SHOREWOOD BOYS SWIMMING
The Greyhounds advanced Charlie Phillips and Evan Szablewski in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyles; Lucas Barry in the 50 and 100 freestyles; the 200 medley team; and 400 freestyle relay teams to the WIAA D2 state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Friday, Feb. 17.
Shorewood earned those spots by virtue of their fifth-place efforts in the WIAA sectional at Whitefish Bay on Feb. 11.
The WIAA D2 state swimming timed finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.
Shorewood scored 206 points for its spot in the sectional, as Nicolet won the 12-team meet with 337.
Szablewski won the 500 free with a 12-second drop in 4:45.75. He will be the second seed in the 500 free. Phillips earned his berth with a third-place effort (5:02.34). Phillips was third (1:49.6) and Szablewski fourth (1:49.82) in the 200 free.
Barry earned his slots with thirds in the 50 free (best time of 22.27) and 100 free (best time 49.75). The 200 medley team of Szablewski, Micah Sweet, Phillips and Barry cut over three seconds from its season best with a second-place effort of 1:46.46, and the same group cut over 10 seconds from its season best in taking second in the 400 free (3:25.13).
Almost all sectional times were either personal or season bests. Big time drops went to Peter Rath in the 200 free, Sweet in the 200 individual medley, Georgy Federov in the 100 free and Edison Wolniakowski in the 500 free.
WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
Jonah Nelson (24-13) at 138 pounds and Dajun Johnson at 152 (27-6) won their respective weight classes to lead the Blue Dukes' efforts at the WIAA regional at Nicolet on Feb. 11.
They will lead a group of five sectional qualifiers, including Caleb Heidmann at 120 (5-13), Nolan Fergus at 132 (14-18) and Max Hummer (20-16), who will participate in the sectional tournament at Oconomowoc at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The top two in each weight class will advance to the WIAA state individual tournament in Madison, Feb. 23-25.
Coach Dale Loebel has high hopes for both Nelson and Johnson.
"Jonah does what he does well," Loebel said. "He rolled through the tournament, which should give him confidence. I’ve been telling him for a while that his goal should be to get to Madison. I believe that’s where he should be. Dajun hasn’t been tested lately. He’s getting better and better. When we tell him to work on things, he does. He will shine next week. I look forward to being in the corner for sectionals."
The qualifying efforts led the Blue Dukes to a sixth-place finish in the seven-team regional field with 95.5 points; Nicolet won with 243.
Nelson had a first-round bye and then pinned opponents from Marquette (1:12) and Pius XI (0:28) for his title. Johnson also had a first-round bye and then pinned Milwaukee King (2:19) and Marquette (1:09) foes for his crown.
Heidmann earned his berth with a fourth-place effort, while Fergus was second and Hummer third. Jackson Lazovik finished his season with a sixth-place effort at 170.
"Overall it was a good day," Loebel said. "I always think we should win more matches than we do.This time of year, I expect our guys to take a step forward."
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The gym was bright pink for cancer awareness, as the Blue Dukes earned second in the nine-team Pink Division of their own Robert Bradley Invitational on Feb. 11.
"(It was) ... dedicated to cancer awareness on behalf of not only two of our parents and my sister but also for Gretchen Bradley, Bob' s wife, who is battling ovarian cancer," said coach Mary Liniewski. "The gym was bright pink with hearts and cancer ribbon galore. Our girls had a great meet Saturday, improving almost a point over their season best. Plus this meet is a tough format: compete 4, score 4. This leaves no margin for error, as they all count."
The meet was a great precursor for the Blue Dukes, as they seek to defend their North Shore/Greater Metro Conference title at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, back in the Bay Memorial gym. Nicolet and Brookfield will present the Blue Dukes with strong challenges.
At the Bradley, Bay scored 139.25 points for its spot; Arrowheadwon with 140.9.
Defending D2 state champion Aly Yurkowitz finished third in the all-around in a very deep field with a 37.5-point total. Liniewski said she had a "fantastic meet."
