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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 15:57

 

Gasser and Co. poised to give Port boys bragging rights in North Shore and beyond

It’s not hard to see the Port Washington boys’ basketball team has all the pieces of the puzzle this season.

The only question is how quickly the Pirates can assemble them — and make the leap from title favorite on paper to juggernaut on the hardwood.

“We have a real good group of guys with a lot of talent, size and depth,” said Port coach John Bunyan, whose team is poised to take the next step after compiling a 16-5 record last season that included a 10-4, third-place finish in North Shore Conference play.

“We have high expectations, but we have a lot of work to do to achieve those.”

To no one’s surprise, the biggest part of Port’s game plan is senior Josh Gasser, who’s entering his fourth varsity season with a scholarship in hand to play basketball for the University of Wisconsin-Madison next year.

The 6-foot-4-inch guard — who averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game as a junior — is coming off a summer-basketball ankle injury that forced him to forego playing football this fall but is almost completely healed and ready to go, Bunyan said.

“Josh is doing great and recovering just fine,” he said. “He’s nearly 100% and is really excited about having a great final year.”

Gasser returns as the top gun in a talent-laden conference led last season by two powerhouse teams — champion Whitefish Bay and runner-up Germantown. But both of those programs have lost several standout players to graduation, helping open the door for the Pirates.

Bunyan said he expects Bay and Germantown to both be strong again, along with Homestead and Milwaukee Lutheran, but sees his team firmly in the thick of the title chase — and for good reason.

Port lost three players to graduation, including forwards Marty Clarke and Elliot Kotecki and guard Mark Burmesch, all of who contributed regularly last season. But in addition to Gasser, the Pirates have plenty of veteran talent with players such as seniors Cory Steinmetz,
Zach Schultz, Adam Prom and Jay Davel and junior Shane Kennedy.

The front line will be led by Steinmetz, a 6-4 forward who averaged nine points per game last season and has three-point shooting range. Kennedy, a 6-4 forward,  earned a starting role as a sophomore with his hustling play and had an eight-point average.

Schultz, a 6-6 center, missed most of last season due to an injury but has bounced back nicely and will strengthen Port’s interior.

“Zach’s 20 pounds lighter and has looked really good in practice,” Bunyan said.

Prom (6-3) and Davel (6-0) will bolster the Pirates’ depth along with varsity newcomers such as junior guards Joe McIlree and Marcus Lackovic and sophomores Kyle Rismeyer and Sawyer Mosley, all of whom excelled on a junior-varsity team that went14-6 last season.

Bunyan is particularly high on Mosley, a 6-2 guard who directed the JV offense as a freshman and is now vying for a starting varsity role.

“Sawyer has the ability to play at this level as a point guard or shooting guard,” Bunyan said. “With Josh in the lineup at the point, he would probably play the two (shooting) spot.”

Last season, Gasser often found himself carrying much of the scoring load in addition to running the Pirates’ offense. That should change with a deeper, more versatile roster, Bunyan believes.

“I think it’s going to be a lot easier for Josh because we have more people to share the scoring load and can move them around more,” he said. “We can play him outside, but we can also get the ball to him in the post more.”

Port’s size and athleticism should also allow them to maintain steady defensive pressure, including a mix of man-to-man and zone schemes, Bunyan said.

The Pirates will open the season Saturday, Nov. 28, when it faces Waukesha North in a 4 p.m. nonconference game at Carroll College. They will start conference play at home Dec. 11 against Germantown.

What concerns Bunyan heading into one of the most highly anticipated Port basketball seasons in recent memory?

“We should be solid in a lot of areas,” he said. “What concerns me a bit is getting our young players to understand their roles and learn to play with each other.

“But I think we’re going to be fine.”


THE PORT WASHINGTON boys’ basketball team will take aim at a North Shore Conference title this season on the strength of talented returning players such as (from left) Adam Prom, Zach Schultz, Cory Steinmetz, Josh Gasser and Shane Kennedy.
Photo by Sam Arendt

 

 
Don’t count Sarah-less Grafton girls out just yet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 15:54

Player of Year has left, but Hawks have plenty of talent back for another run at top

What does a basketball team that went  24-2 and won a state championship do for an encore?

Some people might expect the Grafton High School girls’ squad to simply reload and take aim another title.

But it’s not that simple — especially when four of your starters, including the state’s best player, have graduated.

“We lost our top player and a lot of other talent, so there are some big pieces of the puzzle missing,” said Grafton coach Bob Maronde, whose team rode the hot hand of forward Sarah Eichler last season to its second WIAA Division 2 title in three years.

“Going into last season, we had a lot of players to replace, but we also had kids who were in the program for two or three years, and they knew what to expect.

“This year, we will have six sophomores, and only one of them has varsity experience. It’s one of the youngest teams I’ve ever coached.”

The Black Hawks lost key members of last season’s North Shore Conference co-championship team to graduation. Besides Eichler, who’s playing basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the list includes Hilary Wellnitz, Mary Kalies, Shauna Binsfeld and Ashley Pfannerstill.

