Homestead boys swim
Junior Nick Petersen is picking up where he left off from his spectacular freshmen season.
Petersen, who did not compete in high school events last year to train for the Olympic Trails, won two events in record fashion at the Metro Swim Officials Invite held Dec. 27 in the Highlander pool.
In taking the 100-yard breaststroke, he carved an impressive 1.71 seconds off the old 10-year meet mark held by a Menomonee Falls swimmer with a clocking of 58.63. He had close to three seconds on the field with his time.
He then came back to shave 0.43 of a second off a year-old mark in the 100 backstroke with a clocking of 50.99. As a freshman, Petersen took fourth in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke in the WIAA state meet. He is already much faster in the backstroke than his state placewinning time of two years ago.
His efforts led the Highlanders to a 10th-place showing in the 16-school field with 121 points as Lake Forest (Ill.) won with 384.5.
Other efforts of note included the seventh place 200 medley relay team of Petersen, Andrew Deneen, Drew Miller and Sam Silver (1:47.02); a 14th from Kyle Slamann in the 200 backstroke (2:19.13), a 16th from Deneen in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.73) and a pair of finishes from Silver, including a 13th in the 50 free (24.82) and a 12th in the 100 free (55.01).
Sylvester Schulties was 12th in the 100 backstroke (1:02.64) while Slamann was 16th in the same race (1:04.87) and Joseph Puccinelli was 13th in the 100 butterfly (1:06.58). The 200 free relay team of Petersen, Silver, Miller and Deneen was seventh (1:35.37).
Shorewood boys swim
The Greyhounds used a balanced effort to take seventh of 16 in the Metro Swim Officials Invite.
Shorewood, which will be at the Cedarburg Invitational on Saturday, scored 153 points for its spot at the Metro meet with Lake Forest (Ill.) winning with 384.5 points and Muskego taking second (361).
The meet featured college-length (200-yard and up races). Top finishes for the Greyhounds included Kirill Korolev earning a third in the 1,000 freestyle (10:06.99), and Michael Perry taking a third in the 200 butterfly (2:04.63) and fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:04.06).
Other good efforts included the following: 400 individual medley-Joe Lock, sixth (5:02.67); 200 medley relay-Devon Brusnahan, Carlo DeSando, Perry, Korolev, 11th (1:49.67); 200 backstroke-Brusnahan, 11th (2:13.97), Henri Carignan, 12th (2:15.61); 50 freestyle-Suhith Bayana, 10th (24.48), Joe Stephenson, 14th (24.88); 100 free-Bayana, 13th (55.06); 200 breaststroke-Lock, 12th (2:35.23), Zach Hammond, 16th (2:41.49); 200 free relay-Bayana, Carignan, Perry and Korolev, ninth (1:36.31); 200 individual medley-Brusnahan, eighth (2:16.98).
"This was a good meet for the guys as it is a break from hard core winter break training," coach Rob McCabe said. "This meet also allows them to swim races not usually offered on the high school event program. We also competed against several large schools so the boys competed against some high level swimmers."
The Greyhounds will be at the Cedarburg Invite on Saturday.
Brown Deer girls basketball
The Falcons got back on the plus side of the ledger with an easy 65-7 win over Milwaukee Academy of Science on Dec. 28.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 4-7 overall. They will be at Wauwatosa East in a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and then will be at South Milwaukee Jan. 8 in a Woodland tilt.
In the victory over Science, the Falcons were up 23-0 at the quarter and 42-1 at the half. A total of 10 players scored including Jasalyn Lee with 11 points, Shayna Key with 10, Sabrina Wimmer with nine and Valerie Whiyee with seven.
Katie Montgomery and Cat Graf each had six points.
The Highlanders (2-9 overall) went a competitive 1-2 in the Admirals' Cup held last weekend largely at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
They lost a 6-5 overtime decision to Marquette in the consolation final after beating North Shore rival Germantown, 10-3, in the consolation semifinal. They opened the tourney with a 6-3 loss to league rival Cedarburg.
Against Marquette, Thomas Fazio had two goals and an assist as Ryan Mezera, Michael Schulz and Jake Levin also found the back of the net.
In the rout of Germantown, Fazio had a huge game with four goals and two assists, while Ryan Stendler had two goals and two assists, Adam Connolly two goals and an assist, Mezera one goal and an assist and Levin one goal.
Joey Hobbs was a major playmaker this night with five assists.
