NICOLET GIRLS GYMNASTICS
Led by state meet veterans senior Ellen Liang and junior Cailin Mahoney, the Knights are looking to be very competitive this winter.
They downed Port Washington, 133.875-106.75, in their opening North Shore/Greater Metro Conference dual meet of the season last week, which veteran coach Chris Dempsey called a "great start for the first meet."
As noted, Liang and Mahoney will lead the way. In the WIAA D1 state meet last March, Liang was ninth on the balance beam and 12th on the balance beam, while Mahoney narrowly missed out on a top six spot on the floor exercise with a seventh place and was 10th in the vault.
Other veterans the Knights will rely on include Rylee Callahan, Abbe Hansen, Morgan Schiff and Lauryn Wagner.
In the dual-meet win over Port, Hansen won the all-around with a 34.425 mark while also taking the uneven bars (8.575). Liang won the balance beam with a 9.25, Mahoney took floor exercise with a 9.05 and Schiff won vault with an 8.0. Hansen was second on beam with a 9.05, and Laing was second on floor with an 8.9.
Mahoney was second on bars with an 8.5, and Callahan was the same on vault (8.025).
SHOREWOOD GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The Greyhounds have had a busy two-meet start to December, and coach Samantha Sullivan is encouraged by the start.
"We had a good first week to our season," she said. "Lots of good stuff and some stuff to work on."
The team will be led by veterans Izzie Tasse and Katie Brusnahan. All told, there are 17 athletes out for the team this winter.
In the North Shore/Greater Metro Conference dual meet with Menomonee Falls/Germantown on Dec. 7, Tasse won the all-around, along with the balance beam and floor exercise, while Brusnahan won vault and was third on the uneven bars and floor. Matia Williams was third on the beam.
For the junior varsity, Grace Stelter and Aleah Johnson were praised for their efforts. Tasse and Sophie Berzsenyi won the team's "Golden Grip" awards for the meet.
Sullivan was also pleased with the effort at the eight-team Oconomowoc Invite on Dec. 10, as the team score improved by over four points and Tasse was third on the balance beam.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in North Shore Conference with a 50-35 win over Port Washington on Dec. 9.
Bay took on rival Nicolet on Dec. 13 and will host unbeaten and state-ranked Germantown (6-0) on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Blue Dukes took a 21-15 lead at the half against Port and then outscored the Pirates, 29-20, in the second half to pull away.
Ellie Clements led the Blue Dukes with 16 points, while Mia Brower had 11 and Bailey Faulkner 7.
SHOREWOOD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Greyhounds bounced back from a rough 82-45 setback to Pius XI on Dec. 6 to record a 61-48 Woodland Conference win over Tosa West on Dec. 9.
The split left the greyhounds at 2-1 in Woodland play and 5-2 overall. They took on Brown Deer on Dec. 13 and then will host Cudahy in a critical Woodland Conference East game on Friday, Dec. 16. Shorewood has won three straight Woodland East crowns, but the Packers are the preseason favorites behind former Grafton Hall of Fame coach Bob Maronde.
Shorewood struggled in the first half against Tosa, falling behind 26-20, but then outscored the Trojans, 41-22, in the second half to pull away for the win.
Star freshman guard Khamya McNeal may have had her best game of the season so far, scoring 27 points to lead all scorers. What was most impressive about her effort was her 14-of-15 effort from the foul line. Post Natalie Tomaszewski helped out with 14, and Olivia Kessenich added 10.
Shorewood had a huge edge at the foul line in the game (23-of-39 as opposed to 5-of-10 for Tosa).
In the loss to powerful Pius XI, the Greyhounds fell, 47-23, at the break and could never recover. Tomaszewski led Shorewood with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while McNeal had 16 points, four assists and three steals.
BROWN DEER BOYS BASKETBALL
The Falcons got some late free throws and received a career night from junior post Johnny Saengphonphakdy in edging New Berlin West, 62-61, in a Woodland Conference game on Dec. 9.
The win was a good bounceback for the Falcons after dropping a tough decision to Woodland rival and state power New Berlin Eisenhower on Dec. 6.
They are 2-2 overall for the season and 1-1 in Woodland play.
