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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:42

Ozaukee’s LeMahieu retires after 31 years as head girls’ basketball coach

Nearly four decades after working the sidelines for the first time, Lee LeMahieu has decided to call it a career.

The longtime Ozaukee High School girls’ basketball coach, who spent 31 years as head of the Warriors’ varsity program, announced his retirement Monday, March 25.

“I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach so many fine student athletes,” LeMahieu said.

LeMahieu’s retirement caps a career in which he helped shape the lives of young people in the classroom and sports. In addition to his basketball contributions, he was a math teacher at Ozaukee High School for 33 years, coached junior-varsity football for 27 years and served as athletic director.

Since retiring from teaching several years ago, LeMahieu has continued to work as a substitute teacher at the school.

As a coach, he has overseen two generations of student athletes, amassing a long list of accomplishments.

After two years coaching JV basketball, he became head of the varsity program in 1976-77. Fifteen seasons later, LeMahieu took a five-year break from coaching to spend more time with his family while his children were in high school.

He returned to the court for the 1997-98 season and remained with the varsity team through this season, when the Warriors went 16-8.

LeMahieu led the Ozaukee girls to nine Central Lakeshore Conference titles — an average of one every three years.

Port’s Burbach decides to play ball at Rice PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:39

Senior guard accepts walk-on role to join Div. I college program in Houston

Port Washington High School’s best all-around basketball player will take his talents to Texas this fall.

Joey Burbach, a senior guard who earned All-North Shore Conference second-team honors, has accepted an offer to become a preferred walk-on with the men’s basketball team at Rice University in Houston.

Burbach, who led the Pirates with per-game averages of 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, said he turned down scholarship offers from NCAA Division II schools for a chance to play Division I basketball.

“I felt Rice would give me the best opportunity academically and athletically,” he said. “Playing Division I basketball has always been a goal of mine.”

At 6-foot-5, Burbach combined his size with quickness and ball-handling ability to become one of the area’s top offensive players. A three-year varsity player, he capped his senior season by becoming one of only five Port players to reach the 1,000-point career mark.

“Joe’s not afraid of anything out on the floor,” Port coach Brian Hebein said.

Versatility brightens Warriors’ soccer outlook PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:36

Roster with interchangeable talent should give Ozaukee another shot at league title

With five of last year’s players lost to graduation, the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team has several voids to fill as it prepares for another shot at a league title this spring.

The Warriors won’t be without firepower, though. Topping the list of their returning veterans are three players who received All-Central Lakeshore Conference honors last year.

“We have a good blend of talent and athleticism,” said Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen, whose team’s 13-9 record last season included a 9-5, third-place mark in the conference.

“I like the flexibility that our players provide for us. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of girls playing more than one position.”

Being counted on to provide much of the Warriors’ leadership are seniors Katie Bares (midfielder), Micaela Burns (defender) and Erika Karrels (goalkeeper) and junior Natalie Clark (forward).

Bares is coming off back-to-back seasons as an All-CLC first-team selection. She scored 12 goals and led the Warriors with 10 assists last year.

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