Volume XVI, Number 27 | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Girls Varsity Soccer

The girls soccer team had two recent games. Last Friday, the team traveled to Pewaukee, ranked #3 in the State. Although the score was lopsided, the girls played well and came away with some good things to take into the next game against Howards Grove, who BA hosted on Monday. 

Howards Grove and BA met in the 2021 State semifinals which BA came out victorious by a 2-1 score. This year was another low scoring affair. With the score 0-0 at the half, BA struck first, early in the second half. The goal was scored by Sydnie Dehne off an assist from Claire Tracy. Just three minutes later, Howards Grove evened up the game on a deflections off the crossbar.

BA picked up its defensive pressure that paid off when forward Johanna Zaleski hit a long shot which sailed over the Howards Grove goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. This goal gave BA a 2-1 lead. With five minutes left, midfielder Brynn Jeide won a corner kick for the Blue Knights. Junior midfielder Sally Wilson hit a perfect corner kick that found forward Sydnie Dehne at the far post. Dehne found the back of the net, and the Blue Knights finished with a 3-1 win.

Patricia Weiss, Wilson, and Tracy took over the midfield in the second half, while defenders Laurette Blanchard, Carly Zeiler, and Olivia Smith clamped down the defense. Goalkeeper Anneke Zaiser played another outstanding game in the net, giving up only two goals in two home games against two very tough opponents.

-Coach Lee Rogers

Boys Varsity Tennis


Senior Pranav Gogineni unloads on a backhand

The #1 ranked Division 2 Brookfield Academy varsity tennis team took to the courts for a match on Tuesday for the first time since April 9. The opponent was rival University School of Milwaukee, ranked second in Division 2. The cold, windy weather did not limit the Blue Knights, as the team took home a victory by the score of six matches to one.

Adrian Yin defeated talented Max Watchmaker 6-4, 6-4 in what was a rematch from the 2021 sectional final that clinched BA a final four spot for team state. Rohan Singh, Michael Boucher, and Armaan Bhasin all won at #2, #3, and #4 singles, respectively. One doubles was the lone loss. The #2 doubles team of Peyton Zeiler and Sanjit Madireddi won 6-4, 6-0 against a good USM #2 doubles team. Charlie Hieb and Krish Sharma had a convincing 6-2, 6-0 win at #3 doubles.

Up next for BA is #3 ranked Catholic Memorial on Friday, a rematch of the 2021 team State final. The match will begin at 4 pm. Saturday, BA plays #7 ranked Xavier, the team BA defeated 5-2 in the 2021 State semifinal, and finishes the day with #9 ranked Prairie. All matches will be played at Heyer Park.

-Coach Michael Rajchel

Boys Golf

BA golf teams competed in two conference mini-meets last week. 

In the varsity meet, BA finished fourth out of eight teams in a nine-hole event. Ben Book finished second overall among 40 competitors with a round of 40. Other top 20 finishers were Jon Sabani, finishing 16th, shooting a 46. Thomas Minix finished 20th with a score of 50. The varsity team will play in another conference mini-meet at Oconomowoc Golf Club at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, April 26. They will also compete in the Crusader Invitational, an 18-hole event, at Broadlands Golf Club on Saturday, April 30. The match starts at 8:30 am. 

The JV team finished fourth out of eight teams in a nine-hole event. Low score for the team was a 51, shot by Max Duthie, good for eighth place individually overall. Other top 20 finishers were Ben Lee, who finished 13th with a round of 54, and Azeem Khan, who finished 18th by shooting a 61. The JV will play in another conference mini-meet at Ironwood Golf Club at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27.  

-Coach Steve Hinkens

Varsity Softball

Brookfield Academy watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 12-2 loss to Lake Country Lutheran on Wednesday. BA lost despite out-hitting LCL ten to five. Johanna Zaleski pitched for the Blue Knights, allowing five hits, while striking out seven. 

Zaleski, Thompson, Aureilia Rushing, and Leora Schmidt all managed multiple hits for the Blue Knights. 

The girls traveled to St. Francis on Thursday. Unfortunately, BA did not come out on top, but managed to tally multiple hits in the game. Johanna Zaleski was in the pitcher's circle for the Blue Knights, with Ella Thompson throwing two innings in relief.

Brookfield Academy fired up the offense in the third inning. They started strong batting at the top of the order. Natalie Cartwright, Zaleski, Rushing, Thompson, and Naomi Grande quickly scored five runs. In the end, it wasn’t enough for the Blue Knights to keep up with St. Francis. 

-Coach Christopher Mason

-Reported by Kristi Thompson

Boys JV Tennis

Brookfield Academy has a very strong JV tennis team this year, starting with a 3-0-1 record. Many of its players will be looking to challenge for a varsity position next season. The team has two freshmen additions in Adarsh Mistry and Rohan Gandhi. The team's returning players have put in the extra work during the off season and have greatly improved!

