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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 18:00

Practice mishap ends year for former Port star, who now faces long road to recovery

It only took a split second, on a move he has made countless times, for Josh Gasser to have his basketball season cut short.

Driving to the basket during practice at the Kohl Center last Saturday morning, the University of Wisconsin-Madison guard went up for a layup and felt a pop in his left knee. He knew something was seriously wrong.

“It all went so fast, I’m not sure what happened. I planted my leg to take a shot, and I think I stepped on someone’s foot,” said Gasser, who was tended to quickly by trainers and soon got the news no player wants to hear.

Medical tests confirmed the former Port Washington High School standout had a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, as well as damage to the lateral collateral ligament, which was torn from a bone. The diagnosis means he will miss the 2012-13 season.

“At this point, I’m trying to go with the flow. There’s nothing else I can do,”  Gasser said.

 
Steady scoring help Grafton make waves PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:57

Senczyszyn’s wins lead way as swim team secures 2nd in North Shore meet

A familiar challenge faced the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team when it hosted the North Shore Conference meet last week.

And once again, the Black Hawks rose to the occasion to stake their claim among the area’s top squads.

Despite being overmatched in numbers, Grafton made the most of its talent to secure second place in the overall standings after Saturday’s swimming competition.

Perennial power Cedarburg dominated the meet, piling up 437 points in a successful defense of its team title. The Hawks had a firm grip on the runner-up spot with 342 points, 18 more than third-place Whitefish Bay.

 
Rockets defused in playoff opener PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 17:59

CG-B football finds little room to run in first-round loss to Kenosha St. Joseph

Cut off the fuel, and you’ll stop the engine.

The Kenosha St. Joseph football team took the strategy to heart when it bottled up Cedar Grove-Belgium’s top rusher in a WIAA Division 5 playoff opener last Friday.

Limiting halfback Alex Giles to 70 yards on 25 carries, the Lancers secured a 21-0 win over a foe they struggled with last year.

“Kenosha St. Joseph won by beating us up front,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Chris Zablocki said.

“They were big, and we knew we would have a challenge. When they put 10 people in the box to stop Alex, there wasn’t any room for him to run.”

Fifth-seeded St. Joseph (7-2), which had been gashed for 322 rushing yards by Giles in a pair of losses to the Rockets last year, wasn’t about to be manhandled this time. In controlling the line, the Lancers allowed only 168 total yards, forced Cedar Grove-Belgium to the air and scooped up five turnovers.

Although the Rockets had several chances to connect with the pass, their timing was off. Quarterback Drew Emperley went 6-for-14 for 54 yards and threw two interceptions.

Trailing, 7-0, fourth-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium saw its best scoring chance dashed when Emperley just missed on a pass to tight end Brady Myhre that could have tied it up.

“We were a bit off in our passing game all night,” Zablocki said. “They forced us to pass, but we weren’t able to make enough plays.”

Although St. Joseph didn’t generate a high-powered offense, it put up enough points to slowly take charge.

Running back Chris Madden rushed for a game-high 169 yards on 25 carries, and quarterback Justin Williams added 104 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts.

 
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