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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:46

One day after visiting site of classic basketball movie, Grafton boys embrace underdog role on way to Indiana tournament title

Who says there’s no magic in old sports movies?

Little more than 24 hours after practicing in the gym where many of the scenes in the popular 1986 motion picture “Hoosiers” were filmed, the Grafton boys’ basketball team capped a memorable weekend by winning an Indiana tournament last Saturday.


Coach Bob Maronde’s squad did a spirited imitation of the film’s champion Hickory Hoosiers by staging late rallies to defeat two foes at the Cadet Holiday Invitational in Clayton, Ind., including a 47-43 victory over Lake Station Edison in the title game.


Just hours before, Grafton came from behind to stun highly regarded Hagerstown, 65-57, in overtime in the semifinals.


“It was an incredible weekend, just a great trip,” Maronde said. “We had to come from behind in both games to win, and I’m not sure how we did it.”


On Saturday afternoon, Grafton overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Hagerstown, which has been ranked among Indiana’s top Class 2A teams this season. Still drained from the emotional victory, the Black Hawks came out flat against Lake Station in the enveing and found themselves trailing, 34-23, after three periods.


“We played very poorly for three quarters. Physically and emotionally, I wasn’t sure we had anything left,” Maronde said.


But as they dug down, the Hawks stepped up their defense and began clicking offensively.


“We took care of our business, moved the ball and got Lake Station in foul trouble,” Maronde said. “We started making free throws and got ourselves back in it.”

 
Port finds consolation in bounceback victory PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:45

Pirate boys regroup to take 3rd place at tourney after tough semifinal loss

A split decision left the Port Washington boys’ basketball team with third-place honors at the Tim Reuter Showcase in Pewaukee last weekend.

Jumping ahead early and slowly pulling away, Port secured a 51-38 win over a solid West Bend East squad in the consolation game of the four-team tournament.


Besides improving the Pirates’ season record to 6-5, the victory gave them a lift after a hard-fought, 62-55 loss to Pewaukee in Friday’s semifinals.


Balanced scoring and long-range shooting helped the Pirates take control against East (7-3). Junior guard Matthew Kirmse led Port with 12 points, and Sam Weiland and Patrick McDonald added 10 and eight, respectively.


Kirmse’s total included three of the Pirates’ nine three-point baskets. Weiland and McDonald each had a pair of threes.


Port controlled the tempo with a season-best defensive effort that limited East to 12 or fewer points in each quarter.

 
Marshall’s strong show gives Grafton a mat lift PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:42

Senior’s 3rd-place finish sets pace for Black Hawks in On the Water tournament

Alex Marshall continued to set the pace for the Grafton High School wrestling team at the annual Lourdes On the Water Classic in Oshkosh last weekend.

The senior, who was the Black Hawks’  lone state qualifier last season, turned in their top tournament finish by placing third in the 220-pound weight class.


After receiving a first-round bye, Marshall pinned his next three opponents before being pinned by undefeated Dallas Wanta of West Allis Hale in the semifinals. Wanta (20-0) scored a fall in 5 minutes, 2 seconds.


Marshall bounced back to win his last two matches, including a 4:20 pin of Coleman’s C.J. Pillath and a 7-0 decision over Kimberly’s Drew Tomasovic in the third-place final.


The tournament left Marshall with a 17-3 season record.


Grafton scored 75 points, good for 33rd place in the 59-team field. Coleman won the team title with 321.5 points, 3.5 more than Wittenberg-Birnamwood.


Rounding out the top five were Random Lake (293.5), Cedarburg (270.5) and Oshkosh West (237).

 
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