BROWN DEER/USM BOYS SWIMMING
Returning junior and D2 state place winner Ben Hayes provided a dramatic start for the Falconcats, when he won both the 100-yard individual medley (53.7 seconds) and the 200 IM (1:57.51) in the Chuck Walters' Memorial Invite at Nicolet on Saturday, Dec. 3.
His efforts led the team to a 13th-place finish in the 14-team field with 54 points, as Middleton won with 450.
Hayes was third in the 200 IM and second in the 100 breaststroke in last season's D2 state meet.
He will lead a 13-man team for new coach Drew Jones. The only senior on the group is TJ Davis, with juniors Rory Burmeister, Yoshi Halmar, Hayes, Cassius Henry, Matthew Lepine and Calvin Lang also helping out.
"This year we are looking at a very unique and special team," said Jones. "I have seen a lot of smiles, laughing and personality out of this team. It will be a fun ride. We have some very talented young men."
NICOLET BOYS BASKETBALL
In a chaotic week, the youthful Knights went 1-2, as their record evened up at 2-2 overall.
They defeated Hartford, 57-51, on Nov. 29, fell to Pewaukee, 66-54, on Nov. 30 and then opened the North Shore Conference season with a 77-68 loss to seven-time league champion Germantown.
They took on Milwaukee King on Dec. 6 and will visit Grafton on Friday, Dec. 9, in another North Shore tilt.
Against Germantown, the Knights fell behind, 40-32, at the break and had a hard time pulling even after that point. Four players were in double figures for Nicolet, including Jamari Sibley with 19 points, Jack Brahm with 15, Jayden Hardy with 12 and Isaiah Glidden with 10.
Against Pewaukee, the Knights took a 29-27 halftime lead but then were outscored, 39-25, in the second half by the Pirates.
Brahm had 22 to lead the way, while Hardy came in with 12 and Sibley with 8. Pewaukee hit 17 of 24 free throws as opposed to just 6-of-9 for the Knights.
In the win over Hartford, the Knights fell behind, 26-20, at the half but then outscored the Orioles, 37-25, in the second half. Jeremy Ninham had 14, Brahm put in 12 and Hardy had 9 to lead the way.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes split their North Shore Conference openers last week, beating Grafton, 38-27, on Nov. 29, and falling to Cedarburg, 54-37, on Dec. 2.
They started the week at 2-2 overall. They will host Port Washington on Friday, Dec. 9, and then will visit Nicolet in a girl-boy doubleheader at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Against Cedarburg, the Blue Dukes were down only 23-21 at the half but then were outscored, 31-16, by the Bulldogs in the second half. Ellie Clements had 11 points to lead Bay, while Ali Menard and Sam Loyda came up with 6 apiece.
Against Grafton, the Blue Dukes were up 19-11 at the half and then steadily pulled away from there. Clements scored 12, Mia Brower 9 and Menard 7 to lead the way.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SWIMMING
The Blue Dukes opened their season on a positive note with an eighth-place finish in the Chuck Walters Memorial Invite at Nicolet on Dec. 3.
They scored 115 points for their spot, as Middleton won with 450.
Best individual finishes for the Blue Dukes included a ninth from senior Mike McMahon in the 200 free (1:55.41) and an eighth from him in the 100 free (52.18); a ninth from senior William Tarpey in the 50 free (23.68); and a 10th from junior Adam Stollenwerk in the 50 backstroke (29.6).
SHOREWOOD BOYS SWIMMING
Dave Clark is the new coach for the Greyhounds this winter, who are adjusting to large graduation losses off their historic WIAA D2 state runner-up squad of 2016. He replaces Tom Miazga.
"Graduating eight seniors from last year's WIAA second-place D2 team, this is a rebuilding year," Clark said. "We have some solid returning talent in seniors Lucas Barry and Charlie Phillips along with sophomore Evan Szabelewski and freshman Micah Sweet. We will have to rely on a number of lower varsity and high JV (junior varsity) swimmers from 2015-16 to fill out a competitive lineup."
The Greyhounds got their season formally underway with an 11th-place finish in the 14-team Nicolet Chuck Waters Invitational on Dec. 3.
Other seniors on the roster this season include Evan Furtsch, Eric Mueller, Cal Papineau, Charlie Phillips, Natan Steigman and Edison Wolniakowski.
Shorewood scored 68 points for its spot in the Nicolet meet, which was a sprint-based invite, as Middleton won with 450.
Phillips was eighth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.53), while Barry was seventh in the 50 free (23.48) and Szablewski eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:12.66).
The 200 free relay of Barry, Steigman, Furtsch and Mick Maloney was sixth (1:40.61).
WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
With his smallest numbers in 11 years and with the sport trending downward in numbers statewide, veteran Blue Dukes coach Dale Loebel is going to work hard to stay positive this winter, offering a difficult but pragmatic attitude.
"Wrestling is clearly too tough for most kids at Bay," he said. "That's fine. I'll take the kids that have the guts to do it and give them everything I've got."
Loebel is dealing with single-digit numbers this year after years that fluctuated between the high teens and low 20s.
The Blue Dukes lost a North Shore dual to Cedarburg on Dec. 1 and then finished ninth of 10 in the Nicolet Scramble on Saturday, Dec. 3.
A major positive for Loebel is newcomer Dajun Johnson. He was second at 152 pounds at the Scramble, recording two pins and a technical fall.
"Dajun Johnson has the potential to put himself on the podium in Madison more than once in his career," Loebel said. "Once he sees the correlation between the work in the room and what it will do for him on the mat, look out."
The Blue Dukes put six wrestlers on the mat at the Scramble. Veteran Nolan Ferguson lost his first two bouts but then won his next three, including two pins, to take seventh at 138, while Jonah Nelson went 2-3 to claim fourth at 138. Max Hummer also went 2-3 to take fourth at 160.
Others competing included Caleb Heidmann at 120 and Max Yunker at 170 (1-4). Bay scored 55.5 points for its spot; Elkhorn won with 264.5.
Loebel had positive things to say about everyone who competed this day.
Against Cedarburg, Hummer won a 2-0 decision at 160, and Heidmann claimed a forfeit at 120.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes dropped their opener to North Shore Conference favorite, 76-51, on Dec. 2. A 10-2 run at the end of the first half put the Bulldogs in control for good.
Xavier Johnson had 16 points and David Thompson 10 for the Blue Dukes.
WNS STORM BOYS HOCKEY
The Storm co-op is off to a tough 1-5-1 start after a discouraging 3-2 loss to North Shore rival Homestead on Dec. 3.
WNS had a 2-0 lead after two periods but saw the Highlanders score three times in the third to win the game.
Seniors on the team include defensemen Zach Asmann, George Sullivan, Avi Paley and Ethan Long; forwards John Nelson, Kyle Asmann, Joe Roch and Milo Hines; and keeper Robert Ali.