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SHOREWOOD BOYS BASKETBALL

The Greyhounds came out of the holiday break and broke a four-game losing streak with a 60-50 victory over Woodland Conference foe South Milwaukee on Jan. 6.

The victory improved the Greyhounds to 2-4 overall.

They will ratchet up their schedule with a pair of games this week, including a visit to Whitnall on Friday, Jan. 13.

In the win over South Milwaukee, the Greyhounds fell behind, 26-22, at the break but outscored them, 38-24, to earn the victory. DeAndre Anderson hit 10 of 12 free throws en route to 20 points to lead the Greyhounds, while Aaron Eimers had 19, including four 3-pointers, and Julian Rodriguez-Richards 7.

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The Greyhounds came out of their holiday break with two victories last week.

They downed a short-handed Destiny squad, 59-17, on Jan. 4, in a nonconference game and then maintained their Woodland Conference East lead with a 53-37 win over South Milwaukee on Jan. 6.

The two victories improved them to 4-2 in Woodland play and 8-3 overall.

They had a critical make-up game with preseason East Division favorite Cudahy (2-4) on Jan. 11 and then will be at Whitnall (3-3) on Friday, Jan. 13.

Eimers said the attitude is good, and the Greyhounds got a boost over the holiday as former hoops stars Jada Stackhouse, Annie Leo and Olivia Holbrook all came back to work with the players.

"It was pretty exciting," he said.

Against South Milwaukee, the Greyhounds took a 24-13 halftime lead only to see the Rockets cut the lead to five early in the second session. That's when freshman guard Khamya McNeal took over, scoring 9 straight points to give Shorewood some breathing room.

Eimers also said Olivia Reilly had a great game defensively on the bottom of the Greyhounds' 1-3-1 zone.

"She plays that position as well as anyone we've had," he said.

McNeal scored 27 points, and Reilly had 10.

Erimers said Destiny was down four starters for this game or else the contest would have been much closer. It was 38-14 at the break as 10 different Shorewood players scored, including Jazmine Burns with 10, Natalie Tomaszewski with 9 and Elizabeth Krioutchenkov with 8.

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Returning D2 state place winner Ben Hayes showed he could handle strong competition by winning the 200 individual medley in the 16-team Cedarburg Invitational on Jan. 7.

Hayes turned in a time of 1:56.39 in taking the 200 IM, and he also claimed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.33). Caleb Saffold was 11th in the 200 IM (2:21.46), while both the 200 medley relay team of Saffold, Hayes, Bobby Albrightson and Calvin Vang (2:00.14) and the 200 free relay of Yoshi Halmar, Saffold, Hayes and Vang turned in season-best efforts (1:46.55).

The local co-op finished 11th with 49 points; Franklin won with 435.

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The Blue Dukes took only four wrestlers to the West Allis Hale Bauer Brawl on Jan. 7, but they made the most of them, as freshman Dajun Johnson won the 152-pound class in leading the team to a ninth-place finish in the 11-team field.

"The tournament went pretty well," said coach Dale Loebel. "I was happy with our results."

Bay scored 52.5 points for its spot as Muskego won with 202.5.

Johnson (11-4 overall) earned a first-round bye, pinned a Muskego opponent (5:28) and then dominated a Racine Case opponent on a technical fall in the final for his title.

"Dajun wrestled well," Loebel said. "The kid has a high wrestling IQ and is very calm on the mat for a freshman. In order for him to step into the class of the elite kids, he’s going to have to, as they say, 'embrace the grind'. When he does, look out. He’ll be special."

Jonah Nelson was third at 132, going 2-2 on the day (9-9 overall). He won his final bout on a technical fall.

"Jonah, in my opinion, is much better than his record," Loebel said. "He’s taken losses to state qualifiers and highly ranked kids."

Max Hummer at 160 was fifth, going 3-2 on a very busy day (9-8 overall). He pinned a Case opponent in his final match.

"Max Hummer has been close in a lot of matches," Loebel said. "He works hard and does things the right way."

Nolan Fergus went 1-2 at 138. He is 6-8 overall.

Hummer pinned his man at 160 pounds in 1:15 for the highlight in Bay's 57-6 North Shore Conference loss to powerful Germantown on Jan. 5.

Also in the match, Johnson acquitted himself well at 145 against the Warhawks' top-ranked Waymon McNeal (23-2 record), falling by just an 8-6 count.

NICOLET WRESTLING

Parker Keckeisen continued his unbeaten streak as he won the 170-pound class at the West Allis Hale Bauer Brawl on Jan. 7 in leading the Knights to a seventh-place finish in the 11-team field.

Keckeisen (21-0 overall) won a technical fall over a Cudahy opponent, beat a Muskego foe on a 19-6 major decision and then tech-falled a Franklin competitor for his title.

Ryan Kuesel at 113 remains a steady force, improving to 19-4 overall by going 3-1 on the day in taking third. He edged a 17-2 Kewaskum wrestler, 2-1, in his third-place bout.

