The kids were more than alright for the Park High School girls soccer team on Thursday.
Freshmen Alexis Betker, Mikayla Smith and Genisis Thompkins all played major parts in the Panthers' 5-0 nonconference victory over Living Word Lutheran at Pershing Park.
It was the Panthers' first victory of the season.
Betker scored three goals and had two assists for Park (1-2). All three of her goals were assisted by Smith, who also scored a goal.
“Those two are working well together,” said Park coach Matt Maletis.
The Panthers defense was anchored by senior team captain Sophia Bernard, who played a nice, aggressive game, Maletis said.
Thompkins, a freshman goalkeeper, made five saves to post her first career shutout.
UNION GROVE 4, INDIAN TRAIL 0: Kendra Hoffman’s hat trick and one assist led the way for the Broncos in a nonconference victory at Kenosha.
Hoffman found Megan Barber in the fifth minute for a goal to open the scoring. She then scored the next three goals, assisted by Kayla Maurer twice and by Natalie Oatsvall.
“Kendra was really, really dangerous from the left side, dangerous in space, and dangerous from range,” Union Grove coach Sean Jung said. “It was one of the best games I’ve seen her play.”
Goalkeeper Mia Guyton made two saves to post a shutout for Union Grove (2-0-1).
WATERFORD 3, CASE 1: Kenzie Malecki had an assist and goal in the second half, helping the Wolverines hold off the Eagles for a nonconference victory at Waterford.
Lizzy Schappel scored an unassisted goal in the first half to give Waterford (3-0) the lead, and scored again early in the second half off a pass from Malecki.
Rebekah Toeller of Case (1-2-1) responded with a goal to slice the lead to 2-1, but Malecki scored off a pass from Lexi Neubauer to preserve the win.
Case had 14 shots on goal, twice as many as Waterford did, Case coach Karen Hardcastle said.
BELOIT 3, BURLINGTON 1: The Demons could not overcome three straight goals as they lost to the Purple Knights in a nonconference match at Burlington.
The Demons (0-1-1) got on the board in the 33rd minute on a goal from May Jagodzinski a 1-0 lead.
But the Purple Knights rattled off three straight goals to take the lead. The Demons had some shots on goal late in the match, but could not find the back of the net, coach Joel Molitor said.
UNION GROVE 5, DELAVAN-DARIEN 0: Freshman Angela Slattery threw a no-hitter for the Broncos and helped herself at plate by going 3 for 4 with an RBI in a Southern Lakes Conference victory at Delavan.
Slattery allowed only one walk and struck out eight.
Senior Emily Knight also went 3 for 4, scoring twice and driving in a run. Junior Kayli Pfeffer went 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Union Grove (1-2, 1-1 SLC) had nine hits and no errors in seven innings for their first win of the season.
BURLINGTON 6, WESTOSHA CENTRAL 1: Sophomore Bridi Allen drove in three of the Demons’ runs in this Southern Lakes Conference game at Burlington.
Allen had a pair of hits, including a double, and Alexandria Naber added two RBIs. Burlington pitcher Josie Klein went the distance, yielding three hits and two walks.
WATERFORD 6, BADGER 4: A safety squeeze in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Wolverines the victory in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Waterford.
With a runner on third base and the game tied, Wolverines coach Ryan Krueger called Calla Esch for a bunt to get the run in. It worked to perfection as Esch laid down a perfect bunt along the first base line, Krueger said, to score Jemma Fiehweg with the go-ahead run for the Wolverines (3-1, 1-1 SLC).
Esch led the way for the offense going 2 for 3 with that crucial RBI, Emma Nisbet went 2 for 4 and Olivia Cammers drove in three runs for the Wolverines.
Ashley Baker got the start in the circle, going three innings, giving up four runs with one strikeout. Mackenzie Stiewe shut out Badger over the final three innings and struck out three to get the win.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 12, MARTIN LUTHER 0: Sydney Robson pitched a one-hitter, striking out 12 of the 16 batters she faced, in the Lady Toppers’ Metro Classic Conference win at Greendale.
After scoring six runs in the top of the first, Catholic Central tacked on one in the third and five in the fifth. The game ended after five innings on the mercy rule.
The Lady Toppers totaled 18 hits, including three each by Christina Paleka, Emily Swanson and Katie Goethal. Swanson matched teammate Finnian O’Brien with three RBIs.
RACINE LUTHERAN 20, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 6: After staking the Crusaders to an early lead with a grand slam, freshman Kathryn Schmierer kept them in command from the pitcher’s circle.
Her second-inning blast put Racine Lutheran ahead 6-2 in the Metro Classic Conference game at Somers. Schmierer added a double, finishing 3 for 3 despite being intentionally walked twice.
To earn the win for the Crusaders (2-3, 1-1 MCC), she struck out 10 and held Shoreland to three hits. Mac Burns drove in three runs to join Schmierer and three others with multiple RBIs.
ST. CATHERINE’S 11, DOMINICAN 5: Freshman Summer DeGuire, in her first time on the mound, pitched a two-hitter with four strikeouts in a Metro Classic Conference win at Roosevelt Park.
After a rough loss the day before, the Angels (1-4) bounced back with no errors and six hits. Ashley Lawler had two hits and three RBIs.
FRANKLIN 8, CASE 7: A home run and two RBIs by Maddy Beck helped the Eagles’ cause in a Southeast Conference loss at Franklin.
Case’s three extra-base hits also included a triple by Ariyah Brooks. Eagles pitcher Jade Romanski gave up two hits while striking out three.
KENOSHA TREMPER 15, HORLICK 3: Horlick were in an early hole and weren’t able to climb out of it in a Southeast Conference loss at Douglas Park.
Mackenzie Geyer led the way for the Rebel offense, going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Natalie Artrip also drove in a run.
INDIAN TRAIL 11, PARK 1: The Panthers managed only three hits and committed eight errors in a Southeast Conference loss at Kenosha.
The Panthers (1-2, 0-2 SEC) scored their lone run in the sixth inning on a single from Alexis Talbert.
Track & field
RACINE LUTHERAN: Austin Ortiz won the 400 meters in 53.33 seconds as the Crusader boys placed sixth in the eight-team Kettle Moraine Invitational at Kettle Moraine.
Austin Honore placed second in the 110 high hurdles (17.94) and third in the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.04), while Nathan Zawicki placed third in the 110 hurdles (19.76). Dylan Chirigotis placed fourth in the 100 meters (12.14).
For the Lutheran girls, Jaydin Davis finished fourth in the 300 low hurdles (57.94) and fifth in the 100 high hurdles (21.67), and Taryn Riley was sixth in the high jump (4-4). The girls took seventh at the eight-team meet.