Whitefish Bay wrestling
The glass was both half-full and half-empty for the Blue Dukes as individual titles from Joey Davey at 126 pounds, Rashadeem Gray at 160 and Kelly Jackson at 195 led the short-handed squad to a fourth place finish in the North Shore Conference championships Saturday.
"It is half-and-half," coach Dale Loebel said, "but fourth place as a team is clearly not what we expected. Not great, just strange."
The Blue Dukes will hope to have a full line-up, including injured 113-pounder and 2012 state qualifier Max Carlin, who has been out some weeks with a shoulder problem, when it takes part in WIAA regional action at Nicolet on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the sectional tournament at Oconomowoc on Feb. 16.
Loebel was down Carlin and two others in the conference tournament as the Blue Dukes scored 145 points for their spot in the NSC meet. Injury-riddled Port Washington won with 201.5 points.
All three individual champions earned first-round byes and then beat two other opponents for their titles.
Meanwhile, Cooper Fergus took second at 106 as did Ben Lehrmann at 152, while Miguel Gomez was third at 132 and Jack Plale at 138 and Will Shanley at 220 both took fourth.
Nicolet girls basketball
The Knights are in position to make a run for at least a share of a fifth straight North Shore Conference title when they visit league-leading Cedarburg on Friday.
Nicolet helped itself with wins over Grafton (47-45) Friday and Port Washington on Jan. 29 (46-31) last week. The Knights are tied with Bay (8-3) for second as Cedarburg is 9-2.
"We were at three losses some weeks ago," Knight coach Rick Dekeyser said, "and I told the kids that three losses could still do it. And guess what? We're still right there."
The Knights went up 29-14 over Grafton at the half courtesy of a powerful music video of inspirational speeches from sports movies put together by former Nicolet star Lindsay Bronson.
It was enough for the first half, but behind Amanda Hunt's 16 points in the third quarter, Grafton came roaring back. Nicolet never lost the lead but it did get down to one. The Knights missed four front ends of the bonus in the fourth quarter.
Sara Travia and Briana Gray had 14 points apiece for the Knights.
The Knights outscored Port in every quarter en route to their other less dramatic win. Gray had 24 points, including six free throws and two three-pointers, while Katherine Richter had six.
Nicolet boys basketball
The Knights have stopped Whitefish Bay in its tracks, caught the attention of defending state D1 champ Germantown and are now seen as a legitimate threat in WIAA Division 2 tourney play.
Nicolet has now won 12 of its last 15, including all three games in an exhausting last week, as they beat Racine Park, 59-47, Saturday after beating North Shore foes Grafton 66-48, Friday and Port Washington, 62-56, Jan. 29 in overtime.
"We are just making plays when we need them," Knight coach Paul Hepp said. "In sports, as we know, momentum is everything. We get a few more good wins and we can put ourselves in good position."
WIAA seeding meetings are this weekend for the Knights, who are 8-4 in North Shore play and 12-7 overall.
In all instances last week, the Knights picked up the defensive pressure in the second half to pull away.
Against Park Saturday, they were down 28-24 at the half but then went on a 23-9 run in the third quarter. Eugene Bonner had 19 points while Greg Pigg (17), Tyler Miller (11) and Treland Jenkins (10) also were in double figures.
Versus Grafton, Nicolet was still down in the third quarter and then went on a 32-10 run, including an 18-4 fourth quarter to pull away.
Bonner could not be stopped this night with 29 points, while Miller had 11 and Pigg eight.
Against Port, the Knights went down seven, but tied it up with about 1:28 to go. In overtime, Nicolet outscored the Pirates 14-8 in the extra session.
Miller had 22, Pigg 19, Nolan Wagner nine and Bonner eight.
Shorewood boys basketball
In a hectic week, the Greyhounds won two out of three games.
They nursed a one-point lead into the fourth quarter against Woodland foe St. Francis on Friday and pulled away for a 70-60 win as Carmen Purvis had 19 points, Donovan Freeman 18, Bobby Kohl 11 and Tejon Lucas eight.
On Jan. 30, the team dropped a tough 60-44 decision to league opponent Pewaukee as they fell behind 51-30 after three quarters. Kejuan Glosson had 13 points while Freeman contributed 11 and Kohl eight.
Then Jan. 29 they used a 23-7 third quarter to pull away from Milwaukee School of Languages, 71-52, in a nonconference game. Glosson led the way with 20 points as Lucas had 15, Kohl 11 and Alec Grimmer nine.
The Greyhounds ended the week tied for second in the Woodland East at 9-6 and are 12-7 overall. They will be at Whitnall on Friday.
Whitefish Bay girls basketball
Thanks to a little help from Germantown beating Cedarburg and their own offensive resurgence, the Blue Dukes are still in the hunt for a second straight North Shore Conference title.
They downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 57-38, Jan. 29 and hammered Port Washington, 65-22, Friday. With the two victories, Bay is tied with Nicolet at 8-3 in second place in NSC play, one game behind Cedarburg (9-2).
Nicolet will visit Cedarburg on Friday.
"The beauty of our conference is that our coaches do talk back and forth. We're not mutual enemies," Blue Duke coach Greg Capper said. "I can freely say, I think (coach) Rick Dekeyser and Nicolet are fully capable of handling Cedarburg so come on, Nicolet!"
In the win over Port Washington, the Blue Dukes outscored the Pirates every quarter in rolling out to a 36-15 halftime lead. Center Maya Jonas had her best game since coming back from her knee injury with 16 points, while Ashley Reed had 14, Abi Harper 10 and Katie Pavlic eight.
Bay hit eight 3-pointers in the game, including three by Jonas.
