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Muskego goes down swinging in classic

Oct. 21, 2012 8:43 a.m. | The season was on the line for the Muskego football team, and the Warriors chose their most reliable play.

The situation was this: David Kucharski had just returned a Lake Geneva Badger kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to bring his team within 28-27 with 1 minute, 13 seconds left in a WIAA Division 1 playoff game on Saturday evening.

Muskego head coach Ken Krause and his staff had decided to go for the victory on a two-point conversion and called timeout to discuss the play.

They went with quarterback Peter Roy on a rollout, giving him the option to run or pass, a play that had worked on a number of occasions this season. This time, Roy rolled to his left, saw nothing in the end zone, evaded a tackler and took off with the ball – only to be stopped short of the goal line.

As a result, the Warriors were saddled with a one-point defeat, ending their season at 5-4.

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Pewaukee leaves no doubt

Oct. 19, 2012 10:59 p.m. |

Two weeks ago, underdog New Berlin West gave undefeated Pewaukee all it could handle in the second-to-last game of the Woodland Conference season. In that game, the Vkings had the ball at the PHS 10-yard line with one minute to play, trailing 27-24.
 
The Vikings were within a single play of handing the Pirates their first loss of the season, but the Vikings never made that play and fell, 34-24. The rematch would bring no such drama, with the Pirates dominating from the word go en route to a 52-21 victory.
 

Taking advantage of a turnover by West on the first possession of the game, the Pirates scored four plays after the David Girmscheid fumble recovery when Ryan Stepanovich found the end zone on a 2-yard run. Jacob Stern's extra-point kick was good and the route was on at 7-0.

 
From there it was all Pewaukee. The Pirates led 24-0 at halftime and improved that edge to 38-0 with 7:55 to play in the third period.
 
West did manage back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 38-14 but the Pirates put the game away by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter. West closed out the scoring on a 45-yard touchdown run by Dylan Wiese with 2:20 to play.
 
"We didn't play very well the first time we played them and we talked about that all week," said first-year PHS coach Justin Friske. "The guys came out focused tonight right from the start. We made some mistakes last time and West got the lead on us. We didn't let that hapen this time around."
 
After the Stepanovich touchdown gave Pewaukee the lead at 7-0, it also got a 32-yard field goal from Stern and touchdowns from Girmscheid on a 4-yard pass from T.J. Watt and a 5-yard pass from Watt to Stepanovich.
 
In the second half, the lead went to 38-0 when Collin Sternad scored on a 3-yard run and Stepanovich scored on a 75-yard run.
 
The final two scores came on a 36-yard run by Stepanovich and a 2-yard run by Sternad.
 
The Pewaukee defense held the Vikings to just 93 yards in the first half. Turning in big plays for the PHS defense were Girmscheid, Kevin Baumann, Matt Ottman and Austin Schroeder.
 
Pewaukee, now 9-0 on the season, will play next Friday or Saturday at home in the second round.

Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

More state aid spells repeat relief for Muskego district

Oct. 16, 2012 11:28 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District will receive more state aid, meaning fewer property tax dollars from homeowners compared to last year, said Scot Ecker, director of business services.

The state Department of Public Instruction announced state aid amounts Monday.

This will be the first time since 1997 that Muskego-Norway has been able to reduce tax levies for two consecutive years, Ecker said.

This positive financial news did not happen by accident, he said. Over the past few years, the district has taken calculated, but sometimes controversial, actions to reduce costs and increase enrollment, in part to deliberately increase state aid.

Among those efforts are a change in health insurance and the addition of kindergarten for 4-year old kindergarten, both of which have been validated by increasing aid, Ecker said.

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