Central, Wilmot, Badger share tennis crown
By Dan Truttschel~Sports Correspondent
A second-place finish by the slimmest of margins couldn’t keep the Wilmot boys tennis team from bringing home a share of this year’s Southern Lakes Conference title.
Westosha Central won the SLC Tournament crown May 17 with 23.5 points, just ahead of the Panthers’ 23. Badger was third with 18.5.
Central, Wilmot and Badger finished with 22 points for the season, good for a three-way tie for the overall crown.
Wilmot brought home one individual title, as senior Kyle Hetterman defended his No. 2 singles championship with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Central’s Josh Teumer.
The Panthers also had two second-place finishes. Mike Lindeman at No. 3 singles, fell 3-6, 0-6 to Central’s Luke Andrekus, while the No. 1 doubles team of Nick Yunker and Kevin Maiter fell 4-6, 2-6 to Badger.
Placing third for Wilmot was the No. 3 doubles team of Mason Kuwik and Brandon Zastrow, who defeated Union Grove 6-2, 6-0.
Wilmot hosted Kenosha Tremper Monday and then will be idle until May 27, when it competes in a WIAA Division 1 subsectional.
Baseball eyes crown
With the regular season winding down, the Wilmot baseball team is in the driver’s seat for an SLC title.
Wilmot swept a key doubleheader Friday over visiting Burlington to improve to 7-1 in the SLC and 12-2 overall.
Wilmot, which won 2-1 and 4-3, leads Central by two games and Union Grove and Burlington by three.
The Panthers scored both their runs in the opener in the bottom of the second inning – and then turned to ace Alec Haluczak to do the rest.
Haluczak went the distance and allowed just four hits, a walk and struck out 10. Burlington’s only run was unearned.
The second game was just as tight, as Burlington put the tying run on second base in the seventh inning, but Wilmot’s Evan Ketterhagen retired the last out to preserve the win.
Ketterhagen led the offense with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI, followed by Garrett Bogucki with two hits and an RBI.
Tyler Hickey picked up the win, as he allowed four hits, three earned runs, four walks and struck out four. Ketterhagen allowed a hit, two walks and struck out one.
Wilmot traveled to Indian Trails Monday and to Union Grove Tuesday. The Panthers host the Broncos Thursday, followed by a home non-conference game with Racine Case Friday and a home doubleheader against Waterford Saturday.
Softball 1-3 at tourney
The Wilmot softball team gave the state’s fourth-ranked squad more than it wanted in the first game of the Chippewa Falls Tournament Saturday, but couldn’t hang on in a tough 4-3, eight-inning loss to Kimberly.
Wilmot followed that game with an 11-1 loss to Chippewa Falls, before it bounced back with an 8-0 win over Rice Lake.
The Panthers took a 12-10 overall record and a 5-6 SLC mark into a road game Tuesday at Waterford.
Kiana Vazquez provided the big hit in the Rice Lake victory, as she belted a two-run home run. Other offensive leaders included Kerrigan Patterson with three hits and two runs scored and Sam Schloegl with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Lauren Orszula went the distance, as she allowed three hits, a walk and struck out nine.
Chippewa Falls broke open a close game with five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth en route to the 11-1 win. Collecting hits for the Panthers were Schloegl, Hannah Grossi, Kalyssa Koehn, Orszula and Patterson.
The opening game was a tight battle throughout, as Kimberly tied the contest in the seventh and finally won it in the 11th on infield single.
Alyssa Horn led the way with two hits and two RBI, followed by Sawyer Wightman with two hits and Patterson with an RBI. Orszula took the loss, as she allowed five hits, an earned run, three walks and struck out seven.
Wilmot, which defeated Elkhorn 13-3 and Burlington 9-3 earlier in the week, traveled to Waterford Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers close out their regular season Thursday with a home doubleheader against Union Grove.
Golf fifth at mini meet
Trey Turner shot a team-best 81 to lead Wilmot to a fifth-place finish at an SLC mini meet last week at the Brighton Dale Golf Course.
Burlington was first with a 327, followed by Waterford with a 337, Badger with a 348, Union Grove with a 360 and the Panthers with a 361.
Finishing behind Turner were Grant Sullivan with an 89 (46-43), Josh Christensen with a 94 (45-49), Andrew Gray with a 97 (47-50) and Nolan O’Brien with a 99 (46-53).
Wilmot competed Tuesday in the SLC Meet at the Rivermoor Golf Course.
Soccer falls twice
The Wilmot girls soccer team dropped two shutouts last week, to run its scoreless streak to four straight matches.
Waterford scored the game’s only goal 1:26 into the match May 16 and made that stand up in a 1-0 victory. The loss dropped the Panthers to 2-11-2 overall and 0-6 in the SLC.
Host Delavan-Darien scored three times in the first half May 13 en route to a 4-0 SLC win. Wilmot goalie Tara Steffen had 13 saves.
Wilmot traveled to Badger Tuesday and will play at Indian Trails Friday afternoon.