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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:21

Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg cruise past local boys’ swim teams in NSC dual meets

A deep, talented foe splashed past the Grafton boys’ swimming and diving team in a North Shore Conference meet Dec. 19.

Winning 11 of 12 events, host Whitefish Bay dunked the Black Hawks, 126-60.


“Bay has a nice team. They’ve got four guys who swim year-round that form the core of their team,” said Grafton coach Mark Minz, whose squad is rebuilding this season after being hard hit by graduation.


The Hawks’ lone win came from sophomore Bailey Bodart, who took the 100-yard freestyle in 51.83 seconds. He also placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:20.07).


Grafton’s other seconds in individual races were posted by Max Jensen in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.56) and Killian Mielotz in diving.


Second-place relay finishes came from the medley team of Andrew Ebel, Jensen, Michael Zager and Bodart (1:59.46); the 200 freestyle team of Danny Bader, Charley Hanney, Ja’Quese Teat and Zach Ryan (1:53.23); and the 400 freestyle team of Zager, Ebel, Adam Schacht and Bodart (3:55.36).


Cedarburg 150, Port Washington 30

 
Miscues aside, Port girls happy with confidence-building win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:12

Strong start helps Pirates overcome shaky stretches of play against Lutheran; Grafton struggles in pair of NSC losses

The Port Washington girls’ basketball team didn’t dominate play against Milwaukee Lutheran last Friday night but still managed to control things.

Racing to a 9-0 lead, coach Brian Johnson’s squad never trailed on the way to a 42-30 win in North Shore Conference play and received a solid shot of confidence in the process.


“It was ragged at times, but we’re young and not used to playing with a lead,” Johnson said.


“But we’ll take it. I’m proud of the effort the girls put in.”


The win was the third in the last four games for the Pirates, who improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.


Junior Brianna Ahner and Hannah Strohm each scored 11 points to lead Port, which held a 13-8 lead after one quarter and a 26-19 edge at intermission. Strohm, a forward, had nine points in the first half, and Ahner, a guard, had seven in the second half.


Solid defense kept the Pirates ahead throughout the second half, when their lead reached 13 points. Lutheran (0-4 in NSC play) managed just 11 points in the last two quarters, including seven by Ashley Folker. The freshman guard finished with a team-high 11 points.

 
Scoring drought leaves Hawks parched PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:02

Failure to find basket in final 12 minutes dashes Grafton boys’ plan to upset undefeated Homestead

Thirsting for a statement win against Homestead last Friday night, the Grafton boys’ basketball team found no relief.

Instead, a second-half scoring drought drained the Black Hawks, who saw a seven-point lead fade into a 57-45 home loss.


After Logan Hilgart’s three-point basket gave Grafton a 43-36 advantage with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left in the third quarter, his team failed to make another floor shot.


In fact, the Hawks’ only points in the final 12:42 came on two free throws by Will Birch early in the final period.


“We had poor spacing in our offense, which made it very easy for Homestead to defend us,” Grafton coach Bob Maronde said.


“In the third quarter, we had a lot of chances to build the lead, but we just didn’t execute. When we got an open look, we couldn’t make it.”


The Highlanders’ big rally, which included a 21-2 run to end the game, allowed them to improve to 3-0 in the North Shore Conference and 5-0 overall. But the win didn’t come easily.


Grafton trailed, 17-13, after one quarter but fought back in the second period. Birch hit a pair of three-pointers, and Nate Koehler added another, as the Hawks surged to a 26-21 lead with four minutes left in the half.


The lead see-sawed the rest of the quarter until Homestead took a 34-33 lead at intermission on a buzzer-beating tip-in by Jaylen Key.


Grafton stayed on the attack early in the third quarter and built a seven-point lead on back-to-back threes by Birch and Hilgart. However, after the Highlanders called a time-out, they extended their defense and began controlling the interior.


Jack Popp’s three-pointer with 1:50 left in the third period put Homestead ahead to stay at 44-43.

 
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