Volume XVI, Number 1 | Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The varsity volleyball team had a very busy week! Last Wednesday, the team hosted Middle School night at the JV and varsity matches. The varsity team played hard against USM and won the first game, but fell short in the remaining games, losing the match. A strong performance by Mahek and Sahej Grewal made the games close. Hena Allaqaband had a solid contribution with a key block in the game. 
Senior Sahej Grewal (Photo credit: Stephanie Rushing)
Saturday, the team placed 5th at the Wauwatosa West Invitational, and ended the day with two wins and two losses. Olivia Smith led the way, serving up nine aces. The dynamic Grewal sister duo had 55 assists (Mahek) and 25 kills (Sahej) to add to the Blue Knights total points for the day. Strong defensive pressure by Hannah Ding (29 digs) and Holly Kludt (3 blocks) helped the team tremendously. 

-Kristi Thompson

Brookfield Academy's JV1 volleyball team faced up against USM at home on Wednesday. They had an impressive victory, winning all three games! The scores of the three games were: 25-7, 25-16, 15-13. The girls converted their strong defense and hustle on the volleyball court to lead the Blue Knights to a match win. Sophomore Aureilia Rushing was aggressive on the scoreboard with six aces and 11 kills.

-Kristi Thompson
Senior Natalie Cartwright prepares for a forehand against Shorewood
Last week, the #4 ranked BA girls tennis team won its only match, defeating Shorewood 7-0. Dominant wins by #1 singles Natalie Cartwright, #3 singles Laurette Blanchard, and #4 singles Carly Zeiler helped lead the team to victory! 

Tuesday, the varsity tennis team faced Waukesha West, a Division I opponent. The Blue Knights were victorious, winning 5-2! Jacqueline Krohn and Lexi Kass contributed to the team victory by winning their one doubles match 6-4, 6-3 against two solid players.

Come support the team tonight (9/22) as we honor our seniors and the efforts they have put in during their four years at Brookfield Academy. The match is at the BA tennis courts, against New Berlin Eisenhower, at 4 pm.

-Senior Captain Eve Janavitz

The Brookfield Academy JV girls tennis team has been on a roll as of late, winning three out of their last four matches. Last week started out with a dominant 6-1 victory over Brookfield East, followed by a gritty, entertaining 4-3 loss to Shorewood that featured three tiebreaker matches!

Even in a narrow defeat, the JV team was never out of any individual match, which is a testament to the determination and fighting spirit of the girls. Buoyed by the consistent play and inspirational leadership of singles players Madison York, Patricia Weiss, Anika Taneja, and Kaelin Bayerlein, the entire JV tennis team's level of play has risen to the point where parents and rival coaches have taken notice. 

-Coach Kipp Friedman
The boys varsity soccer team edged out Watertown Luther Prep in its Homecoming game last Friday, 1-0.

While neither team was able to score in the first half, the Blue Knights came out in the second half determined to get on the board.

Earning a corner kick in the second half, defender Ian Smith headed a ball down in front of the goal and senior forward Sangha Jeon finished it for the game’s only goal.

Sophomore goalie Jacob Schneck recorded his second shutout of the season, aided by another outstanding performance by the back line of seniors Eeshana Hari, Ryan Campbell, Ian Smith, and Dillon Rosado.

Junior central midfielders Ethan Grande and Carlos Castro-Lopez continued their hard work up and down the field, while senior forward and leading scorer, Cazzy Major, continued to breakdown opposing defenses. 

-Coach Lee Rogers

The JV boys soccer team improved to 4-2 on the season with a 4-2 win over University School of Milwaukee Monday night. This was the team's third straight win. The JV Knights have been led in scoring by sophomore Rigoberto Castro-Lopez and freshman Benny Keppler. 

-Coach Christian Arvold
On Friday, September 17, Brookfield Academy defeated Kingdom Prep Lutheran 35-8 as part of Homecoming weekend. Juniors Tate Grossman, Colton Green, and Alex Dieck all caught touchdown passes from senior quarterback Jonah Jensen. BA's defense held Kingdom Prep Lutheran's offense to less than 100 total yards of rushing and passing.
On the season, Jonah Jensen leads the conference in tackles, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. Maliq Crawford leads the team in receiving yards with 18 receptions for 320 yards. Junior Aaron Strange has been productive on both the offensive and defensive lines.

