The Knights split two games in the Cudahy Southside Classic on Dec. 27 and 28.

They fell, 68-64, to Waukesha West on Dec. 27 and then overpowered the host Packers, 64-43, in the consolation contest on Dec. 28.

The split left the Knights at 5-4 overall as they completed the 2016 portion of their schedule.

They will host Homestead at 7:15 p.m. in the nightcap of a girls-boys doubleheader Friday, Jan. 6. It will be a first faceoff for new coaches Al Hanson of Nicolet and Sean Crider of Homestead. It will also be a celebration of Nicolet's Hall of Fame night.

The Knights hope to play like they did against Cudahy on Dec. 28. They took a 36-24 lead at the half and then held the Packers to just 19 second half points in pulling away. Jack Brahm led the way with 23 points, while Jayden Hardy had 10 and Jamari Sibley 8.

The semifinal against West was a nip-and-tuck affair right from the start, as West led, 31-29, at the half before holding on for the victory.

It was a sloppy game as both teams struggled from the foul line (8-of-18 for Nicolet and just 12-of-31 for West). Hardy led the way for Nicolet with 23, while Jeremy Ninham and Isaiah Glidden had 10 each and Sonny Phinisee 7.


The Greyhounds turned in some good efforts, as they broke the holiday training blahs with an eighth-place effort in the Metro Swim Officials Invite at Homestead on Dec. 28.

They turned in a score of 109 points; powerful Arrowhead won the meet with 486.

The meet also breaks up the monotony of the traditional meet format with different and longer race distances.

Top effort for the Greyhounds was a second from Evan Szablewski in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:24.78), while Charlie Phillips was fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:15.29) and the 500 free (5:12.57) and Micah Sweet was sixth in the 400-yard individual medley (5:11.78).

Other good showings for the Greyhounds included the following: 200 medley relay: Szablewski, Sweet,Phillips and Lucas Barry, 11th (1:54.0); 100 free: Barry, 12th (53.3); 200 breaststroke: Sweet, ninth (2:39.3); 200 free relay: Phillips, Georgy Federov, Szablewski and Barry, 15th (1:42.52); and 50 free: Barry, 14th (24.23).


The Blue Dukes broke up their holiday break with an 11th-place effort in the Metro Swim Officials Invite at Homestead on Dec. 28.

They scored 66 points for their spot as Arrowhead won the 13-team event with 486.

Mike McMahon had the best finish, a fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.87), while Henry Fetzer was sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:27.18).

Other scoring efforts for the Blue Dukes included the following: 200-yard medley relay: Adam Stollenwerk, Chris Hastings, McMahon and Wilson Tarpey, 16th (1:57.37); 200 backstroke: Stollenwerk, 12th (2:26.2); 50 free: Tarpey, 12th (24.15); 100 free: McMahon, 13th (53.34); 100 backstroke: Stollenwerk, 13th (1:07.1); 100 butterfly: Fetzer, ninth (1:01.94); and 200 free relay: Tarpey, Stollenwerk, Matt Swietlik and McMahon, 12th (1:39.65).


The Blue Dukes were simply overwhelmed by a motivated and talented Brookfield Central squad, 73-33, in Rick Majerous WBY Classic at Concordia on Dec. 27.

"I thought the first team held their own," said coach Chris Millner. "I was really proud of the way they competed. Over the course of the game, we let it slip. Our guys are battling adversity right now, and that’s what we have to keep working on. They move the ball really well. That’s how you create offense. They’re committed to what they’re doing and run their stuff well."

The loss dropped the Blue Dukes to 3-4 overall as they completed the 2016 portion of their schedule.

They have a busy three-game slate this week. They took on area nonconference power Brown Deer on Jan. 3 and then will host Milwaukee Lutheran in a North Shore contest on Friday, Jan. 6. They will then turn around and take on West Bend West at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Al McGuire Classic at the McGuire Center on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee.

They will look to turn in a better effort than the one they did against the unbeaten and fifth-ranked Lancers in the WBY.

Known for their stifling defense, the Lancers bolted to a 37-15 halftime lead and never let the Blue Dukes in the game.

Harry Grams and Xavier Johnson had 7 points each for the Blue Dukes.


The Blue Dukes got solid efforts from Jonah Nelson at 132 pounds and Dajun Johnson as they took part in the 66-team powerhouse Oshkosh on the Water Invite on Dec. 29 and 30.

Nelson went 3-2 for the two-day event in improving to 6-7 overall. He scored wins over Monona Grove, Sturgeon Bay and Belleville opponents before losing his final match on an 8-6 decision to a Lomira opponent.

Johnson at 152 also went 3-2, beating Belleville, Princeton and De Pere opponents. His final defeat was a 10-2 decision to a Hortonville foe. Max Hummer won one match at 160.


The Knights (0-8) remained winless with a 64-20 nonconference loss to Menomonee Falls on Dec. 29.

They fell behind, 34-13, at the half, as Jaya Williams had 12 points.