The Blue Dukes took the lead against Lutheran for good with an 18-5 second quarter effort. Jonas had 14 points, Harper 10 and Ava Stock eight.
Homestead boys basketball
The Highlanders solidified their hold on second place in the North Shore with a pair of victories last week.
They downed Grafton, 68-55, Jan. 29, and then buried Cedarburg, 64-36, Friday.
With the two victories, the Highlanders improved to 9-3 in league play and 13-7 overall. They will entertain Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday and then WIAA sectional seeding meetings will be this weekend.
In the rout of Cedarburg, Homestead outscored the Bulldogs, 29-8, in the middle two quarters to break open a close game as Jarrod Walton and Luke Worthington had 15 points apiece, Jake Laihinen nine and Seth Cooley eight.
Against Grafton, the Highlanders had a 32-26 halftime lead and then gradually pulled away. Homestead hit eight three-pointers in the game as Walton had four of them en route to 22 points while Worthington had 16 and Laihinen 12.
Whitefish Bay boys basketball
After a rocky stretch, the Blue Dukes found their way back with two wins last week.
They overwhelmed Port Washington, 64-39, Friday after downing Milwaukee Lutheran, 63-51, Jan. 29.
With the victories, they are now 8-4 in North Shore play, good for a tie for third, and are 13-6 overall. They will host Grafton on Friday and WIAA sectional seeding meetings are this weekend.
"I think we had a couple of bumps in the road (two losses in a row), and then it was time to get back to playing a little better, working a little harder," coach Kevin Lazovik said.
Against Port on Friday, Bay had a bit of a sluggish start, falling behind 12-11, but then an 18-8 effort in the second quarter allowed them to take control for good.
Joe Sherburne had 20 points for the Blue Dukes while Christian Lane had 10.
Versus Lutheran, it was a tie score at 28-all at the half before Bay gradually pulled away in the second half. The Blue Dukes had nine players score and hit an impressive 18 of 21 free throws. Sherburne again led the way with 23, while Kelin Johnson had 16.
Shorewood girls basketball
The Greyhounds broke a five-game losing streak with a 60-35 victory over St. Francis on Friday.
"We had just hit a pretty rough patch in our schedule," coach Jeff Eimers said. "The thing was, was that we were still playing good ball during that time. We just had some really disappointing losses."
Shorewood will host Whitnall on Friday. The Greyhounds started the week at 6-8 in Woodland play and 10-8 overall. The best win total in the new century for Shorewood is 12 and Eimers thinks they can get to that total in the final four games.
"I told the kids, we're not giving up," Eimers said.
Eimers did not think much of the St. Francis game but was happy to get the win. A 23-8 third quarter broke open the game as Robbie Holland had 15 points, Grace Hayes 14 and Jada Stackhouse 13. Eimers said the team missed too many lay-ups.
Brown Deer/University School boys swim
The Falcons took a credible seventh in the Woodland Conference meet Saturday.
They will now turn their attention to the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet at Plymouth this Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 12 best of all sectionals statewide will advance to the state D2 meet in Madison on Feb. 15.
The Falcons scored 154 points at conference as Shorewood won with 440.
Bill Wong was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.45) and was also fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.47). He also helped the 200 medley relay team that included Josh Thompson, Zack Farrel and Jacob Wine, to an eighth place showing of 1:52.68.
Thompson was sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:15.57) as Farrel took 10th (2:26.31). Thompson was also eighth in the 100 butterfly (59.13). Horst Burmeister was 10th (5:51.03) and Wine 11th (5:59.14) in the 500 free as the 200 free relay team of Burmeiser, Erik Hubbel, Ben Zaydaman and Wine was eighth (1:44.65) and the 400 free team of Thompson, Burmeister, Farrel and Wong was fifth (3:40.11).
Homestead girls gymnastics
The Highlanders turned in a 139.15-point effort in beating Cedarburg/Grafton on Jan. 30 in a North Shore/Greater Metro dual meet.
Brittany Emond had a season best of 36.75 in winning the all-around as she also claimed the floor exercise (9.25), the balance beam (9.15), and the uneven bars (9.425). Leigh Berman took the vault with an 8.95 with Emond taking second (8.925).
Other good efforts were turned in by Amanda Hopkins (8.85 on vault and 8.95 on floor exercise), Tori Puhl on floor (8.95), Ellie Trau on bars (8.475) and Elyssa Tracy on bars (8.65).
The team is at the Whitefish Bay Invite on Saturday.
Whitefish Bay girls gymnastics
The Blue Dukes turned in a season high in beating area rival Shorewood, 137.5-102.5, Thursday.
Mary Claire Potter won the all around with a 36.375 score while also claiming uneven bars (9.075), beam (9.35) and floor exercise (9.2). Teammate Eileen Demet won the vault with an 8.8.
Bay will host its own 17-team invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Highlanders were down some of their very best people and so struggled to a seventh-place showing in the North Shore Conference meet Saturday.
Homestead scored 89 points for its spot, as Port Washington defended its crown with 201.5.
The Highlanders got seconds from Drew Waller at 132 pounds, Jake Mueller at 145, and Gage Zupke at 182, while John Hokeness took third at 120. 2012 state qualifier Nick Pierret missed the meet as Homestead had just eight entries out of a possible 14.
Homestead will be at the WIAA regional meet at Sussex Hamilton on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the sectional meet at Oconomowoc on Feb. 16.
The Knights got a third out Gavin Voit at 106 pounds to lead their efforts as they took eighth in the North Shore Conference meet Saturday.
Nicolet, which will host their own WIAA regional meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, scored 88 points for its spot in the NSC meet.
Taking fourths for the Knights were Alex Ellison at 120, Jordan Fischer at 170 and Mohamed Dawod at 195.
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