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Sports Wrapups: Jan. 31

Jan. 30, 2013

Nicolet-Whitefish Bay swimming

The annual battle for the "Duck" was somewhat "fowl" Monday as the Knights edged the Blue Dukes by a 98-87 count.

"It wasn't a very pretty meet with both team both having disqualifications," Nicolet coach Dwight Davis said. "Times on both teams were at where they were to be expected. It's hard to get focused when you have a Monday meet with both schools having exams the week before.

"Sometimes it seemed that the kids were at the meet, however their minds were somewhere else. It does make this job interesting, you never know what is going to show up."

Bay actually outnumbered Nicolet 7-5, in terms of event victories, but the Knights had somewhat better depth than the Blue Dukes.

Individual victories for the Knights went to Jamie DeGraff in the 50 free (23.23), Mike Mills in the 500 free (5:03.15) and to Evan Siverhus in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.42). In addition, the Knights also claimed the 200 free relay with a unit of Zach Pagel, Greg Horstmeier, Mills and DeGraff (1:37.74) and the 400 free relay with Danny Lerner, Horstmeier, Mills and DeGraff (3:33.3).

Nicolet was trailing 78-77 after the 100 backstroke, but went one-three in both the breaststroke and the 400 free relay to clinch the win.

Bay's individual wins went to Ethan Bott in the 200 free (1:53.64) and the 100 free (51.07) and NoahOldson in the 200 individual medley (2:12.66) and 100 backstroke (59.88), defending state champion Joe Kaszubowski in diving (268.25 points), Curt Walther in the 100 butterfly (1:00.74) and to the 200 medley relay team of Bott, Oldson, Walther and Joey McMahon (1:49.53).

Nicolet girls basketball

The Knights keep finding ways to win. They pulled out a more-thrilling-than-the-coach-wanted, 66-60, overtime win over Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

"Every game it seems has been down to the wire for us," said Knights coach Rick DeKeyser, "but we've been finding a way to pull them out, which is a good thing."

Coupled with Whitefish Bay's loss to Cedarburg, Nicolet is now tied with Bay for second in the North Shore Conference at 6-3 (9-7 overall). They took on Port Washington on Tuesday and will entertain Grafton on Friday in another pair of league tilts.

Nicolet was down 34-29 at the half to Lutheran before tying the score at 40-all heading into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair with the Red Knights hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime at 57-all.

During the overtime, the Knights' Sara Travia hit two 3-pointers to put Nicolet in control for good.

Forward Briana Gray had a big game with 26 points including an impressive 12-of-15 effort from the foul line while Travia had 18 and Lanoira Duhart had 12.

"It was a funny game, our offense was great, getting over 60 points was terrific, but our defense was just off tonight," said DeKeyser, "but hey, I'm not going to complain. We moved the ball well and got good shots. It was strange though. We would hit them and then they would hit us right back."

Both teams drained seven 3-pointers on the night.

"It definitely wasn't our best effort, but we pulled it off," DeKeyser said.

Shorewood boys basketball

The Greyhounds won for the seventh time in eight tries with the help of a 21-10 fourth-quarter effort that helped secure a 60-45 win over New Berlin West on Friday.

"It was a dogfight at times," said Greyhound coach Phil Jones, "but we pulled it out. Carmen Purvis came up really big in that fourth quarter with 13 points. It had been really nip-and-tuck until then. Just a 4- to 6-point game.

"But this was a big win for us."

The victory pulled the Greyhounds into a second-place tie in the Woodland Conference Eastern Division at 8-5 (10-6 overall). They have a chaotic week, having taken on Milwaukee School of Languages on Tuesday and Pewaukee on Wednesday, before traveling to St. Francis on Friday.

Shorewood was up just 27-25 at the half and 39-35 after three periods before they made their push.

Purvis would wind up with 20 points to lead all scorers while Donovan Freeman had 17 and Bobby Kohl 14. The Greyhounds hit seven 3-pointers on the night, including four by Kohl, who was suffering from a groin pull, and two by Purvis.

It had been exam week, so Jones was pleased with how the kids adapted to a trying schedule of heavy study and then practice.

"We just tried to keep them in the same routine and keep them in sync," Jones said. "We did a good job getting out and getting some transition baskets, which really helped."

Nicolet boys basketball

The Knights remained on a steady course, fighting back from a 10-point halftime deficit to pull out a 71-67 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

"We started out really flat, were down 25-11 at one point," said coach Paul Hepp, "and at the 1:06 mark of the third quarter we were still down 10, but we got it to five by the end of the period (48-43), and then we were able to get going in the fourth."

