GD/GF boys swimming
Rick Perez won both the 100 backstroke in 52.73 seconds and the 200 individual medley at 1 minute, 57.83 seconds to lead the Panther-Hawks to fourth place at the Marquette Invitational on Saturday.
Ross Rybakowicz snared second in the 100 breaststroke with 1:02.57 and swam with Perez, Andrew Staszak and Adam Fleischhacker for third in the 200 medley relay at 1:39.86, which was only 0.6 of a second behind first-place Madison West's 1:39.3.
Earning fifth were Rybakowicz in the individual medley (1:59.63), the 200 freestyle relay team of Rybakowicz, Shaun Lucchesi, Staszak and Fleischhacker (1:32.46) and the 400 freestyle group of Perez, Lucchesi, Staszak and Fleischhacker (3:22.49).
The Panther-Hawks tallied 202 points for fourth place in the 20-team event, won by Madison West at 316 points.
Greendale/Greenfield next takes part in the Kenosha Bradford Invitational at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Whitnall boys swimming
The Falcons tallied 239 points for fourth place in the South Milwaukee Invitational on Saturday.
Finishing third were Nick Bell in the diving with 335.85 points, Jake Hodel in the 100 breaststroke at 1 minute, 5.23 seconds and Ben Hinson, Hodel, Jack Larson and David Monteilh in both the 200 medley relay at 1:48.59 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:36.95.
Taking fourth were Hinson in the 50 freestyle (23.88 seconds) and Monteilh in the 100 freestyle (52.96). Larson was fifth in the 200 IM (2:14.46) and 100 butterfly (59.0).
Oak Creek boys swim
The Knights were a competitive seventh out of 12 teams in Saturday's 49th annual South Milwaukee Rocket Invitational.
"The swimmers have been working hard in practice and their times have steadily dropped at each meet," said coach Joe Schoen. "They are realizing now how to swim their races effectively and it is showing. We still have some improving to do but I am expecting great things from these gentlemen in meets to come."
Oak Creek scored 158 points, as Muskego won with 488.
Senior Adam Hock led the way, taking third in the 50 freestyle in 23.66 seconds, while Justin Sporeleder took fifth with a personal best of 1:01.14 and Hock was sixth in the 100 free (53.71). The 400 free relay team of Sporeleder, Austin Zajikowski, Jacob Wnuk and Hock finished sixth with a time of 3:47.27.
Other top 10 efforts included the following: Diving - Dan Horner, 10th (240.15 points). 200 free - Wnuk, 10th (personal best 2:04.12). 200 individual medley - Sporeleder, ninth (PB 2:19.16). 100 butterfly - Wnuk, eighth (1:02.35).
Others with best times included Jerry Ryan, Beecher Dakkah, Alex Barajas, Nick Raymond, Tomas Hollman, Robert Knext, Andy Gravning and Tyler VanderMolen.
Franklin girls basketball
Cassidy Mihalko will likely break the 1,000-career point barrier in the next few games as she continued to lead the red-hot Sabers.
She scored 31 points as the Sabers outscored Racine Park 28-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away for an entertaining 86-62 victory last Friday.
"She was tremendous," said Sabers' coach Tony Kathrens. "We got off to a slow start and then after a little fire and brimstone (at halftime) we got a little better in the third quarter and then played great in the fourth. We got up in our man defense and started forcing a few turnovers and then they started throwing the ball away."
With the win, the Sabers improved to 4-1 in the Southeast, good for a tie for second with defending champion Racine Case, a team they visit at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Oak Creek remains unbeaten in league play (5-0).
Franklin nursed a 58-53 lead into the fourth quarter against Park before blowing the game open. Mihalko had 15 field goals en route to her 31 points, while Jenny Eickhorst had four three-pointers and 19 points, while point guard Katie Nord continued to improve dramatically with 15.
"Katie went goal-to-goal at least three times in the third quarter to get us going," Kathrens said. "She's so tough, so unselfish. She just makes everyone else around her better."
Oak Creek girls basketball
The Knights showed no signs of slowing down coming out of the break, as they went ahead 26-8 in the first half en route to blasting Southeast rival Kenosha Tremper, 62-26, Friday.
