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Big East rivalries put on hold for two years PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:59

New schedule has CG-B, Ozaukee not playing each other in football until 2019

The Big East Conference’s two-year schedule rotation is putting one of the conference’s biggest football rivalries between two of its best teams on a two-year hiatus.
Ozaukee, a co-champion with Hilbert last year and conference title winner two of the last three years, won’t play Cedar Grove-Belgium until 2019. Cedar Grove-Belgium has lost only three Big East games in three years, each one costing the Rockets a title.
MATT DIRKSE JARED HENDERSON s2082616104But Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium will each get their shot at Hilbert/Stockbridge, which has shared or won the conference the last two seasons.
“We’re definitely looking forward to playing Hilbert,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said. Even so, Lippe would also like to play Cedar Grove-Belgium, his team’s longtime rival 13 miles to the northeast.
“It’s very disappointing. I’m not a big fan of the way the conference has set this up,” he said. “It’s a great rivalry.”
The Warriors do get Random Lake back on the schedule after a two-year break.
“It’s frustrating sitting on an hour and 15-minute bus ride to somewhere and you go right by Random Lake,” Lippe said. “Our seniors have only played them once.”
Last season, Random Lake finished 6-2 in the conference, behind Ozaukee’s 8-0.
“It would have been a lot of fun to play them,” Lippe said.
The two schools 8.5 miles away battle for the Cream Bucket each time they play. Ozaukee has won it each of the past seven years.
Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Dan Schreurs said he is excited to play Hilbert/Stockbridge but will miss facing Ozaukee.
“It’s unfortunate we don’t see each other but it’s OK to take a step away,” he said.
“It’s always exciting games, and that’s what high school football is like.”
The Rockets also drop Howards Grove from the schedule and pick up Mishicot.
Oostburg drops off Ozaukee’s schedule.

Wrestling journey reaches Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:55

Former Port Washington High champ humbled by national honor recognizing him for decades of service to sport as competitor, coach and official

Phil “Pee Wee” Mueller says he never would have had a successful career in wrestling without many people who helped him along the way.
So when Mueller was notified he would be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this spring — honoring his 53 years of competing, coaching and officiating — he knew what he had to do.
The 1971 Port Washington High School graduate, who now lives in North Carolina, returned to the area this month to thank people who inspired him as a young man. Mueller took photos with family and friends “so everybody has a chance to be involved in this,” he said.
PEE WEE MUELLER s1081017018“I call it my National Hall of Fame tour.”
Longtime Port residents probably recognize some of Mueller’s former coaches. Guidance and encouragement from people such as Richard DeMario and Roger Pillath helped springboard Mueller to excellence in his sport.
It’s a Hall of Fame journey that was improbable at best.
Growing up in Waubeka, Mueller said, he fell in with the wrong crowd and became a troubled youth. His parents sent him to live with their friends on the Rathke family farm. Mueller helped do chores, attended school and returned home on weekends.
Lutz Rathke, he said, was like his second father.
Mueller caught the wrestling bug in seventh and eighth grades. DeMario ran an eight-week wrestling unit culminating in a tournament in physical-education class.
Mueller remembers that DeMario “always had words of encouragement.”
“If you get that from somebody, it gives you hope,” he said.
As a freshman, Mueller went 10-0 in Braveland Conference matches for Port High. “I pinned all 10 guys that year,” he said.
As a sophomore, he was the only underclassmen promoted to varsity by Pillath. Mueller advanced to the WIAA state tournament but lost both of his matches in Madison.
The next year, Mueller won a state title, as did teammate Chico Poull. Those finishes gave Port enough points for second-place honors as a team.

Meet the new North Shore Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:54

Realignment has four Wisconsin Little Ten teams joining league with Germantown, Milwaukee Lutheran moving out

This year’s athletic schedules for Port Washington and Grafton high schools look a little different as conference realignment kicks in.
Both schools are still in the North Shore Conference, but the league has been combined with several teams from the now-defunct Wisconsin Little Ten.
The additions to the NSC are West Bend East and West, Slinger and Hartford.
Germantown, a regular powerhouse in many sports and the largest school in the old or new North Shore with 1,405 students, has joined the Greater Metro Conference. Milwaukee Lutheran and its 730 students has joined the Woodland East league.
The realignment leaves Port and Grafton as the smallest schools in the new North Shore. Port has 810 students and Grafton 750. The only other school with fewer than 1,000 is Whitefish Bay with 922.
Football will have one of the biggest impacts because no team in the 10-school NSC will play nonconference games.
Port coach John Bunyan said he will have to get used to playing only conference games during the regular season.
“I wish we had one (nonconference game) still, but not two. We’ll figure it out, have to see how it goes,” he said.
Grafton coach Shaun Behrend said he knows Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg, Hartford and Slinger have strong programs, and West Bend teams have great athletes.
“The rest of us are trying to figure it out,” Behrend said.
The realignment, Behrend said, makes for a challenging league.
“It’s a tough conference top to bottom —  in my opinion, one of the toughest,” he said.
Bunyan agrees that the conference’s competition will be challenging.
“I like the addition of the West Bends, Slinger and also Harftord. I think it becomes competitive,” he said.
“It’s definitely going to make our conference stronger.”
Bunyan said his teams have scrimmaged West Bend squads in the past and is familiar with East’s spread offense, which passes and runs jet sweeps. West, he said, is more of a running team out of the I formation.
Both Bunyan and Behrend lauded West’s quarterback, Canon Melstrand, who can run and pass.
“West has a quarterback that’s scary,” Behrend said.
Football powerhouse Homestead is the defending conference champion after going 7-0 last season. Whitefish Bay went 5-2, ahead of Cedarburg, Germantown and Port all at 4-3.
In the Wisconsin Little Ten, Hartford qualified for the WIAA playoffs with a 5-2 conference record. East and Slinger went 2-5 and West 0-7.
Wisconsin Lutheran and Oconomowoc shared the WLT championship with 6-1 records.
The other former Wisconsin Little Ten teams — Lutheran, Oconomowoc, Watertown and Beaver Dam — joined other conferences.
Week 1 of the North Shore Conference looks like this, with all games starting at 7 p.m.: West Bend West at Grafton; Nicolet at Hartford; Port Washington at Homestead; Cedarburg at West Bend East; and Slinger at Whitefish Bay.

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