The Falcons maintained their hold on the Woodland Conference Eastern Division with two easy wins last week over Cudahy (84-44) on Jan. 21 and St. Francis (81-51) on Jan. 24.
Brown Deer started the week at 9-3 in league play and 10-5 overall. They took on South Milwaukee on Wednesday and visit Wauwatosa West at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Against St. Francis, the Falcons got off to a sluggish start, leading just 27-26 at the half but then they blew open the game with a 33-20 effort in the third quarter and then never looked back.
Four players landed in double figures, including Devante Jackson with 18 points, Jerry Luckett with 17, Lewrenzo Byers with 14 and Zack Baun with 11. Jordan Milam added nine. The Falcons were 21 of 30 from the foul line for the night.
Against Cudahy, the Falcons were up 40-24 at the half and then exploded on a 26-8 run in the third quarter. A total of 11 players scored including Donovan Lucas and Baun with 14 points apiece, Luckett with 13 and Craig Schimenz and Byers with nine apiece.
Brown Deer hit 12 3-pointers in the game including four from Baun and two each from Schimenz, Lucas and Byers.
After a disappointing loss to North Shore co-leader Whitefish Bay the previous week, the Highlanders found their way back to respectability with three wins last week.
They downed Port Washington, 51-42, on Friday, in a North Shore tilt, beat nonconference foe West Allis Central, 58-33, on Jan. 22 and claimed another league triumph, 41-24, over Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 21.
They improved to 5-3 in North Shore play and 9-5 overall. They had a nonconference game with Slinger postponed on Tuesday due to the cold weather and visit Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Against Port, a 24-11 second quarter outburst broke open the game as Taylor McIlwraith had 16 points, Marciarae Harmon 13 and Mary Kate Simon 11.
Homestead had little trouble with Central, roaring out to a 33-10 lead at the half as 10 different players scored.
Simon and McIlwraith had 12 points apiece while Christal Hearn came up with eight and Kate Thomas seven.
Versus Lutheran, it was 17-11 at the half and then the Highlanders popped the game open with a 16-6 effort in the fourth period.
Harmon led the way with 13 while Thomas had six.
The Highlanders scored both a win and a tie in a light week because of exams.
They downed the Greendale Ice Force, 7-3, in a nonconference game Friday and tied Brookfield, 2-2, on Jan. 21.
Homestead (13-3-1) visits Waupun on Friday and then takes a trip to Kenosha on Saturday in a pair of nonconference games.
Homestead took a 4-2 lead on the Ice Force in the first period and clinched the game with two goals in the third. JoeyHobbs and Riley Dixon had two goals while Jake Hansen, Joseph Verespej and Cole Simpson all had a single score apiece. Ryan Mezera contributed two assists as Killian Martin made 32 saves.
The Highlanders rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn the tie against Brookfield as Joey Hobbs scored in the second (Mezera and Verespej) and Mezera (Hobbs) found the back of the net in the third. Killian made 26 saves.
The Highlanders beat Germantown, 47-27, on Jan. 23, the first victory over the Warhawks in a decade. They then came back to earn a solid sixth in their own 18-team invitational on Friday (see column).
"We stayed off our backs and our young guys matched up well," coach Ernie Millard said of the victory over Germantown. "Obviously, this was a huge win for the program."
The Highlanders host North Shore rival Bay at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the final league dual of the season and then take a fun road trip to the Wisconsin Dells Invitational on Saturday for their final regular season tournament.
In the win over Germantown, the Highlanders got pins from John Hokeness at 126 pounds, Drew Waller at 138, Conor Scholtus at 152, Mark Usatinsky at 170, Nick Pierret at 182 and Gage Zupke at 195.
In their own tournament, the Highlanders scored 264 points as Oak Creek won with 3801/2.
Waller (18-6 overall) was runner-up at 138, beating Kimberly, Port Washington, Burlington and Catholic Memorial opponents before falling to a New Berlin foe, 11-7 in the finals.
Earning thirds were Hokeness at 126 (14-10), Zach Lennon at 160 (28-3) and Zupke at 195 (19-10) while other good finishes included Zach Price fifth at 132 (24-7), Tyler Denmark seventh at 145 (17-14) and Doug Lennon the same at 120 (16-15).
After losing his first two matches, Joe Fischer won his next three to take ninth at 106.
Lily Hayes turned in a school record mark of 9.75 on the uneven bars to lead the Blue Dukes to a second-place finish in the Arrowhead Invitational on Saturday.
"The judging was a little tough and some events were down just a little," Blue Dukes coach Mary Liniewski said. "We did well on floor and Lily continues to perform well."
Liniewski said the team is a little sore and tired. The team will have no more invitationals until its own Bradley Invite on Feb. 15.
"We've had lots of practice, lots of meets so we'll be resting some kids (for the next few weeks)," Liniewski said. "We have some light practices set up for awhile."
Bay scored 144.075 for its spot in the eight-team meet as Division 1 power and host Arrowhead dominated the meet with 148.0.
