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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:56

Port senior takes care of business by claiming title as state’s top 113-pound wrestler

Noah Rosado didn’t go into last weekend’s WIAA Division 1 state individual wrestling meet with the best record in the 113-pound weight class.

He wasn’t even the title favorite in some people’s minds.


But no one had more desire or got the job done more convincingly than the Port Washington senior, who dominated a 16-wrestler field on the way to a championship at the Kohl Center in Madison.


When Rosado had his arm raised after defeating Wisconsin Rapids’ Patrick Spray, 12-1, in the first-place match Saturday night, he had a tough time grasping the accomplishment. He just knew the feeling was something special.


“At first, right after the match ended, I was in shock,” Rosado said. “I didn’t know what to think.


“But then it felt amazing. What happened really started to sink it.”


Reaching the state meet was nothing new for Rosado, who placed sixth at 106 pounds in the Division 1 meet as a sophomore. But after failing to qualify as a junior and seeing his younger brother Manny lose in the first round at state last year, Rosado was determined to go the extra mile this time.


On his way to a 40-4 season record, he won North Shore Conference, regional and sectional crowns and reached the state level primed, poised and hungry.


“Noah’s been really focused the whole season, especially after the Cheesehead Invitational (in Kaukauna in January),” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.

 
Upset win gives CG-B girls boost heading into playoffs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:54

Late comeback carries Rockets past Oostburg in final Central Lakeshore game

Who says the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team can’t beat the best?

On the eve of the WIAA tournament, the Rockets put that question to rest with an impressive win over perennial power Oostburg on Feb. 27.


A late rally carried host Cedar Grove-Belgium to a 56-52 win, handing the Lady Dutch their lone Central Lakeshore Conference defeat in the regular-season finale for both teams.


“Our defense was a lot better this time,” Rockets coach Jason Jones said after his squad avenged a 70-45 loss at Oostburg on Jan. 23.


“The girls came out ready to play and played hard the whole game. The first time we faced them, we were a little tentative.”


Riding the hot hand of junior guard Ashli von Heimburg, who scored a game-high 22 points, Cedar Grove-Belgium overcame a 40-39 deficit after three quarters.


Von Heimburg had five points in the final period, and the Rockets’ defense also rose to the occasion. Oostburg held a four-point lead early in the quarter but failed to score during a stretch that lasted nearly four minutes.

 
One big quarter enough to send Port boys to sectional PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:52

Jackson leads Pirates in 3rd-period resurgence that sinks Grafton in title game

No one will ever use a videotape of last Friday’s basketball game at Port Washington High School for a shooting clinic.

But that probably didn’t matter much to the host Pirates, who warmed up just enough in one quarter to emerge with a 38-25 win over Grafton in a WIAA Division 2 regional title game.


Facing a 17-10 deficit after making just four first-half floor shots, Port caught fire in the third quarter.


Fueled by guard Tay Jackson, who had 11 of his game-high 16 points in the period, the Pirates outscored Grafton, 22-6, and never looked back. The junior capped a 15-0 run with a layup that put his team up, 27-20, and took the starch out of the upset-minded Black Hawks.


“We just tried to put the first half behind us,” Jackson said of the decisive surge.

 
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