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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 18:52

Event victories brighten outlooks for Grafton, Port swimmers despite modest team finishes in NSC relays


Early in last Friday’s North Shore Conference relays, the Grafton boys’ swimming and diving team found itself hanging tough with heavy favorites.

The host Black Hawks even led the field after five events in the annual meet, which is typically dominated by powers such as Cedarburg, Homestead and Whitefish Bay.

Although Grafton’s early surge — which included two first-place finishes — faded, it didn’t diminish a strong overall effort.PORT WASHINGTON’S Phil Mehre raced to first place in the 100-yard butterfly during a meet against Homestead last week. Photo by Sam Arendt

“It was a good meet for us. I saw some nice improvements from swimmers,” said Hawks coach Mark Minz, whose squad  ended up fifth in the seven-team competition.

“We had some disqualifications and scratches that hurt us, but the kids who swam did very well.”

Cedarburg dominated the meet with a first-place score of 83 points, well ahead of runner-up Bay, which had 58.

Homestead was third with 56 points, followed by Nicolet (51), Grafton (47), Port Washington (43) and Milwaukee Lutheran (16).

The Hawks’ winning efforts came from the 200-yard freestyle team of Ben Gosselin, Kieran Paddock, Al Nennig and Brad Kempka (1 minute, 34.7 seconds) and 400 individual medley team of Haddock, Ben Stewart, Kempka and Nennig (4:11.77).

Placing second for Grafton were the 100 medley team of Gosselin, Brett Rasmussen, Justen Hilgart and Ben Helm (56.44) and 300 backstroke team of Kempka, Gosselin, Tyler Kish and Nennig (2:57.96).

“We did well for our first big meet of the season,” said Minz, who had to shuffle his lineup just before the meet when one of his swimmers was unable to participate.

“It was good to see them swim well in front of the home crowd.”

Like Grafton, Port made the most of a lineup that lacked the depth to stay with the front-running teams.

The Pirates were paced by a first-place finish from the 200 medley team of J.B. Nosko, Blaze Nalezinski, Alex Mehre and Connor LaCosse (1:55.24).

Taking third for Port were the 300 butterfly team of Mehre, Christian LaCosse, Stephen Nosko and J.B. Nosko (3:10.5); 800 freestyle team of Connor LaCosse, Guy Biondi, Perry Schaefer and J.B. Nosko (8:23.05); and 400 freestyle team of Schaefer, Stephen Nosko, Biondi and Connor LaCosse (3:49.63).

“I was pretty pleased with most of our swimmers, especially the more experienced guys,” Port coach Steve Schiessl said.

“Our new kids are also making some progress and showing they have some possibilities.”

Schiessl praised the performance of J.B. Nosko, a freshman who has gotten off to a strong start in his first varsity season.

“He’s pretty versatile and has done well in the butterfly and individual medley,” Schiessl said. “His best events are probably the longer ones, like the 200 IM and 500 free.”

Port and Grafton might have finished higher in the meet standings, but each had two relays disqualified.

The Pirates’ next outings will be 6 p.m. dual meets at Nicolet this Friday and at Kiel on Dec. 20.

This week, Grafton will travel to Homestead for a 6 p.m. dual meet Thursday and participate in the Elkhorn Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.

On Dec. 20, the Hawks host West Bend East at 6 p.m.

Homestead 101, Port Washington 82

J.B. Nosko won two events to help keep the host Pirates close in a conference dual meet Dec. 6.

He placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.29) and 500 freestyle (5:31.68).

Port’s other wins came from Mehre in the 100 butterfly (1:02.64) and Tyler Phillips in diving (121.1 points).

The Pirates’ individual second-place efforts came from Perry Schaefer in the 200 freestyle (2:07.34) and 100 freestyle (55.79), Connor LaCosse in the 50 freestyle (24.93) and 500 freestyle (5:42.75), Mehre in the 200 individual medley (2:25.71), Callum Toal in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.38) and Josh Schaefer in diving (109.5 points).

 
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 18:40

Young players step up big as Warriors pull away from CG-B for league win


Ozaukee coach Lee LeMahieu has seen steady improvement from his girls’ basketball team early this season — a trend that helped the Warriors secure their first win last Friday.

Led by the all-around play of their two youngest players, Ozaukee hustled to a 44-33 Central Lakeshore Conference victory over Cedar Grove-Belgium.

The host Warriors were paced by sophomore guard Lizzie Janke, who contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.GUARD KATIE BARES drove past Cedar Grove-Belgium defenders Alyssa Sauer (3) and Briana Weavers during Ozaukee’s 44-33 win last Friday.         Photo by Sam Arendt

Teammate Jessika Dieringer, a freshman forward, posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“We also played well defensively using both zone and man defenses,” said LeMahieu, who singled out the scrappy backcourt work of Katie Bares.

The Warriors held Cedar Grove-Belgium to nine points or less in each quarter. In the process, none of the Rockets scored in double digits.

