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Patience pays for champion Pirates PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:30

Disciplined play helps Port boys’ basketball team secure Redwing Classic title

Patience pays.

Just ask the Port Washington boys’ basketball team, which wasted no time taking the advice to heart in the title game of the Redwing Holiday Classic last Saturday.

After controlling the opening tip, the Pirates ran 90 seconds off the clock before taking their first shot against the aggressive defense of host Sheboygan South.

When the shot came, Patrick McDonald drilled a three-pointer that put Port up for good on the way to an eye-opening, 58-41 win.

It was the kind of discipline and focus that left Pirates coach Brian Hebein impressed.

“We just kept moving the ball against their man-to-man and working for a good shot. We had at least 15 passes before we took it,” Hebein said.

“It wasn’t anything the coaches told them to do. The guys went out there and did it on their own.

“It was a great start for us.”

That start fueled a strong first half for the Port, which raced to a 21-13 lead by the end of the opening quarter and stretched the margin to 36-22 by intermission.

Although South played the Pirates on near-even terms the rest of the way, it couldn’t make a serious dent in the deficit.

“We traded baskets with them in the third quarter and kept that halftime margin,” Hebein said.

“Then, in the fourth quarter, we turned up our defense and held them to seven points.”

As they did in the tournament semifinals the previous night, the Pirates used balanced scoring to take control.

Junior guard Al’Tavius Jackson had a game-high 18 points for Port, which also got 12 from McDonald and 11 from Sam Weiland.

Banking on state mat talent PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:25

Div. 3 standouts lead way as Ozaukee reloads lineup for wrestling wars

It’s only happened one other time in the history of Ozaukee High School wrestling.

Before this season even starts, the Warriors have three state medalists on their roster.

Seniors Cole Large, Colton Kraus and Kevin Beckmann all earned hardware at the WIAA Division 3 state individual meet last season, and they’re back to lead the way again.

Kraus placed second in Madison at 113 pounds, while Large was fourth at 120 and Beckmann was fifth at 160.

“We’ve got a pretty experienced group. I think they’re going to be OK,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.

With depth on their side, the Warriors could fill all weight classes this season, though Gundrum said he may have to move a couple wrestlers up a weight to do it.

Taking the plunge with young talent PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:22

Grafton swim team starts rebuilding after loss of five state qualifiers to graduation

It’s rebuilding time for the Grafton boys’ swimming and diving team.

Although the Black Hawks enjoyed their best season in recent memory with a series of record-setting performances and a sixth-place finish at the 2013 WIAA Division 2 state meet, they’re now feeling the impact of graduation.

Gone from last year’s senior-heavy lineup are standouts such as Al Nennig, Brad Kempka, Kieran Paddock, Ben Gosselin and Tyler Kish. Of the Hawks' seven individual state qualifiers last season, only two — divers Zach Greenwood and Killian Mielotz — are back.

“We graduated 13 seniors, the largest group I’ve ever had,” Grafton coach Mark Minz said. “We do have numbers, but there are a lot of freshmen and sophomores.”

The Hawks’ four letterwinners are seniors Greenwood and Mielotz and juniors Bailey Bodart and Michael Zager.

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