West boys basketball
New Berlin West rolled over two Woodland Conference teams last week, one an expected blowout, the other a surprise. As a result the Vikings took a half-game lead in the Blue Division with an 11-3 record (14-4 overall) over Pewaukee (10-3, 12-5) coming into this week.
"I'm very pleased with the way we're playing," West coach Jeff Lewiston said. "We don't always play great, but we always play hard. We have a lot of kids stepping up, doing so many things right. They have come a long ways. We're not a finished product yet."
The Vikings have been outstanding, with nine straight victories and 12 wins in 13 games going into this week. They have been one of the hottest teams in the area.
The Vikings opened the week by crushing last-place St. Francis, 62-36, on Jan. 31 as Dan Sidesky scored 26 points (four 3-pointers) and Darin Sowinski added 12 as the duo combined to pass the Mariners' total production for the evening.
After St. Francis gave the Vikings a scare in the first quarter with a 13-11 advantage, West blew them out of the water with a 24-6 second period to lead 35-19 at halftime. They didn't let up either as they used an 18-6 third quarter to take a 53-25 advantage into the final period.
But the big surprise was the Vikings' 58-27 victory at third-place South Milwaukee (8-5, 11-6) on Friday.
The Vikings destroyed the Rockets quickly, with 18-2 and 11-1 performances in the first two quarters and coasted to the victory. Sidesky had 27 points and Sowinski 14 to once again lead the Vikings.
"This was a signature win on the road," Lewiston said. "We jumped on them and didn't let up."
With Sidesky getting 53 points in the two games, Sowinski continued to give Lewiston a solid second scorer with 26 points.
"Sowinski has been huge for us," Lewiston said. "He is undersized for the position he plays, but he is sneaky quick."
The Vikings, which had a big game at St. Thomas More (10-3, 12-5) on Tuesday, are at Cudahy (2-11, 4-12) on Feb. 10 and host Shorewood (5-8, 9-8) on Feb. 14.
Marlins boys swimming
The New Berlin Marlins took third Saturday at the Woodland Conference Tournament at Greenfield/Greendale.
Jasen Johnson broke his own conference and pool record taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.87 seconds. Johnson also took first in the 100 butterfly (51.67) and the 400 free relay, teaming up with Jackson Wannamaker, Zach Solie and Matthew Olenchek (3:20.92).
Olenchek, Johnson, Sam Nigbur and Solie placed second in the 200 medley relay (1:42.12).
Olenchek (49.74) and Solie (49.99) went one-two in the 100 free, Solie second in the 50 free (22.91), Olenchek second (57.06) and Taylor Petrauski third (57.45) in the 100 backstroke and Wannamaker third in the 500 free (5:12.92).
Greenfield/Greendale won the event with 453 points, edging out Shorewood (452.5). The Marlins finished a solid third (376), well ahead of fourth-place Whitnall (315.5).
The Marlins now take part in the Waukesha South WIAA Sectionals on Feb. 11.
New Berlin wrestling
The New Berlin wrestling team had a Woodland Conference Champion in Anthony Stewart and three second-place performances as the locals finished fifth in the eight-team tournament with 118 points. Pewaukee won the event, as usual, with 234.5 points.
Stewart led the way, scoring 22 team points at 220, winning the title match 5-3 in overtime over Dan Brown (Pewaukee). He pinned his first-round opponent (2:40) and won his semifinal by a 10-7 score.
Isaac Surpernant finished second at 285 (18 points). He lost by pin (2:28) in the title match to Tom Wawrzyniak (South Milwaukee) after pinning his first foe (4:36) and winning a 2-0 decision in the semifinals.
Ross Riopelle took second at 132 (18), losing a 7-5 decision to Mitch Kraker (Cudahy) in the finals. He pinned (1:59) his first opponent and then won a 3-0 decision to make it to the finals.
Alex Rodriguez took second at 195 (18), losing to Brad Miller (Pewaukee) by a pin (3:48). He got to the finals after receiving a bye and winning a 2-1 decision.
Brian Schafer took third at 113 (14), and Kevin Thiessenhusen at 170 (11) and Zac Nordstrom at 126 (10) each took fourth place.
DJ Heinrich at 106 (four) and Nick Devroy at 138 (three) each finished sixth.
The results of the Greendale/St. Thomas More match on Feb. 2 were not reported.
Muskego girls basketball
The Warriors remained in contention for the Southeast Conference championship with victories of 64-45 over Racine Park on Friday and 41-31 over Kenosha Tremper on Jan. 31.
Muskego improved to 8-2 in the SEC, trailing leader Racine Case (10-0) by two games. The Warriors (11-5 overall) faced a crucial week with a game against third-place Franklin (7-3) on Tuesday night and a showdown at Case at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10. Muskego will try to avenge a Jan. 6 defeat at the hands of the Eagles (15-2).
After that comes a home non-conference test against Pius XI (9-1 in the Classic 8, 13-3 overall) at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 14.
Shannon Riley led the way against Park on Friday with 17 points. Jessica Mlachnik put in 16 points, Ashley Colla 12 points and Kaitlyn Hein seven points for Muskego, which jumped to leads of 23-8 after one quarter and 34-15 at the half.
Riley again was the top scorer in the Tremper game on Jan. 31 with 11 points. Mlachnik and Colla each added eight points for the Warriors, who rallied from an 11-2 first-period deficit.
Muskego boys basketball
The slide continued for the Warriors last week, as they lost to Racine Park, 52-34, on Friday and Kenosha Tremper, 47-37, on Jan. 31.
Muskego has dropped four straight games after winning four of five earlier in January.
David Mlachnik tallied 11 points and Sam Weier seven against Park, as the Warriors could not recover from a 28-17 halftime deficit.
Against Tremper, Mlachnik poured in 20 points, hitting four 3-point field goals, and David Kucharski added six points.
Muskego, which came into this week at 3-7 in the Southeast Conference and 4-13 overall, hosts Racine Case (7-3, 11-6) at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10 and travels to Kettle Moraine (3-7 in the Classic 8, 5-11 overall) at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.
- Compiled by Tom "Sky" Skibosh and John Rech
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