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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:59

Nennig caps record-setting career with two Div. 2 state-meet victories for senior-led Grafton boys’ team

What can a swimmer who holds virtually every record at his high school do to punctuate his career?

If you’re Grafton’s Al Nennig, you make sure to come home from your final meet as a double state champion.

“It was a great day. Everything went really well,” said Nennig, who capped his senior season by winning the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke in the WIAA Division 2 finals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium last Friday.

“This year was really special for the team and me. We had a great group of guys who worked hard all season.”

Nennig successfully defended his state title in 50 freestyle with a winning time 21.08 seconds. The time, the fourth-fastest in Division 2 state-meet history, was well ahead of runner-up Lew Hollman of Fort Atkinson (21.76) and lowered Nennig’s own school mark.

In the backstroke, Nennig was clocked in 52.65, holding off a serious challenge from Shawano’s Zach Soper, a sophomore who took second in 52.77.

“He’s a great sophomore. He really pushed me,” Nennig said of Soper. “By then, my legs were a little tired after swimming in the (200-freestyle) relay.”

Although Nennig’s gold-medal day stole the show, it wasn’t the Black Hawks’ lone bright spot. He was joined by three fellow seniors on a pair of relays that turned in top-three finishes.

The 200 freestyle team of Nennig, Brad Kempka, Kieran Paddock and Ben Gosselin placed second (1:27.82), narrowly losing to Monona Grove (1:27.28). In the 400 freestyle, the team of Gosselin, Paddock, Nennig and Kempka was third (3:18.94).

 
OHS seniors lead seven local wrestlers to Div. 3 state meet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:57

Ozaukee seniors Ethan Brouillette and Logan Smith are headed to the WIAA state individual wrestling tournament for a combined seventh time this week.

That’s not a typo. Brouillette qualified for the Madison finals for the fourth straight year by winning a Division 3 sectional title at 152 pounds in Cedar Grove-Belgium last Saturday, and Smith (138) earned his third consecutive state trip by placing second.

This year, the pair will be accompanied by three teammates — juniors Colton Kraus (113), Cole Large (120) and Kevin Beckmann (160).

Among the other local state qualifiers are Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Alex May (285) and Greg Wenzel (170).

The top three finishers in each sectional weight class advanced to the state level.  

Brouillette, who missed most of this season due to a shoulder injury, shook off the rust to claim his title. He improved his season record to 17-2 by winning three matches, including a 17-5 major decision over Johnson Creek’s Garret Gross in the first-place final.

 
CG-Belgium starts fast, Warriors finish stronger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:55

Rockets’ big first quarter not enough as Ozaukee rallies for CLC road victory

Fast starts can be deceiving.

Just ask the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team, which saw a strong first quarter fade into a frustrating Central Lakeshore Conference loss to Ozaukee on Feb. 14.

After racing to an 11-1 lead, the host Rockets couldn’t sustain their shooting touch and were handed a 41-32 defeat on Senior Night.

“We made some early shots and played good defense in the first quarter but then went cold,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Nate DePagter said.

“We didn’t allow a field goal in the first period, but we didn’t score for the first four minutes of the second quarter. It was very frustrating.”

Ozaukee, which improved its CLC record to 10-5, got back into contention with regular trips to the free-throw line. The Warriors had only two baskets in the first half but went 9-for-13 on foul shots and pulled within 15-13 by intermission.

“We had a tough first half offensively, but played good defense and got to the line, which kept us close,” Ozaukee coach Lee LeMahieu said. “In the second half, we shot better and had only four turnovers.”

 
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