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SportShorts: Feb. 21

Feb. 18, 2013

WEST GIRLS BASKETBALL

Coach Corey Scheel's Vikings went to Greendale on Friday and blew the Panthers away in the first half to improve their overall record to 13-8 and their Woodland-West Division mark to 11-5, fourth out of six teams.

The Vikings jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and then made sure the Panthers had no thoughts of getting back in the game by running up an 18-7 second quarter and a 35-12 halftime lead.

The Vikings marched to the free throw line 26 times and dropped in 18, while Greendale was only 3-for-8.

West had 11 players who scored, led by the always reliable Beth Ver Haagh's 16 points, which included 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Nicole Holstein was the only other Vikings in double figures with 10 points.

The third-seeded Vikings will begin the playoffs on March 1 by hosting the winner of the sixth-seeded Waukesha North/11th-seeded Milwaukee South game, which will be played Feb. 26 at North.

WEST BOYS BASKETBALL

The Vikings finished the regular season on a down note, dropping a 70-55 decision on Feb. 12 at home.

The loss, West's second straight following three straight wins, left the Vikings with a 6-16 overall record and a 5-12 last-place record in the Woodland-West Division.

The Vikings, who were eighth-seeded in WIAA's Sectional 4, hosted ninth-seeded Waukesha North (7-14) on Feb. 19. The winner of that game travels to top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

Greendale jumped off to a 18-11 start, but the Vikings bounced back to cut the lead to 27-25 with a 14-9 second-quarter advantage.

But the Panthers had a 43-30 second-half advantage and won going away, outscoring West 21-13 and 22-17 in the third and fourth quarter.

The teams combined for 47 trips to the free throw line - Greendale was 15-21 and West was 15-for-26.

Tyler Thompson had an good all-around game with 14 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Scott Reichel scored 13 points and six rebounds; Austin Fritz had eight points, three assists and three rebounds and Kevin Marx had seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Greendale's Jordan Perez was the game's top scorer with 28 points, including 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Josh Michaels had 12 points and David Pulizos had 11.

MUSKEGO GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Warriors endured a disappointing week, dropping games of 54-48 to Kettle Moraine on Feb. 14 and 57-46 to Franklin on Feb. 12.

The dual losses moved Muskego to 6-7 in the Classic 8 Conference and 9-12 overall. The Warriors finish the regular season at home against Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, then open WIAA Division 1 regional action at home at 7 p.m. March 1 against Janesville Craig.

Amber McDonald, coming back from injury, led Muskego with 13 points against the Lasers, while Renee Bennett added 10 points.

Bennett led the way against the Sabers with 10 points, while Jessica Cattani and Ashley Colla each added nine points and McDonald eight points.

MUSKEGO BOYS BASKETBALL

The initial season in the Classic 8 Conference for the Warriors ended with two losses last week, 60-51 to Kettle Moraine on Friday night and 39-36 to Waukesha South on Feb. 12.

Muskego wound up 3-11 in the conference and 6-16 overall. The Warriors visit Burlington in a first-round WIAA Division 1 regional contest at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

Turner Kehoe continued his strong season with 19 points against Kettle Moraine, while Sammy Pedersen put in nine points. The Warriors could not recover after being outscored 36-15 in the first half.

Kehoe tallied 12 points against South, while Jack Mlachnik added six in the low-scoring contest.

MARLINS BOYS SWIMMING

The New Berlin Marlins scored nine points at the WIAA State Swimming & Diving Meet on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Leading the way was junior Zach Solie, who had the best finish - 12th in the 50-yard freestyle (21.92 seconds). He was also 16th in the 100 free (48.63).

Junior Taylor Petrauski was the next best individual finisher, taking 16th in the 100 back stroke (55.24).

The 200 medley relay was 16th (1:41.87) behind Petrauski, senior Matt Olenchek, junior Sam Nigbur and Solie.

Olenchek, swimming in his last state meet, finished 18th in the 100 back stroke (55.41) and 24th in the 200 free (1:48.90).

The 400 free finished 18th (3:21.32) behind Solie, Petrauski, junior Jack Wannamaker and Olenchek.

NEW BERLIN WRESTLING

The local wrestling team finished 15th of 16th place in the Waukesha West Sectional with only one athlete earning the team's points.

Emilio Gutierrez (34-9) placed fourth and scored eight team points, but didn't qualify for state.

He won by pin (5:00) over Waukesha South's Mitch Dennert (21-21), then lost by a decision (12-9) to Kettle Moraine's Austin Clement (35-10) and lost by a pin (1:34) in the third-place match to Whitnall's Ethan Harycki (33-15).

Wrestlers who were shut out were Zac Nordstrom at 132, Kevin Thiessenhusen at 170 (27-12), Alex Rodriguez at 195 (30-9) and Ben Clark at 285 (22-9).

- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech

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