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Basketball beat goes on for Lady Hawks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:22

Belanger-led Grafton continues to show its grit by rallying past Whitefish Bay for fifth straight victory

To say Grafton girls’ basketball coach Steve Reinhardt was pleased to see his team score its fifth win in as many games this season last Saturday would be a major understatement.

“I’m really ecstatic. At the start of the season, I thought we might be 4-1 or maybe 3-2,” Reinhardt said after watching the Black Hawks rally past Whitefish Bay, 50-42, in a North Shore Conference game.

“We’re finding ways to beat teams. We  have to scrap every day to get wins, and so far the girls have been doing that.”

Grafton continued to show its blue-collar work ethic by overcoming a halftime deficit and taking control against Bay.

The Blue Dukes went into intermission with a 21-18 lead but struggled against Grafton’s sticky defense and clutch shooting the rest of the way.

“We stepped up our defense in the second half and played with a little more energy,” Reinhardt said.

“Once we got the lead, we were able to control things and extend it.”

As she has throughout the early season, guard Hannah Belanger provided a stabilizing force for the Hawks, who improved to 3-0 in the conference.

The freshman remained unfazed in her introduction to varsity basketball by scoring a game-high 17 points. Her 10-for-10 effort at the free-throw line helped stymie any thought of a serious Bay comeback in the final minutes.

Reinhardt also singled out Katie Hunt, Chloe Doring and Gillian Waskiewicz, who had 13, nine and five points, respectively.

“The key for us is balance,” he said. 

“Hannah is playing well, but we’ve got a number of people who can give us double-figure points in any game.”

Bay, which fell to 0-3 in the league, was led by Emma Jonas with 16 points.

Grafton 54, Nicolet 39

Tempo shift suits Grafton boys just fine PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:21

Black Hawks slow pace in win over Nicolet after racing past CG-Belgium

After seeing his team race past Cedar Grove-Belgium in a high-scoring nonconference game early last week, Grafton boys’ basketball coach Bob Maronde knew a different pace was in order Friday.

The Black Hawks turned the trick nicely, slowing down Nicolet to secure a 66-53 victory in North Shore Conference play.

“Nicolet came in averaging 80 points per game. We wanted to play at our tempo, and that wasn’t fast, wide-open basketball,” Maronde said.

Instead, the name of the host Hawks’ game was inside-out: working the ball into the low post and hitting perimeter shots against Nicolet’s scrambling defense.

Forward Logan Hilgart got Grafton off to a fast start, scoring eight of his team-high 20 points in the first 90 seconds.

Three minutes into the game, the Hawks owned a 12-3 lead, forcing Nicolet to play a futile game of catch-up.

Superior front-line size — 6-foot-7 Luke Benzschawel, 6-5 Isaiah West and 6-5 Hilgart — helped Grafton build a 41-23 lead by halftime.

It was the second straight stellar effort by Hilgart, who topped the 20-point mark in a nonconference win over Cedar Grove-Belgium three games earlier. 

“It’s a great credit to Logan,” Maronde said. “After having a rough night against Homestead (three points on Dec. 4), he really bounced back.

“He showed great leadership in practice with his energy and enthusiasm, and it carried over in the game.”

Against Nicolet, Hilgart had all three of his team’s three-point baskets.

Grafton edged, Port cruises in NSC mat meets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:19

The Grafton wrestling team came up just short in its first North Shore Conference meet of the season last week.

Although the host Black Hawks won five matches, they lost six and forfeited two weight classes in a 36-30 loss to Nicolet on Dec. 10.

Posting pins for Grafton were Arturo Duran (113 pounds), Tommy Makela (152) and Nick Rapp (160).

Duran had the quickest victory, defeating Cielo Pagan in one minute, 23 seconds.

Makela pinned Kent Tianen in 3:18, and Rapp pinned Adam Plotkin in 3:41.

Winning by decision for the Hawks were Daryle Bagley (285), who defeated Caleb Emmons, 8-3, and Jonathan Duran (132), who edged Amani Reid, 15-13.

Grafton received a forfeit at 220 pounds and forfeited at 106 and 126.

This week, the Hawks will travel to Germantown on Thursday for another dual meet at 6:30 p.m. and participate in the Stech Invitational at West Allis Central.

Port Washington 79, Whitefish Bay 0

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