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Hawks: Home games ahead PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:13

Hannah Belanger had oodles of fun at Wisconsin Dells last week, and that was before she even got to a water park.
Grafton’s star junior guard scored a career-high 39 points against Evansville on shooting so hot she could warm the frigid outdoor temperatures.
The offensive outburst helped the Black Hawks to a dominating 73-44 non-conference victory on Dec. 28.
Evansville tried a box-and-one zone on Belanger, but coach Mike Grzesiak said the defender often got bumped off on screens.
“I just don’t think Evansville plays a lot of man. They play a lot of zone,” he said.
Belanger shot 12-for-13 from the field, 3-for-4 on three-pointers and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Much of Belanger’s scoring came on ball fakes and drives to the basket after catching the ball on the elbow, Grzesiak said.
Grafton girls hoops Hannah shooting 12 21 17Belanger could have had more points, but Grzesiak took her out with eight minutes left to play. Her 39 points came in 28 minutes.
It wasn’t just Belanger’s offense that stood out.
“In addition to that, she held their leading scorer, who had averaged 22 points a game, to 12. So Hannah held her to half of her average,” Grzesiak said.
Belanger’s previous high was 31 against Port Washington on Jan. 6. She scored 30 at Port on Feb. 10.
Belanger reached the career 1,000-point milestone on Dec. 15 against Nicolet.
Grafton took a 40-23 lead into halftime and never looked back.
Sophomore point guard Hailey Block scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting.
“Hailey block played great, penetrated when she had the opportunity to,” Grzesiak said.
Grzesiak also praised the play of Ava Pederson for setting screens and “doing the dirty work.
“Ava did a lot of stuff you don’t see in the box score,” he said.
Besides the game, the Hawks got to bond during a team dinner, at a water park and while watching movies traveling to and from the Dells.
“It was great. The girls got to hang out,” Grzesiak said.
Now 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the North Shore Conference, Grafton plays at Hartford (3-4 NSC) on Friday and hosts Port Washington (0-7) on Jan. 12.
After playing nine of their first 11 games on the road, Grzesiak said he is looking forward to eight of the next 11 at home.

Bull Hawks top Port in early gymnastics duel PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:12

Grafton/Cedarburg’s gymnastics team beat Port Washington on the road on Dec. 20, 134.05 to 117.65.
Abby Cibulka led the Bull Hawks with a first place on beam with a score of 9.375.
Shaye Taubner won the floor exercise with a 9.15.
“So far the team is doing well. December proves to be a difficult competition month for us because there are only one to two practices between each meet. This means less time for the girls to be working on new skills to add into their routines,” coach Siri Bartlein said.
“In January, they are looking forward to working on improving their gymnastics and adding higher difficulty, or harder skills, into their routines.”
CAITLIN HASSLER s1122017237For Port, senior Izzi Wickus scored above a 9.0 on beam and floor.
The Pirates return letter winners Carmen Hoag, Toni Snook, Julia Griesch, Caitlin Hassler and McKenzie Rick.
More help comes from Wickus, who has already eclipsed the 9.0 mark in three events.
Freshmen Eliana Plier and Julia Burke have added depth to the lineup.
Port has a new coach in Gale Sigler. She had coached the Pirates for four years and at Homestead for seven, as well as at a private club and at the Port Recreation Department.
“I look forward to working with the school and rec department in building a strong, successful and competitive program,” Sigler said.
“The entire team continues to advance in their routines and work to ‘perfect’ them heading into the second half of the season.”
Port was scheduled to compete at North Shore Conference foe Hartford on Wednesday and at Waterford on Saturday. The Pirates host West Bend West on Jan. 10.
The Bull Hawks were to compete at Homestead on Wednesday and at West Bend East on Jan. 9.

Swimmers hit tough waters PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:11

New North Shore opponents provide formidable competition at conference relay swim and dive meet

Port Washington got a victory from its divers and Grafton earned one surprise first place in the North Shore Conference Relays swimming and diving meet on Dec. 19.
The West Bend Co-op team, new to the NSC this year, won with 87 points. Whitefish Bay was second with 72 and Homestead third with 71.
Port scored 51 points and tied new conference opponent Hartford/Slinger for fourth. Grafton, which hosted the meet, scored 45 to tie Nicolet for fifth. Cedarburg was eighth with 34.
Pirate sophomore divers Roger Schmidt and Cale Theis combined to score 354.9 points to edge West Bend’s team of 327.9.
“They had an awesome meet,” coach Melissa Hoogester said.
TREVOR BODART s2121917270Grafton’s victory came in the 300-yard breaststroke relay. The team of Nick and Caden Starr, Ben Niswonger and Gaven Depies finished in three minutes, 27.99 seconds, nearly 10 seconds ahead of second place.
The unique part is Niswonger and Caden Starr don’t usually swim.
“Our divers are pretty good in the breast stroke. I figured, what the heck, I’ll put them in there. I had no idea they would get first place,” coach Mark Minz said.
“I think it’s so cool to get brothers in a relay and to do so well.”
The Black Hawks earned second in the 400 medley relay. The team of Depies, Nick Starr, Trevor Bodart and Matthew Fischer finished in 4:00.16, less than four seconds behind Hartford/Slinger.
Grafton got third in the 500 crescendo relay in 4:45.35. Andy Rose swam the 50, Fischer the 100, Michael O’Connor the 150 and Starr the 200.

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