This could be the year for Evan Schuster.
After sweeping the 200- and 400-meter sprints at the Metro Classic Conference Meet on Wednesday at Greendale Martin Luther High School, the St. Catherine’s sophomore has his eyes on the WIAA State Track & Field Championships.
And St. Catherine’s coach Tom Scheller likes his chances, especially after he was just nosed out for a state berth by graduated teammate Terryon Bumpus last season.
“We expect him to have a good shot at getting to state,” Scheller said. “He’s a talented kid.”
Schuster, whose winning times were 22.63 seconds in the 200 and 50.84 in the 400, also placed third in the long jump (19 feet, 4½ inches). Another MCC champion for the Angels was Guy Van Dis, who achieved a personal-best distance of 129 feet, 1 inch in the discus. That was more than seven feet further than runner-up Matt Ausse (121-10) of Kenosha St. Joseph.
Other boys champions from Racine County at the meet were Austin Honore of Racine Lutheran in the 110 hurdles (16.02) and Prairie’s 4x400 relay of Franci Quattrone, Harry Bukacek Frazier, Tommy Bode and Aaditya Kumar. (3:40.77).
“Franci started out really strong with probably his fastest leg of the season,” Prairie boys coach Shaun Liesch said. “Aaditya was behind when he took the baton, but he just paced himself and let the other guy tire himself out.”
On the girls side, the only conference champion was St. Catherine’s Tiana Marshall in the 100 meters (12.86). She also was third in the 200 (27.86).
Second-place finishes by county athletes in the boys meet were by St. Catherine’s Da’Shaun Brown in the 100 (11.19) and Tim Carthron in the shot put (45-10 ½) and Prairie’s Vincent Guadiola (10:58.81) in the 3,200 (10:58.81) and Quinton Stafford in the long jump (19-7).
Two Racine Lutheran relays also finished second. The 4x100 relay of Dylan Chirigotis, Josh Hess, Tyler Tenner and Jaylen Houston finished in 47.03 seconds. Hess, Tenner and Houston joined Kaiden Leonard in the 4x200 relay (1:39.22).
Second-place finishers in the girls meet was by Prairie’s 4x800 relay of Marielle Banco, Caroline Ulrich, Maddy Yde and Sydney Peterson, which finished in 11:07.47 – just behind Somers Shoreland Lutheran (11:06.62).
The top finisher for Catholic Central was Emma Klein, who was third in the long jump (14-3¾).
ST. CATHERINE’S 3, PRAIRIE 0: The Angels converted their chances when they had them and wrapped up the Metro Classic Conference championship at Prairie.
Molly O’Brien scored twice in the first half – the first off a free kick from Molly O’Regan, the second off a slotted pass from O’Regan. In the second half, O’Regan added some gloss to the final score by scoring off an assist from Erin Kutsch.
The Angels improved to 13-2-1 overall and 8-0 in conference matches.
“I challenged the girls to fight through that tired feeling and they really rose to the challenge and played for each other,” said Angels assistant coach Lindsey Bollman. “They played composed even when things got intense. It was absolutely a team effort.”
The Hawks (7-9-2, 4-2-1 MCC) had their chances, but St. Catherine’s played tough defense, said Prairie coach Corey Oakland. “It was all about the final third,” he said. “They converted their chances and they kept us out.”
Goalkeeper Quin Shannon made 14 saves for Prairie.
SHORELAND LUTHERAN 11, RACINE LUTHERAN 1: Natalie Rosborough scored the Crusader’s lone goal in a Metro Classic Conference loss at Somers.
Rosborough’s goal came in the 53rd minute for the Crusaders (2-8-1, 0-6 in MCC) and Alexis Thomas had 11 saves.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 5, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 0: Pitcher Sydney Robson shut down Metro Classic Conference opponent Pacers with a gem at Somers.
Robson pitched a shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out nine for the Lady Toppers (13-4, 9-0 MCC). On offense, Anne Fabiani went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored and Emily Swanson was 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.
ST. JOSEPH 5, RACINE LUTHERAN 3: A four-run fourth inning proved to be the Crusader’s downfall in a Metro Classic Conference loss at Racine.
