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A night of missed chances PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:13

Errant free throws help seal Grafton boys’ fate in overtime loss to Bulldogs

Before last weekend, one of the last things the Grafton boys’ basketball team  had to worry about was free throws.

Shooting nearly 70% at the line, the Black Hawks had been pretty reliable at the stripe through their first nine games this season.

But foul shots were no friend to Grafton on Friday, when a 10-for-21 effort on foul shots helped host Cedarburg pull off a 59-50 overtime win in North Shore Conference play.

“It was a tough night. We had our chances, especially late in the game, but we just missed too many free throws,” Hawks coach Bob Maronde said.

“It was very uncharacteristic of our team to shoot under 50%, and it hurt.”

Magnifying the foul-line woes were five misses on the front end of bonus opportunities.

Free-throw shooting wasn’t Grafton’s  only problem, though. For much of the game, the Hawks struggled with Cedarburg’s deliberate approach in a four-corner offense that kept them scrambling.

“With the four corners, we definitely felt we would have an advantage under the basket,” Maronde said. “But it pulled us outside, and we gave up a lot of second shots.”

After falling behind early, Grafton trailed, 22-18, at halftime before fighting back to take a 37-35 into the fourth quarter. A seesaw final period left the game tied at 45-45 with 1 minute, four seconds left.

Ice Hawks slip twice in NSC play PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:12

Wins continued to elude the Grafton/Port Washington hockey team last week.

The Ice Hawks fell to Homestead, 9-0, in North Shore Conference play Friday at the Ozaukee Ice Center, extending their  losing streak to 11 games.

The Hawks are 0-8 in league games and 2-15 overall.

In another NSC game Jan. 8 at the center, Grafton/Port lost to Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood, 5-1.

The Hawks got a second-period goal from Nate Perez with an assist from Joe Benson.

The game was tied, 1-1, after two periods, but the Storm pulled away with four unanswered goals.

Grafton/Port goalie Izac Hickox made 42 saves.

The Hawks’ next game will be Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host DeForest at 5 p.m.

Homestead vaults past Port in NSC gymnastics meet PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:10

A strong Homestead team was too much for the Port Washington gymnastics squad in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Jan. 9.

Winning every event, Homestead soared to a 136.605-114.425 victory.
Port was led by sophomore Dani O’Donnell, who placed second in the all-around with 30.55 points and was third in vault (8.25).

Teammate Kaylyn Garant was third in all-around (29.85).

The Pirates’ other event leaders were O’Donnell in uneven bars (7.525), Garant on balance beam (8.0) and Kristen Smith in floor exercise (7.925).

Port coach K.C. Didier singled out two of her gymnasts for posting season-best personal scores: Grant in floor exercise (7.6) and Smith in vault (7.35).

This week, the Pirates were scheduled to host Grafton/Cedarburg in another conference meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and will participate in the Highlander Invitational at Homestead at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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