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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:30

Overtime thriller gives Miller-led Ozaukee boys their first Central Lakeshore Conference crown since 1999

It took 16 years, but the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team finally got to enjoy a taste of a Central Lakeshore Conference championship again Feb. 26.

With a 59-53 overtime win over Howards Grove, the host Warriors grabbed a share of the league title with their opponent, adding a basketball crown to last fall’s football championship.

It is the Warriors’ first CLC title in the sport since 1999 and the last in basketball for the conference, which is being realigned this fall.

“To win the conference with Howards, I think is quite fitting,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.

“We both have 14-2 records, we each lost at Sheboygan Lutheran and we each lost to each other at the other’s home gym in overtime. We are two really equal teams that match up really well.”

The latest encounter in the regular-season finale for both teams was a contest that few Ozaukee players and fans will forget, especially those celebrating Senior Night.

The Warriors started slowly and trailed, 30-22, at halftime. However, they slowly whittled away at the deficit, pulling within 42-39 by the end of the third quarter and drawing even with a strong defensive effort in the final period.

Ozaukee outscored the Tigers, 11-8, in the fourth quarter, when Mike Richter scored six of his 15 points to help the home team force overtime.

In the extra period, Ozaukee used a 7-for-8 effort at the free-throw line to ice the victory.

Guard Owen Miller carried much of the scoring load for the Warriors throughout the night and finished with 27 points. Twelve of his points came in the second quarter.

Ethan Brinkman led Howards Grove with 21 points.

Smith rebounds to take 5th on state mats PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:24

Port senior gets Div. 1 consolation honor on 3rd trip to Madison; Grafton’s Duran places 5th in Div. 2 competition

As he has throughout this season, Zach Smith put his habit of rebounding to good use in Madison last weekend.

Recovering from a quarterfinal loss, the Port Washington senior capped his career with a fifth-place finish at 120 pounds in the WIAA Division 1 state individual wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center.

Smith posted a 4-2 match record in the three-day competition, which marked his third state appearance in four seasons.

“Zach wrestled well. He wanted to do better, but taking fifth is nothing to be ashamed of,” Port coach Angela LaRosa said.

“He had a great season and an outstanding career.”

Smith, who finished the season 38-9, was the only area wrestler to reach the state level in Division 1.

He opened the tournament by pinning Merrill’s Devon Schultz in 3 minutes, 51 seconds, but was pinned at 5:59 of a quarterfinal match against Milton’s Nolan Shea in the semifinals.

“It was a real wild match,” LaRosa said of the semifinal. “Zach got caught in the final seconds.”

Ironically, Shea (39-3) lost in the championship semifinals and ended up forfeiting to Smith in the fifth-place final of the consolation round. Smith advanced to the final by going 2-1 in his first three consolation matches.

Offensive woes end Grafton girls’ season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 19:50

Scoring droughts doom Hawks in regional loss to defensive-minded Cedarburg

The Grafton girls’ basketball team experienced the thrill of a hard-fought win and the frustration of a season-ending loss on consecutive nights last week.

After rallying to secure an overtime win over Slinger in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game Friday, the Black Hawks struggled offensively in a 44-24 loss at Cedarburg in Saturday’s title contest.

In the latter game, fourth-seeded Grafton held its own early and trailed by only 12-8 after one quarter. However, the host Bulldogs (No. 1) outscored the Hawks, 21-5, during the next two periods and took a 20-point cushion into the final eight minutes.

Grafton had a tough time finding open shots against Cedarburg’s tall, aggressive defense and managed only two field goals during the middle two quarters. Rachel Ruona’s three-pointer provided all the Hawks’ offense in the second period, and Katie Hunt’s layup was their lone basket in the third quarter.

After Hunt’s hoop, Cedarburg scored the final 11 points of the period for a 33-13 lead.

The Hawks gave a determined effort in the fourth quarter with an 11-point output that nearly matched their total for the first 28 minutes. When guard Rachel Schmitz hit a three-pointer, Grafton pulled within 35-22 with four minutes left.

However, Cedarburg countered with a 9-2 run to end the game. Center Allie Barber helped spark the counterattack with a 4-for-4 effort on free throws.

The Hawks scuffled at the foul line throughout the night and finished 3 for 14, including 1 for 7 in the fourth quarter.

Ruona, a guard, led Grafton with 12 points, but none of her teammates had more than four.

Barber and Kylee Marks shared scoring honors for Cedarburg with 10 points apiece, and Kendall Lynch and Ady Schreiner each had eight.

Grafton finished the season 14-10.

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