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Hawks soar to state track with talent to burn PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 21:33

Grafton boys’, girls’ teams each have five qualifying performances for WIAA Division 2 finals in La Crosse

Grafton High School will take plenty of talent and motivation to this weekend’s WIAA Division 2 state track and field meet in La Crosse.

The Black Hawks’ boys’ and girls’ teams each had five state-qualifying performances at a sectional meet in East Troy on May 26.
Leading the boys were second-place finishes from seniors Isaiah West in the discus (150 feet, 3 inches) and Nic Fullington in the 100-meter dash (11.09).
Also advancing with top-four performances were the 800 relay of Bobby Olmr, John Kluck, Derek Zehetner and Fullington (third in a season-best 1:30.82), Max Jensen in the 3,200 run (fourth in 9:46.7) and the 400 relay of Kluck, Olmr, Zehetner and Fullington (fourth in a season-best 43.96).
“We had a lot of people come through,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.
“We always pride ourselves on our relays, and they really stepped up again.”
Three of the Hawks earned return trips to state. Last year, Fullington qualified as a member of the 800 and 1,600 relays, as did Olmr in the 800 relay and Jensen in the 3,200 run.

 
One hit just enough for a title PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 21:28

Stanisch’s RBI single gives Grafton the last word in 1-0 regional final victory over Kewaskum

How can you win a softball game when you strike out 16 times and manage only one hit?

If you’re the Grafton Black Hawks, you find a way to manufacture a victory.
Coach Ken Hunt’s team combined equal parts solid pitching, steady defense and small-ball offense to outlast Kewaskum, 1-0, in a WIAA Division 2 regional title game last Friday.
Not only did the Hawks earn a trip to sectional play this week, they chalked up a memorable win in a pitchers’ duel that was short on hitting but long on heroics.Sports2
Kewaskum’s Kennedy Lehn did everything she could to help her team avoid losing to Grafton for the fourth straight year in regional play. The hard-throwing freshman struck out 16, including 11 of the first 12 batters she faced, walked two and didn’t allow a base runner until the fifth inning.
But it wasn’t enough to clip the Hawks, who cashed in on their only scoring opportunity of the game.
Ally Parsons broke up Lehn’s bid for a perfect game by drawing a full-count walk to start the bottom of the fifth. She stole second base and raced home when Abby Stanisch blooped a single to left field.

 
Hawks advance in sectional softball; golfers’ season ends PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 21:23

The Grafton High School softball team is one step closer to its first WIAA state tournament appearance since 1994.
The Black Hawks scored a 4-1 win over state-ranked Waupun in a Division 2 sectional semifinal game in Waupun on Tuesday.
Pitchers Kirsten Krause and Ally Parsons combined to limit the Warriors to four hits.
Grafton built a 4-0 lead by scoring two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Amanda Parsons and her sister Ally had two hits apiece.  
The Hawks (17-5) advance to a sectional final Thursday, when they will play New Berlin West at 5:30 p.m. in Chilton. West (20-6) reached the final with a 5-2 win over Catholic Memorial.
Thursday’s winner advances to the state tournament June 9 to 11 in Madison.
With Tuesday’s victory, Grafton avenged sectional semifinal losses to Waupun (20-5) in 2014 and 2015.

Season ends for local golfers

The Grafton and Ozaukee boys’ golf teams bowed out of the WIAA tournament in sectional play Tuesday.
Grafton tied for seventh place in a Division 2 sectional at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls. The Black Hawks’ 365 total was matched by Racine St. Catherine’s in a 12-team field led by Catholic Memorial at 317.
Grafton was led by Bailey Colber’s 84, good for a share of 12th place. Among his teammates, Jake Pederson shot 90, followed by Ryan Stachurski at 94 and Matt Silasiri and Andrew Henning with 97s.
Ozaukee placed last in a 12-team sectional at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.
The Warriors, who shot 403, were led by Avery Clark and Mitch Meeuwsen with 97s, followed by Nathan LeSage with 103, Grant Klas at 106 and Jack Behrens at 107.
The top two teams and top three individuals who are not members of qualifying teams in each sectional qualified for next week’s state tournament in Madison.

 
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