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Nennig power helps Hawks stay sharp in Bulldog pool PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 18:50

In a 13-team swimming and diving meet dominated by perennial powers, it’s easy to overlook stellar performances by middle-of-the-pack squads.

Even so, there was no mistaking the impression Grafton’s Al Nennig made at the annual Bulldog Invitational in Cedarburg last Saturday.TIM WALCH of Port Washington churned through the water during the backstroke leg of a relay race in a North Shore Conference meet against Whitefish Bay last week.                 Photo by Sam Arendt

All the junior did was win two individual events and swim on a first-place relay team — efforts that gave the Black Hawks 72 of their 197 points.

“Al had another outstanding meet,” Grafton coach Mark Minz said. “He showed why he’s one of the top swimmers in the area and in the state.”

Nennig’s solo victories came in the 50-yard freestyle (22.16 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (59.32). In the 200 freestyle relay, he combined with Brad Kempka, Ben Gosselin and Kieran Paddock for a winning time of 1:33.17.

The same foursome also posted a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:46.89).

The Hawks’ other first-place effort came from sophomore Zach Greenwood in diving. Greenwood scored 307.7 points, edging runner-up Ray Mayek of West Allis (307.1).

Grafton finished sixth in the meet, which was won easily by host Cedarburg with 425 points. Shorewood and Racine Case shared second place with 310 points, and Kiel and the West Bend co-op team tied for fourth with 243.

Port Washington was eighth with 130 points.

 
Cheesehead an eye-opener for Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 18:43

Tough tournament leaves young Port wrestlers trailing; Grafton takes 6th in Baraboo


By attracting some of the nation’s best teams each year, the Cheesehead Invitational has a well-earned reputation as a premier wrestling tournament.

It came as no surprise, then, that a young Port Washington squad had its hands full with the competition in Kaukauna on Jan. 6 and 7.TYLER BROWN (top) scored a pin in the 170-pound weight class for the Port Washington wrestling team in its win over Whitefish Bay.                                                                 Photo by Sam Arendt

“Our guys had a few eye-opening experiences,” said Port coach Angelo LaRosa, whose wrestlers finished 23rd out of 24 teams.

“We don’t have the super studs this season, and we lost a lot of winnable matches or we could have been four or five places higher in the standings.”

The Pirates scored 149 points, finishing ahead of only Pewaukee (83). Perennial power Apple Valley of Minnesota won the team title with 565 points, four more than runner-up Bettendorf of Iowa.

At last year’s Cheesehead Invitational, Port finished 15th on the strength of an individual title by three-time state champion Alex Dieringer, who now wrestles at Oklahoma State University.

Last weekend, the Pirates’ top finish came from freshman Zach Smith, who placed eighth at 113 pounds.

After receiving a first-round bye, Smith won two matches, including a 13-4 major decision over Pewaukee’s Jason Berg. However, the competition got tougher. Smith lost twice and had to default his final two matches due to an injury.

“Zach wrestled very well, but he got hurt and had to sit out with a rib injury,” LaRosa said.

Placing ninth for Port was Tyler Griswold at 220 pounds.

 
Just what the hoops doctor ordered PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 18:34

Consolation title at Badger tournament provides feel-good remedy for Grafton girls’ basketball team


One night after seeing his team pay the price for one subpar quarter of basketball, Grafton girls’ coach Bob Maronde was eager for a return to normalcy.

The Black Hawks delivered in resounding fashion, whipping Burlington Catholic Central, 60-34, in the consolation final of the Badger Holiday Tournament in Lake Geneva last Friday.

“It was a completely different story,” Maronde said of a win that came on the heels of a semifinal loss to a tough East Troy team.JUNIOR SAM GOSEWEHR (left) was a front-line force for the Grafton girls’ basketball team at the Badger Holiday Tournament, scoring 28 points in the Hawks’ two games.                  Photo by Sam Arendt

“We jumped out to a 15-0 lead and really controlled the game. I don’t know what it was, but we did all the things right that we struggled with the first night.”

Those things included strong defense, good shot selection and balanced scoring — against a more beatable opponent.

The Hawks, who improved to 6-2, had four players each score at least nine points, led by junior center Sam Gosewehr with 13.

Kim Schacht and Hannah Eichler each had 10 points, and Amanda Hunt added nine.

Eichler, a senior guard, played her best all-around game of the season in finishing with 14 rebounds, seven steals and five assists.

Allie Hocking scored 15 points for Central (3-5), but none of her teammates had more than five.

After taking a 15-2 lead into the second quarter, Grafton maintained a 29-17 edge at halftime and pulled away with a 14-9 run in the third period.

Maronde attributed his team’s resurgence to sharpened focus.

“One of the nice things about playing in a tournament like that was that we had a lot of time to talk about what went wrong the first night,” he said.

“The kids did a lot of it on their own and really came out strong the next night.”

East Troy 56, Grafton 47

 
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