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Hawks spoil Port’s big volleyball night PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:39

Grafton uses hard hitting, tough defense to score 3-game sweep in North Shore Conference showdown

It was Parent and Senior Night on Oct. 10 for the Port Washington volleyball team, but Grafton did most of the celebrating.
The Black Hawks swept the Pirates, 25-15, 25-16, 25-16.
“The game didn’t go the way we wanted. The girls fought hard and never quit,” Port coach Mary Kay Heinz said.
GRAFTONB VB (CR) s1101017085For Grafton, Sarah Schmitz led the way with 15 kills, and Sophia De La Pasqua had six. Ava Schimmelpfenning had 13 assists, and Josephine Gust had nine.
Lauren Stielow made 15 digs. Erika Stielow, Selena Esparza and Delaney Reidl each had eight digs. Schmitz served six aces.
For Port, Jordyn Rabideaux had seven kills and Gretchen Lilly had 12 assists. Jessica Mikyska had eight digs.
Lilly, Mikyska, Carmen Hoag, Olivia Biertzer and Lizzy Karrels were honored as seniors. They, Heinz said, “have been the best leaders I could ever ask for.”
Grafton earned a No. 3 seed in the WIAA Division 2 playoffs and was to host No. 14-seeded Milwaukee Lutheran on Tuesday. The winner faces the winner of a match between No. 6-seeded Shorewood and No. 11-seeded Milwaukee School of Languages match on Thursday.
Port earned a 12 seed in Division 2 and was to play at No. 5-seeded Plymouth on Tuesday. The winner on Thursday faces the winner of the match between No. 4-seeded Kewaskum and No. 13-seeded Brown Deer.
Ozaukee swept host Elkhart Lake on Oct. 10 by scores of 25-18, 25-13, 26-24.
Freshman Sydnie Stadler led the Warriors with 10 digs, seven kills and five aces. She was also 21-1 at the service line. Rachel Liermann tallied eight kills.
Cayleigh Ebersold was perfect in 12 service attempts and dished out 13 assists. Naiomi Smith finished with 14 assists.
The Warriors finished the season with an 18-17 record.
Ozaukee earned a No. 8 seed in the Division 3 playoffs and was to host No. 9-seeded Random Lake on Tuesday. The winner was to play at top-seeded Lake Country Lutheran on Thursday.
Cedar Grove-Belgium beat Kohler, 3-1, on Oct. 10 and earned a No. 9 seed in the Division 3 playoffs. The Rockets were scheduled to play at No. 8-seeded Sevastopol on Tuesday. The winner was to play at No. 1-seeded Manitowoc Lutheran on Thursday.

Port: Big first half helps clinch postseason spot PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:38

The Port Washington football team is headed to the WIAA playoffs for the second straight season, and the Pirates clinched their postseason berth with a dominating victory over one of their biggest rivals in a rainy and muddy homecoming game.
“It’s the best experience of my life right now. I don’t hate Grafton, but seeing Grafton get demolished on our field is a feeling I’ve always wanted, especially on homecoming being a senior,” Port senior Michael Murphy said after Friday’s 21-6 victory.
“It’s awesome. It’s unreal,” junior Jacob Lippe added.
For Port coach John Bunyan, the accomplishment completes one season-long target.
BAIERL (CR) s3101317229“That was our goal from the beginning was to get back to the playoffs for the second straight year. It’s huge for our program,” he said.
For Grafton, it wasn’t the way the Black Hawks wanted to end the season. A victory meant they may have snuck into the postseason and perhaps would have spoiled the Pirates’ playoff hopes.
“It’s not where we wanted to be, and for the seniors we wanted more. We wanted one more week,” Grafton coach Sean Behrend said.
“We’ve got to learn how to play in these games that are big. The last three weeks we’ve been playing for our playoff lives.”

Port stays on soccer roll by sailing past Black Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:35

It’s the Pirates first win over their rival in nine years; they host Slinger Thursday

Port Washington’s soccer team is getting hot at just the right time.
The Pirates enter Thursday’s opening-round playoff game undefeated in their last six games, going 5-0-1.
“We’re really excited about how we ended the season,” coach Sean O’Brien said.
The Pirates beat Milwaukee South, 2-0, last Thursday in their homecoming game and rival Grafton, 4-1, on Oct. 10.
Against Milwaukee South, sophomore midfielder Abdallah Khaled scored on a penalty kick in the second minute of the game, and junior midfielder Ben Hughes added a goal in the 24th minute on an assist from junior defender Jake Markiewicz.
“It was just kind of a good possession game for us,” O’Brien said.PW G SOCCER (CR) s2101017147
The win over Grafton on Tuesday was the Pirates’ first in nine years.
“It’s a good win, rivalry game,” O’Brien said.
Hughes started the scoring in the ninth minute on a 25-yard shot. Junior midfielder Skylar Shafer got the assist.
“He hit a great strike,” O’Brien said.
Khaled got the second goal in the 28th minute on an assist from Hughes and a little help from the Black Hawks.

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