Eisenhower girls basketball
New Berlin Eisenhower opened the week with a 16-point win - and that was the closest anyone came to the Lions last week.
They began the week by beating the Indians, 51-35, at Mukwonago on Feb. 21 in a non-conference game. Then they destroyed Wauwatosa West, 59-18, on the road on Friday. They finished the regular season Feb. 29 at home against Greendale and with a win, they ended the regular season with a 39-game winning streak in the Woodland Conference (17-0).
They close the regular season with a great test as they ready themselves for the postseason, hosting Milwaukee Vincent (15-3) at 4 p.m. March 3.
In the win over Mukwonago, the Indians actually led 11-10 after one quarter and the game was tied at 19-19 at intermission.
But Eisenhower took control in the third period, scoring as many points in the third quarter as the first half. A 19-6 run gave the Lions a 38-25 advantage going into the final period, which they also won 13-10.
Ike coach Gary Schmidt saw eight Lions scored, topped off by Nicole Bauman's 17 points. Bauman also got help from Erin Ganzke with 12 points, as the scrappy junior guard nailed 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. Jenny Weiland added nine points. Jenny Tuttle was the only Mukwonago player in double figures (11), as the Indians' record dropped to 10-9 with the loss.
In Friday's 41-point victory over a solid Wauwatosa West team (8-8, 10-11), defense was the name of the game, as the Lions held the Trojans to four points in the first, second and third quarters before allowing six points in the final period.
Meanwhile Eisenhower was putting up consistent numbers each quarters (10, 16, 19, 14) while nine players got on the scoreboard as Weiland (13), Bauman (12) and Katie Lang (11) led the way. Jenna Lahmann led Tosa West with seven points.
Eisenhower boys basketball
The Lions closed out the regular season by romping over last-place Wauwatosa West, 79-50, on Feb. 21 at home behind the 1-2 scoring punch of sophomore Reed Timmer (25 points) senior Keith Kahlfeldt (18).
Ike coach Dave Scheidegger had 13 players get on the scoreboard - with Steve Itsines (10) also getting in double figures - and he cleared the bench. Ike led 16-11 after one period and then blew away the Trojans with a 27-9 second quarter.
Leading 46-20 at intermission, the Lions saw the Trojans inch back within 17 points with a 19-10 third quarter to cut the lead to 56-39 going into the fourth quarter. But Ike then exploded for a huge 26-11 final period to coast to the win.
Austin Jones had 17 points and JJ Belknapp added 10 for last-place Tosa West (2-15), which lost its final 15 games of the season to finish 2-20 in the regular season.
The Lions won three of their final four games and seven of their final nine to finish 17-5 overall. The Lions finished second to Whitnall (15-2, 20-2) in the Woodland Conference Black Division and saw their string of six straight titles finally stopped.
Muskego girls basketball
Jessica Mlachnik tallied 18 points and Shannon Riley 11 to help the Warriors down Lake Geneva Badger, 58-45, on Feb. 21.
Amber McDonald added nine points and Jessica Cattani seven for Muskego, which improved to 14-7 on the season. The Warriors broke away from a 25-25 halftime tie.
Muskego closed out the regular season on Feb. 29 against Oak Creek and will begin WIAA Division 1 regional action next week. The Warriors have the second seed in their half of the sectional and a first-round bye.
They will host Kenosha Bradford or Kenosha Tremper at 7 p.m. March 9, having swept both Southeast Conference foes this season.
If Muskego wins, the regional championship game will be played on its home floor at 7 p.m. March 10 against either Janesville Craig or Mukwonago.
West boys basketball
Brown Deer came up big in the fourth quarter to upset New Berlin West, 65-59, on Feb. 21, dropping the Vikings out of a second-place tie and into third with a final regular-season record of 13-5, 16-6 overall.
Pewaukee (15-3, 17-5) won the Woodland Conference Blue Division and St. Thomas More (14-4, 16-6) finished second.
The game went back and forth for three quarters, as West led, 13-11, after one period and 23-21 at intermission. The Falcons then won a high-scoring third quarter, 22-21, as Brown Deer's Trayvon Palmer scored eight points and Desmond Jackson had seven, while West's Dan Sidesky scored seven and Jordan McKeon had five.
