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Skating teacher gives Olympics-watching tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:53

Longtime figure skater, coach and teacher Jon Sorkan of the Town of Belgium shared some thoughts on what to watch for in the Olympics in the next week.
JON SORKAN 2 15 18 s1123017095 4CSorkan runs ice skating programs for children at the Ozaukee Ice Center in Cedarburg and once dated Tonya Harding’s former coach, Diane Schatz (now Rowlinson).
“I can tell you with the U.S. ladies to watch Mirai Nagasu because she was the first U.S. women to land the triple axel in a Olympic event,” he said.
“I think one of the young Russian skaters will win the gold. Russia’s current champion may be defeated by her 15 year old rival. Fabulous skater!”
In addition, 2016 U.S. champion Adam Rippon has caught his eye. In the team competition, Sorkan said Rippon did the best he has ever seen him skate.
One of his teammates could bring home gold, Sorkan said.
“Our Nathan Chen could win the men’s if he continues to land five quads. His
problem is still a inconsistent triple axel and his component scores (artistic),” he said.
Sorkan said the married pairs team of the Knierims (Christopher and Alexa) have improved since Alexa has recovered from health issues.
He said the United States’ brother and sister dance team of Maia and Alex Shibutani look much better than they did at the U.S. Nationals competition.
And, Sorkan said, “Watch Patrick Chan from Canada.”

Feisty Hawks give Cedarburg a battle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:50

Grafton’s gritty performance not quite enough in bid to upset front-running North Shore foe

On paper, it was the North Shore Conference’s first-place team and last year’s state runner-up against the last-place squad.
But that’s not how it played out Friday night when Cedarburg came to visit its rival in Grafton.
In an intense physical game that got chippy at times, Grafton cut a 29-17 halftime deficit to 34-27 with 13 minutes, 27 seconds lefGrafton hoops Cedarburg 1 2 15 18 4Ct in the game. The gym was rockin’, and the home team had all the momentum.
But a Cedarburg timeout settled down the Bulldogs, and the Black Hawks never got any closer. Their taller opponent that plays fast pulled away to win, 61-45.
“I think we play hard. There were some things we needed to do a lot better and to see a lot better against their defense that we just weren’t reading. We’ve just got to keep teaching it,” coach Damon James said.
“I thought we played better in the second half than the first.”
Bryson Clague hit a three-pointer on a pass from Ben Wilkin inside. After a technical foul was given to Cedarburg star John Diener, Jaden Polack made one of two free throws to cut the lead to 34-21.
Polack followed with a three from the deep right wing, and Grafton got a stop. Polack hit another three from the corner to cut the lead to seven, before the Bulldogs called timeout.

CG-Belgium boys open tourney with tight win PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:43

Lady Rockets ride four-game winning streak on the way to the regular season finale

Getting the young Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team to .500 isn’t out of play yet.BRYCE KETTERHAGEN s1020918418 4C
The Rockets, who came into the season with two players with varsity experience, edged Mishicot at home Friday night in the first of three games in the Silver Division of the Big East Conference Tournament.
Down, 34-31, at halftime, the Rockets outscored the Indians, 30-26, in the second for the victory.
Senior guard Jason von Heimburg scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior uard Jordan Villa added 17 points with seven rebounds and six assists.
Senior forward Cameron Kirst scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed five boards. Michael Navis had eight rebounds.
Mishicot had four players in double figures, led by Bryce Henninger’s 16. Nathan Driscoll had 13, Roger Zipperer 11 and Bernard Zipperer 10.
The victory moved the Rockets to 6-7 in the Big East and 9-11 overall. The team was scheduled to play at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (1-12) on Tuesday and against an undetermined opponent on Saturday at Lakeland University.
Lady Rockets heating up at just the right time
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s girls topped Sheboygan Lutheran, 49-39, Saturday night on the road to take ninth in the conference tournament. The Rockets won all three of their tournament games.
They finished 10th of 14 teams in the regular season.
The Rockets started fast, taking a 22-11 halftime lead.

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