South volleyball snaps streak

SOUTH CELEBRATES after snapping its long losing streak in conference play on Thursday. – Photo by Kelly Miller

It looked like another conference loss for the South volleyball team Thursday.

But the Redwings rallied to defeat Pulaski, 18-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-11, to snap their 19-game losing streak in the Fox River Classic.

“It was amazing,” Sigler said. “We were down two sets and just never gave up. We worked our butts off, put in the heart, never gave up and that’s why we won and finally broke the streak.”

Hannah Miller tallied 25 assists and 13 kills.

Elizabeth Calixto made 21 digs.

Corinne Pfeifer finished with eight kills, Kaitlyn Strick had seven, and Izzy Willadsen and Mallory Kittelson each provided 12 digs.

The first-year coach was asked what she told her team afterward.

“All the hard work they put in this season has finally paid off,” Sigler said. “They deserved it. They were the better team and finally proved it to everybody, because for a long time we’ve been looked at as a pretty bad team.”

Oh so close: South cross country runner Rylee Brotz almost set a school record competing at the Green Bay Southwest Invitational. She finished in eighth place with a time of 20 minutes 11 seconds, just 1 second off the record set three years ago by Katie Banie.

“Rylee is a great competitor and she works really hard at every practice,” Redwings’ coach Brian Henriksen said. “At Southwest, she got out with th elead pack of 10 runners, some of the best in Eastern Wisconsin. She hung in and just ran a great race.

“This was only her second race, so I feel she will get better.”

Tough to score on: The Christian/Lutheran soccer team has won its last four games to improve to 6-2-2. The defense has allowed a total of only seven goals all season, and three came in one game.

Tony Schmitz has 44 saves and an 0.84 goals-against average, while Sam Hendrikse leads the offense with four goals.

Quite the bug: North soccer coach Tim Eirich says his team has been hit hard by a major injury bug, and he is not kidding. Five players have missed every game so far because they were hurt.

“This has been the first time that I have had this many serious injuries so early in the season,” he said. “We have lost two or three starters along with two of the next players off the bench. We haven’t started the same lineup for any of the first seven games.

“It’s crazy and hard on the team, yet we are trying to work through this.”

No resting on laurels: After two impressive meets, the North/South golf team wants more.

“We really have a lot to improve on yet and have not reached our potential yet,” coach Craig Walters said. “I’m very happy with the success we have had, but know we can be much better.”

The co-op, which was No. 7 in the Division 1 state rankings last week, won the Sheboygan Invitational at Town & Country, as Taylor Peper came in second place with an 82.

Ava Wittstock took fourth (84), Zjeneexa Vang placed seventh (87) and Kenyon Place ended ninth (91).

All five also finished in the top 10 to win the Whistling Straights Invite, highlighted by Wittstock’s medalist score of 40.

Tennis team doing well: South defeated Plymouth and Port Washington in the Redwings’ triangular, and lost 4-3 matches against Pulaski and Green Bay Preble.

Camila Trimberger recently finished fourth at the Cedarburg Invitational as well.

“Camila and Sara Miesner are playing well at singles,” coach Peter Kautzer said. “Dina Buchi/Rakshya Bhatta and Elizabeth Santana/Alex Vang are doing some nice things at doubles.”

No time for rest: South’s soccer team went through a stretch of eight games in 11 games. It began with playing three times on Sept. 7 at the Redwings’ own invitational.

South is 2-7 but coach Adam Laborde is pleased with his team’s resiliency.

“They haven’t quit once at any point,” coach Adam Laborde said. “Compared to last year at this time, the guys are doing much, much better.”

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