Volume XVI, Number 29 | Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Girls Varsity Soccer

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The girls had two home games last week, both resulting in shutout wins! On a rainy Saturday, the girls played Luther Prep which ended in a 2-0 win with goals from Sydnie Dehne and Sally Wilson. The defense held Luther Prep's attack to minimal scoring opportunities; and although the score was fairly close, the game was never in doubt.

Last Wednesday, BA played its second conference game, which resulted in a decisive 3-0 win against Living Word Lutheran. While creating several scoring chances, the Blue Knights found the back of the net on a shot from distance by Patricia Weiss just 10 minutes before the half. The goal gave BA a 1-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, Weiss found forward Johanna Zaleski in front of the net where she pounded one in for a 2-0 lead. Living Word Lutheran tried desperately to score and keep the pressure on the defense, but BA slammed the door shut when midfielder Brynn Jeide won the end line and crossed the ball in front of the goal where Madison York converted her first goal of the year! Anneke Zaiser recorded her second conference shutout in as many games.

-Coach Lee Rogers

Varsity Softball

Last week was an eventful week for the Blue Knights softball team. On Monday, the girls hosted Saint Anthony as part of Senior Night, honoring Natalie Cartwright and Cecelia Evanich. 


Natalie Cartwright (left) and Cecelia Evanich (right) pose for a picture during Senior Night

The Blue Knights came out strong, winning 22-4. Johanna Zaleski was the winning pitcher for BA. Zaleski surrendered four runs on one hit in only three innings. She struck out six batters! Brookfield Academy collected 10 hits. Aureilia Rushing led the way with four hits and four RBIs, including two doubles. Ella Thompson, Chloe Fritz, and Rachel Frailing each contributed a pair of RBIs. BA stole seven bases during the game with three of them by Cartwright. The defense played outstanding with no errors and nine put-outs in the three-inning decision. 

The Blue Knights travelled to LCL Friday evening. They were unsuccessful in their attempt to beat an impressive LCL team, who will soon be graduating six starters. Johanna Zaleski took the mound for the Blue Knights, striking out one batter in the first inning. Ella Thompson threw two innings in relief, only allowing one hit. Both girls pitched with grit and determination. BA battled right down to the last out. The defense was strong with Natalie Cartwright, Naomi Grande and Rachel Frailing each having a great fly ball squeeze in the field, but it wasn't enough to stop the Lightning.

-Coach Christopher Mason

Reported by Kristi Thompson

Varsity Baseball

Last Thursday, the Blue Knights beat the Kenosha Christian Life Eagles twice at home in a doubleheader. Nolan Kahle slammed the strike zone in game one, racking up 12 strikeouts in five innings, only allowing two hits. The boys combined for nine hits on offense, with Michael Kieckhaefer leading the way with two. The team went on to win 8-0.

Game two proved to be even more exciting, as the Blue Knights put up 10 runs in the first inning. Michael Kieckhaefer, Jonathan Kim, and Colton Green all led the team with two hits. On the mound, Green and Ryan Campbell combined for four strikeouts. In the end, the Blue Knights scored three more runs, winning 13-5 in four innings.

After two feel-good wins on Thursday, the boys faced St. Thomas More on the road. Dillon Rosado led the offense this game with three hits, while Kieckhaefer, Alexander Star, and Kahle all followed close behind with two. Brady Gomilla brought in three of the team's eight runs. The Blue Knights led 8-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Unfortunately, St, Thomas More had three straight hits to bring in two runs and win 9-8 on a walkoff. Despite the tough loss, the team bounced back Tuesday to win 22-1 in a no-hitter against Heritage Christian. Michael Hoefgen had a career night, leading the team with four hits and four RBIs, even hitting a homerun in the second inning. Jonah Jensen wasn't far behind, having a great night himself with three hits and two RBIs. Altogether, the team had 21 hits and 22 RBIs.

