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Pool: Local boys shine at Div. 2 state meet PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:25

Port Washington’s divers have stood out all season long, and the WIAA state meet was no exception last Friday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.
Sophomore Cale Theis scored 361.8 points to place third in the Division 2 competition, and freshman teammate Nathan Kasdorf was right behind in fourth with 346.9 points. Both earned state medals.
Also for the Pirates, sophomore Roger Schmidt came in 10th with 329.8 points, and junior Garret Friede was 13th with 304.1.
“All four guys dove really well,” Port coach Melissa Hoogester said.
Of the 16 divers at state, no other team qualified more than two. The Pirates picked up 42 of their 73 points on the diving board.
Port senior Zach Miller brought home some hardware in his final high school meet, taking fifth in the 100-yard backstroke with a personal-best time of 55.03 seconds.
Miller is Hoogester’s first swimmer to win a medal at state.
NICK STARR (CR) s2120717053 4C“He went out there and swam such an amazing event,” she said.
Miller missed out on another medal by barely a second, taking eighth in the 100 freestyle in 49.63. The top six finishers in each event received medals.
Junior Nick Starr brought home Grafton’s lone medal by placing sixth in the 200 individual medley (1:59.09).
Starr also took seventh in the 500 freestyle (4:52.71), missing the podium by less than a second.
The Black Hawks, who had been neck-and-neck with Port all season long, tied the Pirates with 73 points. DeForest also scored 73 to make a three-way tie for 11th out of 35 teams.
“That was, I think, exceeding expectations,” Grafton coach Mark Minz said of his squad’s finish.
“We like to be top 10, and we were only a little bit off of that. We’ll take it.”
Monona Grove again ran away with the Division 2 state title, scoring 333 points. Edgewood came in second with 191.
Regardless of the finish, Minz was thrilled with the Hawks’ performance.

Rockets get on a roll to end season PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:24

CG-Belgium and Ozaukee both each earn a 9 seed in the playoffs

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s boys’ basketball team is headed into the playoffs on a four-game winning streak.
The Rockets on Monday won their third Big East Conference Tournament game in a row, a 73-57 blowout over Ozaukee, to take ninth place in the league and pull them to .500.
Jason von Heimburg scored 25 pounds and grabbed eight rebounds.
“Jason’s just been fun to coach. He’s a solid kid. He’s had a consistent year,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said.
Cameron Kirst scored 17 points, mostly in the paint, and Jordan Villa had 10 points and eight assists. Ethan Wonser added nine points. Kirst and Wonser each had five rebounds.
A run at the end of the first half put the Rockets up, 37-23, at the break. Ketterhagen said his team let up a little in the second half but turned it on enough to hang on for the victory.
ETHAN WONSER s1021918232 4C“We’re not good enough to do that, but Ozaukee is a really young team. They battle really, really hard,” he said.
Ozaukee coach Bob Domach said von Heimburg was the difference in the game.
“Von Himburg really hurt us. We didn’t have an answer for him. He is really tough to guard and we didn’t guard him with the physicality that we needed,” he said.
The Warriors’ 23 turnovers also hurt.
“We took ourselves out of the game with self-inflicted turnovers. Unforced turnovers have been a problem all season, and that theme continued tonight,” Domach said.
Noah Miller was the only Warrior in double figures with 16 points.
On Feb. 13, the Rockets knocked off host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 75-48. Von Heimburg had 17 points, Villa 15 and Kirst 12. Wonser added eight. Kirst had 11 rebounds, and von Heimburg and Villa six each. Wonser had five.
The Rockets took a 37-18 lead by halftime.
No. 9-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium, 11-11 overall, on Tuesday plays at No. 8-seeded Brillion (7-14) in the Division 3 playoffs. The winner plays at No. 1-seeded Valders on March 2.

Big-time confidence builder PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:10

Grafton girls show their mettle with crunch-time win over champion Owls

The ball was in Grafton’s court, literally.
The host Black Hawks trailed by one point in the closing seconds of their final regular-season game after magically seeing a 17-point second-half lead disappear against Slinger, the North Shore Conference’s top girls’ basketball team, on Feb. 15.
It was going to take someone to step up, and that’s what NSC Player of the Year Hannah Belanger is for.
Grafton let the clock tick down until there were several seconds left, trying for the last shot. After the ball was passed around, it ended up in the hands of junior point guard Hailey Block, who looked for a teammate.
But no one was moving. So Block drove past one defender and sped toward the basket, drawing a few Slinger players.
In the meantime, Belanger cut to near the elbow. Block zinged her the ball, and Belanger caught and shot.
Through the hoop the ball went, and Grafton had a 56-55 lead. While the Black Hawks’ bench and crowd went nuts, Block was paying close attention. She stole the Owls’ ensuing inbounds pass, but Slinger had called its final timeout just before.
The officials put four seconds on the clock. After the Owls lined up, Grafton called its final timeout to be sure of its defense.
The Owls were able to advance the ball down court but didn’t get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Grafton escaped, solidifying second place alone in the NSC and earning at least a season split with every league team.
Grafton girls hoops bench 2 22 18 4C“Really, Hailey did all the work. Hailey drove it, and I just was in the right spot at the right moment, and she found me and that’s how it happened,” Belanger said.
“I knew time was winding down, and that was an open look, so I felt comfortable taking that shot.”
And Block was plenty comfy with her star teammate taking it. She saw in Belanger’s eyes early in the possession that she wanted it.
“I was dribbling in and when in doubt, give it to Hannah because I know she can execute it and make that shot. She’s done it over and over in practice again,” Block said.
“She made the right cut, was right in front of me. It was the perfect spot.”
The final shot meant more to Grafton than just winning a basketball game over a newfound rival. It represented the Hawks’ development throughout the season.
“I think we’ve gone along with what I’ve preached. We’ve gotten a little better each day,” Grafton coach Mike Grzesiak said. “I think we proved we can play with anybody. We can squander a 17-point lead and still find a way to get it done.”
The Hawks took control of the game late in the first half and dominated for part of the second. After the team were tied at 15-15 with 9 minutes, 40 seconds left  in the first half, Grafton went on a 12-1 run and ended up with a 29-21 lead at the break.

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