MARLINS OLENCHEK NAMED TOP SWIMMER
New Berlin West senior Matthew Olenchek was selected as the Woodland Conference Swimmer of the Year for the 2012-13 season on Feb. 20 by the conference head coaches.
He was selected based on his performance in the pool, his sportsmanship, leadership and dedication to the sport. During the conference season Olenchek swam in every race except the 50 freestyle and he won in all of those seven throughout the season.
During the conference portion of the season he finished first in seven of his 10 individual swims and finished second in the others, including the two events he swam at the conference meet, which earned him second team all-conference honors. He also was a vital part of both the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
He qualified for the state swim meet in the 200 free, 100 backstroke and as a member of the two relays.
"Matt's toughness and determination showed no better than through the end of the season where a medical condition limited the time he was able to practice," coach Jeremy Walden said. "Any swimmer knows that practice time, especially leading up to and during your taper is crucial.
"For Matt to fight through this obstacle really showed his heart and passion for the sport. He is one of those rare swimmers who can excel at every stroke and swim in any race you need him to.
Walden talked about Olenchek's versatility. He was a four-year letterman, captain and the team MVP this season.
"As I looked back at his times throughout the year he would have had a good chance of qualifying to state in six of the eight races we compete in during the high school season. That type of versatility is rare and will be greatly missed next year."
MUSKEGO BOYS BASKETBALL
The 2012-13 season came to an end for the Warriors with a 58-53 loss to Burlington on Friday in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal contest.
The game was close throughout, with Muskego trailing 27-20 at the half but outscoring the Demons 20-14 in the third quarter to come within one point at 41-40.
The Warriors held the lead with about one minute left but committed some key turnovers which led to layups on the other end for the Demons.
Still, Muskego had a chance, trailing by three points and with possession with 15 seconds left, but missed a tying 3-point shot.
"It was a tough one; we played well," said head coach Andy Capes, whose team was without Josh Breider, who is out with an ankle injury.
Turner Kehoe paced the Warriors with 17 points, while Jack Mlachnik and Sammy Pedersen each put in nine points and Mitch Kwapick eight points.
Carson Biedrzycki led the Demons with 30 points, including five 3-point goals.
Muskego finished with an eight-game losing streak, with five of those defeats by 10 points or less, and a 6-17 overall record. The Warriors were 3-11 in their inaugural season in the Classic 8 Conference.
MUSKEGO GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Warriors closed the regular season with a three-game losing streak after a 47-38 defeat at the hands of Waukesha South on Feb. 21.
Ashley Colla led Muskego with a career-high 20 points, while Renee Bennett added nine points.
Leading scorer Jessica Cattani did not play after sustaining a concussion in the previous game, but head coach Brian Hirtz said she should be ready for the WIAA playoffs, which begin this week.
Muskego welcomes Janesville Craig at 7 p.m. Friday in a Division 1 regional semifinal game. If the Warriors win, they would likely play at top seed Mukwonago at a time to be determined on Saturday for the regional crown.
They lost twice to Mukwonago, 63-47 and 40-37, during the regular season.
The loss to South left the Warriors at 6-8 in the Classic 8 Conference, good for fifth place, and 9-13 overall. They lost six of eight since their big victory over Hartland Arrowhead in mid-January.
"We've played some good teams (down the stretch)," Hirtz said. "We didn't have the finish we wanted, but we are excited to start the playoffs. It should be an even game against Craig. We just have to keep our composure and not turn over the ball. I like what we can do in the playoffs, though."
MARLINS BOYS SWIMMING
Five Marlins received All-Conference honors for their performance this season.
Zach Solie received first-team honors in the 50-yard and 100 freestyle and Matthew Olenchek received second-team honors in the 200 free and 100 backstroke.
Zach and Matt teamed up with Taylor Petrauski and Sam Nigbur to receive second-team honors on the 200 medley relay and with Taylor and Jackson Wannamaker to receive second-team honors in the 400 free relay.
"These five guys really led our team over the year. Matt had a great senior year and I can't wait to see what Zach, Taylor, Jackson and Sam do together along with the other eight juniors that I have to lead our team next year," coach Jeremy Walden said.
Solie was also honored with the team's lone all-state honors as he received all-state honorable mention in the 50 and 100 free based on his fastest times in each event this season.
The Marlins also had 11 swimmers earn Academic all-conference honors (3.500 GPA or better/varsity letter).
Those swimmers included: seniors Sam Mantel and Josh Hintz; juniors Solie, Petrauski, Wannamaker, Ross Wick, Joey Corstvet, Zach Stoltenburg and Amin Phakhruddin; freshmen Alex Weiss and Auggie Brenzel.
Mantel also was awarded the Woodland Conference Scholar athlete of the year for the swim team as the senior with the highest GPA.
Team awards were also awarded at the banquet Feb. 19.
MVP: Olenchek (West), Diving MVP: Stoltenburg (West); Most Improved: Devin Hetzel (West); Diving Most Improved: Corstvet (West); High point: Solie (West); Outstanding Freshman: Weiss (Ike); Team Captain: Olenchek; Hardest Worker: Nigbur (West) and Petrauski (Ike).
Leadership Award: Wannamaker (West); Special Award/Valor Award: Tyler Jaquish (Junior Ike); King of the Pool: Solie.
Petrauski broke the Ike school record in the 100 back, which was set by Tom Shane back in 1996.
- Compiled by John Rech and Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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