The Blue Dukes got the 2014 portion to their season off to a smashing start with a school record all-around effort by Lily Hayes in a dual meet win over Brookfield on Jan. 8 and then with a near school-record team score in winning the Mount Horeb Invitational on Saturday.
"We did very well as a whole despite several little mistakes," veteran coach Mary Liniewski said of the Mount Horeb meet. "We still have a lot of room for improvement with our skill set as we even exceeded our team goal (of 142.5). I really want them to stay at this because when they hit, I really want them to hit (and get a big score)."
Bay, which will be at the Homestead Invite this Saturday, turned in a winning mark at Mount Horeb of 143.825, which is just 0.15 off the school record. Mount Horeb was a distant second with a 139.575 mark.
Hayes led the way with winning efforts on the floor exercise (9.5) and uneven bars (9.4) and a tie for the all-around title at 36.975. She was also second on vault (9.375). Aly Yurkowitz also won the balance beam (9.35) and was fourth on bars (8.775).
Liniewski said the team had a great day on vault (36.725).
"There's so much leadership on this team, the girls have really taken the reins," Liniewski said.
Other top efforts included Lucille Anzia (9.1 on vault and 9.05 on beam), Mary Claire Potter (8.95 on bars and on beam and a 9.25 on floor exercise).
Hayes school record all-around against Brookfield, broke the mark of all-time great Maggie Anderson and was highlighted by a 9.525 on beam, second in Bay history.
BAY BOYS SWIM
The Knights overpowered the Blue Dukes, 110-76, in a North Shore dual on Jan. 9, and lay claim to "The Duck," the prize the teams compete for each year.
"I told the kids three things we had to do if we were to win before the meet," Nicolet coach Dwight Davis said. "We needed to score three team members in every event. There could be no sixth places and our 'B' relays had to score, and that they could hurt us in three events and the kids really stepped up outscoring Bay in two of those three."
Nicolet got individual firsts from Mike Mills in the 200- (one minute, 53.9 seconds) and 500-yard freestyles (5:13.35), Riccardo Romersi in the 50 free (23.9) and the 100 free (52.94) and Collin Siverhus in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.96).
In addition, the Knights won the 200 medley relay behind the efforts of Mike Hangsterfer, Siverhus, Ben Cook and Romersi (1:48.98) and the 200 free relay with Siverhus, Ian O'Conner, Cook and Mills (1:39.34).
Bay picked up wins from Noah Oldson in the 200 individual medley (2:08.46) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.06), Curt Walther in the 100 butterfly (1:00.99) and Joe Kaszbowski in diving (292.7 points) and from the 400 free relay team of Walther, Joey McMahon, Matt Raber and Oldson (3:34.44).
Dwight Davis said it was a fun meet despite the fact that both teams had limited training time due to the cold weather last week.
"I always enjoy going against (Bay coach) Jim Davis' teams, because he's a great strategist and does some great things to tweak his lineup," Dwight Davis said. "You really got to do your homework. It's a great chess match with him."
The Blue Dukes won the final three matches to pull away for a 48-24 North Shore Conference decision over the Knights on Jan. 9.
The match was still close at 33-24 heading into the 160, 170 and 182-pound bouts before the Blue Dukes' Joe Lehrmann at 160 (pin 1:44) and his brother, Ben, at 170 (pin 0:39) and then Matt Gottlieb at 182 (9-7 decision) recorded wins to put the match away.
The dual began on a back-and-forth note as Bay's Steve Meyer opened things with a pin in 3:22 at 195, before the Knights Isaiah Agara returned the favor in 5:45 in the 220-pound class. Nicolet took a brief lead when 285-pound Armani Johnson accepted a forfeit.
But then the Blue Dukes took the lead back for good when the Knights had to forfeit to Bay's Cooper Fergus at 106 and Jonah Nelson at 113, respectively. There was a double forfeit at 120.
Bay then cemented its lead when Jack Ludke won a 5-0 decision at 126, Miguel Gomez earned a pin in 5:58 at 132 and then Jack Plale stuck his opponent in 2:20 at 138.
Nicolet got back into the match before the final push when Savion Dean won by a pin in 58 seconds at 145 and Teddy Uy accepted a forfeit at 152.
Nicolet is at Germantown for a North Shore dual at 7:30 p.m. Thursday while Bay hosts NSC leader Cedarburg at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and then is at the Craig Belcher Invitational at Milwaukee Hamilton on Saturday.
It'd been a long time between games for the Falcons and an even longer time between wins, too, so their 68-56 win over Woodland Conference foe Greenfield on Friday was a huge psychological boost.
"It was refreshing in a way," coach Kelly Appleby said. "We really needed to get the rust off. ...We've been experimenting with a few things defensively, changing up our pressures a little bit and I was relatively pleased with how they turned out."
The game was the first since Dec. 21 for the Falcons and also broke a four-game losing streak. They now stand at 6-2 in Woodland play and 7-4 overall. They led the Woodland East by 11/2 games heading into this week.
