East girls tennis
Wauwatosa East's girls tennis team began postseason play last week with the Greater Metro Conference tournament on Sept. 27 and 29 and the Wauwatosa West subsectional on Sept. 30.
The Red Raiders took sixth out of seven teams at the conference tournament, with Ellie Murphy and Katie Swenson taking fifth at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.
Murphy was Wauwatosa East's lone qualifier for sectionals, as she took down Faith Baltz of Wauwatosa West (6-2, 6-0) and Kathryn Manion of Menomonee Falls (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) in subsectional matches at No. 3 singles.
Swenson won her first match at subsectionals, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, over Emily Quas of Milwaukee Lutheran before losing, 6-0, 6-0, to Jamie Gebhardt of Homestead.
East boys soccer
It was a week of mixed results for the Wauwatosa East boys soccer team, as the Red Raiders routed a conference opponent, tied a state-ranked team but then lost to a team in its sectional.
Wauwatosa East began last week with a 6-0 rout of West Allis Central on Sept. 27 to move to 2-3-0 in the Greater Metro.
"Central was a little better than it has been in the past, but we knew the result would be a good one if we just stayed focused and scored early and often," Wauwatosa East coach Eric Dale said.
Jalen Holley and Josh Klein each had two goals against the Bulldogs, while Sam Janisch and Jimmy Mroz also scored. Joe Tuffnell had two assists with Jack Glynn and Owen Beaupre adding one each.
The Red Raiders played to a 1-1 draw against Cedarburg, which is ranked No. 5 in Division 2, on Sept. 29.
Mroz put Wauwatosa East up 1-0 with a goal off an assist from Holley in the 32nd minute, but Cedarburg's Jared Short equalized for the Bulldogs in the 58th minute.
"To get up on them early in the match, it was a good goal," Dale said. "We had a nice build from midfield. We played the ball to Jalen, who beat a couple of defenders with strength and speed and dropped it off to Jimmy. Jimmy had a great finish to the far post.
"They scored off a dead ball on a corner kick in the second half. I don't know if it was a question of us not being physical enough, but a guy got a head on it. We went away with a 1-1 result against a really good team. I thought it was one of our better efforts of the year."
Facing its second state-ranked opponent in as many matches, Wauwatosa East fell, 4-0, to New Berlin Eisenhower on Oct. 1.
The Lions, ranked No. 2 in Division 2, scored in the seventh and ninth minutes to take an early advantage. Eisenhower put the match away with goals in the 49th and 50th minutes.
"I think if we play them again, it would be a much tighter game and more competitive," Dale said. "It was kind of sad coming off the heels of a really good performance (against Cedarburg), totally blowing an opportunity to make some noise for our seeding meeting.
"Eisenhower is a legitimate team this year, but at the same time, I was really disappointed in our effort and how we just laid back and let them do what they wanted."
East boys volleyball
After splitting a pair of matches during the week, the seventh-ranked Red Raider boys volleyball team tied for fifth at the Middleton Invitational.
Wauwatosa East fell to 1-1 in the Greater Metro with a 3-0 (18-25, 16-25, 18-25) loss to top-ranked Marquette on Sept. 28.
Senior Eric Winter had nine kills and five blocks, while senior Aaron Plaisted had nine kills. Senior Blake Kratzer added seven digs, and senior Joe Marx had 21 assists.
The following night, Wauwatosa East took down Madison West, 25-18, 25-18, 25-13, in a nonconference match.
Winter had eight kills and a hitting percentage of .357. Plaisted finished with six kills, two blocks and three aces, while Marx had 20 assists.
The Red Raiders went 2-1 in pool play at the Middleton Invite on Oct. 1, grabbing 2-1 wins over Appleton West and Mukwonago and losing, 2-0, to third-ranked Catholic Memorial. After beating Homestead, 25-17, 25-17, in the first round of the championship bracket, Wauwatosa East was knocked out by a 17-25, 23-25 loss to Germantown.
Plaisted had 41 kills for the tournament, with Winter adding 32 kills and eight aces. Marx had 96 assists, Kratzer had 19 digs and junior Ben Miller had seven blocks.
East swimming and diving
The Red Raiders' swimming and diving team fell to Brookfield East in a Greater Metro dual meet on Sept. 29.
Brookfield East won 11 of the 12 events.
Junior Sydney Netko took first place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 157.0, while teammate junior Glenna Petersen took second at 151.2. Junior Ingrid Meulemans took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.78 and in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.79.
East girls volleyball
Wauwatosa East's girls volleyball team earned its first Greater Metro win of the season with a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-14, 25-15) of West Allis Central on Sept. 27.
Sophomore Chloe Tome led the Red Raiders with 12 kills and 10 digs. Junior Lizzie Mizer, freshman Eva Presser-Dudley and junior Allie Kuhn each added seven kills. Junior Tara O'Donnell had 16 assists and three aces.
The Red Raiders tied for fifth at the Brittney Gigl Memorial Tournament at Nicolet on Oct. 1.
Wauwatosa East beat Whitefish Bay and Shorewood and lost to Brookfield East and Homestead in pool play. The Red Raiders then fell, 19-25, 21-25, to Nicolet in the quarterfinals.