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Elmbrook high schools on nation's most challenging list

May 03, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Both high schools in the Elmbrook School District earned a spot on the Washington Post's annual list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

Out of more than 1,900 public and private high schools throughout the country, Brookfield East was ranked 674, while Brookfield Central came in at 837. Within Wisconsin, Brookfield East ranked seventh and Brookfield Central ninth.

For the past 15 years, the list has been compiled by a formula using the number of college-level tests - Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education - given at a school in 2012, divided by the number of seniors that graduated that year.

The entire list can be found at apps.washingtonpost.com.

Brookfield Central, DSHA play to 1-1 tie, share GMC crown

May 24, 2016 11:03 p.m. | Brookfield Central met Divine Savior Holy Angels on Tuesday night at Central to decide the Greater Metro Conference Championship. When the game was over, nothing had changed.

The Lancers (12-0-2) and Dashers (11-6-2) played to a 1-1 tie and finished on top of the GMC where they have been all season, both teams going 6-0-1. The Lancers, rated 32nd in the nation, were the top team in the state and DSHA was number 2.

The game got off to a fast start, when the Dashers got on the board at the 11:19 mark on a goal from junior forward Grace Lenz. But Central quickly countered at the 14:23 mark, when star sophomore forward Emma Staszkiewicz beat a defender from the left side, made a 360 move and drilled in a shot into the upper right corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

But 10 minutes later, with lightning flashing out in the western skies, the match was stopped and fans were told to leave the bleachers. After about a 50 minute delay — which included a heavy downpour — both teams returned to the field and after a 10-minute warmup, play resumed.

No one threatened the rest of the half. Because of the 50-minute delay, halftime was only 5 minutes and the action resumed. Staszkiewicz had a near miss over the top of the goal in the 67th minute, but then hurt her wrist and had to leave the game. She did return.

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Brookfield and Elm Grove go all out for Memorial Day

May 24, 2016 4:04 p.m. | A number of Memorial Day activities are scheduled in Brookfield and Elm Grove this weekend to remind folks that for every cookout they have, there is, or has been, someone fighting for our right to enjoy it.

Pancake Breakfast

The Elm Grove Woman's Club will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at its clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. the morning of Memorial Day, March 30.

Tickets are on sale now for $8 per adult and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under eat free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (262) 782-5930.

Commemoration

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Brookfield-Elm Grove Sports Notes: May 26, 2016

May 24, 2016 3:37 p.m. |

East's Aslin to attend Air Force Academy

Brookfield East senior offensive lineman Max Aslin received a scholarship offer from Air Force Academy over the weekend.

Aslin, a 6-foot, 3-inch 293 pounder, was one of the reasons the Spartans football team had an outstanding rushing attack.

Brookfield East to host boys basketball camps

Brookfield East's new basketball coach Joe Rux will be hosting basketball clinics this summer for boys entering grades four through nine for the 2016-17 school year.

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Ben Farley named new Brookfield East football coach

May 24, 2016 3:25 p.m. | A former Brookfield East graduate and coach has been named Brookfield East football coach, a maneuver announced by athletics and activities director Jeremy Martin on May 24.

Ben Farley, who coached the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team, coached under former head coach Tom Swittel the past six years.

"He's ready," Swittel said. "He's a really good coach. Cory Golla (former athletics director) asked me, 'There is one guy we'd really like you to consider,'" Swittel recalled when he was hired. It was Ben Farley."

After talking to Farley, Swittel hired him. He coached defensive backs his first year and then added defensive coordinator to his duties the last five years. He also worked with the punt return team.

"He's been coaching football and basketball," Swittel said. "He has a great background. He was one of the all-time greats at East and an All-American safety at Whitewater. "He works hard, gets along with the players ... they should do really well under coach Farley's leadership."

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Bulldogs, Blue Sox lose in Land O'Lakes play

May 24, 2016 3:23 p.m. | It was a tough weekend for the local Brookfield Land O'Lakes teams, as the Bulldogs dropped a 9-6 decision to West Bend in the home opener at McCoy Field and the Blue Sox lost, 11-1, at Pewaukee.

Bulldogs

The West Bend 7 Up, losers of four in a row, and two straight in Land O' Lakes play, knocked off the first-place Bulldogs (3-0).

West Bend needed a spark, and it got one on the second Greg Basthemer pitch of the day to Sam Mattheis, who deposited a solo homer to give 7 Up the quick advantage.

