The Falcons left no doubt as to where the Woodland Conference's best triple jumpers reside.
Pablo Bras (41 feet, 1½ inches), Ben Schaefer (39-9) and Sawyer Nelson (39-5) turned in the top three efforts in leading Whitnall to a win in the triple jump relay at the league relay meet at South Milwaukee on May 4.
That win helped the Falcons boys finish second to only Wauwatosa West (99 points) with 92 points. The Whitnall girls were third with 75 points, behind only the host school's 98 and Wauwatosa West's 87.5.
Additional conference relay titles came from the girls 3,200-meter team of Mary Erickson, Katherine Crivello, Leah Windt and Danika Johnson in 10 minutes, 31.78 seconds; the girls 1,600 (no names reported) in 4:16.16; the boys high-jump unit of Joel Stave, Luke Rutowski and Jake Lehmann; and the boys long jump squad of Jake Streim, Nelson and Bras.
Joel Stave had a meet-best 6-2¼ in the high jump. Streim was second overall in the long jump with a 20-1½.
The Falcons continued to impress at the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Friday.
The 1,600 relay of Nelson, Ben Schaefer, Nikolai Miskov and Lehmann set a meet record in 3:32.57, and the group of Bob Grim, Jake Streim, Schaefer and Miskov would have done the same in the 800 in 1:31.79 had it not been for Waukesha West's winning time of 1:31.35.
In addition, Grim won the 100 dash in 11.38 for the third-place boys. For the girls, who were fifth, Meredith Heller won the long jump (15-11) and Erickson, Windt, Crivello and Johnson claimed the 3,200 relay (10:01.95).
First singles player Alex Dundas and the first doubles team of Alex Chu and Nathan Haas were among the Falcons' winners in their 5-2 home win over Wauwatosa West on May 4, a win that improved Whitnall's league record to 4-4.
The Falcons also won the eight-team South Milwaukee Rocket Invitational on Saturday.
The Hustlin' Hawks pitched their first two shutouts of the season, downing Greendale and Wauwatosa West in consecutive league contests.
In a 19-0 drubbing of host West on May 6, Shannon Butts struck out five batters in three innings for the win as Greenfield allowed only three hits.
At the plate, Butts outhit the Trojans herself, going 4-for-5 with a double and three runs.
Two nights earlier, Butts picked up the team's first shutout, a 4-0 victory over visiting Greendale. She scattered five hits and struck out six over seven innings.
Randi Fennig drove in a pair of runs with two hits for the Hawks.
West Allis Hale soccer
A strong effort against powerful Divine Savior Holy Angels and the end of a long scoreless streak highlighted the week for the Huskies.
Hale lost to DSHA, 3-0, May 4, holding the Dashers scoreless for the first 65 minutes.
"We just ran out of steam the last 15 minutes," Hale coach Brent Behnke said. "We were unfortunate not to capitalize on some good opportunities (earlier) to take the lead."
DSHA outshot Hale, 24-2, but goalkeeper Samantha Toth made 22 saves.
The Huskies then finished 1-2 in the New Berlin Eisenhower Tournament over the weekend. They beat East Troy, 3-0, Saturday behind goals from Brianna Bailey, Ashley Weiss and Emilie Lemberger. Those goals broke a five-game scoring drought for the Huskies, who improved to 2-8-1.
Hale had opened the tournament by losing to host and eventual tournament champion Eisenhower, 4-0, Friday. The Huskies then fell to Waukesha South, 2-0, Saturday despite outshooting the Blackshirts, 11-3.
Hale visits Wisconsin Lutheran on May 13, in a "go pink" game to benefit breast cancer awareness.
West Allis Central girls track
A courageous effort by Liz Lindner under rugged conditions spurred the Bulldogs in the Greater Metro Conference Relays on May 5 at Brookfield Central.
"Liz ran two gutty 800s, one in the distance medley relay and one in the (3,200 relay)," Central coach Steve Paske said, "and then, when we were about to run only three people in the (1,600), she volunteered (to compete) 10 minutes after the (3,200) and ran a two-second personal best, into the wind. That was one of the guttiest races I've seen."
The distance medley, which included Kiki Poore, Abby Pranghofer and Katie Larson, finished third in 13 minutes, 35.28 seconds.
The 3,200 unit, also with Pranghofer, Larson and Sam Kass, took fifth in 10:49.97.
The pole vault team of Cali Schmidt, Nicole Larson and Ashley Dobson came in second, with Schmidt (9 feet-6 inches) and Larson (9-0) notching the top two individual finishes. The shot put unit of Raquel Coto-Valentin, Poore and Ashley Sturm took third.
The Bulldogs were seventh with 32 points in the meet, which was won by Brookfield Central's 121.
Hurdlers Michelle Garner and Kevin Hanneken continue to sparkle, this time while strutting their stuff at Arrowhead's Myrhum Invitational on Friday.
Garner won the 300 hurdles in 46.66. She also ran the 100 hurdles in fourth in 16.40 and the 200 dash in fifth in 27.18.
Hanneken, meanwhile, also won the 300 in 39.84, the only sub-40-second time in the field, and was the runner-up in the 110 hurdles in 15.01, behind only Waukesha North's Corey Wilch's 14.95.
In addition, Greenfield's Davonte Wilson and Reggie Blakely were sixth and seventh in the long jump and Arnell Howard was eighth in the 200.
At the Woodland Conference Relays at South Milwaukee on May 4, Hanneken's second-place individual time of 41.08 in the 300 hurdles helped Greenfield take second in the relay, as did Wilson's fourth-place effort in the long jump of 19-4½.
Also, Heba Mohammed was third individually in the discus (95-3).
Matt Ranta's 39 tied him with three other golfers for meet-medalist honors at Nagawaukee Golf Course on May 4 in the second-to-last Woodland Conference mini-meet of the season.