"We started at vault and hit a season-high event score (35.075)," Liniewski said. "Aly led the team with a score of 9.425. On (uneven) bars we had a good event with just one routine with a missed skill but otherwise a nice routine. Aly lead the team with a 9.375, and Jess (Fetting) scored a 8.5. On beam, we came out with one fall, which I was pleased about because this format can be nerve racking. We actually had the highest beam score among all the teams (34.75). Abby Timms hit a season high score with a 8.975, and Aly had a solid routine with a 9.4. On floor, we had two personal-bests both from Julia (Patek) and Ava (Fleming) scoring 8.725 and 9.05 (respectively).
"For the first time this year we had Sarah Kirchner back in the lineup in all events. She provided well-needed depth to our team."
SHOREWOOD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Greyhounds kept themselves in the hunt for a fourth straight Woodland Conference East Division title with a pair of wins last week.
They downed Greenfield, 76-68, in a bit of payback for a loss to the Hustlin' Hawks back in December and then rallied from a one-point deficit at the half to beat South Milwaukee, 56-41, on Feb. 10.
The two wins left them at 8-7 in league play and 12-8 overall. If they beat Whitnall in their league closer on Feb. 14, and Cudahy (9-6) lost to Greenfield that same day, the Greyhounds would tie for the divisional title. Shorewood closes out its regular season at Heritage Christian on Thursday, Feb. 16.
They earned the fourth seed in their half of the WIAA D2 Brown Deer sectional and will host the winner of Wisconsin Lutheran and Milwaukee Marshall in a regional semifinal on Friday, Feb. 24.
"We're playing pretty good basketball now," said coach Jeff Eimers. "There's been something about our teams since I started here. We tend to start slower, but we do have a tenedency to finish stronger than we start ... the girls are pretty fired up. We just need to win the games we need to."
The Greyhounds overcame poor (11-of-28) foul shooting to beat South Milwaukee, outscoring the Rockets, 30-14, in the second half. Khamya McNeal scored 23 points to lead the way,and Natalie Tomaszewski added 17.
Against Greenfield, the Greyhounds hit 24 of 29 free throws. McNeal scored 26 of her 32 points in the second half, as Shorewood held onto a 32-25 lead that they built at the half. McNeal hit 11 of 13 free throws. Olivia Kessenich (7 of 8 free throws) and Tomaszewski added 14 apiece, and McKayla McMurry had 10.
BROWN DEER BOYS BASKETBALL
The Falcons cruised to a 72-33 victory over Cudahy on Feb. 10. It was a nice follow-up to the big upset of Woodland East Division leader Whitnall on Feb. 7.
They then got some good news in that Greenfield upset Whitnall on Feb. 10, putting the Falcons (11-3 in league play and 15-5 overall) into a virtual tie with Whitnall (10-3) for the divisional lead. Brown Deer will host South Milwaukee (3-10) in a very winnable game on Thursday, Feb. 17, and then will head out on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to tough Pewaukee in its regular-season closer with a chance at a share of their fifth straight Woodland East title.
A few weeks ago, coach Kelly Appleby thought this goal was out of reach.
"We're setting ourselves up for the playoff picture," he said, "but now in these last couple of weeks (of the regular season), we have something that really energizes the team, something hugely important.
The Falcons started this week with a five-game winning streak. Whitnall will close its regular season with three winnable Woodland tilts.
"We've been playing well," he said, "but for us, it largely comes down to shooting. When we shoot well, everything looks good. We still need to rebound and defend a little better, but if we do that, we'll be a tough team to beat."
Against Cudahy, Brown Deer took a 48-14 halftime lead. A total of 10 players scored, led by Jalen Greenlee with 18 points. Jay Gentry had 15, Damon Jackson 9 and Brooklyn Jagers 8. The Falcons hit 10 3-pointers in the game.
NICOLET GIRLS GYMNASTICS
In a high-level precursor to the North Shore/Greater Metro Conference meet coming up on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Whitefish Bay, the Knights dropped a highly-competitive, 142.15-138.85 dual-meet decision to the Brookfield co-op on Feb. 8.
Brookfield, Nicolet and defending champ Bay will all be in the hunt for the league championship on Saturday.
Brookfield won the meet on the strength of its sweeping the first three places in the all-around. Ellen Liang (35.225), Cailin Mahoney (35.1) and Abbe Hansen (34.975) all turned in solid all-around scores but could not overcome the Brookfield trio led by winner Caitlin Locante (36.875).