"Even the outs were hit hard, and their hits were squared up," manager Jason Booth said of the visitors. That was no more true than with Jed Justman, who hit a home run along with two singles, and Matt Parrent, who had three hits, including a triple.

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Brookfield East boys second in Greater Metro Conference tennis tournament

May 24, 2016 3:20 p.m. | Brookfield East finished second in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 17-18 in Elm Grove.

Top-ranked Marquette (50) and second-ranked Brookfield East (45) finished one-two, as expected.

"We lost a really close match to Marquette at No. 3 doubles," coach Linda Lied said. "But even if we pulled that out, Marquette would have won. They are deeper at the bottom, and so they were able to earn points where we didn't. But if we get to state, it is a straight-up dual, so the positive outlook is we are getting closer."

East's David Horneffer won the No. 1 singles championship, getting a bye, defeating Alex Moore of Sussex Hamilton (6-0, 6-0) and Ethan Budiono of Marquette (6-1, 6-4) in the title match.

East's Robert Krill won the No. 2 singles title, getting a bye, beating Brookfield Central's Tom Foley (6-0, 6-0) and John Massart of Marquette (6-1, 6-3) for the title.

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Brookfield East girls win GMC Outdoor title

May 24, 2016 2:36 p.m. | The Brookfield East girls won the third leg of the Greater Metro Conference Triple Crown on May 17, winning the outdoor championship at Menomonee Falls.

The win gave the Spartans the second and third legs of the Triple Crown, losing only the indoor title to Brookfield Central. East ran away with the outdoor title over Central, 179-145.5.

"I am so proud of the girls for defending their conference title that they earned at conference relays," said coach Lisa Foss. "They were prepared and had the right mind-set coming into the meet. We knew we wanted to defend our title for the team and specifically our seniors who have worked so hard for our team the last four years. We performed quite well in both sprints and distance and maintained our strength in the field events. This strong performance is great momentum going into regionals."

East had four winners, but several athletes placed in more than one event.

Rachel Werking was the only double winner, taking first in the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes 9.52 seconds and first in the 3,200 (11:16.73).

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Brookfield Central boys tennis team finishes second in GMC Tournament

May 24, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Brookfield Central finished third in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 17-18 in Elm Grove. The Lancers scored 33 points to finish a distant third behind Marquette (50) and Brookfield East (45).

Central took two seconds, three thirds, a fourth and a sixth, as coach Dave Steinbach juggled his lineup.

Brandon Biehoff finished second to MUHS' Nick Yang, losing in the finals (6-1, 6-1) in No. 3 singles. He beat Hamilton's Chris Anderson (6-3, 6-3) and Brookfield East's Thomas Francken (6-2, 6-0) to get there.

Mark Crowder finished second, losing to the Hilltoppers' Noah Guillermo (6-2, 6-1) at No. 4 singles. He defeated Hamilton's Alex Menzia (6-0, 6-0) and Brookfield East's Michael Staff (7-6(8), 6-3) to get to the finals.

Gunther Treis/Sam Schneider finished third at No. 1 doubles, defeating West Allis' Alec Walk/Jimmy Nguyen (6-1, 6-1) and losing Marquette's Nick Kallman/Caleb Schifano (6-3, 6-3). The pair then defeated Menomonee Falls' Corey Drier/Colin Fluegge (6-0, 6-2) in the third-place game.

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SPORTS SHORTS MAY 26

May 24, 2016 2:24 p.m. |

CENTRAL GOLF

Brookfield Central finished second in the final mini meet on May 16 at the Wisconsin Country Club and the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 18 at Morningstar.

As a result, the Lancers finished second overall with 37 points to Marquette's 49 points. Behind MUHS and Central were Brookfield East (29), Wauwatosa (27), Menomonee Falls (26), Sussex Hamilton (21), West Allis Hale (7) and West Allis Central (0).

Kevin Hershbergershot a 37 on May 16, followed by Sean Yun(40), Jack Anderson(42), Josh Trasser(44) and Zack Mindel(44).

On May 18, Hershberger had a 74 over 18 holes, followed by Mindel (76), Trasser (77), Sun (80) and Anderson (82).

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BROOKFIELD ACADEMY MAY 26

May 24, 2016 2:15 p.m. | Both the boys and girls varsity track and field teams came away from the Midwest Classic Conference Outdoor meet on May 17 with third-place finishes. The boys scored 95 points and the girls — with only 13 competing — totaled 122 points.