BA improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Midwest Classic Conference. On Thursday, the second place Blue Knights face Dominican at 7 pm.

The game will feature television coverage, interviews, and play by play from Wisconsin Sports Stream. 

-Coach Jon Kahle
The Blue Knights cross country team raced against a large field of runners at the National Cross Country Course at UW Parkside last Saturday, as part of the Angel Invite.
The Blue Knights cross country team poses for a photo at the Angel Invite last Saturday.
Impressively, the whole team ran either personal bests or had their best times of the season!

The boys team was led by Nathaniel Osborne, who finished in 6th place with a time of 16:36. The team asserted itself into D3 State contention by performing well against the top teams in the State.

On the girls side, Rose Erlinder had a super race, finishing in 21:32. The girls team also showed that it is one of the best teams in Wisconsin D3.

The team races again this Saturday at Nagawaukee Park as part of the Pete Nielsen Invite. 

-Coach John Herod 
Senior captain Elli Denman continues to improve her 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke times, swimming personal bests in both events during Saturday’s Waukesha South invitational.

Senior Cassie Zhang swam a personal best in the 50m freestyle and continues to improve in the 100m breaststroke.

Sophomore Zoe Li, an experienced synchronized swimmer who is in her first season on the team, continues to impress and improve in the water as she swam the 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke events. 

If you are interested in joining the BA girls varsity swim team, talk to a member of the team or attend a practice to see if you want to join! We are always looking for more BA students to join our swim family! 

-Coach Jake Klavens
The 5th/6th grade girls volleyball team had a bye over the weekend, but did play Heritage Christian's fifth grade team last Monday at BA. The Blue Knights won all three games of the match! The girls communicated well on the court and are improving their serve receiving skills.  

-Coach Tracy Albers

This past week was very busy for the 7th/8th grade volleyball team, playing seven matches and notching a few wins! The team also attended Middle School night at the Upper School and played a very competitive match against the teachers! Huge improvement was seen from the beginning of the week to the end.

-Coach Jacqueline Frohwirth

The BA MS cross country team kicked off the cross country season with a race on Tuesday, September 14, at Pilgrim Park Middle School.

The BA team had a very good showing, highlighted by the girls 5th-7th grade team placing 2nd overall! The scorers were Mila Libbey (3rd), Ellie Decker (16th), Elena Petrova (17th), Amen Abel (19th), Elisabeth Wilson (27th), and Stella Koenings (35th) in a field of 134 runners.

On the boys side, Level 8 runners Danny Weiner and Ben Reiner finished 6th and 7th respectively out of 58 competitors, while Evan Van Beek placed 34th in the boys 5th-7th grade race.

On September 16, the BA MS cross country 8th grade boys team competed at Sussex Templeton MS in a strong field of 45 runners. Ben Reiner and Danny Weiner finished in the top third of the field, earning 12th and 13th respectively. 

-Coach Dave Reiner
The JR Knights started the season playing two competitive football games against top caliber opponents. The boys worked hard and played very well at Lake Country Lutheran this week.

The JR Knights had two big touchdown runs, and the teams’ defense held LCL on a big goal-line stop. Kirtan Pansheriya shined on special teams with a great punt for the JR Knights. 

Unfortunately, this young team ultimately fell short with a loss to Lake Country Lutheran 37-13.  

-Kristi Thompson

The Brookfield Academy JR Knights traveled to University School of Milwaukee on Saturday. The JR Knights defense held strong in the first series of the game, highlighted by a blocked punt from Mason Dorn!

The JR Knights scored early with three passing touchdowns in the first half, including two receiving touchdowns by Garrett Priebe. A hard hitting tackle by Beau Libbey prevented the Wildcats from scoring in the first half.

Tyler Fletcher and Ethan Potthast had two clutch interceptions that led to excellent field position. Gus Jurgens saved the JR Knights with a fumble recovery. Andrew Schmidt dominated the game with a 58-yard touchdown run for the JR Knights in the fourth quarter. Ethan Potthast, Beau Libbey, Andrew Schmidt, Mason Dorn and Tyler Fletcher all chalked up points to add to the scoreboard. The JR Knights finished the game with a 35-6 win. 

-Kristi Thompson