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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:25

Never-say-die Grafton boys embrace underdog role on way to eye-opening regional title

Tournament championships in boys’ basketball have been a rare commodity at Grafton High School the past few years.

Make that during the current millennium.

Ending an 19-year drought, the Black Hawks stormed their way to a WIAA Division 2 regional title last Saturday by upsetting host Waupun, 56-51.

After taking a 10-point lead into halftime, Grafton shook off a shaky third quarter to secure the crown — their first in boys’ hoops since 1994.

“It’s really amazing. Our guys are playing with a lot of confidence,” said Hawks coach Bob Maronde, whose team continued a late-season roll by notching its fourth straight win.

“Right now, they’re believing that they can beat any team anywhere.”

After last weekend, Grafton has good reason to buy into that credo. The sixth-seeded Hawks opened some eyes by defeating No. 3 Nicolet in a quarterfinal game Friday to set the stage for a bigger road win the next night.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:22

Junior’s 2nd-place finish leads feisty Ozaukee effort at state wrestling tournament

Entering last week’s WIAA Division 3 state individual tournament, Ozaukee junior Colton Kraus said that if he wrestled his best, he could do pretty well.

He just didn’t know he’d place second in the 113-pound weight class.

After a first-round bye, Kraus won twice to reach the title match Saturday at the Kohl Center, where he couldn’t quite overcome an undefeated foe.

For Ozaukee senior Ethan Brouillette, just wrestling at all after a shoulder injury sidelined him most of the season was an accomplishment. Throw in a fourth-place finish at 152 pounds — his best in four trips to state — and he’s an inspiration that left his coach in awe.

Hard work pays off for Port’s Lueck PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:20

Junior’s perseverance helps him secure 6th place in his first state tournament

Quentin Lueck isn’t the biggest, strongest member of the Port Washington High School wrestling team, nor did he have the best record among the Pirates this season.

But the junior showed that he has as much mat mettle as anyone when he earned a medal at last week’s WIAA Division 1 state individual tournament in Madison.

After a tough first-round loss in the 152-pound weight class, Lueck won two of his next four matches to place sixth at the Kohl Center.

In the fifth-place final, he was edged by Oconomowoc’s Logan Ballering, 7-5.

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