North Shore hockey tournament
Homestead High School is hosting the annual North Shore Hockey Tournament, Jan. 28 through Feb. 2, at the Ozaukee Ice Center, featuring high school hockey teams from Cedarburg, Grafton/Port Washington/Ozaukee/Milwaukee Lutheran co-op, Germantown, Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood co-op and Homestead.
In addition to great hockey, this year's tournament will also help a great cause.
In honor of Homestead's coach Tony Navarre, a leukemia survivor whose life was saved with a bone-marrow transplant in 2011, a portion of this year's tournament proceeds benefits the National Marrow Donor Program "Be the Match" registry. In addition, a bone marrow drive will take place the last day of the tournament from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
All people ages 18-44 are encouraged to register with a simple cheek swab. The more people who are on the registry, the better the odds are that a person whose life depends on it will receive their lifesaving transplant.
On March 16, 2011, Homestead High School teacher and hockey coach Tony Navarre was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. His only chance of survival was a bone-marrow transplant. He received his lifesaving transplant on Dec. 3, 2011, thanks to the one person who matched him on the registry, and that individual was from another country.
The Ozaukee Ice Center is located at 5505 Pioneer Road in Mequon.
Brown Deer boys basketball
After a discouraging and injury-riddled effort in the John Chekouras Classic at Homestead over the holidays, the Falcons wanted to make amends in a hurry and they did, turning in a fine effort in downing nonconference opponent Milwaukee Washington, 84-75, on Jan. 2.
The Falcons, now 10-3 overall (8-1 in Woodland East play), took on conference foe South Milwaukee on Tuesday and then get back to league action Friday night at Greenfield. They have a one-game divisional lead over Whitnall.
With center Devante Jackson back from a family trip, Brown Deer played a solid game against Washington. It was tied at 36 at the half, but then the Falcons took a 62-56 lead going into the fourth quarter and then held on for the win.
D'Sean Groce had three, 3-pointers and 24 points to lead the Falcons, while Desmond Jackson had 10, Trayvon Palmer 16 and Marcus Bond (three, 3-pointers) 12.
Brown Deer was also an impressive 23 of 25 from the foul line for the night.
Nicolet boys swim
The boys varsity swim team lost their first dual meet of the year to Grafton, 98-82, on Jan. 3. Winning varsity events for the Knights were Michael Mills (500 free, 5:01.68 and 200 free, 1:53.41); Jamie DeGraff (50 free 23.36 and 100 free 51.62); and the 200 free relay team of DeGraff, Mills, Zach Pagel and Greg Hortsmeier (1:38.19).
The junior varsity won 98 to 35. This week, the Knights travel to Cedarburg for a conference dual meet Thursday before swimming in the Shorewood Invitational on Saturday.
Nicolet boys basketball
The Knights turned in a thrilling second-half effort against unbeaten defending state champion Germantown on Friday, closing a 20-point deficit to four late in the fourth quarter before falling, 76-69.
"I thought our overall heart and desire was special," coach Paul Hepp said. "We played good defense, got some critical deflections and were able to put a little pressure on them.
"Still, we're getting to the point where we don't want moral victories. When we look at the big picture we want to be the best we can be night in and night out and if we can compete with Germantown, we can compete with anyone."
The Knights fell to 6-6 overall with the loss while Germantown, which won its 40th game in a row, improved to 12-0. The Warhawks are top-ranked in state polls.
Nicolet was down 45-30 at the half against Germantown and it was 60-40 late in the third quarter before the Knights started their rally. Tyler Miller (25 points) and Eugene Bonner (20) kick-started the rally with Greg Pigg adding nine.
The Knights hit nine 3-pointers in the game with Miller hitting four of them and Bonner two. Nicolet had a hard time containing the Warhawks 7-0 all-state center Luke Fischer, who had 28 points to lead all scorers.
The Highlanders boys improved to 4-8 on the season with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over Oregon on Saturday.
Homestead had a 2-1 lead after two periods but the Panthers rallied to tie the score at 3-3 going into the final session before the Highlanders won in extra time.
The Highlanders got two goals from Thomas Fazio, a goal and an assist from Adam Connolly, a goal from Jake Hansen and assists from Jon Weyker and Joey Hobbs.
Killian Martin had 24 saves in goal for Homestead. Homestead hosts Green Bay Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
Shorewood boys basketball
The not-very-sharp and short-handed Greyhounds got back on the winning track by outlasting St. Francis, 51-48, on Friday. It was their first game since before the holiday break.
"We didn't practice much over the break and our shooting was atrocious," Greyhounds coach Phil Jones said. "… We were also without Donovan Freeman (who is still battling an elbow problem). So without him, we weren't very deep. We wound up playing a lot of zone which worked out pretty well on their top scorers (Keenan Bell), who came into the game averaging 22 points a game."
The Greyhounds held Bell to just seven.
With the win, Shorewood improved to 5-4 in Woodland East play and 6-5 overall. They took on Cudahy in a league game Tuesday and then visit conference foe South Milwaukee on Friday.
