West boys basketball
The New Berlin West boys split two home games last week, beating last place St. Francis and then losing a hard-fought game to South Milwaukee.
The win was by no small margin. When your opponent scores no points in the first quarter, it often signifies the beginning of a long night, as it was for St. Francis. The Vikings got out to a 17-0 lead in the opening period en route to a 72-26 victory Nov. 27.
"We told the kids we had to get out of the blocks quickly; we didn't want them to stay in the game," West coach Jeff Lewiston said. "We used our three-quarter press and they couldn't handle it. Offensively, we executed and finished. We did a lot of good things. We played well."
The Vikings had good scoring balance as Austin Fritz led the way with 15 points, while Darin Sowinski had 14 and Brett Connors and Scott Reichel had nine each.
West led, 34-8, at halftime, held firm through the third, 49-19, and then ran away from the Mariners with a 23-7 final period.
When the Vikings hosted South Milwaukee on Friday it was a different story.
The Rockets jumped out to a 16-12 lead and increased it to 28-21 at intermission. The Vikings couldn't get over the hump in the second half, when both teams essentially exchanged baskets, with South Milwaukee holding a 29-28 edge.
West's outside shooting (10 3-pointers) kept them in the game, but they managed only six other field goals and were a disappointing 7-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Tyler Thompson led the way with 13 points, followed by Andrew Knoll with 12 and Jake Grossman with nine.
"In the second half, Tyler stepped and shot well," Lewiston said. "Jake also had a decent game in certain aspects."
But the Vikings' lack of defense hurt them.
"They hurt us coming down with their fast break," Lewiston said. "We did not do a good job on transition defense. We were trying not to give some looks to (Tanner Zaeske) and he wound up with 20 points," including four 3-pointers.
"We need to play a lot better defense and do a better job executing our offense," he added.
West shot 40 percent from the field, but 45 percent from 3-point range. The Vikings also had 18 turnovers.
"We have always had a tradition that we're always very competitive, always outwork other guy," Lewiston said. "I'm hoping we do that this year."
New Berlin wrestling
The Eisenhower/West co-op team opened the Woodland Conference season with a 37-24 loss Nov. 28 at South Milwaukee.
Kevin Thiessenhusen won by a 5-4 decision at 170 over Josh Wilkowski, and Alex Rodriguez won by an 11-5 decision at 195 over Brian Chapman.
Emilio Gutierez won in double overtime, 4-2, at 220 over Kenneth Senner, and Zac Nordstrom won by 7-4 decision at 132 over Mitchell Dess.
Both Jarod Clark at 113 and Brian Schafer at 120 won by forfeit.
Muskego girls basketball
After a lackluster performance in their first game this season, the Warriors bounced back in a big way, downing Lake Geneva Badger, 51-43, on Nov. 27.
"We spent some time on (Nov. 26) watching film of the (first game)," head coach Brian Hirtz said. "There were some things we did offensively that we needed to fix. We slowed down a bit and moved the ball better. We made the defense work more."
Julia Keegan and Jessica Cattani each tallied 16 points, with Cattani netting four 3-point field goals.
"Our guards made touch passes to Renee (Bennett, in the middle), and if she was double-teamed, she kicked it out to Cattani for an outside shot," Hirtz said.
Bennett herself finished with 10 points and Ashley Colla added seven.
The Warriors also hit 8-of-8 at the free-throw line, much better than their 7-of-22 effort in the earlier loss to Sheboygan North.
Muskego (1-1 going into this week) plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mukwonago, which was regarded as the pre-season favorite in the Classic 8 Conference.
Muskego boys basketball
A nice fourth quarter gave the Warriors their first victory of the season, a 58-46 triumph over Franklin on Friday night.
Muskego nursed a 42-39 lead going into the fourth but outscored the Sabers 16-7 for the victory.
"Our kids were patient," head coach Andy Capes said, "working the ball inside to David Kucharski and Al Grunert."
Kucharski tallied 10 points and Grunert eight, but scoring honors were taken by Turner Kehoe with 21 points and Steve Cotton with 12.
Kehoe had scored 24 points in a loss to Waterford the previous week.
"He is working hard and learning as he goes," Capes said of Kehoe.
Grunert pulled down seven rebounds and Josh Breider dished out five assists for Muskego (1-2).
The Warriors will host Mukwonago at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then Bay View at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
New Berlin boys swimming
The Marlins finished third at the Delavan-Darrien Comet Invitational on Saturday.
The Marlins had three first-place individual finishes and one relay.
Zach Solie finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 free while Matthew Olenchek was first in the 500 free as well as second in in the 100 backstroke.
Taylor Petrauski was third in the 200 individual medley and 100 back while Jackson Wannamaker was second in the 500 free and third in the 200 free.
Solie, Petrauski, Wannamaker and Olenchek were first in the 400 free relay in 3 minutes, 24.68 seconds.
Petrauski, Olenchek, Wannamaker and Solie was third in the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 44.83 seconds
"I am really pleased with how everyone swam for the first meet," coach Becky Young said. "There were several very fast swims and promising times for this early in the season."
- Compiled by John Rech and Tom 'Sky' Skibosh
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