Oak Creek boys swim
It's a new look all around for the Knights as they graduated 10 seniors off a good team last season and will have a new head coach in Joe Schoen.
Schoen, whose team opened its season with a 106-78 Southeast Conference loss to Racine Park on Nov. 29, will be helped out by assistant Jessica Fellows and diving coach Brian Verfuerth.
"We will be looking to redevelop the team," said Schoen. "We have graduated quite a few good swimmers last year (10 in total). This season we gained quite a few 'never swam before' swimmers so it will be interesting to see how they develop."
The Knights still have a healthy roster of close to 50 swimmers out this winter, including 16 sophomores and 10 freshmen.
Expected leaders this winter include senior Adam Hock and juniors Justin Sporleder, Jason Wnuk, Jerry Ryan and Dan Horner.
In the dual with Park, Sporleder earned a first in the 200 individual medley (2:28.1) while Hock won the 50 free in 25.23. Seconds went to Wnuk in the 200 free (2:12.91), Hock in the 100 free (56.38), Ryan in the 500 free (6:38.6) and Sporleder in the 100 backstroke (1:04.29).
Horner was third in diving (148.25 points) as was Wnuk in the 100 fly (1:07.03).
Oak Creek's junior varsity won the meet 96-52. The Knights will visit border rival Franklin for a dual at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and then will take part in the Franklin Invitational on Dec. 8.
A group of eight lettermen boosts the prospects for the Panthers this season.
They are seniors Sam Walton at 145 pounds, Jake Rosen (152) and Dustin Donald (170); junior Jared Rosen (113) and sophomores Tommy Welch (120), Eric Martinson (138), Andy Rohde (195) and Alex Rohde (heavyweight).
"With only losing one senior and a good nucleus returning, I expect to have a really good season," head coach Robert LaPlante said. "We do still have a young team, so we will go through some growing pains."
Greendale opened the season with a 43-21 Woodland Conference dual triumph over Greenfield. Winners were Jared Rosen at 113 (pin), Welch at 120 (pin), sophomore Ronnie Weber at 126 (11-9 decision), sophomore Chris Jankowski at 132 (15-4), Walton at 145 (pin), Donald at 170 (pin), Andy Rohde at 195 (pin) and junior Manfred Lopez-Prado at 220 (pin).
The Panthers then finished fifth at the Kimberly Invitational on Saturday. Walton won at 145 and Jake Rosen took third at 152, while fourths were earned by Jared Rosen (113) and Welch (120).
Greendale boys basketball
After a disappointing 75-64 loss to Greenfield on Nov. 27, the Panthers came back with a 93-64 romp over St. Francis on Friday night.
Jordan Perez pumped in 35 points and pulled down seven rebounds to continue his fabulous start to the season.
"He really sets the tone with his leadership," head coach Ryan Johnsen said. "He attacks the basket and is active on defense. I think he is one of the most underrated players in the state."
Josh Michaels added 17 points with four 3-point field goals and Josh Ringelberg put in 10 points off the bench.
"Defensively, we made adjustments," Johnsen said, "and offensively, we pushed the ball up the floor."
The Greenfield game was a different story.
"Greenfield played well," Johnsen said, "but we came out without much energy and enthusiasm. I think our inexperience showed."
Perez led with 27 points, while Cameron Rowe had 11 and Peter Pekar 10.
The Panthers, who began the week at 2-1 in the Woodland Conference and 2-2 overall, visit Cudahy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. They then welcome Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.
A rebuilding job awaits the Falcons this season after they lost eight seniors from last year's squad.
"It will definitely be a youth movement this year, as we will start nine sophomores and a freshman in most matches," head coach John Quinlan said.
Whitnall only has two seniors in captains Zach Barnhart at 170 pounds and Zach Price at 160 pounds, and the only returning WIAA sectional qualifier is sophomore Anthony Senthavisauk (106).
The Falcons went 2-3 at the Tom Manley Duals in East Troy on Saturday, upsetting the host school, 35-33, and topping Union Grove. They lost to rated foes West Allis Central and Harvard (Ill.), along with Green Bay Southwest, 39-38. Barnhart and Senthavisauk both went 4-1.
Whitnall dropped its Woodland Conference opener to Pewaukee, 42-19, on Nov. 28. Senthavisauk (106) and sophomore Blake Leslie (126) both posted pins.
Whitnall boys swimming
The Falcons downed the combined Wauwatosa squad in their opening dual meet of the 2012-13 season.
Winners were Jack Larson in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, David Monteilh in the 50 freestyle, Ben Hinson in the 100 freestyle and Jake Hodel in the 100 breast stroke.
The 200 medley relay team of Hinson, Hodel, Larson and Monteilh also won.
Whitnall boys basketball
Austin Hurst tallied a game-high 18 points and Danny Weymier added 13 points, but the Falcons dropped a tough 56-54 decision to rival Greenfield on Friday.
Whitnall trailed 34-25 at the half but outscored the Hustlin' Hawks 21-14 in the third quarter to come within 48-46. The Falcons also led 54-52 late in the game but Greenfield's Ricky Santiago connected on a layup and hit two free throws to pull out the game.
Nathan Schaefer and Sam Mentkowski each added seven points for Whitnall, which fell to 1-2 in the Woodland Conference East Division and 2-3 overall.
Whitnall also lost, 73-62, to Brown Deer on Nov. 27 despite 27 points from Mitch Brault and 10 by Mentkowski. Brault hit five 3-point field goals.
The Falcons visit Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Oak Creek boys basketball
The Knights struggled mightily on the offensive end in a pair of nonconference losses to Greater Metro opponents last week.
They dropped a 52-32 decision to West Allis Hale on Friday after losing a 48-38 decision to Brookfield East on Nov. 27.
Oak Creek (1-2 overall) will open Southeast Conference play when it hosts Racine Park on Dec. 7 and then it will visit area rival Franklin on Dec. 11.
In the loss to Hale, the Knights fell behind 19-10 at the quarter and could never recover, being outscored by the Huskies in every period of the game. Austin Hedler had 14 points and Terrence Garner 12 for Oak Creek.
Against Brookfield East, the Knights had their chances, trailing just 13-8 at the quarter and 24-17 at the half, but could never quite get that big break. East had a big advantage at the foul line, hitting 10 of 14 attempts as compared to the Knights four of four.
All told, Oak Creek shot just eight free throws in the two games combined.
Garner had 13 points to lead Oak Creek while Harrison Cleary and Cory Jackson had eight apiece.
Franklin boys basketball
The Sabers fell to 0-2 on the season with a 58-46 nonconference loss at the hands of area rival Muskego.
Franklin had a small lead at the half (26-25) but then the Warriors pulled ahead 42-39 at the end of three before putting on a 16-7 fourth period rush.
The Warriors tried to help the Sabers with just eight of 19 free throw shooting -Franklin hit nine of 12 - while getting 21 points from Turner Kehoe.
The Sabers were led by Chad Kanugh with 16 points while Colin Ksobiech had 10 and Nick Bobos eight.
Franklin will open Southeast Conference play at Kenosha Bradford on Dec. 7 before hosting area rival Oak Creek on Dec. 11.
Greendale boys ice hockey
The Panthers lost to Oshkosh, 11-3, on Saturday as Joe Jensen, Brian Kennedy and Mitch Hart all scored goals.
Goalkeeper Konner Ondriezek made 34 saves for the game.
They also lost to the combined Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc squad, 5-1, on Friday night. Jensen scored the goal, assisted by Brady Kais, and Ondriezek made 47 saves.
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