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Tosa East boys track and field

Wauwatosa East's boys track and field team won a pair of relay titles and took third place as a team at the Greater Metro Conference Championships on March 28 at West Allis Central High School.

The Red Raiders scored 88 team points to finish behind champion Brookfield East (175.33 points) and second-place Marquette (98.33).

Tosa East then put forth a strong showing at the Madison West Relays April 1 at The Shell at the University of Wisconsin, coming in 10th place in a loaded 28-team field.

At the Greater Metro Indoor Championships, Tosa East won the 4x400 relay in 3 minutes, 49.24 seconds with the team of Adam Schell, Andrew Casey, Max Finco and Eli Werner. Ian Tyre, Finco, Henry Wellenstein and Bryce Protz teamed to win the 4x800 in 8:52.93.

Wellenstein was the runner-up in the 3,200-meter run in 10:29.20 and the Red Raiders took second in the 4x160 relay with Jeremiah King, Avery Luckett, Scott Henry and Tizell Hagan finishing in 2:04.87.

Jacob Odrzywolski was third in the 3,200 in 10:31.06, Casey took fourth in the 400 in 56.87 seconds, Schell was fourth in the 800 in 2:11.75, Cole Tate tied for fourth in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches, Lewis Huenink placed fifth in the 55 dash in 6.87 seconds, Matthew Kubicek came in fifth in the 55 hurdles in 8.20 seconds and Tyre was sixth in the 800 in 2:13.54.

The team of Huenink, Chase Roberts, Luckett and Cyrus Taylor were third in the 4x240 in 2:04.87.

Tosa East accumulated 23 points at the Madison West Relays to tie Madison West for 10th place and finish just two points behind ninth-place Oak Creek and three points behind Kettle Moraine and Waukesha North, which tied for seventh.

Huenink was fourth in the 200 in 23.48 seconds and Wellenstein came in 10th in the 1,600 in 4:41.05.

The Red Raiders earned a pair of third-place relay finishes, finishing the 4x100 in 1:34.81 with Kubicek, Luckett, King and Henry and the 4x200 in 1:34.81 with Huenink, Deno Hunt, Luckett and Taylor. Tosa East also took fifth in the 4x800 with Casey, Finco, Werner and Tyre finishing in 8:29.59 and seventh in the 4x400 in 3:37.01 with Roberts, Tyre, Finco and Casey.

Tosa East girls track and field

Brooklyn Blackburn won the 55-meter hurdles title to help Wauwatosa East's girls track and field team to a fifth-place finish at the Greater Metro Conference Championships on March 29 at West Allis Central High School.

With 75.5 team points, the Red Raiders finished ahead of Menomonee Falls, West Allis Hale and West Allis Central. Brookfield East won the team title with 139 points.

Blackburn posted a time of 8.49 seconds to take first in the 55 hurdles. Tosa East also won the 4x800 relay with the team of Abby Wood, Andrea Mabie, Elsa Klein and Kacy Fisher finishing in 10 minutes, 18.55 seconds.

Fisher took second in the 800 in 2:32.32, Wood came in third in the 400 in 1:03.27, Blackburn was third in the high jump clearing 5 feet, Tori Bonds placed fifth in the 400 in 1:05.11, Dominique Evans tied for fifth in the pole vault clearing 8 feet and Addison Devine was sixth in the 200 in 30.28 seconds.

Evans, Hannah Brooks, Melina Paul and Bonds teamed to place third in the 4x400 in 4:27.20.

Tosa East took fifth place at the Racine Case Invitational on April 1 at UW-Parkside. The Red Raiders scored 54 points to come in just 1/2-point behind fourth-place Racine Horlick at the 14-team meet.

Wood won the 400 in 1:01.48 and Blackburn claimed the 55 high hurdles with a time of 8.80 seconds. Blackburn was the runner-up in the 55 intermediate hurdles in 8.66 seconds, Fisher took second in the 800 in 2:22.37, Klein was second in the 1,600 in 5:49.73, Sydney Evans came in third in the 1,600 in 5:51.71 and Dominique Evans placed fifth in the 400 in 1:04.08.

The Red Raiders won the 4x400 relay in 4:09.5 with Dominique Evans, Bonds, Wood and Blackburn.

Tosa West softball

Wauwatosa West's softball team pushed defending Division 2 state champion New Berlin West but fell just short in a 4-2 loss on March 28.

The teams combined to score five of six runs in the first inning. Jordan Scharf led off with a single and Margaret Radske was then hit by a pitch. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third before Scharf scored on a passed ball with two outs. Kaitlyn Nimmer then plated Radske with a single to right field.

The Vikings answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 3-2. Katey Devine, Camryn Klotz and Sara Leibherr all drew walks to load the bases with one out. Devine came in to score on a wild pitch and Klotz touched home on an RBI fielder's choice by Maddie Minik.  Charolette Ropas then put New Berlin West up 3-2 with a single to right field to score Minik.

The game then became a pitchers' duel between Vikings hurlers Monica Lauerman and Cheyenne Sowinski and Tosa West's Adie Davies.

Lauerman kept New Berlin West up 3-2 through four innings before giving way to Sowinski. Davies shut down the Vikings until the sixth when Devine scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

Scharf finished 2 for 4 at the plate. Davies allowed three earned runs on five hits and seven walks with two strikeouts over six innings.

Tosa East girls soccer

Wauwatosa East's girls soccer team split its first two games of the season against state-ranked opponents, recovering from a 3-0 loss to Brookfield Central March 28 to pull out a 1-0 victory over Madison West on April 1.

The Lancers, ranked No. 1 in the Division 1 coaches poll, took a 2-0 lead into halftime and added a third goal in the second half.

"It wasn't an ideal time to play them," Tosa East coach Eric Dale said. "To put it in perspective, I was pretty pleased with the match. We did create some opportunities to score against them. It is not that we weren't able to create opportunities, we just didn't finish, and they did."

Mariana Ibanez-Baldor scored off an assist from Sydney Halstead in the 78th minute to lift Tosa East past Madison West, the defending D1 state runner-up and ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll.

"I thought we dominated play," Dale said. "We outshot them 16 to 2 and all the shots were on goal. We thankfully got a goal to win.

"We're young in terms of not having a lot of seniors. We have a lot of juniors, so it was good for them to bounce back after Brookfield Central and play a really good game to dominate play. It was 1-0 and could have easily been 4-0 or 5-0."

Tosa East, which is ranked No. 9 in Division 2, had its game with D2 top-ranked Homestead postponed on March 29 due to inclement weather.

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