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Split shows CG-B boys both sides of the coin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:13

After throttling Kohler, Rockets take a hit from Dekker-led Lutheran


Three days after opening the season with a take-charge win, the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team found itself on the other side of the coin last Friday.

Sheboygan Lutheran, led by standout Sam Dekker, put the host Rockets in an 11-point hole after one quarter and saddled them with a 77-55 loss in a Central Lakeshore Conference game.CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Jon Herzog slipped past Sam Dekker of Sheboygan Lutheran for a layup in a Central Lakeshore Conference game Friday.              Photo by Sam Arendt

“We were certainly hoping to hold them in check a little bit better,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Meinen said.

“I was impressed with the players around Sam. They give him a very good supporting cast.”

Dekker, an all-state player who has signed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, continued his early season scoring surge by putting up 33 points against the Rockets. Remarkably, that output paled next to the 45 and 40-point explosions the 6-foot-8 senior had in his first two games of the year.

The Rockets’ plan to stay with Lutheran meant they had to limit Dekker as much as possible and not allow any of his teammates to have a big game. However, sophomore guard Tyler Zastrow threw a wrench in the strategy by adding 18 points to Dekker’s total.

The Crusaders’ up-tempo offense produced eight three-point baskets, including two each by Dekker and Zastrow.

Cedar Grove-Belgium (1-1) fell behind, 23-12, by the end of the opening period and faced a 45-29 deficit at halftime. The Rockets were unable to put a serious dent in the margin the rest of the way.

“They didn’t miss many open shots,” Meinen said of the Crusaders. “They didn’t have any breakdowns.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium did get solid efforts from several players, led by senior Josh Ruppel, whose 14 points included a trio of three-point hoops. Jon Herzog added 11 points and
seven rebounds.

Lutheran improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in CLC play, with its loss coming in overtime against defending champion Oostburg.

CG-Belgium 57, Kohler 35

A balanced scoring attack helped the host Rockets overcome a slow start and rally for a resounding league win in their season debut Nov. 29.

Kohler held a 9-2 lead after one quarter, but Cedar Grove-Belgium answered with a 20-5 run in the second period and never trailed again. The Rockets’ nine-point halftime lead ballooned in the third quarter when they outscored the Blue Bombers, 25-6.

“Early in the game we missed a lot of shots, including four layups in the first quarter,” Meinen said. “But we started making the same shots in the second and third quarters.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium had three players score in double figures, led by Herzog and Spencer Bares with 12 points apiece. Ruppel added 10 points.

Brett Mueller led Kohler with nine points.

In nonconference games this week, Cedar Grove-Belgium faced Central Wisconsin Christian on Tuesday and will host Stockbridge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Rockets will resume CLC play Dec. 13 with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah.

 
Hawks grapple with weighty issue PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:05

Despite having plenty of athletes, Grafton wrestling lineup thin on top, bottom

There’s no shortage of athletes on the Grafton High School wrestling team this season.BILLY DEPIES (facing camera), shown taking on a Cedarburg opponent in a recent meet, is one of nine letterwinners on this season’s Grafton wrestling team.       Photo by Sam Arendt

That doesn’t mean filling weight classes up and down the lineup will be a snap for the Black Hawks, though.

Coach Mike Dodge welcomed nearly 30 wrestlers to preseason practice, the largest number the Hawks’ program has had in his 11 years at the varsity helm.

“The problem is they all fit into the middle weights,” he said. “We have little or no room for injury in the other weight classes.”

Last season, Grafton came on strong in the WIAA tournament, advancing six wrestlers to the Division 1 sectional level. However, most of those standouts have graduated, including Mike Van Langen, a state qualifier at 112 pounds.

Even so, the Hawks’s lineup could have as many as nine letterwinners — seniors Josh Weissinger (132 pounds), Ben Cleppe (145) and Jacob Brunnquell (132), juniors Sam Hoffman (170), Billy Depies (152) and Justin Rapp (170), and sophomores Nick Bath (170), Alex Marshall (182) and Gary Ross (138).

The veteran leaders “make up a pretty solid core of wrestlers that have done some off-season clubs and camps,” Dodge said.

The Hawks faced a tough test last Saturday when they participated in the Kiel Multi-Dual Invitational.

