East boys soccer
Following a lackluster performance against Brookfield East on Oct. 4, the Wauwatosa East boys soccer team had an important meeting at practice the following the day.
The Red Raiders took the message to heart and closed last week with convincing wins over Grafton and Milwaukee Hamilton.
Brookfield East jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute and extended its advantage with goals in the 61st minute, 64th minute and 88th minute in a 4-0 win over Wauwatosa East.
"Our effort and our willingness to win in that match was pretty pathetic," Wauwatosa East coach Eric Dale said. "They scored a second goal on us early in the second half and gave one up almost immediately after that.
"We had a long talk, sorted things out at practice on (Oct. 5). The funny thing about sports is you have a poor performance, and then you come out and have one of your best performances."
The Red Raiders were a different team the rest of the week, beginning with a 3-0 win over Grafton on Oct. 6.
Jack Glynn scored in the 15th minute to put Wauwatosa East in front. Jalen Holley made it 2-0 in the 78th minute, and Casey Hagaman capped the scoring in the 89th. Joey Kortas, Glynn and Henry Andera had assists against the Blackhawks.
Sam Rutkiewicz made four saves in his 85 minutes in net.
"We knew we weren't playing very hard and knew we could get more out of our kids," Dale said. "Effort is one thing you can always control. Our effort against Grafton was excellent. After the Tosa West game, Grafton was our best effort of the season."
While Wauwatosa East ended up winning, 6-2, over Milwaukee Hamilton on Oct. 8, the match was closer than the final score indicates.
Sam Janisch, Hagaman, Andera, Holley, Cameron Holton and Jimmy Mroz all scored for the Red Raiders, while Glynn, Hagaman, Vince Milan, Holley, Owen Beaupre and Jack Phillips had assists.
Hamilton took the early lead, but Wauwatosa East held a 2-1 lead at halftime. The Wildcats scored early in the second half to tie the match before the Red Raiders scored four unanswered goals.
"It took a slap in the face for us to get out of bed a bit and play the soccer we are capable of," Dale said. "I think Hamilton gave up a little bit down the stretch. Fortunately, our boys figured it out and took care of business."
The Red Raiders entered the final week of the regular season at 8-7-2 overall and 2-4-0 in the Greater Metro.
East boys cross-country
Wauwatosa East's boys cross-country team took fifth at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational on Oct. 7 at McCarty Park in West Allis.
"We got a good look at several teams from the conference as well as a few of the teams we will compete against at the sectional meet in two weeks," Wauwatosa East coach Mackenzie Laska said.
Sophomore Henry Wellenstein paced the Red Raiders, as he took eighth place in a personal-record 16:38.58. His time at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational was the 37th-best in school history.
Junior Ian Tyre came in 18th in a personal-best 17:12.85, senior Jack Sveum was 19th in 17:14.04, junior Jacob Odrzywolski took 37th in a personal-record 17:30.54 and sophomore Nate Blischke rounded out the scoring lineup in 58th in a personal-record 17:54.39.
Also running for the Red Raiders were sophomore Liam Nicol (78th in 18:16.13), senior Tom Hoffman (18:30.20) and sophomore Aaron Van Meter (18:34.52).
"We had 27 boys race, and 20 of them produced PRs, which was helpful with the absence of three top runners due to injuries," Laska said.
East girls tennis
Wauwatosa East freshman Ellie Murphy dropped her two matches at the Homestead sectional on Oct. 4 to finish in fourth place at No. 3 singles.
Murphy (7-13 overall) lost, 6-1, 6-4, to Grace Sueflohn of Kettle Moraine (22-6) and 6-2, 6-4 to Ella Tschurwald of Arrowhead (17-11).
Luke Lindemann and Jeremiah King combined to rush for 159 yards, but Wauwatosa East's football team fell, 39-6, to Brookfield Central on Oct. 7.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 0-8 overall and 0-6 in the Greater Metro.
Brookfield Central (8-0, 6-0) scored on each of its first seven drives and broke the game open with a 21-point second quarter. Wauwatosa East's lone score came on a touchdown run by Lindemann in the fourth quarter.
Lindemann ran for 96 yards on 12 carries, while King finished with 63 yards on 14 attempts. Scott Henry caught five passes for 77 yards.
Wauwatosa East will close its season against West Allis Central (3-5, 2-4) at Hart Park at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.