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Season to remember puts Hartnett with CLC’s best PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:23

Ozaukee senior’s unanimous selection for first-team honor leads area players in Central Lakeshore voting

There’s no mistaking the impact Eric Hartnett had on the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team this season.

Not only did the senior lead the Warriors in points, rebounds and blocked shots, he became their all-time scoring leader.

Hartnett capped his career by being named to the All-Central Lakeshore Conference first team in a unanimous vote of coaches.

“Eric was a consistently solid player for us this year. His offense and defense were a huge component to our success,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.

“He had a heck of a season, and his maturation process from his freshman year to this year has been phenomenal.”

Hartnett, a 6-foot-6-inch forward, averaged 18.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He became the Warriors’  career scoring leader late in the season, finishing with 1,048 points.

It wasn’t a selfish journey, either.

“Even when Eric didn’t score, the defense was so focused on him that it really opened up everything else for us,” Ketterhagen said.

Hartnett was the biggest reason Ozaukee went 16-10 overall, including a 10-6 conference mark, and advanced to the WIAA sectional level for the first time.

Hartnett was one of five players unanimously named to the All-CLC first team, led by University of Wisconsin-bound Sam Dekker of Sheboygan Lutheran.

Among those named to the second team were Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Jon Herzog and Ozaukee’s Stephen Street.

Receiving honorable mention were Cedar Grove-Belgium’s T.J. Obbink and Ozaukee’s Pat Kroening.

Herzog, a 6-3 forward, was his team’s most versatile player. Despite missing time due to an injury, the senior led the Rockets in rebounding (10.6 per game) and averaged 10.7 points, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 assists.

 
Strong start in first meet shows Pirate girls’ depth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:12

So far, so good for the Port Washington High School girls’ track and field team.

Despite missing several runners, the Pirates opened the season with a solid performance at the Raider Invitational in Sheboygan last Friday.

Sparked by sophomore Anna Pierringer’s strong work in jumping events, Port scored 53 points, good for a share of third place with Kiel in a 17-team field.

Pierringer placed second in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), long jump (15-1) and triple jump (31-8), leading a steady scoring attack by the Pirates.

Pierringer shared the longest distance in the triple jump. However, she had to settle for runner-up honors on a tie-breaker with Oak Creek’s Jenny Howski, who had the second-longest effort.

“It’s early, but the girls did a nice job,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.

“We got a lot of points from people in different events.”

The Pirates’ other top-three finishes came from junior Bianca Benkley, who was second in the 1,600-meter run (5 minutes, 26.07 seconds) and third in the 800 run (2:35.39), and the third-place 640 relay team of Myria Hubert, Kristina Rossi, Kristen Smith and Allie Mann (1:39.2).

Port also got sixths from Rossi in the 200 dash (30.45), Kayla McIlree in the shot put (31-11.5) and the 800 team of Hubert, Rossi, Smith and Mann (2:40.8).

Placing ninth were Abby Kotecki in the 3,200 run (13:10) and Claire Kinzer and Gabby Fote in the pole vault (both at 7-0).

Slinger won the meet with 71 points, and Little Chute was second with 64.

The Pirates held their own despite having a short-handed lineup whose missing members included runners Bonnie Allen and Sydney Greisch.

Adamak said he was encouraged by the season debut, noting his team has decent depth (more than 30 athletes) and well-balanced scoring.

Benkley leads the returning talent as one of three Port state qualifiers last year, having advanced in the 1,600 run. The Pirates lost Payton Greisch (400 dash) and Marly Trier (discus) to graduation, but Adamak is hoping other varsity veterans will pick up the slack.

 
Ball doesn’t bounce Hawks’ way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:32

Frantic rally falls one basket short as Grafton girls see their Cinderella season end in regional title game

Something had to give.

When the Grafton and Waupun girls’ basketball teams took the court for a WIAA Division 2 regional title game last Saturday, each side brought with it a loud wave of support and a long winning streak.

But when the final horn sounded, visiting Waupun and its fans were the only ones celebrating — the perk of a 54-52 victory that could have gone the other way.

Fighting back from a six-point deficit with less than one minute to play, Grafton nearly pulled off a miracle comeback.

It wasn’t until Hannah Eichler’s shot in the lane in the final seconds bounced off that Waupun escaped — and the Black Hawks were left with season-ending heartbreak.

“It was a very tough loss. We had our chances, so many of them, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way,” said Grafton coach Bob Maronde, whose team had its 13-game winning streak snapped.

“Waupun has a very good team, but we battled well. I was very pleased with our effort.”

Not surprisingly, the game became a tussle between two of the regional’s highest-seeded teams. Waupun (No. 3) needed a near-flawless performance from guard Morgan Domask to edge the Hawks (No. 2), extend its winning streak to 10 games and advance to the regional title contest Saturday.

Domask, a senior guard, scored a game-high 21 points without missing a shot. She made all four of her field-goal attempts, including a trio of three-pointers, and was 10-for-10 at the free-throw line.

Domask had 16 points in the second half when the Warriors survived a roller-coaster exchange in which both teams struggled to protect leads.

Trailing, 23-20, at halftime, Grafton rallied to take a five-point lead in the third quarter. However, Waupun fought back to regain a 38-36 edge entering the final period.

 
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