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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:12

Strong defense, big run to start 2nd half put Hawks in command of NSC game

Sophomore Halena Gehrke hit a free throw for the Grafton girls’ 16th point with nearly six minutes left in the first half last Friday against Nicolet.
The visiting Knights would only score 16 for the entire game.
The Black Hawks destroyed Nicolet, 58-16, and earned a running clock in the second half  as they improved to 5-2 in the Big East Conference.
All 10 Black Hawks scored, led by star junior guard Hannah Belanger’s 16 points, which gave her 1,000 for her career.
Also for Grafton, Lexi Hilgart scored eight, Julia Place seven and Sarah Schmitz, Gehrke and Ava Pedersen five each.
The Hawks’ defense went on a tear, tipping passes and only allowing the Knights one shot before rebounding and going back on the attack.
Up 26-11 at halftime, Grafton went on a 14-0 run in the first 7:29 of the second half to turn a big lead into a blowout.
“I told the girls we need to create our own energy. We’re at home. We need to come out and go at it hard early and just set the tone,” Grafton coach Mike Grzesiak said.
Grafton girls hoops Ruona 12 21 17 4CThe Hawks picked up the intensity after a slow start. After Nicolet tied the game at 7-7 at the 11:46 mark, Grafton went on a 19-2 run to close out the half.
The first 18 minutes featured a balanced attack. Place hit two three-pointers, Hilgart and Gehrke scored five each and Belanger scored four.
Nicolet’s outside shooting went cold, and the Hawks’ defense tightened more as time went on.
“Our defense creates our offense a lot. I’m a defensive-minded coach. The girls are buying in to defense,” Grzesiak said.

 
Pooling their talent for an invite crown PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:09

Steady scoring propels host Port boys to championship at annual Pirate Invitational

The Port Washington boys’ swimming and diving team only won two events in its home Pirate Invitational last Saturday but had just enough other high places to pull out a victory.
The Pirates scored 531 points to win the five-team meet, edging Burlington Co-op’s 519.
“The guys were so thrilled to come away swimming our second Pirate Invite win and keeping the team champion plaque here at home,” Port coach Melissa Hoogester said.
ZACH MILLER s2121217101 4CGraeme Biskobing won one individual event and placed second in another for the Pirates, and Zach Miller won one event and finished fourth in another.
The pair also helped one relay to second place and another to third.
The Pirates added four seconds and four thirds to help rack up the points.
Port got help from its three divers, who scored 48 points. Roger Schmidt took second with 317.2 points, Nathan Kasdorf was third with 282.9 and Garrett Friede was fourth with 278.7.
“All three guys dove great, and it was fun to see how far they have come since the beginning of the season,” Hoogester said.
Biskobing won the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 24.62 seconds, more than half a second ahead of second place. He was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.22, less than 1.5 seconds out of first.
Miller won the 100 backstroke in a season-best 59.8 seconds, nearly eight seconds ahead of teammate Norman Calhan, who took second in 1:08.38. Neil Tumey ended up third in 1:08.58, his personal best by three seconds.

 
Belanger joins Hawks’ scoring elite PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:06

Grafton guard reaches 1,000-point career mark midway through junior year

Hannah Belanger knew she was getting close to that milestone last Friday night.
Grafton’s 5-foot, 8-inch shooting guard needed 16 points to reach 1,000 for her career, and her father and assistant varsity coach Mark Belanger leHannah and coach BW 12 21 17t her know she was getting close.
“‘You’re almost there, you’re almost there,’” Hannah said he told her.
“Oh gosh, I’m going to get it soon,” she thought.
The game against North Shore Conference opponent Nicolet became a blowout in the host Black Hawks’ favor by halftime and only got lopsided from there. Coach Mike Grzesiak kept Belanger in the game so she could be honored at home. The Black Hawks’ next home game isn’t until Jan. 12.
Belanger’s four points at halftime “kinda concerned me a little bit,” Grzesiak said, but her shooting touch heated up in the second half.
With her team leading, 42-13, with 9 minutes and 20 seconds to play, Belanger took the ball at the top of the key, dribbled calmly, faked right and then sped left past a defender for an easy layup.
That was it.
Belanger surpassed 1,000 points in less than two and a half years of high school basketball.
“When everyone started getting really excited and cheering, I knew that was the one,” she said.
Belanger didn’t exactly know how to react.

 
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