Volume XVI, Number 5 | Wednesday, October 20, 2021
On Friday, October 15, the varsity volleyball team traveled to USM for the Midwest Classic Conference Tournament. The Blue Knights played Living Word Lutheran, Kenosha Christian Life, St. Francis, Hope Christian, and Heritage Christian during the tournament.

Olivia Smith delivered some big serves, while Sahej Grewal led the team with points and added great returns. Sahej had outstanding court coverage with 42 kills and 51 digs.

Mahek Grewal did an excellent job setting, tallying 78 assists. The girls finished strong, winning the final two matches in their bracket, solidifying a fifth place Midwest Classic Conference finish. 

On Tuesday night, the varsity volleyball team lost a close match in the opening round of the Division 3 WIAA playoffs to Random Lake.

Although the team battled until the very end, it fell just short, losing 22-25, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22, 18-16.

Statistical leaders from the playoff game:

Aces - Mahek Grewal (four)
Blocks - Holly Kludt (two)
Kills - Sahej Grewal (23)
Digs - Olivia Smith (22)
Assists - Mahek Grewal (37)

-Coach Heather Singer
Reported by Kristi Thompson
The BA boys cross country team won Conference this past week, while the girls team finished second! Below are the results.
It was a total team effort from the boys to take home the Conference title.

The girls team put in a lot of work this season, including training during the summer; and their hard work resulted in a strong second place team finish!

Both teams prepare this week for the postseason, with Sectionals taking place Saturday, October 23, at UW Parkside. Both teams have a great chance to qualify both team and individuals for the State meet!

-Coach John Herod
Freshman Vincent Pagenkopf making sure he is lined up onside for the play
Brookfield Academy ended the regular season with a 35-21 victory over Kenosha Christian Life on Friday, October 15. BA improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Midwest Classic Conference.

BA's defense stymied the KCL rushing attack. Colton Green and Jonah Jensen each added an interception.

BA's offense gained 400 combined rushing and receiving yards. Junior Alex Dieck added 113 rushing yards and junior Maliq Crawford had 132 receiving yards. Andrew Li, Colton Green and Alex Dieck all found the endzone for BA.

On Friday, October 22, Brookfield Academy will host Mayville (7-2) from the Flyway Conference in a Level 1 playoff game.

All attendees will be charged admission on Friday at Brookfield Academy. Ticket prices are $6 for students/adults and children under 6 years old are $1.

-Coach Jon Kahle

On October 14, the JV1 volleyball team participated in the Midwest Classic Conference Tournament at Lake Country Lutheran, playing five matches.

From the excellent serving by Ella Lombardi (17 aces) to the superb setting by Ashley Toy and great communication by Libero Alexandra Prange, it was truly a team effort at the tournament.

Strong passing from Gabriella Brown helped the three lefty hitters (Ella Thompson, Monisha Khosla, and Rachel Frailing) contribute points throughout the day. Rachel led the team with 20 kills and four blocks. Front row players Harbani Kaur and Zanna Hughes showed great instincts during the tournament. 
The JV1 volleyball team poses for a picture after an impressive second place finish in the conference tournament!
The Blue Knights started the tournament strong with consistent serving from the whole team, beating St. Francis 21-10, 21-15. In a back and forth battle, BA won the second match against USM 21-13, 24-22.

The Blue Knights secured first place in their pool with a win over Heritage Christian 21-9, 21-19. Due to the team's 3-0 record in pool play, the girls ended up in the gold division of the tournament.

In the first playoff match against Living Word Lutheran, the Blue Knights came out strong, win­ning both games: 22-20, 21-17. Great serving and net play kept the championship match against LCL close. Ultimately, BA lost to the Lightning, resulting in a second place finish in the Midwest Classic Conference. The girls played terrific all season long and should be very proud of their performance. 

On October 12, the JV2 volleyball team participated in the Midwest Classic Conference Tournament at University School of Milwaukee, playing four matches. The Blue Knights were triumphant in their matches, winning first place in the Midwest Classic Conference!

Sophomore, Aureilia Rushing led the team in the tournament with 27 aces, 21 kills, and two blocks. After losing the first set against Living Word 25-20, the girls came back to win the match with scores of 25-22 and 15-10 in the final two sets. BA fell short in the second match against LCL losing the first set 25-18, winning the second set 25-14, and losing the deciding set 20-18.

Sophomore Solyana Tatek’s great defense, including two blocks, contributed to the wins in the third match against USM: 25-5, 25-6. The fourth match was also a win against St. Francis: 25-8, 25-10. There was great serving in the tournament by freshman Ella Lombardi, with 22 aces.

Overall, Brookfield Academy outscored its opponents with a differential of 81 points, which sealed the conference title. The BA volleyball outlook is bright with a very talented group of girls.

-Coach Heather Singer
Reported by Kristi Thompson
A record five members from the BA girls tennis team represented the program at the WIAA Individual State Tournament held in Madison this past weekend.

Senior Natalie Cartwright, seeded eighth, took care of business in her first match, defeating Margo Kelly (22-5) of Antigo 6-0 6-0. The next morning, Natalie won in convincing fashion defeating Claudia Curtis (21-5) of Lake Mills 6-3 6-0.

