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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:41

Grafton girls find enough focus in first game after player’s death to down scrappy Port Washington


Basketball is a tough enough game to play without having to do so with a heavy heart.

Even so, the Grafton girls’ team tackled both challenges when it took to the court at Port Washington High School last Friday — and earned better than passing grades in the process.PORT WASHINGTON GUARD Caity Tydick tried to escape the defensive pressure applied by Grafton’s Hanneh Eichler (left) and Kim Schacht.         Photo by Sam Arendt

“It was such a difficult game. It was so tough to stay focused,” Grafton coach Bob Maronde said of his squad’s 44-26 win over the host Pirates.

“We put together some incredible runs, but other times it was like our players were in a fog, which was understandable.”

The Black Hawks’ lapses came in their first game following the death of Grafton boys’ basketball player Josh Davis-Joiner, who collapsed at practice and died Monday night.

Davis-Joiner, a senior, was remembered during a series of tributes Friday, including long ovations from a standing-room-only Grafton crowd and respectful Port fans who cheered players from both sides throughout a coed doubleheader.

The Port girls, who began the night with an eight-game losing streak, did their best to pull off the North Shore Conference upset of the season.

Despite Grafton’s aggressive defense, the Pirates stayed within striking distance for most of the first three quarters. After trailing, 19-11, at halftime, Port ran off the first seven points of the third period when the Hawks’ shooting went cold.

Kelsey Steffen’s layup pulled the Pirates within 19-18 two minutes into the second half.

 
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:28

Deep, talented Random Lake team flexes its wrestling muscles in impressive Central Lakeshore Conference win over Ozaukee


Just how intense was the high school wrestling meet between Ozaukee and Random Lake last week?

Three weight classes had 2011 state qualifiers squaring off — and each squad may have at least that many heading back to Madison this year.

In a rematch of longtime rivals Jan. 19, the Rams dominated host Ozaukee, 43-17, likely on their way to another Central Lakeshore Conference title.

“We got handled. Random Lake is tough. They’re legit,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.NATHAN SLEIK-VIDMAR of Port Washington drove Cedarburg’s Max Stankey to the mat on the way to a 10-2 victory Jan. 19. Port won the North Shore Conference meet, 61-14. Photo by Sam Arendt

The Warriors managed five match wins, the most convincing of which was Kevin Beckmann’s 16-1 technical fall over Tony Sanfelippo at 152 pounds.

Ozaukee’s other wins included Logan Smith (126) over Trent Gottsacker, 5-4; Ethan Brouillette (138) over Brady Schmidt, 6-5; Alex Thill (160) over Andrew Gatz, 6-4; and Dan Zimmer (182) over Jake Schwan, 15-12, in double overtime in the final match of the night.

“Alex gritted out a double-overtime match. It kind of ended on an OK note,” Gundrum said.

 
No thing of beauty, but still a win PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:36

After strong start, Port boys hang on to edge Cedarburg for NSC win that snaps five-game skid


Cedarburg’s Dave Shepard launched a desperation three-pointer that fell short at the buzzer, and the Port Washington boys’ basketball team breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Make that a “well, it’s about time” sigh — the kind you would expect from a squad that just snapped a five-game losing streak.COACH JOHN BUNYAN emphasized a point with his players during a timeout in Port Washington’s game against Cedarburg last Friday.   Photo by Sam Arendt

“We just needed a win,” Port coach John Bunyan said after seeing the host Pirates hold off Cedarburg, 40-38, in a ragged North Shore Conference game last Friday.

“Offensively, we missed a lot of shots and had some scoring lulls. But we also played some tough defense, which helped us win it.”

Port, which evened its NSC record at 3-3 and won for the first time since Dec. 16, couldn’t get its offense on track but never trailed. The Pirates led by as many as 11 points — at 21-10 late in the first half — only to have Cedarburg (1-5) hang around long enough to make things interesting.

Shepard, a senior forward, carried most of the offensive load for the Bulldogs. He scored eight of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter when Cedarburg cut a 21-12 halftime deficit to 28-24.

The Pirates pulled away again in the final period and owned a 38-33 lead when Zach Hauser made two free throws with 1:17 to play. However, Shepard drilled a three-pointer to lead another rally that pulled Cedarburg within 39-38 with 12 seconds left.

After Joey Burbach made one of two foul shots to give Port a 40-38 edge, Cedarburg had to go the length of the court with eight seconds to play. Port used two quick fouls to force the  Bulldogs to inbound the ball twice more before Shepard’s 28-foot shot at the horn came up well short.

The Pirates could have won the game more easily if they had gotten in sync offensively. Missed layups and turnovers helped fuel Cedarburg comebacks. Shepard was the only player to score in double figures for the Bulldogs, but they also got two key second-half baskets from Stephen Sakmar, who finished with eight points.

Burbach helped Port survive with a 17-point effort that included a trio of three-point baskets and six points in the final period.

 
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