Briana Weavers led Cedar Grove-Belgium with nine points, and Ashley Weavers had seven.

LeMahieu also cited his team’s rebounding effort, which gave them a 36-23 edge.

After holding a 7-6 lead after one quarter, Ozaukee steadily pulled away. The Warriors led, 19-15, at halftime and 30-24 after three quarters.

The closest the Rockets got in the second half was 26-22 with 50 seconds left in the third period. That’s when Janke hit a three-point shot to push the Warriors’ lead to seven, and the margin never fell below six after that.

“Ozaukee is a well-coached team that played very disciplined basketball,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Josh Ketterhagen said.

“They’re a quick team, and we had trouble with that. They were more aggressive and got a lot more shots around the rim than us.”

With the win, Ozaukee improved to 1-2 in the conference and dropped the Rockets to the same mark.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 53, Ozaukee 42

The Warriors put a scare into the host Resorters before dropping a conference game, 53-42, on Dec. 6.

Ozaukee trailed by only three points with less than five minute left but was outscored, 12-4, the rest of the way.

“We had too many turnovers and didn’t get enough shots,” LeMahieu said.

The Warriors were also hurt by a slow start that left them trailing, 8-4, after one period.

Emily Thome and Mickey Burns each scored six points in the second quarter to help the Warriors pull within 21-18 at halftime.

In the final period, Elkhart Lake iced the win with a 6-for-10 effort at the free-throw line.

Thome led Ozaukee with 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Burns had 10 points and six rebounds.

Janke and Dieringer added nine and eight points, respectively.

The Warriors couldn’t stop Maddie Landgraf, who poured in 26 points for the Resorters.

This week, Ozaukee faced Campbellsport on Tuesday and will travel to Sheboygan Lutheran on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. CLC contest.

On Dec. 20, the Warriors will host Sheboygan Christian at 7:30 p.m. in their final game before the holiday break.


 
Scrappy effort, blue-collar win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:18

Trapping defense, fourth-quarter free throws carry Port boys past Waukesha South

If you want to get things cooking, the first step is to turn up the heat.PORT’S JOEY BURBACH shared game-high scoring honors with 15 points in his team’s win Friday.   Photo by Sam Arendt

Just ask the Port Washington boys’ basketball team, which trapped, harassed and frustrated an overmatched Waukesha South squad for a nonconference win last Friday night.

The host Pirates used a swarming 1-3-1 half-court defense to take charge early and muscled their way to a 51-31 victory.

“I was really pleased with the way we came out in the first half,” said Port coach John Bunyan, whose team improved to 3-1.

“We thought we could be effective with the 1-3-1, and it worked pretty well.”

Although turnovers slowed both teams early in the game, the Pirates clicked enough offensively to build a 24-8 lead by halftime. South rallied briefly in the second half when Port’s starting guards Sawyer Mosley and Eric Graf both sat down with foul trouble, but never got any closer than eight points.

After Ryan Smith’s three-point play on a layup and foul pulled the Blackshirts within 34-26 with 5:40 left, Port answered with a 7-0 run that sealed the outcome.

Forward Kyle Rismeyer and guard Joey Burbach each scored 15 points to lead the Pirates, doing much of their work at the free-throw line.

Rismeyer finished 7-for-10 on foul shots, and Burbach was 6-for-8. Fourteen of their free-throw attempts came in a foul-filled fourth quarter, when Port went 14-for-20 at the line.

Besides having trouble with the Pirates’ trapping defense, South (0-2) struggled matching up inside. Smith led the Blackshirts with 14 points, including 12 in the second half, but none of his teammates had more than five.

Rismeyer, a 6-foot-4 senior, had only one field goal in the second half but regularly drew fouls. Burbach helped keep the heat on with hard drives to the basket, some of which drew contact but no whistles.

“We definitely had some trouble with turnovers in the third quarter, but we did some good things, too,” Bunyan said.

“We kept playing hard and worked our way through it. It was a good win.”  

Plymouth 57, Port Washington 38

A rematch with a determined foe didn’t go the Pirates’ way in a nonconference home opener Nov. 29.

After defeating Plymouth, 55-52, three days earlier in the title game of a tournament at Sheboygan South, Port trailed, 13-8, one quarter into the rematch and never recovered.

The Panthers built a 31-20 lead by halftime and pulled away with an 18-10 run in the final period.

“I think we were overconfident after beating Plymouth a few days earlier,” Bunyan said.

“They made some adjustments and came out and pressured us, and we didn’t handle it well.”

No player scored in double figures for the Pirates, who were led by Burbach and Sam Weiland with seven points apiece.

Parker Kastelic’s 20 points paced Plymouth, which also got 14 from Kollin Neils.

This week, Port faced Ozaukee on Tuesday and will open North Shore Conference play Friday with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Milwaukee Lutheran.

On Dec. 13, the Pirates will host Homestead, also at 7:30 p.m.

 
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