Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 16:07
Port boys refocus after late rally falls one hoop short in tussle with Germantown
It was a night of missed opportunities for the Port Washington boys’ basketball team.
After playing from behind all night, the Pirates battled through the frustrations of errant shots and calls that didn’t go their way to grab a chance at a come-from-behind win at Germantown last Friday.
But when a potential game-winning three-pointer bounced off the rim in the final seconds, Port was left with a 65-63 loss that kept it from tightening its grip on first place in the North Shore Conference race.
“This was one of those nights where things just didn’t go our way,” said Pirates coach John Bunyan, whose team had an eight-game overall winning streak snapped.
“In the first half, Germantown shot the ball really well and made six three-pointers, and we missed seven free throws.
“It was an uphill battle all the way.”
Port, which fell to 6-2 in NSC play but maintains a one-game lead in the title chase, had trouble cracking Germantown’s stop-Gasser defensive scheme. The Warhawks double-teamed the standout guard all over the court, intent on forcing someone else to beat them.
The strategy worked well for three quarters. Germantown made its shots while Port misfired from the perimeter, making just seven of 24 three-point tries for the game.
The Warhawks stretched a 20-11 lead in the first quarter to as many as 18 points in the third period and took a 52-38 advantage into the final eight minutes.
That’s when the Pirates returned the favor. Gasser, who scored a game-high 22 points despite the defensive harassment, led the charge.
Port pressured the Warhawks into repeated turnovers and rallied to cut the deficit to 64-63 in the final minute. With 12 seconds left, Germantown’s Josh Mongan went to the line for a pair of free throws.
After making the first, he missed the second, and the Pirates grabbed the rebound. Forced to hurry upcourt with no timeouts, Gasser drew contact on a shot but no foul, and the ball went out of bounds with five seconds left.
Port retained possession and got the ball to Luke Schueller, who took a three-pointer. His shot caught the rim and appeared headed through the basket but bounded out, ending the Pirates’ last gasp.
“It was a really intense game. We battled back and had a chance to win, but we didn’t play our game,” Bunyan said.
“Anytime we end up shooting 24 three-pointers, we’re not executing our offensive game plan. That was the biggest problem.”
Bunyan said he wanted his team to take the ball to the basket more instead of settling for perimeter attempts.
“But it was a learning experience for us,” he said. “We’ve already worked on ways to correct that so we make teams pay for double-teaming Josh.”
In addition to Gasser, the Pirates got double-figure scoring from forwards Cory Steinmetz and Shane Kennedy, who had 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Mongan led the Warhawks with 18 points, and fellow guard Zak Showalter had 17.
The win pulled Germantown into a second-place tie in the conference along with Whitefish Bay and Homestead. All teams were 5-3 entering games Tuesday.
Port continued NSC play Tuesday at Nicolet and will host Whitefish Bay in another key game Friday.
On Feb. 9, the Pirates will host Sheboygan North in a nonconference contest.
Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
Written by Mitch Maersch
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 16:01
Cardarelle takes top honors at invitational as wrestling team prepares for CLC finals
Ozaukee didn’t get a victory against powerhouse conference rival Oostburg last week but survived a tough tournament at the Pewaukee Invitational on Saturday.
If the Warriors had a weekend goal, they reached it.
“The biggest thing is walking out of there without any injuries,” said Ozaukee co-coach Luke Gundrum, whose team is focused this week on the Central Lakeshore Conference tournament.
Ozaukee finished sixth out of nine teams with 116 points. Pewaukee won the meet with 195.5 points.
The Warriors were led by Vince Cardarelle, who took top honors in the 152-pound weight class and improved his season record to 31-4.
After receiving a bye, Cardarelle defeated Wilmot’s Zach Steadman, 8-1, in the semifinals and downed Oconomowoc’s Tyler Yost, 8-4, in the title match.
“Vince kind of dominated those kids. He was in complete control,” Gundrum said.
