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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:02

Grafton boys race to three wins in North Shore meet; young Port team trails pack

The Grafton boys’ swimming team didn’t have the depth to stay near the top of the standings at the North Shore Conference relays last Friday, but the Hawks still found a way to reach the victory stand.

Coach Mark Minz’s squad posted three first-place finishes in the annual meet, held this year at the Port Washington-Saukville Aquatic Center.


Grafton’s first victory came from the 400-yard medley team of Bailey Bodart, Jack Senczyszyn, Sean O’Connor and Adam Schacht, whose time of 3 minutes, 52.01 seconds edged runner-up Cedarburg.


The Hawks also got wins from the 300 butterfly team of Bodart, Michael Zager, Jake Herlache and O’Connor (2:48.7) and the 200 medley team of Bodart, Senczyszyn, O’Connor and Schacht (a pool-record 1:43.73)


“All in all, we did pretty well,” said Minz, whose team scored 50 points, good for fourth place among seven teams overall.


“We like to mix it up in this meet a little bit and give people some shots at different events.”


Cedarburg won the meet with 87 points, well ahead of runner-up Homestead’s 66. Nicolet was third with 65 points.


Whitefish Bay was fifth with 41 points, followed by Milwaukee Lutheran (27) and Port Washington (23).

 
Short-handed Pirates deal up a win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:01

Reserves make most of extended playing time as Port boys outlast Nicolet, end two-game losing streak

A short-handed lineup made things challenging but not insurmountable for the Port Washington boys’ basketball team last Friday.

Despite missing starting guard Matt Kirmse and playing one quarter without standout Tay Jackson, the Pirates scrapped their way to a 49-40 home win over Nicolet in a North Shore Conference game.


Jackson, a senior guard, sat out the first period but came out on fire after that. He scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter, as the Pirates stretched a 9-7 lead to 24-17 by halftime.


Port scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to build a 17-point advantage, and Nicolet never got any closer than seven points the rest of the way.


Kirmse remained sidelined with a hip injury, and Jackson was kept on the bench early by Port coach Brian Hebein, who called the move a “coach’s decision.”


“We didn’t have either of them, but our other kids stepped up,” Hebein said.


Senior guard Patrick McDonald assumed the early leadership role, scoring six points. Brad Burbach added a three-pointer that put the Pirates ahead for good with less than three minutes left in the first quarter.


Port, which evened its NSC record at 1-1, was favored against a young Nicolet team that fell to 0-2. However, at less than full strength, the Pirates faced a tougher-than-expected challenge.


“We have a senior-heavy roster, but we still lose focus at times,” Hebein said. “We have to improve on that.

 
Late rally not enough for determined Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:59

Fourth-quarter comeback falls short for Grafton boys in dogfight with Homestead

After starting out 4-0, the Grafton boys’ basketball team expected its toughest test of the young season when it traveled to Homestead High School for a North Shore Conference game last Friday.

There was no surprise for the Black Hawks, who battled a tall, talented foe before bowing, 53-48, in a contest filled with missed opportunities.

“It was one of those nights where we had our chances, but you miss a free throw here and fail to block out there, and that’s the ball game,” said Grafton coach Bob Maronde, whose squad played catch-up throughout the night.

The Hawks trailed, 9-6, after a defensive-minded first quarter and faced a 22-15 deficit at halftime. The margin grew to 38-27 entering the fourth quarter when Grafton mounted its most determined rally.

Outscoring Homestead, 21-15, during the final eight minutes, the Hawks pulled within three points down the stretch. However, missed Grafton free throws and the Highlanders’ rebound off one of their own foul shots kept them in front.

“We missed seven free throws, and five of them were the front end of bonus opportunities,” Maronde said.

Homestead used its strong front line, anchored by 6-foot-7 forward Jaylen Key, to hold the Hawks at bay. Key scored a game-high 13 points, and 6-5 Josh Mueller added seven.

 
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