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Sports Wrapups: Dec. 10

Dec. 10, 2012

West girls basketball

The Vikings got off to a quick start and rolled over Greenfield, 55-33, on Dec. 6 on the road.

West jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter and 28-13 at intermission. They increased the lead to 44-24 after three quarters.

Beth Ver Haagh led the way with 13 points, 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, and Anne Kaczynski scored 12 on four 3-pointers. Alison Kuhne scored eight points.

"Greenfield is a younger team; they play hard," coach Cory Scheel said. "They did a decent job competing. They were smaller; We were more talented and experienced."

The Vikings are 4-1 overall, 3-1 in their own division.

The Vikings crushed Brown Deer, 58-25, on Friday at home, jumping out to a 22-6 halftime lead and 38-15 after the periods. Ver Haagh had 11 points and Claire Radtke and Sarah Meleski had 10 each.

"Brown Deer has a new coach and the girls are buying into the system," Scheel said.

Although the wins were over two of the less-talented teams in the league, Scheel was pleased that his team didn't play down to their opponents' level.

"I'm very proud how hard they played," Scheel said. "We worked especially hard, put great pressure on Brown Deer and held them to six points in first half. I always tell the kids to respect the opponent."

The Vikings travel to Cudahy on Tuesday and face New Berlin Eisenhower on the road Friday. They will host Whitnall on Dec. 18.

Muskego wrestling

The young Warriors are still trying to find themselves early in the season.

They lost a 55-16 Classic 8 Conference dual to Hartland Arrowhead on Dec. 6, then tallied 182 points to take 21st place in the Battle of the Bay Meet at Green Bay on Saturday.

In the Saturday meet, Austin Quartullo captured first place at 120 pounds, going 5-0 on the day with a pair of pins and two major decisions.

Connor Price claimed third place at 152 pounds, posting a 4-1 mark with one pin, and Jack Sarnowski (106) snared ninth place with a 4-1 record.

Also competing were Vinny Nazario (113), Cameron Rygiewicz (132), Riley Wikel (138), Brady McFarland (145), Ryan Honerlaw (170), Jim Miller (182) and Colton Dillon (heavyweight).

Winners against Arrowhead were Dillon (6-3 decision), Blake Reeves at 120 (11-3), Quartullo (8-2) and Honerlaw (pin in 2 minutes, 55 seconds).

"Everything is a learning experience for us," head coach Sean Fortmann said. "We had some kids lose some matches early on Saturday, but they came back and began winning matches in the later rounds. We are just going to keep working and getting better."

West boys basketball

The Vikings continue to struggle, losing a pair of games last week and dropping to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in league play.

West dropped a 71-64 double overtime decision to Greenfield (3-3) to start the week on Dec. 6. The Vikings had trouble stopping Greenfield's Ricky Santiago, who poured in 34 points, including 12-of-13 and four 3-pointers.

It was a game the Vikings should have won. They led, 21-16, at halftime and 32-24 after three quarters.

But Greenfield then scored more points in the fourth quarter than it had in the first three quarters combined, outscoring West, 26-18, and knotting the score at 50 to send the game into overtime.

The scoring dropped off in the first overtime (7-7), but then the Hustlin' Hawks doubled up the Vikings in the second overtime, 14-7.

Darrin Sowinski had his best offensive game of the year with 23 points, while Tyler Thompson continued to play well with 17 points, including 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and two 3-pointers.

The Vikings traveled to unbeaten Brown Deer (6-0) on Friday and dropped their third straight conference game, 53-41.

They were led by Trayvon Palmer with 22 points and Devante Jackson with 11. Austin Fritz had 11, Thompson added 10 and Sowinski scored eight.

The Vikings scored single digits (7, 4, 9) in the first three quarters before outscoring that effort with 21 in the final quarter.

"We hurried shots, but spread them out and got good shots, but we didn't shoot well," said coach Jeff Lewiston. "We only shot 28 percent. We also got to the free-throw line, but couldn't convert (9-of-17).

"But there were still a lot of good things. We outscored them, 30-23, in the second half. We were more aggressive and more assertive. The kids stepped up."

He praised Thompson, Fritz and Tim Rink, saying, "Thompson did some good things, Rink played well and Fritz came off the bench and helped us."

But going 0-2 for the week disappointed the emotional coach.

"We have a plethora of mistakes to correct," he said. "Or, to keep with the holiday feeling, a cornucopia of things to work on.

"We're not a well-tuned engine. We're an eight-cylinder engine running on two cylinders."

The Vikings, who play Cudahy on Tuesday, host Eisenhower on Friday and then travel to Whitnall on Dec. 18.

Muskego boys basketball

The Warriors opened Classic 8 Conference play for the first time with losses of 58-49 to Mukwonago on Friday and 56-30 to Hartland Arrowhead on Dec. 4.

Al Grunert paced Muskego against Arrowhead with seven points, while Jake Van Fleet and Jack Mlachnik each put in five points. The Warriors were still within range at 23-13 at the half but were outscored 17-6 in the third period.

Muskego slipped to 0-2 in the conference and 1-4 overall. The Warriors visit Waukesha West this Friday, Watertown next Dec. 17, and Catholic Memorial on Dec. 18. All games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Muskego swimming, diving

Liam Klotzbach finished fifth in the Franklin diving invitational on Saturday with 275.6 points.

Teammate Thomas Lescarte took 13th place with 219.85 points.

New Berlin wrestling

The results from Friday's six-team New Berlin meet had the host team finishing fourth (2-3) behind Oconomowoc (5-0), Racine Case (4-1) and Homestead (3-2). Catholic Memorial (1-3) and Delevan Darien (0-5) rounded out the standings.

Individual results for New Berlin included 4-0 for Bailey Rountree at 182 and 3-0 for Ben Clark at heavyweight. Other good performances included Alex Rodriguez (4-1) and Emilio Gutierrez (3-1).

"We lost our opening dual to Homestead, 36-36, and lost on criteria G, which is the team scoring the most first points in individual matches," coach Nick Patenaude said. "It was a back-and-forth dual, with Homestead eventually winning."

They then lost the next dual to Oconomowoc, 58-12, and the third dual to Racine Case, 41-35. The first dual win was over Delavan-Darien, 42-30, and it was followed by a win over Catholic Memorial, 52-21.

"We wrestled tough throughout the tournament, losing some close matches and getting pinned a couple of times with little time left on the clock," Patenaude said. "We will continue working on our style and making progress throughout the season."

New Berlin met Pewaukee at home on Wednesday and travel to West Allis Central for the prestigious Ed Stech Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

- Compiled by John Rech and Tom 'Sky' Skibosh

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