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One step shy of a state ticket PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:23

Grafton boys’ frenzied postseason run ends in grip of hard-pressing, hot-shooting Pulaski basketball team

One step away from booking its first trip to a WIAA state tournament in 19 years, the Grafton boys’ basketball team stumbled a bit last Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t a matter of the Black Hawks stumbling on their own, though.

It took Pulaski, a formidable foe armed with harassing defense and a sharp-shooting star, to end Grafton’s improbable postseason run.

“We had trouble handling their defense. We were a little short at the guard position,” said Hawks coach Bob Maronde, whose team bowed, 53-37, in a Division 2 sectional title game at Fond du Lac High School.

“Pulaski shot the ball very well and put us in a hole early. It was tough to come back against a team that played that well.”

The top-seeded Red Raiders, fresh off a sectional-semifinal win over Seymour, wasted no time turning up the heat on fifth-seeded Grafton in the battle for a state berth.

After Scott Tyler’s three-pointer gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead, Pulaski went on an 11-0 run and never looked back. Senior forward Cody Wichmann scored seven of his game-high 29 points during the surge, which was sparked by a 1-3-1 half-court trap that forced four Grafton turnovers in the first period.

The Hawks stayed within striking distance in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 17-11 on a pair of Tyler free throws with four minutes left.

Gymnasts not too young to shine PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:21

Freshman talent blends with veteran leadership as Grafton/Cedarburg team vaults way to 5th place at state

A remarkable season came to a rewarding close for the Grafton/Cedarburg gymnastics team at the WIAA Division 1 state meet last Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

It had been 13 years since the co-op squad qualified for state competition and longer than that since it cracked the top five at the meet.

Check both off the list.

Grafton/Cedarburg placed fifth out of 10 teams with 140.7 points, its second-highest total of the season, and did so with three freshmen.

“This is a huge accomplishment for our team, and it shows a very promising future for the gymnasts,” Grafton/Cedarburg coach Ali Pfeiffer said.

“The girls had an amazing meet, and everyone on the team reached some of their season-high scores.”

Freshman Maddie Gleed scored 9.083 on the balance beam, her season high.

The team leader in the vault was freshman Sami Koppa with a 9.267 mark.

Springs’ surge too much for Warriors PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 17:19

Big 2nd half by St. Mary’s ends tournament trail for Ozaukee basketball team

A second-half rally by a defensive-minded foe ended the Ozaukee girls’ basketball season last Saturday.

After battling top-seeded St. Mary’s Springs on even terms for 2-1/2 quarters, the Warriors couldn’t keep pace down the stretch and were handed a 49-32 loss in a WIAA Division 4 regional final in Fond du Lac.

The Warriors advanced to the championship contest with a home win over Wayland Academy the previous night.

On Saturday, Ozaukee trailed early and faced an 11-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

Katie Bares’ three-point basket at the end of the half — on a shot that bounced off the rim twice before going through the net — pulled the Warriors within 20-17.

But in the second half, Springs picked up its offensive effort and used stifling defensive pressure that the Warriors weren’t able to handle.

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