Rocket Sports and Activities Update: Successful Starts for Cross-Country, Volleyball and More

From the South Milwaukee School District …


The Boys Cross Country team is on a roll as the Rockets took 1st with 81 pts (14 ahead of 2nd place Kenosha Bradford) last Saturday at the 36th Annual Rocket Invite. They took a dominating first on 9/3 at Minooka Park as well with 33 pts (2nd place team had 107 pts)! The first week of the season was a race by grade level. At each of the 3 meets, Jordan Janusiak has taken 1st place. Chris Sobczak (12) took 3rd place in the Rocket Invite (only 4 seconds behind Jordan) and Chris also took 5th at Minooka Park.  Aidan Sodemann (10) took 21st at the Rocket Invite and 7th at Minooka Park. At Minooka Park, Andrew Strasser (11) and Max Moran (11) took 9th and 11th respectively which meant the Rocket Boys placed 5 runners in the top 11 in the race!

Maddie Wood (12) paced the girls with a 12th place finish at Minooka Park and 9th place at the Rocket Invite. Maddie Smith (12) took 28th at Minooka Park and 34th at the Rocket Invite while Miranda Ekleberry (10) took 26th at Minooka Park and 40th at the Rocket Invite.

Here is a link to the Journal Sentinel Boys CC Preview highlighting the Rockets and Jordan.

ROCKET FUEL: We won’t make any grand predictions here, but South Milwaukee could be a team to watch the next couple of seasons. The Rockets finished 13th at state in Division 1 last season with a team that had just one senior, four sophomores and one junior. How good might this group become?

RUNNERS TO WATCH: Jordan Janusiak, jr., South Milwaukee: Janusiak took third at the Woodland meet, making him the league’s top returner. He ran a season-best 16:01.02 at Cudahy’s Purgold Invite and took 16th at the Division 1 state meet in 16:30.57.


Last night, the Rockets won the championship of the Riverside Varsity Girls Volleyball Invitational for the 3rd year in a row! Congratulations!!!

The Rockets are at home tonight in the Sullivan Gymnasium against Brown Deer with the JV & Freshmen starting at 5:00pmand the Varsity starting at 6:30pm. The Rockets have lost each of the last 2 matches in tough fashion where they fell behind 2 games to 0 but showed grit and determination fighting back each time to force a 5th game. 


The South Milwaukee High School Rocket Marching Band took 2nd Place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Grayslake Marching Tournament in Grayslake, Illinois. This was their first competition of the season premiering their full field show titled, “From the Earth to the Moon”, a journey through the history of flight from Kitty Hawk to the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. In addition, Drum Major Annie Bustos (11), won the best overall Drum Major Award for all band categories. Outstanding!


The Rockets had an impressive showing last Saturday at the 10th Annual Rocket Relays as the girls tied for 4th out of 12 teams. 

  • The 4×100 Individual medley team of Alexis Holliday (12), Eryka Uehling (12), Julia Mahsem (9) & Zoe Bellis (12) won the event with a time of 4:37.66
  • The 850 yard free relay team of Conner Morgan (11), Eryka Uehling (12), Mackenzie Thayer (11) & Alexis Holliday (12) took 2nd with a 9:23.34.
  • The 200 yard Medley Relay team of Mackenzie Thayer (11), Zoe Bellis (12), Julia Mahsem (9) & Alexis Holliday (12) took 2nd by less than half a second with a time of 2:04.56.

Last week the Rockets won both the JV & Varsity in a dual meet with Cudahy as well.


While the Rockets have struggled to pick up their first win of the season, they’ve made it exciting with do-everything QB Jake Simuncak (12) leading the way. The Rockets had a great comeback from being down in the 4th quarter 34-20 last Friday at Shorewood/Messmer when Jake scored on a 1 yard TD and a 4 yard TD and then threw a pass to Tristan Schaefer (11) for a 2 pt conversion to effectively send the game to OT where the Rockets fell 41-34. Jake had 134 yards rushing and 227 yards passing on the game and Mua Vang (11) also had 108 yards rushing and 89 yards receiving while Lawerance Turner (12) had 8 catches for 122 yards as well for the Rockets.

The Rockets travel to Brown Deer on Friday at 7:00pm for their next game and host Cudahy on 9/23 for Homecoming.


During the last Rocket Football home game against Greenfield, the crowd in attendance raised $802.67 during a Miracle Minute for the non-profit organization Seniors Rock ( which was SMHS student and cheerleader Daisy Sweda’s favorite charity (a sophomore to-be who tragically passed away this summer). Special thanks to SM Cheer and SM Poms for helping do the Miracle Minute.


The Rockets defeated Greenfield 5-2 and lost to Whitnall 3-4 to start the Woodland Conference season and have had bad luck in getting tournament action in due to the rain. The Rockets are back in action tonight at home as they host Shorewood at4:00pm.


The Rockets have played some very tight matches thus far and their next home match is on Wednesday against Shorewood. JV plays at 5:00pm and Varsity at 6:30pm.


The Rockets tied a very solid Whitnall team last night 0-0 and have their next home match on Monday, 9/19 against Wauwatosa West (JV at 4:30pm and Varsity at 6:30pm).

Thanks to Jodi O’Neill for the photos!

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