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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:10

Miller outguns Lutheran’s Jurss in backcourt duel to help keep Ozaukee boys in conference title chase

As the final seconds ticked away and players slowly walked off the basketball court last Friday, two guards met for a handshake acknowledging each other’s effort in a remarkable game between the Ozaukee and Sheboygan Lutheran boys’ teams.

Ozaukee’s Owen Miller and Lutheran’s Jacob Jurss had good reason to exchange congratulations.


Miller had a career-best night, collecting 36 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Warriors to an 82-70 win.


Jurss had an amazing game of his own with 34 points, including seven three-point baskets.


In helping keep alive his team’s hope of winning a share of the Central Lakeshore Conference title, Miller eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark and ranks second in team history with 1,026.


He is within reach of all-time leader Eric Hartnett, who had 1,047 points.


“This was a game for the ages,” said Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen, whose team notched its eighth straight win and improved to 12-2 in CLC play, one game behind first-place Howards Grove (13-1).


“I told the guys afterward how proud I was of them. They overcame all sorts of adversity.


“It was the most physical game that we have had this year.”


In rallying to win, the Warriors avenged an 81-74 loss at Lutheran on Jan. 10. They can earn at least a share of the league crown by defeating Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and Howards Grove in their final two regular-season games.


It was Lutheran (9-5) that came out on fire in Friday’s rematch. The Crusaders hit a trio of three-point shots to take a 9-0 lead.


But Ozaukee quickly rallied with the hot hand of Miller, and the first quarter ended in a 21-21 tie.


“We chipped away, took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back,” Ketterhagen said.


“I have never seen Owen shoot that well. He was fantastic. He and Jacob Jurss went back and forth all night long.


“It was something to see and be a part of.”


Ketterhagen said he didn’t know how reaching the 1,000-point mark might affect Miller, but noted that it didn’t seem to be a distraction.


“He eclipsed it right away in the first quarter and just kept going. I thought he handled it extremely well, like he does everything,” Ketterhagen said.


Overshadowed by the backcourt shootout was Ozaukee forward Michael Richter, who scored 16 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter when the Warriors sealed the win with a 21-15 run.


“Mike dominated the post.  He was key for us down the stretch, especially that fourth quarter,” Ketterhagen said.


Ketterhagen also singled out senior Elijah Mabry and sophomore Garrett Hoffmann.


Mabry scored 10 points in “his best game of the year,” Ketterhagen said.


“It has been fun to watch him mature and gain the confidence to make our team stronger.”


Hoffmann, who was called up from the junior-varsity team two days earlier,  scored four points and had several assists.


“Garrett played really well. He had a heck of a block and played poised on defense,” Ketterhagen said.


Jurss had 10 points in the third quarter when Lutheran pulled within 61-55. But Ozaukee held him scoreless in the final period while Miller made seven of eight free throws.


Jared Jurss and Vinny Montazella each scored 11 points for the Crusaders, who slipped into a third-place tie with Cedar Grove-Belgium in the league standings.


Ozaukee 49, Oostburg 40


The Warriors surged ahead early and never trailed in their first road win over Oostburg since 1999.


“We came out real strong and led from the get-go,” Ketterhagen said. “I am happy for the guys because they dominated from the start.”


Miller scored a game-high 24 points, and Richter added 13.


The Warriors built a 27-11 halftime lead and held off Oostburg, which pulled within single digits in the final period.


Lukas Meerdink led the Dutchmen with 15 points.


Ozaukee took a 16-3 overall record into play this week, starting with a nonconference game Monday against Lake Country Lutheran (see related story).


On Thursday, the Warriors will travel to Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

 
Sectional buoys Hawks’ state hopes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:03

Bodart, O’Connor wins lead GHS boys to Madison; Nosko will represent Pirates

A near-miss didn’t keep members of the Grafton boys’ swimming and diving squad from celebrating after a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet in Plymouth last Saturday.

Although the Black Hawks fell just short of a team championship, they knew they will be well-represented in this week’s state finals.


Bailey Bodart and Sean O’Connor each won two events for a state-qualifying Grafton group that includes six individual performances and three relays.


Bodart, a junior, raced to first place in the 50-yard freestyle (21.69 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (48.57). The 100-freestyle time broke his own team record.


O’Connor, a sophomore, won the 200 freestyle (1:48.09) and 100 butterfly (53.77).


“They both swam well. We’ve been tapering them for the state meet, so hopefully they’ll have even better times there,” said Grafton coach Mark Minz, whose team scored 359 points, just 12 behind first-place Plymouth’s 371.


“As a team, I thought we did the best we could in this meet.”  


The Hawks’ other state-bound individual efforts also came from sophomores: a first by Jack Senczyszyn in the 100 breaststroke (a season-best 1:01.44) and a fourth by Tony Hauer in diving (287.65 points).


Grafton’s state-worthy relay finishes were firsts by the 200 medley team of Charley Hanney, Senczyszyn, O’Connor and Adam Schacht (1:43.41) and 400 freestyle team of Hanney, Jake Herlache, O’Connor and Bodart (3:23.88) and a second by the 200 freestyle team of Senczyszyn, Herlache, Schacht and Bodart (1:32.25).


Port Washington had one state-qualifying performance at the meet. Senior J.B. Nosko advanced in the 500 freestyle with a third-place, personal-best time of 5:07.57.


Nosko is the first Port boy to advance to a WIAA state swimming meet since Alex Mehre qualified in the butterfly in 2012.


Port coach Melissa Hoogester was impressed with Nosko’s effort, which was well under the state-qualifying cutoff time of 5:11.73.


“I think he’s been a great leader for us this year,” she said. “He’s worked really hard and has been a great motivator for the guys.”