In an up-and-down game against St. Francis, the score was tied at 32 at the half, before the Mariners took a 42-40 lead going into the fourth stanza. The Greyhounds held St. Francis to just six points in the fourth in earning the win.
Guard Carmen Purvis, who led all scorers with 16 points, got to the foul line 11 times, knocking down eight chances, including some critical ones down the stretch. Jones said Purvis doesn't get to the line very often, so it was good to see him get there and convert.
Kejuan Glosson and Bobby Kohl had 11 points apiece while Charles Organ had eight.
Whitefish Bay wrestling
The Blue Dukes got seconds from Max Carlin at 120 pounds and Rashadeem Gray at 160 in earning third in the Bauer Brawl at West Allis Hale on Saturday.
Gray (18-4) had to default his finals' match due to a hip injury. Coach Dale Loebel said the injury occurred early in the tournament and its severity is being determined.
Carlin (16-6) lost a tough 6-4 decision to a Racine Horlick opponent in his final.
Earning thirds were Cooper Fergus at 106 (13-5), Jack Ludke at 126 (16-12), Joey Davey at 132 (20-8), Ben Lehrmann at 152 (19-7), George Dixon at 170 (6-6) and Kelly Jackson at 195 (7-5). Loebel said that Dixon's efforts were a nice surprise.
"I thought that we wrestled OK," Loebel said. "We didn't have anyone do really great, but we really didn't underperform either."
Loebel also liked the efforts of Fergus.
Bay is at Grafton for a North Shore dual Thursday and then is at the Craig Belcher Invite at Milwaukee Hamilton on Saturday.
Nick Pierret at 182 and 195 pounds, flashed some of his state-qualifying form of last season, by going 5-0, including three pins to lead the Highlanders to a fifth-place finish in the Verona Duals on Saturday.
The Highlanders, who took on North Shore rival Germantown in a league dual on Wednesday, went 3-2 at Verona. In pool action, they lost to Slinger (34-28) and Monroe (56-9) before beating Greendale (36-33). Then in the consolation round, they defeated Verona (40-32) and Portage (42-37).
Other good efforts for the Highlanders included Jacob Sanner at 113 and 120 (4-1) and Zach Lennon at 152 and 160 (4-1). Doug Lennon at 106 was 3-2.
The Knights dropped a 48-27 decision to North Shore rival Grafton on Jan. 3 despite getting pins from Alex Ellison, Mohamed Dawod and Nate Patton.
With some of their top wrestlers out for the day on Saturday, they took ninth in the Bauer Brawl at West Allis Hale.
Nicolet picked up fifths from Jack Kalloch at 113 pounds (12-8), Isaiah Agara at 220 (5-8) and Armani Johnson at 285 (3-1) while Ellison was sixth at 120 (4-5).
This week, the Knights visit Cedarburg on Thursday and then head to the Clintonville Invitational on Saturday.
Whitefish Bay gymnastics
The Blue Dukes came out of their holiday break to take third in the Mount Horeb Invitational on Saturday.
"The first half of the meet was fabulous," Blue Dukes coach Mary Liniewski said, "… but in the second half of the meet, we just stopped believing in ourselves. We fell apart on the bars and had six falls on beam. But the good thing was that the team came together and talked about how to deal with emotional issues. With three freshmen in the varsity lineup who we need to have buy-into the system, we need to be able to do that."
The Blue Dukes, who took on Nicolet in a North Shore/Greater Metro dual on Wednesday, scored 129.825 points for their spot in the seven-team Mount Horeb event as Mt. Horeb won with 136.2.
Top six finishes for the Blue Dukes included a fifth in the all-around from Mary Claire Potter (34.075). Potter was also second on vault (8.75), fifth on beam (8.875), and sixth on bars (7.75).
Lucy Anzia was also highlighted for her efforts on vault (8.375) as was McKenzie Peters for her "fabulous" showing in floor exercise.
Nicolet girls basketball
Coach Rick DeKeyser decided to take the high road and not comment on the officials after the Knights crushing 60-59 heartbreaker of a defeat against Germantown on Friday.
Germantown had led the game much of the way before Sara Travia hit three, 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help erase a six-point deficit. Nicolet was up 57-56 late before a Germantown 3-pointer made it 59-57 Warhawks.
After a long possession, the Knights' Lucy Ellison hit a baseline jumper to tie the score.
Then, with only seconds remaining, Germantown raced down the floor and missed a shot, Nicolet got the rebound and set to play for the last shot. There was some contact on an attempted give-and-go play and the ball came loose. A Germantown player recovered it and a Knights defender was called for pushing from behind with just 0.5 of a second remaining.
Fouls could have been called on all aspects of the play.
The Warhawks player hit the first of a one-and-one situation to pull out the win.
Briana Gray had 21 points for the Knights while Travia came up with 14 and Lanoira Duhart eight.
The Knights (6-7 overall and 3-3 in league play) bounced back with a 42-29 nonconference win over West Allis Hale on Monday as Gray had 16 and Travia eight.
The Knights play at Whitefish Bay at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
- Steven L. Tietz
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