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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:04

Still hungry for elusive title, Port’s Gasser helps lead Badgers in his final season

For all the winning Josh Gasser has experienced as a four-year starter on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, he knows there’s something missing.

It’s a feeling of elusiveness that keeps him playing, working, pushing harder than ever.


Call it the quest for a title.


“I’ve had such an awesome experience, with all the great teams I’ve been a part of and all the wins, but we haven’t gotten that championship that we’ve all worked for,” said Gasser, a red-shirt senior guard from Port Washington who’s halfway through his final season with the Badgers.


“We’ve come close to Big Ten championships and went to the Final Four last year and came close to winning it all. So really,  knowing this is my last chance to win a title and finally get over the hump is what I’m looking forward to.”


Although Gasser arrived in Madison with an impressive resumé — including three seasons with all-state honors and the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year award his senior year at Port Washington High School — he wasn’t expected to make a big splash as a college freshman. Badgers coach Bo Ryan had rarely given first-year players extended court time, let alone starting roles.


But Gasser broke the mold, cracking the starting lineup as a freshman with hustle, hard-nosed defense and efficient offense. He even posted the first-ever triple-double by a Wisconsin player with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a Big Ten game against Northwestern in January 2011.


A solid sophomore season that included All-Big Ten all-defensive honors followed, putting Gasser in line to become the Badgers’ starting point guard as a junior.

 
Nosko leads Port swim charge at Manitowoc Invite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:02

Senior’s strong freestyle, backstroke finishes provide Pirates’ top meet highlights

One of Port Washington’s best swimmers continued to lead the way for his team last Saturday.

Senior J.B. Nosko turned in the Pirates’ top finishes at the Manitowoc Invitational, placing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 23.46 seconds) and seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:03.11).

“J.B.’s a good swimmer and a good leader,” said Port coach Melissa Hoogester, whose team took eighth in a  nine-team field with 120 points.

“He’s a vocal guy, a motivator who’s very good at getting the other guys amped up.”

Port’s other top-12 finishes were ninths by the 200 medley relay of Max Noll, Will Schanen, Nosko and Charles DeMerit (2:00.06) and 400 freestyle relay of Nosko, Jack Walch, Ian Tyree and DeMerit (3:49.62); 10th by Graeme Biskobing in the backstroke (1:09.34); 11ths by DeMerit in the 50 freestyle (25.37), Tyree in the 500 freestyle (5:54.42) and Schanen in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.59); and 12ths by DeMerit in the 100 freestyle (56.89), Noll in the backstroke (1:10.6) and the 200 freestyle relay of Zach Miller, Tyree, Schanen and Walch (1:49.12).

Manitowoc won the meet with 481 points. Stevens Point was second with 405 points, and Janesville Parker was third with 338.

Although the Pirates’ didn’t have many season-best times in the competition, Hoogester noted that it was her team’s third meet of the week.

“Our times were a little slower than we hoped, but I think the guys were tired,” she said.

 
Pin flurry leaves Port on top PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:52

Wrestling team rides falls to win at Grafton in first meet since Jan. 2

A flurry of early pins helped carry the Port Washington Pirates past Grafton in a North Shore Conference wrestling meet Jan. 15.

The visiting Pirates won the first three matches by fall and never trailed on the way to a 48-21 win.

Scoring pins were Lukas Michels (170 pounds), Alec Masters (182) and Cullen Bauer-Trottier (195).

Michels defeated Cody Case in 3 minutes, 48 seconds. Masters needed 3:58 to defeat John Grams.

Bauer-Trottier had the fastest win of the night with a 1:12 fall over Daryle Bagley.

Port’s other pin came from Zach Smith (132), who scored a 4:42 fall over Logan Lamas.

“The boys wrestled well,” said Port coach Angelo LaRosa, whose team was participating in its first meet since Jan. 2.

“We were happy just to have a meet. Grafton has some tough, scrappy kids, so it was a good win.”

The Pirates’ other victories included Tanner Meinel’s 7-1 decision over Ben Herlache at 113 pounds, and Preston Makoutz’s 8-4 decision over Jonathan Duran at 126.

Grafton got a pin from Liam Pfleger (145), who scored a 3:03 fall over Josh Holtebeck.

 
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