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Pulaski trip a title tuneup for Port? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:14

Wrestling team plans to use 13th-place finish at tough tournament as springboard in bid for North Shore crown

After wrapping up the North Shore Conference dual-meet title, Port Washington wrestling coach Angelo LaRosa wasn’t worried about his team’s 13th-place finish at the Pulaski Invitational last Saturday.sports1

The Pirates scored 54.5 points in the 16-team tournament, which was won by three-time Division 1 defending state champ Kaukauna with 236.5 points. With the vast majority of teams in the field ranked in the state, LaRosa said this is one of the toughest tournaments in Wisconsin.

LaRosa said he is more concerned with the seed-to-place ratio, meaning the collective finishes compared to wrestlers’ seeds coming into the meet. In that category, Port ended up with six points, good for fourth place.

“That means we had a good tournament,” LaRosa said.

Port’s Oliver Rosado (25-13) went 4-1 on the day at 120 pounds but only placed seventh, the highest possible finish after losing his first match.

Grafton boys snap loss skid before being edged on road PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:11

The Grafton boys’ basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak last Friday and nearly pulled off a second straight victory Saturday.sports2

A last-second shot to tie Brookfield Academy on the road rimmed out as the host Blue Knights escaped with a 54-52 win.

It spoiled a furious comeback by the Black Hawks after being down by as much as 48-42 in the second half. Coach Damon James said his team missed on good looks early and hurt itself with turnovers, a recent bugaboo.

Grafton closed to 51-50 with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left. The Blue Knights scored to go up three before the Black Hawks were fouled and executed an inbounds play to cut the lead to 53-52.

O’Connor-led Grafton races to 2nd at Small School PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 20:06

Senior breaks own school record for Hawks at invite; Port takes 10th out of 18 teams

Sean O’Connor broke a school record for the second time this season and played a key role as the Grafton swimmers pulled out second place at the Small School Invitational in Shorewood last Saturday.sports3

The Black Hawks scored 269.5 points, edging Madison Edgewood’s 249. Monona Grove dominated with 409 points in breaking several pool and meet records.

Port Washington took 10th in the 18- school meet with 104 points.

It was just about what Grafton coach Mark Minz expected.

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