Homestead girls gymnastics
Brittany Emond won the uneven bars as the host Highlanders overcame some occasionally shaky events to record a season-best score and earn second in their own invitational Saturday.
"We had a couple of flat events and couple of really good events," coach Mike Giles said, "and that explains why we lost by about 0.6 of a point."
The Highlanders' score of 137.25 trailed just Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine (137.925) in the 12-team field and was a good five-plus points better than their previous best season mark.
Emond Turned in a score of 8.9 on bars in what Giles called a "pretty clean" routine. She was also second on balance beam (9.275) and fourth on floor exercise (9.2). She was second in the all-around (35.725) despite struggling (8.35) on vault.
The floor was one of the top events for the Highlanders said Giles as Amanda Hopkins was second (9.3) and Tori Puhl eighth (9.1).
Leigh Berman was one of the events that the Highlanders struggled on as Leigh Berman topped Homestead with a 10th place 8.7 mark and Puhl was 11th (8.65).
Giles said the team also struggled a bit on beam with three falls.
"We still have some things to work on, but it was our highest score by five-six points," Giles said. 'We're still not at our best but we'll get there." He was also grateful to the football team that provided 20 strong players to help set up the apparatus on Friday night.
"They were great," said Giles. "They just hoisted the stuff and said 'Where do you want it?'"
Homestead will be at the Arrowhead Invite on Saturday.
Shorewood boys swim
Michael Perry won the 100 butterfly and Kirill Korolev the 500 free as the Greyhounds took second in their own 10-team invite on Saturday despite the team beating back a swipe by the flu virus.
"I am more than impressed with how the boys swam at our home invite on Saturday," coach Rob McCabe said. "We hung right in there all day with Brookfield. We were able to do that by seeding up in all six relays and several of the guys pointing up as well. We did a much better job than the previous week."
The Greyhounds scored 394 points for their spot as Brookfield won with 417 and West was third (315).
The freshman Perry remained impressive with a 55.33 second win in the butterfly. He was also third in the 200 free (1:51.84). Meanwhile, the senior Korolev edged a Brookfield Academy swimmer by 0.64 to take the 500 in 4:56.14, while also taking second in the 200 free (1:51.03).
Other top finishes for the Greyhounds included the following: 200 medley relay: Henri Carignan, Joe Lock, Philip Clausen and Suhith Bayana, third (1:48.97); Joe Stephenson, Carlo DeSando, AndrewClokey and Max Gietzen, eighth (1:56.37); 200 free: Alex Borut, eighth (2:00.8); 100 butterfly: Clausen, fourth (58.36); Carignan, seventh (59.5); 100 free: Bayana, sixth (53.9); DeSando, eighth (54.35); 200 free relay: Clausen, Perry, Bayana and Korolev, second (1:34.89); Stephenson, DeSando, Gietzen and Borut, seventh (1:42.16); 100 backstroke: Carignan, fifth (1:01.08); 100 breast stroke: Lock, fourth (1:10.79); DeSando, sixth (1:11.69); Zach Hammond, seventh (1:12.4); and 400 free relay: Perry, Clausen, Carignan and Korolev, fourth (3:29.74); Clokey, Bayana, Lock and Borut, sixth (3:41.18).
McCabe said that Hammond, DeSando and Bayana all had "the best meets on the team."
Nicolet boys swim
Evan Siverhus won diving to lead the Knights to a fifth-place showing in the Shorewood Invitational on Saturday.
Siverhus scored 339.25 points to edge a Franklin competitor by just 0.65 of a point. He got help from his brother, Kyle, in sixth (304.85) and Jeremy Moser in eighth (275.4).
Those efforts led the Knights to a 253 point total as Brookfield won with 417.
Mike Mills had a big meet for the Knights, as he was fourth in the 200 free in 1:52.31 and then took a strong third in the 500 free (4:58.27).
Other good efforts for the Knights included Jamie DeGraff fifth in the 50 free (24.04) and fourth in the 100 free (52.23). Mills and DeGraff helped the 200 free relay team that included Greg Horstmeier and Zach Pagel to a fourth-place showing of 1:37.87 while Pagel, Mills and DeGraff joined with Danny Lerner to take fifth in the 400 free relay (3:37.06).
Nicolet girls gymnastics
Aleah Ellis was seventh in the all-around with a mark of 34.25 to lead the Knights to a seventh-place team showing in the 12-school Homestead Highlander Invite on Saturday.
Ellis was also sixth on uneven bars (8.45), 10th on balance beam (8.675) and 14th on vault (8.6) in leading the Knights to a 129.775 total as Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago won with 137.925.
Ellis also got help from Hayley Raj with a 12th on balance beam (8.55).
Brown Deer girls basketball
The Falcons earned a split in two Woodland Conference games last week.
They earned a 43-35 victory over Greenfield on Friday after falling to South Milwaukee, 37-22, on Jan. 8.
With the split, the Falcons are now 2-8 in Woodland play and 5-9 overall. They will be at St. Francis on Friday.
