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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:20

O’Connor-anchored win in final race gives Grafton sectional swimming title

The Grafton boys’ swimming and diving team made sure their first trip to a WIAA Division 2 sectional in Ashwaubenon last Saturday was a memorable one.

The Black Hawks trailed the host squad by five points heading into the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Grafton coach Mark Minz used his star to anchor the race and knew that if it was close, senior Sean O’Connor would pull out a victory.sports1

Minz said he told his relay of Jake Herlache, Charley Hanney, Nick Starr and O’Connor to win the race and let everything else take care of itself. If the Hawks placed first in the event, it didn’t matter where Ashwaubenon finished.

“You couldn’t have scripted it better,”
 Minz said.

And the four couldn’t have swam much better.

“That’s the first relay I’ve ever had with every guy’s split in the 40s. That’s an amazing accomplishment for a high school team,” Minz said.

O’Connor made up some ground and the Hawks pulled it off, winning the race by nearly two seconds — 3 minutes, 13.22 seconds to Ashwaubenon’s 3:15.2 — and took the sectional team title by one point, 379-378.

Every Hawk who swam qualified for the state meet this Friday and Saturday in Madison.

O’Connor won the 200 freestyle (1:42.75) and 100 butterfly  (52.32).

Starr won the 500 freestyle (4:55.66) by less than a second. The race was a near-photo finish as Evan Geiser of Cedarburg swam a 4:56.08 and Mark Teske of Ashwaubenon swam a 4:56.36.

“That was a fun race to watch. For a long race, that place stayed loud,” Minz said.

All four of Grafton’s first-place finishes were pool records, Minz said.

 
Rockets crush familiar foe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:17

The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team destroyed Reedsville, 86-31, in its opening game of the Big East Conference  tournament last Friday, earning a rematch with Howards Grove.sports2

Eleven Rockets scored, led by Reid Hilbelink’s 20 points.

Jordan Villa added 18 points, followed by Josh Weiss with 10 and Ethan Brochtrup with nine.

Hilbelink scored 16 points in the first half as the Rockets built a 55-15 edge.

Cedar Grove-Belgium defeated Reedsville, 90-68, in the Big East regular-season finale on Feb. 6.

Howards Grove beat Cedar Grove-Belgium, 78-51, on Dec. 22, after which the Rockets went on a nine-game winning streak.

This week, Cedar Grove-Belgium was scheduled to play at Howards Grove Tuesday. The tournament continues Thursday with the winner taking on the winner of a game between top-seeded Hilbert and Oostburg.

Games continue Saturday and Feb. 23.


Photo Credit: CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Jordan Villa went  up for a shot in an 86-31 rout of Reedsville last Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt

 
Pirates advance without team mat crown PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:13

Pfeiffer, Makoutz take championships as nine Port wrestlers qualify for sectional level in Div. 1 

It wasn’t the WIAA regional team title Port Washington was hoping for, but nine Pirate wrestlers advanced to Division 1 sectional competition last Saturday at Cedarburg.

Blake Pfeiffer (106 pounds) and Preston Makoutz (132) won regional championships for Port.

Also advancing for the Pirates were Lukas Burke (182) and Tristan Griswold (195) with second-place finishes and Oliver Rosado (120), Tanner Meinel (126), Sal Gauthier (145), Nate Russell (152) and Cody Lewis (285 with thirds.sports3

“It was kind of up and down, some highs and lows,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said.

“As a team, we didn’t finish where we wanted to. We wanted to win it.”

Germantown won the eight-team meet with 201.5 points. Second-place Cedarburg scored 193, and Port Washington was third with 188.

Pfeiffer (30-4) pinned Jake Roden (16-19) of Cedarburg in 56 seconds and scored a 6-4 decision over Jordan Craft (19-11) of Manitowoc Lincoln in the finals.

Makoutz (24-12) pinned Mason Peters (0-5) of West Bend West in 1:49, won a 13-1 major decision over Eric Abel (25-12) of Germantown and a 9-4 decision over Sam Boerner (31-7) of Cedarburg in the finals.

“They had a really good day,” LaRosa said of his champions. “They are in a good spot going forward.”

Burke (32-13) pinned Carson Bogner (2-2) of Germantown in 3:56, won a 5-4 decision over Cooper O’Keefe (22-16) of Cedarburg, was pinned by Anthony Schlass (31-4) of West Bend West in 2:55 in the finals and pinned Hayden Lodel (20-18) of Manitowoc Lincoln in 3:56 for second place.

Griswold (30-8) pinned Frankie Carrothers (11-8) of Sheboygan South in 3:38, lost an 8-7 decision to Joe Leonhardt (37-5) of West Bend West in the finals and scored a 13-1 major decision over Caleb Drake (13-15) of Cedarburg for second.

LaRosa said he moved both Burke and Griswold up a weight class in a gamble.

 
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