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Sports Wrapups: Dec. 6

Dec. 4, 2012

Whitefish Bay Athletic Hall of Fame

The second annual class of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined on March 23, 2013.

The group includes legendary swim coach and official Morgan Byers who led the Blue Dukes to state titles in 1953, 1954 and 1957. He was also instrumental in helping design the current pool.

Joining him will be girls track coach/contributor Lois Wolf, who was a prime promoter of girls sports before the passage of Title IX in the early 1970s initiating "sports days" to provide girls with opportunities to compete against girls from other schools.

Another is coach Bob Albrightson, who spent 27 years at Bay, including 14 as the school's head football coach. He won a conference title in 1972. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006. He has taught coaching classes at Marquette University for more than 15 years.

Athletes include John Stone (class of 1959), who was a first-team all-state selection in basketball in 1959 after averaging an amazing 35.5 points per game as the Blue Dukes turned in a 23-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in the state. Stone was also the captain of the 1963 Marquette University basketball team, coached the Bay girls' hoops team for a time and was named an "all-world" slow-pitch softball player.

Another athlete is Glenn "Buzz" Wilson (class of 1950), who was a conference and state track champion in the high hurdles and high jump. He helped the track team to Class B state titles from 1948 through 1950. He played football at the University of Wisconsin, quarterbacked his Marine base team and signed a contract with, but never played for the Green Bay Packers.

Todd Weinke (class of 1983) is arguably the best distance runner in the storied track history of Bay.

He set school records in the indoor mile, the indoor two-mile, the outdoor mile and the outdoor two-mile, all of which still stand. He finished in third place in the state cross country meet in 1982 and was second in the mile and third in the two-mile in the state track meet in 1983. He was a six-time all-conference runner and also achieved All-American status at the University of Colorado.

Whitefish Bay football clarification

Alec Monaghan was also a senior on the 10-2 North Shore Conference champion Blue Duke football team this past fall. He was not mentioned in last week's Bay football wrap-up story.

Homestead girls gymnastics

With several key performers back from the team that took fourth in the WIAA state meet last March, the Highlanders got a jump on the competition by winning the five-team West Bend East Invitational on Saturday.

"It was an encouraging start," said second-year coach Mike Giles. "We've had a month of training and I'd like to have had a little more, but this is a first-year meet and the only time of the year that West Bend could get it in, so it was a good opportunity."

The Highlanders have 19 gymnasts on the team this winter and will be junior dominated. They will miss the services of graduated all-star Cori Sanduski, but the junior-dominated team is not without resources.

They include juniors Brittany Emond, Amanda Hopkins, Elyssa Tracy, Monica Caputa and Leigh Berman, all of whom saw action in last year's state meet.

Also expected to help are sophomore Tori Puhl and freshmen Ellie Trau and MacKenzie Goebel.

A question for Giles is that due to a variety of circumstances, including senior Amy Schiman not competing this year, the Highlanders are a little short of all-arounds and uneven bar workers at the moment.

"It is something we're working on," he said.

Three freshmen are working on the bars right now.

The Highlanders take on Menomonee Falls/Germantown in their North Shore/Greater Metro Conference opener on Wednesday and will be at the Waterford Invite on Saturday.

At West Bend East, Homestead scored 133.425 for its victory as Cedarburg/Grafton was second with 132.6.

Emond won the all-around with a 34.925 score while also taking the balance beam (9.075) and floor exercise (9.05) and finishing third on bars (8.3). Caputa and Hopkins tied for the top spot on vault at 8.9 while Puhl was third (8.8). Hopkins was second in floor exercise (8.725).

Homestead wrestling

The Highlanders got a second from Zach Lennon at 152 pounds as they took eighth in the Slinger Gunslinger Invitational last Saturday.

Homestead scored 87.75 points in the 11-team event as Burlington won with 289.5.

Lennon defeated Catholic Memorial, Cedarburg, Delavan-Darien and Menomonee Falls opponents before falling to a Burlington foe by a 7-3 decision.

Other good finishes included 2012 state meet qualifier Nick Pierret taking fourth at 182 (3-2) along with Jacob Sanner at 113 (2-3). Meanwhile, John Hokeness was sixth at 120 (2-3) as was Beau Holter at 160 (2-3).

The Highlanders open North Shore action with a dual against defending champion Port Washington on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and then will be at the New Berlin West Invitational on Friday (3:45 p.m.).

WNS boys hockey

The Storm boys hockey co-op have opened the season on a positive note, turning in a 3-1 mark including a 2-0 record in North Shore play.