The Falcons trailed 44-43 going into the fourth period, but then rolled out a 6-0 and 10-2 run to take a 53-46 lead with 4:55 left to play and then held off the Vikings the rest of the way. Palmer had 10 and Jamon Jackson-Wilson had eight in the final period, while Sidesky tried to keep the Vikings in the game with 10 points.
Sidesky led West with a game-high 20 points, while Darin Sowinski added 10 and McKeon had eight. Palmer had 18 and Jackson-Wilson had 16.
West girls basketball
After dropping a 61-56 non-conference game at Catholic Memorial (9-11) on Feb. 21 to start the week, the Vikings showed what they were made of by bouncing back and blowing away Brown Deer on the road, 49-19, in the most important game of the week.
The win over the Falcons (6-11, 9-12) gave West a 14-3 record in the Woodland Conference Blue Division, good enough for second place and a 15-6 overall mark. They played St. Thomas More (2-15, 2-19) at home on Feb. 29 and a win would give them a final league record of 15-3 with a 16-6 overall mark.
If West beat the Cavaliers in the finale, they would have won 11 straight conference games to end the year and finished with 10 wins in 12 games.
In the loss to Catholic Memorial, one terrible quarter did West in. The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter and 24-24 at halftime in a back-and-forth game, when the Crusaders exploded for a 20-7 third period and a 44-31 lead. The Vikings had a big offensive final quarter (25 points) but only outscored Catholic Memorial by eight points and fell short of the victory.
Memorial senior guard Allison Mueller led all scorers with 22 points while West got 12 points from Lexi Porter, Beth Ver Haagh had 10 and Rebecca Gasper and Lizzie Kuhl added nine points each.
The Vikings turned up the defense in the 30-point win over the Falcons on Friday, holding them to 13 points in the first half and six points in the second. Nine Vikings scored, topped off by Ver Haagh (15) and Shannon Burke (11).
"Catholic Memorial was not one of our strongest defensive games," West coach Corey Scheel said. "We had a really bad third quarter. But we bounced back to beat Brown Deer there and defended better."
Muskego boys basketball
The Warriors closed out their regular season with a 52-46 overtime loss to Oak Creek on Feb. 23.
David Mlachnik poured in 20 points and senior Zach Harris added 12 on four 3-point field goals, but it was not enough for the Warriors as they fell to 4-10 in the Southeast Conference and 6-16 overall. Muskego was outscored 11-5 in the extra session.
After winning three of four games midway through the season, Muskego lost seven of nine down the stretch.
The Warriors met Janesville Craig on Feb. 28 in a WIAA Division 1 first-round game. If they won, they would play at top seed Mukwonago (16-6) at 7 p.m. March 2.
New Berlin boys swimming
The New Berlin Marlins named Jasen Johnson the team MVP at the postseason banquet on Saturday.
Johnson, who earned the High Point Award, was also named co-captain along with Casey Vanselow, both New Berlin West seniors. Vanselow also earned the Leadership Award.
Johnson broke several records this year was the Woodland Conference Male Swimmer of the Year.
He broke the conference record and pool record on Feb. 4 in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.87 seconds at Greenfield High School.
He broke the West pool record in the 100 butterfly in 51.54 and he broke the West school record in the 100 breast going 58.65.
West sophomore Sam Nigbur earned the Most Improved Award and West sophomore Jackson Wannamaker earned Hardest Worker honors.
West's Ryan Scherbarth was named the Outstanding Freshman and West sophomore Patryk Schlomann was named the JV MVP.
West's Scott Franke was nominated for the Woodland Conference Scholar Athlete award.
The King of the Pool awards went to Matthew Olenchek, a West junior, and Devin Hetzel, a West sophomore, for the varsity and JV, respectively.
Seniors do not participate in this award. The swimmers are timed in each stroke during the King of the Pool practice. Those times are added together and the fastest times win.
The Marlins also give out a special award, which changes from year to year. This year's award is the Staying Cool Under Pressure Award, and it was given to Eisenhower sophomore Taylor Petrauski.
During conference he injured his foot, left to go get four double stitches, and returned to take third in the 100 backstroke in a personal-best time.
The Marlins will lose eight seniors, all from New Berlin West - Johnson, Greg Cameron, Scott Franke, Perry Hels, Ian Sanders, Kevin Stock, Casey Vanselow and Mitch Wanta.
- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech
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