Grafton finished last in the six-team round-robin competition, losing to Germantown (51-25), West Bend West (66-15), Reedsville (55-18), Denmark (46-26) and Kiel (41-34). However, the short-handed Hawks gave up 24 points in each meet by having to forfeit four weight classes.

For the day, the Hawks’ top individual finishes came from Rapp (170) and Marshall (182), who both went 4-1.

Going 3-2 were Weissinger (132), Ross (138) and Ian Olivas (220). Posting 2-3 marks were Depies (152) and Hoffman (160).

West Bend West won the tournament title. Denmark and Germantown finished second and third, respectively.

Last season, Grafton placed fourth in the North Shore Conference tournament, which was won by Port Washington for the 10th consecutive year.

“Port will most likely win again, but I think Germantown can be a challenger,” Dodge said.

The Hawks’ next meet will be Thursday, Dec. 15, when they open their NSC schedule with a 6:30 p.m. dual meet at Homestead.

 
Split decision no solace for Grafton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 17:29

After solid semifinal win, tough loss in title game of home tournament leaves boys’ team wanting more


For most basketball teams struggling to end losing traditions, a near miss in a tournament title game might provide considerable consolation.

Don’t count the Grafton boys’ squad among the pacified.GRAFTON GUARD Robbie Doring looked for an open teammate in the face of defensive pressure from a Mayville player. Host Grafton defeated Mayville in the semifinals of a holiday tournament last weekend before losing to Slinger in the championship game.            Photo by Sam Arendt

After having a fourth-quarter rally fail in a 57-54 loss to Slinger last Saturday, coach Kevin McKenna and his players were anything but content.

“I thought the whole team was disappointed that we didn’t win the tournament. I know I was,” said McKenna, whose team is focused on a breakthrough year after going 6-17 last season.

“We dug ourselves a hole early in the game, and we spent the rest of the night trying to come back. We made it tough on ourselves.”

Host Grafton opened the four-team holiday tournament with a win over Mayville on Friday and was poised for a repeat in the championship game. However, Slinger jumped ahead early, steadily pulled away and took a 36-29 lead into the final period.

Grafton made things interesting by putting up 25 points in the last eight minutes but couldn’t get any closer than the final deficit.

“We got more aggressive and played with a sense of urgency in that quarter,” McKenna said. “Good teams do that, and they do it the whole game. That’s the point we have to get to.”

Scotty Tyler did his best to keep the Hawks in the fight. The 6-foot-7 junior forward scored a team-high 20 points, including five three-point baskets.

Tyler led a three-pronged Grafton attack that also included 17 points from guard Robbie Doring and 13 from forward Caleb Keshemberg.

“They gave us some leadership and did some good things,” McKenna said.

“But we have a lot to work on. For most of the game, our rebounding wasn’t very good, and our defensive rotation was lacking.”

Slinger (2-0) used the hot hands of its two top guards to keep the Hawks at bay. Kirk Emmer scored a game-high 21 points, and Tanner Schieve added 18, including a trio of three-point baskets.

Despite the disappointing tournament finale, McKenna praised his team’s determination. The Hawks’ aggressive offensive approach sent them to the free-throw line 49 times during the tournament, including 19 against Slinger.

“We learned that when we attack the basket, good things will happen,” he said. “But we also have to be patient and know how to run our offense.”

Grafton 51, Mayville 44

Offensive execution produced a semifinal win for the Hawks, who cashed in regularly at the free-throw line.

Grafton made 22 of 30 foul shots in the game, led by Doring’s 9-for-12 effort, to stymie Mayville’s comeback attempt.

The Hawks took a 20-17 lead into halftime and stretched the margin to 33-25 after three periods.

Eight Grafton players scored in the game, led by Tyler with 16 points and Doring with 15.

“We did a nice job. For the first game of the season, we had a lot of gaps, a lot of lulls, but we still came away with a win,” McKenna said.

McKenna singled out junior D.J. Gollwitzer, who had four points but made bigger contributions with his defense and hustle.

“He did a lot of things behind the scenes,” McKenna said.

Grafton’s next game will be this Friday when it hosts Milwaukee Tenor, a charterschool team, in a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m.

 
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