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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 18:14

Seven first-place finishes in Plymouth challenge pave Grafton boys’ road to state swimming and diving meet

You couldn’t have asked for a much bigger splash than the one made by the Grafton boys’ swimming and diving team last Saturday at Plymouth High School.

Winning seven events and turning in state-qualifying performances at nearly every turn, the Black Hawks churned to their first-ever WIAA sectional team championship in a Division 2 meet.
“I’m ecstatic. It was quite the day,” said Grafton coach Mark Minz, who saw his squad score 378 points and hold off Plymouth, which was second with 338.

“I knew we had a chance to do well, and everything fell into place for us. We had great time drops, and everyone stepped up for us.”

When it was all done, Grafton had 10 individual performances and all three of its relay teams qualify for this week’s state meet.

As he has done throughout his career, senior Al Nennig led the Hawks’ charge by winning two races in impressive fashion. Nennig placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.61 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (52.55) and will return to state with the top-seeded times in both events.

In the backstroke, Nennig’s time was more than two seconds faster than runner-up Jan Hansen of Beaver Dam (54.69).

The Hawks also got wins from Kieran Paddock in the 200 individual medley (2:10.44); Brad Kempka in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.33); Tyler Kish in the 500 freestyle (5:22.12); the 200 medley relay of Kish, Nennig, Paddock and Bailey Bodart (1:43.53); and the 200 freestyle relay of Ben Gosselin, Bodart, Kempka and Nennig (1:29.63).

Six Warriors advance to next mat challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 18:12

Ozaukee wrestlers head to Div. 3 individual sectional along with CG-Belgium trio

The Ozaukee wrestling team didn’t get enough breaks to defeat host Random Lake in a WIAA Division 3 regional meet last Saturday, but the Warriors are sending six individuals to the next level this week.

Leading Ozaukee’s sectional qualifiers are regional champions Colton Kraus (113 pounds), Logan Smith (138), Ethan Brouillette (152) and Kevin Beckmann (160).

Also advancing for the Warriors with second-place finishes were Cole Large (120) and Colin Hughes (126).

Random Lake won the meet with 260 points and advances to the team sectionals. Rounding out the top five in the seven-team regional standings were Ozaukee (214), Oostburg (182), Kewaunee (136) and Cedar Grove-Belgium (114.5).

Two Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestlers qualified for the sectional. They are Alex May, who won the 285-pound title, and Greg Wenzel, who was second at 170.

Defense sets tone as Grafton girls pick up signature win over Bay PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 18:10

After being held to a season-low 19 points in a December loss at Whitefish Bay, the Grafton girls’ basketball team had to wait nearly two months for a shot at payback.

Although the Black Hawks didn’t exactly burn up the scoreboard, they regained their shooting touch enough to scorch Bay, 43-37, in a North Shore Conference rematch last Friday.

Grafton never trailed but had to withstand a fourth-quarter rally by the Blue Dukes that pulled them within one point with five minutes left.

Junior forward Amanda Hunt went 7-for-8 at the free-throw line in the final period to help seal the victory.

“We didn’t turn the ball over like we did in the first game against them, and that was a big difference,” said Grafton coach Steve Reinhardt, whose team improved its conference record to 7-5.

“We also stepped up defensively and didn’t give up many open shots.”

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