Reaching the quarterfinals, Natalie battled against the number one seed, and eventual State champion, Lily Olson (22-0) from Madison Edgewood. Natalie fought hard, but lost 6-1 6-2.

Saturday morning, Natalie played the number five seed in the consolation semifinals, where she lost 6-4 6-2 to Maggie McGinnis (25-2) of Xavier.

Natalie secured a top eight finish for BA in the singles tournament.
The Division 2 doubles tournament had two BA teams in the draw. On Thursday night, the number two doubles team of senior Cecelia Evanich and junior Simran Bhatia faced the number one doubles team from Madison Edgewood.

The senior and junior duo played their best match of the season, winning the first set 6-2. Madison Edgewood elevated its game in the second set and rebounded to even the score up at one set a piece.

With all other matches finished for the day, all eyes were on court number five at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium to watch the conclusion of this high-level doubles match. Although BA fought until the very end, the duo could not complete the upset and lost 7-5 in the third set.
Members of the BA girls tennis team inside the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison
The number one doubles team of senior Jacqueline Krohn and junior Lexi Kass received a bye after being awarded the number four seed heading into the tournament. In the second round of the tournament, Krohn and Kass defeated Cammie Leer and Anneka Cress of Viroqua 6-0 6-1.

In the quarterfinal match, BA lost to the number five seed in a tight three set battle. The doubles team secured a top eight finish in the doubles tournament.

Thank you to all parents, players, faculty, and students who supported the girls tennis team this fall. The girls were a pleasure to coach and had many successes this season. A special thanks to our seven seniors who helped establish a great culture for the program.

-Coach Michael Rajchel
Last week, the boys soccer team had two games. The first contest was on Wednesday against conference rival Lake Country Lutheran. After conceding a goal early in the game, the Blue Knights restored balance and started to put pressure on the opponent. Kamron Kaiser found the back of the net on a well-placed corner kick from Cazzy Major.

With the game tied at one, the Blue Knights continued to pressure Lake Country Lutheran's defense, but could not manage to score another goal. The game ended in a 3-1 loss, but the boys played some of their best soccer of the season. The back line continued to play well together, anchored by seniors Ian Smith and Ryan Campbell. Center midfielders Ethan Grande and Carlos Castro-Lopez played outstanding, while forward Cazzy Major showed why he is a top player in the conference.

The next evening, the Blue Knights hosted a talented St. Anthony team. Freshman defenders Camden Pifel and Parker Dysart continue to play big minutes on the back line. In a hard fought game, the Blue Knights fell 3-2. Goals were scored by Cazzy Major and Ryan Campbell via penalty kick.

The BA boys varsity soccer team battles Dominican on Thursday, October 21, at 4 pm in the first round of the regional playoffs. The game will be played at Uihlein Soccer Park.

-Coach Lee Rogers
The cross country team completed its competition season running a course along the shore of Lake Michigan at Concordia College.

In the girls 5/6 race, L6 Mila Libbey earned a first place finish! She has had several top ten finishes, and we are all pleased she was able to capture the top prize in her final race of the season.

Complementing Mila in the girls 5/6 race was Amen Abel who finished 10th among a total of 60 runners.
The BA girls MS cross country team
In the boys 5/6 race, L5 Alex Wilhelm continued his improvement as he finished in 18th place among 75 runners. The BA 7th grade girls capped their excellent season with their fourth 2nd place team finish. Scoring for the team were Ellie Decker (9), Elena Petrova (10), Stella Koenings (19) and Elisabeth Wilson (20), among 50 total runners.

In the boys 8th grade race, Danny Weiner and Ben Reiner finished their excellent MS CC "careers" finishing 8th and 12th in a field of 71. The team also wants to congratulate Erich Boelter, who was a valuable and fun four-year runner for the BA team. We are going to miss you, Erich! The BA coaches, Ms. Hoyt and Mr. Reiner, want to thank all of the athletes on the team for their strong effort and great attitude throughout the season. See you next year!

-Coach Dave Reiner

The 5th/6th grade volleyball team had two matches against Brookfield Christian on Tuesday, October 12. The team won the first match 17-25, 25-22, 15-12.

The team lost the second match against Brookfield Christian 25-21, 16-25, 15-10.

The 5th/6th grade volleyball team was also defeated in a match over the long weekend on Saturday, October 16, against Christ King.  

-Coach Tracy Albers

This week the 7th/8th grade volleyball team had two matches at Brookfield Christian and prevailed in taking the first match. The players are making progress every week and putting what they are learning in practices into matches.

-Coach Jacqueline Frohwirth
The 7th/8th grade volleyball team listens to Coach Frohwirth during a timeout
L5 Tate Nowacki looking to make an impact on the field

On October 16, the JR Knights came to play against Pius! The BA defense forced three turnovers in the first half, including a fumble recovery. Tate Nowacki had a takeaway with a spectacular interception. The JR Knights kept the game tight and entered halftime tied 6-6. In the second half, the boys were moving the football, but could not convert the movement into points, coming up short on a couple of drives. It was a good battle, but in the end, the JR Knights lost 19-6 to the JR Popes. Despite the loss, the boys are learning more every week. The JR Knights travel to Nicolet this Saturday, October 23.

-Coach Joel Jensen
Reported by Kristi Thompson