Colton Green and Ryan Campbell combined for the no hitter, earning two strikeouts each. This was an exciting week for the Blue Knights. They proved their prowess as one of the best teams in the division, both pitching and hitting at their highest level yet. The team will hopefully continue to dominate for the rest of the season and into the playoffs. 

-Sophomore Sam Demski

Boys Varsity Tennis

The BA varsity tennis team had three matches this week against ranked opponents, winning all three.

The matches were at home and started against #6 ranked Shorewood last Wednesday. BA played well, winning all seven matches. The scores against Shorewood:

#1 singles - Adrian Yin (BA) def. Gabriel Su 6-2, 6-0

#1 doubles - Pranav Gogineni/Vibhu Guda (BA) def. Caton/Grinker 6-0, 6-2

#2 singles - Michael Boucher (BA) def. Noah Loomis 6-0, 4-6, 10-5

#2 doubles - Peyton Zeiler/Sanjit Madireddi (BA) def. Kovalcik/Menon 6-3, 6-0

#3 singles - Rohan Singh (BA) def. Chase McNally 6-0, 6-1

#3 doubles - Charlie Hieb/Krish Sharma (BA) def. Manchester/Colella 6-0, 6-0

#4 singles - Alex Li (BA) def. Hatem Abuzahra 6-0, 6-0

On Saturday, BA had two rematches from the 2021 team State tournament. The first match was against defending State Champion Catholic Memorial. In a tightly contested dual, BA was victorious by a score of five matches to two. Four of the seven matches split sets and were decided in the match tiebreaker. Each team won two of those four tiebreakers. The scores against Catholic Memorial:

#1 singles - Adrian Yin (BA) def. Hayden Latus 6-3, 6-1

#1 doubles - Pranav Gogineni/Vibhu Guda (BA) def. Adamson/Carson 6-3, 4-6, 10-7

#2 singles - Michael Boucher (BA) def. Matthew Ramthun 7-5, 4-6, 10-4

#2 doubles - Peyton Zeiler/Sanjit Madireddi (BA) def. Visner/Serb 6-1, 6-4

#3 singles - Rohan Singh (BA) def. Ethan Szada 6-2, 6-1

#3 doubles - Sturm/Quinette def. Charlie Hieb/Krish Sharma (BA) 3-6, 6-4, 10-4

#4 singles - Finn Fox def. Garv Bhasin (BA) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-2


Sophomores Krish Sharma (left) and Peyton Zeiler (right) fist bumping after a nice point

The day concluded with BA taking on its State semifinal opponent from a year ago, Xavier. This matchup also produced many competitive matches, but BA ended with a victory seven matches to zero. Scores against Xavier:

#1 singles - Adrian Yin (BA) def. Joshua Horak 6-2, 6-0

#1 doubles - Pranav Gogineni/Vibhu Guda (BA) def. Bittner/Hall 6-4, 7-6 (10)

#2 singles - Rohan Singh (BA) def. Nana Kofi Norman 4-6, 7-5, 12-10

#2 doubles - Peyton Zeiler/Sanjit Madireddi (BA) def. Steinlage/Utrie 6-1, 6-3

#3 singles - Michael Boucher (BA) def. Andrew Minorik 6-4, 6-2

#3 doubles - Charlie Hieb/Krish Sharma (BA) def. Smith/Pfaff 6-4, 6-4

#4 singles - Garv Bhasin def. Polzin 6-0, 6-1

Yin, Gogineni/Guda, Singh, Boucher, and Zeiler/Madireddi all went 3-0 this past week.

BA stays at the top of the D2 polls for Week 6 and hosts #3 ranked New Berlin Eisenhower on Wednesday (4 pm) before two D1 matches on Saturday at Sussex Hamilton against Sussex Hamilton and Franklin.

-Coach Michael Rajchel

Upper School Track & Field

On Saturday, May 7, the Upper School Track & Field team faced tough competition at West Allis Hale. Despite the tough competition, both the girls and boys teams earned many personal records and placed in the meet.