That’s not to say Grafton will be hurting for talent, though.

Starting center Myranda Tyler, a 6-foot-1-inch senior who averaged seven points and seven rebounds per game, is back along with sophomore Hannah Eichler (5-11), junior Abbey Benzschawel (6-1) and seniors Ali Lorge (5-7), Kaitlyn Brandenburg (5-5), Christie Collins
(5-8) and Emily Van Langen (5-4).

Eichler, a forward, averaged just four points per game while playing in her sister’s shadow last year but is a strong defender and showed her offensive skills at the state tournament.

“Hannah will be a real key for us,” Maronde said. “She’s only a sophomore, but she’s got a lot of varsity experience and will be one of our leaders.”

Other sophomores expected to contribute are Carley Pfannerstill, Emma Fatla, Tess Safstrom, Kim Schacht and Emily Schreiner. The list includes members of a junior-varsity team that was 16-4 last season.

“They’re all about 5-8 or 5-9 and can play a variety of positions,” Maronde said. “They’re young, athletic and should really be able to get after people.

“I think we will be athletic and exciting, but we may turn the ball over a lot. When we’re good, I think we’ll be very good, but when we’re bad, I think we could be really bad.”

A major concern, Maronde said, will be offensive leadership for the Hawks, who relied heavily on Sarah Eichler’s 21-point average last season.

“A big question is who’s going to score for us,” he said. “We had such a good go-to player last year, but we’re going to have to have a much more balanced attack this time.”

The Hawks won their third conference title in four years last season by sharing the top spot with Nicolet, which Maronde pegged as a clear title favorite.

He sees Germantown as the next-strongest team, with his own in the next tier.

“I think it’s going to be very, very competitive,” Maronde said. “We have the potential to be a good team, but it could take some time.”

Grafton opens the season Tuesday, Dec. 1, when it travels to Green Bay West for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game.

The Hawks’ league opener will be Dec. 11 at Homestead.

 
Hawks save their best for state splash PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 23:21

Grafton girls ride wave of personal-best efforts to 7th place in Division 2 swim final; divers set pace for Port

A championship was not in the cards for the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team at last week’s WIAA Division 2 state meet.

But the Black Hawks did ride a wave of individual-best performances to a seventh-place finish in a 38-team field that vied for honors Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.

Pacing Grafton were third-place efforts by a pair of seniors — Molly McElligott in diving and Sadie Nennig in the 100-yard backstroke.

“We were really pleased with the way the meet went for us,” said Hawks coach Adan Burgos, whose squad scored 127 points one year after it finished second at state with 180.

“Just about everybody had a season-best or personal-best times, so we can’t complain about that. There were some really good teams in the meet.

“You can’t control what other people do, so you just have to do the best you can.”

Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol won the team championship with 201 points, snapping a three-year title streak by DeForest, which finished second with 186.

Whitefish Bay took third with 179.5 points, and Shorewood was fourth with 167.

Among other local teams, Port Washington placed 32nd with 12 points.

McElligott capped her Grafton diving career with a personal-best score of 384.4 points, and teammate Katelyn Zarem, a sophomore, was fourth with 361.3. The duo combined to score 31 of the Hawks’ points.

Milwaukee Lutheran’s Kristin Capcik won the diving title with 425 points, edging runner-up Rachel Stave of Whitnall, who had 419.9.

Nennig, who spent the season being recruited by college swimming programs, wrapped up her high-school career by helping the Hawks score in four events.

In addition to her third-place time of 57.45 seconds in the backstroke, she finished fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:09.63) and was a member of two seventh-place relay teams.

Nennig was joined by sophomore Caitlin Hanney, junior Kelsi Chesney and senior Morgan Wilkey on the  200 medley team (1:52.05) and the 400 freestyle team (3:40.45).

Nennig’s backstroke finish was her fourth top-three state performance in the event, which she won in 2006 and 2007 and was second in last year.

“Sadie swam well,” Burgos said. “The top three or four girls in her events were all capable of beating each other, so it just came down to who had the better meet that day.”

Among Grafton’s other scoring finishes, Hanney placed 10th in the individual medley (2:14.13) and 11th in the 500 freestyle (5:22.52), Chesney was 14th in the 100 butterfly (1:01.45), and Wilkey was 15th in the 50 freestyle (25.48).

Port Washington got most of its points from two young divers. Sophomore Claire Kinzer finished 10th in the 16-diver field with 274.55 points, and freshman Hayley Seitz was 14th with 254.1.

“They both did all right,” Port coach Maureen Jajtner said of her divers, who were making their state debuts.

“They’re young, and that’s a pretty tough venue to perform in.”

The Pirates’ other state qualifier was senior swimmer Erin Jajtner, who finished 16th in the 200 freestyle (2:04.7) and 500 freestyle (5:37.9).

“Her swims were rough, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” the Pirates coach said of her daughter. “We’ll see better things from her in the future (in college).”

 
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