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Another romp over Monroe improves Ice Hawks to 6-1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:02

Barely a month after opening the season with an 18-0 road win over Monroe, the Grafton/Port Washington hockey team   faced the same foe again at home last Saturday.

The outcome wasn’t as lopsided, but the host Ice Hawks still cruised to a 12-0 victory at the Ozaukee Ice Center. Bolstered by a nine-goal second period, they had no trouble winning for the fifth straight time and improving their season record to 6-1.

Sophomore Taylor Snider fueled the rout with five goals and two assists.

Senior Nate Perez had two goals and three assists, and Kyler Huck, Hayden Fisk, Matt Likins, Danny Likins and Nate Burnside each scored once.

Jeff Wade finished with five assists, Huck and Danny Likins each had two, and Eric Dondlinger, Matt Likins and Ian Schermer had one apiece.

“Having previously won, 18-0, at Monroe, a big part of getting ready for this game was about the need to still work hard as a team and earn another win,” Hawks coach Ryan Donovan said.

The Hawks scored only once in the first period.

“After a slow start, we really picked it up by playing good team hockey and ended up with another good victory,” Donovan said.

Freshman goalie Ty Barnhill stopped all 16 Monroe shots in his first varsity start.

“While the offensive output was impressive, the team once again played very well as a unit defensively, forcing outside shots and eliminating second chances,” Donovan said.

“The shutout signifies a game-long focus on team defending.”

Up-tempo Pirates keep on clicking PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:00

Quick-strike attack helps Port boys overcome rough spots in win over Lutheran

It’s difficult to find fault with a basketball team that bolts to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and never trails on the way to its third conference win in four tries.

Even so, the Port Washington boys’ squad had room for improvement after it churned out a 76-63 win over Milwaukee Lutheran last Friday.

“We had some stretches where we turned the ball over and missed a few easy shots, but for the most part, we executed our offense very well,” said Port coach Brian Hebein, whose team improved to 3-1 in North Shore play and 6-2 overall.

“I thought we moved the ball exceptionally well and only took two or three bad shots the whole game.”

True enough.

As he has most of the season, Tay Jackson provided the biggest spark for the Pirates. Despite failing to score in the second quarter, the senior guard was nearly unstoppable in the other three periods and poured in a game-high 28 points, including three dunks.

Jackson had 21 points in the second half, when Port stretched a 33-21 lead at intermission to as many as 20 points.

The Pirates’ backcourt-heavy lineup was further bolstered by Patrick McDonald and Matt Kirmse with 18 and 12 points, respectively. McDonald was 9-for-10 on free throws, making seven in the fourth quarter.

Outplayed on the perimeter, Lutheran (1-3 in the conference) got no closer than 10 points in the second half. But to the Red Knights’ credit, they were able to pare the final deficit to a respectable margin.

Forward J.J. Johnson had 16 points to lead Lutheran, which also got 13 from Dante Nobles and 12 from Olalekan George.

Hungry Warriors keep on feasting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

First-quarter blitz helps Ozaukee boys chew up Kohler in productive week that keeps them unbeaten in conference

A first-quarter scoring blitz propelled the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team to an easy Central Lakeshore Conference win over Kohler last Friday.

Exploding for 32 points in the opening period, the Warriors coasted to a 77-36 road victory.

“We came out with a lot of punch offensively and were able to build our lead,” said Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen, whose team improved to 4-0 in CLC play and 5-1 overall.

“Throughout the game, we were able to score through our transition and sets, which was very nice.

“Defensively, I thought we broke down too easy and gave up some easy ones because we just didn’t have our help sides there quick enough.”

The Warriors held a 47-26 lead at halftime and clamped down even more defensively the rest of the way.

“We focused on a few things and really did a nice job in the second half,” Ketterhagen said.

“We held them to 10 points in that half.  I was very pleased with that.”

The Warriors were led by 23 points from senior guard Owen Miller, one of four Ozaukee players to score in double figures. Miller had a trio of three-point baskets.

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