Kat Schmierer (8-11) pitched well in the loss for Lutheran (9-11, 6-7 MCC), striking out six while allowing just three hits. Calla Bixler led the offense, going 3 for 4 with a double. Sydney Hoover and Madalyn Schmierer both drove in runs.
BRADFORD 9, PARK 4: The Panthers couldn’t overcome an eight-run deficit in a Southeast Conference loss at Kenosha.
Park (7-12, 3-9 SEC) was at risk of losing by the mercy rule in the top of the fifth inning, down 8-0, but scored two runs to keep the game going. The Panthers trimmed the lead to four the next inning, but allowed another run in the bottom of the sixth.
Park committed five errors behind Ashley Andersen’s pitching. She didn’t walk anyone and struck out three.
WESTOSHA CENTRAL 6-20, UNION GROVE 0-1: In the first game of a Southern Lakes Conference doubleheader, Megan Baker and Taylor Clark each had one hit for Union Grove (4-11, 3-9 SLC).
In game two, Emily Knight and Kayli Pfeffer each got a hit, with Knight scoring a run and Pfeffer driving in one.
RACINE LUTHERAN-PRAIRIE 8, CATHOLIC CENTRAL 2: Teddy May went the distance for the LPs in a Metro Classic Conference win.
May (3-5) allowed only four hits and two runs while striking out five for Lutheran-Prairie (5-9, 4-8 MCC).
The offense was led by Connor Kelly with a 2 for 4 game with a double and three RBIs. William Dudley went 3 for 3 with an RBI, Dalton Heffel went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Kody Banse went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Chad Zirbel had a 2 for 3 game for Catholic Central (11-6, 10-4 MCC) with a double and Frank Koehnke had a triple and an RBI.
ST. CATHERINE’S 6, SAINT THOMAS MORE 5: With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore Ian Rognerud doubled to score Anthony Schiro for a walk-off Metro Classic Conference win at Horlick Field.
St. Catherine’s (7-9, 6-5 MCC) was down 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh when Orlando Moncayo led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Noah Rogers hit a sacrifice grounder to move Moncayo to second, and Schiro hit a double that tied the game. Tony Ortiz was intentionally walked. The next batter lined out, bringing Rognerud to the plate.
Shiro led the Angels at the plate, scoring twice and driving in a run with two hits and a walk. Ortiz went 1 for 1 with two walks and three RBIs. Brendan Westburg pitched all seven innings, striking out two and giving up eight hits.
BURLINGTON 11, DELAVAN-DARIEN 1: The Burlington bats exploded with 15 hits against Southern Lakes Conference opponent Delavan-Darien at Delavan-Darien.
Daniel Peterson led the offense for Burlington (12-6, 8-4 in SLC) with a 2 for 2 game with two runs scored and two RBIS. Derek Koenen had a double and two RBIs, and Christian Brenner and Drew Pesick both also hit a double as well as an RBI.
FALCON INVITATIONAL: Union Grove shot eight-under par as a team to win the six-man, nine-hole best ball tournament on the par-36 Brighton Dale Links’ Blue course in Kansasville.
Waterford finished one-under par to place fourth.
The Falcon Invitational follows a team best-ball format, meaning that the lowest score by an individual counts as his team’s only recorded strokes on the hole. So, if five players on a team record six strokes on the ninth hole and one player has three strokes, only three strokes are added to the overall team score.
Union Grove finished with 28 total strokes, three shots better than second-place Wilmot. Wilmot’s Zach Strasser was the medalist. He shot a 34.
Concurrently with the team event, there was also the “Low 2 Man” event, which found what two teammates had the lowest best ball score.
Three pairings — Wilmot’s Zach Strasser and Josh Peterson, Union Grove’s Connor Brown and Nick Tracy, and Union Grove’s Nate Koch and Tracy — recorded a five-under.
Strasser and Peterson won the tiebreaker. Brown and Tracy placed second, and Koch and Tracy finished third. Tracy and Brown both shot a 36, and Koch had a 35. Waterford was led by Max Blank and Josh Koszarek, who both had a 39.