The girls team earned a total of 6 medals: with first place medals in the 400m, 800m, and mile; a second place medal in triple jump; and third place medals in the 4x400 and high jump. The girls team ended the meet with a total of 291.5 points and took sixth place.

The boys team also earned a total of 6 medals: with first place medals in the 4x800 and 800m; second place medals in the 200m, mile, and 2-mile; and a third place medal in the mile. The boys team finished the meet with 375 points and took fifth place.

In previous meets this year, Luci Jensen broke the high jump record with an impressive height of 5’4” and Nathaniel Osborne broke his own 2-mile record with a 9:45.

-Senior Tori Gierach

Boys Golf

The BA golf teams competed in a conference mini-meet last week. 

In the varsity meet, BA finished fourth out of eight teams in a nine-hole event at Wanaki Golf Club. Ben Book and Jon Sabani finished tied for 3rd overall among 34 competitors, each shooting a round of 40. Albert Pangman was 7th, with a 41. Quinn Kaiser shot a 54 and Thomas Minix a 55.

Varsity will play in another conference mini-meet at Grant Park Golf Course at 1:30 pm on Monday, May 9, followed by The Kaz Invitational at New Berlin Hills on Saturday, May 14, at 8:30 am.   

The JV team will have its conference meet this week at Mee-Kwon Golf Club on Wednesday, May 11, at 3:30 pm.

-Coach Steve Hinkens

Awards Season!

Levels 5-8 Spring Sports Awards Assembly is set for Tuesday, May 17, at 8:15 am in Freedom Hall Gym. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Upper School Spring Sports Awards will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 2:30 pm on the Fields of Freedom football/soccer field. All are welcome to attend.

Climb Team

The Brookfield Academy Climb Team finished 3rd in the Wisconsin High School Climb League season finale on Saturday, May 7. The Brookfield Academy team was not able to secure any first place finishes, but there were some excellent individual performances nonetheless. Below is a summary of BA's top performers. 

Sohum Sharma 2nd place D1

Shrikar Sudhaman 6th place D2

Mateo Fernandez-Tyson 6th place D3

David Dell'Agnese 6th place D4

Danny Reiner 5th place D4

Jacob Reiner 2nd place D4 (one hold away from winning the male division)

Izabel Johnson 2nd place D4 (one hold away from winning the female division)

Although this ends the current school year's climb season, the BA Climb Team will continue to practice throughout the summer. BA US students (including new freshmen) are welcome to join anytime.

-Coach Dave Reiner

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Jacob Reiner advancing up the wall

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Izabel Johnson calculates her next grab

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David Dell'Agnese eyes up his next move

MS Tennis

The Brookfield Academy Middle School tennis team had two matches last week. The Blues trekked out to Pewaukee for a matchup with Pewaukee Middle School, while the Golds stayed home to take on Whitefish Bay.

The Blue match was highlighted by the performance from Ritisha Mathur, who collected victories on both the singles and doubles courts. Other notable performances came from Julia Van Bogart, Luke Bullio, and Lola Kandula in their strong doubles work.

The Gold match was a battle throughout the lineup with the team overcoming a tough opponent to secure a convincing victory. While many players had standout performances, the pairing of Tyler Weiss and Mikayla Hargarten shined bright in their dominant 9-0 doubles win.

The BA Middle School tennis players are headed into the climactic week of their season with five total matches in the impending heat wave, including a payback opportunity for the Golds against Wisconsin Hills.

-Coach Tim Corwin

MS Track & Field

On Saturday, May 7, the BA Middle School track team hosted its second meet of the season. It was another beautiful day that yielded a lot of great performances. I am so proud of all student-athletes who competed. I would love to talk about each athlete and each race, but I’ll just focus on the personal records that were set. 

100 meter dash: Devan Pillai, Harrison Urech, Neil D’Souza, Xavier Loomis, Ritik Gogineni, Samarth Singh, Erich Boelter, Danial Cha, Mason Dorn, Luke Rogutich, Ellie Wenger, Amen Abel, Aminah Pasha, Elioenai Samuel, Chloe Green, Francesca Sturino, and Allison Xiao.

