It took a two-time Division 2 state champion to take down the North Shore Conference record of a three-time Division 1 state champ, but Blue Dukes diver Joe Kaszubowski did it on Saturday, shattering a decade-old mark held by Homestead's Michael Oxman with an 11-dive 583.2 point total at the league meet held Saturday.
Veteran coach Jim Davis was very impressed.
"He's just so powerful off the board," Davis said. "He gets height that no one else can. Just amazing off the board. He's so focused on his approach, his entry, everything." His mark was about 20 points ahead of the old record that Oxman set.
That score is also ahead of the overall and state D2 record of 582.8 by Ryan Jefferson of Madison Edgewood set in 2006 though state records can only be set at the state meet. Kaszubowski's record along with the 100-yard backstroke win from Noah Oldson, led the Blue Dukes to a fourth-place finish in the annual test.
They now turn their attention to the WIAA D2 sectional meet at Cudahy this weekend. Diving is at Cedarburg on Friday and swimming at Cudahy at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 12 best out of all sectionals statewide advance to the state meet in Madison on Feb. 21.
Bay scored 242 points for its spot in North Shore meet as Cedarburg ran away with the title with 511.
Kaszubowski finished close to 190 points ahead of Nicolet's Jeremy Moser in the diving competition as teammate Luke Henricks was fifth with 291.1. Oldson was clocked in 56.7 seconds for an easy 1.53 second victory in the backstroke and was also second in the 200 individual medley (2:05.98). Sam Raber was also second in the 500 free (5:08.57) as was the 400 free relay team of Joey McMahon, Curt Walther, Raber and Oldson (3:30.93).
Other good efforts included the following: 200 medley relay: Oldson, McMahon, Walther and Raber, fourth (1:49.04); 200 free: Raber, fourth (1:53.07); 500 free: Walther, fourth (5:20.41); 200 IM: McMahon, sixth (2:12.74); 100 butterfly: Walther, fourth (59.42); McMahon, fifth (1:00.05); and 200 free relay: Robert Caspari, Kaszubowski, Sam Broadnax and Wilson Tarpey, fifth (1:39.81).
The 200 medley relay team of Chris Eckhardt, Whelan Callahan, Sylvester Schulties and James Guskov turned in a winning time of 1:44.47 and then Callahan turned around and claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:04.05) as the Highlanders took a strong second in the North Shore Conference meet on Saturday.
"Great 200 medley relay and 100 breast for conference wins," coach Mark Gwidt said. "Total team effort to take second with every point counting."
The Highlanders turned in a 336 point effort as Cedarburg ran away with the meet with 511.
Homestead is now in the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Cedarburg this weekend. Diving is at 5:30 p.m. Friday with swimming at noon Saturday. The winner of each event, plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best out of all sectionals statewide, advance to the state meet in Madison, Feb. 22.
The medley relay won by three seconds while Callahan nudged Nicolet's Colin Siverhus by just 0.08 of a second in the breaststroke.
Other good efforts included the following: 200 freestyle: Nick Gess, third (1:50.97); John Happ, seventh (1:59.85); 200 IM: Chris Eckhardt, fourth (2:09.31); Charles Hayes, eighth (2:17.26); 50 free: Schulties, eighth (24.5); Guskov, ninth (24.55), Gonzalo Morales, 10th (24.7); 100 butterfly: Callahan, second (57.95); Guskov, eighth (1:00.81); 100 free: Gess, third (50.38); Happ, eighth (53.34); 200 free relay: Gess, Happ, Guskov and Callahan, second (1:34.81); 100 backstroke: Eckhardt, second (58.23); Schulties, third (59.87); Hayes, sixth (1:02.53); 100 breaststroke: Josh Devorkin, seventh (1:11.47); Phillip Zuccaro, ninth (1:15.64); Jack Miller, 10th (1:16.36); and 400 free relay: Happ, Schulties, Eckhardt and Gess, third (3:31.5).
NICOLET BOYS SWIM
Despite a costly disqualification by the 200 free relay, the Knights still turned in a strong effort in taking third in the North Shore Conference meet on Feb. 8.
