NICOLET BOYS SWIM
Sophomore diver Jeremy Moser earned a fourth-place medal in the WIAA State Division 1 meet in Madison on Saturday, to lead the Knights to a 28th-place finish in the annual event.
"And Jeremy had two bad rounds in the middle of it (the 11-dive competition) but then he bounced back and hit his last three," coach Dwight Davis said. "It's nice, he has a good future. There are two seniors and a junior ahead of him."
Neenah senior Draven Feustel won the competition with 421.65 points as Moser scored 368.0 points for his spot. Nicolet scored 15 points for its teams spot as Madison Memorial cruised to the title with 319.
Other efforts for the Knights at state included junior Michael Mills with two best times including a 19th in the 200-yard free (1:47.51) and 18th in the 500 free (4:53.83); while freshman Collin Siverhus was 17th in the 200 individual medley (2:01.43) and 21st in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.1) and freshman Riccardo Romersi was 23rd in the 50 free (22.79).
The Knights' 200 free relay team of Romersi, Siverhus, senior Michael Hangsterfer and Mills dropped a second from its sectional time in taking 17th (1:30.7).
"We did pretty well," Davis said. "Some of the swims ran hot and cold but almost everyone moved up (from their seeds). It was a very good experience for everyone."
The Knights finished with 29 swimmers.
NICOLET GIRLS BASKETBALL
For just the second time this season, the Knights have won two games in a row, beating West Allis Central, 54-34, on Monday night after edging Milwaukee Lutheran, 41-34, on Friday.
With the two victories, the Knights improved to 5-16 on the season. They close their regular season at home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Cedarburg.
They earned the fourth seed in their portion of the WIAA Division 2, Sheboygan South bracket and visit Cedarburg on March 7 in a WIAA regional semifinal. If they win that game, they advance to a regional final on March 8 at either Port Washington or Grafton.
Against Central on Monday, the Knights had only a 15-13 lead at the quarter but then took control with a 13-4 effort in the second period. They outscored the Bulldogs in all four quarters. A total of seven players scored for the team including Brandilyn Robertson with 14 and Shatarrei Lennix and Tori Travia with 11 apiece.
In the North Shore victory over Lutheran, a 16-8 effort in the second quarter broke open a 5-5 first quarter stalemate. A 13-8 showing in the third gave Nicolet enough cushion to hold off any Lutheran rally. Samantha Peltz had 13 points for Nicolet while Brookelyn Robertson had 10 and Lizzy Benson six.
BROWN DEER GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Falcons remained hot toward the end of the regular season, beating Cudahy, 39-32, last Friday after overpowering St. Francis, 59-27, on Feb. 18.
The two victories improved Brown Deer to 9-12 overall. The Falcons close out their regular season at home on Wednesday. They earned the third seed in their portion of the WIAA Division 3 Whitefish Bay sectional and visit Milwaukee School of Languages in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 7.
If they win that game, they advance to a regional final March 8, likely at Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
In the victory over Cudahy, the Falcons trailed 18-15 at the half but then outscored the Packers 10-4 in the third quarter and 14-10 in the final session to come away with the win.
Sabrina Wimer had 17 points to lead all scorers while Joyce Biddle had 12.
In the rout of St. Francis, it was only 10-6 at the quarter but then the Falcons outscored the Mariners 21-0 in the second period to break the game open. Wimer again led the way with 23 while Biddle had 15, Shayna Key contributed 10 and Valerie Whiyee eight.
HOMESTEAD BOYS HOCKEY
The WIAA sectional top seeded Highlanders saw their season come to an abrupt halt when they were upset, 4-3, in overtime by the Brookfield co-op in a regional final at the Ozaukee Ice Center on Feb. 20.
The loss closed the Highlanders' fine season at 17-6-1 while Brookfield advanced to a sectional semifinal this week.
Homestead had a 2-1 lead after two periods on goals from Sean Driscoll (Adam Hobbs assist) and Will Gebhardt (Max Henry and Driscoll), but Brookfield scored two quick goals to start the third period and take the lead.
Homestead forced overtime with a goal at the 8:20 mark of the third by Ryan Mezera (Michael Schulz and Joey Hobbs), but in overtime, Brookfield notched the even strength game-winner at the 5:29 mark. David Hathaway had 29 saves for Homestead.
Seniors include Quinten Ziegler, Zach Maasen, Mezera, Jake Hansen, Chris Bielicki, Jesse Nye, David Scozzafave, Schulz,Jon Weyker, Killian Martin and Ethan Levy.
