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Dieringer rules the roost PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:33

Former Port High standout pins down NCAA Div. 1 title for Oklahoma State mat team

One year after a near miss at the NCAA wrestling championships, Alex Dieringer has reached the top.

The former Port Washington High School standout won the 157-pound title as a member of the Oklahoma State University team at the Division I finals in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 22.

Dieringer, a redshirt sophomore, secured his first national collegiate championship with a 13-4 major decision over Minnesota’s Dylan Ness.

A two-time All-American, Dieringer built a 5-0 lead in the first period with a takedown and near fall and added two takedowns, another near fall and riding-time advantage.

On his way to the title match, Dieringer scored pins in the first and second rounds and wins by decision in quarterfinal and semifinal matches. Included was a 7-4 victory over Cornell’s Brian Realbuto in the semifinals.

“Winning on that big stage, there’s really nothing better,” Dieringer said during a post-match press conference.

“I’ve been working so hard in the (weight) room, doing extra workouts, all that. To know that it all paid off, it’s a great feeling.”

Hard work is nothing new for Dieringer, who won three WIAA state wrestling titles and had a 172-4 record at Port Washington High School.

Heavily recruited by several Division I college programs, Dieringer accepted a scholarship to wrestle at Oklahoma State, a perennial national power that had him redshirt his first season. In 2012-13, he won the Big 12 Conference title and was ranked sixth nationally before placing third in the NCAA tournament.

Steady play pays off for Weiland PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:30

Stellar defense, timely scoring help Port senior land on All-NSC 2nd team

It’s not easy for local players to earn All-North Shore Conference recognition in boys’ basketball.

In a talent-rich league dominated by state champion Germantown and perennially tough teams such as Homestead and Whitefish Bay, standouts on other squads are frequently overlooked in the coaches voting.

Count Port Washington’s Sam Weiland among the exceptions.

The senior forward’s hard work on both ends of the court was impressive enough to land him on the All-NSC second team in this season’s balloting.

The 6-foot-4 Weiland was a steady offensive player, averaging 12 points per game as the Pirates’ second-leading scorer. He shot 42% from three-point range and 88% at the free-throw line in conference play, but his defensive work was even more crucial, according to Port coach Brian Hebein.

“The one thing that probably got Sam on the second team was his defense,” Hebein said.

“He guarded everybody from point guards to center and in between. We could always count on him to get the job done on that end of the court.”

Weiland held his own against other forwards, averaging 4.5 rebounds in a conference filled with strong frontcourt players.

“Sam’s a great three-point shooter,” Hebein said. “He didn’t shoot as well from two-point range (35%), but that’s because he had to go up against players who were a lot bigger inside.”

One of the Pirates’ co-captains, Weiland was a stabilizing force on a team that improved from 2-12 in NSC play last season to 7-7.

Grafton trio join NSC honorees PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:28

Postseason honors have been limited for young Grafton and Port Washington girls’ basketball teams that grappled with the learning curve.

Neither squad had anyone named to the top two teams in All-North Shore Conference voting by coaches, though three Grafton players were given honorable mention.

Juniors Rachel Ruona, Kayla Borden and Rachel Schmitz received the recognition for the Black Hawks.

Ruona, a 5-foot-7 guard, was the leading scorer for Grafton, which finished 7-7 in NSC play.

Known for her hustling play and sharp shooting touch, she averaged 10.7 points per game, with a season-best of 21.

Ruona had 27 three-point baskets and shot 69% at the free-throw line.

Schmitz, a 5-5 guard, helped bolster the Hawks’ backcourt by averaging 7.1 points per game. She had 12 three-point baskets and shot 58% at the foul line.

The 6-1 Borden was Grafton’s top front-line player, stepping up with the loss of all-conference forward Amanda Hunt to a season-ending knee injury.

Borden showed steady improvement, averaged seven points per game and led the Hawks in rebounding.

Conference runner-up Whitefish Bay had two players —Maya Jonas and Ashley Reed — named to the All-NSC first team.

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