Tigers’ match supports a great cause


PETER GRIMM (left) of Howards Grove and a Grafton player fight for the ball during Friday’s soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PETER GRIMM (left) of Howards Grove and a Grafton player fight for the ball during Friday’s soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – The Grafton Black Hawks defeated the Howards Grove Tigers, 6-3, in boys soccer action here Friday afternoon but both teams and Dominik Reed’s family were winners in this special Cancer Awareness match.

The teams combined to raise just over $2,200 for Dominik, a 2-year-old boy, and his family from Green Bay. Dominik has been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and has undergone chemotherapy, two major surgeries and other medical treatments over the past four months. All proceeds from the concessions at the game will go to support Dominik’s family.

A “Pink-Cure” ball was used in the nonconference match and was then presented to Dominik and his family with signatures from the HGHS team and Grafton’s team captains. Dominik and his family were also presented replica Tiger jerseys.


DEVIN GALLENBERGER (4) of Howards Grove attempts to kick the ball under pressure from a Grafton opponent during Friday’s soccer game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DEVIN GALLENBERGER (4) of Howards Grove attempts to kick the ball under pressure from a Grafton opponent during Friday’s soccer game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “The best part of the evening was the impact we had for Dominik and his family,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“Grafton brought just over $800 in donations that they collected this past week at their games. It was a very classy move on Grafton’s part but I would not have expected anything other than that by the program led by head coach Don Arnold. We will be cheering for them on their run to state.”

The Black Hawks, ranked No. 2 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association’s final Division 3 poll, upped their record to 16-3-2. The Tigers slipped to 15-5-2 and had their four-game winning streak snapped. The match was the season finale for both teams.

Grafton built a 5-1 halftime lead as it dominated possession and displayed a quick, relentless attack. Andrew Hafemann led the Black Hawks in goals with two, both in the first half.

Senior midfielder Derrick Grimm scored a team-high two goals for HGHS, including a rocket over the goalie from near the 18 which tied the game, 1-1, at the 12:46 mark in the first half. Peter Grimm, Derrick’s younger brother, kicked the Tigers’ other goal.

Lucas Jaeger, Devin Gallenberger and Peter Grimm had one assists each.

Scoring one goal each for Grafton were Quinton Riddle, Christophy Holdway, Jake Demerath and Danny Badr.

The Black Hawks led 10-6 in shots on goal. Tiger goalie Hunter Voss made four saves.

“The boys fought back and played a better second half. We almost put a fourth goal in on a penalty kick but a great save made by their keeper kept us from getting too close,” said Smith.

“I think Derrick Grimm was a major factor tonight. It seemed he sort of put the team on his shoulders and pushed to finish the game out strong.

“Grafton is a good team and although I am sure the boys didn’t like giving up six goals, they have to take away some positives and be happy we put three goals in on the No. 2 team in the division above us,” added the coach.


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