WNS STORM HOCKEY
The long, difficult season for the local co-op ended with a more-competitive-than-it-looked 8-3 WIAA regional loss to Kenosha on Feb. 18.
The Storm, which finished at 5-20 overall, were down only 3-1 going into the third period, before Kenosha scored five times.
Finding the net for the locals were Nico Aguilar, Brendan Nagle and Colin Downing. Robert Ali had most of the time in goal this night, making 25 saves. WNS had beaten Kenosha, 3-1, on Feb. 7.
The Storm had qualified for the WIAA State Tournament in 2013 but lost a great deal of experience via graduation. Seniors this year included Mike Fritsch, Downing, Kevin McGuire, Phillip Poliakov and Beau Talbert.
BROWN DEER/UNIVERSITY SCHOOL BOYS SWIM
The Falcons' season came to a competitive end, when their only qualifier, junior Josh Thompson, moved up a couple of places from his seed and dropped more than a second from his sectional qualifying time to take 14th in the 100-yard butterfly in the WIAA State Division 2 meet in Madison on Friday.
Thompson turned in a clocking of 56.43 seconds in earning his spot as Shawano's Zach Soper won in 52.24.
His efforts earned the Falcons' three points, good for 32nd as Madison Edgewood won with 294.
HOMESTEAD BOYS SWIM
The Highlanders ended their season on a quiet note when their only qualifier Whelan Callahan finished 19th in the 100-yard breaststroke in the WIAA State Dvision 1 meet in Madison on Saturday.
Callahan finished in a time of one minute, 1.76 seconds, a little more than a second slower than his seed time. Paul DeLakis of Eau Claire Memorial/North won the event in 56.46.
WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
The Blue Dukes saw their season come to a quiet and disappointing conclusion when sophomore 113-pounder Cooper Fergus lost his wrestleback for state on a pin to North Shore rival Jack Kalloch of Nicolet in the WIAA sectional tournament at Milwaukee Vincent on Saturday.
Fergus (32-14 for the season), was the only one out of 11 sectional qualifiers to win a match for the Blue Dukes this day.
He opened his tournament with a 2-0 win over a Sussex Hamilton opponent but then lost a 3-1 decision to the eventual class champion from Menomonee Falls. He won his consolation match, 13-2, over a Wauwatosa opponent and after Kalloch also lost to the Falls' competitor, there was a wrestleback for the second individual state tournament berth in the class.
But Kalloch (30-8), who had edged Fergus in regional competition the week before, took control of the wrestleback from the beginning and pinned Fergus in 1:09.
Bay's other best bets in the sectional lost tough quarterfinal decisions, as Miguel Gomez (27-7) fell to an eventual state qualifier from Cedarburg, 8-4, and Steve Meyer at 220 (28-14) was overpowered and pinned by a Germantown opponent in his quarterfinal.
The Blue Dukes were very young this winter and the top senior, Ben Lehrmann, was injured several weeks ago and did not get to finish the season. Joe Beck at 285, was the only senior who competed at sectional for Bay.
BROWN DEER BOYS BASKETBALL
The Falcons finished off their regular season on a nine-game winning streak with a 72-51 rout of St. Francis on Feb. 18.
With the win, the Falcons finished off their second consecutive Woodland Conference East championship with a 15-3 league record and a 17-5 overall mark.
They earned the top seed in their portion of the WIAA Division 3 Whitefish Bay sectional and host the winner of Milwaukee Career and Milwaukee School of Languages in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.
If they win that game, they will likely host second-seeded Kettle Moraine Lutheran (17-4) in a regional final game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The sectional semifinal is March 6 at Waukesha West. Brown Deer won a regional title last season.
In the win over St. Francis, the Falcons went up 18-9 at the quarter and 33-19 at the half. They then coasted in from there. A total of 11 players found the stat sheet including Devante Jackson with 16, Ryan Hudson with 14 (including four 3-pointers) and Jerry Luckett with 12.
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes ended their regular season on a seven-game winning streak, but it was not easy, as they got past a game Port Washington squad, 50-47, on Feb. 20.
With the victory, Bay finished in third place in the North Shore with a 10-4 mark and a 17-5 overall record.
They earned the second seed in their half of the WIAA Division 2 Brookfield Central bracket and host the winner of Shorewood and Wauwatosa East in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday. If they win that game, they will likely host Woodland Conference West Division champion Pius XI at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The sectional semifinals are March 6 at Brown Deer.