Nicolet scored 292 points for its spot as Cedarburg won with 511 and Homestead was second with 336.
The Knights join Homestead at the D1 sectional at Cedarburg this weekend (see above note for details).
Top finishes for Nicolet at conference included seconds from Jeremy Moser in diving (394.3 points) and Colin Siverhus in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.13) and thirds from the 200 medley relay team of Dylan Hall, Siverhus, Ben Cook and Michael Hangsterfer (1:48.36); Siverhus in the 200 individual medley (2:06.21); Ricardo Romersi in the 50 free (23.32); Cook in the 100 butterfly (59.15); and Mike Mills in the 500 free (5:08.68).
Other good efforts were turned in by the following: 200 free: Mills, fifth (1:53.25); 200 IM: Hall, fifth (2:12.72); 50 free: Hangsterfer, sixth (23.92); 100 butterfly: Avery Kornitz, 10th (1:05.86); 100 free: Romersi, fifth (52.68); 500 free: Devin Harrison, eighth (5:38.68); 100 backstroke: Hall, fourth (1:00.65); Hangsterfer, eighth (1:04.1); Taylor Hansen, ninth (1:04.67); and 400 free relay: Romersi, Ian O'Conner, Hangsterfer, and Mills, fourth (3:33.28).
The Highlanders picked up two more wins against Marquette (6-5) and area rival USM (4-1) to improve to 17-3-1 on the season and earn the top seed in the WIAA Milwaukee sectional.
They close out the regular season with a hectic week of games including a weekend trip to Eau Claire for contests against Memorial 8 p.m. Friday and Regis/McDonell at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Homestead has now won five in a row and seven of its last nine. The Highlanders get a first-round bye in the WIAA tourney and host the winner of the Germantown co-op and Brookfield in a regional final at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Ozaukee Ice center.
In the win over USM on Friday, the Highlanders and Wildcats were tied 1-1 going into the third period before host team exploded for three goals from Michael Schulz (Ryan Mezera assist), Riley Dixon (Cole Simpson) and Mezera (Schulz and Adam Hobbs). Jake Hansen gave Homestead the early lead on a first period goal with help from Brady Bjork.
Against Marquette on Feb,. 4, the Highlanders blew a 4-2 third period lead giving up three goals in an amazing 26 seconds, but got the game-tying score from Joey Hobbs (Mezera) with just two seconds left in regulation.
Joey Hobbs then struck for the game-winner 5:27 into the overtime (Adam Hobbs and Mezera).
Simpson and Mezera had two goals apiece while Killian Martin had 26 saves and Ethan Levy six.
WNS STORM HOCKEY
The Storm recorded its second win in three games with a 3-1 decision over Kenosha on Friday.
The local co-op, now 5-16, closes out its regular season with a three-game week, including tilts at Marquette at 7 p.m. Friday and then at home at 4 p.m. Saturday against an opponent to be determined.
They earned the ninth seed in their sectional and visit Kenosha again in a WIAA regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. If they advance, they visit top seed Waukesha in a regional final at Nagawaukee on Feb. 21.
In the win over Kenosha, the Storm broke a 1-1 tie with two goals in the second period. Kyle Brahm had a goal and an assist while Kyle Asman and Colin Downing each had a goal apiece. George Sullivan notched three assists and Nico Aguilar also had an assist.
Robert Ali made 24 saves for the win.
After a few weeks in the wilderness, the Woodland East Division leaders broke a three-game losing streak with an overtime win over Greenfield (49-41) on Feb. 6 and then earned a 55-25 rout of St. Francis the next night.
"The Greenfield win was huge, just huge," coach Jeff Eimers said. "It showed us that we were capable of coming back. It was emotionally draining, but also very gratifying."
The Greyhounds began the week 9-3 in the Woodland (12-4 overall) with a four-game lead over Greenfield in the divisional standings. They are at Whitnall at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Shorewood is trying for its first conference title of any kind since 1972.
