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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:02

Failure to find basket in final 12 minutes dashes Grafton boys’ plan to upset undefeated Homestead

Thirsting for a statement win against Homestead last Friday night, the Grafton boys’ basketball team found no relief.

Instead, a second-half scoring drought drained the Black Hawks, who saw a seven-point lead fade into a 57-45 home loss.


After Logan Hilgart’s three-point basket gave Grafton a 43-36 advantage with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left in the third quarter, his team failed to make another floor shot.


In fact, the Hawks’ only points in the final 12:42 came on two free throws by Will Birch early in the final period.


“We had poor spacing in our offense, which made it very easy for Homestead to defend us,” Grafton coach Bob Maronde said.


“In the third quarter, we had a lot of chances to build the lead, but we just didn’t execute. When we got an open look, we couldn’t make it.”


The Highlanders’ big rally, which included a 21-2 run to end the game, allowed them to improve to 3-0 in the North Shore Conference and 5-0 overall. But the win didn’t come easily.


Grafton trailed, 17-13, after one quarter but fought back in the second period. Birch hit a pair of three-pointers, and Nate Koehler added another, as the Hawks surged to a 26-21 lead with four minutes left in the half.


The lead see-sawed the rest of the quarter until Homestead took a 34-33 lead at intermission on a buzzer-beating tip-in by Jaylen Key.


Grafton stayed on the attack early in the third quarter and built a seven-point lead on back-to-back threes by Birch and Hilgart. However, after the Highlanders called a time-out, they extended their defense and began controlling the interior.


Jack Popp’s three-pointer with 1:50 left in the third period put Homestead ahead to stay at 44-43.

 
Yanke’s big night not enough for OHS girls PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:01

A career-best performance by Emma Yanke wasn’t enough to carry the Ozaukee girls’ basketball team to an upset win last Friday night.

Yanke, a junior guard, scored a game-high 15 points, but the host Warriors couldn’t overcome a first-half deficit in a 49-43 loss to Sheboygan Christian.

Ozaukee held an 11-9 lead after one quarter, but Christian used a 17-6 run in the second period to take control.

The Eagles, who improved to 4-0 in Central Lakeshore Conference play, stretched their 26-17 halftime lead to 40-29 after three quarters.

Although Ozaukee pared the margin in the final period, it wasn’t able to make a serious comeback.

Yanke’s output included four three-point baskets. The Warriors (0-3) also got nine points from Lizzie Janke and seven from Jessika Dieringer.

Christian was led by Carissa Wisse’s 15 points.

Oostburg 46, Ozaukee 32

 
Forfeits take their toll on Hawks in Hartford PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:58

Unfilled weights leave Grafton wrestling team on short end at duals tourney

Forfeits got the best of the Grafton wrestling team at the Hartford Duals last Saturday.

Unable to fill as many as five weight classes, the Black Hawks lost all five of their dual meets in the annual tournament.


Even so, Grafton had several solid individual performances. Leading the way with 5-0 match records were seniors Alex Marshall (220 pounds) and Jason Gustafson (145).


Gary Ross (138), Arturo Duran (106) and Ian Olivas (195) each went 4-1 for Grafton, which also got a 3-2 effort from Liam Pfleger (132).


In their closest call, the Hawks lost to Germantown, 40-39, in what both teams counted as a North Shore Conference meet.


Grafton won seven of the nine matches wrestled but couldn’t overcome 30 forfeited points.


Scoring pins for the Hawks were Brendan Fugate (120), Ross, Gustafson, Jacob Eichhorn (160), Olivas and Marshall. Winning by decision was Tommy Makela (152).


Marshall had the fastest win with a 48-second fall.


Hawks coach Mike Dodge called the meet “a great performance to finish off a solid day of wrestling.”

 
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