For the second week in a row, the Wauwatosa East/West girls golf team finished fourth in the Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on Aug. 26 at Songbird Hills.
Senior Katie Gastrau shot a 44 to lead the way for the locals. Senior Zoe Jones followed up with a 46 and senior Kayla Kuxhouse had a 49.
Juniors Brenna Blaney shot a 50 and Maegan O'Dounell had a 57.
Brookfield Central won its second straight mini-meet as the Lancers shot a 159 to finish ahead of Brookfield East (166), Divine Savior Holy Angels (172), Wauwatosa (189), Sussex Hamilton (198) and Menomonee Falls (212).
EAST GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
With six graduating seniors gone from last year's squad, Wauwatosa East is going to be a young team.
"We have a great group of hard working girls, great attitudes," coach Gary Tome said. "I really enjoy working with this squad."
East returns two starters — junior libero Molly Devine and senior middle Emily Winter. The new cast of promising players include freshman setter Margo Lipscomb and outside hitter Lizzie Mizer, who led the team, respectively, in assists and kills in the first tourney on Aug. 28.
East started the season on a positive note, as gold division champions in the nine-team Cardinal Invite at Milwaukee South.
"We are hoping to build on this momentum as we begin Greater Metro Conference play Sept. 3 at defending state champion Menomonee Falls.
"It will be a great learning experience for our young program," Tome said.
WEST GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Tosa West girls won their first tournament in four years when they won the Gold Division of the Milwaukee Lutheran Red Knight Invitational on Aug 30.
"We played decent in pool play, and picked up our play throughout the day," coach Kelly Dwyer said. "Going into the tournament I knew we had a good chance to win.
"I told the girls on Friday that there was no reason why we should not win this tournament. They showed up and went to business."
The Trojans swept Pool Play, beating Grafton: (26-28, 25-13, 15-9), Ashwaubenon (25-16, 20-25, 16-14) and Marshall (25-12, 25-12).
"In the morning pool play, we struggled to put together a consistent offensive attack," coach Jerry Lahmann said. "Our serving and defense had hot and cold stretches. We would build a five (to) seven point lead, only to see it evaporate with multiple passing and hitting errors in a row in the games that were close.
"Our morning saw strong offensive efforts from Dani Savignac and Alantra Wright, coupled with strong serving from Dani Savignac and Ashley Vulgaris. Our serving and defense got us through the morning undefeated, but our inconsistent passing didn't allow us to establish our middle attack as needed."
In the Gold semi-finals they defeated Kenosha Indian Trail (25-23, 25-19) and then whipped Grafton (25-19, 25-15) to win the title.
"Going into playoffs we talked about putting a more focused effort on our service reception," Lahmann said. "Our poise and confidence swelled once we refocused, and our offense came alive. Our middle attacker Clare Honan began dominating play, and we started to establish an offensive identity.
While all hitters contributed, Honan, Savignac and Wright stood out. Sarah Mraz helped to elevate the defensive play in the afternoon, with freshman Ericha Stuberg also showing poise with her serve and defense.
"Our setters, Ali Stewart and Maddie Inman, kept us competitive in the morning despite poor passing," Lahmann said. "Once our passing cleaned up, they skillfully directed our offense. A great start to the season."
The stat leaders were Honan (39 kills, 17 blocks), Savignac (24 kills, 12 aces), Inman (59 assists), Ali Stewart (51 assists), Wright (12 blocks) and Ashley Vulgaris (8 aces).
EAST BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Wauwatosa East boys coach Mackenzie Laska was surprised by his runners' performances in the Menomonee Falls Coaches Classic on Aug. 28 at Rotary Park.
"I was pleasantly surprised with many of the performances from this first meet," he said. "Eight athletes ran personal bests and almost everyone was significantly faster than last year at this time."
Although it was an unscored meet, there were medals to the top 15 in each grade level.
Four freshmen earned medals, led by Christopher Simons (4th, 19:37), Jacob Odrzywolski (7th, 19:58), Matt Doberstein (9th, 20:12.66) and Ian Tyre (10th, 20:12.74) respectively.
"It is rare for us to have a freshman begin the season under 20 minutes, and to have two do that in the first meet and have two more knocking on the door speaks to the competitive drive of this new freshmen class, and I look forward to seeing what comes next," Laska said.
East had two sophomores earn medals while running personal best times, as Matt Richards finished 10th (18:41) and Jack Sveum finished 14th (18:53).
The juniors were equally impressive, with Sam Potter finishing second overall in the race in a personal-best time of 16:42.
"Potter ran a smart race and looked strong the entire way," Laska said. "He also earned a medal for second place among juniors."
Marquez Green was the other junior to earn a medal with a 10th place finish in a personal best of 18:06, taking over 20 seconds off his previous best.
Seniors Tyler Klein and Noah Froh had turned in excellent performances, placing third and fourth with personal best times of 17:09 and 17:15, respectively. For Froh this was 17 seconds faster than his previous best.
"There were so many great performances that there just isn't time or space to tell," Laska said. "Thursday was a positive experience for the team as a whole and a great morale boost to kick off the year. I had high expectations coming into the season, but these boys surprised me (and possibly themselves) today."
EAST GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The Wauwatosa East girls runners were third in the Watertown Glen Herold Invitational on Aug. 30 at Watertown.
"The team place was a bright spot and we look forward to continue the success from this meet at the Homestead Highlander Invitational this Friday, Sept. 5," coach Glen Gardiner said.
Senior Lindsey Govan finished third in a personal-record 16:12, the best performance of the week for Tosa East. Three runners finished in the top 25.
Sophomores Jordyn Summerfield was 21st (17:42) and Janet Fee was 24th (17:46) while senior Tayla Ederesinghe took 25th 17:48.
Sophomore Julia Bartlett rounded out the top five (39th, 18:25), ahead of sophomore Kacy Fisher (46th, 18:46) and junior Kayla Klein (51st, 18:57).
EAST GIRLS TENNIS
Tosa East split two matches at the Trojan-Raider Invite on Aug. 30 but got rained out during the third match.
The Red Raiders lost to Manitowoc, 4-3, as winners were Nina Novic at No. 2 singles (7-5, 6-4), Jorey Dvorak at No. 3 (6-4, 6-0) and Seble Yigletu at No. 4 (6-4, 6-1).
East then beat Wilmot, 4-2, as the third doubles match wasn't completed. Winners were all the singles — Nina Kortas at No. 1 (6-0, 6-1), Novic (6-0, 6-1), Dvorak (6-3, 6-4) and Yigletu (6-3, 6-1).
"Overall I was happy with the team's effort and the improvement with the doubles," coach Glen Slonac said. " I was pleased with the way a few of our singles players closed out their matches and with our more consistent play."
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