Ranta's effort helped the Falcons take fourth of six teams with a 168.
Two days later, in the regular-season finale, Whitnall was third with a 166 at Muskego Lakes thanks largely to Michael Mathwick's 39, which tied him for third place.
Three-set wins at both first singles and first doubles carried the Hawks to a 6-1 win at South Milwaukee on May 4.
Ajeer Ahmed came back to beat Eric Klamrowski, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, at first singles, and the team of Derek Buyan and Austin Jacobsen knocked off Jake McKinney and Bob Walsh, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, at first doubles.
The Hawks were also third at the eight-team South Milwaukee Invite on Saturday.
Dana Steffen and Sara Mogensen continue to carry the Falcons.
Mogensen scored a goal and assisted on one by Steffen in Whitnall's 2-2 tie at St. Thomas More on May 4, and Mogensen scored on an assist from Mika Topitzes in a 2-1 loss at Shorewood two days later.
"We had several great opportunities but were not able to cash in," said Whitnall coach Bob Antholine, whose team also lost, 3-0, at Kenosha Bradford on Saturday. "(Against Shorewood) was our best overall game this year as we got more contributions from more girls. Things are getting better, but we need a win."
As of Monday, Mogensen had six goals and four assists and Steffen had six goals and nine assists for the Falcons, who were 2-9-1 overall, 2-5-1 conference.
West Allis tennis
When playing away from the GMC, West Allis does well.
The local team won five matches in the rain-shortened Delavan-Darien Invitational on Saturday. Posting victories were Ryan Pederson at second singles, Michael Boey at third singles, Jeff Saeger at fourth singles, the first doubles team of Tyler Zajdel and Ben Reuteler and the third team of Andrew Pflugradt and Peter Jackson.
West Allis also beat Milwaukee King, 6-1, May 5 behind victories from Pederson, Boey, Saeger, Zajdel/Reuteler, Scott Balistrieri/Matt Kalmanson and Kevin Acker/Tyler Bauer.
In GMC play, though, West Allis fell to Wauwatosa East on May 6 and Marquette on May 4 by 7-0 scores.
West Allis Central boys track
The pole vault team of Dan Diebitz, Derek Sadler and Luis Navarette captured second place with 37 feet at the GMC Relays on May 5.
"Our pole vaulters still remain our most consistent chance for points in a meet, and they are still getting better and stronger," Central assistant coach Mark Klobukowski said.
Earning fifth for the Bulldogs were the long jump group of Troy Brown, Chris Redman and Isaac Millen (57-5¼) and the distance medley unit of Brandon Pettis, Millen, Casey Muszytowski and Alex Gonzales (11:16.52).
The Bulldogs were eighth with 24 points in the meet, which was won by Brookfield East with 106.
West Allis Central golf
The Bulldogs tallied 511 strokes for 14th place in the Brown-Port Invitational at Hawthorne Hills on Friday.
Luke Towler fired an 87 on nines of 39 and 48, while Ryan Barwick carded a 96 (49-47) and Billy Schaning a 98 (47-51).
In a GMC mini-meet at Westmoor Country Club on May 3, Schaning posted a 50 as Central was eighth with 219.
West Allis Hale golf
Once again, the Huskies finished seventh in a GMC mini-meet May 3 at Westmoor Country Club.
Hale had 205 strokes to take seventh for the third time in as many mini-meets this season. Eric Schrader shot 47 to lead Hale, while Eric Baker carded 50.
West Allis Hale softball
The Huskies lost three league games last week to slip to 4-7 for the season.
They lost to DSHA, 10-3, May 6, missing an opportunity for a season sweep. Morgan Abel and Rachel Seefeldt both went 2-for-3 and drove in a run, while Jocelyn Klescewski had a triple. DSHA, though, pounded out 19 hits.
Hale fell, 8-3, to GMC leader Brookfield Central on May 4 despite two hits apiece by Jenny Rechlicz, Seefeldt and Shannon Huberty. The Lancers broke open a 5-3 game with three in the sixth.
The Huskies opened the week with a 12-0 loss to Menomonee Falls, managing just five hits.
West Allis Central softball
Earlier this season, the Bulldogs beat Hamilton by 10 runs, but last week, the Chargers returned the favor.
Hamilton topped the Bulldogs, 17-7, May 3, rapping 19 hits and taking advantage of six Central errors. Mehryn Kraker had two hits and drove in three runs, while Audri Schwindt had two hits and scored a run for the Bulldogs, who lost an early 5-0 lead.
Central then fell to Brookfield East, 18-3, May 4, as the Spartans also collected 19 hits. Amber Jagodzinski had two hits, including a double, for Central (3-7 league, 5-10 overall.
West Allis Central soccer
The troubles continued for the Bulldogs last week with losses of 9-0 to Kenosha Bradford on May 6 and 12-0 to Wauwatosa East on May 5.
Tosa East scored 10 first-half goals and had two players, Sara Timmler and Cara Walls, each post hat tricks.
Central remained winless and has scored just one goal, that from Emily Meisner against Bradley Tech.
Despite shooting their second-best team score of the season - a 174 - the Hawks were fifth of six teams at the final league mini-meet at Muskego Lakes on May 6.
Greenfield's Nick Conatty had his best outing of the season with a 39, followed by Keith Parnau's 42.
The effort secured a last-place finish for Greenfield in the Woodland West Division standings.
Two days earlier, Greenfield was sixth at another mini at Nagawaukee with a 184.
Alec Molter and Conatty matched each other with team-best 43s.
"Putting killed us," Greenfield coach Paul Hetzel said. "Four out of five golfers finished with 24 putts, well above our goal of 17. It is hard to put good numbers on the board with those results."
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