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Goliath prevails but takes a few blows PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 20:55

Top-ranked Germantown has to work hard to subdue never-say-die Port boys’ team

David didn’t slay Goliath in the Port Washington High School gym last Friday, but at least he gave the giant a few good blows.

For the host Pirates, not flinching and playing hard against Germantown, the state’s top-ranked Division 1 boys’ basketball team, provided a measure of satisfaction.

“I am extremely pleased with the effort we gave,” Port coach Brian Hebein said after his squad fell to the Warhawks, 71-45, in a North Shore Conference game.

“The energy level for our guys was really high. We told them before the game that it isn’t too often they get to face the No. 1 team in the state, and they should make the most of it. They did.”

Although Germantown never trailed while improving its season record to 8-0 and NSC mark to 6-0, the Pirates made things interesting, especially in the first half.

Slowing the pace against a foe that has averaged 83 points per game and topped the century mark twice this season, Port trailed by only 16-11 after one quarter and by 20-13 midway through the second period.

Guards Joey Burbach and Tay Jackson helped keep the Pirates within striking distance by scoring seven and six points, respectively, in the first half.

However, the Warhawks used their big front line — anchored by 7-foot center Luke Fischer — to take control. Applying steady full-court pressure, they outscored Port, 17-7, in the final four minutes of the half to take a 37-20 lead into intermission.

Much of Germantown’s first-half offense came from guard LaMonte Bearden (12 points)  and forward Jonathan Averkamp (11).

“Germantown has such a big front line, and we knew they would press us,” Hebein said. “But we handled it pretty well and were able to slow the tempo. That was our plan, to keep things as close as possible.

“For most of the game, the tempo was exactly where we wanted it to be.”

The Pirates’ comeback hopes faded in the third quarter. Germantown used a 16-6 run to build a 46-26 lead by the end of the period, and Port never got any closer.

The Warhawks showed much of the same depth that helped them go undefeated and win a state title last season. Averkamp and Bearden each finished with 18 points, and Fischer added 13.

Burbach led Port with 18 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Jackson had 13 points.

The loss was the Pirates’ eighth straight, dropping them to 0-6 in the conference and 2-9 overall. However, Hebein was impressed enough with his players to believe they may have turned the corner.

“If we get that kind of effort every game, the wins are going to come,” he said. “I think our players are starting to believe in themselves.”

Sheboygan North 79, Port Washington 53

A barrage of long-range scoring buried the Pirates in a nonconference road loss Dec. 18.

North, which made 12 three-point baskets, raced to a 25-15 lead by the end of the first quarter. The margin ballooned to 48-25 by halftime.

Ethan Guske led the Golden Raiders with 26 points, including five threes. Davis Larson added 21 points.

None of the Pirates scored in double figures. Sam Weiland led them with nine points, and Burbach had eight.

“Sheboygan North made everything they took,” Hebein said. “They were hitting threes from everywhere.”

Port’s next outing will be Friday, Dec. 28, when it faces Hortonville in a 1:20 p.m. game at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Kress Center.

The contest will be part of the Sundrop Classic holiday tournament.

THERE WAS LITTLE ROOM for Port Washington’s Tay Jackson to move when he found himself surrounded by Germantown’s Luke Fischer (left) and Dearionte Hudson during a North Shore Conference game last Friday. Jackson scored 13 points in Port’s loss. Photo by Sam Arendt


Warriors end Dutch mat jinx PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 20:54

Ozaukee wrestling team rallies to snap five-year skid with road win over Oostburg

It had been five years since Ozaukee got the best of Oostburg in a dual wrestling meet.

Until last week, that is.

Overcoming an early deficit with six straight match wins, the Warriors defeated host Oostburg, 38-31, in a Central Lakeshore Conference showdown Friday.

A key match came at 106 pounds, where Ozaukee’s Chase Kraus pinned fellow freshman Jarrett Gassner in 3 minutes, 15 seconds.

“It was the biggest match that he’s ever wrestled in,” Warriors coach Luke Gundrum said of Kraus.

“You’re not quite sure what’s going to happen. He was impressive. He went out there and made a lot of adjustments.”

Senior Ian Hughes also came through for the Warriors at 152 pounds by pinning Lucas Alva in 3:00. The victory came in Hughes’ first match since he was injured last season.

“We planned on bringing Ian back for some dual meets. That was a good one to bring him back for,” Gundrum said.

The meet started at 170 pounds, where Kevin Beckmann pinned Oostburg’s Austin Portschy in 3:15.

The Flying Dutchman responded by winning the next four weights by a decision, technical fall, pin and forfeit to build a 20-6 lead.

But then came the Kraus match, and the tide turned with Ozaukee’s victory streak.

Colton Kraus scored a 14-1 major decision at 113, Cole Large won a 8-5 decision at 120, Colin Hughes pulled out a 8-6 victory at 126, Taz Gottsacker scored a 12-0 major decision at 132 and Logan Smith pinned his opponent at 138 in 3:15.

Oostburg stopped the bleeding with a pin at 145, but Ian Hughes ended the suspense with his victory.

Gundrum said the key for his team wasn’t just winning matches but avoiding giving up six points in each loss.

Grant Klas lost by technical fall at 195 but saved a point by not getting pinned. At 182, Sam Schuette lost a 2-0 decision that only cost the Warriors three points.

Entering this season, Gundrum said he knew it would be tough to fill some of the heavier weights, but Ozaukee’s lone forfeit against Oostburg came at 285.

“Every year Oostburg puts good teams on the mat,” he said. “It might be another four or five years before we beat them again, but it felt good.”

Gundrum also said he wanted his team to end its traditional third-place finish in the conference behind Random Lake and Oostburg. Last Friday, the Warriors took a huge step toward cracking the top two.

This week, Ozaukee will participate in the Mid-States Invitational at Whitewater on Thursday and Friday.

Records fall in Nennig’s wake PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:20

Grafton senior makes quick work of two pool marks at Elk Invitational

The beat goes on for Al Nennig.

Already the holder of most Grafton High School boys’ swimming records, the senior added two more marks to his resumé at the Elk Invitational in Elkhorn last Saturday.

Nennig set pool records while winning the 50-meter freestyle (24.28 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.71). His times broke the old standards of 25.48 and 1:08.63.

“Al had great races. He blew away both records,” Grafton coach Mark Minz said.

Nennig had the lone wins for the Black Hawks, who placed seventh in the 10-team meet with 212 points.

Grafton’s next-best finishes were seconds by senior Brad Kempka in the 100 freestyle (57.69) and the 200 medley relay of Tyler Kish, Nennig, Kieran Paddock and Kempka (1:58.53).

Minz said his team had hoped to place in the top three in the overall standings but was missing swimmers due to illness. In addition, the Hawks were disqualified in the last event, the 400 relay race.

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