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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:00

Junior’s freestyle wins fuel youthful Grafton surge at Div. 2 state swim meet

Bailey Bodart picked a perfect time to pick up the pace.

Not only did the Grafton junior win a pair of individual titles at the WIAA Division 2 state swimming and diving meet last Friday, he did so in eye-opening fashion.


Bodart got things rolling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium by racing to first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 21.6 seconds.


In the process, he lived up to his billing as the fastest state qualifier in the event.


Two events later, Bodart topped that effort by winning the 100 freestyle in 47.51, breaking his own Grafton record. He outdueled Monona Grove’s Erik Doll, the fastest qualifier, who was second in 47.91.


“Everything pretty much went according to plan,” Bodart said. “We all trained hard for the meet, and it worked out well.”


Bodart’s wins gave the Black Hawks 40 of their 143 points, which were good for a share of sixth place with Whitewater in the 32-team standings.


Monona Grove won the team title with 309 points, and McFarland was second with 267.

 
Tournament tough, all the way to state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN and MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 19:50

Port, Grafton, CG-Belgium and Ozaukee wrestlers have what it takes to reach Madison

Only the strong survive sectional wrestling meets, and for local teams, that litmus test was passed by six determined athletes last Saturday.

Port Washington’s Zach Smith earned a return trip to the WIAA Division 1 state individual tournament with a second-place finish at 120 pounds in Kaukauna.

Advancing out of a Division 2 sectional at Milwaukee Lutheran were Grafton’s Arturo Duran with a title at 106 pounds and three Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestlers: Isaac Brockman (second at 126), Garret Davies (third at 145) and Daniel Gjertson (third at 285).

In Division 3, Ozaukee will be represented at state by Daniel Watry, who secured a return trip to Madison by winning the 113-pound title in Markesan.

Pirate takes aim at title

Smith, a senior, gave himself a chance to better his third-place finish at 120 pounds in last year’s state meet by rallying to secure runner-up honors Saturday.

He was the lone state qualifier among six Port wrestlers who reached the sectional level.

Smith won his first two matches, including a 5-1 decision over Oshkosh North’s Kyle Schwartz in the semifinals before losing to Kaukauna’s Trent Leon, 3-1, in a sudden-victory overtime.

Smith (34-7) then rebounded to pin West Bend East’s Scott Badura in 4 minutes, 11 seconds, in the second-place match.

 
Despite loss, rally gives Port girls welcome boost PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 19:49

A win is usually the best way to head into postseason play.

But short of a victory, the Port Washington girls’ basketball team may have gotten the next-best result.


“We got off to a slow start but came out in the second half and did some great things,” Port coach Jakob Wahl said of his squad’s 50-42 loss to Whitefish Bay in a North Shore Conference game Feb. 19.


“Turnovers were an issue for us again, but in the second half, we focused on each possession and executed. It showed us how well we are capable of playing.”


The Pirates’ offensive struggles contributed to a 26-10 deficit at intermission. However, Port had the better of the second half, outscoring the Blue Dukes, 32-24, to make the final margin respectable in the regular-season finale for both teams.


Eight players contributed to a balanced scoring attack for the Pirates, who got a team-best 13 points from sophomore forward Amanda Baierl.


Brianna Ahner and Hanna Strohm each had six points, and Karley Lehtikangas and Allie Uselding added five apiece.


Defensively, Port’s biggest problem was trying to contain standouts Emma Jankowski and Ashley Reed.

 
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