In the loss to Cedarburg, Levin had one goal and one assist as Fazio and Evan Heimerl also had goals.
Nicolet girls basketball
The Knights could not quite defend their title last weekend in the Rathke Invitational at Franklin, but the rebuilding squad was a competitive 1-2, claiming the seventh-place game with a 40-34 decision over Racine Case.
"We've been in almost every game," said Knights coach Rick DeKeyser. "We're actually about three possessions from being 5-0 in (North Shore Conference play). I love these girls. They just bust their butts and play with so much heart and energy."
The Knights, 5-6 overall, will host Germantown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In the win over Case, the Knights took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter and then held on for the win. Brianna Gray had a monster game with 29 points, including 13 of 15 free throws.
Nicolet lost the consolation semifinal to Oshkosh Lourdes, 46-34. They fell behind 28-16 at the half and could not recover. Gray had 20 points to lead the team.
The Knights put on an impressive rally in the 61-57 quarterfinal loss to Arrowhead. They were down 44-29 with 5:44 left, but closed to within 60-57 on an inbounds basket from Gray with nine seconds left. Arrowhead, however, was able to then get a critical free throw with seven seconds left to clinch the game.
Nicolet hit five three-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three from Gray and two from Sara Travia.
Gray had 23 points, while Travia had 11 and Katherine Richter eight.
Nicolet boys basketball
The Knights saw their six-game winning streak come to an end in a thrilling 88-77 double overtime non-conference loss to Pewaukee last Friday.
Nicolet, 6-5 overall, was up 43-40 at the half but trailed 59-56 going into the fourth quarter. It was 69-all heading into overtime.
Nicolet downed eight three-pointers in the contest, including three from Eugene Bonner (18 points). Tyler Miller added 17, Greg Pigg 12 and Treland Jenkins and Jerry Luckett tossed in nine apiece.
Jenkins also had two three-pointers.
Nicolet will now be at defending state champion Germantown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Brown Deer boys basketball
Down two key starters, the Falcons were no match for the fierce competition last weekend in the John Chekouras Classic at Homestead.
Brown Deer (9-3 overall) dropped the consolation game to Neenah last Friday, 72-41, as Trayvon Palmer had 15 points and D'Sean Groce 12.
The night before, they were overwhelmed by 11-0 and fifth-ranked in state Milwaukee Hamilton, 77-44, as Desmond Jackson had 21 and Palmer 11. Hamilton went on to beat the host Highlanders for the title.
The Falcons were down both defensive stopper Donte Harmon (injury) and center Devante Jackson (family visit) for the tournament.
"We just didn't have enough bodies to compete in this kind of tourney," coach Kelly Appleby said.
The Falcons host South Milwaukee Jan. 8 in a Woodland Conference game.
Jordan Fischer took seventh at 170 pounds to lead the way for the Knights last weekend at the high-powered Mid-States Invitational.
Fischer went 5-2 over the course of the two-day event, recording three straight pins over DeForest, Downer's Grove and New Trier opponents in the consolation bracket. He claimed his final place with a forfeit win over a Mukwonago foe.
He is 12-7 on the season. He was the only Nicolet wrestler out of 10 to win more than one match at the event.
Homestead girls basketball
The Highlanders were a bit overmatched last weekend at the Sheboygan South Redwing Tournament.
Homestead lost the semifinal, 57-27, to the host school Dec. 27 and then were overpowered 65-27 by Waukesha West in the consolation contest the following evening.
In the consolation game against West, Christal Hearn scored nine points and Taylor McIlwraith seven.
Homestead (4-5) hosts Whitefish Bay at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Whitefish Bay boys swim
The Blue Dukes took 12th of 16 teams in the Metro Swim Officials Invite Dec. 27.
Bay scored 66 points for its spot as Lake Forest (Ill.) won and Muskego was second.
Top finishes for the Blue Dukes included the following: 200 medley relay-Noah Oldson, Ethan Bott, Curt Walther and Nate Wurzer, 16th (1:51.52); 200 backstroke-Oldson, seventh (2:06.54), Bott, eighth (2:06.62); 100 free-Joey McMahon, 15th (55.26); 100 backstroke-Bott, sixth (57.51); 100 butterfly-Curt Walther, 10th (1:02.19); 200 individual medley-McMahon, 11th (2:20.13), Mike Fielder, 15th (2:41.69); 1,000 freestyle-Oldson, eighth (10:43.2).
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