West girls basketball
The New Berlin West girls have won five of six and three in a row after beating Shorewood, 56-20, on Jan. 3 at home and then nipping Cudahy, 41-40, on Friday on the road.
The Vikings have been playing well and junior post Stephanie Turner has been one of the major reasons. Coming off knee surgery, Turner still is not 100 percent, but she has played well in West's recent streak as she approaches full strength.
After trailing 26-22 at intermission at Cudahy, the Vikings cut the lead to 30-29 after a low-scoring third period. With the scored tied at 39-39 with 20 seconds, West missed a shot and Taylor Gradinjan got the rebound, came down the court and was fouled.
She missed the front end of the bonus with 4.5 seconds left, Turner got the rebound and whipped a pass to Jenna Brzeski who passed it to Beth Ver Haagh, who took it in stride and scored at the buzzer for the win.
"The last three games Stephanie has played extremely well," coach Corey Scheel said. "It was nice to see. She is working harder rebounding and she gives us a presence defensively. She had four key blocks and two late in the game that were huge."
Turner finished with 12 points and Ver Haagh had 10 and Scheel praised Ver Haagh for her second-half play.
He also praised the defensive work of Shannon Burke and Lizzie Kuhl who held Gradinjan to eight points, 11 less than her average.
Against Shorewood (7-2, 9-2), it was Turner once again with 17 points and Ver Haagh with 10.
The Vikings' defense just shut down the Greyhounds (2-7, 2-9), who managed to score only six, four, four and six points each quarter to start the week.
West led 30-10 at halftime and 43-14 after three periods.
Turner played well with 17 points, almost outscoring Shorewood by herself, and Rebecca Gasper had 12 points.
"This race is not over by any means," Scheel said pointing out his young team has played a tougher schedule to start than the other contenders. "Our sophomores have played like veterans. This is a step in right direction. I told the team the second half is now our time."
The Vikings, who hosted St. Francis (1-8, 3-10) on Jan. 17, host Brown Deer (2-7, 4-7) on Jan. 20.
Eisenhower boys basketball
If was not a good week for New Berlin Eisenhower, almost losing to a Greendale team before dropping a 60-52 decision at South Milwaukee on Friday.
The Lions were almost tripped up by Greendale (4-5, 4-9) on Jan. 3, but a 3-point play by senior forward Keith Kahlfeldt with one second left saved the day as Eisenhower prevailed, 50-49.
Greendale used a 3-point play to take a 49-47 lead with eight seconds left to play. Ike sophomore playmaker Reed Timmer pushed the ball up the court and passed to Kahlfeldt, who scored underneath and was fouled, setting up the winning free throw.
Both Timmer and Kahlfeldt pulled down nine rebounds, with the former scoring 22 points and the latter 15.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, exchanging 11-4 quarters for a 15-15 halftime score. The offenses came alive in the third quarter as a 21-17 period gave the Lions a 36-32 lead going into the final quarter. Jordan Perez's 19 points led the Panthers.
Unfortunately against the Rockets the Lions couldn't overcome a slow start, trailing 23-16 after one quarter and 38-23 at halftime. Eisenhower outscored the Rockets (29-22) in the second half, but the 15-point deficit was too much to overcome.
Timmer led the way with 20 points and no other Lion reached double figures as Mitch Arman added nine. Austin Stueck, the Rockets' 6-4 forward, led all scorers with 32 points, including four 3-pointers.
Both teams got to the free-throw line 20 times, but the Rockets converted 18 (90 percent) and the Lions managed only 13 (65 percent).
Eisenhower (10-3) dropped to 8-2, still ahead of the Rockets (7-2, 9-3), but not behind Whitnall (8-1, 12-1), who took over first in the Black Division.
The Lions, who played a non-conference game at Muskego (4-9) on Jan. 17, have a huge game at Whitnall on Jan. 20.
New Berlin boys swimming
The New Berlin Marlins placed fourth overall at the Shorewood Invitational on Saturday as Jasen Johnson took the only Marlins' first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (53.02).