In the win over Greenfield, Brown Deer broke out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter and then expanded that to 26-13. It was 33-117 at the end of three periods.
Brown Deer had seven players break into the scoring column, as Jasalyn Lee had 13 points, Sabrina Wimmer nine, and Allison Laurent eight. The Falcons could have made it a bit easier on themselves but hit only eight-of-20 free throws on the night.
Against South Milwaukee, the Falcons actually got off to a good start, taking a 9-4 first quarter lead, but then the Rockets outscored them a 33-13 count the rest of the way. Laurent had nine points and ImaniStingley five for the Falcons.
South Milwaukee hit 16-of-27 free throws as compared to just seven of 15 for the Falcons.
Whitefish Bay wrestling
The Blue Dukes got a title from Ed Dixon at 152 pounds but had to work through a couple of more injuries as they tied for second in the Craig Belcher Invitational at Milwaukee Hamilton on Saturday.
Bay scored 160 points in the 18-school meet as it tied for its spot with Brookfield Central. Johnson Creek won the meet with 185. The Belcher meet features several different levels of competition, all of which are added into the team score.
Dixon won the 'B' level 152-pound bracket, pinning opponents from Pewaukee, Hustisford, Madison West and Wauwatosa for his title.
Miguel Gomez was third at 126, going 3-2 on the day (14-12 overall) as was Steve Meyer at 195 (3-2, 8-8). Max Carlin was fourth at 120 (19-9) after injuring his shoulder as was Andrew James in another 195 pound bracket (2-3, 5-5). Cooper Fergus was fifth at 106 (3-1, 17-4) as was George Dixon at 170 (1-3, 8-9) and Joe Beck at 220 (4-1, 6-5).
Beck recorded four pins on the day but George Dixon was also hurt at the event.
Coach Dale Loebel is hoping to get back state qualifying 170-pounder Rashadeem Gray soon, as the Blue Dukes will take part in the Homestead Invitational on Friday.
Drew Waller won the 132-pound class as the Highlanders only sent their best wrestlers to the powerhouse Lake Geneva Badger Invitational on Saturday.
Waller (13-11), was one of seven Highlanders who competed at the event and he recorded wins over Milton (decision), Union Grove (pin) and Wisconsin Rapids (decision) before falling to a Badger opponent by a tough 4-2 score.
He then bounced back to pin an Oregon wrestler in his final bout to claim the class title.
Jacob Sanner was third at 113 going 2-2 on the day. He is now 17-7 overall. John Hokeness also had a good day, taking fifth. He lost his first match but then won his next three to improve to 12-11 overall.
The Highlanders also lost to Germantown in a North Shore dual on Jan. 10 (see MequonNOW.com for details). They host their own invitational on Friday.
Brown Deer/USM boys swim
Bill Wong was third in the 100 breast stroke to lead the Falcons to an eighth-place finish in the Appleton North Lightning Invitational on Friday.
Wong was clocked in 1:05.34 for his spot as he also took sixth in the 200 individual medley with a spectacular five-second season best of 2:11.02. Josh Thompson was fifth in the 100 butterfly with a 1:00.61 while the 400 free relay team of Thompson, Zach Farrel, Horst Burmeister and Wong was seventh (3:44.96).
Farrel also had a season best in taking 16th in the 100 butterfly as did Burmeister in the 100 free.
The Falcons scored 82 points for their spot in the 10-school field as Appleton North/East won with 496.
The Highlanders battled to a thrilling 3-3 tie with border rival University School on Saturday.
Homestead had a 2-1 lead going into the third period before the game ended in a tie.
Ryan Mezera had two goals while Ryan Stendler and Jon Weyker had two assists each. Jake Levin scored a goal and Adam Hobbs had an assist. Killian Martin was stout in goal with 36 saves.
Homestead, now 4-9-1 overall, hosts Monona Grove in a nonconference game at Ozaukee Ice Center at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Whitefish Bay boys basketball
The Blue Dukes bounced back from the discouraging loss to rival Nicolet (see separate story) by pounding nonconference opponent Hartford by a resounding 77-39 score on Saturday.
The Blue Dukes took control right from the start at 19-4 in the first quarter and expanded that margin to 36-19 at the break. A 29-10 fourth quarter ended any doubt.
Bay, which hit 18-of-21 free throws on the night, had 10 people score, led by Joe Sherburne with 17 while Kelin Johnson had 16 and Isaiah Johnson and Miles Sigh tossed in 11 points apiece.
"It was just good to have the kids get out and have some fun," coach Kevin Lazovik said.
Whitefish Bay girls basketball
The Blue Dukes started their week with a 37-29 nonconference win over Kettle Moraine on Jan. 8.
Bay started well, taking an 11-4 first quarter lead and a 21-8 halftime advantage.
It was 31-14 at the end of three quarters.
Bay hit nine-of-11 free throws, as Ava Stock had 11 points, and Ashley Reed, Jamie Talbert and Emma Jonas all tossed in six points apiece.
The Blue Dukes also lost to Nicolet on Friday (see separate story).
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