They took on area rival Shorewood on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and will visit Greenfield on Friday, Dec. 16.
The game with West was always close, as the Vikings held a 27-26 lead at the break.
Brown Deer was helped by the 6-7 Saengphonphakdy, who led all scorers with 21 points, including of seven of nine free throws. He also grabbed five rebounds. He got help from Jay Gentry with 11 and Damon Jackson with 9.
The Falcons had a big advantage at the foul line, as they hit 18 of 27 attempts. West downed 12 of 17. Jackson helped by hitting all five of his free-throw attempts.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes split a pair of games last week, winning a 72-66 North Shore Conference tilt over Port Washington on Dec. 6 and then falling to West DePere, 73-62, on Dec. 10.
They took on rival Nicolet on Dec. 13 and will visit defending North Shore champion Germantown on Friday, Dec. 16.
The short-handed Blue Dukes led West De Pere, 31-30, but the Phantoms outscored them, 43-31, after the break to pull away for the win.
Xavier Johnson led the Blue Dukes with 18 points, while Gunnar Stock and Demetrius Johnson had 11 apiece.
West De Pere hit 23 of 41 free throws as opposed to just 10 of 15 for Bay.
In the win over Port, Bay outscored the Pirates, 38-31, in the second half. Johnson led all scorers with 22, while Cade Garcia came up with 17 and Johnson 18.
The Knights turned in a credible 2-3 record in earning fourth in the Grant Schoen Duals at Cedarburg on Dec. 10.
Sauk Prairie won the 10-team event, while Oconomowoc was second.
The Knights fell to Oconomowoc, 62-15; won on a tiebreaker over Cedarburg, 39-39; defeated Grafton, 55-24; lost a tough 40-39 decision to Valders; and were defeated by Fort Atkinson, 57-23.
The meet counted as two duals in the North Shore Conference for the Knights. Parker Keckeisen at 170 pounds went 5-0 with three pins. Collin Shea at 195 also went 5-0 with four pins.
WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
The Blue Dukes closed a loss to North Shore Conference favorite Port Washington on Dec. 8 on a positive note, as Nolan Fergus won an 8-6 decision at 145 pounds and Dajun Johnson recorded a 13-5 major decision at 152.
Jonah Nelson narrowly missed out on another win with a 7-5 loss at 138.
SHOREWOOD BOYS SWIMMING
The Greyhounds were fifth of nine-teams in the Woodland Conference Relays on Dec. 7.
They scored 184 points for their spot, as Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI won with 278.
Top finishes included the following: 200 medley relay: Eric Mueller, Micah Sweet, Charlie Phillips and Lucas Barry, fourth (1:54.43); 400 individual medley: Sweet, Evan Szablewski, Peter Rath and Mueller, third (4:29.83); 800 free relay: Edison Wolniakowski, Evan Furtsch, Joey Boldoc and Szablewski, fourth (9:20.87); 300 butterfly: Georgy Federov, Barry, Furtsch and Phillips second (3:05.81); 400 free relay: Rath, Wolniakowski, Phillips and Barry, fourth (3:30.14); and 300 backstroke: Boldoc, Mueller, Cal Papineau and Szablewski, fourth (3:33.09).
BROWN DEER/UNIVERSITY SCHOOL BOYS SWIMMING
The short-handed Falconcats were sixth in their own invite on Dec. 10 and ninth in the Woodland Conference Relays on Dec. 7.
The best finishes in the relays were fourths from the 100 medley relay team of Bobby Albrightson, Rory Burmeister, Caleb Saffold and Yoshi Halmar (1:00.15) and the 100 free relay of TJ Davis, Calvin Vang, Albrightson, and Saffold (50.06).
WNS STORM HOCKEY
In a crazy affair, the local co-op tied Brookfield, 10-10, on Dec. 6, in overtime.
The Storm had three goal goals on four different occasions but had difficulty holding on. They needed a goal in the final minute of regulation from George Sullivan to force overtime. Dominic Murano (two), Sam Gehrmann, Conner Aguilar (two), John Nelson (two), Ethan Long and Sullivan (two) all had goals for the Storm.