The Hustlin' Hawks nipped the Falcons, three games to two, in a crucial Woodland Conference dual meet on Sept. 1.

Both teams are expected to contend for the Woodland East Division crown, and they played each other evenly before the Hawks finally prevailed, 25-10, 19-25, 16-25, 25-19, 15-12.

Greenfield used a 7-2 run to win the opening game, Whitnall put away the second game with a 10-2 run and the fifth game was tied at 12-12 before the Hawks ran off the final points, including a kill by Brianna Denk.

For the match, Denk finished with 15 kills, Sarah Trapp 15 assists, Ratka Karac five blocks and Gabby Strasser 14 digs. For Whitnall, Lilly Naumann collected nine kills and four blocks,Sam Benzinger six service aces, Hannah Hinson 18 assists and Haley Wynn 12 digs.


Marshall Rushton ran 14th in 16 minutes, 59 seconds in the Leighton Betz Invitational on Sept. 2 at Greenfield Park.

Brad Glisczinski took 48th (18:03), Jimmy Pomeroy 50th (18:05), Jaysen Bagbey 66th (18:45), Brent McLure 78th (19:06), Taylor Wojtysiak 81st (19:18) and Jack Wanner 83rd (19;22) for the Huskies, who tallied 256 points for 11th place.

The Hale girls collected 415 points for 14th place. Rachel Pavek claimed 70th (23:04), Bella Slotke 86th (24:20), Christy Einberger 87th (24:20), Bella Kirkpatrick 88th (24:22), Julia Smessaert 89th (24:33), Faith Sether 96th (25:12) and Rebecca Koshen 99th (25:43).

"The girls are working together, but now they need to drop some more time, and the team results will come," coach Terry Labinski said.


The boys squad finished 10th in its own meet on Sept. 2 at McCarty Park with 290 points.

Jacob Unger led the Bulldogs with 50th place in 19 minutes, 27 seconds, followed by Diquan Reece in 58th (20:06), David Baier 59th (20:07), Hunter Turcin 60th (20:20) and Alex White 63rd (20:42).

No Central girls ran in the varsity race, which was won by Oak Creek with 60 points.


The Raptors went 1-4 in the season-opening Kettle Moraine Invitational on Sept. 3.

They lost to highly-rated Marquette, 25-10, 25-9; to Nicolet, 25-11, 25-15; and to Muskego, 25-16, 25-20. In pool play, they tipped Franklin, 22-25, 27-26, 17-16, and fell to Westosha Central, 25-19, 25-13.

Junior Danny Palmer tallied 31 assists and five kills on the day; sophomore Charlie Riegg 26 kills; junior Tom Kolasinski six kills and two blocks; and senior Austin Marshall five kills.

The Raptors return five starters in Brady Cunningham, Kolasinski, Marshall, Palmer and Riegg.


The girls team tallied 262 points in the West Allis Hale Invitational on Sept. 2 at Greenfield Park, coming in 11th.

Savannah Holt led the Falcons with 21 minutes, 33 seconds, good for 43rd place. Bridget Finn came in 51st (22:02), Katie Klages 53rd (22:03), Dijana Mitrovic 56th (22:14) and Alyssa Tolson 59th (22:23).

"The entire team showed vast improvement from the first meet, with all girls dropping between 31 seconds and 1 minute, 22 seconds off the times from last week," coach Bridget Sparks said.

The boys had an incomplete team on varsity, with Reid Miller running 32nd (17:43), LaShaun Dobbie 44th (17:57) and Eli Mitchell 97th (personal-best 19:44).

The Whitnall boys junior varsity took 12th place, led by Nathan Steyn in 21:34.


Tashjanae Holmes ran eighth with 20 minutes, 58 seconds in the West Allis Central Invitational at McCarty Park on Sept. 2.

Teammate Maya Schroeter also earned a medal, taking 27th in 22:11 in the field of 62 runners. For the Greenfield junior varsity, Zoey Zunker was second (23:10).

For the boys varsity, Greenfield's Nate Schroeter came in 47th (19:06).

"This meet is made up of many state-qualifying teams and athletes," coach Leslie Cimermancic said. "We have a new coaching staff and new program. This team is young, with many new to the sport of competitive running. We are hopeful to make gains as a team and as individuals."


The Falcons captured their first Woodland Conference dual-meet victory of the season with a 4-3 decision over South Milwaukee on Sept. 1.

Laura Dirk, at third singles, captured a big victory to clinch the meet for the Falcons, and the third doubles unit of Natasha Lovelace and Kelly Kirsch also played well, coach Mary Frentzel said.

The first doubles team of Karolina Karaban and Elizabeth Hennemann lost a tough three-set match.

"It was very windy, but the girls figured out the wind and played well," Frentzel said.


Eric Kopcha scored twice to pace the Falcons past Messmer, 3-1, in a nonconference game on Aug. 30.

Kopcha's second goal broke a 1-1 tie in the 66th minute, and Whitnall later added an insurance goal for the victory.

Whitnall later dropped a 3-2 decision to East Troy on Sept. 1 to fall to 1-2-1 on the season.


Anna Marshman pulled out a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 match at first singles as the local squad fell to Wauwatosa East, 6-1, on Sept. 1.

All the other West Allis entries fell in straight sets.


The Bulldogs finished 12th in the New Berlin West Tournament on Sept. 3.

They dropped a 25-13, 25-13 decision to St. Thomas More in a challenge match. In pool play, Central came in third with a 1-2 dual-meet mark, beating Sheboygan Falls, 25-23, 25-20, and losing to Lake Country Lutheran, 25-6, 25-4, and Franklin, 25-17, 25-6.


The Hustlin' Hawks, battling injury and illness, dropped two 7-0 dual meets to Greendale on Aug. 29 and Shorewood on Sept. 1.

Coach Susan Swaer said senior captains Katy Gabryelczyk and Hoang Anh-Ho continue to provide leadership.

"Their ability to both rally and motivate has been a positive inspiration to the whole team," Swaer said.


The Huskies dropped a 5-1 decision to Bradley Tech on Sept. 2 as part of the New Berlin Eisenhower Tournament.


The Bulldogs fell by the same 9-0 score to Greendale on Aug. 29 and Brookfield East on Aug. 30.

Goaltender Austin Kruk collected 19 saves against Greendale.