They took on South Milwaukee on Tuesday and host Pewaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Brown Deer was tied with Greenfield at 12 after the first period but then gradually took the lead, holding a 28-23 advantage at the half and a 48-41 lead at the end of three quarters.
Point guard Tony Thomas scored six straight points in the fourth period, all on steals to highlight the Falcons final push.
Brown Deer was led Devante Jackson with 16 points while Lewrenzo Byers had 14, Jerry Luckett 11, and Thomas and Zack Baun nine apiece.
"We had lost those four straight, but hopefully it will make us stronger," Appleby said.
The Highlanders improved to 12-2 overall with North Shore wins over Grafton (9-0) on Friday and Germantown (6-1) on Saturday.
In the win over Germantown, Riley Dixon and Ryan Mezera had two goals apiece while Joey Hobbs and Brady Bjork had one apiece.
Killian Martin made 14 saves and Ethan Levy three in goal for the win.
In the rout of Grafton, Mezera had a monster game with two goals and five assists while Hobbs had two goals and four assists, Dixon two goals and one assist and Michael Schulz had one goal and one assist.
Joseph Verespej and Max Henry had a goal apiece as Hathaway had 11 saves.
The Greyhounds, in their last home dual meet of the season and on parents' night, used balance to turn in an impressive 104-76 Woodland Conference dual meet win over rival New Berlin on Jan. 8.
"We were able to rely on our team depth again as I matched up our top level swimmers against the top level competitors from New Berlin," coach Rob McCabe said. "The Marlins may have won more events than us but it was important for our swimmers to be in tough tight races."
Michael Perry won two races for the Greyhounds, taking the 200 IM (2:06.98) and the 100 butterfly (54.98). The only other individual win came from Joe Lock in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.69).
Other wins came from the 200 free relay team of Suhith Bayana, Joe Stephenson, Perry and Kirill Korolev (1:32.66) and from the 400 free relay of Henri Carignan, Perry, Alex Borut and Korolev (3:26.21).
McCabe was impressed with many people, including Korolev, who lost two tough races to the Marlins' Zach Solie, taking seconds in fast times in the 50 free (22.44) and the 100 free (49.13).
"These boys are getting better in all aspects of the sport," McCabe said.
The Greyhounds used strong free-throw shooting as an impetus and outscored South Milwaukee, 29-17, in the fourth quarter to rally for a 73-66 victory over South Milwaukee on Friday.
"Up until that quarter not a whole lot had been going right for us," Shorewood coach Phil Jones said. "They shot the lights out for three quarters and we shot ourselves in the foot too many times, but our free-throw shooting bailed us out."
The Greyhounds were an impressive 23 of 25 (92 percent) for the night including eight of eight by Kejuan Glosson and seven of seven by Te'Jon Lucas, both of whom had 20 points for the night.
The win was the third in the row for Shorewood and improved them to 4-4 in Woodland play and 5-4 overall.
They have a chaotic schedule in the next week, including a game against the Milwaukee School of Languages that was played Wednesday, hosting Pius XI on Friday, visiting Cudahy on Saturday and making a trip to Union Grove on Monday.
The Greyhounds were down 49-44 going into the fourth before they rallied.
The game went back and forth for a time in the early fourth before Kevin Taylor hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the session. The Greyhounds never trailed again.
Taylor finished with 12 points and Shane Carrington 11 for Shorewood. Jones said that Taylor had an outstanding second half.
"We just got more aggressive around the basket (and that's why we got to the line)," said Jones.
Joe Sherburne had 29 points as the Blue Dukes won their seventh game in a row with a 66-50 decision over Port Washington on Friday.
"We had some things we wanted to shore up on the defensive end and I thought we did a great job sharing the basketball," coach Kevin Lazovik said. "Our shot selection was very good. We got great looks at the hoop.
"And it's always positive when Joe (Sherburne) has a good night."
The win improved the Blue Dukes to 4-2 in the North Shore, good for third and 9-3 overall. They took on Cedarburg on Tuesday and then will have a tough slate games coming up, including a rematch with Homestead (5-1, 10-1) on Friday at the Highlander field house (7:30 p.m.).
Then on Jan. 24, they will be at Germantown for a rematch with the top-ranked, two-time state champion Warhawks. Bay lost a two-point overtime decision in December to Homestead when the Blue Dukes were short-handed due to suspensions and they gave Germantown its toughest game of the season heading into this week, falling by only eight in another December contest.
"If we still want a chance at conference, we have to take care of these," Lazovik said.
Against Port, the Blue Dukes were up 23-14 at the quarter and 37-19 at the half before cruising home.
Sherburne hit five 3-pointers on the night en route to his total, including two in the first quarter. He got help from Jake Casey with 10, Miles Sigh with nine and Christian Lane with eight. Casey and Sigh had six assists apiece.
"Those guys (Casey and Sigh) did a great job of finding the open man," Lazovik said.
The Blue Dukes girls also won their seventh in a row with an easy, 58-22, rout of Port Washington on Friday.
Bay improved to 4-1 in North Shore play and 8-2 overall, good for a tie for second in the North Shore with Cedarburg. They took on Cedarburg on Tuesday and that began a difficult stretch of games for the Blue Dukes.
