Though neither team was at full strength, there was something symbolically important about the 136.625-135.65 victory the Nicolet girls gymnastics team pulled off against rival and defending state D2 champion Bay in a North Shore/Greater Metro Conference dual meet on Jan. 25.

"Wonderful job, girls," said Nicolet coach Chris Dempsey. "Glad exams are over and ready to get back into things. Way to make negatives into positives."

The Knights will look forward to the powerhouse Kenosha Invite at Tremper on Saturday, Feb. 4. The top teams in state, including the defending state champion FMOW (Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall) co-op along with the runner-up, Kenosha co-op.

Bay, in the meantime, will host powerful Brookfield in a dual on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Nicolet used depth in beating Bay, as the Blue Dukes' defending state D2 all-around champ Aly Yurkowitz dominated proceedings, by winning all four individual events and the all-around. She turned in a strong 37.425 all-around mark after taking vault (9.4), uneven bars (8.975), balance beam (9.425) and floor exercise (9.625).

But Nicolet went on to take the second and third spots in all the individual events. Cailin Mahoney was second on bars (8.925), beam (8.95), floor (9.1) and all-around (35.225), while Ellen Liang was second on vault (9.15).

Abbe Hansen was third on bars (8.775), beam (8.825), and floor (9.0), as well as in the all-around (34.425). Rylee Callahan was third in the vault (8.55).


The Storm ran its win streak to three games with high-powered nonconference victories over Fond du Lac (7-2) on Jan. 26 and Stoughton (12-3) on Jan. 28.

The two victories ran their record to 11-8-2 overall as the regular season has only three games left.

They took on Germantown in a North Shore tilt on Jan. 31 and will host Kenosha at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kern Center.

In the Stoughton tilt, the Storm took a 5-2 lead after one period and were never seriously threatened. Kyle Asmann had three goals and two assists while Milo Hines had two goals. Dominic Murano had three assists while Nicholas Baniukiewicz, John Nelsen, Mile Torbica and Avi Paley all had two assists each.  Max Gerhmann made 15 saves.


In a challenging week, the Falcons' hopes for a fifth straight Woodland Conference East Division title took a major hit when they fell to West Division opponent Pius XI, 81-58, on Jan. 27.

The loss broke a seven-game win streak that had been extended on Jan. 24 with a 104-69 rout of area rival Shorewood. The tired Falcons then came back on Jan. 28 at the Luke HomanShowcase in Brookfield Central. They took a 39-30 halftime lead on Racine Case, but ran out of gas in a 77-72 loss.

Brown Deer started the week at 7-3 in league play as Whitnall remained in the division lead at 9-0. The Falcons

will be at Greendale for a Woodland tilt on Friday, Feb. 3, and then will be at the Chekouras Classic at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Homestead to take on the host Highlanders.

Against Case, the Falcons had a hard time holding in check Eagles guard Koreem Ozier, who had 32 points. Damon Jackson led the way for Brown Deer with 22, while Jalen Greenlee and Jay Gentry had 13 apiece and Johnny Saengphonphakdy had 11.

Versus Pius, they fell behind 33-22 at the half and could never rally as Saengphonphakdy had 12 and Brooklyn Salinas-Jagers 10.

In the win over Shorewood,  the Falcons went up 46-25 at the half. Gentry led the way with 30 points while Jackson had 14 and Greenlee 13.


The Knights hung on for a harrowing, 92-91 North Shore Conference dual meet victory over Port Washington on Jan. 26.

Nicolet needed to go one-three in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, to get the job done. On the winning team was Ben Cook, Alex Malsch, Brady Mandella and Ben Vuchetich (3:44.28) and the third-place team was Don Vu, Robbie Crossman, Doug Gatford and Hatton Parker (3:58.38).

Other victories for the Knights included Malsch in the 200 (2:02.83) and 500 free (5:38.24), Riccardo Romersi in the 50 (21.95) and 100 freestyles (49.16), Cook in the 100 butterfly (56.88), and the 200 free relay team of Vuchetich, Mandella, Vu and Romersi (1:38.65).

Nicolet will host the North Shore Conference meet. Diving will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, and the swimming will be contested at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.