In the rout of St. Francis, Shorewood was up 29-9 at the half and then never looked back as Grace Hayes scored 13 points and seven rebounds, Jada Stackhouse 11 and Megan Eimers eight. Sarah Mackowski had six points, six rebounds and five assists.
Against Greenfield, the Greyhounds were down 10 early but then rallied to make overtime. A Greenfield player made the first free throw with 1.9 seconds left to tie the score but then missed the second for the lead. Shorewood then scored the first nine points of the overtime to secure the win as Hayes, Stackhouse and Ashley Eimers all scored quick baskets.
Ashley Eimers scored 15 points, Stackhouse 12 and Hayes 10 for the Greyhounds. Coach Eimers also praised the efforts of Mackowski, Megan Eimers and Meghan Curtis, brought up from the junior varsity to fill a hole left by an injury.
After wins over Whitnall (58-56) and Milwaukee Washington (54-37) last week, the Falcons are closing in on a repeat of their Woodland Conference Eastern Division title.
They went into Tuesday's game with Shorewood (9-5 in league play) at 12-3 in division play and 14-5 overall. A win over the Greyhounds would all but give them a share of the divisional crown (see BrownDeerNOW.com for details).
The Falcons outscored nonconference opponent Washington 21-3 in the fourth quarter to erase a 34-33 deficit on Feb. 6. They hit 24-of-37 free throws as Jerry Luckett had 20 points, Devante Jackson 12 and Jordan Milan eight.
"That win will have a great impact on (sectional) seeding," coach Kelly Appleby said on the meetings that will be held this weekend.
The Falcons almost blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter against Whitnall on Feb. 4 and needed a last-second block by Jackson to preserve the victory.
"We just didn't take care of the ball," Appleby said. "We did everything we could to allow them back in. It was a win that felt like a loss. As a coach you both love and hate those but you do get to learn from them."
Lewrenzo Byers scored 15 points whole Tony Thomas had 10 and Jackson and Luckett contributed nine apiece.
The Blue Dukes maintained their share of the North Shore Conference lead with Germantown with a 50-22 rout of Nicolet on Friday as center/guard Maya Jonas surpassed 1,000-points for her career.
Bay, which also overpowered Grafton, 50-28, on Feb. 4, ran its win streak to 14 games as it improved to 10-1 in the North Shore and 15-2 overall. The Blue Dukes host 2013 league champion Cedarburg in a pivotal contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
"We're trying not to talk about it too much because we're just looking to play the next game," coach Dave Markson said. "The kids have it in their heads that the game is of some significance, but we just want them to go out and play their game."
Bay beat Cedarburg 56-42 last month.
Nicolet played a good game for close to a half against Bay. It was 13-all at the quarter but then Bay outscored the Knights 37-9 the rest of the way as Ashley Reed had 15 points, Jonas 14, and Emma Jankowski 10.
Jonas currently stands at 1,012 points as she also contributed 20 rebounds, seven assists and six steals on the night.
Bay went up 25-12 against Grafton and never looked back as Jankowski had 19 points, Reed 13 and Kaitlyn Jackson 10.
Markson is pleased with the team's progress.
"We have a wonderfully happy group who just really enjoy competing out on the floor," he said. Jankowski came in for praise for her efforts this week."
The Highlanders kept pace in the North Shore with a 64-42 defeat of Nicolet on Feb. 4 and then an 82-46 rout of Cedarburg on Friday.
They improved to 9-2 in North Shore play and 15-3 overall. They took on nonconference opponent Arrowhead in a game of huge WIAA seeding ramifications on Tuesday and then are at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.
The seeding meeting is Sunday and the Highlanders are trying to earn as high as a three seed in a very deep bracket that includes two-time state champion Germantown.
"Whoever gets out of this sectional will have to beat all good teams," Homestead coach Kevin McKenna said. "We're getting people healthier every week and we want to get more people time (on the floor) because they've earned it."
Homestead went up 29-7 on Cedarburg at the quarter and coasted home from there as 11 different players scored including Luke Mueller with 17, Jerrod Walton with 15, Jaylen Key 10 and Jack Popp nine.
