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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:30

Howards Grove has Ozaukee boys’ number again in Division 4 sectional semifinal decided in fourth quarter

The postseason dream is over for the Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team.

After scoring three straight wins to earn their first WIAA regional title, the Warriors saw their tournament run end with a 58-48 loss to Howards Grove in a Division 4 sectional semifinal game March 8 in Plymouth.

Ozaukee, which lost twice to the Tigers in Central Lakeshore Conference play this season, put up a valiant effort before succumbing.

Senior center Eric Hartnett led Ozaukee by scoring 26 points in the final game of his high school career.

After trailing, 39-35, entering the fourth quarter, the Warriors scored the first four points of the period to pull even. However, Howards Grove responded with 11 unanswered points and then withstood a final Ozaukee comeback.

Guard Colton Susen hit back-to-back three-point baskets for the Warriors before Howards Grove regained control.

“I thought we did a great job coming back in the fourth quarter, but we let it slip away again and couldn’t crawl back,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.

“We had a great run and played some solid ball down the stretch, but we had an off shooting night, and that came back to get us.”

 
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:27

Port Washington’s Gasser, Grafton’s Eichler among former area standouts continuing to excel at next level

Former athletic standouts at local high schools have continued to excel in their sports at the collegiate level this winter.

Topping the list is Port Washington’s Josh Gasser, a second-year starter on the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard was recently named to the Big Ten Conference’s All-Defensive Team.

Gasser has started all 33 games for the Badgers, averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds and a team-high 34.5 minutes per game. He is shooting .465 from the field and .781 at the free-throw line.

Gasser, who is the career scoring and rebounding leader at Port High School, will help lead Wisconsin into the NCAA Division I tournament this week. The fourth-seeded Badgers will face Montana in a first-round regional game Thursday.

Former Grafton High School standout Sarah Eichler is a key member of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball team.

A 5-11 junior, Eichler is a starting forward for the nationally ranked Phoenix, who have a 30-1 record and won the Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles.

Eichler is averaging 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and shooting .459 from the field and .820 at the foul line. She is one of the team’s top defensive players.

Green Bay received a seventh seed for the NCAA Division I tournament and will open regional play Saturday against Iowa State.

Sisters Julia and Michelle Baranek, Port Washington High School graduates, have excelled as four-year members of the UW-Eau Claire women’s track and field team.

They participated in the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Grinnell, Iowa, on March 9 and 10.

Julia tied for seventh place in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 5 inches.

 
Records fall, Warriors rule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 16:30

Hartnett’s career-best effort helps Ozaukee boys enjoy their first spotlight as regional basketball champs

A record-setting performance by senior center Eric Hartnett carried the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team to a WIAA Division 4 regional championship Monday night.

Hartnett’s 30-point output nearly equaled the opposing team’s score in the Warriors’ 55-34 win over visiting Reedsville.

The victory also gave Ozaukee a regional title in boys’ basketball for the first time in school history.

“We stuck to our game plan and got Eric the ball,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.

“Eric was strong again. He’s had a monster season. I guarantee his outside shot took Reedsville by storm. They weren’t expecting that.”

Hartnett’s personal-best scoring total included two three-point baskets. In addition, he broke the team career record with 1,022 points, surpassing the old mark shared by Alex Janke and Don Volesky.

Hartnett scored 16 points in the first half, which ended with Ozaukee holding a 23-19 lead.

Stepping up their defense, the Warriors broke the game open with an 18-8 run in the third quarter.

“Our defense carried us home again,” said Ketterhagen, whose team improved to 16-9. “Our second-half adjustments worked really well, and we were cutting off their penetration.”

Ketterhagen singled out forward Steve Street for containing Adam Denor, Reedsville’s top scorer. Denor averages 14 points per game but was limited to four.

Street also stepped up offensively by scoring six of his eight points in the third quarter. He finished the game with 10 rebounds and five assists.

Ozaukee’s third-quarter run included a two minute stretch in which it scored nine consecutive points.

Also giving the Warriors solid all-around games were guards Pat Kroening (nine points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals) and Colton Susen (four assists).

Reedsville (9-15) was led by Brock Gilsdorf’s nine points.

The victory earned the Warriors a trip to Plymouth on Thursday for a 7 p.m. sectional semifinal game against Howards Grove, which defeated St. Mary’s Springs, 60-54, in overtime Monday.

The Warriors have lost twice to Howards Grove (19-5) in Central Lakeshore Conference play this season — 56-40 on Dec. 22 and 51-43 on Feb. 14.

Thursday’s winner will advance to the sectional title game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield Central against the winner of a semifinal between Whitefish Bay Dominican (23-1) and Brookfield Academy (16-8).


Image Information: MEMBERS OF THE Ozaukee boys’ basketball team raised their plaque high after they defeated Reedsville, 55-34, to win a WIAA Division 4 regional championship Monday night. The regional title is the first in team history.  Photo by Sam Arendt

 
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