Brookfield East started the week by going 2-0 in Greater Metro Conference games, winning 8-1 at West Allis Central on May 23 and the beating Brookfield Central, 4-3, on May 24 at home (see separate story).
After giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning, Cole Ventoled off the second inning with a massive home run to left field, and the Spartans never looked back. East scored a run in the second and third innings, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to never give West Allis Central a chance at a come back.
East pounded out nine hits and drew five walks. Sophomore Danny Butlerpitched five innings allowing only three hits and one run while striking out four and walking only two. Junior Joe Serbiak,making his varsity debut, pitched two quality shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out one batter. At the plate, Zach Breiderwent 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Sam Gaugerhad his second multi-hit game of the season going 2-for-4.
'We have a chance to make ourselves real contenders in the GMC if we continue to play sound defense and have the plate discipline we have had so far this season, 'coach Nicholas Wycklendt said. 'We have a group of guys that truly know the meaning of 'team.' Every part of us, from practice, to pregame, to the game itself, we do it together; everyone has each others backs, and we all have the same goal in mind. We hope to continue our early season success over the next few games.'
East lost to the Panthers, 6-4, at Greendale on May 27. East led 1-0 when Greendale scored four runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead. The Spartans came back with three runs in the fifth tie the game, but the Panthers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth inning and held on to win.
East had four hits as a team as T.C. Swittelhad two hits, Breider had a hit and two RBIs and Qunn Hyndiukhad a hit.
Butler pitched three innings, walked three and fanned three; Avery Barnespitched an inning, allowed a walk and had a strikeoutl and losing pitcher Nick Daviespitched two innings, walked two and struck out two,
Brookfield East's boys team finished third at the Nicolet regional on May 24 and qualified for the Brookfield Central sectional on May 31 at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls.
The host Knights took first and shot a 325, followed by Brookfield Central (328) and the Spartans (330).
Senior Lucas Moyerfinished fourth with a 76, and three golfers were medalists before him with 75s. Next in line for East were junior Jude Shafer, who was seventh with a 82; senior Logan Kersettertied for 10th (85); senior Jacob Taylortied for 13th (87); and junior Grady Gibson, who was 21st with a 93.
Brookfield East finished third in the Greater Metro Conference (4-2-1) behind co-champions Brookfield Central and Divine Savior Holy Angels (6-0-1).
The Spartans won their final GMC match, 8-1, over West Allis Hale on May 24 and then lost their finale at Germantown, 3-1, to finish 8-5-4 on May 26.
Against Hale, the Spartans scored four goals in each half. Abby Gregghad two goals, and Aubrey Prey, Olivia Banks, Allison Mihm, Eleri MacKay, Delani MacKayand Maddie Mihmall had a goal each. Avery Ulschmidhad the only assist.
In the 3-1 loss at Germantown two days later, all the scoring was in the second half. The Warhawks scored at 48:41 and 53:12 to take a 2-0 lead. Anna Safranek scored the Spartans goal at 71 minutes, but Germantown added a score at 77:04 to put the match away.
The Spartans host Woodland Conference champion Wauwatosa West (11-3-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
No. 6 Brookfield East crushed No. 11 Milwaukee Vincent in the first round of the WIAA regional playoffs, 16-1, on May 25 at home.
Hailey Knightcontinued with a strong past few weeks and finished with a huge day. At the plate, she doubled twice, got a homer, drove in six RBIs and earned the win. On the mound, Knight went four innings, walked one and fanned 11.
Emily Gaskellwent 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Hannah Maneywent 3-for-4 as East banged out 11 hits.
EAST BOYS TRACK REGIONAL
Brookfield East finished second (148) to New Berlin Eisenhower (150) at their own regional on May 23, but they got everybody they hoped to get through to the sectional meet (top four move on).
'Our relays were strong and we had some excellent individual performances,' coach Mike Steiner said. 'We ended up second to Eisenhower, but the way we set the meet up it wasn't about winning the regional; it was about advancing to sectional and having the best possible lineup for the state meet.
'We made a strong statement at the regional meet. We managed to get everybody through to the sectional that we needed to, and that was important. The kids were focused and we performed at an extremely high level.'
The 4x100 relay (Morris Seaton, Saxton Williams, Will Schmidt, Drew Bullen) broke the school record that was set in 2011 (42.22). Also qualifying were the 4x200 in 1:28.49 (Avery Barnes, Williams, Schmidt, Bullen), the 4x400 in 3:22.38 (Mark Stack, Williams, Nick Krueger, Bullen) and the 4x800 in 8:22.53 (Brandon Hillery, Krueger, Stack, Wodnicki).
Other sectional qualifiers: Jack Leonoviczshot put (58-11/4), Mike Caliendoshot put (54-13/4), Bullen long jump (22-7), Matt Szewshigh jump (6-0), Mario Carrtriple jump (44-4), 300 hurdles (39.80), 110 hurdles (15.08), Justin Parbspole vault (13-0), Cameron Allen-Aylsworth(161-11), Andy Swietlik3,200 (10:14.57), Donovan Lutz1,600 (4:43.80), Mitch Mikulsky100 (11.53), and Caleb Wright110 hurdles (15.93).
Brookfield East senior offensive lineman Max Aslin was extended 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.
He is still considering other offers.
EAST BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP
Brookfield East's new boys head basketball coach Joe Ruxwill be hosting basketball clinics this summer for boys entering grades four through nine for the 2016-17 school year.
The clinics will be at Brookfield East High School. Camp information, and registration forms can be found at spartans.elmbrookschools.org.
— Compiled by Tom 'Sky' Skibosh