200 meter dash: Evan Van Beek, Samuel Miller, Samarth Singh, Beau Libbey, Sophia Ruddock, Elioenai Samuel, Brooke Nowacki, Meghan Jeide, Katie Loomis, and Francesca Sturino.

400 meter dash: Ellie Decker and Francesca Sturino

800 meter run: Alex Wilhelm and Samuel Miller.

1600 meter run: Alex Wilhelm, Tyler Fletcher, Ben Reiner, and Ellie Decker.

Long Jump: Xavier Loomis, Kailey Klemm, and Elioenai Samuel.

Shot Put: Samuel Miller, Sophia Ruddock, and Elisabeth Wilson

We have one more meet coming up this weekend at Wisconsin Lutheran College. This is a fun meet with a lot of good competition from other private schools in the area. I’m looking forward to seeing the athletes represent Brookfield Academy on a bigger stage.

-Coach Elizabeth Schemm

MS Girls Soccer

On May 5, the BA Middle School girls soccer team hosted Heritage Christian. The Blue Knights, though shorthanded for the game, took an early 1-0 lead after Elena Petrova served a nice left-footed cross to Lucia Heckenkamp, who finished with a shot and score. Heritage Christian struck back though, scoring three unanswered goals, two in the first half and one near the end of the game, to finish with a 3-1 victory. The Blue Knights played with passion throughout the entire game with several players taking on new positions for the first time this season.

Notable performances were made by Gretchen Peacock, playing as center left midfielder. She consistently advanced the ball with superb dribbling and connecting with the outside midfielders via passes. Kendra Dehne played another very active defensive game, as did Lucy Schwertfeger. Both consistently forced attackers to the outside, disrupting passing lanes, stealing the ball, and stifling Heritage Christian's scoring opportunities. At the end of the game, however, Heritage Christian converted on a few scoring opportunities to take the win. It was undoubtedly a game the team can learn from, reflect upon, and implement adjustments for the upcoming remaining games. We do not lose girls, we learn!

On May 10, the team traveled to play SWCHA.  The girls played a new formation (1-4-1-4-1) in an attempt to cover more field, reduce open space, and limit long runs made by players. Shivani Shah stood out, playing the new center defensive midfielder position for the first time this season. Shivani’s ability to read the game, move without the ball, and cover ground quickly resulted in a strong possession game for the Blue Knights. From the opening whistle, the Blue Knights circulated the ball to numerous players with low, accurate passes, and continued to do so throughout the entire game. BA cruised to a 6-1 victory with four different players scoring.

Lucia Heckenkamp opened the scoring after Elena Petrova found her moving into the 18 yard box. Isabella Schneck played a hard shot in for her first score of the season finishing an assist from Lucia Heckenkamp. Bella scored a second time, completing a shot off a pass from Elena Petrova. Petrova would score the fourth goal, unassisted, to give the Knights a 4-1 lead. Maria Simic, playing some minutes at the striker position, converted an explosive run into an unassisted score to give the Knights a 5-1 lead. Petrova knocked in the sixth goal for BA to finish an extremely exciting game for the team.  

Notable performances also included Ella Posnik, who made some excellent passes to Lori Camacho Adams, giving her opportunities to strike. Lori stepped into several shots on the day from outside the box, just missing the goal each time. Nora Dysart played another excellent defensive game as an outside defender. Later in the game, Nora experienced playing left center defender for the first time, taking Kendra Dehne’s usual position. Kendra moved up to try the outside midfielder position and played the position well, making excellent runs, getting into open space, and pressuring the defense while on SWCHA’s third of the field. All in all, it was a well-rounded, exciting game played by all the girls. Great job girls!  We look forward to the game on May 11, at home, against a very polished Prairie School team. 

-Coach Joel Heckenkamp

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