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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:47

Ozaukee sophomore caps medal-winning show at state track and field meet with school-record victory in discus

Emma Richards didn’t need her final three throws to win a title and break her own school record.

The Ozaukee High School sophomore flung the discus 144 feet, 9 inches in preliminary competition in the WIAA Division 3 state track and field meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse last Saturday.
That was enough to take home a gold medal.Sports 1
“I thought it was a decent one. I exited the circle and started to walk to retrieve my disc and heard 144 — that was a little higher than I thought,” Richards said.
As Richards walked to retrieve her disc, throws coach Larry Ehrhorn gave her a high five. She returned seconds later.
“I was really happy after I heard that number. I basically ran back to get my disc and ran to give my coach a hug,” Richards said.
Competitors who qualify for the finals carry over the best of their three preliminary throws. Richards knew she was in the lead but was poised for one more big toss.
She didn’t need it. The champion could have been crowned in the preliminary round, and it wasn’t even close.
Richards, who entered the meet as the top Division 3 thrower, broke her personal record by six feet and won the event by more than 12. Sydney Thompson, a junior from Mercer, was second at 132-8.
Even so, winning a state title didn’t hit Richards until the medal ceremony.
“I think the realization that I actually won hit me right there while I was on the podium,” she said.

 
New Berlin West puts hit on Hawks’ softball hopes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:39

Offensive-minded foe hands Grafton softball team season-ending playoff loss

After allowing only one run in their three previous playoff games, the Grafton Black Hawks were poised to put the clamps on another foe June 2.

New Berlin West had other ideas.
Riding a 15-hit attack off three pitchers, the Vikings handed Grafton a season-ending, 13-6 loss in a WIAA Division 2 sectional title game in Chilton.
“I really thought it would be a 2-1, 4-3 or maybe even a 1-0 game,” Grafton coach Ken Hunt said.Sports 2
“New Berlin West hit the ball well, and we didn’t hit all our spots with pitches.”
The Hawks, who were trying to reach the state tournament for the first time since 1994, came into the game on a high. They knocked off top-seeded Waupun in the sectional semifinals after posting shutout wins over Port Washington and Kewaskum in their first two regional contests.
But West jumped ahead early in a showdown between a pair of No. 2 seeds and never trailed. The Vikings scored five runs on five hits in the second inning off starter Ally Parsons and reliever Kirsten Krause.
Riley Farrell and Maddie Minik drove in runs with a double and triple, respectively, and Leah Marrari and Camryn Klotz added RBI singles.
The lead grew to 8-0 in the fourth, when Cheyenne Sowinski delivered a  two-out, two-run single.
Undaunted, the Hawks finally responded in their half of the fourth.

 
No sweat for Lady Hawks on way to soccer sectional PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:30

With a No. 2 seed for the WIAA tournament, there was no question the Grafton girls’ soccer team would be favored in its two regional games last week.

But even die-hard fans of the Black Hawks might not have expected wins by double-digit margins at home.
Scoring early and often, Grafton rolled past third-seeded St. Thomas More, 10-0, in Saturday’s regional title match.Sports 3
The win came on the heels of a 13-0 semifinal victory over seventh-seeded St. Anthony.
Each game was called on the 10-goal rule after 60 minutes.
Grafton’s reward is a sectional semifinal game against top-seeded and host Shorewood at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 9.
“I was expecting a much tougher game against Thomas More,” Hawks coach Don Arnold said.
“We played aggressively, showed great teamwork and took advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
Grafton ended the suspense by scoring seven times in the first half.
Hailey Block led the attack with two goals. Adding one goal apiece were Malaya Sperber, Taylor Bould, Maddie Depke, Abby Schad, Sara Zimmerman, Gretchen Geiser, Laura Stockhausen and Faith Kettenhoven.
Block and Stockhausen each had two assists. Credited with one apiece were Caitlin Kugi, Hailey Hacker, Geiser, Schad and Sperber.
The Hawks had an even easier time against a short-handed St. Anthony team, scoring four times in the first nine minutes.
The lead reached 10-0 by halftime. Stockhausen’s third goal of the night in the 60th minute ended the rout.

 
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