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No rest for high-flying Pirates in mat quests PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:41

Tenth consecutive NSC title among many goals for talent-laden wrestling squad

Each year, the Port Washington High School wrestling squad has another tough act to follow: itself.

With nine consecutive North Shore Conference team titles, a two-time state individual champion and numerous other honors on their resumé, the Pirates enter the 2010-11 season with typically high expectations.

And they should be equal to the challenge again.

“We have a lot of young guys, but they’re very seasoned wrestlers,” said Port coach Angelo LaRosa, whose team has a blend of standout seniors and budding underclassmen.

“A lot of them have wrestled throughout the spring and summer, so they’re more experienced, even as freshmen and sophomores.”

Topping the list is senior Alex Dieringer, the country’s top-ranked 145-pound wrestler in his age group. Dieringer, who won the Division 1 state title at
140 pounds, has accepted a wrestling scholarship from Oklahoma State University and is a heavy favorite to win his third state crown.

“Alex really wants to finish his high school career with another title,” LaRosa said.

The Pirates’ other veteran seniors include Justin Meins (130/135 pounds) Jake Maechtle (135/140), Nate Flack (189/215), Trevor Schumacher (145/152) and Mark Strong (189).

Meins placed fourth at state at 125 pounds last season, and Schumacher qualified for state as a sophomore.

“They both have a lot of incentive to get back there,” LaRosa said.

Bolstering Port’s roster are juniors  Tyler Griswald (215), Bret Winker (171), David Cornell (130), Adam Dreikosen (130) and Andy McGee (125/130) and sophomores Eli Rosado (103), Tyler Madden (130), Nate Schnell (135/140), Josh Meins (160), Ryan Stietz (189) and Tyler Brown (160).

LaRosa is also counting on contributions from freshmen such as Noah Rosado (103), Calvin Harbaugh (112), Brandon Willms (152/160) and Andy Fidler (heavyweight).

Based on numbers and talent, the Pirates are loaded again at the middle weights.

“We have a logjam at some weights, especially 135 and 140,” LaRosa said. “But that’s good because the competition should bring out the best in our wrestlers.”

LaRosa said Dieringer and many of his other wrestlers will be used at a variety of weights depending on what team Port faces.

“With Alex, we’re going to move him around to take on the other teams’ top guys,” he  said. “Whatever is best for our team.”

The versatility, talent and experience on the Pirates’ roster included 10 wrestlers who were members of this year’s Wisconsin national team.

“This was the best off-season we’ve ever had,” LaRosa said. “Having so many wrestlers working hard to get ready definitely benefits us.

“We feel like we can just pick up from last year.”

Port’s quest for mat supremacy begins this week with three challenging meets. After facing Random Lake in a nonconference test Tuesday, the Pirates will host Germantown in their NSC opener at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Port will participate in the Spartan Duals at Luxemburg-Casco.

Thursday’s meet will be a showdown with the conference team that has the best shot at dethroning the Pirates.

“Germantown has a very good team. I think it will be tight,” LaRosa said. 


NATHAN SCHNELL held the upper hand against Tyler Madden as the two worked on moves during a recent Port Washington High School wrestling practice. The sophomores are two of many standouts on a team favored to win its 10th straight North Shore Conference title this season.   Photo by Sam Arendt

 
Port’s Kennedy caps career with NSC elite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 17:56

Senior earns share of honor as conference’s top linebacker, repeats as first-team selection

During a season in which the Port Washington football team battled with injuries and inexperience, one player stood out as a constant force.

Shane Kennedy, who helped anchor the Pirates’ defense each of the past two years, was named to the North Shore Conference Co-Linebacker of the Year in a recent vote of coaches.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound senior duplicated his selection to the 2009 first-team defense as well as receiving honorable mention as a tight end.

He shares the top linebacker award with Germantown’s Adam Hurtz.

“It was a rough year for us, but Shane kept playing hard the whole time,” said Port coach Tim Greisch, whose team finished 1-6 in the conference.

“He was tenacious and kept making plays all over the field. Defensively, there no question he became the focal point for other teams’  blocking schemes.”

Kennedy was Port’s second-leading tackler in conference games with 55 total stops, including 34 solos. He made 10 tackles for losses, deflected two passes and recovered a fumble.

Kennedy’s defensive play overshadowed his offensive contributions. He led the Pirates’ receiving corps with 19 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns in league contests, with a long play of 60 yards.

“He has a great pair of hands. He liked to get in the mix, block people and get open,” Greisch said.

Kennedy was the only local player to receive All-NSC first-team recognition.

Three area standouts were named to the second team — Port’s Alex Multerer (running back) and Max Kaske (offensive lineman) and Grafton’s Nick Scherzer (linebacker).

Multerer (5-9, 200) led the Pirates in conference rushing with 647 yards on 129 carries, averaging 5.0 yards per attempt. He scored seven touchdowns and had a long run of 78 yards.

Multerer also caught five passes for 33 yards.

“Alex had a fantastic season in a running-back-heavy year,” said Greisch, noting the senior was edged in first-team voting by Cedarburg’s Logan Lauters and Milwaukee Lutheran’s Brian Cobbs.

“He’s a great competitor with one of the best motors I’ve ever seen. The bigger the game, the more he showed up.”

Kaske (5-11, 230) was the Pirates’ offensive line leader. The junior guard “made all our calls up front and did an excellent job,“ Greisch said.

Kaske also saw action as a linebacker and on special teams.