Nicolet didn't win an event in the meet, as seconds were taken by Mahoney in floor exercise (9.325) and Liang on vault (8.95).
WNS STORM BOYS HOCKEY
The Storm will host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago at the Kern Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in a WIAA regional final. If they win, they will advance to a sectional semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 21, likely at the sectional top seed, the Waukesha co-op.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes split a pair of games last week and then earned the third seed in their half of the WIAA D2 Brown Deer sectional bracket. They will host the winner of Messmer and Tosa West in a regional semifinal on Friday, Feb. 24, and then if advancing will likely visit second-seeded Tosa East in the regional final on Feb. 25.
Bay lost to third-ranked North Shore champion Germantown, 63-40, on Feb. 7. Ellie Clements scored 9 points but bounced back to defeat Milwaukee Lutheran, 52-33, on Feb. 10. Clements had 17 and De'Ana Miller 12.
Bay will close its regular season at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Homestead.
BROWN DEER GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Falcons fell to Whitnall, 71-52, on Feb. 7 and then to Cudahy, 78-37, on Feb. 10.
They closed their regular season against South Milwaukee on Feb. 14. They entered the week with a 1-14 Woodland Conference mark and a 4-16 overall record.
They earned the ninth seed in their half of the WIAA D2 Neenah sectional and will visit ninth-seeded Port Washington in a regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The winner will head to top-seed and top-ranked in state Beaver Dam on Friday, Feb. 24 for a regional semifinal.
Against Whitnall, Jonisia Nash had a huge game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Mattie Schimenz popped in 14. Michaela Drake had 9 in the loss to Cudahy.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes had a rough week, falling to Germantown, 84-57, on Feb. 7 and then to Milwaukee Lutheran, 83-69, on Feb. 10.
The twin defeats dropped them to 6-6 in the North Shore and 8-10 overall. They will be at Homestead on Friday, Feb. 17.
The Blue Dukes were outscored, 46-27, in the second half of the loss to Germantown. Against Lutheran, Demetrius Johnson led the way with 21 points, while Harry Grams had 11 and Joe Voit 13.
NICOLET BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights recent hot streak came to an abrupt halt with a 54-32 loss at the hands of North Shore champion Cedarburg on Feb. 7, and then they fell in a heartbreaker to Homestead, 68-66, on Feb. 10.
The two defeats dropped them into a tie for second in the North Shore with Homestead at 7-5 and 11-9 overall.
They will be at Milwaukee Lutheran on Thursday, Feb. 16.
In the loss to Homestead, Jamari Sibley had 14 points, Jeremy Ninham had 13 and Jack Brahm and Jayden Hardy 12 apiece.
Against Cedarburg, the Knights were stifled by the Bulldogs' defense, as Nanham led the way with 14.
The Greyhounds were eighth of nine teams in the White Division of the Whitefish Bay Robert Bradley Invitational on Feb. 11.
They scored 117.95 points for their spot; Oshkosh won the division with a 131.0 mark.
Izzie Tasse was seventh in the all-around with a 32.55 score. She was sixth on the uneven bars and eighth on floor exercise, while Katie Brusnahan was eighth on vault.
SHOREWOOD BOYS BASKETBALL
The rough times continued for the Greyhounds, as they fell to Greenfield, 63-52, on Feb. 7 and then lost, 56-37, to South Milwaukee on Feb. 10.
They entered the week at 2-15 overall and will be at Whitnall on Friday, Feb. 17.
In the loss to South Milwaukee, DeAndre Anderson had 21 points and Mikael Green 10, while against Greenfield, Anderson had 22 points.
NICOLET GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Knights will try to avoid a winless regular season when they host Milwaukee Lutheran in the regular-season closer on Thursday, Feb. 16.
They will then turn around and visit sixth-seeded West Bend West in a WIAA D2 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, Feb. 21. If they win, they will visit third-seeded Cedarburg in a regional semifinal on Friday, Feb. 24.
Nicolet lost to Cedarburg, 57-32, on Feb. 7, as Alexis Haupert scored 12 points and Casey O'Hare 10.
They then fell to Homestead, 64-16, on Feb. 10.