HOMESTEAD AND WHITEFISH BAY CO-OP HOCKEY
A three-goal second period broke open the game for the host Highlanders in a 7-2 North Shore Conference Tournament decision on Friday.
Homestead (10-2), which went on to lose 4-2 to NSC leader Cedarburg the next night, went into the second period tied with the Storm at 1-1 before breaking open the game. They outscored WNS, 3-1, in the third period.
Ryan Mezera had two goals and one assist for Homestead as did Cole Simpson. Max Henry had one goal and one assist each while Jon Weyker had one goal and two assists. Michael Schulz helped out with three assists.
David Hathaway stopped 18 shots in 20 tries for the victory.
For the Storm, Nico Aguilar and Brendan Nagle came up with the goals while Colin Downing had assists on both scores.
Robert Ali had 23 saves for WNS (2-12) while Beau Talbert had five in relief.
In Homestead's loss to Cedarburg, the Highlanders were outscored 2-1 in the third period by the Bulldogs. Homestead could never get the lead in the game, as Riley Dixon (Zach Maassen and Brady Bjork assists) and Mezera (Weyker) had the goals for Homestead.
Ethan Levy had 25 saves for Homestead.
Even by his own lofty standards, what two-time WIAA State Division 2 diving champion Joe Kaszubowski did at the Cedarburg Invitational on Saturday was impressive.
The junior turned in a state-best, school-record 11-dive score of 561.0 points. The score is more than 46 points higher than when he won his second state title in February and was 145 points ahead of the runner-up at Cedarburg.
His efforts led the Blue Dukes to a strong sixth-place finish in the 17-school event with 172 points as Shorewood won with 4071/2.
Kaszubowski got help in the event from Luke Henricks, who was 11th with a score of 229.2 points.
Elsewhere, balance ruled the day for the Blue Dukes. Other good finishes included the following: 200 freestyle: Sam Raber, fifth (1:55.96); 200 individual medley: Joey McMahon, fourth (2:15.34); Curt Walther, seventh (2:19.15); 100 butterfly: Walther, fifth (59.98); McMahon, ninth (1:02.54); 100 free: Raber, seventh (52.82); 200 free relay: McMahon, Walther, Sam Broadnax and Raber, sixth (1:39.62); 100 backstroke: Tyler Brudny, ninth (1:04.47); and 400 free relay: McMahon, Broadnax, Walther and Raber, sixth (3:40.61).
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Everyone got in and everyone got a chance to stretch when the Blue Dukes routed St. Francis, 73-11, in a nonconference game on Friday.
The victory improved the Blue Dukes' win streak to six games and their overall record to 7-2. They are at Port Washington on Friday in a North Shore Conference game and then are at Cedarburg in another critical league tilt at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14.
The Blue Dukes and the Bulldogs are currently tied for second with Homestead behind Germantown in the NSC race.
Bay broke out to a 24-8 first quarter lead on the Mariners on Friday and then held them to just three points the rest of the way, outscoring them 32-0 in the second half.
A total of nine players scored for the Blue Dukes, headed up by Maya Jonas with 15 and Maggie Brennan with 14. Emma Jonas added nine, Ashley Reed and Kaitlyn Jackson eight apiece and Emma Jankowski seven.
The Highlanders turned in several good swims as they finished 13th in the 26-school high-powered Marquette Invitational at the Schroeder Aquatic Center on Saturday.
Homestead scored 601/2 points for its spot as Madison West won the meet with 2591/2.
Top finishes for the Highlanders included the following: 200-yard medley relay: Christopher Eckhardt, Whelan Callahan, Sylvester Schulties and James Guskov, 10th (1:46.83); 200 free: Nicholas Gess, ninth (1:48.87); 100 free: Gess, sixth (49.44); 200 free relay: Gess, John Happ, Guskov and Callahan, 10th (1:35.7); 100 breaststroke: Callahan, 13th (1:06.26); and, 400 free relay: Happ, Schulties, Eckhardt and Gess, 13th (3:32.55).
The Falcons finished 12th in the 17-school Cedarburg Invitational on Saturday.
Best finishes for the Falcons included the following: 200 individual medley: Josh Thompson, eighth (season best 2:20.42); 50 free: Horst Burmeister, 15th (25.2); 100 butterfly: Thompson, sixth (1:00.91); 100 free: Burmeister, 15th (54.92); 500 free: Jacob Wine, 11th (season best 5:46.97); 200 free relay: Thompson, Burmeister, Ben Zaydman and Wine, 10th (season best 1:43.02); 400 free relay: Thompson, Burmeister, Zaydman and Wine, 12th (3:51.86).
Brown Deer/USM scored 58 points for its spot as Shorewood won with 4071/2.
The short-handed Knights took ninth in the West Allis Hale Bauer Brawl on Saturday.
Taking fifths for Nicolet in the event were Gavin Voit at 126 pounds, Adam Plotkin at 138 (6-14), Chris Azcueta at 182 (5-13), Collin Shea at 195 (8-10) and Isaiah Agara at 220 (6-4).
Agaraa's effort was a high point, as he came back in the fifth-place match to defeat a Greenfield wrestler who had pinned him in the quarterfinals.
The Knights host area rival Whitefish Bay at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
NICOLET GIRLS BASKETBALL
The sledding remains tough for the young Knights, as they fell to 0-10 with an 87-51 defeat to North Shore leader Germantown on Friday.
Nicolet fell behind 34-12 at the quarter and could never rally against the run and press Warhawks.
The Knights did get three players in double figures including Lizzy Benson with 14 points, Brandilyn Robertson with 13 and Brookelyn Robertson with 12.
They host Milwaukee Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
— Steven L. Tietz
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