Whitefish Bay wrestling
The Blue Dukes took second place in the WIAA regional held at Nicolet on Saturday and advanced 13 grapplers to the sectional meet at Oconomowoc at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The top two in each weight class advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison on Feb. 21-23.
"You know me," laughed coach Dale Loebel. "I'm not happy ever. I'm always looking for something better, but still we took 13 kids in and we're bringing 13 kids back and that's all that counts."
Regional champion (160-pound) Rashadeem Gray (32-4) looks to become Bay's first three-time state qualifier at the sectional. Ben Lehrmann at 152 (30-9) also won a regional title.
Taking seconds at the regional were Max Carlin at 113 (23-6), Joey Davey at 126 (31-11), Andrew James at 182 (11-8), and Will Shanley at 220 (18-19). Carlin is looking for a repeat state berth after missing several weeks of action due to a shoulder injury.
Thirds went to George Dixon at 170 (11-13), Kelly Jackson at 195 (17-8) and Joe Beck at 285 (10-8) while fourths were taken by Justin Weil at 106 (16-20), Miguel Gomez at 132 (24-17), Jack Plale at 138 (11-13), Simon Kurszewski at 145 (3-11). Loebel was pleased with varsity newcomer Kurszewski losing his first match and then winning three straight bouts to pull himself into a qualifying spot.
Bay scored 202 points as Wauwatosa won the meet with 271.5.
The host Knights had a good day at the WIAA regional, finishing third and advancing nine grapplers to the sectional tournament at Oconomowoc on Saturday.
"It was a lot better effort than we had at conference," Knights coach Gus Kaufmann said. "The kids definitely came to wrestle, and the meet itself went really well."
The top two in each weight class advance to the WIAA state meet out of the sectional tournament.
Regional champions for the Knights included Jordan Fischer at 170 pounds (26-15) Mohamed Dawod at 195 (25-12) and Nate Patton at 285 (24-15). Dawod and Patton each won their second regional titles. Fischer is considered the Knights' best bet at a state qualifying slot.
"He was a lot more focused this week," Kaufmann said of Fischer.
Taking a second was Alex Ellison at 120 (14-11), while thirds went to Gavin Voit at 106 (3-3), Teague Worlton at 126 (13-14) and Savion Dean at 138 (7-10). Fourths were taken by Danny Zenge at 160 (10-20) and Amani Johnson at 220 (5-6).
Nicolet scored 168.5 points for its spot in the regional.
The short-handed Highlanders advanced only Jake Mueller at 145 pounds to the WIAA sectional tournament at Oconomowoc on Saturday.
Because of injuries and illness, the Highlanders took only six wrestlers to the regional meet at Sussex Hamilton on Saturday.
Mueller went 2-2 on the day to improve his record to 18-13. Greg Zupke at 182 (9-23) narrowly missed out on a sectional berth as he lost an overtime decision in the fourth place wrestleback to an Arrowhead opponent.
Returning state qualifier Nate Pierret was unavailable to wrestle.
Milwaukee Vincent/Brown Deer wrestling
Brown Deer athlete Pietro D'Amato at 160 pounds (24-11) was one of two wrestlers in the co-op to advance to WIAA sectional competition from the regional meet held at Sussex Hamilton on Saturday.
D'Amato lost his semifinal to an Arrowhead opponent but then beat Menomonee Falls (decision) and Germantown (pin) opponents for his second place spot.
The top two wrestlers in each weight class from the sectional advance to state.
Homestead girls basketball
The Highlanders found their way back to the win column with a pair of hard-earned victories last week.
"It was a very nice week," Highlanders coach Matt Heuser said, "especially considering that they were two fourth quarter comebacks."
The 38-28 win over Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday was sparked by a 19-6 fourth quarter effort as Taylor McIlwraith had a career night with 25 points and Marciarae Harmon scored six.
Before that on Feb. 5, Homestead beat Greenfield in a nonconference game, 42-39, overcoming a one-point third quarter that helped put them down three heading into the fourth period. McIlwraith had 11, while Harmon contributed 10 and Taira Cottingham had nine.
The two victories improved Homestead to 4-8 in the North Shore and 7-12 overall. They are at Whitefish Bay on Friday. Going into this week, the Highlanders have won three of their last five games.
"This is an extremely resilient group of kids," Heuser said. "Every week, they're battling back."
He said the return of senior guard Jourdnae Moore to the lineup from injury has really made a big difference.
The Highlanders were short-handed due to three athletes taking ACT tests on Saturday, but they still turned in a sound second-place finish in the nine-school large division of the Whitefish Bay Invitational on Saturday.
"We didn't do badly," coach Mike Giles said. "The only bad thing about it was that had we been at full strength we could have won it."
The Highlanders instead will aim at the North Shore/Greater Metro Conference meet that they host at 11 a.m. Saturday. Giles insists that the team can score more than 140 points if it puts everything together. That would give them a good chance at unseating defending champion Whitefish Bay.
"We've got good competition in the gym," Giles said. "I hope that carries over into Saturday."
In the Bay meet, Homestead scored 137.475 points for its spot as Grafton/Cedarburg, which will also be in the conference mix, won with 139.05.
Brittany Emond tied for first on balance beam with a 9.3 score and also took second in the all-around (36.425), and on the uneven bars (9.125). She was also fifth in floor exercise (9.125). Teammate Tori Puhl tied for third on vault (9.225).
Whitefish Bay gymnastics
Freshman Mary Claire Potter was third on the uneven bars (9.1), and fifth in the all-around (35.05) to lead the Blue Dukes to a fourth-place showing in the large school competition of their own invitational on Saturday.