Placing third for Ozaukee were Ian Hughes (103 pound) and Brady Watry (125).
Hughes, who improved to 30-8, went 3-1 in the tournament, including a 4-2 victory over Pewaukee’s Alex Owens in the third-place final.
Watry lost to Muskego’s Ryan Zainer, 4-1, in the quarterfinals but came back to pin the same opponent at 2:53 in the third-place match. Watry improved his season mark to 25-11.
Taking fourth for Ozaukee were Logan Smith (112), Ethan Brouillette (119), Alex Thill (130) and Matt Stockwell (135).
Sophomores lead Rockets
Strong performances by a pair of sophomores led the Cedar Grove-Belgium wrestling team at the Deerfield Scramble last Saturday.
Matt Mueller (215) and Zach Schulz (112) each placed first in the Silver Division.
The Rockets scored 197 points in the tournament, good for 15th place in a 18-team field.
Random Lake took top honors with 697 points, edging runner-up Milwaukee Tech, which had 689.
Schulz won all four of his matches, including a 6-1 decision over Lakeside Lutheran’s Brandon Schilling. Schulz improved his season mark to 23-7.
Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Trevor Peterson said the 112-pound class had the most depth of any division in the tournament.
“I thought that was a very tough bracket. I was definitely satisfied with first place in silver,” he said.
Mueller, who improved to 2-9, pinned all four of his foes, including a 2:13 fall over Mitch Berton of Deerfield.
“Matt is really coming around. As a sophomore at 215 pounds, I think he’s wrestling really well,” Peterson said.
In addition to Schulz and Mueller, the Rockets got 4-1 finishes from junior Zach Peiffer (125) and sophomore Lucas Alva (119).
Peterson’s five wrestlers went 18-7 in the tournament.
“That’s a pretty good overall record considering the young kids that I brought there,” he said.
Oostburg 42, Ozaukee 30
The host Warriors had a shot at entering this week’s Central Lakeshore Conference tournament with the No. 1 seed, but couldn’t overcome forfeits in a tough
dual-meet loss Jan. 28.
The Flying Dutchmen emerged with the victory after receiving 24 free points.
“We had an opportunity, but it wasn’t going to be easy,” Gundrum said. “With that many forfeits, we couldn’t make any mistakes in the matches we had to
In four weight classes from 130 to 145 pounds, the Warriors went 1-3 despite taking one-point leads into the third period of two matches.
Pat Leonard (140) had the best match of the night, a 10-5 victory over Zach Lichucki, Gundrum said.
Ozaukee’s other wins came on pins from Cardarelle (160), Hughes (103), Brouilette (119) and a decision by Smith (112), who defeated Dylan Jentink, 6-3.
“One thing we were very happy with was having one of the biggest crowds of the year,” Gundrum said. “The bleachers weren’t full, but they were as full as
Students got in free as the school and Dave Brouillette’s Back and Neck Clinic combined to pick up the ticket costs.
Random Lake 58, CG-Belgium 21
Seven forfeits were too much for the host Rockets to overcome in a CLC home meet Jan. 28.
Cedar Grove-Belgium won four of the seven matches held. Schulz and Tyler Garcia (160) both pinned their opponents.
This Saturday, the Rockets will host the conference tournament, where Ozaukee is expected to fight with Oostburg and Random Lake for the title.
Gundrum knows it won’t be easy for his team to emerge on top, especially with its forfeits.
“I think we’re going to have a hard time with the holes in there, but we’re wrestling pretty well,” he said.
Peterson said his team has a good shot at winning several individual titles. He expects Garcia, Schulz, Peiffer, Mueller and Wayne Paulus (285) to be among the favorites.
OZAUKEE’S SCOTT WATRY held the upper hand at this point in his match against Lance Hacker of Oostburg during a Central Lakeshore Conference dual meet last week, but Hacker rallied to win, 6-3. Oostburg also won the meet, 42-30, thanks in large part to five Ozaukee forfeits. Photo by Sam Arendt