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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:41

With four of last season’s top players gone, OHS boys rely heavily on Street, Susen

When the Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team took the court Tuesday, Nov. 13, for its season opener against Milwaukee Messmer, it did so without one of its best-ever players in Eric Hartnett.

In addition to being the Warriors’ all-time scoring leader, Hartnett was among their top career rebounders.

Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen knows all too well that the graduation of Hartnett —along with teammates Patrick Kroening, Doug Grimm and Justin St. Peter — leaves big shoes to fill.

“In Eric, we lost a reliable double-double performer every night, and we lost height,” Ketterhagen said.

“In Patrick, Doug and Justin, we lost outside scoring, strong guard play, athleticism and numbers.”

Even so, Ketterhagen has proven talent back to lead the Warriors this season, albeit without depth. As of last week, they had just eight players on their varsity roster, including three sophomores “by necessity,” he said.

Leading Ozaukee’s six letterwinners is senior Steve Street, a 6 foot-6 forward.

 
Fresh-start Pirates take quick approach PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:27

First-year coach has team banking on speed, versatility in face of height shortage

What it lacks in height, the Port Washington boys’ basketball team may be able to make up for with quickness and hustle this season.

At least that’s the hope of Brian Hebein, who enters his first year as the Pirates’ varsity coach.

“We don’t have anyone over 6-foot-4, but we have a lot of versatility with guys who can play multiple positions,” said Hebein, who has succeeded John Bunyan at the helm.

“We also have good team speed. Our players should be able to push the ball, get up the floor and get good quality shots.”

With six players from last season’s team — including standouts Kyle Ris-meyer and Sawyer Mosley — lost to graduation, Port has some voids to fill.

However, the Pirates won’t be without offensive firepower, especially with the return of swing player Joey Burbach. The 6-4 senior averaged a team-best 16.7 points per game on the way to All-North Shore Conference second-team honors last season.

 
Hawks’ swim machine surges to Madison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 18:21

Grafton girls shine with sectional show that qualifies 11 individual finishes, 3 relays for state; Port advances 3 divers

Anyone doubting that the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team can hold its own against the state’s best should have been at Plymouth High School last weekend.

Besides nearly defeating defending state champion Shorewood in a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet, the Black Hawks ensured themselves of ample representation in this week’s state competition.

Grafton scored 353 points, just nine behind first-place Shorewood, in the 13-team sectional field.

In the process, the Hawks had 11 individual performances and all three of their relays qualify for the state meet in Madison.

“We did well. I was kind of hoping for a certain number of qualifiers, and we did better than that,” Grafton coach John Douglass said.

“It was a great meet for us. The ultimate goal was not getting points or placing, but getting through as many kids as possible.”

 
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