Brookfield East’s Holly Knight connects for a hit while the on-deck hitter (background) mirrors her swing against Wauwatosa East on May 13 at Longfellow Middle School.

Brookfield East’s Holly Knight connects for a hit while the on-deck hitter (background) mirrors her swing against Wauwatosa East on May 13 at Longfellow Middle School. Photo By C.T. Kruger

May 21, 2014


Rain suspended the third Greater Metro Conference mini meet on May 12 at North Hills Country Club, as some of the teams had to finish up their nine holes on May 16.

East was not one of those teams, as the Spartans got their nine holes in and were led by Chris Vitale, who shot a 39, followed by Troy Henning (45), Jude Shafer (46) and Jacob Taylor and Lucas Moyer, each with a 49.

East then finished fifth in the second GMC mini meet of the week (No. 4 overall) May 14 at Currie Park.

Vitale had a 38, tying him for fourth, followed by both Henning and Taylor with 40s, Schafer with 50 and Robbie Michael with a 51.

"I'm excited to see Chris play well again," coach Chris Minch said." He's done a nice job over his last two rounds. He's showing more touch around the greens, and his tee shots are setting him up to attack the pins. He's been overloaded with AP exams over the last few weeks, so I know he's excited to put those exams behind him.

"Troy and Jacob did a nice job today as well. I know they were both disappointed in how they played, but they controlled their rounds enough to shoot 40. As a team, we'll continue to work on our short games."

Marquette shot a 155, while Brookfield Central and Sussex Hamilton were second with 156 each. Menomonee Falls was fourth (167), followed by Brookfield East (168), Wauwatosa (170), West Allis Hale (195) and West Allis Central (225).

East took part in the Waukesha County Championship on May 17, finishing sixth out of 19 teams.

Henning shot a 77, Vitale 83, Taylor 83, Moyer 90 and Marks Abuls, 103.

"I was happy to see Troy shoot his first round in the 70s," Minchk said. "And Taylor played well again."


Brookfield East warmed up for the Greater Metro Conference on May 20 by finishing a distant second (96 points) to West Bend West (138) in the Menomonee Falls Invitational on May 14.

The Spartans broke five meet records in the process.

East's 4x200-meter relay team of Khadiya Hollingsworth, Sierra Fischer, Jasmine Watson and Alisha Harper broke a meet record with a time of 1 minute, 45.66 seconds.

The old mark was 1:50.30 set by the Arcadia School District in 2002. The team was 0.29 seconds away from breaking the school record (1:45.38).

Harper finished first and won the long jump (19-3¼), breaking the old record of 17-6 in 2002.

Harper's jump is now fifth on the all-time farthest jumps in girls long jump history in the state, and she is tied for 39th nationally.

Rachel Werking broke a meet record but finished second (11:33.67) in the 3,200. The old mark (12:00.50) came in 1998.

"Rachel wanted to focus on her two-mile at this meet," Foss said. "She had high expectations for herself, and she did tremendously well. I am happy to see her continue to improve and build on her season as we go into conference and regionals."

Khadyia Hollingsworth took first and broke the meet record in the high school with a jump of 5-6, beating the old mark of 5-2 set in 1994 and 2001.

Kate Watry took second and broke the record in the pole vault with a personal-best jump of 10-feet, smashing the old mark of 8-6 in 2002.

"She has always had it in her," Foss said, "So it was so great to see her finally reach that goal."

Rounding out the Top-3 finishes were Allyx Kvasnicka in the 800 (2:26.90) and Erin Donnelly in the long jump (16-1¾), each taking third place.


Brookfield East enjoyed its trip to Longfellow Middle School on May 13, defeating Wauwatosa East, 14-4, in a game that was switched to Tosa because of wets grounds in Brookfield.

Holly Knight continued to pitch well for the Spartans, allowing five hits, no walks and two strikeouts in her five-inning complete game win. She went also doubled, singled twice and drove in five runs.

"Holly Knight has just been awesome," coach Ashley Webber said. "On the mound, hitting spots and — better yet — no walks. And her hitting was great."

East had two runs in the first and then scored five runs in the second to put the game away on three hits as Tosa East pitcher Cora Bilitz struggled with her control. The Spartans scored three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to end the game early.

Abbie Gerczak went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Sydney Jahnke was 2-for-2 with two 2 RBIs, and Erin Andrews went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Spartans had 12 hits.

Coach Ashley Webber's team then finished on a high note, by crushing West Bend East, 16-5, on Friday.

Holly Knight continued her good pitching, tossing a complete game win. She scattered eight hits, three earned runs; she walked six, but struck out seven.

She had a nice game at the plate also, scoring twice, getting two hits and driving in three RBIs.

Emma Megal had a huge game, scoring three runs, driving in one, banging out two hits and walking three times. Alyssa Boltik had a run scored and an RBI and two hits, while Gerczak and Megan Foley each scored three runs and banged out two hits.


Brookfield East got a hat trick (three goals) from freshman Aubrey Prey and rolled over Pius XI, 3-0, on May 16 at home in the Spartans' only match of the week.

East took a 2-0 lead at half, as Prey scored in the 18th and 22nd minutes. Then seven minutes into the second half she scored her final goal. She was assisted by Maddie Mihm, Abby Gregg and Ari Banks, respectively.

"It was a frustrating week of rain with another canceled game (against Sussex Hamilton on May 13)," coach Matt Schroeder said. "Two of our conference games have been postponed thus fa,r so we are anxious to continue conference play."

The match with the Chargers has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 3.

"The time off gave us a week to focus on a few areas of need, to go hard and get some fitness in," Schroeder said. Our play is much improved since the loss to the Falls (2-0, May 6), and we've had a couple wins since then against (Madison) Memorial and Pius where we've gotten in three times.

Schroeder is pleased with his team's offensive attack lately.

"Actually, for us, scoring seven goals in three games is great."




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