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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 17:47

Trio of third-year wrestlers lead Port by going undefeated at season-opening tournament in Luxemburg-Casco

Middle weights were the strength of the Port Washington High School wrestling team last year, and the Pirates have been true to form so far this season.

Coach Angelo LaRosa’s team had three undefeated wrestlers in the heart of its lineup at the annual Spartans Duals in Luxemburg-Casco on Saturday.

Posting 5-0 records in the six-team, round-robin format were three juniors — Justin Meins at 130 pounds and Jake Maechtle and Alex Dieringer, who split time at 140 and 145 pounds.

“It was a long day, but a real good day for us,” said LaRosa, whose squad posted a 3-2 meet record.

“It’s a good test in our first tournament of the season because there are some strong wrestlers there.”

Dieringer had the Pirates’ most impressive showing. He won four matches by pin and received one win by forfeit.

Maechtle had two pins and three wins by decision.

Meins won twice on technical falls, once by injury default and another time by forfeit.

“All three of them wrestled well,” LaRosa said.

“In every dual, we put Alex against the other team’s best guy, and he took care of business.”

Several other Pirates had winning records in the tournament. Ryan Wischer (160 pounds) went 4-1, and Adam Dreikosen (125), Bret Winker (171) and Nate Hilton (215) each finished 3-2.

In team competition, Port defeated Sheboygan Falls (44-30), Mosinee (57-24) and Bay Port (37-33) and lost to Luxemburg-Casco (54-20) and Kewaskum (41-27).

Luxemburg-Casco dominated the tournament on its way to a 5-0 record.

Port Washington 54, Germantown 24

The Pirates turned what was expected to be a close North Shore Conference meet into an easy season-opening win on the road Dec. 3.

Five Port wrestlers won by pin — Trevor Schumacher (160), Hilton (215), Tyler Madden (119), Dieringer (145) and Josh Meins (152).

Germantown nearly equaled that by scoring four pins, but the Pirates won all five other matches. Those victories included decisions by Jermaine Will (103), Justin Meins (135), Maechtle (140), Wischer (171) and a forfeit to Dreikosen (125).

Port has won eight straight conference team titles and is favored to successfully defend its crown, with Germantown pegged as a strong contender. But with last week’s impressive win, the Pirates served notice that they are still the team to beat.

“We just wanted to let everyone in the conference know that things haven’t changed,” LaRosa said.

The Pirates continued NSC competition Tuesday with a dual meet against Nicolet. Their next meet will be their home opener at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 against Whitefish Bay.

 
Racehorse basketball suits Port boys just fine in win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 17:46
Members of the Port Washington boys’ basketball team didn’t go into their game in last weekend’s Terry Porter Classic at Milwaukee South High School looking for a track meet.

But when Lake Geneva Badger decided to go up-tempo, the Pirates were more than happy to oblige.

“We’re not use to that type of basketball, but we adjusted pretty well,” Port coach John Bunyan said of his team’s 83-68 nonconference win Friday.

“Badger ran a dribble-drive offense and pushed the ball up court as fast as they could. They put up a lot of shots in a hurry, but they weren’t very good defensively.”

The Pirates, who had battled Waukesha North in a low-scoring win the previous weekend, wasted no time cashing in on Badger’s defensive breakdowns. They raced to a 25-14 lead in the first quarter, when guard Josh Gasser scored 17 of his game-high 30 points.

Port’s advantage grew to 47-35 at halftime, by which time every Pirate had gotten in the game.

The only thing keeping Badger within striking distance was long-range shooting. Guard Preston Dailey hit all of his six three-point baskets in the first half on the way to a game-high 34 points.

“It was frustrating. We had people on him with a hand in his face, but he couldn’t miss,” Bunyan said.

Badger rode Dailey’s flurry into the third quarter when it managed to pull within 64-56. However, Port sealed the outcome with a 19-12 run in the final period.

Joining Gasser in the scoring column were seven other Pirates, including Shane Kennedy with 13 points and Zach Schultz with 12.

Sawyer Moseley and Luke Schueller each added eight points.

Port did a solid job at the free-throw line as well, making 21 of 26 attempts.

“It wasn’t our kind of game,” said Bunyan, who noted that his team prefers to play a more deliberate style that emphasizes defensive pressure and a disciplined, flex-style offense.

“But we played pretty well. We’ve had two games with very different styles so far, and it’s good to have both.”

Port will open its North Shore Conference schedule with a pair of 7:30 p.m. home games — this Friday against Germantown and Dec. 15 against Nicolet.

With both opponents picked to be among the league’s top teams this season, Bunyan and his team know the importance of each contest.

“It’s a chance for us to make an early statement,” he said.
 
Port boys survive rough road opener PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:29

Pirates’ balanced scoring offsets Waukesha North’s stop-Gasser approach in defensive tussle to start season

It was a tough way to start the season, but members of the Port Washington boys’ basketball team aren’t complaining.

Withstanding a shaky third quarter, the Pirates emerged with a 45-34 victory over Waukesha North in a nonconference game last Saturday at Carroll College.

“It was a good win, with a lot of guys contributing,” said Port coach John Bunyan, whose team jumped to a 9-4 lead in the first quarter and never trailed despite a determined rally by the Northstars.

“Waukesha North tried to slow the game down, which kept the score low, but we still pushed the ball pretty well.”

Port stretched its advantage to 20-8 by halftime before the Northstars used a 16-10 scoring run in the third period to pull within 30-24.

North’s rally was aided by a pair of technical fouls called on Port — one for a player hanging on the rim and another for a substitution violation — that gave it four free throws.

Senior guard Josh Gasser, the Pirates’ top player, struggled on an off night and finished with just four points. The Northstars double-teamed him throughout the game and forced other Port players to pick up the scoring slack, Bunyan said.

Gasser came through in other ways, however, contributing team highs with 12 rebounds and eight assists.

“It was Josh’s first full game in six months since his ankle injury, so his shot was off,” Bunyan said. “He was a little frustrated, but it was more important that other people stepped up for us.”

Bunyan said Gasser was called for one of his team’s technical fouls when he grabbed the rim to avoid falling during a collision as he attempted a shot.

Forwards Cory Steinmetz and Shane Kennedy led the Pirates with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Bunyan also singled out the play of Luke Schueller (six points) and Zach Schultz (five).

The Northstars made the most of their free-throw opportunities, hitting 17 of 18 attempts. However, they struggled mightily from the field, shooting only 21%, including a 1-for-20 effort on three-point tries.

Port made just one of five three-point attempts but was 46% overall from the field (17 of 37). Most of the Pirates’ field goals came on layups or short-range shots.

“We played pretty well for our first game of the season,” Bunyan said. “It was a tough, physical game, and we came away with a win, which was the most important thing.”

The Pirates will tackle another nonconference challenge Friday, Dec. 4, when they travel to Milwaukee South High School to play Lake Geneva Badger in the annual Terry Porter Classic. Tipoff is 4:45 p.m.


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