HOMESTEAD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders played sound defense all weekend and defeated Menomonee Falls, 61-50, and West Bend West, 50-35, to claim their own Chekouras Classic Tournament title last weekend.
"To win the Chekouras, our own tourney, is always a good thing," coach Kevin McKenna said. "A lot of the family came out for the first time in awhile and that was nice to see."
The two victories improved the Highlanders to 9-0 overall. They are at Brookfield East for a nonconference game at 4 p.m. Saturday and then are at home on Jan. 7 for a North Shore game against Milwaukee Lutheran (7:30 p.m.).
A 17-0 second period gave the Highlanders control for good in the final against West on Saturday as Jaylen Key concluded a great weekend with 16 points while Jerrod Walton had 15. The Spartans closed the gap to five in the third before Homestead pulled away.
McKenna liked the effort in the West game better than he did in the Falls' contest from the previous night.
But the 6-7 Key made up for a lot of bad things by dominating inside and scoring 25 points, a lot of them in the second half.
"Overall, I liked how we learned to play close games and how we looked responding to some adversity," McKenna said. "...We were resilient, though, and were able to go out there and win it for John (Chekouras)."
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes ran their winning streak to six games with a pair of impressive wins over Wauwatosa East and Racine Case in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University last weekend.
"Our key is not to be satisfied," Blue Dukes coach Kevin Lazovik said. "These are some nice wins, but we don't want to peak in December. We don't want to have our best win in December."
Bay (8-3 overall) is now off until Jan. 7 when they host Cedarburg in a North Shore game at 7:30 p.m.
Against Case on Dec. 27, the Blue Dukes broke free of a 37-all tie with a 23-13 effort in the third quarter. From there, they were able to keep the Eagles at arm's length the rest of the way. Lazovik noted that case closed the gap to four in the fourth quarter but cited Jake Casey for hitting some big free throws.
Forward Joe Sherburne (6-6) remained hot with 24 points as guards Isaiah Johnson (20) and Miles Sigh (17) remained constant and Casey had 11.
Bay had little trouble with East on Dec. 26, taking a 20-2 lead at the quarter and a 46-20 advantage at the break.
Sigh led nine scorers with 18 points, while Johnson had 17 and Sherburne 15.
NICOLET BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights got a morale-boosting 60-41 win over Milwaukee Caeer High School on Dec. 27.
"It's good to get a taste of winning," coach Paul Hepp said. "You can play well (and lose) but getting a win always puts a pop in your step."
The win improved Nicolet to 2-7 overall, which will be at two-time state champion Germantown on Jan. 7. Hepp said after that game, there's a stretch of about seven contests for the Knights where they can be very competitive in just about all of them.
In the win over Career, the Knights were ahead 29-19 at the half and 48-24 at the half, as Greg Pigg had 15 points, Ali Doroodchi nine and Keinann Ayers eight.
SHOREWOOD BOYS SWIM
Kirill Korolev took second in both the 100-yard free and the 500 free in leading the Greyhounds to a sixth-place finish in the 17-school Metro Swim Officials Invite at Homestead on Dec. 27.
"I like this winter break meet because it breaks up training a bit but it gives boys a chance to swim longer races that are not offered on the high school event program," coach Rob McCabe said.
Shorewood scored 190 points for its spot as Libertyville (Ill.) won with 382.
Korolev was clocked in 49.1 seconds for his spot in the 100 free and 4:58.56 in the 500 free.
Other good finishes included the following: 400 individual medley: Joe Lock, sixth (4:50.15); 200 medley relay: Henri Carignan, Korolev, Michael Perry and Suhith Bayana, sixth (1:44.63); 200 butterfly: Perry, third (2:04.51); 50 free: Bayana, fourth (23.65); 100 butterfly: Perry, fourth (55.29); Carignan, seventh (57.97); and 200 free relay: Bayana, Carignan, Perry and Korolev, seventh (1:33.23).
McCabe praised the efforts of Bayana and Carignan.
HOMESTEAD BOYS SWIM
The Highlanders used a balanced effort in finishing eighth in the Metro Swim Officials Invite at their own pool on Dec. 27.
Homestead scored 143 points for its spot in the 17-team event.
Best finishes for the Highlanders included the following: 200 medley relay: Christopher Eckhardt, Whelan Callahan, Sylvester Schulties and Nicholas Gess, seventh (1:47.19); 200 free: Gess, fifth (1:52.28); 200 backstroke: Eckhardt, seventh (2:07.39); 100 breaststroke: Callahan, sixth (1:06.62); 100 free: Gess, fourth (50.89); 100 backstroke: Schulties, seventh (1:00.61); 200 breaststroke: Eckhardt, eighth (2:29.28); and 100 butterfly: Callahan, eighth (59.04).
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SWIM
The Blue Dukes were 11th of 17 in the Metro Swim Officials Invite on Dec. 27 at Homestead.
"It's a fun meet, more like a college meet," Bay coach Jim Davis said. "...And we don't see this kind of competition that often. The overall performance was good. I was really pleased with how we raced. In a meet like this, I let them pick the races, let them have some fun."
Bay scored 83 points for its spot. Top efforts included Noah Oldson, sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:05.74) and third in the 500 free (5:02.01), Curt Walther, ninth in the 200 butterfly (2:15.15) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.57) and Joey McMahon, seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:15.66).
Davis was also pleased with the effort of Sam Raber.
WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
Blue Dukes 106-pounder Cooper Fergus got his money's worth at the 59-school Oshkosh on the Water Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28, going 6-2 over two days and earning seventh.
After losing in the third round of the championship bracket, Fergus (17-7 overall) won three consecutive backdraw matches before falling to a Mosinee opponent, 4-0, in a match that would have got him into the fifth place bout. He bounced back and beat a Freedom wrestler, 8-6, for seventh.
Other good Bay efforts included Miguel Gomez (17-3) going 3-2 at 132, Jack Plale (12-8) going 3-2 at 138 and Jack Ludke at 126 (8-7), Ben Lehrmann at 160 (14-5) and Joe Beck at 220 (8-9) each winning two matches apiece.
Jack Kalloch was seventh at 113 pounds to lead the Knights in the Mid-States Tournament on Dec. 27-28.
Kalloch went 4-2 in six matches to improve to 14-5 overall. He beat a Fort Atkinson wrestler, 4-3, in his final bout.
Other good efforts included Alex Ellison (7-4 overall) at 126 with two wins and Isaiah Agara at 220 (4-2) with three wins.
— Steven L. Tietz
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