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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 20:53

Relay win, record-setting sophomore help Grafton swimmers grab 4th place at Cedarburg invitational

Last Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational at Cedarburg High School came along at just the right time for the Grafton boys’ swimming team.

Not only did coach Mark Minz’s squad deliver its best performance at the annual meet in recent memory, the Black Hawks did so in eye-opening fashion.


Sparked by a winning relay and a pair of school-record performances by Sean O’Connor, Grafton raced to fourth place in a 15-team field.


The Hawks scored 200 points, trailing only champion Cedarburg (424.5), West Bend East/West (283.5) and Franklin (279).


Among other local teams, Port Washington was 13th with 33 points.


“Our guys did very well,” said Minz, whose team had its highest finish at the meet in his 13 years as Grafton head coach.


“It was a nice way to start the new year.”


Leading the Hawks was the 200-yard medley team of Bailey Bodart, Jack Senczyszyn, O’Connor and Adam Schacht, who combined for a winning time of 1 minute, 43.16 seconds.


Bodart, a junior, contributed individually by placing second in the 50 freestyle (22.21) and third in the 100 freestyle (49.78).


O’Connor, a sophomore who moved to Grafton from Tennessee after his freshman year, finished second in the 100 butterfly (53.79) and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.89). Each time broke a Grafton mark held by Al Nennig, who swam 1:49.7 in the freestyle in 2012 and 54.43 in the butterfly in 2013.

 
Brockman title gives Rockets a mat boost PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 20:52

Junior’s championship performance at 126 pounds leads CG-Belgium at annual home wrestling tournament

A championship performance by Isaac Brockman gave the Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team a major boost at its annual Rocket Scramble last Saturday.

The junior powered his way to the 126-pound title by winning all five of his matches and improving his season record to 26-2.

Brockman capped the day with a 5-2 decision over River Pawelski of Southern Door in the first-place final.

The Rockets scored 339 points, good for 13th place in the 18-team tournament.

Lomira cruised to the championship with 748 points, well ahead of runner-up Oostburg’s 572.

Rounding out the top five teams were Valders (544 points), Shiocton (524) and Kenosha Christian Life (519).

On his way to the top, Brockman pinned Oostburg’s Jarrett Gasser in 5 minutes, 9 seconds and defeated Lomira’s Ryan Riedel, 10-0; Marshall’s Jensen Langer, 3-2; and Shiocton’s Levin Snortum, 7-1.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other top-10 finishes were a sixth by Bryce Morgan (17-10) at 132 pounds; seventh by Abel Brockman (17-9) at 106; eighth by Eric Isken (11-11) at 113; and ninths by Adam Gonwa (16-10) at 120 and Jake Schoeder  (10-9) at 182.

 
Shaky first half costs Lady Hawks on road PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 20:50

Defensive lapses force Grafton to play catch-up in frustrating loss at Plymouth

Defensive lapses can unravel the best of basketball game plans.

So it was for the Grafton girls’ team last Saturday in a 70-61 nonconference loss at Plymouth.


“We didn’t play very well in the first half, and that was the difference,” said Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt, whose squad couldn’t overcome a 15-point deficit at intermission.


“We gave up a lot of fast-break baskets and put Plymouth on the foul line too often early in the game.”


The Black Hawks have been solid defensively this season, having allowed more than 48 points only once before Saturday — in a 60-40 loss to Germantown on Dec. 6.


However, state-ranked Plymouth broke free for 42 points in the first half, forcing Grafton to scramble the rest of the way. Although the Hawks rallied to make things interesting in the second half, they couldn’t get closer than five points.


“It was a much better second half for us, but we dug ourselves too big of a hole,” Reinhardt said.


Grafton got solid offensive work from junior guard Katie Hunt and senior forward Kayla Borden with 16 and 14 points, respectively.


However, Plymouth countered that production with 17 points by Kalei Herring and 13 apiece by Emily Majerus and Gwen Streblow.

 
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