The Red Raiders' girls cross-country team opened its season with a third-place finish at the Glenn Herold Invitational at Watertown High School on Aug. 27.
Wauwatosa East finished with 71 team points, one more than second-place Sussex Hamilton. Madison Memorial won the race with a team score of 68.
Senior Jordyn Summerfield finished in 10th place (21:09) to lead the Red Raiders. Senior Andrea Mabie was 11th (21:10), sophomore Elsa Klein finished 14th with a personal-record 21:30, sophomore Abby Wood placed 19th (21:43) and senior Janet Fee took 22nd (21:53).
Junior Sydney Evans (23:10), freshman Madelyn Mills (23:10) and junior Yvette Danisewicz (23:13) also ran for Wauwatosa East.
"I was happy with the effort of the girls up and down the lineup," East girls cross-country coach Glen Gardiner said. "The top five runners ran really well together and will need to continue to do so as we move further into the season. Hamilton and Madison Memorial are two of the better teams in the state, and it was exciting to be as close as we were."
Fee was the Red Raiders' MVP as a junior, while Summerfield, Mabie and Kacy Fisher all finished as Wauwatosa East's top runner at different meets last season. Other varsity returners include senior Amara Green, Evans, Danisewicz, junior Kyra Meach, Wood and Klein.
"I feel that the varsity will be very competitive this season," Gardiner said. "I look forward to seeing where the season takes us. The girls and the team have some pretty high goals for the season, and I know they have the talent and right attitude to make them happen."
Gardiner has added Sarrah Oliver and Erin Cutsforth to his coaching staff. Oliver comes to Wauwatosa East from Hartford, while Cutsforth ran at Portage High School and UW-Milwaukee.
Wauwatosa East fell to 0-2 on the season with a 41-6 loss at Union Grove on Aug. 26.
Quarterback Luke Lindemann capped a 15-play, 79-yard drive with a rushing touchdown to pull the Red Raiders to within 14-6 in the second quarter, but the Broncos scored just before halftime and pulled away in the second half.
"It is all about consistency right now," Red Raiders coach Matt Kender said. "On that long drive, we had plays that were not great, but we were able to rebound the next play and play well. When we've struggled, we've stacked a couple of bad plays in a row to put ourselves in long third downs.
"It is still a process. With a whole new staff here, the kids are still trying to understand what we are looking for exactly. We have to help our kids keep understanding what we are trying to do."
Avery Luckett carried the ball 13 times for 42 yards, while Cole Tate caught three passes for 57 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.
The Red Raiders will open Greater Metro Conference play Sept. 2 at Menomonee Falls.
"Sometimes when you get down, and you haven't had success, it would be easy to quit," Kender said. "They haven't quit. I like that. One of the things we're still doing is evaluating spots to find the best personnel to put on the field. We're still moving guys around to try to find the right fit. Once we find that and guys can settle into spot, things will be better."
TOSA GIRLS GOLF
Senior Katie Gastrau finished tied for top individual honors at the first Greater Metro Conference mini-meet, firing a 38 over the nine-hole event at Currie Park Golf Course.
Wauwatosa finished fourth as a team with a score of 192. Brookfield Central won the event with a 165, followed by DSHA and Menomonee Falls at 182.
Freshman Rachel Kauflin finished tied for seventh with a 43. Allie Boeckmann shot a 53, Alex Ramos a 58 and Emma Gifford a 60.
Wauwatosa shot a 389 to finish in an 11th place tie at the 20-team Brian Schroeder Memorial at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls on Aug. 22. Tosa tied with Burlington and was two strokes behind ninth-place Westosha Central and Muskego.
Team scores were made up of two individuals, one best ball score and one scramble score.
Gastrau shot an 83 and Kauflin an 86 to lead Tosa. The best ball team of Boeckmann and Ramos shot a 103, and the team had a scramble score of 117.
In its final event of the week, Wauwatosa finished 12th at the Arrowhead Scramble at Ironwood Golf Course. The four-person team of Gastrau, Kauflin, Boeckmann and Ramos finished one-under par for the tournament.
EAST GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Wauwatosa East's girls volleyball team went 5-2 at the two-day Friendship Tournament in the Wisconsin Dells on Aug. 25 and 26.
The Red Raiders won matches against Antigo (2-0), Lake Mills (2-0), Bruce (2-0), Wittenberg-Birnamwood (2-1) and Stevens Point (2-1) and fell to Waunakee (0-2) and Holmen (1-2).
Sophomore Chole Tome led Wauwatosa East in kills with 53, in aces with 13 and in digs with 48. Senior Johanna Taylor blocked 12 shots, and junior Tara O'Donnell had 85 assists during the tournament.
EAST GIRLS TENNIS
Wauwatosa East went 0-3 to finish fourth at its own invite on Aug. 27.
The Red Raiders fell 7-0 to Wilmot, dropped a 4-3 match to Brookfield Academy and lost 6-1 to Oconomowoc.
Grace Dempsey won at No.3 singles (6-2, 6-4) against Brookfield Academy, as did the doubles teams of Katie Swenson and Ellie Murphy (6-4, 6-3) and Katie Williams and Hannah Green (6-2, 6-3).
Murphy was Wauwatosa East's lone winner against Oconomowoc, pulling out a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles.