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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:06

Pirates take team title in Pewaukee, advance 10 to individual sectional meet

The battle for WIAA mat supremacy officially began last weekend — and the Port Washington Pirates staked an early claim as a team to beat.

Coach Angelo LaRosa’s squad won a Division 2 regional title at Pewaukee on Saturday, earning a berth in this week’s team sectionals and advancing 10 wrestlers in individual competition.

Winning eight weight classes, Port scored 269 points and outlasted runner-up Pewaukee (237) in a battle for top honors.

Kewaskum was third with 166 points, followed by Wisconsin Lutheran (163), Milwaukee Lutheran (98) and a scoreless Milwaukee North team.

“It was a good start for us, but it was also very tough,” said LaRosa, whose squad won a regional team title for the first time since 2007.

“We lost a couple of close matches, or we could have had a few more kids advance.”

With their regional crown, the Pirates advanced to team competition at the Whitewater Sectional on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Port defeated Campbellsport, 48-15, in thesemifinals but lost to Delavan-Darien, 31-29, in the final.

Winning individual regional titles for Port were Noah Rosado (106 pounds), Zach Smith (113), Nathan Schnell (138), Jordan Dieringer (152), Adam Dreikosen (160), Josh Meins (170), Tyler Griswold (220) and Andy Fidler (285).

Each won two matches after receiving a first-round bye. Rosado, Meins and Fidler had two pins apiece.

Also advancing to the sectional level with second-place finishes for the Pirates were Robby Anheier (126) and Ryan Steitz (195).

Rosado, a sophomore, improved his season record to 32-4 by pinning Pewaukee’s Isaac Lodise in 4 minutes, 38 seconds, and Wisconsin Lutheran’s Jacob Roecker in 1:01.

 
Catch-up game no friend to Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:03

Sometimes a sluggish start is just too much to overcome.

After falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter, the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team kept scrapping but never got over the hump in a 69-59 loss to Howards Grove on Feb. 9.

The host Rockets trailed, 20-8, at the end of a turnover-filled opening period and faced a deficit as large as 17 points before making a second-half run. But the rally never got them closer than seven points on the way to a Central Lakeshore Conference defeat.

“We struggled with handling Howards’  pressure and had seven turnovers in the first quarter,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Meinen said.

“That set the stage for us struggling all night.”

The Rockets, who fell to 5-7 in CLC play, saw Howards Grove convert their early miscues into quick baskets.

Mike Davis scored 10 points in the first quarter for the Tigers (9-4), who hit four three-point shots during the run.

“After the first quarter, we settled down and played pretty well, but we couldn’t recover completely,” Meinen said.

Noah Steines finished with 17 points to lead Howards Grove, which took a 51-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers also got 16 points from Davis and 11 from Garrett Jahnke.

Cedar Grove-Belgium was led by guard Kyle Kirst, who scored 15 points before fouling out. Josh Ruppel had 11 points, and T.J. Obbink added nine.

Meinen praised the play of Luke Kaat, who didn’t score but did a solid defensive job in limiting standout Ashton Holzman to eight points.

The Rockets were hurt by the absence of front-line players Jon Herzog and R.J. Lemmerman. Herzog, their best rebounder, remained sidelined due to an Achilles tendon injury, and Lemmerman missed the game because of illness.

“We haven’t quite been able to get it together,” Meinen said. “But I told the kids after the game that if we can get healthy, we can still make a run.”

The Rockets, who slipped to 8-10 overall, will try to bounce back with a stretch of conference games to end the regular season.

They faced Sheboygan Christian on Feb. 14 and will play 7:30 p.m. contests at home against Random Lake this Thursday and at Ozaukee on Feb. 21.


Image Information: CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Spencer Bares tried to avoid a Howards Grove defender as he drove to the basket.      Photo by Sam Arendt

 
Tough loss not all that ails Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:47

Absence of point guard, head coach also punctuate boys’ double-overtime defeat at hands of Nicolet

You know it’s probably not your night when your basketball team is missing its head coach as well as its best point guard.

Just ask the Port Washington boys’ squad, whose sideline resembled a hoops hospital ward last Friday night.

Forced to do battle without starter Sawyer Mosley and coach John Bunyan, the Pirates stumbled to a 59-53, double-overtime loss to Nicolet.

The North Shore Conference game was a constant struggle for host Port, which never found enough offensive rhythm to keep the Knights from posting their first league win of the season.

Mosley sat on the sideline with a broken left foot, an injury he sustained the previous Monday in practice. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Bunyan was out battling pneumonia.

In addition, guard Sam Weiland was slowed by an ankle injury.

“We were short-handed. We had our chances, but we’re just in a little funk right now,” said Port assistant coach Pat Gasser, who filled in for Bunyan.

Without Mosley to direct the offense, the Pirates scuffled continuously. They committed seven turnovers in the first quarter, as Nicolet grabbed a 9-5 lead, and spent most of the night in catch-up mode.

Port trailed by as many as nine points before rallying late in the game and pulling even at 42-42 on a layup by Weiland in the final minute.

Eugene Bonner had a chance to give the Knights (1-9) a win when he drew a foul with four seconds left. However, he missed two free throws, forcing the game into overtime.

Mick Clarke’s layup put the Pirates up, 48-47, with 55 seconds left in the first extra period. But Nolan Wagner made one of two free throws to pull the Knights even.

When Joey Burbach missed a three-pointer at the buzzer, the game moved into a second overtime.

 
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