The Woodland East race became even more jumbled after the Greyhounds fell to powerful New Berlin Eisenhower, 65-48, on Jan. 27.

The loss dropped the Greyhounds into a tie with Cudahy (6-5 in league) and 10-6 overall. They beat Brown Deer in a Jan. 25 league game. They have an extremely difficult schedule this week as they visited state-ranked New Berlin West on Jan. 31 and then will host state-ranked Pewaukee on Friday, Feb. 3, in another pair of league contests.

Eisenhower took a 35-18 lead at the half and Shorewood could not catch up despite a much better second half effort.



The Blue Dukes dropped a 55-41 North Shore Conference decision to Cedarburg on Jan. 27.

The loss dropped Bay to 5-4 in league play and 10-7 overall. The Blue Dukes took on Port Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will host area rival Nicolet at 7:30 p.m. in the nightcap of a boy-girl doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Cedarburg took control early against Bay, earning a 35-17 at the half.

Elise Whitmoyer led Bay with 12 points while Mia Brower had eight.


The Knights' hopes for a North Shore Conference dual meet title were dashed when Port Washington completed an unbeaten run through the league with a 60-17 victory on Jan. 26.

Nicolet put forth its fullest lineup of the season, competing in 13 of the 14 weight classes, but it wasn't quite enough.

The Pirates, who had some injury problems in the Homestead Highlander Scramble on Jan. 20, opened the meet decisively with pins at 152 pounds, 160 and 170 to take an 18-0 lead and they never looked back.

Nicolet state placewinner Parker Keckeisen moved up to 182 and earned a technical fall to get the Knights on the board, but then the Pirates won the next four bouts to end any drama.

Ryan Kuesel picked up a forfeit at 113 and Alex Riedijk pinned his man in 3:48 at 138 pounds for Nicolet's only other wins. Cameron Cooper suffered a tough 3-0 decision loss at 285 while Jaren Yoder was edged, 7-6, at 145.

The North Shore Conference tournament will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Whitefish Bay.



The Blue Dukes won four of the five contested bouts in their 48-18 North Shore Conference dual meet loss to Grafton on Jan. 26.

Bay will now host the North Shore Conference tournament at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

In the match with Grafton, the Blue Dukes picked up victories from Nolan Fergus at 132 pounds (pin 2:48), Jonah Nelson at 145 (8-6 decision), Dajun Johnson at 152 (pin 5:50), and Max Hummer at 160 (11-7 decision).



The Greyhounds were ninth in the Menomonee Falls Indian Invitational on Jan. 28.

They scored 107.1 points as Watertown won with a 131.125 mark.

Katie Brusnahan was 18th in the all-around (30.175) and was 15th in vault (7.75) and 14th in floor exercise (8.3).



The Blue Dukes put in a game effort but came up a little short of North Shore Conference leader Cedarburg in a 77-68 loss on Jan. 24.

Coupled with the nonconfrerence loss to Tartan (Minnesota) on Jan. 24, the Blue Dukes entered the week at 7-7. They took on Port Washington on Jan. 31 and will host area rival Nicolet in a 5:45 p.m. opener of a girl-boy doubleader on Thursday, Feb. 2.

They fell behind Cedarburg, 40-34, at the half and held on as best they could against the talented Bulldogs.

Forward Xavier Johnson had a monster game with 39 points as Cade Garcia had 11.


The Greyhounds had four players in double figures, but it wasn't enough to overcome New Berlin Eisenhower in a 77-65 decision on Jan. 27.

The loss dropped the team to 2-10 overall. They will visit powerful Pewaukee on Friday, Feb. 3, in a Woodland tilt and then will visit Bay View in a 5 p.m. nonconference tilt on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Eisenhower took a 38-33 lead at the half against Shorewood and then held on. DeAndre Anderson had 18 points to lead Shorewood while Mikael Green had 17, Aaron Eimers 14 and Milo Bakos 11.



Alexis Haupert had eight points as the Knights fell to 0-16 with a 106-31 loss to state-ranked North Shore Conference leader Germantown on Jan. 26.

They will visit area rival Whitefish Bay at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.



Michaela Drake had 10 points in the Falcons' 76-21 loss to powerful Pius XI on Jan. 27. Brown Deer is 3-13 overall.