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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:00

Sophomore’s 2nd-place finish at 285 pounds leads CG-Belgium on home mats

Sophomore Daniel Gjertson led the Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team at its own Rocket Scramble last Saturday, nearly winning a championship in the process.

Gjertson placed second in the 285-pound weight class by winning three of four matches, and the host Rockets finished seventh out of 13 teams with 541 points.

Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson attributed Gjertson’s success to off-season training.

“He gained quite a bit of weight from last year, and he’s wrestling pretty tough,” Peterson said.

Sheboygan South won the team title with 692 points, and Oostburg was second with 674.

Rounding out the top six teams were Southern Door (654), Kenosha Christian Life (647), Valders (594) and Shiocton (560).

After receiving a first-round bye, Gjertson (17-8) pinned Deerfield’s Deviveh Pope in 2 minutes, 45 seconds, and Oostburg’s Jesse Rogers in 3:47.

Gjertson then lost to Markesan’s Matt Stensrud, 9-5, before pinning Valders’ Dustin Bergen in 4:33.

The Rockets got a third-place finish from sophomore Isaac Brockman (120 pounds) and fourths from freshman Abel Brockman (106) and senior Devon Villareal (138).

Competition in the tournament was tough, especially for Rockets who qualified for the gold division, where they faced top-seeded wrestlers.

Buzzer-beater win keeps Hawks rolling PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:58

Hunt’s clutch hoop lifts Grafton girls past Plymouth for 4th consecutive victory

Katie Hunt scored only six points last Saturday, but her final shot of the afternoon was the biggest of her young career.

With two seconds left, the sophomore guard hit an 18-foot jumper that lifted the Grafton girls’ team to a 44-43 win over Plymouth in a nonconference battle.

The basket capped a frenetic final two minutes in which the lead changed hands several times.

Grafton held a 42-39 edge in the final minute only to have Plymouth hit a game-tying three-pointer. The Panthers then moved ahead, 43-42, on a free throw with 17 seconds left.

Eschewing a time-out, Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt had his team bring the ball up court and quickly work it around to set up Hunt’s game winner.

“We made three really nice passes to get Katie an open look, and she made the shot,” he said.

“Before that, we had some defensive lapses that helped Plymouth go ahead, but we found a way to get it done.”

Last-chance shots can’t save CG-Belgium boys PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:55

A last-second victory was not in the cards for the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team.

Try as they might, the Rockets couldn’t get several potential game-winning shots to drop and lost to Kiel, 56-54, in overtime last Friday.

Trailing by two points on its final possession, Cedar Grove-Belgium had two chances to erase the deficit. The Rockets missed a two-point attempt but grabbed the rebound, which led to Logan Peterson’s three-point try with four seconds left.

When Peterson’s shot bounced off, Kiel escaped with a nonconference victory.

In regulation, the Raiders also dodged defeat when Cedar Grove-Belgium missed three field-goal attempts in the final minute.

“We had our chances but just couldn’t get a shot to drop at the end,” Rockets coach Jim Meinen said.

“Other than that, it was a good nonconference game for us. We had a lot of positives.”

The biggest positive was a determined comeback by Cedar Grove-Belgium, which trailed, 27-16, after being outscored by 17 points in the second quarter.

Tightening up their defense, the Rockets trimmed the deficit to 34-28 in the third period. With a 21-15 run in the final eight minutes, they forced overtime.

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