Coach pleased with Panthers’ improvement Huskies rout Kiel for fourth straight win

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Head coach Scott Milslagle is very pleased with the improvement his Plymouth girls tennis team has shown thus far this season.

The Panthers are off to a strong start in Eastern Wisconsin Conference play with a 3-0 dual record.

“I like what I see in these girls and how hard they work and how much they want to learn and improve,” said Milslagle who is in his first season as the PHS coach, having replaced Laura Michel.

“They really take to coaching and it is a fun group of girls to work with. I am excited for this season and to see how far these girls can go and how much they can improve.”

The Panthers return a majority of their varsity squad from last year’s team which finished 5-5 in EWC duals. PHS has eight returning letter winners, including juniors Kayla Proehl and Kaylee Woelfel who earned All-EWC third-team honors at No. 2 doubles last season. They are also teaming up at the No. 2 position this season.


JUSTIN SCHULTZ (21) of New Holstein/Elkhart Lake and Kiel’s Jacob Friend battle for the ball in Tuesday’s soccer match. – Photo by Mike McGill JUSTIN SCHULTZ (21) of New Holstein/Elkhart Lake and Kiel’s Jacob Friend battle for the ball in Tuesday’s soccer match. – Photo by Mike McGill The Panthers’ Nos. 1 and 2 singles players in 2015 – Cassandra Nicholson and Scarlet Simenz, respectively – are playing at No. 1 doubles this year as seniors. Senior Drew Krablean is the Panthers’ No. 1 singles competitor after playing at the No. 4 spot last season.

Manitowoc Roncalli is the defending EWC champion with a 10-0 dual mark and Kohler was second last season at 9-1. PHS finished sixth in the 11-team league. Milslagle thinks Kohler will be the class of the conference and that his team can battle for one of the top positions.

KIEL – The New Holstein/ Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Huskies cruised to their fourth straight boys soccer win, 10-2, over archrival Kiel here Tuesday afternoon.

NH/EL-G hiked its Eastern Wisconsin/Packerland Conference record to 4-0 (5-3 overall).

Max Kossman, Jacob Starnitcky and Noah Ruh from EL-G led the Huskies’ explosive offense with two goals each. Josue Valenzuela, Anthony Klahn, Evan Petrie and Tyler Schultz contributed one goal each.

Tyler Schultz from Elkhart paced the Huskies in assists with two.

NH/EL-G goalie Jordan Bahr made six saves. Raider goalie Mason Steffen had 23 saves.

“All of are guys played well and moved the ball very well. They improved their communication and played a great game and played all the way to the end even with a comfortable lead,” said Husky head coach Steve Conrad.

Zachary Zorn kicked Kiel’s goals.

NOTRE DAME MATCH

On Thursday, the visiting Huskies knocked off perennial powerhouse Green Bay Notre Dame, 3-1, in nonconference play. The victory avenged a 1-0 loss to the Tritons in a Division 3 sectional semifinal match last season.

Scoring one goal each for the Huskies were Schultz, Kossman and Valenzuela. Starnitcky and Bahr had one assist apiece, with Bahr’s coming on a long ball from his goalie position.

Bahr made 19 saves. Notre Dame led 19-12 in shots on goal.

“We are very proud of all our players today,” said Conrad.


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