Scherzer (6-2, 210) was the top defensive player on a Grafton team that was 0-7 in the conference. He led the Black Hawks in tackles for the second straight season, finishing with 78 stops, including 42 solos and 11-1/2 for losses.

The senior had two quarterback sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

Grafton coach Ben Chossek described Scherzer as “a good athlete at linebacker  who excelled at diagnosing the play and running it down.”

A three-year starter, Scherzer was named Grafton’s Most Valuable Player.

Receiving honorable mention in the coaches’ balloting besides Kennedy were Port’s Luke Schueller (defensive back) and Nick Godersky (offensive lineman, punter) and
Grafton’s Chris Rose (linebacker).

Schueller (6-3, 175) was a full-time player most of the season for the Pirates, splitting time between the secondary and quarterback.

The senior had 18 tackles, including eight solos, intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.

“Luke started out the season as a receiver, then got to spend time at defensive back and as a quarterback when we had injury problems,” Greisch said.

“He never missed a beat. He’s an outstanding athlete and student.”

Godersky (5-11, 200), a junior, showed his versatility as a starting center and punter.

“Nick did a real solid job of snapping and blocking,” Greisch said. “He takes his jobs very, very seriously.”

Godersky averaged 32.6 yards per punt, with a long of 44, and had none blocked.

Rose (6-3, 180) capped his career with a solid season as an outside linebacker and defensive end.

The senior was “excellent against both the pass and the run,” Chossek said.

“He worked extremely hard all the time and improved himself as a player through work in the off-season.”

Rose had 41 tackles, including 26 solos and 7.5 for losses.

Lauters, a senior who led Cedarburg to runner-up honors in the WIAA Division 2 playoffs, was named Offensive Player and Back of the Year.

Homestead’s Donte Phillips was named Defensive Player and Lineman of the Year.

Other individual award winners were Milwaukee Lutheran’s Garret Wenzelburger as top offensive end, Cedarburg’s Jake Borgardt as top offensive lineman and Cedarburg’s
Nick Boehnlein as top defensive back.


PORT WASHINGTON’S Shane Kennedy was named Co-Linebacker of the Year in the North Shore Conference this season, as well as receiving honorable mention as a tight end. Photo by Sam Arendt
 
Post-Gasser Pirates ready to find their own identity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 17:46

Despite loss of all-state player, Port boys eager to show they’re still a threat

You could say the Port Washington boys’ basketball team will be PG-rated this season.
Post-Gasser-rated, that is.

After losing the best player in school history to graduation, the Pirates will be placed under the microscope by fans eager to see how they respond.

Gone is Josh Gasser, the all-state guard who took his 24-point, 10-rebound and 5-assist per-game averages to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a prize recruit of the men’s basketball program.

Also graduated are starters Cory Steinmetz and Zach Schultz and reserves Jay Davel and Adam Prom.

At first blush, it appears Port has little chance of matching last season’s 19-5 record and North Shore Conference co-championship. But don’t count Pirates coach John Bunyan among the naysayers.

“We have a really athletic, good group of players who are hard-working and pretty focused,” Bunyan said.

“I think they understand that Josh isn’t here anymore, and it’s their time to take over.”

Port, which shared the NSC title with Germantown (both at 10-4), has no shortage of talent on paper.

Shane Kennedy, a 6-foot-4-inch senior forward, is back for his third varsity season. He returns as the Pirates’ top front-line player, having averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game last year.

Port’s backcourt will be led by junior point man Sawyer Mosley (5-10) and senior Joey McIlree (6-0), who provide quickness and scoring ability.

Mosley, who averaged seven points per game as a sophomore, “is a great talent who’s ready to come into own this season,” Bunyan said. “He’s quick off the dribble and can hit the outside jumper.”

McIlree, one of the league’s top perimeter defenders, is known for his tenacity. “And he can penetrate and draw fouls,” Bunyan said.

The Pirates are also counting on steady work from seniors Marcus Lackovic (5-9 guard) and Luke Schueller (6-5 forward), juniors Kyle Rismeyer (6-4 forward) and Zach Hauser (6-3 center) and sophomore Joe Burbach (6-4 forward).

Lackovic, Schueller and Rismeyer all contributed in reserve roles last season and “are very good athletes who have improved their games,” Bunyan said.

Hauser and Burbach are new varsity additions.

Hauser will be counted on to use his 225-pound frame to bolster the front line. Burbach is a transfer student from Whitefish Bay Dominican who “runs the floor well and has some good skills,” Bunyan said.

Senior Alex Sparr (6-4) is also back with the team but is recovering from a knee injury he sustained in football.

“We lost quite a bit to graduation,” he said, noting that Gasser and Steinmetz provided about half of the Pirates’ scoring last season. “But this can be a really good team.

“My biggest concern is that they know they’re good basketball players. I want them to step up and play with confidence.”

With most of its top players back, Germantown is a heavy favorite to repeat as conference champion this season. Bunyan also expects Whitefish Bay, Homestead, Nicolet and Milwaukee Lutheran to have solid teams — along with his own.

“I think the league will be well-balanced,“ he said. “We lost Josh, but a lot of other teams lost their best kids, too.”

The Pirates will open the season with a pair of games this weekend in a holiday tournament at Manitowoc Lincoln High School.

In Friday’s semifinals, Port plays Little Chute at 6 p.m., and Manitowoc plays Oregon. On Saturday, the consolation game is at 6 p.m., followed by the title contest at 7:30 p.m.


THE LEADERSHIP of point guard Sawyer Mosley will be one of the keys to success this season for the Port Washington boys’ basketball team.  Photo by Sam Arendt
 
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