MARLINS BOYS SWIMMING
The Marlins finished fourth of 10 teams at Waukesha South on Friday and Saturday, sending three individuals in five events and two relay teams on to the WIAA Division 1 State Championship meet Saturday at the UW-Madison Natatorium.
Marlins senior Matthew Olenchek qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke and junior Zach Solie in the 50 and 100 free. Junior Taylor Petrauksi qualified in the 100 back.
The Marlins will also be sending two relays to state: the 200 medley relay with Petrauski, Olenchek, Sam Nigbur and Solie and the 400 free relay with Solie, Petrauski, Jackson Wannamaker and Olenchek.
"We had a solid sectional meet with almost every swim being a personal-best for each athlete," coach Jeremy Walden said. "I'm very proud of all of those who swam for New Berlin today and throughout the season.
"I look forward to seeing how Zach, Matt, Taylor, Jackson and Sam compete at state next weekend. It's great to see their hard work culminate in their ultimate goal of making it to Madison."
NEW BERLIN WRESTLING
Coach Nick Patenaude will send five wrestlers to the next level at the Waukesha West Sectional on Saturday.
New Berlin had a first, two seconds and two third fourth-place finishers on the Greenfield Regional on Saturday, finishing seventh of eight teams with a 97.5 total. Mukwonago won the event with 236.5 points.
Taking first with 23.50 team points was Emilio Gutierez (33-7 regular season record) at 220.
After getting a bye, he won on a technical fall (18-3) and then won the championship match with a 5-3 decision over Whitnall's Ethan Harycki (31-13).
Alex Rodriguez at 195 (30-8) scored 18 team points and took second. He received a bye, won in double overtime (4-2), lost the first-place match with a 5-2 decision and then won by rule over Milwaukee Hamilton's Antonio Aguillar in the second-place match.
Zac Nordstrom at 132 (27-16) also placed second with 18 team points.
He opened with a pin (3:52), won a 6-1 decision, got pinned in the first-place match (1:37) and won by rule over Milwaukee Hamilton's Alberto Fernadez.
Kevin Thiessenhusen at 170 (27-11) placed third and scored 14 team points.
He won by pin (0:49) in the first round, lost a 10-3 decision in the semifinal and won the third-place match with a 7-3 decision over Mukwonago's Alex Winski. He lost the second-place match by rule to Waterford's Liam Pritchard (23-14).
Ben Clark at 285 (22-8) was the final qualifier, placing third with 12 team points.
Clark received a bye, lost in the semifinal by a 3-1 decision, won the third-place match by pinning (1:51) Mukwonago's Robert Kraklow, but lost the second-place match to Greenfield's Alex Morton by rule.
DJ Heinrich at 120 (19-23) scored nine points and finished fifth and Jarod Clark at 113 (18-22) scored three and finished sixth.
EISENHOWER GIRLS BASKETBALL
Eisenhower extended their brief winning streak to three game last week, defeating a good Pewaukee team in a huge game and an improving Wauwatosa West squad.
The Lions started the week with a crushing 59-33 victory at third-place Pewaukee (11-3), as they played three impressive quarters to blow open a close game.
Leading 10-8 after one period, Ike went on a 17-9 run to take a 27-17 lead into intermission. The Lions then came out and used a 15-10 third quarter to take a 42-27 lead going into the final minute. But then they exploded with a 17-6 quarter to run the Pirates out of the gym.
The dangerous 1-2 combo of Jenny Weiland and Katie Lang scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, with each hitting two 3-pointers. Sammy Kozlowski finished with nine points. Abby Gerrits and Danielle Jasinski had 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Pirates.
Even though they scored a ton of points in Friday's 68-15 win over Tosa West at home, it was the Lions' defense that stood out.
Ike held the Trojans to six points or less in each quarter (2, 6, 5, 2) as the Lions actually outscored them with their own 19-point first quarter. They led 36-8 at halftime and 53-13 going into the final period. They held Tosa West to five field goals the entire game. The Trojans' top scorer was Jessica Pike with four points.
Weiland and Lang each had 13 points while Erin Ganzke had 11, Kozlowski scored eight and Chelsea Brachman seven.
Eisenhower (17-2, 13-1) faces a huge game Friday at Pius XI (18-2, 15-0). The Lions hope to keep their string of four straight Woodland Conference titles going.
MUSKEGO GIRLS BASKETBALL
Jessica Cattani was on fire from the outside as the Warriors dropped Waukesha North, 70-52, on Friday night.
Cattani netted six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points for Muskego, which leveled its Classic 8 Conference record at 6-6 with the triumph. Renee Bennett worked inside for 17 points and Ashley Colla added eight.
Muskego outscored North 41-27 in the second half to pull away for the victory, which gave the Warriors a season sweep of the North Stars.
The Warriors also swept Catholic Memorial with a 59-44 triumph Feb. 5. They trailed by two after three quarters but blitzed the Crusaders with a 26-9 fourth period.
Cattani tallied 17 points, Bennett 14, Colla 12 and Dani Abella and Amber McDonald six apiece. McDonald is just returning after missing the start of the season with an injury.
Muskego, which came into the week at 9-10, visits Kettle Moraine at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, then welcomes Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21.
WEST GIRLS BASKETBALL
New Berlin West whipped Tosa West to open the week and then got blown away by first-place Pius XI on Friday on the road.
The split left the Vikings with a 12-8 overall record and a 10-5 record, good enough for fourth in the rugged Woodland-West Division.
At Wauwatosa West on Feb. 5, the Vikings exploded in the third quarter and rolled to a 42-26 win to open the week.
New Berlin West held an 18-11 first-half lead, but then the Vikings stormed out in the second half, scoring 22 of 30 third-quarter points to take a 40-19 lead into the final period.
The Vikings showed good balance - eight players scored, but no one reach double figures.
Leading the way was Claire Radtke with nine, followed by Kia Richards with eight and Ali Boldt with seven. Elise Ditscheit and Justice Hawkins led the Trojans with five each.
The Popes jumped out to a 16-9 first-period advantage and only stretched it to 24-16 at intermission. But then they put the game away with a 31-15 second half.
Pius XI was 15-for-23 from the free-throw line, while the Vikings were 4-for-8.
Dallas Chladek (12 points), Vivevca Nwagbaraocha (11) and Aaliyah Ramirez (10) led the Pius XI scoring while Radtke's 10 led West. Beth Ver Haagh managed seven and Lizzie Kuhl six.
MUSKEGO BOYS BASKETBALL
The Warriors came oh-so-close to a big victory Feb. 5 but fell to Catholic Memorial, 79-77, in double overtime.
Muskego trailed 47-38 after three quarters but outscored the Crusaders 23-14 in the final period. Both teams tallied nine points in the first extra session and Memorial's Ty Sabin nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force the second extra session.
Sabin then hit a shot with 2.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Crusaders the victory.
Josh Breider tallied a game-high 32 points for Muskego, while Turner Kehoe added 23 points and Jake Van Fleet 15 points. That trio combined for seven 3-pointers.
"The kids played their hearts out," head coach Andy Capes said. "We match up well with (the Crusaders) and we played hard."
The Warriors then lost to Waukesha North, 56-40, on Friday to fall to 3-9 in the Classic 8 and 6-14 overall. Kehoe scored 16 points, while Mike Vidmar notched nine points and Jack Mlachnik eight.
They host Kettle Moraine at 7:30 p.m. Friday to close out the regular season, then visit Burlington at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in their first WIAA Division 1 regional contest.
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