Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 16:34
Hard-fought win over Waupun leaves Port boys smiling one night after frustrating NSC loss to Bay
There’s nothing like a hard-fought win over a highly regarded foe to ease the sting of a tough loss.
One night after struggling to find the hoop in a frustrating road defeat, the Port Washington boys’ basketball team got back on target last Saturday in the Converse Eastbay Classic at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.
Jumping ahead early and withstanding a second-half charge by Waupun, the Pirates secured a 73-67 win in a battle of state-ranked Division 2 teams.
“We were pretty bummed out about the way we played Friday (at Whitefish Bay), so we really wanted to get back on the court and turn things around,” said Port coach John Bunyan, whose team improved to 5-1 overall.
“Waupun has a really good team and was 7-0 coming in, but we had a size advantage on them and were able to get the ball inside.”
The Pirates’ edge in size especially paid off in the second half.
In building a 32-27 lead by halftime, Port had only three free throws. However, they cashed in at the line the rest of the way and finished 24-for-30 for the game.
Senior guard Josh Gasser led the way with a 25-point performance that included a 13-for-14 effort at the foul line. After a quiet start, he scored 21 points in the second half.
The Pirates’ balanced offense also included 36 points from its starting front line — 14 by Shane Kennedy and 11 apiece by Cory Steinmetz and Zach Schultz.
Port maintained a 54-49 lead after three quarters and held off the Warriors down the stretch.
Waupun was powered by senior guard Austin Armga, who scored a game-high 31 points.
“Armga is a very good player, and we tried several different guys on him,” Bunyan said. “We had a little more balanced offense, which helped make the difference.”
Whitefish Bay 62, Port Washington 48
A cold-shooting performance in the face of an active Bay defense saddled the Pirates with a tough North Shore Conference loss last Friday.
Port shot just 20% from the field, including a 1-for-19 effort from three-point range, and was unable to keep pace with the Blue Dukes.
“It was a very frustrating night,” Bunyan said. “Bay shot well, and we just couldn’t make a bucket when we needed to.”
Bay, which drew even with Port in the NSC race at 2-1, pulled away from a 9-9 tie after one quarter with a 20-11 run in the second period.
The Pirates closed to within 43-36 after three quarters, but the Dukes took control with a 19-12 edge in the final eight minutes.
Gasser led the Pirates with 18 points, and Steinmetz added 13. However, the Dukes offset those efforts with a game-high 21 points by Ron Patten and 18 from John Johnston.
Both teams trail first-place Homestead (3-0) by one game in the conference standings.
Port Washington 62, Nicolet 47
A strong second quarter allowed the Pirates to overcome a slow start and secure a conference win at home Dec. 15.
The Knights held a 15-13 lead after the first eight minutes, but Port outscored them by 12 points in the second period to take a 34-24 lead into halftime and never trailed again.
Gasser scored a game-high 26 points, including four three-point baskets.
Steinmetz and Zach Schultz added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Nicolet was led by 14 points from Myles Henry.
The Pirates resumed play Tuesday against Brookfield Academy.
On Dec. 29, Port will host Escanaba (Mich.) in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game.
Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 16:28
Three Port wrestlers nail down first-place honors at Marty Loy Invitational
A team championship wasn’t within reach for the Port Washington wrestling squad at the Marty Loy Invitational last Saturday in Fond du Lac, but the Pirates still managed to pin down top honors.
Three Port juniors — Alex Dieringer, Jake Maechtle and Justin Meins — each placed first in their weight class at the tournament, which included some of the state’s best teams.
“All three of our champions dominated all day,” said Port coach Angelo LaRosa, whose squad scored 122 points, good for a sixth-place tie with Fond du Lac in the 25-team standings.
“They were really outstanding.”
Muskego won the title with 226.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Wausau West’s 194.5. Hudson was third with 176 points.
By each winning four matches, Dieringer and Maechtle improved their season records to 12-0, and Meins upped his mark to 11-1.
Dieringer won his first two matches in the 140-pound division with first-period pins and then scored a 22-7 technical fall over Oconomowoc’s Jake Morrison.
In the final, Dieringer again won by technical fall, this time by a 19-4 margin, over previously unbeaten Jason Raasch of Westby.
“Alex had a really tough kid in the finals, and he handled him,” LaRosa said. “He just makes good wrestlers look like JV kids.”
Maechtle scored a 10-2 major decision over Waupaca’s Tyler Hinz in the 135-pound championship match.
In advancing to the final, Maechtle won once by decision and twice on pins, including a 2:54 win over Muskego’s Tyler Quartullo in the semifinals.
“Jake’s just a horse,” LaRosa said. “He kept working hard and had a great day.”
Meins won the 125-pound title with a 9-8 victory over Oconomowoc’s Zach Mommaerts, who brought a 16-0 record to the final.
In his first three matches, Meins won on decisions, including an 11-4 semifinal victory over Wausau West’s Rickie Pody.
“Justin has a huge gas tank and just never gets tired,” LaRosa said. “He picks it up in the third period, and other guys can’t keep up with him.”
The Pirates had nine other wrestlers in the tournament, but only one had a place finish.
Senior Ryan Wischer took seventh at 160 pounds by defeating Burlington’s Joe Alvarez, 5-3, in his fifth and final match of the day.
Wischer’s other wins in a 3-2 tournament showing included 9-4 and 5-0 decisions.
Three other wrestlers — Nate Schnell (130), Trevor Schumacher (145) and Nate Hilton (285) — each scored three team points for Port by winning their second-round matches by pin.
The tournament was the Pirates’ last meet until Jan. 1, when they wrestle at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna.
The field will include several nationally ranked teams.
Port Washington 65, Whitefish Bay 18
The Pirates won 10 matches by pin or forfeit in a lopsided North Shore Conference meet at home Dec. 16.
Scoring pins were Meins (135), Dieringer (145), Schumacher (152), Mark Strong (189), Tyler Griswald (285) and Tyler Madden (119).
Wischer (160) won by technical fall.
Port received forfeits at 140, 215, 112 and 130.
The Blue Dukes won by pin at 171 and 103 and received a forfeit at 125.
Grafton 39, Nicolet 36
The host Black Hawks won the last three matches by pin in rallying for a North Shore Conference win Dec. 17.
After falling behind early, Nicolet fought back to win six of seven matches and built a 36-21 lead.
However, Grafton responded with first-period pins from Nick Goetz (145), Nick Glocke (152) and Alex Studelska (160). Studelska defeated Wilhelm Fehlhaber in 1:25 of the final match to seal the team victory.
Goetz pinned Austin Greene in 44 seconds, and Glocke pinned Bobby Herrick in 1:52.
The Hawks’ other wins included a pin by Brandon Schweitzer (285), decision by Billy Depies (130) and forfeits at 171 and 189.
Grafton faced Homestead in another conference dual meet Tuesday and will next wrestle at the On the Water tournament in Oshkosh on Dec. 29 and 30.
PORT WASHINGTON’S Justin Meins gave Brendan Hanrahan of Whitefish Bay a head-first introduction to the mat during a North Shore Conference dual meet last week. Meins scored a second-period pin in the 135-pound match to help the Pirates to a 65-18 win. Photo by Brian Barber