They host a testy and rapidly improving Homestead (3-2, 6-4) team at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Highlanders lost an overtime decision to Germantown on Friday. The Blue Dukes then ready themselves for a rematch with Germantown at home on Jan. 24. They lost to the Warhawks in the third game of the year in December.
After a sluggish, 10-6 start against Port in the first quarter, the Blue Dukes blew open the game with a 22-5 second quarter that made it 32-11 at the half.
A total of nine players scored for Bay including Ashley Reed with 16, Kaitlyn Jackson with 12, Maya Jonas with eight and Catie McBride with six.
NICOLET GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The Knights turned in a sound effort in taking second in the six-team West Bend Invitational on Saturday.
"West Bend West threw an awesome meet," Knights coach Chris Dempsey said. "Very organized and friendly. Great job to all girls. Amazing things coming from an amazing group of girls."
Nicolet turned in a score of 125.55 for its spot behind West Bend West 129.875.
Rachel Rabenn was second on vault with an 8.7 score.
Other good efforts included Ally Zimmerman (7.925) and Rabenn (7.875) on bars, Ellen Liang (8.4) on floor exercise and Liang fifth in the all-around with an 8.4.
Natalie Fox and Hayley Raj both turned in seconds for the junior varsity team.
The Highlanders rebounded from a disappointing, 62-56, overtime defeat at the hands of North Shore leader Germantown on Friday witrh a 52-36 nonconference victory over Greenfield on Monday.
The win improved the Highlanders to 6-4 overall (3-2 in league play). They visit Whitefish Bay at 7:30 p.m. Friday, are at Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 21 and then host West Allis Central on Jan. 22.
Homestead took a 15-8 first quarter lead on Greenfield and never looked back as Taylor McIlwraith had 17 points, Mary Kate Simon 15, Marciarae Harmon 10 and Christal Hearn eight to lead the way.
The loss to Germantown was a wild one, as the Highlanders rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime and took a three-point lead in the extra session before falling.
Simon had a huge game with 26 while McIlwraith had 18 before she fouled out. The Highlanders had a chance to win, but were done by another night of awful foul shooting, hitting just 11-of-33 chances at the charity stripe.
"We had numerous chances," coach Matt Heuser said. "We missed wide open layups and someone needs to hit a free throw for us....They're (the Warhawks) undefeated in conference, a good team, and we showed ourselves that we could play with the best of the best."
"We just need to finish."
The Highlanders got the 2014 portion of their season under way with a 136.9-114.425 win over Port Washington on Jan. 9.
Homestead, which hosts its own 13-team invite at 10 a.m. Saturday was still not at full strength coach Mike Giles said, but was getting closer every day.
Top efforts included victories from Brittany Emond in the all-around (35.675), the balance beam (9.3) and the floor exercise (8.95), Monica Caputa on vault (9.05) and Elyssa Tracy and Ellie Trau on uneven bars (8.675).
Amanda Hopkins recorded an 8.575 on beam and an 8.75 in floor exercise. Emond had an 8.575 on bars and an 8.85 on vault, while Trau had an 8.35 on beam, and Tori Puhl an 8.725 in floor exercise.
"We need a few good days of practice in a row and we should be OK," Giles said.
Drew Waller at 138 pounds (four pins) and Zach Lennon at 160 pounds both went 5-0 on the day to lead the Highlanders to a 1-4 team effort at the Verona Duals on Saturday.
Homestead lost to Monroe, Slinger, East Troy, and Verona before beating Portage, 38-30, in the final match of the day.
Other good days for Homestead included Zach Price 4-1 at 132, Doug Lennon 4-1 at 120 and 126 and Gage Zupke, 3-2, at 195.
As they prepare to enter the heart of their schedule, the Greyhound gymnasts have had some encouraging things to report on in the early going,coach Samantha Sullivan said.
On Dec. 11, Shorewood competed in Grafton in a tri-meet against Grafton/Cedarburg and Brookfield. The junior varsity had a team score of 67.45 with Izzy Berzenyi turning in a great beam performance with no falls. The varsity scored a 103.35. Izzie Tasse scored a 8.0 on the floor exercise with a solid routine.
The varsity team score was improved by nearly five points at the Oconomowoc Invitational on Dec. 14 with a 108.025 mark.
Katie Brusnahan and Abby Pech help lead the way with solid bar routines, both increasing their scores from the Grafton/Cedarburg meet. Miranda Jacobi scored a 7.15 on beam with a solid routine and no falls.
Even though it was followed later in the week by two tough losses to Germantown and Cedarburg, the Storm was able to pick up a valuable 5-1 victory over Grafton on Jan. 8.
A four-goal third period broke open the tie for the Storm against Grafton, as Zach Asman, Nico Aguilar, Brendan Nagle, Andrew Hentzen and Colin Downing all had a goal apiece. In his usual fashion, Downing also added two assists.
Robert Ali had 17 saves for the local co-op.
— Steven L. Tietz
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