Johnson also placed third in the 50 freestyle (22.88) and teamed up with Matthew Olenchek, Zach Solie and Jackson Wannamaker in the 200 free relay (1:34.62) and Solie, Taylor Petrauski and Olenchek in the 400 free relay (3:27.29), placing second in both.
Other top finishes go to Olenchek second (57.48) and Petrauski third (57.63) in the 100 backstroke.
The Brookfield Barracudas won the 10-team event with 374 points, followed by Shorewood (344), Racine Case (308) and New Berlin (261).
The Marlins have a week off from competition and will be back in action on Jan. 18 in a dual against Greenfield/Greendale.
Muskego boys swimming
The Warriors remained unbeaten in dual meets this season but did receive somewhat of a scare on Jan. 10 from Racine Case before prevailing, 105-80.
"Case was our biggest challenge of the dual-meet season," coach Larry Milton said. "We performed well, but still our better swims are a few weeks away."
Winning were Joe Szczupakiewicz in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 51.45 seconds) and 500 freestyle (4:52.83); Patrick Walsh in the 200 individual medley (2:01.97); Brian Bullard in diving (162.4 points); Jon Roberts in the 100 butterfly (55.08) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.68); and the 400 freestyle unit of Joe Paquette, Walsh, Szczupakiewicz and Roberts (3:25.63).
Muskego also downed a Waukesha North combo team, 111-75, on Jan. 12 behind victories by Szczupakiewicz in the 200 freestyle (2:05.22); Walsh in the 200 individual medley (2:22.06); Roberts in the 50 freestyle (25.14) and 400 freestyle (4:36.94); Bullard in diving (157.1); Paquette in the 100 freestyle (58.49); Thomas Stigler in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.87); the 200 medley team of Matt Gilson, Stigler, Paquette and Roberts (1:59.47); and the 200 freestyle group of Paquette, Clayton Cesarz, Szczupakiewicz and Allan Prichard (1:50.99).
"We are looking at some new faces," Milton said, "Matt Simono in the backstroke, Peter Jewell in the butterfly and sprint free, Noah Golden in the distances, Andrew Holten in the backstroke and Paul Hurlbut in the fly."
A total of 10 victories gave the Warriors a 52-15 triumph over Racine Case in a Southeast Conference dual meet on Jan. 12.
Jordan Gruettner moved up from 220 to heavyweight but still won easily with a pin in 27 seconds.
Other winners were Jacob Medved at 145 pounds (9-7), Ryan Honerlaw at 160 (forfeit), Chris Jankowski at 182 (10-1), Roland Dunlap at 195 (forfeit), Derek Dotzler at 106 (forfeit), Austin Quartullo at 113 (pin in 52 seconds), Justin Scherkenbach at 126 (pin in 1:11), Connor Price at 132 (pin in 1:54) and Tyler Dotzler at 138 (4-0).
"We didn't wrestle real well," co-coach Sean Fortmann said, "but it was good that some guys were able to pull out wins when they weren't wrestling their best."
Muskego improved to 4-1 in SEC duals and will welcome Kenosha Bradford at 7 p.m. Jan. 19.
Muskego's Justin Fennig came in third at the second meet of the season on Jan. 12 at Alpine Valley, earning one point toward eventual qualification for the state meet.
Fennig needs four more points to automatically qualify for state.
David Birkle came in eighth and Spencer Rotter ninth for Muskego, which took fourth as a team.
The girls squad placed second as Jozie Rotter captured fourth place, Sammi Llanas fifth, Georgi Llanas seventh and Julie Petak eighth.
New Berlin wrestling
New Berlin West dropped a 43-21 decision on Jan. 11 at Whitnall in the only action of the week.
New Berlin's victories against Whitnall were decisions by Brian Schafer at 113 (7-4); at 126 by Zac Nordstrom (6-3); at 170 by Kevin Thiessenhusen (4-3); at 195 by Alex Rodriguez (5-3, OT) and at 220 by T.J. Stewart (6-4).
Ross Riopelle at 132 had the only pin (36 seconds).
- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech
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