The co-op, which includes athletes from Nicolet, Whitefish Bay and Shorewood, beat Cedarburg, 5-1, in a league game last Friday after losing a tough non-conference tilt to powerful Arrowhead, 5-4, on Nov. 29.

They had opened the season with an 11-1 rout of Grafton and a 3-2 non-conference win over Sun Prairie.

Leading scorers were senior forward and assistant captain Djordje Torbica of Shorewood (11 combined goals and assists), senior Shorewood forward Drew Kneisel (nine), senior Bay defender and captain Thomas Aiken (seven), senior Bay assistant captain and forward Andy Krugler (six), Bay senior defender Andy Keith (six) and sophomore Shorewood forward Oskar Bjornstad (six).

Nicolet sophomore Sean Leahy is handling most of the goaltending duties.

The Storm have a hectic schedule with three non-conference games this week. They visit Oregon on Tuesday, will be at Kenosha on Friday and at Brookfield on Saturday.

Kneisel had two goals and Leahy 25 saves in the win over Cedarburg.

Homestead hockey

The Tony Navarre coaching era has begun for the Highlanders with a 1-2 record as they recorded their first win of the season with a 6-1 non-conference triumph over Brookfield last Saturday.

The Highlanders, who will take on North Shore rival Cedarburg at the Ozaukee Ice Center at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, also dropped decisions to Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs, 4-3, and to Fond du Lac, 5-3.

Leading the way so far has been senior forward Tom Fazio with nine total points, while junior forward Ryan Mezera has seven. Senior forward Adam Connolly and sophomore defender Adam Hobbs have four apiece.

Junior Ethan Levy has been handling most of the goaltending duties.

Homestead boys basketball

After a long, hard week that saw them post a 1-2 record, the Highlanders have another tough three-game slate.

Homestead (1-1 in North Shore play and 3-2 overall), closed out the week with a 67-49 non-conference loss to powerful Milwaukee Vincent in the Terry Porter Classic on Saturday, a day after holding off pesky Nicolet, 65-54 in a North Shore tilt.

The week opened with a 78-62 loss to defending state champion Germantown on Nov. 27.

"It was a long week," said Highlanders coach Kevin McKenna, "and we're playing great competition, but we've been putting ourselves in tough situations. Hopefully, we'll recall the lessons we've learned there and use them later to our benefit."

The schedule shows no sign of let up this week. They take on Wisconsin Lutheran in another tough non-conference game on Tuesday, hosts Port Washington on Friday in a North Shore tilt and on Saturday is at Arrowhead in another non-conference game.

"Outside of the Vincent game, I think we've been competing pretty well," said McKenna. "But I'm of the thought that those Vincent and Germantown games should not have been as wide of margins as they were. They should have been much closer, but they didn't work out that way."

Against Vincent, the Highlanders were down 43-28 at the half and couldn't recover as Luke Worthington had 11 points and Jaylen Key 10.

A 21-6 second quarter and a 24 of 31 effort from the foul line helped the Highlanders pull away from Nicolet. The Knights closed the gap to seven at the end of the third quarter but Homestead held on as Jake Laihinen hit 11 of 13 free throws en route to 15 points while Worthington had 13, Key 12 and Jarrod Walton 10.

Against Germantown (3-0), the Highlanders had an 18-16 lead early in the second quarter only to have the Warhawks pull away with a 20-4 run. Homestead got it down to five early in the third quarter, but Germantown quickly built the lead back up to 11. It never fell below eight again.

Laihinen and Joseph Binyoti had 14 apiece for Homestead while Walton and Worthington each had nine.

Nicolet boys basketball

The Knights finally broke through on Monday night, as they outscored host West Bend West in every quarter in routing the Suns by a 68-40 count.

Nicolet, which had fallen to Homestead (65-54) and Whitefish Bay (66-51) in two closer-than-they-looked North Shore decisions last week, took a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. It was 31-19 at halftime.

Tyler Miller had a huge game with 22 points while Greg Pigg and Eugene Bonner came up with 15 apiece.

Nicolet hit eight 3-pointers in the game as Pigg had three of them and Miller two.

The Knights host Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday and will be at Port Washington Dec. 11.

Against Homestead last Friday, Nicolet cut a big halftime deficit down to seven by the end of the third quarter but couldn't quite push through as Bonner had 21, Pigg 15 and Treland Jenkins 14.

The loss to Bay on Nov. 27 was even more frustrating as the Knights were up 29-20 at the half and were still up 37-36 after three before the Blue Dukes went on a 30-14 run in the fourth quarter.

Miller had 17 points while Pigg had 14 and Jenkins eight.

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