Grafton fell short of the team title despite winning seven of the meet’s 12 events. Helping give Plymouth the final edge was a 20-point advantage in diving.


Despite Senczyszyn’s win, Plymouth also outscored the Hawks in the breaststroke by having three top-seven finishes.


“We were up after 10 events, but Plymouth overtook us in the breaststroke,” Minz said.


Chilton/Brillion/Valders was third in the 12-team field with 249 points, and Port was fourth with 221.


Rounding out the field were Kiel/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in fifth with 197 points, followed by Brown Deer/University School (169), Brookfield Academy (169), St. John’s Northwest/University Lake (135), Wayland Academy (96), Beaver Dam (57), Berlin/Green Lake (52) and Two Rivers/Roncalli (51).


Bodart heads into this Friday’s Division 2 state meet at the University of Wisconsin-Natatorium in Madison with the fastest-qualifying time in the 50 freestyle. He placed second in the event at state last year.


Bodart has the second-fastest qualifying time in the 100 freestyle, setting the stage for a shot at two individual titles.


“Bailey can handle the pressure. He has the focus and talent to do it,” Minz said.


On Saturday, Bodart capped the day by  swimming a 46-second anchor leg to give the 400 freestyle relay its win, Minz noted.


O’Connor, who moved to Grafton from Tennessee after his freshman year, has been a quiet, hard-working leader for the Hawks all season and should also hold his own in Madison, Minz said.


Senczyszyn returns to state in the breaststroke for the second straight year after placing seventh last season.


Hauer will be making his inaugural state appearance in his first year of competitive diving.


“The one thing I can say about him is that he’s pretty consistent,” Minz said.


“He rarely messes up a dive, and I think he’s going to keep getting better.”


Grafton’s other top-10 sectional finishes were a second by Senczyszyn in the 200 individual medley (2:09.79), third by Schacht in the individual medley (2:17.03), fourth by Schacht in the 100 freestyle (51.96), fifth by Hanney in the 100 backstroke (1:03.38), sixths by Herlache in the 200 freestyle (1:58.37) and Hanney in the 500 freestyle (5:34.22) and sevenths by Herlache in the 100 freestyle (53.63) and Harry Niswonger in diving (218.8 points).


The Hawks bettered their third-place finish in last year’s sectional meet.


Port’s other top-10 individual finishes were a fourth by Nosko in the backstroke (1:02.02), sixth by Will Schanen in the individual medley (2:26.45), sevenths by Max Noll in the individual medley (2:33.6) and backstroke (1:08.27), eighths by Ian Tyree in the 500 freestyle (5:43.13) and Will Schanen in the breaststroke (1:12.77), ninths by Charles DeMerit in the 50 freestyle (24.99) and 100 freestyle (55.08) and Christian LaCosse in the butterfly (1:02.88) and breaststroke (1:14.69) and Graeme Biskobing in the backstroke (1:11.66).


In relay races, the Pirates got a fourth from the medley team of Nosko, Schanen, LaCosse and DeMerit (1:54.51), fifth from the 400 freestyle team of Nosko, Biskobing, Tyree and DeMerit (3:45.65) and ninth from the 200 freestyle team of Biskobing, Noll, Schanen and Jack Walch (1:47.56).


Port matched its fourth-place team finish in the sectional last year.


The Division 2 state meet will begin with diving at 2:30 p.m., followed by swimming at 6:30 p.m.


Minz expects a strong effort from his team in its season finale.


“A top-10 finish would be a nice goal for us,” he said. “And on a good day, we could creep into the middle of that group.”


GRAFTON’S BAILEY BODART won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races at a Division 2 sectional meet last Saturday. Photo by Bill Schanen IV

 
Rough 2nd halves cost Ozaukee, CG-B boys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:02

Shaky second halves took their toll on the Ozaukee and Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball teams Monday, when they were handed home losses by nonconference opponents.

Ozaukee fell to Lake Country Lutheran, 51-43, and Cedar Grove-Belgium was downed by St. Mary’s Springs, 71-60.


Ozaukee trailed by only 20-18 at halftime, but Lutheran pulled away for good with a 14-8 run in the third quarter.


Mike Richter led the host Warriors with 20 points, and Owen Miller added 19.


However, only four Ozaukee players scored, and the other two had just two points apiece.

The Warriors got within three points in the fourth quarter, but Lutheran sank 11 for 15 free throws in the period to remain in front.

The loss snapped the Warriors’ eight-game winning streak and dropped their overall record to 16-4.


C.J. Teske scored 14 points to pace Lutheran (12-7), and Marko Matejic had 11.


The flu bug also hit Ozaukee hard. Several of the Warriors played sick, and starting guard Jake Wolff missed the game due to illness.


Cedar Grove-Belgium held a 38-33 halftime lead but was outscored, 20-10, in the third quarter and couldn’t recover.


Springs continued to pull away in the fourth quarter with an 18-12 run.


The host Rockets got a game-high 21 points from Reid Hilbelink. Josh Weiss and Isaiah Bauer added 14 and 12 points, respectively.


Cedar Grove-Belgium fell to 10-9 overall.


Springs (14-5) was led by Collin Ottery with 17 points. Brennen Ottery added 15 points.


Kewaskum 76, CG-Belgium 56


The Charles Witek show was too much for the Rockets in a nonconference road loss Feb. 10.


The senior forward scored 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help his team pull away for the win.


Teammate Jason Hanson added 20 points for the Indians, who improved to 7-10.


Cedar Grove-Belgium was led by Weiss with 22 points, followed by Hilbelink with 16 and Justin Theune with 10.

 
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