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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:23

Junior’s title-winning effort sets pace for Port wrestlers in Fond du Lac tournament

Zach Smith continued his impressive start to the wrestling season by reaching the top at the Marty Loy Classic in Fond du Lac last Saturday.

The Port Washington junior scored four straight wins, including three by pin, to win the 126-pound weight class in the 24-team tournament.


Smith, who improved to 10-1, won his first three matches by fall, including a pin of Manitowoc Lincoln’s Jose Acosta in 5 minutes, 16 seconds, in the semifinals. In the title match, Smith defeated Random Lake’s Jon Mudlaff, 4-2.


The latter two wins were particularly impressive because Acosta and Mudlaff came into the tournament undefeated.


“It was a really good meet for Zach,” Port coach Angelo LaRosa said. “He had to beat some really tough wrestlers to win it. This is the best I’ve ever seen him wrestle. ”


Port finished 11th in the team standings with 107.5 points. Sauk Prairie won the title with 184.5 points, and Random Lake was second with 166. Menomonie (150.5) and Hudson (142) rounded out the top four.


“This was probably the toughest the Marty Loy tournament has been in the eight years I’ve been going to it (as coach),” LaRosa said. “There were a lot of excellent wrestlers there.”


Port had three other top-five individual finishes, including a second by Quentin Lueck at 152 pounds.


Lueck, a senior, won his first three matches, including a 7-5, overtime decision over Bryce Bennot of Wautoma/Wild Rose in the semifinals before losing to Sauk Prairie’s Austin Powell, 8-3, in the final. Lueck has a 9-2 season record. Bennot was the state’s top-ranked Division 2 wrestler in the weight class.

 
Tough pool foes dunk Hawks, Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:21

Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg cruise past local boys’ swim teams in NSC dual meets

A deep, talented foe splashed past the Grafton boys’ swimming and diving team in a North Shore Conference meet Dec. 19.

Winning 11 of 12 events, host Whitefish Bay dunked the Black Hawks, 126-60.


“Bay has a nice team. They’ve got four guys who swim year-round that form the core of their team,” said Grafton coach Mark Minz, whose squad is rebuilding this season after being hard hit by graduation.


The Hawks’ lone win came from sophomore Bailey Bodart, who took the 100-yard freestyle in 51.83 seconds. He also placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:20.07).


Grafton’s other seconds in individual races were posted by Max Jensen in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.56) and Killian Mielotz in diving.


Second-place relay finishes came from the medley team of Andrew Ebel, Jensen, Michael Zager and Bodart (1:59.46); the 200 freestyle team of Danny Bader, Charley Hanney, Ja’Quese Teat and Zach Ryan (1:53.23); and the 400 freestyle team of Zager, Ebel, Adam Schacht and Bodart (3:55.36).


Cedarburg 150, Port Washington 30

 
Miscues aside, Port girls happy with confidence-building win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:12

Strong start helps Pirates overcome shaky stretches of play against Lutheran; Grafton struggles in pair of NSC losses

The Port Washington girls’ basketball team didn’t dominate play against Milwaukee Lutheran last Friday night but still managed to control things.

Racing to a 9-0 lead, coach Brian Johnson’s squad never trailed on the way to a 42-30 win in North Shore Conference play and received a solid shot of confidence in the process.


“It was ragged at times, but we’re young and not used to playing with a lead,” Johnson said.


“But we’ll take it. I’m proud of the effort the girls put in.”


The win was the third in the last four games for the Pirates, who improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.


Junior Brianna Ahner and Hannah Strohm each scored 11 points to lead Port, which held a 13-8 lead after one quarter and a 26-19 edge at intermission. Strohm, a forward, had nine points in the first half, and Ahner, a guard, had seven in the second half.


Solid defense kept the Pirates ahead throughout the second half, when their lead reached 13 points. Lutheran (0-4 in NSC play) managed just 11 points in the last two quarters, including seven by Ashley Folker. The freshman guard finished with a team-high 11 points.

 
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