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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:16

Division 2 state title caps season-long mission for Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team

Anything less than a team championship would have been disappointing.

So instead, how about a title secured in record-setting, eye-opening style?


“It was fantastic,” Grafton coach John Douglass said after seeing his girls’ swimming and diving squad cruise to top honors at the WIAA Division 2 state final in Madison last Friday.


“That’s the only way to describe it.”


Entering the meet as a solid title favorite, the Black Hawks not only met expectations, they soared beyond them.


Grafton won six of 12 events — including two individual firsts apiece by junior Sam Senczyszyn and freshman Autumn Haebig — and piled up 286 points, well ahead of runner-up DeForest’s 202.


The Hawks’ margin of victory was the second-largest in a Division 2 state meet, topped only by Shorewood team that won by 129 points in 1996.


“My girls were on a mission all season, and they responded very well to every challenge they faced,” said Douglass, who reached the top in his second year with the Hawks after guiding them to third place at state last season.


“This was exactly what we were hoping for.”


Grafton served notice to the rest of a 32-team field by scoring 30 points in diving, the first event at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. After adding points in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 individual medley, the Hawks took control by winning the next five events.


“I’ve never seen a team win five events in a row at a state meet. It was shocking,” Douglass said. “For me as a coach, that was really special.”


Senczyszyn lived up to her both of her top seeds by winning the 50 freestyle in a meet-record 22.91 seconds and the 100 freestyle (50.89). Her 50-freestyle effort not only shattered the former record of 23.26 set in 2007, it eclipsed the Division 1 state mark of 22.97, giving her the fastest time by a female swimmer in Wisconsin high school history.


“I was a little surprised. I knew I had a chance to break the record, but you never know if you’re going to,” Senczyszyn said. “It was awesome.”


Senczyszyn won the 50 freestyle by more than one second over Fort Atkinson’s Emma Bare (23.93) and then outlasted Shorewood’s Kristin Malone (50.94) to take the 100 freestyle.

 
Will bigger, stronger Pirates be better? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:15

Battle-tested seniors lead balanced attack as Port boys shoot for rebound season

There’s little question the Port Washington boys’ basketball team will have a bigger, stronger lineup this season.

Whether the added height and muscle will translate into more success in the rugged North Shore Conference is one of the Pirates’ chief challenges.


“We feel real good about the players we have back and the new guys joining us,” said second-year Port head coach Brian Hebein, whose team is coming off a 2-12, seventh-place finish in the NSC.


“It’s a group who understands what we’re trying to do. I think it’s a smart group of players who are going to be pretty versatile.”


On the way to a 6-18 overall record last season, the Pirates were heavily dependent on senior guard Joey Burbach, who led them in scoring and rebounding.


This time around, Port is expected to take a more-balanced offensive approach. Much of its leadership will come from five returning seniors: Sam Weiland, Darius Will, Nic Schueller, Brennan Cassidy and Brett Kirmse.


Weiland, a 6-foot-4 guard, is the Pirates’ top returning scorer after averaging 9.8 points per game last season.


“Sam will be a captain-type player for us,” Hebein said. “He worked really hard in the off-season. He can score in the post and shoot the 3-ball, too.”

 
Questions abound for young Warriors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:12

With only one senior on roster, Ozaukee boys need new leaders to keep winning

When the Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team opened the season against Kohler on Tuesday, Nov. 19, it did so with a lot of unanswered questions.

The Warriors lost four talented players  from last year to graduation — Stephen Street, Colton Susen, Tyler Bares and Alex Dieringer — and have only one senior on their current roster.


Street was the leading scorer and rebounder on a team that went 16-8 overall and shared third place in the Central Lakeshore Conference with an 11-5 record.


Susen and Bares led the Warriors in assists and steals and were consistent scoring threats.


Dieringer had the versatility to play almost every position.


“We will be very young and inexperienced,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.


“We have some guys back at skilled positions, but we have a lot of questions going forward in terms of scoring, leadership and rebounding.”


Street’s departure marked the end of a stretch in which the Warriors had at least one 6-foot-6 player who was an interior scoring threat.

 
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