With the win, the Knights improved to 6-4 in the North Shore and 9-7 overall. Coupled with Whitefish Bay's loss to Cedarburg, Nicolet is now tied for third in league play. They took on Port Washington on Tuesday and will visit Grafton on Friday.

The Knights finally grabbed their first lead against Lutheran with five minutes to go in the fourth as Eugene Bonner hit a 3-pointer to put them up 49-48. Nicolet was able to stretch the lead out to as much as eight as the Red Knights were forced to foul profusely.

Nicolet, which was 27 of 32 from the foul line in the game, hit 18 of 24 free throws in the fourth quarter. Treland Jenkins hit 12 of 16 charity tosses for the game, Greg Pigg six of seven, Nolan Wagner six of six and Tyler Miller five of five.

"What was really impressive was that all five starters scored in double figures," Hepp said.

Bonner led the way with 20 points as Jenkins had 16, Pigg 14, Wagner 11 and Miller 10.

Homestead boys basketball

The Highlanders are now in sole possession of second place in the North Shore Conference at 7-3 following a 68-49 win over Port Washington on Friday.

Homestead now is a game ahead of third-place Whitefish Bay and Nicolet (6-4 each) as Germantown is far ahead in the league race at 10-0.

The Highlanders will look to cement their position in the league standings as they hosted Grafton on Tuesday and will visit border rival Cedarburg on Friday.

In the win over Port, the Highlanders were in control from the start, as they took a 13-6 first-quarter lead and then expanded that advantage to 34-18 at the half. It was 51-24 after three quarters.

Homestead had a total of 11 players score, including Sam Kaegi and Luke Worthington with 11 points apiece and Quinton Sampson-Wood and Jack Popp with seven apiece.

The Highlanders had seven 3-pointers in the contest, including three by Kaegi.

WNS Storm hockey

The league-leading Storm opened first-round play of the North Shore Conference Tournament with a resounding 14-0 victory over Grafton on Monday.

The Storm, who continued play in the tourney throughout the week, were led by Andy Krugler and Djordje Torbica who had four goals and one assist apiece, while Jack Hoge and Drew Kneisel had one goal and three assists each.

Thomas Aiken had one goal and two assists, while Nick Sullivan, Andy Keith and Andrew Hentzen also all had a goal apiece. Sean Leahy had 14 saves.

After a nine-goal second period, the Storm called off the dogs and did not score in the third session.

Homestead hockey

The Highlanders turned in an impressive 6-1 win over Germantown/Menomonee Falls in the first round of the North Shore Conference tournament Monday.

Homestead will continue to play in the tournament throughout the week.

The Highlanders got three goals and an assist from Ryan Mezera while Thomas Fazio had four assists. Joey Hobbs had a goal and two assists while Evan Heimerl and Ryan Stendler also found the back of the net.

Jesse Nye and Michael Schulz each had an assist while Killian Martin had 19 saves.

Homestead wrestling

The Highlanders got a second out of Zach Lennon at 152 pounds as they took eighth in the Wisconsin Dells Invitational on Saturday.

Homestead will now host the North Shore Conference meet at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Highlanders scored 86 points for their spot in the Dells meet as La Crosse Aquinas won with 178.

Lennon (17-16 overall) pinned an Omro opponent and edged a Belleville foe, 9-7, before falling to Illinois wrestler Lucas Roe (25-2) on a pin in 3:48.

Other good places for the Highlanders included fourths from Doug Lennon at 106 (2-2, 15-14); JakeMueller at 145 (2-2, 13-10); and Nick Pierret at 182 (2-2, 21-11).

Fifths went to Drew Waller at 132 (2-2, 15-14) and Elijah Perine at 285 (2-2, 2-3).

Whitefish Bay JV wrestling invite

The area's teams saw some good success from their junior varsity performers as the Blue Dukes hosted this 16-school event.

Bay did the best, taking third as Andrew James won his class at 182 pounds while seconds went to Jake Plale at 138, Ed Dixon at 152, Connor Claiborne at 160 , Joe Beck at 195 and Steve Meyer at 220.

Nicolet was fourth in the event as Danny Zenge won at 170, while Alex Ellison was second at 120 and Teague Worlton was third at 126.

For Homestead, Connor Scholtus was third at 145.

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