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Port’s depth rules the pool vs. rival PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:26

Victories were sparse, but Pirates rack up vital points in lower places to beat Black Hawks

They only won five of 12 events, but picking up points in lower places was enough for the Port Washington swim and dive team to top Grafton last week.
The Pirates beat the Black Hawks, 100-86, at home on Jan. 11.
Senior Zach Miller won the 500-yard freestyle in a personal-best 5 minutes, 27.62 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:00.33.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Wyatt Roller, Joe Huebner, Peter Meier and Neil Turney won in 3:42.21.
Senior Graeme Biskobing won the 100 butterfly in 59.71.
Sophomore Cale Theis took home the diving victory with 201.6 points, just ahead of his teammate Roger Schmidt, who scored 200.25.
TOMMY HUEGERICH s2011018033 4C“It was a great meet to watch — lots of really great races and great times ... and even better because we were able to come away with our second win this week,” coach Melissa Hoogester said.
“It was really an awesome and competitive meet.”
Grafton coach Mark Minz concurred.
“There were some really good swims. We had over 20 season-best swims. Guys swimming in events they hadn’t before,” he said.
The Hawks spread their five individual victories over four different swimmers.
Gaven Depies won the 200 individual medley in 2:17.16 and the 100 breaststroke in 1;07.56.
Michael O’Connor won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.78.

Huge lead holds up for Port mat men PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:24

Bensen, Makoutz play key roles in Pirates topping WB East on senior, parents and Piranhas night

The final score was only a 10-point win for Port Washington’s wrestling team on Jan. 11, but the Pirates had the match against West Bend East mathematically wrapped up with a few matches left.
“We knew it was going to be tight. We started at 145 (pounds), which was good for us, because we got a very big lead,” coach Angelo LaRosa said.
Port built a 38-10 lead, which would have required the Suns to earn pins in each of the final five matches.
BLAKE PEIFFER s1011018191 4CTwo key performances came from Ray Bensen at 220 pounds and Nolan Makoutz at 285. Bensen pinned Evan Smith in 2 minutes, 39 seconds, and Makoutz pinned Jake LaVanway.
“Those two were huge. We knew when those guys both won by pin that we were going to win,” LaRosa said.
This is Bensen’s first year wrestling, and Makoutz is back on the mat again after a break.
“It was pretty awesome seeing what those guys did,” LaRosa said.
LaRosa said he was happy that senior Nathan Russell earned a pin on senior night, parents night and Port Piranhas night all wrapped up into one. Russell pinned Aden Orth in 1 minute, 32 seconds.
At 106 pounds, Port standout Blake Peiffer had Evan Smith pinned “about eight times,” according to LaRosa, before earning a 17-1 technical fall.
Lukas Burke at 182 pinned Caleb Knoll in 2:31, and Tristan Griswold at 195 pinned Nathan Brockman in 1:44.
Port next wrestles at the Highlander Invite at Homestead on Friday.
Grafton’s wrestling team lost at Slinger, 46-28, on Jan. 11.
The Black Hawks won six of the eight matches wrestled but lost six by forfeit that totaled 36 points.
At 160, Nick Rapp pinned Scott Hellesen in 20 seconds. Alec Davis at 195 pinned Caleb Kovacevich in 1:12.
Cody Case at 182 won a 13-4 major decision over Bodhi Albrent.
At 152, Jonathan Duran won a 13-7 decision over Jake Budnik, and at 132, Ellis Pfleger won a 7-5 decision over Cameron Tonsor-Heesen.
The Hawks wrestle at North Shore Conference foe Hartford on Thursday and at the Highlander Invite on Friday.

No suspense in this rematch PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:22

Fast start puts Grafton in control early on way to easy victory over archrival Port

Records are often meaningless when Port Washington faces off with archrival Grafton, but last Friday went about how the teams looked on paper in a girls’ basketball game.
The Black Hawks should have dominated and, to their credit, they did.
Grafton held visiting Port scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of the game in building a 9-0 lead and sailed to a 62-27 North Shore Conference victory.
“This is a really important game for us always because it’s just kind of a rivalry game, so we wanted to get out there and try and get transition buckets on them,” Grafton senior forward Sarah Schmitz said.
The Hawks improved to 8-2 in the NSC, right behind 9-1 Slinger, which lost its first league game on Friday to Homestead, 44-23. Homestead, Cedarburg and West Bend West are lurking at 7-3.
Port fell to 0-10 in the NSC.
Grafton built a 31-11 lead by halftime, and Port couldn’t mount a comeback.
 PEDERSEN KASSENS 6490 4CA balanced attack of penetration, jumpers and cuts inside with a few fireball pinpoint passes had Grafton clicking throughout the game.
Six Hawks each had at least seven points, led by Mya Masse’s 11. Schmitz and Lexi Hilgart each scored 10, and Morgan Ruona and Ava Pedersen added eight apiece.
Grafton’s Hannah Belanger, an all-conference guard who averages 19 points per game, only had seven and spent much of the second half on the bench icing a sore ankle.
Although his bench only requires four chairs for players, Hawks coach Mike Grzesiak was happy to get Pedersen and Faith Kettenhoven some minutes.
“They came out and executed and did the stuff that’s expected of them,” he said.
Grafton’s balanced scoring was sparked — as it has been all season — at the other end of the court.
“I think a lot of our success is predicated on defense, and we’re doing a great job there. We’ve just got to try to get better on offense every day,” Grzesiak said.
Grafton’s fast start was noted by both coaches.

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