With the girls golf regionals played on Wednesday, the fall sports season is seeing its first postseason action this week. I thought now would be a good time to reflect on some of the things that caught my attention so far.
If there are good quarterbacks around, it must be Brookfield.
The offenses at Brookfield East and Brookfield Central revolve around the senior quarterbacking talents of Zach Damico and Riley Richarz, who each followed in the footsteps of Jon Lehman and Jason Meichtry, respectively, two other talented athletes.
Football coaches always talk about the next man up theory, but I couldn't even imagine a scenario where something happened to Damico or Richarz, because these guys mean everything to their ballclubs.
They are decent passers who run their offense. And oh are they fun to watch when they get around the corner. Either player can take it to the house better than any running back on their team.
Try to talk to them after the game and there are no "I's" in their interview. Everything is about "the team," especially the big guys in front of them who are giving them holes to run through.
They have been fun to watch so far and it will be interesting to see them perform down the stretch as they position for playoff spots.
I cannot say enough about perhaps my favorite athlete of the fall, senior cross country runner Elizabeth Flatley.
I still remember Flatley as a freshman, this tiny whisp of a runner, winning races or finishing near the top. She has matured the last four years, being more defined physically and a smarter runner on the course.
I don't know a lot about cross country, but I know this: It is a grueling sport and it is a perfect example of loving what you do.
Flatley has amazingly broken the 14-minute mark three times already and those are nationally ranked times. She is setting herself up for a chance to win a state championship.
Our outstanding cross country reporter Steve Tietz will be doing an in-depth feature on Flatley in a few weeks.
I wish her nothing but the best.
Once again I seem to be drawn toward the sports that I have never been good at. Coach Brian Scrobel seems to be working on another Greater Metro Conference dynasty this season.
Junior Grace Dunn was the Player of the Year, as her 219 score, a 36.5 average, was the lowest total in GMC history. The Lancers have won their eighth GMC title since the conference was formed and their second in a row. They have been ranked in the bottom of the top state's top 10.
She shot a 71 the other day (second time), tying the conference and school record. She also shot a 33 on Sept. 9, a school and conference record, as she nailed five birdies on the round.
And the good news is she has another year to play for the Lancers.
Coach Herbie Dundun is doing it again. The Spartans boys soccer team will probably play top-ranked Marquette for a chance at the Greater Metro Conference Championship.
The Spartans have balance with Peter and HenryRaymonds, James Knowles and Michael Kemnitz, good defense with Tommy Baxa and Michael Fuchs leading many. Drew Johnson is an excellent last line of defense in the net.
As always their sectional is tough, but the Spartans could have an excellent chance to make another trip to state. East and Neenah have appeared in the most state tournaments (16).
No. 17 would be nice.
I was told Monday morning that I had three teams in the top-10 for the state volleyball rankings. Since I cover Brookfield, New Berlin and Wauwatosa, I knew the Red Raiders were always state ranked. But who were the others?
This season Tosa East is also ranked, as they are seventh in this week's rankings.
New Berlin has a co-op team, combining Eisenhower and West, and they are ranked eighth.
But guess who is ranked sixth in the state in boys volleyball?
Coach Timothy Owens' Brookfield East Spartans!
I fell over! I knew they were having a solid season, but I didn't know they were playing that well.
There are no seniors on the roster but eight returnees Mark Abuls, Matt Klassen, Josh Schmirler, Graydon Schroeder, Adam Wessel, Jared Wilgus, Tyler Parker and Matt Szews are playing well.
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