Against Port, Bay stumbled out of the gate, falling behind 17-7 at the quarter before rallying to close the gap to 29-28 at the half. It was tied at 36 heading into the fourth. Bay had an advantage at the foul line, hitting 14-of-17 charity tosses as compared to just seven of 12 for Port.
Miles Sigh led the way for the Blue Dukes with 17 points as Isaiah Johnson had 15 and Joe Sherburne 11.
SHOREWOOD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Greyhounds closed their season with a 76-56 defeat at the hands of Pewaukee on Friday.
That effort came three days after they had edged South Milwaukee, 73-69.
Shorewood now enters the WIAA Division 2 tournament with a 13-9 record. They hosted Wauwatosa East in a regional game Tuesday (see ShorewoodNOW.com for details) and if they won that, would head to area rival Whitefish Bay (17-5) for a 7 p.m. Friday regional semifinal.
The regional final would be played Saturday night (TBA). Pius XI is the third-seed in the bracket.
In the loss to Pewaukee, the Greyhounds trailed just 52-46 heading into the fourth quarter but were then outscored by the Pirates 24-10 in the final eight minutes. Kejuan Glosson had 17 points to lead Shorewood while Te'Jon Lucas had 12 and Kevin Taylor 11.
Shorewood lost despite a perfect night at the foul line (19 of 19).
Against South Milwaukee, the Greyhounds took a 16-10 lead at the quarter and then expanded that to 35-20 at the half. The Rockets rallied, but Shorewood hung on.
Shorewood helped itself with 26-of-34 foul shooting as Lucas hit nine of 12 en route to 23 points and Kenneth Odom eight of 10 en route to 19. Glosson drained six-of-eight free throws and contributed 15.
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes broke a mini two-game skid with a 68-19 rout of Port Washington on Friday.
Earlier in the week on Feb. 18, Bay dropped a 44-29 nonconference decision to state power DSHA.
Bay started the last week of the regular season at 16-4. They took on Kettle Moraine on Tuesday and then visit Homestead at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Blue Dukes earned the second seed in their portion of the WIAA Division 2 Brookfield Central bracket and host the winner of Milwaukee Samuel Morse/Juneau and Messmer in a regional semifinal March 7. If they win, they will likely host Woodland Conference divisional champ Shorewood in a regional final on March 8.
In the win over Port, the Blue Dukes were up 32-15 at the half and then outscored the Pirates 36-4 in the second half. Nine players scored including forward Ashley Reed who had a career night with 25 points and nine rebounds as Maya Jonas had 11 points to go along with six assists and Emma Jonas came up with nine points.
Against DSHA, the Blue Dukes fell behind 28-18 at the half and could not recover against the Dashers. Maya Jonas had 14 points and 13 rebounds while no one else had above six.
NICOLET BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights gave it a game effort, but closed their regular season with a 72-60 loss to Milwaukee Lutheran on Feb. 20.
With the defeat, Nicolet closed the regular season at 3-19 and with a 10-game losing streak.
The Knights earned the fourth seed in their portion of the WIAA Division 2 Manitowoc sectional and visit Port Washington in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday. If they win there, they head to either Grafton or Cedarburg for a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Sectional semifinals are March 6.
Nicolet trailed Lutheran just 21-19 at the quarter but the margin reached 40-27 at the half. The game held steady throughout the second half.
As he has all year, Greg Pigg worked hard to keep the Knights alive with 36 points including 10-of-11 free throws while Jezzrriah Burton had eight. Lutheran tried to help Nicolet by hitting just 14-of-30 free throws.
HOMESTEAD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders bounced back from their stinging defeat at the hands of Germantown (see MequonNOW.com for details) with a 67-51 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.
With the win, the Highlanders closed out their regular season at 11-3 in the North Shore, good for second place and 18-4 overall.
They earned the third seed in the WIAA Division 1 Ashwaubenon bracket and host sixth-seeded Sussex Hamilton in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday. If they win that game, they will likely advance to a regional final at second-seeded Classic 8 Conference champion Kettle Moraine at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The sectional semifinals are back at Whitefish Bay on March 6.
In the win over Lutheran, the Highlanders had a 39-31 lead at the half but then put the game away with a 21-11 effort in the third quarter. An impressive total of 12 players scored led by Jaylen Key with 14 points while Jack Popp had 12, Jerrod Walton 11 and Josh Mueller 10.
— Steven L. Tietz
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