The Spring Sports Album | Ozaukee County Sports

CEDARBURG — The spring sports season featured a bit of everything, including several local school state qualifiers, state champions and a scrapbook full of memories for local athletes, coaches and fans.

As has been the case in the past, it is almost impossible to highlight all the accomplishments that have occurred over the past few months, which is a tribute to those who have taken to the field, competed on the track or put a pair of cleats, as they have gone to great lengths to capture it all in several hundred words and a few photos.

Before moving on to the sights, sounds and highlights of spring, it’s worth noting that some spring sports folks will be highlighted throughout the summer in a series of highlight stories.

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With that in mind, here’s a sampling of what’s happened in the sports of baseball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field.

Both baseball and softball had a tough time early in the season as it seemed like Mother Nature was an opponent that didn’t want to be defeated. Some programs have found a way to meet this challenge by using grass pitches or moving games to other locations in an effort to combat rain and snow. It seemed like every team was affected in some way by the weather.

The weather always seems to be an issue to some extent in the spring, especially at the start of the season, but the good news is that it’s a shared experience as the cold and rain that could impact a game for Cedarburg probably resemble the conditions a Grafton or Homestead team would also experience. And, in some cases, like a track meet the Highlanders staged at the start of the outdoor season, it impacted everyone equally, as temperatures in the 30s and persistent winds and in flurries just before spring break made everyone even more eager to get away.

But enough about the weather, since even Mother Nature couldn’t pick up a bat and make contact with Cedarburg softball player Paytn Monticelli. The UW-Madison-bound right-hander holds just about every pitching record in program history after helping the Bulldogs reach the state tournament for the second straight season. Co-head coaches Mark Jessup and Jeff Langkamp have been discussing the RTE (return to excellence) motto for years, and there’s no doubt the team has achieved that goal.

In other words, the Homestead girls’ soccer team is embarking on a similar campaign. The Highlanders had not won a regional title since their state championship season in 2016. However, the club were able to celebrate an overtime victory on home court to qualify for the sectional tournament, where they won. qualified for the final before losing a match. of state in a 2-1 loss to DSHA. In div. 2, Cedarburg returned to Uihlein Soccer Park for the first time since 2014. Head coach Robert Williams has had the Bulldogs within striking distance of the last four in recent years and the team capped a regular growing season, which included a win over Section runner-up Homestead and a draw against State runner-up Whitefish Bay, with a State berth.

The boys’ tennis season featured a mix of brilliant on-court performances, an unlikely state tournament duo, a state championship and a dynamic personality duo.

Cedarburg junior Chatton Haws continued his dominating game on the court, going undefeated throughout the regular season before the standout suffered a loss in sectional competition, largely due to cramp issues. This likely impacted his standing in the state tournament as he once again raced through the singles chart against the best players in the state. The Bulldogs also had an interesting time preparing for Madison, as it was discovered shortly before the tournament that Keenan Haws would have to pick a new doubles partner due to the unavailability of his normal teammate. WIAA rules state that the substitute cannot be someone who was knocked out during section play, so the rookie suggested Phinehas Wiley be his partner, and the pair somewhat shockingly won their match. opening in Madison. It was an unlikely story that no one will soon forget.

Speaking of unforgettable, Grafton seniors Evan Kloss and Tyler Rau formed a duo that had state championship chemistry. What the duo sometimes struggled against more experienced opponents, the team made up for in personality. The eponymous team of Goose and Maverick – a nod to the movie Top Gun – sometimes debated who Goose was and who was Maverick before finally compromising by accepting that they could both be Maverick, had more success than could be counted by mere wins and losses.

Max Watchmaker, a junior at Milwaukee University School, was able to quantify his success by looking at the state championship medal he won in the division. 2 singles tournaments. He said he put it all together in Madison and maybe played the best tennis of his life before winning the title.

The Homestead golf team has had another in a long line of successful seasons under the tutelage of Steve O’Brien, who is a newly inducted member of the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Hall of Fame. The Highlanders qualified for the state meet by winning a sectional title a week after finishing fourth in a regional meet. Junior Hunter Thibert made one of the biggest swings of the season, when he landed his approach shot for an eagle on the last hole at the River Club to help the team win the sectional crown of a one shot.

On the baseball field, Homestead had a solid run to take second place in the North Shore Conference standings. The Highlanders used a combination of solid pitching and timely hitting to make some noise in the league, then threw back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs to win a regional championship. Head coach Jason Kosanke led the club to an overall record of 20-8.

The track and field season has had so many highlights, records and medal performances that it is futile to try to sum it all up. Peyton Berryman certainly won the state pole vault championship and Eva Brandenburg won the 300-meter hurdles title while helping the Homestead girls take second place in the division. 1 team ranking is remarkable.

So too are the efforts of those who worked hard, both in the spring and throughout the offseason, to set new program records and personal best times and distances. Grafton’s women’s relay team turned in their best performance ever at UW-La Crosse, hitting a season-set goal on the biggest stage. Cedarburg senior Kailey Ramaker achieved an important goal by qualifying for the state tournament for the first time. USM had great seasons from Mya Hartjes as well as Drew and Thomas Stephens, among others.

All of these things, along with the heartache suffered by others who are unable to fulfill a dream and achieve a goal, are why sports are so fascinating.

This spring seemed to have it all, with temperatures sometimes dropping into the 30s and other times into the 80s. The lacrosse players seemed to be fighting through it all, or in the case of the Cedarburg boys, they sometimes had a big lead when a game was suspended and the team needed to return to Franklin to secure a victory well in hand before a storm blew in. in a match that started nearly a month earlier.

You never know what you are going to get. Again, that’s why we’re watching and one of the reasons athletes work so hard and love the sport they play. Spring 2022 showcased all the drama that sports theater has to offer and was another step back in the direction of the normalcy that was taken away in 2020 and felt distant when it returned a year ago.

Fortunately, most of the arguments now revolve around which athlete or team is better, what performances do we all remember, and who is poised for success next year.