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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:31

Jackson-Kirmse extravaganza propels Port boys past Bay, setting stage for Friday showdown with Germantown

To say the Port Washington boys’ basketball team is on a nice roll would qualify as one of the biggest understatements of the new year.


Continuing an eye-opening run that has kept them in North Shore Conference title contention, the Pirates surged past Whitefish Bay, 80-65, last Friday.

A trio of familiar backcourt leaders carried host Port, which started strong and weathered a Bay comeback to secure the victory.

Tay Jackson scored a game-high 36 points, and fellow seniors Matt Kirmse and Patrick McDonald had 25 and 10, respectively, combining to nearly match Bay’s output.

Jackson had five three-pointers, and Kirmse added three, helping the Pirates withstand a barrage of 10 Bay threes.

“Every time Bay made a run, we got a basket,” said Port coach Brian Hebein, whose team notched its seven straight win overall and improved to 5-1 in NSC play.

“Tay and Matt were both great and had career-highs in scoring. They gave us tremendous leadership.”

Hebein also singled out the defensive contributions of guards Blake Plier and forward Ben Schueller, who made things tough on Bay’s high-scoring Miles Sigh. Although Sigh finished with 15 points, he had to work extra hard after the first quarter.

Port raced to a 13-2 lead, scoring off Bay turnovers that included two steals each by Jackson and Kirmse.

Although the Blue Dukes rallied to pull within 19-18 by the end of the first quarter, Port quickly reasserted itself.

 
Mid-season change gives Port girls a new coach PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:28

Pirates turn to Wahl as interim head of basketball team after Johnson resigns

After losing nine of its first 12 games this season, the Port Washington High School varsity girls’ basketball team also found itself facing a leadership loss last Friday.

Brian Johnson, who had been the Pirates’ head coach since 2010, submitted his resignation, effective immediately.


He has been replaced by Jakob Wahl, Port’s freshman girls’ coach, who will serve as the interim varsity coach for the rest of the season.


Johnson cited personal reasons for his decision, which was made Friday morning.


“I didn’t want it to end like this, but it was time,” he said. “It gets to a point where you’re dealing with a lot of negative things.


“There were a number of factors, but I don’t want to go out bad mouthing people or taking shots.”


Port Athletic Director Thad Gabrielse, who met with Johnson on Friday, said he understood Johnson’s reasons for stepping down and praised him for his contributions.


“Brian is a good person, a man of faith. He helped the program and will go on to do well with other things,” Gabrielse said.


Johnson’s departure was followed by the resignation of his assistant coach, Tim Setzer, who said he was offered the head varsity job after Johnson resigned but chose instead to step down.

 
Sharpshooting Bulldogs too much for Grafton girls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:27

Sluggish starts to each half cost the Grafton girls’ basketball team a shot at an upset win last Friday.

So did an opportunistic Cedarburg squad that was more than happy to keep the host Black Hawks playing a futile game of catch-up on the way to a 49-35 win.
Although Grafton showed its fight early and overcame a 10-0 deficit to take a 17-16 lead late in the second quarter, Cedarburg wasn’t about to be denied in a North Shore Conference battle.

After guard Kendall Lynch banked in a three-point shot at the buzzer to put the Bulldogs ahead, 19-17, at halftime, they never trailed again.

Lynch, who nailed five threes and finished with a game-high 22 points, continued to provide the spark in a decisive third quarter. She scored eight points in the period, when Cedarburg went on a 19-5 run that broke the game open.

“We had a bad first five minutes of the game and a horrible start to the second half,” said Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt, whose team fell to 4-3 in NSC play.

“Their guards killed us.”

A basket by Kayla Borden pulled the Hawks within 33-22 late in the third quarter, but a three-pointer by guard Ady Schreiner and layup by Lynch gave the Bulldogs a 38-22 lead entering the final period.

Schreiner’s eight points included a pair of threes in the third quarter.

 
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