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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:41

Benzschawel, Hilgart click as Grafton boys win NSC opener

It’s no secret that the Grafton boys’ basketball team started this season banking on steady front-line play from Luke Benzschawel and Logan Hilgart.

True to form, the duo provided most of the offensive punch for the Black Hawks last Friday when they opened their North Shore Conference schedule with a 53-41 win over Nicolet.

Hilgart, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, came off the bench to score 15 points, and Benzschawel, a 6-7 junior, added 14.

Hilgart did most of his work with a nine-point second quarter, helping the Hawks take the lead for good.

“It was a really strange game,” said Grafton coach Bob Maronde, whose team improved to 3-0 overall.

“A least five times, we could have put Nicolet away, but we had some mental breakdowns. We had periods where we played really well and others where we couldn’t do anything right.”

After the teams battled to an 8-8 tie in the first quarter, Hilgart’s second-period surge allowed Grafton to take a 23-15 lead into halftime.

Although Nicolet pulled within 27-24 early in the third period, the Hawks countered with a 9-4 run and carried an eight-point lead into the final quarter.

Benzschawel and guard Bryan Sternig combined for 10 points in the fourth period. Grafton also went 7-for-11 at the free-throw line in that stretch.

Big rewards for an eye-catching season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:38

Championship performance gives Ozaukee football team lion’s share of All-Central Lakeshore Conference accolades

To say the Ozaukee High School football team made a lasting impression this fall would be a king-sized understatement.

Not only did the Warriors secure their first Central Lakeshore Conference title since 2003, they did so in eye-opening fashion.

Coach Jim Lippe’s squad broke a bevy of school offensive marks on the way to a 10-1 overall record that included a 5-0 finish in the CLC.

Ozaukee averaged 37 points per game while outscoring opponents, 407-144. The Warriors piled up 55 touchdowns and only allowed more than two touchdowns in a game twice.

Not surprisingly, Ozaukee garnered the lion’s share of conference honors in voting by coaches.

Three Warriors received All-CLC first-team recognition on both offense and defense: seniors Jake Wolff (quarterback, defensive back), Sam Schuette (running back, defensive end) and Jeremy Wichmann (interior lineman).

Wolff (6 feet, 160 pounds) capped a stellar prep career by completing 58% of his passes (78 of 135) for 1,312 yards and 19 touchdowns. He threw only four interceptions in a 118.0 quarterback rating.

Wolff rushed for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Determined effort in loss gives Port girls something to build on PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:36

Pirates show fight before bowing to Homestead in North Shore Conference play

A bounce-back effort didn’t produce a win, but Port Washington girls’ basketball coach Brian Johnson still found a positive in his team’s performance last Friday.

“We were coming off a game in which we didn’t play well, but this one was much better,” Johnson said of the Pirates’ 52-41 loss to Homestead in a North Shore Conference contest.

“Against Germantown (on Dec. 2), we weren’t competitive. This time, we came out ready to play.”

Port maintained an 8-6 lead after one quarter with a determined effort. However, the Highlanders began to assert themselves in the front line and pulled away with a 20-7 run in the second period.

Homestead was 6-for-9 on free throws during the rally.

“In the first quarter, we had a ton of scoring opportunities but couldn’t get the ball to fall,” Johnson said.

“After, we got into foul trouble. Giving up 20 points in a quarter is not acceptable defensively.”

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