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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:56

Six first-place finishes propel Grafton girls to successful defense of Div. 2 state swim championship

No one can accuse the Grafton High School girls’ swimming and diving team of resting on its laurels, especially after last weekend.

One year after surging to the WIAA Division 2 state title with a flurry of first-place finishes, the Black Hawks turned the trick again Friday.

With senior Sam Senczyszyn and sophomore Autumn Haebig each winning a pair of individual titles and helping spark two relay victories, Grafton claimed the team championship with 290 points.

With the second-largest scoring total in the 23-year history of the Division 2 meet, the Hawks finished comfortably ahead of runner-up Madison Edgewood, which had 254 points.

Third-place DeForest had 203 points in the 27-team standings at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

“We knew Edgewood and DeForest had strong teams, but we also knew that if we swam our best, we could win it,” Grafton coach John Douglass said.

“On paper, we had the best chance to finish first, and that’s the way it worked out.”

Senczyszyn capped a standout high school career by successfully defending her state titles in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races.

 
Counting on strength in small numbers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:53

Grafton basketball team turns to senior-led group in effort to join NSC elite

One year after the injury bug threw his team for a huge loop, Grafton girls’ basketball coach Steve Reinhardt is banking on better luck.

Forced to regroup after a knee injury sidelined standout forward Amanda Hunt all of last season, the Black Hawks will receive a fresh start with a core of veteran talent that did its best to pick up the slack.


“We’ve got some good varsity players,” said Reinhardt, who guided his team to a 15-9 record, including a 7-7 finish in the North Shore Conference.


“We won’t have a lot of depth in the short term, but by the second half of the season, that could change.”


Grafton is counting on leadership from four seniors: guards Rachel Ruona, Rachel Schmitz and Katie Hunt and post player Kayla Borden. All but Hunt received honorable mention in All-NSC voting last season.


The 5-7 Ruona was the Hawks’ leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game. She had 27 three-point baskets.


Schmitz (5-5) averaged 7.1 points per game.

 
Hauser helps Macalester reach playoffs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:29

Former PWHS standout leads defense for team that will face top-ranked Whitewater Saturday

A former Port Washington High School football standout will help lead Macalester College of St. Paul, Minn., into an NCAA Division III playoff game against defending national champion Whitewater this weekend.

Zach Hauser is a defensive lineman for the Scots, who secured their first NCAA playoff appearance by winning the Midwest Conference title Nov. 15.


Macalester defeated Illinois College, 30-27, in the conference title game to secure an automatic playoff berth.


Hauser, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound junior, had four tackles, including two for losses, in the contest. For the season, he has 25 tackles, including seven for losses.


Macalester (9-1 overall) will face top-ranked and host Whitewater (10-0) in a first-round playoff game at noon Saturday.


Hauser is a 2011 graduate of Port Washington High School, where he received All-North Shore Conference honors in football. His parents are Dave and Bonnie Hauser of Port Washington.

 
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