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NICOLET-SHOREWOOD GIRLS GYMNASTICS

The Knights turned in a good effort in beating their North Shore/Greater Metro Conference rivals the Greyhounds, 137.6-117.8, in a recent dual meet.

"It has been a lot of fun watching them grow and to compete against such an amazing team as Shorewood," said Nicolet coach Chris Dempsey. "Working on positive gymnastics to achieve our best. One day at a time, doing what we can and make what we do count."

Eileen Liang won the vault (9.05), balance beam (9.325) and the floor exercise (9.25) and was second on the uneven bars (8.7) en route to winning the all-around with a 36.325 score, while Abbe Hansen turned in a 36.025 all-around score after winning the uneven bars (8.825) and taking second on the vault (9.0), beam (9.125) and floor exercise (9.075).

Rylee Callahan was third on vault (8.35), Lauryn Wagner was the same on bars (8.2) and Jenna Koshakow the same on beam (8.4).

Izzie Tasse was third in the floor exercise (8.55) and the all-around (32.975) to lead Shorewood.

WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL

Coming off a tough week of exams, the Blue Dukes ran their winning streak to four games with a 68-61 victory over Grafton on Jan. 20.

With the win, Bay is all alone in second place in the North Shore at 5-2 (7-5 overall). They took on league-leader Cedarburg (7-0) on Jan. 24 and will take a road trip to Apple Valley, Minnesota, for the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota border battle series on Saturday, Jan. 28. They will take on host school Apple Valley in a 1:15 p.m. contest.

In the win over Grafton, the Blue Dukes and Black Hawks were tied at 33-33 at the half before Bay put on a small surge in the second half to pull away for the win. Senior forward Xavier Johnson continued his fine play with a game-high 24 points, as sophomore guard Demetrius Johnson poured in 19, junior forward Joe Voit 9 and junior guard Cade Garcia 8.

Bay hit 21 of 32 free throws in the contest, Demetrius Johnson downed 11 of 16 attempts and Xavier Johnson 9 of 13.

WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Blue Dukes survived an offensively-challenged effort when it beat Grafton, 28-24, on Jan. 20.

The win improved the team to 5-3 in the North Shore and 10-6 overall. They will host Cedarburg on Friday, Jan. 27, and then will visit Port Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Bay was behind, 13-10, at the half to Grafton but rallied for the win. Ellie Clements scored 8 points and Bailey Faulkner 6. The Blue Dukes hit just enough free throws (9-of-18) to come out with the win, as Grafton was 6-of-13.

WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS GYMNASTICS

The Blue Dukes turned in a sound effort in taking third in the Arrowhead Invitational on Jan. 21.

The meet was notable, as it featured a match-up between defending D1 state all-around champ Molly O'Boyle of the Kenosha co-op and Bay defending D2 state champ Aly Yurkowitz. O'Boyle edged Yurkowitz, 37.6-37.275 for the all-around title.

"Aly was a bit disappointed when she placed second, but she is in full swing as to where she needs to be by state," said Blue Duke coach Mary Liniewski. "She couldn't be more prepared mentally and physically, and with just a couple more adjustments to her routines, she will meet her goal of 38 in the all around."

Her effort led Bay to a 136.825 team score. Kenosha won with a 140.175 mark, and Arrowhead was second (138.275).

Liniewski was happy to see Sarah Kirchner do well on the uneven bars after a six-week absence due to injury. Catherine Siebert hit a personal best of 8.5 on the balance beam. Liniewski said she had a "great meet."

Liniewski thought the effort was good considering it seemed like everyone on the squad was battling a head cold.

"But they pushed through and came out healthy," she said.

Bay took on Nicolet on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in a key North Shore/Greater Metro dual.

NICOLET WRESTLING

The top-ranked performer in D1 and the top-ranked performer in D3 at 170 pounds met in the final of the Herb Tyler Invitational at Sheboygan North on Jan. 21.

Chalk one up for D3, as Random Lake's Helton Vanderbush (27-1) hit the Knights' Parker Keckeisen (31-1) with his first loss of the year in a 7-6 ultimate tiebreaker decision in the finals.

Coach Gus Kaufmann said Keckeisen was a bit disappointed but noted something like this can be an advantage in the long run.