For the boys, MJ Woodswon the 100-meter dash, anchoring the winning 400 relay with Delmar Herman, Nathan Kustnerand Joe Doyleand placing third in the long jump.

Nathan Kustnerran an impressive second leg in the 400 relay and also placed second in the 200 dash. Mark Morrishad the best last conference outdoor meet of his high school career by taking second in the 400 dash and second in the 1600 relay with Chris Bienkowski, Sam Weinbergand Colin Guest.

The 3,200 relay of Jack Loomis, Ahmed Nosir, Tom Bonnessand Evan Medoratook third, placing well ahead of expectations. Yaman Othmancontinued his development in the hurdles by placing fifth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. His 300 hurdle race was a huge 2-second improvement over his personal record.

The girls ran amazingly well, considering how few of them were competing. Natalie Arnoldcontinued her dominance in the distance events by winning the 1,600 and the 3,200 in impressive fashion. Ashlin LaFondhad a great meet by winning the 800, placing second in the 400 dash and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay with Shannon Griffin, Harper LaFondand Elissa Daniel.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Brookfield East boys win GMC Outdoor and Triple Crown

May 24, 2016 10:22 a.m. | When the Brookfield East boys track and field team won the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championships on May 17 at Menomonee Falls, coach Mike Steiner's crew won their fifth Triple Crown.

East has now won the Triple Crown (Indoor, Relays, Outdoor) in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016. It was the seventh year in a row East won the outdoor title.

"Tuesday was another step down the path for us," Steiner said. "We are starting to wind the season down, so the kids performing at such a high level is encouraging as we move into the state meet series. It was a fun night, and we're happy for all the kids, but especially the seniors. They wanted this pretty bad, so to see them reach one of their goals is special."

Steiner then went out of his way to praise the seniors and tipped his cap to the underclassmen.

"Our seniors have been tremendous since day one," he said. "They are talented and they are motivated to be great, a pretty good recipe for success. Our younger guys are eager and they want to do whatever they can to help contribute. A number of them have made significant strides throughout the season and the hard work is starting to pay off."

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Brookfield Central boys track team fifth at GMC Outdoor Championship

May 23, 2016 9:34 p.m. | The Brookfield Central boys track and field team took fifth in the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championship on May 10 at Menomonee Falls.

Brookfield East (172), Menomonee Falls (134), Marquette University and Wauwatosa East (83.5) finished before Brookfield Central (70.5).

"Despite our fifth-place finish, we had a very successful day," Central coach Steve Kracht said. "Three of our four relays posted their best time of the year. We had kids in 12 of the 14 individual events have their best performance of their career or season. I told the team that we cannot control what the other teams/athletes do. All we can do is perform to the best of our abilities. Well, the vast majority of our kids did that, so we look at this as a very successful day. In 2015, we finished eighth in the conference, so we moved up three spots to fifth. So we are slowly improving."

Kumo Okoro had the top finish, taking second in the 800-meter run in 2:00.88, while Trent Boldin took third in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and Ezedike Chioma was fourth in the 200 (22.62)

Central took three of the top five places in the pole vault as Buc Nellen was third (12-feet, 6 inches), Mitch Meves took fourth (12-6) and Joe Dubois was fifth (12-0).

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Elm Grove to rule on new parks plan tonight

May 23, 2016 6:17 p.m. | Village of Elm Grove — The Elm Grove board of trustees will host a public hearing and then rule on a new parks and open space at its meeting tonight.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening in the courtroom at Village Hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

Brookfield Central girls finish solid second in GMC Outdoor

May 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls track and field team finished a solid second (145.5) in the Greater Metro COnference Outdoor behind Brookfield East (179) and well before third-place Sussex Hamilton (115.5).

The Lancers won only two events, both by Lexi Romero, but they used their depth to finish as well as they did.

Central had three runners place in the 100-meter dash. Romero won the event with a time of 12.31, Georgina Eberle finished third (12.73) and Hope Peterson was seventh (13.33).

Romero also took first in the 200 dash (25.43), Eberle was second (25.68) and Marissa Zepecki was fourth (26.99).

In the 800 run, three Lancers placed, led by Michelle Hirsch, who was third (2:22.58), Olivia Zweber in fourth (2:24.85) and Abby Mauermann in fifth (2:25.91).

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