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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:33

Senior’s strong all-around game gives Grafton girls much-need lift in NSC win


Hannah Eichler was due for a breakout night.

And the Grafton girls’ basketball team was more than happy to have the senior guard hit her stride last Friday with a strong all-around performance that sparked a much-needed win over Milwaukee Lutheran.HALEY ORLOWSKI dribbled past a Milwaukee Lutheran defender in the Grafton girls’ 66-28 win last Friday. Orlowski was one of four Grafton players to score in double figures.                                Photo by Sam Arendt

In addition to scoring a game-high 17 points, Eichler had nine rebounds, five steals and four assists as the Black Hawks pounded out a 66-38 victory.

“We’ve just been waiting for Hannah to take over a game this season,” said Grafton coach Bob Maronde, whose team improved to 4-2 in North Shore Conference play.

“She’s done it in spurts, but this was the first time she had a really complete game. It was good to see.”

Eichler’s hustle at both ends of the court helped key a comeback for the Hawks, who trailed, 12-11, after one quarter before taking control.

“We were real tentative on offense early in the game,” Maronde said. “We were coming off a tough game earlier in the week (a loss to Hartford), and our confidence was a little bit shaken.

 
It’s Large on top for Warriors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:31

Sophomore’s title leads Ozaukee wrestlers to 6th at Bluejay Challenge


Cole Large blew through his opposition at last Saturday’s Bluejay Challenge in Merrill, earning the Ozaukee wrestling team its only championship.

In the 106-pound finals, the sophomore pinned Bryce Statz of Waunakee in 2 minutes, 40 seconds and improved his season record to 32-2. Statz fell to 21-2.

“Cole was very dominating, especially in the final,” Ozaukee coach Luke Gundrum said.OZAUKEE WRESTLER Kevin Beckmann had his hands and face full with Oostburg’s Zach Lichucki in a dual meet last week. Beckmann won by pin.           Photo by Sam Arendt

“He took him down, let him go, took him down again. He got away, he took him down and pinned him.”

On his way to the final, Large pinned three other foes and scored a 7-3 win over  Merrill’s Nathan Beter.

Large led the Warriors to sixth place in the 25-team meet with 245 points. Merrill took first with 579 points.

Ozaukee’s next-best individual finish came from Ethan Brouillette (26-9), who placed third at 132 pounds. He narrowly missed reaching the first-place final due to an unusual call in the semifinals.

Brouillette’s opponent was Merrill’s Marcus Reinhardt, who was given a point for a late escape that was initially waved off by the referee. After the Merrill coach called the official to the scorer’s table, the call was reversed and Reinhardt went on to a 3-2 win.

“I’ve never seen that before,” Gundrum said.

In the third-place match, Brouillette scored a 17-2 technical fall over Lakeland’s Jordan Goessl. In his earlier matches, Brouillette scored two pins and won a major decision.

Ozaukee’s other top finishes included fourth-place efforts by Logan Smith (126) and Colton Kraus (106). Each went 3-2.

 
Defense rules the night in NSC tussle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 18:55

Tight pressure, deliberate pace help Blue Dukes edge Grafton girls in showdown


It was a night when sharp shooters played second fiddle to hustling defenders.

And it was ultimately a disappointing night for the Grafton girls’ basketball team, which went chin to chin with Whitefish Bay before bowing, 28-24, in a North Shore Conference tussle last Friday.GRAFTON’S HANNAH EICHLER tried to pull away from a Whitefish Bay defender during a North Shore Conference game last Friday.     Photo by Sam Arendt

Although host Grafton held the talented Blue Dukes to their lowest scoring output of the season, it wasn’t enough to prevail in a game where scoring chances were few and far between.

“The defense was incredibly intense. It was hard for anyone to get an open look,” said Grafton coach Bob Maronde, whose team took an 18-15 lead into the fourth quarter only to be outscored, 13-6, the rest of the way.

Bay, which improved to 5-0 in NSC play and 9-0 overall, set the mood for the night by running a patient flex offense that regularly chewed up 30-plus seconds per possession.

“There were some possessions where we played defense for a full minute without a shot being taken,” Maronde said. “I thought our kids did a great job of defending that, but it took a lot out of us.”

Grafton cashed in enough on limited scoring chances to stay ahead most of the game. Hannah Eichler provided most of the offensive spark on her way to a team-high eight points.

Despite the snail’s pace, the Hawks (3-2) threatened to pull away early in the second half. They owned an 18-11 lead but settled for two quick shots that missed, leading to two Bay baskets.

“That was one of the turning points in the game, I thought,” Maronde said. “We just rushed the offense and it cost us four points, which was crucial in a game like this.”

With the game tied in the fourth quarter, Bay continued to run its deliberate offense, which produced two easy baskets when the Hawks went for steals. Staked to a four-point lead, the Dukes were then content to draw fouls and convert free throws as they pulled away.

“Offensively, we could have attacked them more off the dribble,” Maronde said. “We did that early in the game but got away from it in the second half.

“We did have some good looks, but it was one of those games where the shots just didn’t go down.”

Lyndsey Agnew had 11 points to lead Bay, which also got nine from Elisabeth Johnston.

 
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