RECENT CONFERENCE HISTORY: WOODLAND
|2019||Pewaukee||201||New Berlin Eisenhower/West||207||Amanda Karvala, New Berlin Eisenhower/West||45|
|2018||New Berlin Eisenhower/West||383||Milwaukee St. Thomas More||399||Amanda Karvala, New Berlin Eisenhower/West||74|
|2017||New Berlin Eisenhower/West||368||Pewaukee||375||Cameron Kaehler, Pewaukee||82|
Top 2019 WIAA finishes
Team: Pewaukee shot 383 to finish tied for fourth at the WIAA Division 1 Waukesha co-op regional, but lost a playoff for the final sectional berth 24-26 to Watertown. Individual: New Berlin Eisenhower/West junior Amanda Karvala shot 85 and finished tied for 13th at the WIAA Division 1 Brookfield Central sectional, missing out on a state tournament berth individually by seven shots.
When They Are Playing: Woodland
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Preseason top three
New Berlin Eisenhower/West; Pewaukee; Milwaukee Pius.
Preseason fall all-conference
First team: Anna Grzeszczak, sr., Pewaukee; Katie Grotkin, so., New Berlin Eisenhower/West; Lauren Haefs, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower/West; Amanda Karvala, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower/West; Isabella Trecek, jr., Milwaukee Pius XI.
Second team: Olivia Bowe, so., Pewaukee; Sammy Galian, jr. New Berlin Eisenhower/West; Krista Longden, fr., Pewaukee; Lexi Olson, sr., Milwaukee St. Thomas More; Clare Pelzel, sr., Pewaukee.
What to watch
Amanda Karvala has been making a difference in the Woodland Conference for the last two years, but the two-time defending conference champion from New Berlin Eisenhower/West figures to really make a difference this fall.
Her score at the top of the Lions' lineup could be the difference that helps her team reclaim the Woodland title it relinquished to Pewaukee a year ago when inclement weather reduced the conference championship to a nine-hole event.
Karvala, who enjoyed a busy and consistent summer on the Wisconsin PGA Junior Tour (highlighted by a fourth-place showing at the College Showcase), gives Eisenhower/West a threat to break 40 each time she tees it up. That should be enough to keep the Lions ahead of Pewaukee, which graduated four of the five golfers off its 2019 team that came within a shot of escaping the WIAA Division 1 Franklin regional with the last of the four sectional berths.
Eisenhower/West has three other golfers behind Karvala who are capable of breaking 50. Lions coach Paul Sadowski has worked seven golfers into the lineup during the first three Woodland mini-meets, building depth and internal competition that could pay off as his team approaches the postseason.
Pewaukee has also played seven golfers in the first three mini-meets, but the Pirates have gotten the most consistent performances from senior Anna Grzeszczak, their lone varsity returnee from 2019; freshman Krista Longden and sophomore Olivia Bowe. They have kept Pewaukee comfortably ahead of Milwaukee Pius XI, the only other team among the five in the Woodland able to fill a full five-player lineup.
"We will be chasing New Berlin," Pewaukee coach Neil Scannell wrote in an email. "Amanda Karvala is by far the ace in this conference, but New Berlin has a very balanced squad. Just about anyone on their team can have a breakout day."
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▶ Woodland Conference Fall Championship: Sept. 24 (Washington County GC-Hartford).