What a great weekend for my local prep sports teams and individuals, topped off by Brookfield East qualifying for the WIAA State Football Finals for the first time ever.
Where as running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd and quarterback Jake Graf get a ton of well-deserved credit, a tip of the cap should go to their big offensive line led by Max Aslin.
Don’t forget that defense, led by linebacker Brad Dati (117 tackles, 4 sacks), DL Caleb Wright (82 tackles) and DB Cam McDonald (77 tackles, 2 interceptions), among others.
The Spartans play for the Division 2 Title against Monona Grove at 1 p.m. Friday.
Congrats to coach Ben Farley in his first season of running the show after being defensive coordinator under the now retired Tom Swittel, who initially turned a struggling program around.
Wauwatosa East went 1-1 at the state volleyball tournament, defeating Arrowhead, 3-0, before losing to second-place Marquette, 3-0. New Berlin United also split, defeating defending state champion Kaukauna, 3-0, before losing to eventual champion Catholic Memorial, 3-1.
Veteran coach John Simon led Aaron Plaisted and the Red Raiders. First-year coach Nick Maske led Kyle Kraninger and the United.
Look for my feature on Plaisted beginning on Nov. 17.
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
Brookfield Central finished 8th as a team at the WIAA State Swimming & Diving Meet last weekend.
The Lancers were led by Gwen Gustafson, who was first in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 free and Caitlin Locante was third in state in Division 1, 1-meter diving,
Central was fifth in the 200 free relay behind Anna Kult, Maggie Teng, Natalie Daniel and Gustafson and 11th in the 400 free relay behind Kult, Teng, Daniel and Gustafson.
Brookfield East’s Leah Westcott was 7th in the 500 freestyle and 11th in the 200 IM, Daniel was 8th in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 100 butterfly and East’s Zoe Woods was 9th in the 100 backstroke.
Teng was 10th in the 100 breaststroke, East’s 200 medley relay was 14th behind Woods, Westcott, Reegan Tiltmann and Emma Smith and Kault was 16th in the 100 breast.
New Berlin Eisenhower’s Bella Passamani won the 100 butterfly and was second in the 500 free.
New Berlin West’s Dailey Albino was third and Sarah Hamilton was seventh and Ike’s Brooke Sullivan was 16th, all scoring points in the Division 2, 1-meter diving.
Eisenhower’s Maddie Guman was third in the 100 backstroke and Eisenhower’s 200 medley relay was fourth behind Guman, Anna Oleniczak, Emma Oleniczak and Passamani.
In the 200 free, Julia Larson of Wauwatosa West finished third and tied for sixth in the 100 free.
Paige Pelikan of New Berlin West was fifth in the 100 free and 7th in the 100 backstroke and Ike’s Anna Oleniczak was 8th in the 100 breaststroke.
Ike was 7th in the 400 free relay behind Anna Oleniczak, Emma Oleniczak, Guman and Passamani.
Gabby Hrdlick of Brookfield Academy was 12th in 100 free and Emma Oleniczak was 14th in the 100 breast.
Emma Oleniczak was 10th in the 100 fly, Hrdlick was seventh in the 500 free, Gruman and Marsan were 11th and 12th in the 100 free.
In the 50 free Marsan was 5th in the 50 free, in the 200 IM and Anna Oleniczak was 7th,
The Tosa West 400 free relay was 13th behind Megan Krummel, Jessica Wilson, Bridget Thuli and Larson and their 200 free relay was 15th behind Wilson, Thuli, Ashley Salomone and Larson.
Eisenhower finished 4th as a team, New Berlin West 14th followed by Tosa West 18th and BA 19th.
When the football finals end on Friday, the fall season is officially over – Where did it go?