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Sports Wrapups: Jan. 7

Jan. 7, 2013

Eisenhower girls basketball

With Friday's 57-36 over Greendale on Friday at home, New Berlin Eisenhower has won seven straight games.

As a result, the Lions are now 7-1 in second place behind Pius XI (9-0) in the Woodland-West Division and 9-1 overall. They travel to Woodland-East Division co-leader Whitnall (5-3) on Friday to take on the 8-4 Falcons.

The Lions recovered from a wild first half, in which they jumped off to a 17-6 first-quarter lead only to see the Panthers bounce back with a 17-8 second quarter.

"To be honest with you, we hadn't played in a while and we were a little rusty," Ike coach Gary Schmidt said. "We came out with great intensity, but then we got careless with the ball and we were not as focused as we should be. And they hit some big 3s."

But Eisenhower used a 32-13 second half to roll to a 21-point victory.

When asked if he gave a big motivation speech at halftime, Schmidt laughed.

"I don't know how motivational it was, but I had some very pointed remarks and we made some adjustments," he said.

Sammy Kozlowski led Eisenhower with 18 points, Katie Lang had 15 and Jenny Weiland 10. Greendale was led by Emily Perszyk with 12 and Taylor DeLong with 11.

Schmidt said he was pleased with how Pius XI transfer Kozlowski is beginning to settle in with her new team.

"She is finally coming into her own," he said. "She wanted to make sure she fit in, making sure to pass the ball to her teammates all the time. But I told her she needed to take the shot when it was there and she has started to step up to plate.

"I think she is starting to turn the corner. She really played a complete game on Friday."

Muskego boys basketball

Turner Kehoe racked up a game-high 34 points as the Warriors won their fourth straight game, beating Kettle Moraine, 75-58, on Friday night.

Kehoe went 11-of-14 from 2-point range, 2-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and two steals.

"He just did a lot of everything," head coach Andy Capes said. "He had layups off steals, hit some 3s and worked the inside and outside. He didn't force anything. He had open looks, and the kids moved the ball around well."

Josh Breider tallied 17 points, three assists and five steals, while Steve Cotton had nine points and Mike Vidmar eight for Muskego, which held a 45-39 advantage after three periods before outscoring the Lasers 30-19 in the fourth.

"We're coming together as a team," Capes said. "The young guys are figuring out what they have to do. I knew there would be a big learning curve this year, and it was tough at the start, but we're playing well now."

The Warriors, who improved to 2-4 in the Classic 8 Conference and 5-8 overall, welcome Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Muskego wrestling

Warriors head coach Sean Fortmann is eagerly anticipating the second half of this season.

"We have a really young team and were able to weather a tough stretch in our schedule," Fortmann said. "I think as we look to the second half of the season, our kids are going to really start to make some big improvements. We survived December and now we are going to hit our stride in January and February."

Muskego placed 13th in the Bi-State Classic on Dec. 28-29 in La Crosse. The Warriors had two third-place finishers in Austin Quartullo at 120 pounds and Connor Price at 152.

Quartullo went 6-1 for the tournament and improved to 18-1 overall. His lone loss was a 2-1 decision to two-time state champion Jens Lantz of Ellsworth (15-0).

Price (17-5) went 8-1, with his only defeat being a pin at the hands of Seth Liegel of River Valley (23-0), a University of Wisconsin recruit. Price lost to Liegel in the third round, then won six straight matches for third place.

Cameron Rygiewicz went 4-2 at 132 pounds, Ryan Honerlaw 3-2 at 170 and Vinny Nazario 2-2 at 113.

West boys basketball

New Berlin West struggled offensively Friday, scoring less than seven points in three of four quarters in a 45-28 loss to Pewaukee at home.

In their only game of the week, the Vikings dropped their third in a row and fourth in five outings, falling to 3-10 overall and 3-7 in the Woodland-West Division.

They travel to Wauwatosa West on Friday to face the Trojans, who are 4-5 in conference play and 4-7 overall.

In the loss to the co-leading Pirates on Friday, the Vikings scored four points in the first quarter, six points in the second and six points in the fourth. They did manage to score a dozen points in the third period, but they trailed 34-22 at that point.

Pewaukee's Dave Girmscheid led with 11 points while West's scoring leaders were Scott Reichel with seven points, Austin Fritz and Darrin Sowinski with six each, and Kevin Marx with five.

West girls basketball

New Berlin West had a poor first half and couldn't recover Friday at Pewaukee, dropping a 53-41 decision to the Pirates.

The loss dropped the Vikings (7-2) to third place in the rugged Woodland-West Division behind Pius XI (9-0) and New Berlin Eisenhower (7-1), but still ahead of Pewaukee (6-2).

West now hosts Wauwatosa West (4-5, 4-6) on Friday in conference play.

After trailing 10-8 in a low-scoring first quarter, the Pirates went on a 19-8 run to lead 29-16 at intermission. West played better in the second half, winning 25-24, but it was too little, too late.

"We fell behind 7-2 in the first quarter as our transition defense wasn't good," West coach Cory Scheel said. "Then Beth (Ver Haagh) and Lizzie (Kuhl) got into foul trouble in the second quarter and that hurt us.

"Beth was our main scoring threat and Lizzie's experience really held us together."

Scheel said the Vikings had trouble with the Pewaukee press.

"We made way too many errors on their press. Our youth hurt us," he said. "Everything we worked on all week, we didn't do."

Scheel also was disappointed with his team's shooting.

"We missed too many shots around the basket," he said. "We tried to speed them up, but slowed the game down way too much and played their game. We also sent them to the free-throw line too much (19-for-28).

Ver Haagh topped off the scoring with 17 points, while Sarah Meleski had eight and Lizzie Kuhl added six. Pewaukee was led by Abby Gerrits with 19.

"We picked a bad time to play our worst game," Scheel said. "We were disappointed in our effort."

New Berlin wrestling

The New Berlin Eisenhower/West co-op finished fifth in the Travis Wichlacz Multi-Dual Invitational in West Bend.

New Berlin beat Milwaukee Hamilton, 46-24, in the first match, as Kevin Thiessenhusen at 170 (1:43), Bailey Rountree at 182 (0:37) and Emilio Gutierez at 220 (1:17) won on pins and Zac Nordstrom at 132 had a major decision, 11-2.

Jarod Clark at 113, DJ Heinrich at 120, Brian Schafer at 126 and Nick Buban at 160 won on forfeits.

In match two, Campbellsport defeated New Berlin, 50-18, as Rountree (3:31) and Spencer Stanfield at 195 (1:59) won on pins and Gutierez won on a forfeit.

West Bend East beat New Berlin in round three, 47-30.

Alex Rodriguez at 195 (2:05) and Gutierez (3:00) won on pins and Ben Clark, Thiessenhusen and Rountree won on forfeits.

Then in match four in the consolation bracket, New Berlin whipped Marquette, 45-30.

There were four pin winners - Rodriguez (2:26), Jarod Clark (1:00), Nordstrom (2:47) and Buban (1:58).

Thiessenhusen won an 8-3 decision and forfeit winners were Stanfield, Gutierez and Schafer.

In the fifth-place match New Berlin beat Waupaca, 48-33.

Stanfield (1:57), Gutierez (0:31), Schafer (2:03) and Nordstrom (0:46) won on pins and forfeit winners were Thiessenhusen, Rountree, Rodriguez and Heinrich.

- Compiled by John Rech and Tom 'Sky' Skibosh

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