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Foul-shot woes leave Warriors out in cold PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:37

Poor free-throw effort saddles Ozaukee boys with loss after last-second win

Poor free-throw shooting helped saddle the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team with its first loss of the season Nov. 21.

Making only eight of 23 foul shots (29%), the Warriors fell to Living Word Lutheran, 46-38, in a nonconference game.

Ozaukee struggled offensively throughout the night and trailed, 9-4, after one quarter.

Although the Warriors stayed within striking distance the rest of the way, they couldn’t mount a decisive rally.

Lutheran was whistled for 22 fouls, but Ozaukee failed to take advantage at the line. Six Warriors each missed at least one free throw.

Jake Wolff had nine points to lead Ozaukee, which also got seven apiece from Andy Richter and Tony Street. All of Wolff’s scoring came on three-point baskets.

Daniel Axtman led Lutheran with 13 points, and Reggie Willman added 12.

Ozaukee 68, Kohler 65

Richter’s three-pointer at the buzzer capped a fourth-quarter rally that lifted the Warriors to a Central Lakeshore Conference win in their season opener Nov. 19.

Ozaukee trailed, 65-58, with one minute, 21 seconds to play but refused to quit.

After Miller scored a basket to trim the deficit to five points, Wolff nailed a three-pointer that pulled the Warriors within 65-63 with 41 seconds left.

Season opener gives Ice Hawks a boost PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:35

With resounding win in first game, hockey team shows new sense of resolve

The Grafton/Port Washington Ice Hawks are already having a better season than last year, and it’s not even Thanksgiving.

Granted, improving on last season wasn’t exactly difficult. The co-op high school hockey team went winless.

Last Saturday, the Hawks jumped into the win column quickly by rolling past DeForest, 11-1, in their season opener at the Waunakee DeForest Ice Rink.

Junior Jeff Wade led the offensive surge with four goals, including three straight over a seven-minute stretch to break up what had been a close 2-1 contest.

Freshman Taylor Snider scored a hat trick in his first varsity game to put help Grafton/Port seal the win.

“Jeff and Taylor both have the ability to finish plays, and they really energized us in this game,” Hawks head coach Dan Wade said.

“We do have a balanced team, and six different players scoring goals is a very encouraging start to the year. We have also stressed the importance of defense, and holding a team to only 11 shots is another a good sign.”

The Hawks outshot the Norskies, 71-11.

Grafton/Port’s other goals came from  senior Bubba Holzer, junior Bryce Fisk, sophomore Kyler Huck and freshman Hayden Fisk.

“Our upperclassmen have all played on varsity since they were freshmen, and that experience is starting to show, but we also have many strong contributors who are freshmen and sophomores,” coach Wade said.

Youth movement takes stage for Port girls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:27

Arrival of freshmen gives Pirates depth but puts them on basketball learning curve

One season after doing battle with only eight varsity players, the Port Washington girls’ basketball team has a more numbers-friendly outlook.

With at least 10 players on their roster, the Pirates have bolstered their depth a bit but now face another challenge: the learning curve.

“We’ve got a lot of freshmen we’re going to play at the varsity level,” said Port coach Brian Johnson, whose squad is coming off a 5-19 season.

“I expect us to take a few lumps, but we’re looking at these girls growing with the program.”

The Pirates hung tough last season with the leadership of three seniors — Mikayla Hilton, Stephanie Volesky and Kayla McIlree. Hilton capped her career by averaging team highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds per game on her way to All-North Shore Conference first-team honors.

Port’s returning players are junior forwards Hanna Strohm (5-foot-9) and Regan Curtin (5-8), junior guard Brianna Ahner (5-6) and sophomore guard Allie Uselding (5-5).

The 5-foot-9 Strohm is the team’s top returning scorer after averaging 5.2 points per game last season.

Johnson expects his varsity veterans to again provide much-needed leadership.

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