Highlanders will be at the Brookfield Central Invite, Aug. 25 and 26.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS GOLF
The defending North Shore Conference champion Highlanders are looking for a little consistency as they work their way through a challenging early schedule.
They finished fifth out of 21 in their own powerhouse 21-team Brookfield Central/Homestead Classic on Aug. 15 and 16 and then won at the Lake Geneva Badger Invite.
"Nine of the top 10 teams in the state currently were there (at BC/Homestead," said veteran coach John Krueger. "Some erratic scores, but I know that there will be improvement as the season goes on."
Talented state placewinning junior Speedy Kent will lead the way for the Highlanders and she will be helped out by fellow veterans juniors Isabelle Maleki and Trinidy Pate and seniors Anne Schlageter, Abbey Schneeberger and Kate Glueckert.
Homestead was sixth at state as a team as Kent earned seventh individually.
Homestead turned in a 36-hole score of 661 for its spot in its own meet as Arrowhead won with 619. Kent was fifth individually with a 148 total while Maleki came in with a 162, Pate 171 and Schlageter 183. Schneeberge shot an 18-hole 89 the first day and Glueckert a 92 the second
In the best ball/scramble format Lake Geneva Badger tourney, the Highlanders won the four-team event with a 420 score, well ahead of Hartford (472).
North Shore Conference play began this week.
Just when the Bulldogs were starting to make some headway in their non-conference game against Hartford on Aug. 19, Mother Nature interfered.
Cedarburg trailed 28-0 but drove down to the Hartford 1-yard line with about three minutes remaining in the first half before being stopped on fourth-and-goal.
Although the drive ended short of the end zone, coach Brian Leair was encouraged by the improvement in his offense and was looking forward to the second half.
"We made some adjustments and changes and we hoped to use them in the rest of the game," he said.
Except that the second half will never be played, because the game was suspended by lightning at halftime and will not be finished.
"I would have liked to have been able to finish the game," the coach said. "We did some things really well at the end of the first half."
Before that, though, the Bulldogs could not put things together. The Orioles returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and continued to take control from there.
Quarterback Jack Meyer completed 2 of 4 passes for 12 yards and rushed for 37 more yards. Patrick Hoffman ran six times for 23 yards and Clayton Van Tassel caught both passes for those 12 yards.
Cedarburg now plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, against Sussex Hamilton, which started with a 31-13 triumph over South Milwaukee. Nick Mirasola ran for 142 yards to lead the Chargers.
The Black Hawks opened their 2016 season with a 33-7 loss to Slinger on Aug. 19.
Mitch Macek scored Grafton's lone touchdown on a pass reception from quarterback Hayden Proefrock in the first period. Macek caught three passes for 30 yards for the game.
Vince Giorgi hauled in seven passes for 36 yards and Jack Birch four tosses for 60 yards.
Giorgi also led the Hawks in rushing with 52 yards and Proefrock completed 16 of 32 passes for 139 yards and the touchdown.
Jack Senczyszyn paced the defense with six unassisted tackles and one sack and Giorgi had seven total tackles, including one sack. Logan Llamas added six tackles and Griffen Stenberg five.
The Hawks next play Wauwatosa West at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at West.
CEDARBURG GIRLS GOLF
A solid turnout is giving the Bulldogs reason for optimism in the 2016 season.
"Our team lost five seniors last year (2015) and what we thought would be a rebuilding campaign turned into an exciting time," coach Curtis Bentley said. "We were helped by last year's success because of the interest it brought to others in the Cedarburg family. We had 11 girls, plus the four returnees, sign up for tryouts."
The Bulldogs enter the season with 12 players in the program, including seven on varsity at this point.
Cedarburg tallied 735 strokes for 13th place in the prestigious Brookfield Central-Homestead Invitational on Aug. 15-16.
Lauren Janza paced the Bulldogs with a combined 175 shots, carding 89 on the first day and 86 on the second. Anna Reisinger fired a 179 (85-94), Annika Jahr 188 (93-95) and Camielle Neuberger 193 (96-97).
In addition, the best-ball team of Lucy Rappis and Maddy Wilke combined for scores of 116 and 100.
The Bulldogs opened the season by taking eighth with 385 shots in the Pius XI Invitational at Washington County on Aug. 11. Janza shot 90, Jahr 93, Reisinger 96, Neuberger 106 and Olivia Janza 112.
"With this encouraging of a start, I'm excited to see where we can go," Bentley said.
CEDARBURG GIRLS TENNIS
The Bulldogs split four dual meets in the Brookfield Central Invitational on Aug. 16-17.
They topped Waukesha West, 6-1, and University School of Milwaukee, 5-2. Winners against West were Alison Jeske at second singles, Willow Larson at third singles, Claire Cummings at fourth singles, the first doubles team of Amanda Skonieczny and Hailey Haws, the second unit of Margot Henke and Marquerite Manning and the third team of Sydney Weise and Mia Andrae.
Winners against USM were Jeske, Larson, Cummings, Skonieczny/Haws and Henke/Manning.
The Bulldogs dropped a tough 4-3 dual meet to Central and lost by a 5-2 count to Eau Claire Memorial.
"This is my first year coaching and I'm very excited with the team's progress and chemistry," coach Kaila Haws said.
GRAFTON GIRLS TENNIS
The Black Hawks tied for fifth place at the Brookfield Central Invitational on Aug. 16-17.
They downed Waterford, 6-1, behind victories from Gillian Waskiewicz at first singles, Izzy Teich at second singles, Stephanie Balistreri at third singles, the first doubles team of Ally Parsons and Amanda Parsons, the second team of Ari Loughlin and Megan Gilson and the third unit of Alyssa Jobe and Jenna Kloss.
Grafton dropped a 4-3 dual meet to New Berlin West despite victories from Jobe at fourth singles, Parsons and Parsons at first doubles and Gilson and Loughlin at second doubles.