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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:15

Battle-tested seniors lead balanced attack as Port boys shoot for rebound season

There’s little question the Port Washington boys’ basketball team will have a bigger, stronger lineup this season.

Whether the added height and muscle will translate into more success in the rugged North Shore Conference is one of the Pirates’ chief challenges.


“We feel real good about the players we have back and the new guys joining us,” said second-year Port head coach Brian Hebein, whose team is coming off a 2-12, seventh-place finish in the NSC.


“It’s a group who understands what we’re trying to do. I think it’s a smart group of players who are going to be pretty versatile.”


On the way to a 6-18 overall record last season, the Pirates were heavily dependent on senior guard Joey Burbach, who led them in scoring and rebounding.


This time around, Port is expected to take a more-balanced offensive approach. Much of its leadership will come from five returning seniors: Sam Weiland, Darius Will, Nic Schueller, Brennan Cassidy and Brett Kirmse.


Weiland, a 6-foot-4 guard, is the Pirates’ top returning scorer after averaging 9.8 points per game last season.


“Sam will be a captain-type player for us,” Hebein said. “He worked really hard in the off-season. He can score in the post and shoot the 3-ball, too.”

 
Questions abound for young Warriors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:12

With only one senior on roster, Ozaukee boys need new leaders to keep winning

When the Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team opened the season against Kohler on Tuesday, Nov. 19, it did so with a lot of unanswered questions.

The Warriors lost four talented players  from last year to graduation — Stephen Street, Colton Susen, Tyler Bares and Alex Dieringer — and have only one senior on their current roster.


Street was the leading scorer and rebounder on a team that went 16-8 overall and shared third place in the Central Lakeshore Conference with an 11-5 record.


Susen and Bares led the Warriors in assists and steals and were consistent scoring threats.


Dieringer had the versatility to play almost every position.


“We will be very young and inexperienced,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.


“We have some guys back at skilled positions, but we have a lot of questions going forward in terms of scoring, leadership and rebounding.”


Street’s departure marked the end of a stretch in which the Warriors had at least one 6-foot-6 player who was an interior scoring threat.

 
Hawks load up for state showdown PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:21

Grafton girls ride wave of 18 qualifying performances to Division 2 pool final; Port advances two divers

It’s nice to go into the biggest meet of the season fully armed.

The Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team knows the feeling, thanks to a dominant performance in WIAA Division 2 sectional that sends them to this week’s state final with a serious title shot.


“We had some really terrific performances,” Grafton coach John Douglass said after watching his squad win eight events and take the Plymouth Sectional championship with 416 points last Saturday.


“We don’t have the depth of teams that have 50 or 60 kids, but our top-level kids really performed well.


“If they’re not in first place, they’re in second or third. And if they’re not second or third, they’re in the top five or six.


“You can’t ask much more than that.”


The Black Hawks finished well ahead of runner-up Ashwaubenon, which had 367 points, in a 14-team field. Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol was third with 261 points,


Among other local teams, Port Washington was 11th with 82 points.


More importantly, the Hawks had 15 individual sectional performances and all three of their relays advance to the state  meet in Madison. The 18 qualifiers are the most ever by a Grafton team.


Leading the Hawks’ state-worthy efforts were individual firsts by junior Sam Senczyszyn in the 50-yard freestyle (23.29 seconds) and 100 freestyle (50.95), junior Rachel Hauer in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.03), sophomore Natalie Keshemberg in the 100 backstroke (59.87) and freshman Autumn Haebig in the 500 freestyle (5:09.09).


Madison-bound for Grafton with relay wins are the 200 medley team of senior Stephanie Haebig, Hauer, sophomore Katherine Bordetskaya and freshman Emma O’Brien (1:51.63); the 200 freestyle team of Keshemberg, O’Brien, Autumn Haebig and Senczyszyn (1:38.03); and the 400 freestyle team of Autumn Haebig, Keshemberg, Stephanie Haebig and Senczyszyn (3:35.16).

 
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