Taking fourths for the Knights were Robert Lagerman at 126 (2-2 on the day, 8-12 overall), Alex Riedijk at 132 (2-2, 9-11), Peter Driscoll at 160 (2-2. 9-11) and Collin Shea at 182 (2-2, 9-5). Jaren Yoder was sixth at 138, going 3-3 on the day (11-12 overall).

Nicolet scored 90 points for its spot; Muskego won with 202.5.

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The Blue Dukes bounced back from a disappointing loss to state-ranked North Shore Conference leader Germantown on Jan. 4 with a pair of weekend victories.

"We feel good about things right now," said coach Jon Schneider of his 9-4 Bay squad. "We've matched our win total from a year ago, and we still have nine regular-season games to go. The key for us right now is to not get complacent. We want to finish in the top three of the conference, and we know we'll have to work for that."

The Blue Dukes (4-2 in North Shore play) downed league rival Milwaukee Lutheran, 60-44, on Jan. 6 and then turned around for a contest at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, against Milwaukee Washington in the McGuire Classic at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, where they managed to pull out a 56-50 decision.

Against Washington, Bay took a 31-24 halftime lead and then held on against the stubborn Purgolders. Schneider was pleased with the 11-of-13 free throw shooting as Ali Menard hit four big tosses down the stretch.

Bailey Faulkner led the way with 15 points, while Ellie Clements had 12, Mia Brower 11 and Menard 8.

Schneider said better free throw shooting could have made the victory over winless Lutheran much easier. Bay was only 16-of-33 from the line in that contest. The Blue Dukes had a 32-18 lead at the half. Clements led the way with 20 points, and Menard tossed in 8. Nine players scored for the Blue Dukes.

They will host second-place Homestead at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

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The Falcons recorded their second victory of the season with a 55-47 nonconference victory over University School on Jan. 4.

They came back with a 69-23 Woodland Conference defeat at the hands of Cudahy on Jan. 6.

The split left them with a 2-7 overall record. They will have a busy three-game schedule this week, including hosting South Milwaukee in a 7:15 p.m. Woodland tilt Friday, Jan. 13.

In the win over USM, the score was tied at 22-22 at the half, but the Falcons outscored the Wildcats, 35-25, in the second half to secure the victory.

Mattie Schimenz led the way with 22 points, while Jonisia Nash had 11 and Michaela Drake came up with 9. Schimenz was 9-of-14 from the field.

In the loss to Cudahy, the Falcons fell behind, 38-7, at the break. Schimenz led the team with 8 points.

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The Blue Dukes bounced back from a tough defeat to area nonconference foe Brown Deer on Jan. 3 with a pair of good wins.

They defeated Milwaukee Lutheran, 65-60, in a North Shore Conference tilt on Jan. 6 and then turned around on the morning of Jan. 7 and defeated West Bend West, 63-48, in the Al McGuire Classic sponsored by Germantown and Arrowhead at the McGuire Center on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee.

They will turn around and host Homestead in a NSC tilt at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

No details were available for Bay in the win over West.

Against Lutheran, Bay took a 26-16 lead at the half and then withstood a furious second-half rally by the Red Knights. Xavier Johnson led the Blue Dukes with 25 points, while Demetrius Johnson had 12 and Gunnar Stock and Harry Grams 8 apiece.

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The Blue Dukes were eighth of 16 teams in the Cedarburg Invitational on Jan. 7.

They scored 121 points for their spot as Franklin won with 435.

Bay got fifths from Mike McMahon in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.03) and the 200 free relay team of Wilson Tarpey, Adam Stollenwerk, Phil Flejsierowicz and McMahon (1:35.64), while the same group was sixth in the 400 free relay (3:36. 22). Tarpey was seventh in the 50 free (23.77) and McMahon eighth in the 100 free (52.12).

SHOREWOOD BOYS SWIMMING

The Greyhounds were ninth in the 16-team Cedarburg Invitational on Jan. 7 with 117 points.

They were led by Evan Szablewski, who was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:10.1), and teammate Charlie Phillips, who was fifth (5:11.88).

Other places of note included the following: 200 medley relay: Szablewski, Micah Sweet, Phillips and Lucas Barry, seventh (1:51.7); 200 free: Phillips, eighth (1:55.88); 200 individual medley: Sweet, 10th (2:20.82); 50 free: Barry, eighth (23.86); 100 free: Barry, seventh (52.01); and 400 free relay: Szablewski, Phillips, Georgy Federov and Barry, 10th (3:41.78).

The Greyhounds will host their own invitational Saturday, Jan. 14.

SHOREWOOD GIRLS GYMNASTICS

The Greyhounds may have lost to defending WIAA D2 state champion Whitefish Bay in a Jan. 5 North Shore/Greater Metro Conference dual meet, but coach Samantha Sullivan was still very pleased with the effort in the 136.275-120.6 match-up.

"Both the varsity team and the junior varsity team had season-high scores," she said.  "On varsity, Katie Brusnahan was second on vault and third on floor (exercise). Izzie Tasse  took third on (balance) beam and third all-around.  For junior varsity, Mira Soldon took second on beam and vault. It was tough to face the state champs head on, but the girls handled it really well."

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