NICOLET-WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
The Blue Dukes got off to a fast start against the rival Knights, but in the end, Nicolet's depth proved superior in a 51-18 North Shore Conference dual-meet victory on Dec. 15.
The win kept Nicolet unbeaten in North Shore duals. Whitefish Bay went on to compete in the Stech Invitational at West Allis Central, Dec. 16 and 17.
The meet began with Bay forfeits to Nicolet's Robert Lagerman at 126 pounds and Alex Riedijk at 132, but then the Blue Dukes won four straight matches — Jonah Nelson at 138 (8-4 decision), Nolan Fergus at 145 (pin 0:37), Max Hummer at 152 (pin 2:36) and Dajun Johnson at 160 (6-3 decision) — to give them an 18-12 lead.
But after that point, the Knights dominated the dual, as returning state place winner Parker Keckeisen at 170 and Will Dietrich at 182 picked up forfeits, and then Collin Shea pinned his opponent in 1:16 at 195. Forfeits went to Barry Quinnies at 220, Cameron Cooper at 285 and Kazi Wynn-Beavers at 106. Ryan Kuesel closed the match with an 8-1 decision at 120.
NICOLET-WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SWIMMING
The Knights were a bit deeper than the Blue Dukes on Dec. 15, as they defended their title in "The Battle for the Duck" with a 111-74 North Shore Conference dual-meet victory.
Winning events for Nicolet were Dylan Hall, Ben Cook, Collin Siverhus, Ricky Romersi, Sam Vondra, Brady Mandella, Sam Cook, Ryan Mortenson, Ben Westfahl, Augie Eurich and Shane Donahue. Bay, meanwhile, claimed the 200 free, the 500 free and the 400 free relay. Both teams took part in the North Shore Conference Relays on Dec. 20.
"I thought the meet went OK," said Nicolet coach Bill Shuster. "There were some very good swims from our guys, but there were a few things that need some working on. Our energy level seemed a bit down, so winter break will be a big help in getting some of that back."
The Knights downed Grafton, 132.6-123.475, in a North Shore/Greater Metro Conference dual meet last week.
Nicolet won all events, including Cailin Mahoney on uneven bars (8.45) and the all-around (34.55); Ellen Liang on balance beam (8.875) and floor exercise (9.0); and Abbe Hansen on vault (8.85). Seconds went to Mahoney on vault (8.825) and on floor (8.975) and Liang in the all-around (34.025) and on bars (7.95).
Another key returnee for the Knights this season is Jenna Koshakow.
WHITEFISH BAY-NICOLET GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes stayed in the North Shore Conference chase with a 67-29 victory over their rivals the Knights on Dec. 13.
They improved to 3-1 in league play and 4-2 overall. They took on state-ranked league leader Germantown (4-0, 7-0) on Friday, Dec. 16, in a key early-season contest and then hosted nonconference opponent Milwaukee Riverside on Tuesday, Dec. 20. They will close out the preholiday portion of their schedule with a road nonconference game at Menomonee Falls on Thursday, Dec. 22.
Nicolet, meanwhile, fell to 0-4 and 0-6, respectively. They took on Cedarburg in a North Shore tilt on Dec. 16 and then hosted nonconference opponent Tosa East on Dec. 21.
Bay took a 33-15 halftime lead on Nicolet and then eased home with the victory.
Ellie Clements continued her fine season with a game-high 17 points, while Ali Menard and Grace James tallied 9. A total of 11 Blue Dukes scored in the game. Bay hit eight 3-pointers, three by James and two by Bailey Faulkner (6 points total).
Nicolet was led by Jaya Williams with 10 and Alexis Haupert with 6.
WNS STORM BOYS HOCKEY
The Storm picked up a badly needed 5-2 victory over Marquette on Dec. 13.
The victory improved the team's record to 2-5-2. They will be off until a Jan. 5 game at Homestead.
Against Marquette, the Storm took a 3-1 lead after two periods. Goals went to George Sullivan (two), Conner Aguilar (two) and John Nelsen, while assists went to Dominic Murano (two) and Kyle Asmann (two)
Robert Ali made 20 saves for the Storm.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS GYMNASTICS
Injuries are slowing the defending D2 state champions, as No. 2 all-around Ellie Dallet is out for the season after tearing her ACL and freshman Sarah Kirchner dislocated her kneecap at a recent meet
They were scheduled to take on defending D1 state champion, the Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall co-op on Dec. 20. Blue Dukes coach Mary Liniewski said she had been looking forward to this meet, but in the Blue Dukes' current state, noted it won't be as much fun as it should.
Defending D2 state all-around champ Aly Yurkowitz is off to a "banner" start, according to Liniewski, turning in an all-around as high 36.8 in the early going. Liniewski said Yurkowtiz is ahead of schedule in terms of score. Abby Timms is also being praised for her all-around work, especially after turning in an 8.9 on vault. Meghan Grimm, Julia Patek, Lulu Elias and Catherine Siebert were also praised for their efforts.
"The focus is unchanged for us as we will continue to build on our skills, putting together the best team possible 10th by 10th," Liniewski said.