Hayes also tied for second on floor exercise (9.425) and was third in the all-around (36.975). Freshman Aly Yurkowitz tied for second on floor with Hayes (9.425) and was fifth in the all-around (36.075) while Lucille Anzia was second on balance beam (9.3).
Liniewski was impressed with the work of Arrowhead coach Bob Pulkowski who used to work for her.
"They had a great meet," she said of the Warhawks.
Even short-handed, Germantown is still Germantown and the Blue Dukes discovered that in a big way on Friday, when they fell to the two-time state champions, 65-49.
The two-time state champion Warhawks were down four players including two starters and a top reserve after arrests for alleged drug possession that were made the day before the game on Jan. 23.
Despite that, the Warhawks outscored the Blue Dukes in three out of the four quarters of the game, including a 24-13 outburst in the fourth period as reserve guard Brian Studer hit three 3-pointers in a row.
Germantown also had a huge advantage at the foul line, as the Warhawks hit 18-of-26 free throws as opposed to just one of six for Bay.
It was déjà vu from the free-throw line. Germantown outshot Bay from the line 31-8 in their December loss to Germantown and 26-6 on Friday.
"Germantown plays a certain style," Blue Dukes coach Kevin Lazovik said. "If the officials let them do it, it's tough. They're an outstanding team, and we didn't rebound well, but when the calls are going that way, it makes it tough."
Bay was led by Isaiah Robinson with 19 points and Joe Sherburne with 13.
Bay, which is now 10-5 overall and 5-4 in North Shore play, hosts Milwaukee Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then visits Milwaukee Vincent in a nonconference tilt at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
During semester exam week, the Greyhounds took a low-key easy approach to things in beating Woodland rival South Milwaukee, 114-66, on Jan. 22.
"We tried to have fun with this meet by having guys pick any event that they wanted to swim," coach Rob McCabe said. "I thought it was to keep them fresh and not over think during this exam week. We were able to match up some relays to build some internal team rivalries."
The Greyhounds took on powerful Greenfield/Greendale on Wednesday and then are at the State Small School Meet at Plymouth on Saturday.
Shorewood took nine firsts in beating South Milwaukee, including all three relays. Michael Perry won both the 100-yard freestyle (52.13 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (59.55), while Andrew Clokey took the 200 individual medley (2:20.73), Kirill Korolev the 50 free (22.83), and Devon Brusnahan the 100 butterfly (1:01.28).
In addition, Lucas Barry, Charlie Phillips, Suhith Bayana and Joe Lock claimed the 200 free relay (1:39.73) as did the grouping of Pieter Van Den Kieboom, Brusnahan, Ilya Litvin and Perry (3:40.45).
The Greyhounds had a very competitive race against one another in the 200 medley relay as the team of Korolev, Litvin, Clokey and Bayana (1:48.8) edged the unit composed of Perry, Zach Hammond, Henri Carignan and Alex Borut (1:49.18) in a good showing of team depth.
WHITEFISH BAY SWIM
Two-time state champion Joe Kaszubowski continued his stellar season by winning the 11-dive event at the the West Bend Invitational on Jan. 24 with a 506.6 point score.
His efforts led the Blue Dukes to a fifth-place effort in the eight-team event with 192 points as Madison Memorial won the event with 7451/2. The West Bend pool is a meter pool while most others are meters.
Homestead visitd Bay in a dual meet at 6 p.m. Thursday.
It was a bit of a flat day for the Highlanders when they took fourth in the Arrowhead Invitational with a 137.8 score.
"It was a good learning experience for us," coach Mike Giles said. "It showed us that we have some ability but that we have to be perfect (to be competitive with the really good teams)." Host Arrowhead won with a 148.0 score.
Brittany Emond was fifth on bars with a 9.05 to lead the way and was ninth in the all-around (35.525). Other good efforts were turned in by Leigh Berman (9.15) and Tori Puhl (9.05) on vault, Puhl (9.05) and Emond (9.0) in floor exercise. Emond also turned in an 8.925 on balance beam.
Giles said he's still waiting for the team to get healthy as he has a mono case, two cases of the flu and a concussion to deal with.
"But we don't want to make excuses," he said.
WHITEFISH BAY WRESTLING
With Ben Lehrmann out for the season with a knee injury and Miguel Gomez out with a a stinger, the Blue Dukes had to work to take 15th in the 18-school Homestead Highlander Invitational on Friday.
"We took it easy this past week because of exams and we still looked off," coach Dale Loebel said. "I was disappointed. I know we were a little short-handed, but you have to have a next man up mentality. Think of it as your turn to be good."
Bay is at Homestead on Thursday in a North Shore dual.
The Dukes scored 125 points for their spot at the Highlander as Oak Creek won with 3801/2.
Cooper Fergus took second at 106 pounds (24-9) to lead the way beating Bradley Tech. Cudahy/St. Francis and Oak Creek opponents, before losing on a pin to a Burlington opponent in the final.
Steve Meyer was sixth at 195 (22-10), Jack Plale seventh at 138 (18-12) and Joe Beck ninth at 220 (12-15).
— Steven L. Tietz
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