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Written by MITCH MAERSCH and DEB HAMM   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 19:03

CG-Belgium, Ozaukee volleyball teams dig down to pull out match victories in Big East Conference play

The Cedar Grove-Belgium volleyball team came back to even its Big East Conference record at 1-1 last week.
After dropping a match, 3-0, to Hilbert, the host Rockets beat Sheboygan Lutheran, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-9.
Amanda Meerdink had 12 kills. Amy TenHaken had 11 assists and one dig.
Megan Gonwa had eight digs and three aces. Jessica Rose had five digs and four aces. Maria Dries and two kills and four blocks.
“The first game was a slow start for us but we learned about ourselves and started to play more confidently in the second.  Our errors decreased, and we made it very hard to get points against us,” coach Chris Holzer said.
CGB VB s1083117485 4C“Sheboygan Lutheran is a good team with a tall front row who can put the ball away.  We had to make it difficult for them to attack in order to win, and thankfully we were able to do that in the second and third games.  Our girls really came together and fought for each point, and I am very proud of them for that.”
Holzer takes over as head coach after Tabitha Weavers retired.
Holzer was an assistant coach at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon for one year and the junior-varsity coach at Cedar Grove-Belgium for seven.
Holzer didn’t play high school volleyball because it was during his baseball season, but he said he often played at open gyms and club practices.
This year’s Rockets’ team is young, he said.

Late punch puts Pirates in win column PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 19:01

Fourth-quarter surge carries Port football teamto first victory of season in conference test at Nicolet

After a fourth-quarter touchdown that stretched his team’s lead to 13 points on the road, Port Washington football coach John Bunyan wanted the ball back against host Nicolet.
Port tried a pooch kick, and junior defensive back Brandon Kelling successfully recovered.
Two plays later, quarterback Adam Baierl ran 32 yards for his second touchdown in 16 seconds, and Port went up, 34-14, with 4 minutes, 21 seconds to play.
The Knights added a late score, but the Pirates hung on, 34-21, for their first victory of the season after losing to two top opponents in Homestead and Whitefish Bay.
“Our kids are really excited. Obviously, we’ve faced some pretty good opponents,” Bunyan said.
Deron Spicer rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, and Baierl added 107 yards and two scores on 22 runs.
Jacob Lippe added 33 yards on three carries and caught five balls for 54 yards.
Baierl went 6-for-11 passing for 68 yards.
“For the most part, we were pretty balanced and did some good things running and throwing the ball,” Bunyan said.
“I think our system is going well. Adam is throwing the ball really well. He’s over 50% completion rate.”
The Pirates jumped to a 12-0 lead on Spicer touchdown runs of 28 and one yards.
The Knights cut the deficit to 12-7 by halftime.
Spicer added a one-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and Baierl’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns sealed it.
“Deron ran well in the first half,” Bunyan said.
“We had some good openings for Adam to run and had some good blocking downfield. Seven-yard runs turned into 40.”
Bunyan praised his defense, which gave up one touchdown on a double pass, overpursued on another and missed out on a 50-50 ball on a third. The line, he said, took away Nicolet’s dive and quarterback running plays in its option offense.
Spicer made an interception and returned it 46 yards, and Lukas Burke recovered a fumble.
“Noah Prom played tremendous. He had a sack,” Bunyan said. “Michael Murphy had 10 tackles at middle linebacker.”
The Pirates held Nicolet quarterback Caron Trimborn to 4-for-12 passing for 64 yards and one interception. C.J. Kobe led the Knights with 86 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Port had eight penalties for 50 yards, including one unsportsmanlike conduct, but Nicolet had six for 78 yards, including two face mask fouls, an unsportsmanlike conduct and a late hit.
“They got a little frustrated. They struggled with trying to keep it together,” Bunyan said.
“They played well. The game was pretty close for a litte bit.”
Port, 1-2 in the North Shore Conference, dropped Nicolet to 0-3. The Pirates on Friday host Cedarburg, which last week lost to Slinger, 63-35.
Bunyan hopes to keep his three weapons of Baierl, Spicer and Lippe hot.
“We have three legit weapons to stop. Our jet sweep is pretty tough to stop,” he said.
“We’re just excited about the next game here. Cedarburg is a tough team. They run the ball really well. We’ve got to be ready to stop their run. Obviously, we’ve got to score.”

Halftime fixes pay off for Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:59

Adjustments after slow start help CG-Belgium rally past Manitowoc Lutheran

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s football team needed a halftime adjustment, and everyone on the team and in the stands knew it.
The tall, strong and fast Manitowoc Lutheran Lancers held the Rockets to three offensive plays in the first quarter and held a 10-6 lead at the break.
Coach Dan Schreurs was battling walking pneumonia and said he felt like passing out at halftime.
“We just didn’t start off very well,” Schreurs said.
VON HEIMBURG s1090117340 4CTwenty-four minutes into the game, his team looked about the same.
“They’re good up front, big up front. We just came out soft and they won the first half,” senior quarterback Jason von Heimburg said.
A semi-truck accident in Milwaukee caused a late start as officials were stuck in traffic. Schreurs said that disrupted his team’s pre-game warm-up. But it didn’t bother the Lancers.
“They’re a good football team. We saw it on film. Very physical. That offense is hard to plan for because it’s so much misdirection,” Schreurs said.
But the Rockets, at home, would not be denied. An inspired second-half effort sent the team to a 28-10 victory and a 3-0 record in the Big East Conference.
Alterations were as much mental as they were physical.
“Definitely. In the locker room, we talked about it. There was a huge adjustment (mentally),” junior linebacker Ben Anzia said.

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