"Parker was very excited going into this weekend to get a chance to be tested," said Kaufmann. "He really wanted to see where he was compared to kids like Reed Yoder (of Oshkosh West) and Vandenbush. Both are excellent wrestlers, and Parker had a lot to handle. I think this is exactly what he needed to find the motivation to push hard into the last five to six weeks of the season."

Keckeisen's led the Knights to a 10th-place showing in the 24-team field with 90 points, while Random Lake won with 200.5.

He tech-falled opponents from Manitowoc Lutheran and Germantown before edging Yoder, 5-4, in the semifinals and then falling to Vandenbush.

Nicolet earned two other runner-up finishes. Ryan Kuesel at 113 went 3-1 (28-6 overall), falling to a Valders' opponent, 9-4, in the final. Meanwhile, Collin Shea at 182 also went 33-1 (19-6) in losing a tech fall to a Random Lake opponent in the final.

Other efforts for the Knights included a seventh from Alex Riedijk at 132 (3-2, 16-16) and Jaren Yoder eighth at 138 (2-3, 17-18).

"Ryan (Kuesel) and Collin (Shea) are looking better and better each week," said Kaufmann. "They are gaining a lot of confidence and are gaining momentum. In the finals two weeks in a row, and if you ask them, they both feel like it should have been three. The rest of the team is going to get there, too. We are still taking our losses and lumps in stride to grow from them to get better and gain confidence."

WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING

Freshman Dajun Johnson continues to make progress, as he took second at 152 pounds in the 20-team Homestead Highlander Scramble on Jan. 20.

"I  was happy with the way we wrestled Friday," said coach Dale Loebel. "Dajun had a nice tournament. (Josh) McMahon (of Menomonee Falls) is someone we will possibly see at sectionals, and we will work on some things we saw in that match. Our guys continue to get better. They work hard and ask questions. I look forward to February.

Johnson's efforts led the Blue Dukes to a 17th-place finish with 99.5 points. Oak Creek won with 488.5.

Johnson (19-6 overall) went 4-1 on the day, beating Union Grove (tech fall), Cudahy/St. Francis (pin), Catholic Memorial (7-2 decision) and McMahon (3-2) before falling to Oak Creek's Jesse Kovnesky (25-6) on a 9-3 decision.

Nolan Fergus at 132 went 2-3 on the day for 11th (10-14 overall), while Jonah Nelson earned ninth at 138 after turning in a 3-2 record (16-12) and Max Hummer was sixth at 160 after going 2-2 (14-12).

BROWN DEER GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Falcons beat nonconference opponent Hope Christian, 65-31, on Jan. 18 and then fell to Woodland foe Greenfield, 61-36, on Jan. 20.

The split left them at 3-11 overall. They took on Shorewood on Jan. 25 and then will host Pius XI on Friday, Jan. 27.

Against Hope Christian, Brown Deer earned a 40-17 lead at the half and then coasted, as Mattie Schimenz scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and had seven steals and Jonisia Nash scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three steals. Michaela Drake scored 9 points and Kimberlyn Ford 8.

Drake scored 15 points and Schimenz 10 in the loss to Greenfield.

WNS STORM HOCKEY

The local co-op came off exam week and simply overwhelmed nonconference opponent Milton, 14-0, on Jan. 21.

The win improved them to 9-8-2 overall with a home game against Stoughton on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Seeven different players scored goals against Milton, led by Conner Aguilar with four, John Nelsen with three and Kyle Asmann with two.

NICOLET GIRLS BASKETBALL

The 0-14 Knights continue to play hard and came up just a little short in a 49-39 North Shore Conference loss to Port Washington on Jan. 20.

They were down 24-19 at the break. Laura Keyser had 12 points to lead Nicolet, and Alexis Haupert had 10. The Knights could have helped themselves a little more but hit only 9 of 19 free throws.

SHOREWOOD BOYS BASKETBALL

The Greyhounds fell to 2-8 overall with a 78-63 nonconference loss to West Allis Central on Jan. 17 and a 55-43 Woodland Conference defeat at the hands of Cudahy on Jan. 20.

Shorewood was outscored, 31-20, in the second half against Cudahy. Mikael Green scored 19 points, DeAndre Anderson 12 and James Ewing 10. Against Central, the Greyhounds fell behind, 39-32, at the half.

Green scored 30 points, Ewing had 15 and Chris Farrington 8.

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