Lasers edge Knights, 2-0

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Photo by Tim Moore Beloit Memorial goalkeeper David Almanza makes a save on a Kettle Moraine free kick Saturday.

WALES, Wis. - The Beloit Memorial boys soccer squad came up short 2-0 in a game at ninth-ranked Kettle Moraine Saturday.

The Purple Knights allowed the first goal in the game's fourth minute, as the ball hit off the post, then the Beloit goalkeeper before trickling into the net. Kettle Moraine added the second goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Although the Knights came up short, head coach Brian Denu was pleased with some aspects of his team's play.

"I was really impressed by our three freshman starters today," Denu said. "They certainly didn't shy away from the challenge and looked very comfortable on the field against a much older group. All three logged at least 80 minutes and looked like they could have played longer. We are going to need them to continue to step up with some nagging injuries and illnesses to some of our older players."

The Knights will be back at home Tuesday when they host Janesville Craig in their Big Eight opener.

• VOLLEYBALL: The Brodhead Cardinals placed second in the Brodhead Invitational Saturday, losing to Lake Mills 25-19, 25-21 in the finals.

The Cardinals defeated New Glarus and Mineral Point on the way to the finals.

Beloit Turner placed third in the Silver Bracket and seventh overall after losing to New Glarus and beating Monroe, a team that had just defeated Turner earlier in the week.

• CROSS COUNTRY: Brodhead-Juda junior Madelynn McIntyre picked up her second victory of the season Saturday at the Lodi Invitational.

McIntyre, who began her season with an easy win at the Brodhead Invitational, won with a time of 19:58, 32 seconds faster than second-place Makenzie Hottinger of Waterloo.

Parkview freshman Paige Valley finished 16th with a 22:55, while Cardinal sophomore Presleigh Arnold was 23rd with a 23:36.

On the boys side, the top local finisher was Parkview junior Avery Crane, who finished sixth with an 18:21. Brodhead-Juda's Jacob Staffon was 10th with an 18:41, while Carter Urness (19:04) and Josiah Engen (19:07) placed 14th and 15th, respectively for the Cardinals.

• BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Beloit Memorial boys volleyball team had a solid showing at Saturday's Invitational hosted by Racine Case.

The Knights split with St. Catherine's and Racine Horlick before being swept by Waukesha South. Competing in the consolation bracket, Beloit defeated Union Grove before losing to Appelton West in the quarterfinals.

• SWIMMING: The Beloit Memorial Purple Tide edged out La Follette Friday night, then had a terrific performance in Saturday's Invitational at Elkhorn.

The Tide placed third behind McFarland and Milton in the meet. Katie Landon broke the 100-meter fly school record by three seconds to highlight the Tide's performance.

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