The team's first match of the season was against tennis powerhouse Brookfield East. Last season, the JV team was not competitive at all against Brookfield East.

This season, BA tied Brookfield East four matches to four matches. Winning participants for Brookfield Academy were Alexander Li (1 singles), Adarsh Mistry (2 singles), Max Hong/Joshua Van Bogart (1 doubles), and Ryan Simmons/Abhinav Padala (2 doubles).

The second match was against Marquette University High School, another strong tennis team. The BA JV team defeated Marquette 5-3.

Winning participants were Alex Li (1 singles), Joshua Van Bogart/Max Hong (1 doubles), Eric Wang/Zach Weiner (2 doubles), Aryan Bhakhri/David Roessler (3 doubles), and Aidan Canga/Qasim Omer (4 doubles).

The JV team defeated Waukesha West later that day 8-0.

The JV team is looking forward to its next match against University School of Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 pm at BA.

-Coach Todd Colt

MS Tennis

The Middle School tennis team had one match last week as the Gold players took on a talented group from Wisconsin Hills on Thursday. While the team suffered a defeat overall, there were several standout performances, particularly on the doubles court. Eddie Schoyer and Vasu Guda collected a tense victory at the top of the doubles lineup, while teams of Ethan Boustany and Tyler Weiss, Mikayla Hargarten and Marilee Nygro, and Peyton Emling with Nicolas Alsayegh all took care of business in their first matches of the season. It was a great start to the season with a worthy challenge, and the Blue Knights will get back on the court Monday to take on St. John Vianney.

-Coach Tim Corwin

MS Girls Soccer

On April 19, 2022, the BA Middle School girls soccer team played another competitive game, this time against Heritage Christian (HC). The Blue Knights carried their first game, second-half defense, into their second game of the season. BA held HC to just one goal after 35 minutes of play. Down 1-0 at halftime, BA tied the game 1-1 after 60 minutes of play. To beat HC’s strong defense, Shivani Shah made an explosive move near the 18-yard box, creating enough space for a shot on goal. It was Shivani’s first goal of the season and a memorable one. Shivani’s goal was assisted by Elena Petrova. With about six minutes left in the game, HC responded and broke through with their second goal of the evening, taking a 2-1 lead and holding on for the win. 


Shivani Shah wins the ball from the opposing player

BA did an excellent job defensively throughout the game. Maria Simic (20), playing as an outside defender, consistently pressured HC’s wingers and created frequent turnovers with transition play from defense to offense. While BA played a passionate game and showed another strong defensive effort, the team’s opportunities to score were stifled by HC’s strong defense as well. An early season loss, in a physical, defensive battle, is a great opportunity to grow in character and learning the game. Keep your chins up girls, well done once again. We look forward to the game on April 26 at University Lake School and the home game on April 27 vs. SWCHA!

-Coach Joel Heckenkamp

MS Track & Field

On Saturday, April 23, the BA Middle School track team hosted its first meet of the season. It was finally a beautiful day, and the athletes took advantage. 

Some highlights from the JV (Level 5 & 6) boys include Xavier Loomis and Tate Nowacki with fast times in the 100-meter dash, Arnold Kellogg establishing himself as a great middle-distance runner, and some fun to watch relay teams. 

On the JV girls team, Amen Abel burst onto the scene, winning the 100-meter dash by almost a full second with a time of 14.97, and winning the 200-meter dash by over a second with a time of 32.06. There were also many great relay teams, especially the 4x100 team of Amen, Mila Libbey, Kailey Klemm, and Ellery Rusch, who collectively finished with a time of 1:02.96. 

The varsity (Level 7 & 8) girls team saw Brooke Nowacki, Lila Mason, and Ellie Decker all record personal records in the long jump. Elena Petrova had a personal record (PR) in the high jump by clearing 4’0”. 

The varsity boys sprinters put on a show by finishing 1-2-4-5-6 in the 100-meter dash (Mason Dorn, Luke Rogutich, Isaaq Qureshi, Beau Libbey, and Daniel Cha, respectively). The 4x200 relay of Isaaq, Luke, Beau, and Mason won the event by four seconds with a time of 1:55.22. Mason Dorn also won the 200-meter dash with a PR of 28.59. Tyler Fletcher improved his 800-meter PR by 12 seconds, to 2:40.43. And last but not least, in his shot-put debut, Garrett Priebe threw 35’8” to win the event by over seven feet.


Danny Weiner, Samuel Miller, and Tyler Fletcher focus while running a race

More importantly than their performances, these athletes represented the best of BA by cheering for their teammates, congratulating their opponents, and offering help to those who needed it. 

The MS track team will host one more meet this year on Saturday, May 7, at 9 am. Come down to the track to support these amazing student-athletes.

-Coach Elizabeth Schemm

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