Nicolet played Homestead well through three quarters, trailing 41-36 but then the Highlanders went on a 23-6 run in the fourth quarter to pull away. McKenna figured that the younger, smaller Knights just ran out of gas.
Walton had 20 points, Key 15 and Popp 12 for the Highlanders.
The Greyhounds ran their winning streak to five games with an 82-54 rout of St. Francis on Friday and a 70-55 defeat of Greenfield on Feb. 4.
"Friday night (against St. Francis) may have been the best and most complete game our team has played in my time here," coach Phil Jones said. "...It's pretty gratifying at this point. We've managed to win 10 of our last 12 games and we've done it by getting the kids to play a little harder."
Going into Tuesday's game with Brown Deer (see ShorewoodNOW.com for details), the Greyhounds stood at 9-5 in Woodland play and 12-6 overall. They host Whitnall on Friday.
Shorewood outscored St. Francis in every quarter and led 35-20 at the half. Again, balance was the key as Te'Jon Lucas scored 22 points, Kevin Taylor 16, Kejuan Glosson 14, Paris Perkins 12 and Kenneth Odom eight.
Glosson and Taylor had three 3-pointers each.
Against Greenfield, the Greyhounds outscored the Hustlin' Hawks 40-23 in the second half to erase a two-point deficit as the team went inside again and again. Hitting 26-of-40 free throws as Odom had 23, Lucas 16, Perkins 12 and Shane Carrington nine.
Jones said that Odom set the tone by courageously going into the lane again and again (seven-of-12 free throws).
BROWN DEER GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Falcons have now won four out of their last five games after routing nonconference opponent St. Joan Antida, 61-16, on Friday and beating Whitnall, 48-43, in a Woodland game on Feb. 4.
The team is now 5-11 overall and 3-10 in Woodland play. In the St. Joan game, Brown Deer went up 36-8 at the half and cruised from there. No further details were available.
Against Whitnall, in a back-and-forth game, the Falcons had the last word, outscoring their hosts, 22-15, in the fourth quarter as Sabrina Wimer had 21 points, Valerie Whiyee nine and Joyce Biddle eight.
The Falcons took on Shorewood on Tuesday and host Greenfield on Friday.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders are now 10-7 after falling to Cedarburg, 60-45, on Friday and beating Nicolet, 43-30, on Feb. 4.
They host Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday and then visit Slinger in a nonconference contest at 5 p.m. Saturday.
In the loss to Cedarburg, the Highlanders fell behind 34-20 at the half and could not recover as Mary Kate Simon and Taylor McIlwraith had 10 points apiece.
In the win over Nicolet, the Highlanders went up 18-8 at the half and held on from there as McIlwraith scored 18 points and Simon 11. Homestead had its best free-throw shooting night of the season at 15 of 20.
BROWN DEER/UNIVERSITY SCHOOL BOYS SWIM
The Falcons were seventh of 10 teams in the Woodland Conference meet on Saturday with 100 points as Shorewood defended its title with 469.
Top efforts for the local co-op included Josh Thompson sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:17.16) and a seventh in the 100 butterfly (59.75), Jacob Wine ninth in the 500 free (5:39.77) and 11th in the 200 IM (2;26.0) and eighths from the 200 free relay team of Thompson, Horst Burmeister, Ben Zaydman and Wine (1:41.57); and the 400 free relay (3:46.34) made up of the same group.
The Falcons now take part in the WIAA sectional meet at Plymouth at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Highlanders beat Cedarburg, 138.025-131.5 in a dual meet last week.
Brittany Emond won the all-around with a 36.525, while also taking the floor exercise (9.325), the balance beam (9.25) and the uneven bars (9.05). Monica Caputa won the vault (9.0).
Elyssa Tracy (8.275 on bars, 9.1 on beam and 8.9 on floor exercise), Andrea Rossman (8.05 on bars) and Leigh Berman (8.925 on beam) were all praised for their efforts by coach Mike Giles.
"We're trying to avoid the injury bug and still pick up new skills," he said.
The Highlanders are at the Bradley Invitational at Whitefish Bay on Saturday.
— Steven L. Tietz
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