Marlins boys swimming
The New Berlin Marlins are sending five swimmers in seven events to this weekend's WIAA State Swimming & Diving State Meet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Natatorium.
Senior Jasen Johnson qualified in two individual events, winning the 100 butterfly (51.34 seconds) and taking second in the 100 breaststroke (59.88).
Junior Matthew Olenchek was second in the 100 backstroke (55.540) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (49.05) and sophomore Taylor Petrauski was third in the 100 back (56.37).
Sophomore Zach Solie was second in the 100 free (48.39) and third in the 50 free (22.24).
The 200 medley relay of Petrauski, Johnson, Olenchek and Solie took first (1:39.23) and the 400 free relay of sophomore Jackson Wannamaker, Solie, Olenchek and Johnson finished third (3:18.72).
The Marlins finished fourth at the 10-team WIAA Waukesha South Sectional with 297 points behind Muskego (361), Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (332) and Waukesha West/Mukwonago (302).
Led by four individual champions, six wrestlers earned trips to a WIAA Division 1 sectional at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at Waukesha West High School.
Claiming crowns in a regional meet Saturday at Whitnall were Austin Quartullo at 113 pounds, Justin Scherkenbach at 126, Roland Dunlap at 182 and Jordan Gruettner at 220.
Quartullo, who improved to 38-2, posted a 19-3 technical fall in the semifinal, then pinned Jake Vadnais of Mukwonago in 3 minutes, 14 seconds in his final. Scherkenbach (39-1) pinned two foes and downed Brett Bowar of Fort Atkinson, 9-1, in his title match.
Dunlap (39-1) moved down from 195 pounds, where he had competed this season, to 182. He notched a pin and a technical fall over Ryan Jazdzewski of Burlington, 28-13.
Gruettner (37-0) pinned two opponents, each in just over one minute, including Luke Belich of Mukwonago in 1:10 in the final.
Also qualifying for the sectional were Connor Price (fourth at 132 and with a 31-9 season mark) and heavyweight Jamie Edelbeck (fourth place, 18-9).
"It was about the day that we expected," co-coach Sean Fortmann said. "We were hoping to get a couple more guys through, but this was a very tough regional. I think the guys that made it through are really starting to peak."
Taking fifth were Jeff Whitehouse (106) and Cameron Rygiewicz (120). Finishing sixth were Jake Medved (145) and Ryan Honerlaw (160).
Muskego came in fourth with 143 points.
West boys basketball
The New Berlin West boys basketball team split two games last week and fell out of first place in the Woodland Conference Blue Division.
The Vikings lost a huge game at St. Thomas More on Feb. 7, but bounced back to win at Cudahy (2-12, 4-14) on Friday. The Vikings, who played Shorewood on Tuesday at home, have a bye on Feb. 17 and then host Brown Deer on Feb. 22 to close out the year.
"It was a good week, but not the best we ever had," West coach Jeff Lewiston said.
For the second time this season, the Vikings lost to St. Thomas More and got knocked out of first place in the process.
The Cavaliers beat West, 57-51, in the third game of the season in their first meeting and this time the Vikings fell, 68-61, on Jan. 7 on the road to open the week.
"It was a hard loss because we worked hard to be in the position we're in," said Lewiston, whose team had won nine straight games and 10 in a row in conference. "We just didn't get the job done. It was an extremely physical game. When we closed the gap, they answered. Then they hit free throws down the stretch."
St. Thomas More led 15-11 after one quarter and 35-29 after a high-scoring first half. The third quarter was a low-scoring battle (12-9), but the Cavs extended their lead to 47-38 going into the fourth period and the Vikings couldn't catch up.
Cavs' senior Trevor Wattawa (20.8 points average) was unstoppable with 30 points on nine field goals, three 3-pointers and three free throws. He got support from Justin Shervey, who scored 14 points before fouling off.
Dan Sidesky also poured in 30 points, 10 points above his season average. Dino Poulos added 12, Jordan McKeon had 10 and Darin Sowinski had seven.
The scoring battle between Wattawa and Sidesky, who are good friends, was worth the price of admission.
In the blowout of Cudahy, both Sidesky and Sowinski had 15 points and Poulos had 11. The Vikings used a 23-7 second quarter to lead 38-16 at intermission.
"It was important that we got ahead of Cudahy and control the game and the guys did that," Lewiston said. "They bounced back well."
St. Thomas More and Pewaukee are 12-3, tied for first in the Blue Division, each 14-5 overall. The Vikings fell to 12-4, 15-5 overall.
New Berlin wrestling
The New Berlin Eisenhower/West wrestling team advanced two wrestlers to the WIAA Sectional at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at Waukesha West.
Advancing were TJ Stewart at 195 pounds, who finished second and scored 18 team points and Isaac Surprenant at 220, who finished fourth and scored nine team points.
