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Traditional postgame prayer endures PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:15

Win or lose, Rockets took a knee after every game to give thanks

Earning a trip to the state championship game in Madison wasn’t the only thing this year’s Cedar Grove-Belgium football team wanted to copy from last season’s squad.
About halfway through last season, the Rockets’ 15 seniors, led by quarterback Josh Weiss, began organizing a post-game team prayer at midfield and even asked their opponents to join them.
This year’s team got an earlier start on giving thanks and praise to God, kneeling after the season opener and every game since, 13 in all.
“We’re just giving all the glory to God, win or lose,” quarterback Jason von Heimburg said.
While it might seem difficult to gather with opponents right after 48 minutes of a violent game, the Rockets always invited the opposing team to join them. Most Big East and playoff foes did.
CG B PRAYER 11 16 17“It really shows me that we’ve got a lot of brotherhood,” senior center and prayer leader Ryan Wonser said.
“It’s really reassuring to know that I can go and just absolutely lay on a guy or some guy can lay on me during the game, and I can come back and hug it out and just be a brother with him. No hard feelings, just a good time and we both go home happy, I think.”
Some leave happier than others, especially during the postseason when one team is going home for good.
The Rockets remained spiritually dedicated, despite two crushing losses to end the last two seasons.

Standing tall in Big East volleyball PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:12

Ozaukee, CG-Belgium each have two players honored in all-conference voting By Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s volleyball team had big shoes to fill after seven seniors graduated last year, and three Rockets stepped up big time.
Ozaukee nearly pulled off a .500 season, led by a senior and a freshman.
Big East Conference coaches recognized those five players’ outstanding performances with postseason honors.
The Rockets’ Megan Gonwa made first team all-conference as a defensive specialist, and Jessica Rose and Amanda Meerdink earned honorable mention.
SYDNIE STADLER (CR) s1101717321Warrior senior Emma Richards and freshman Sydnie Stadler each made the second team.
Gonwa led the team with 386 digs on the season, 210 in conference. She served 56 aces, 41 in Big East play.
Rose made 147 digs and 104 in the conference. She fired off 28 aces.
Meerdink had 164 kills on 307 attempts, going 105-for-200 in the conference, for a .391 percentage on the year.
Coach Chris Holzer said their play went well beyond the numbers.
“Our three seniors were leaders in every aspect of the game. Their attitudes and determination pushed the young team in the right direction and helped some of the underclassmen to perform,” he said.
“We may not have won state, but after talking with our seniors they were happy with how well we did this season.  Losing seven starters the year before is a difficult hurdle to overcome and these three put the team on their shoulders and pushed us forward.”
Richards had 191 kills for Ozaukee, hitting .394. She also had 75 blocks.
“Emma is a captain and team leader.  She led our team in kills and blocks this season,” coach Paul Jungbauer said.
“Time and time again, one of her timely kills or blocks sparked a big run for us and gave us more energy. She will definitely be missed next season.”
Stadler had 139 kills, hitting .284, and made 216 digs. She served 45 aces.
“Sydnie was second on our team in kills, second in digs and first in aces,” Jungbauer said.
“As a freshman, she played very well.  She was a six-rotation player, and the sky is the limit for her. She has a great desire for the game and it will be fun to watch her grow as a player in the next three years.”

Warriors, Rockets earn soccer nods PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:10

Ozaukee’s Stadler, Garcia, and CG-Belgium’s Corgiat, Menzel get All-Big East honors

The Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee boys’ soccer teams didn’t have standout seasons, but a few individuals caught the eyes of Big East Conference coaches.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Nic Menzel was named to the all-conference first team, and Ozaukee’s Ivan Garcia made the second team.
Receiving honorable mention Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Andrew Corgiat and Ozaukee’s Ben Stadler.
Menzel played several positions for the Rockets, excelling everywhere he went. His coach Elias Garza called him “one of the most talented players in the conference.”
Menzel led the Rockets in scoring with six goals “despite playing many games at sweeper and was easily our best one-on-one dribbler and best passer regardless of the range,” Garza said.
Garza always put Menzel where he needed him most.
IVAN GARCIA (CR) s2093017031“Nic was always deployed in central positions anywhere from striker all the way back to goal keeper,” he said. “Nic would play sweeper against some of the more offensive and challenging opposition and would often get pushed up in games where, tactically, more of a offensive theme was desired.
“Nic was a soccer player, plain and simple. He was the one player in our squad who’s technique was a step above everyone else and he could go toe-to-toe with the best players in the conference.”
Besides his versatility in positions, Menzel could handle the ball any way he wanted and met challenges head on.
“He was equally adept with his left foot as his right. He was not shy about sacrificing his body for the team and would not back down from making tackles or from drawing them,” Garza said.
Menzel, a senior, also brought intangibles to the team.

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