After falling in its conference opener to Brookfield Central on Aug. 30, the Wauwatosa East girls volleyball team bounced back with a win over Saint Thomas More on Sept. 1.
The Lancers swept the Red Raiders in straight sets, 16-25, 10-25, 21-25.
Sophomore Chloe Tome finished with nine kills, 14 digs and two blocks. Junior Tara O'Donnell finished with 11 assists, junior Lizzie Mizer had four aces and senior Johanna Taylor blocked two shots.
"We knew this would be a tough early test," Red Raider coach Gary Tome said. "We gave them a real test and were able to play some high-level points, which was encouraging. Sustaining that high level is what we will be striving for as the season moves forward and we mature as a team."
Wauwatosa East controlled the match against Thomas More, cruising to a 25-16, 25-21, 25-12 win.
Tome had 10 kills and 10 digs against the Cavaliers. Junior Allie Kuhn added seven digs, and Mizer had six. O'Donnell finished with 17 assists, and junior Hannah Wilhelm had 13. Junior Hannah Brooks served four aces, and sophomore Anna Rossner blocked five shots.
East boys cross-country
Wauwatosa East's boys cross-country team took fourth place at the Homestead Highlander Invitational on Sept. 2 at Tendick Park in Saukville.
The Red Raiders finished with 121 team points, edging fifth-place Shorewood by one point.
Sophomore Henry Wellenstein led Wauwatosa East by placing 13th with a time of 17:17.18. Junior Ian Tyre took 19th at 17:27.00, senior Eli Werner placed 20th at 17:32.51, senior Jack Sveum finished in 24th at 17:35.40 and junior Jacob Odrzywolski grabbed 45th place at 18:23.13.
Junior Matt Doberstein (48th at 18:34.28), senior Jacob Collison (56th at 18:44.91) and junior Adam Schell (76th at 20:31.31) also ran for the Red Raiders.
East girls cross-country
Led by a 12th-place finish from senior Andrea Mabie, the Red Raiders' girls cross-country team ran to a fifth-place finish at the Highlander Invitational.
With 136 team points, Wauwatosa East held off sixth-place Menomonee Falls by two points.
Mabie completed the course in a season-best 20:29.26. Senior Jordyn Summerfield also medaled by finishing in 21:14.05 to take 25th. Sophomore Abby Wood took 26th in 21:18.68, sophomore Elsa Klein came in 30th with a personal-record 21:30.26 and senior Janet Fee placed 41st at 21:53.57.
Also competing were junior Sydney Evans (22:02.03), freshman Madelyn Mills (personal-record 22:08.43) and junior Yvette Danisewicz (22:53.15).
"One of the toughest courses in the state," Wauwatosa East girls cross-country coach Glen Gardiner said. "I was encouraged by the effort turned in by all the girls. It is very tough to set a PR on this course, and we had 10 of them (between varsity and JV). Varsity again turned in a solid performance. There were a number of talented, potentially state-ranked teams we competed against. Andrea ran an impressive race and lowered her time from last week by over 40 seconds."
East girls tennis
Wauwatosa East claimed a 6-1 win over West Allis in its Greater Metro Conference opener on Sept. 1.
Alli Gleesing, Kat Terwelp and Katie Swenson won singles matches in straight sets. Helping the Red Raiders to doubles match winners were Erin O’Brien, Aylin Ikizek, Grace Dempsey, Ellie Murphy, Maggie Collins, Katie Williams, Hannah Green and Alyssa Poe.
Mary McMahon battled but dropped her match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, at No. 1 singles.
East boys soccer
The Red Raiders began Greater Metro Conference play with a 2-0 loss to Brookfield Central on Aug. 30.
Brookfield Central took a 1-0 lead on a Nate Verhagen goal in the 31st minute. Andrew Schweinert made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute.
It was Wauwatosa East's first match since losing 7-0 to defending Division 2 state champion Whitefish Bay on Aug. 27. Although the result was a loss, Red Raider coach Eric Dale saw progress from his team.
"After that debacle against Bay, it was a self-esteem builder for us," Dale said. "We played very defensively, and that was intentional. Brookfield Central has a pretty good side. We worked on a defensive shift and some slides on our defense and looked to counter-attack. We played very deliberately.
"That second goal right before half really killed us because we were playing really well up to that point."
Sitting at 1-3-0, Wauwatosa East's difficult early-season schedule continued with a Sept. 6 match against defending Division 1 state champion Marquette. The Battle of Tosa is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Whitman Middle School.
Wauwatosa West, which is ranked No. 5 in Division 2, has won two straight over the Red Raiders.
"East-West game, anything goes there," Dale said. "West has proven that the last two years. Especially last year, I think talent-wise we had the better side. But East-West means something. If you compete and battle, it is going to be a close match."