Stewart beat Mike Berg (Mukwonago) by a 5-2 decision in his first match and then beat Zach Luebke (Fort Atkinson) by a 9-2 decision. He then lost a tough first-place match to Francisco Mata (Waterford) by a 3-0 decision.
Stewart then pinned Greg Miller (Burlington) in 3:18 to win the second-place match.
Surprenant won his quarterfinal match over Cole Ryan (Union Grove) by a 7-2 decision, but was pinned by unbeaten (37-0) Jordan Gruettner (Muskego) in 1:03 in the semifinals. He then lost his third-place match to Tyler Vorpahl (Burlington) by a 5-1 decision, but won his fourth-place match by rule.
Other New Berlin wrestlers who scored with fifth-place finishers Brian Schafer at 113 (8.50 points), Ross Riopelle at 138 (eight points), Kevin Thiessenhusen at 170 (eight points). DJ Heinrich at 106 took sixth (five points).
Burlington beat out Mukwonago (263-205.5) in the eight-team regional and New Berlin finished last with 74 points.
Eisenhower boys basketball
Eisenhower got back on the winning track last week, defeating Greendale to open the week and South Milwaukee to close it out, while following a similar pattern in both wins.
The Lions continued to come up with hard-fought victories against Greendale, defeating them for the second time in less than a month, 48-43, on Feb. 7 on the road.
The Lions, who nipped the Panthers, 50-49, on Keith Kahlfeldt's 3-point play in the final seconds on Jan. 10, went down to the wire against Greendale once again.
Eisenhower actually trailed 14-10 after the first quarter, but then played a solid second period (12-5) to take a slim 22-19 lead at intermission. But the Panthers hung in there, leading 43-38 late in the game before the Lions scored 10 points in a row. Sandro Pesquiera had a rebound basket to cut the lead to one and then nailed a 3-pointer to give the Lions the lead for good.
The Lions had balanced scoring, led by Reed Timmer's 17 points. Kahlfeldt (11 points), Sandro Pesquiera (10) and John Crowley (eight) also chipped in. Matt Habeck had 11, Alex Noggle added 10 to lead the Panthers, who are 7-8 in the Black Division and 7-12 overall.
Then on Friday, Ike handed the Rockets a 63-52 win at home to improve to 16-4 overall.
Once again the Lions trailed going into the fourth quarter, 48-46, but then took control and exploded for a 17-4 fourth-period advantage.
The Lions did most of their damage from the outside, as Timmer (19 points), Pesquiera (16 points) and Mitch Arman (11) combined for 11 3-pointers - five by Pesquiera and three each from Timmer and Arman. Kahlfeldt had 10 points, giving the Lions four players in double figures. Austin Stueck led all scorers with 23 points.
The Lions (12-3) will travel to Whitnall (13-2, 17-2) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and they need a win to earn at least a share of the Woodland Conference Black Division title with only last-place Wauwatosa West (2-13, 2-18) remaining on their regular-season schedule. The Falcons end the year with Greenfield (3-12, 4-15).
Muskego boys basketball
Something about Racine Case seems to bring out the best in the Warriors this season.
Muskego defeated the Eagles for the second time in this campaign with a 59-56 triumph on Friday night behind 21 points from David Mlachnik and 11 points apiece by Jim Mock and Sam Weier. The Warriors, who ended a five-game losing string, built a 46-40 lead after three quarters.
Early in January, Muskego downed Case by a similar score of 55-53 for its first Southeast Conference victory of the season.
The Warriors dropped a 68-63 overtime decision to Franklin on Feb. 7, scoring 25 fourth-period points to force the extra session. But they were outscored 14-9 in the overtime.
Mlachnik connected on five 3-point field goals and finished with 26 points, while Mock added 12 on four 3-pointers and David Kucharski nine points.
Muskego came into this week at 5-14 overall and 4-8 in the SEC. The Warriors visit Kenosha Bradford (4-8, 5-15) at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 17, then close out the regular season at home against Oak Creek (3-9, 7-11) at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Muskego girls basketball
The Warriors came close to two of the better teams in the Southeast Conference last week but could not pull out either game.
They fell to SEC leader Racine Case (12-0) by a 46-40 count on Friday night. They held a 34-33 advantage going into the fourth quarter but were outscored 13-6 after that.
Jessica Mlachnik led the way with 11 points, while Amber McDonald added 10 points.
Muskego put on a furious late rally but could not catch Franklin in a 57-53 loss on Feb. 7. The Warriors were outscored 19-5 in the first quarter and still trailed 43-29 after three before a 24-14 surge in the fourth period.
Mlachnik tallied 12 points, Ashley Colla 10 points and Julia Keegan and Jessica Cattani each eight points.
Muskego came into this week at 8-4 in the SEC, with all four losses to Franklin and Case.
The Warriors, who were 11-7 overall, welcome Kenosha Bradford (2-10, 2-16) at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 17. They host Lake Geneva Badger (12-5) at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 21.
- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech
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