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CG-Belgium girls bow, but boys grab two wins PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:50

A strong first half by the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls got spoiled by a stronger second half by Howards Grove last Friday.
The Rockets were only behind, 21-17, at the break at home, but lost, 53-42, to their Big East Conference opponent, snapping a two-game winning streak.
“We were winning a good portion of the first half.  We did a good job limiting their shots and getting rebounds. Second half we had a tough time scoring,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jason Jones said.
“Credit Howards’ defense for stepping up. Toward the end of the game we ended up finding ways to score, but it was too much to overcome.”
Ellie Felsinger led the Rockets with 19 points on 6-for-13 from the field. She made seven of 11 free throws.
Amanda Meerdink had eight points on 2-for-6 shooting. She made all four of her free throws.
Meerdink and Amy TenHaken tied for the team lead in rebounds with six each. Alex Mentink, Lauren Holzberger and Maycie Navis had four each. Navis dished out a team-high four assists.
“Ellie had a good game.  She did a really good job finding ways to get to the basket and finishing,” Jones said.

Team effort helps Rockets shine on home mat PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:49

Depth pays off as 13 wrestlers contribute points in CG-Belgium’s runner-up performance at Rocket Scramble

Filling most of the weights has led Cedar Grove-Belgium’s wrestling team to impressive finishes this season, and its own home tournament last Saturday was a prime example.
In getting points from 13 wrestlers, Cedar Grove-Belgium edged a few other teams to take second place with 608 points in the 18-team Rocket Scramble.
Brillion and Campbellsport tied for third place with 606 points each. Shiocton won with 635.
“Very good,” Rockets coach Trevor Peterson said of his team’s performance.
“That was a pretty tough tournament this year. It’s been quite a few years since we took a trophy out of our scramble.”
The Rockets hovered around the top teams all day, but never got into second until heavyweight Marcus Ramirez (11-9) secured fifth place with a pin over Calvin Bodinger (4-7) of Brillion in 31 seconds.
A total of 13 Rockets contributed points. Eight placed in the top five.
“I keep stressing to all the guys, we need every single one of them. Every single guy who scored a point was part of it,” Peterson said.
Senior Bryce Morgan (20-5) at 152 pounds won the Rockets’ only title, beating Zak Miller (9-7) of Mayville by a 12-2 major decision in the finals.
Morgan won a 9-0 major decision over Broedan Yech (9-10) of Dodgeland; pinned Brady Volkman (20-5) of Shiocton in 1:14; and won an 11-1 major decision DYLAN TEUNISSEN s2010618024 4Cover William Winkler (13-9) of Brillion.
Among Morgan’s losses this season are matches against a Division 1 scholarship recipient, a wrestler who could make the state final and someone from Illinois, Peterson said.
Senior Griffin Prinsen (20-9) took the Rockets’ only second place, winning a 10-3 decision over Carter Stebane (14-6) of Brillion. He had beaten Stebane, 9-4 at Mid-States Classic over holiday break.
“He wrestled real well,” Peterson said.
“His confidence level was up. He wrestled a good match.”
Prinsen won by an 18-2 technical fall over Kam Pete (2-5) of Cambridge; won a 12-5 decision over Tye Bader (13-10) of Dodgeland; by a 10-2 major decision over Kaden Piechocki (10-5) of Shiocton; and was pinned by Garret Rau (11-8) of Sheboygan Falls in 1:40.

Composure paves way for Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:45

Ability to absorb Hartford’s comeback allows Grafton boys to reverse fortune, get back on winning track in conference

It’s not horseshoes and hand grenades for the Grafton High School boys’ basketball team anymore.
After blowing second-half leads in three straight losses, the Black Hawks hung last Friday night for a 66-63 home win over Hartford.
Up three with 7.3 seconds left in the North Shore Conference game, Hartford called its final timeout to set up a play. Guard Jake Lynch quickly fired up a three-point shot from just right of the top of the key under pressure from junior Jaden Polack.
The ball bounced in and out of the hoop. The Orioles got the rebound but couldn’t set up another three-point attempt fast enough.
“Finally,” Polack said of his thoughts after the game.
BRYSON CLAGUE 1 11 18 4C“We needed that one,” Grafton coach Damon James said.
The Hawks held a 30-23 lead at halftime, but the Orioles bounced back to take a 49-44 lead with 9 minutes, 31 seconds to play.
This time, Grafton didn’t fold. Junior Brad Ward hit a three-pointer, and junior Ayden Edmundson made a steal and layup to tie the game.
The teams tied at 51, 53 and 55 before freshman Bryson Clague drove to the basket, made a shot and got fouled. He hit the free throw to give the Hawks a 58-55 lead with 3:05 to go.
After that, Hartford would only get as close as 60-59.
Clague hit one of two free throws to make it 61-59 with 1:27 to play.
The Hawks handled Hartford’s full-court press and forced the Orioles to foul.  Leading scorer Alex Huibregste made both ends of a bonus with 1:11 left that took the lead to 63-59.
After Oriole Josh Much made two free throws, Clague hit both shots in the double bonus to make it 65-61 with 26 seconds left.

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