"They're where I want them to be for now," coach Mary Liniewski said. "I don't want them worrying about this mistake or that mistake, I want them to hit their stride at conference (on Saturday)."
The Blue Dukes will try to defend their league championship from challenges from the likes of Homestead and Grafton/Cedarburg.
Bay scored 136.55 points at the invite, as Potter also got help from junior Lucy Anzia, who was fourth on balance beam (9.2) and sixth in the all-around (35.0). Liniewski also praised the effort of Sarah Kenlay who is coming back strong from an ankle injury.
Nicolet girls gymnastics
The Knights prepared for Saturday's North Shore/Greater Metro Conference championships at Homestead with a 128.5-113.575 victory over Brookfield last week.
Rachel Rabenn won the vault (8.725) and the all-around 33.9 while Allie Marcus took the uneven bars (8.025) and Hayley Raj claimed the balance beam (8.725). Ali Zimmerman also contributed to the victory.
Whitefish Bay boys basketball
The Blue Dukes helped themselves a great deal last week with two wins.
They used a 20-9 fourth quarter to overpower Grafton, 55-45, in a North Shore Conference tilt. Before that, on Feb. 5, they blasted Milwaukee Messmer, 73-51, in a nonconference game.
With the two victories, the Blue Dukes improved to 9-4 in the North Shore and 15-6 overall. They are tied for third in the North Shore with Nicolet, but can move into a tie for second when they visit Homestead in the regular season closer on Thursday.
The Blue Dukes earned the third seed in their half of the WIAA West Allis Central Division 2 bracket. They host the winner of Wauwatosa West and Milwaukee Samuel Morse on Feb. 22 in a regional semifinal. If they advance, they will likely travel to second-seeded Milwaukee Washington for a regional final on Feb. 23.
Wisconsin Lutheran is the top seed
In the win over Grafton, Kelin Johnson scored 18 points while Joe Sherburne had 12 and Miles Sigh 11 for the Blue Dukes who were 17 of 22 from the foul line.
Against Messmer, they were up 43-21 at the half as Johnson had 21, Sherburne 13, Christian Lane 11 and Sigh eight.
Homestead boys basketball
The Highlanders maintained a firm grip on second place in the North Shore as they ran their winning streak to five games with an 80-57 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.
With the win, the Highlanders improve to 10-3 in the North Shore and 14-7 overall. They try to cement second place when they host Whitefish Bay on Thursday.
The Highlanders earned the fourth seed in the half-bracket of their own WIAA Division 1 bracket. They host fifth seeded Waukesha West in a regional semifinal on Feb. 22. If they advance, they head to a regional final at top-seeded and top-ranked in the state Germantown on Feb. 23.
The Highlanders have dropped two decisions to the Warhawks already this season.
Against Lutheran, the Highlanders overcame a 12-9 early deficit and used a 29-14 third quarter to pull away. Luke Worthington had 19 points to lead the way, while Jack Popp had 15, Jake Laihinen 13, Jaylen Key 10 and Jarrod Walton nine.
Nicolet boys basketball
The Knights remained tied for third in the North Shore at 9-4 with a 57-39 victory over Cedarburg on Friday.
Nicolet, 13-7 overall, will entertain 21-0 North Shore champion Germantown on Thursday in the regular season closer. The Knights only lost by seven to the Warhawks in their first meeting.
The Knights earned the three seed in the bottom half of the WIAA Fond du Lac Division 2 sectional and host NSC rival Grafton in a regional semifinal on Feb. 22. If they win, they will likely advance to a regional final at second-seeded Waupun on Feb. 23.
In the win over Cedarburg, the Knights took a 16-7 first quarter lead and never looked back as TrelandJenkins had 15 points, Eugene Bonner 14, Tyler Miller 11 and Greg Pigg nine.
Brown Deer boys basketball
The Woodland Conference East Division champions prepped for the upcoming WIAA Division 3 tournament with an 86-60 hammering of Greenfield on Friday.
The Falcons, 15-1 in league play and 17-3 overall, earned the second seed in the bottom half of the WIAA D3 Arrowhead sectional. They host the winner of Milwaukee King and Milwaukee School of Languages in a regional semifinal on Feb. 22 and then if advancing, will likely host state power Racine St. Catherine's in a regional final on Feb. 23.
Brown Deer fell behind 20-12 at the quarter against Greenfield, but by the end of the third quarter were up by 16. Trayvon Palmer had a huge game with 29 points as Devante Jackson had 18, and D'Sean Groce 15.
Brown Deer welcomed the return of defensive stopper Donte Harmon back to the lineup Harmon had been out several weeks with an ankle injury.
The Falcons also beat St. Francis, 73-68, on Feb. 5 behind 30 points from Groce and 25 from Palmer
Brown Deer girls basketball
The Falcons had a split last week, falling to Greenfield, 28-22, on Friday after beating St. Francis, 51-42, on Feb. 5.
In the win over St. Francis, the Falcons outscored the Mariners 16-0 in the first quarter and then never looked back as Valerie Whiyee had 16 points and Jasalyn Lee 15.
The Falcons, now 4-11 in league play and 7-12 overall, visit Shorewood on Friday.
WNS co-op and Homestead hockey
The North Shore champion WNS co-op host Janesville in a WIAA regional final at the Kern at 8:15 p. m. on Thursday. If they advance, they will likely visit top sectional seed Kettle Moraine in a sectional semifinal on Feb. 19.
Homestead, meanwhile, had a regional semifinal at home against Waupun on Tuesday. If they advanced, they would visit second-seeded University School at the Uihlein Ice center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a regional final.
- Steven L. Tietz
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