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Opportunity knocks, Rockets answer PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:13

Fourth-quarter comeback lifts CG-Belgium boys past errant-shooting Ozaukee in Central Lakeshore battle 

Opportunity knocked in the fourth quarter last Friday at Ozaukee High School, but only one boys’ basketball team answered.

Pulling away down the stretch, Cedar Grove-Belgium rallied for a 53-47 win in a hard-fought Central Lakeshore Conference game.

Ozaukee grabbed a four-point lead in the first quarter and maintained a 37-36 edge entering the final period.

However, the Rockets surged ahead for good with a 17-10 scoring edge the rest of the way.

Free throws were again a problem for Ozaukee, which went 2-for-9 at the line in the fourth quarter and was 6-for-18 for the game.

“Their missed free throws definitely helped us,” Rockets coach Jim Meinen said.

“With about six minutes left, we also turned up our defensive pressure and forced some turnovers.”

Balanced offense helped Cedar Grove-Belgium take control. Spencer Bares scored a game-high 17 points for the Rockets, and Adam Chier and R.J. Lemmermann had 15 and 10, respectively.

Bares, a senior, had a trio of three-point baskets.

Lemmermann, a 6-foot-7 junior, also grabbed 18 rebounds.

Cedar Grove-Belgium improved to 2-1 in CLC play and 2-2 overall. Ozaukee fell to 1-2 in the conference and 1-4 overall after winning its season opener.

Ice Hawks cruise, slip in home rink PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:11

Co-op hockey team drops Manitowoc but can’t stay with Homestead in pair of games at Ozaukee Center

The Grafton/Port Washington Ice Hawks doubled their win total before taking one on the chin from a top hockey foe at the Ozaukee Ice Center last weekend.

The Hawks beat Manitowoc United, 7-2, on Friday, but lost to Homestead, 12-0, on Saturday.

Against Manitowoc, Eric Dondlinger scored Grafton/Port’s first goal on the first line shift of the game.

After Manitowoc evened the score, Jeff Wade, Nate Perez and Taylor Snider combined to score five unanswered goals that put the Hawks in command.

“With our early season injuries, we have had to juggle our lines literally every game, and this was the first game these three had played together,” Grafton/Port coach Dan Wade said.

“They were able to get out on the break and create high-quality scoring opportunities.”

Jeff Wade finished the night with two goals and three assists. Perez had two goals and two assists, and Snider added a goal and two assists. Dondlinger scored once.

“It was our Student Night, and the energy from the crowd and Eric’s first goal really got us going,” coach Wade said.

Against Homestead, things got out of hand quickly for the Hawks, who were playing their fifth game in eight days.

Grafton/Port missed two early power-play scoring chances and trailed, 3-0, after one period. Homestead added three goals late in the second period and kept the pressure on in the third.

Shooting woes top Lady Pirates’ must-fix list PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:09

Free-throw problems help leave young Port girls’ team searching for its first victory

Don’t be surprised if the Port Washington girls’ basketball team spends extra time on shooting practice this week.

Sharpening their touch, especially at the free-throw line, became a top priority for the Pirates after they struggled offensively in two losses last week.

After losing to Whitefish Bay Dominican in a nonconference play Dec. 3, Port fell to Homestead, 62-29, in the North Shore Conference opener for both teams Friday.

Although the Pirates stayed within striking distance in the first half Friday, they were outscored, 33-12, the rest of the way.

“We’re young, and we’re still learning how to play good basketball, and that’s tough to do in the North Shore,” Port coach Brian Johnson said.

“Right now, we’re taking it one quarter at a time.”

After falling behind, 17-6, at the end of the first quarter, Port trailed by only 29-18 at intermission. However, Homestead sealed the outcome with a 15-8 run in the third period.

Poor free-throw shooting continued to bug the Pirates, who were only 22% (3 for 14) at the line.

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