"We're working hard to keep them motivated in games like this," coach Steve Hluchnik said. "And our defense has been a good thing all year. We can really count on it. I give the kids credit. They're looking forward every game."
The Knights stayed in first place in the Southeast at 5-0 with the win and improved to 9-1 overall. They visited Racine Horlick on Tuesday and then will be home on Friday against Kenosha Indian Trail in a pair of Southeast games they should win.
The schedule then takes an interesting turn next week as they have a pair of challenging non-conference games, with a game Tuesday at Muskego and Jan. 18 at Milwaukee King.
"We don't want to look past the games this week," said Hluchnik, "but those (the following week) should be interesting."
In the victory over Tremper, the Knights got 22 points from post Steph Kostowicz, 11 from Tamya Sims and nine from Hannah Settingsgaard. Katie and Sarah Finn had six points each.
Hluchnik likes the mental attitude at this point.
"They're a great bunch of kids," he said. "Not too tight, not too loose. They know when to be focused and when to have fun."
Greendale Ice Force
The local co-op remained on the fast track last week with an easy 11-3 rout of non-conference opponent Grafton/Port Washington last Saturday.
With the win, the team improved to 9-6-1 overall. Its next game is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson Park Ice Center with a contest against the Pettit Wild Eagles. Students get in free.
Scoring for the Ice Force in Saturday's victory were Greendale's Brady Kais and Franklin's Brian Kennedy twice each, Greendale's J.J. Hartung and Joey Unrein, Franklin's Jared Hoffmann and Jarod Hauke, Oak Creek's Mitch Hart, Waterford's Jakob Schappel and St. Thomas More's George Rajak.
Oak Creek's Konner Ondriezek and St. Francis' James Mazur combined for 14 saves in goal.
The junior varsity Ice Force lost to the Pettit Wild Eagles, 7-4.
Greendale boys basketball
A 17-8 third quarter proved to be the difference as the Panthers fell to New Berlin Eisenhower, 54-47, on Friday.
Greendale led 28-26 at the half but fell behind 43-36 after three periods and could not come back.
Jordan Perez led the way with 19 points, while Josh Michaels tallied 14 points and Cameron Rowe nine points.
Greendale fell to 4-5 in the Woodland Conference West Division and 5-7 overall. The Panthers visit Pewaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Greendale girls basketball
After two quarters on Friday night, the Panthers trailed New Berlin Eisenhower by just two points at 25-23.
They were outscored 32-13 the rest of the way, however, and lost, 57-36.
Emily Perszyk tallied 12 points and Taylor DeLong 11 points, but no one else had more than four points.
Greendale slipped to 3-8 overall and 3-5 in the Woodland Conference West Division. The Panthers, who have lost seven straight, host Pewaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Whitnall girls basketball
A poor second quarter led to a 54-37 defeat for the Falcons at the hands of South Milwaukee Friday night.
Whitnall was outscored 15-5 in the period to fall behind 31-16, and could not make up much ground after that.
Candace Pollock totaled 11 points, Ashley Markowiak 10 and Rachael Shulta eight for the Falcons, who fell to 5-3 in the Woodland Conference East Division and 8-4 overall.
They meet New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home.
The Sabers remained in first place in the Southeast Conference with a 49-24 victory over Kenosha Indian Trail on Jan. 3.
"Going into the match we had very little information about Kenosha Indian Trail," said Sabers' coach Chad Phillippi. "We knew they were undefeated in conference and their team had former Kenosha Tremper and Kenosha Bradford wrestlers on it. Overall, it was a nice victory for our team. We matched up well and our upperclassmen came through with a lot of pin points."
Picking up wins for the Sabers were Louden Brown and Roman Stiff, while Xianou Xiong, Jon Kramschuster, Myles Devine, Marcus Grimm, Kyle Smith and Gavine Devine recorded pins. Jake Harmen received a forfeit.
On Thursday, the Sabers visit Racine Park, before traveling to Geneseo, Ill., for a two-day tournament with several ranked teams from Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Panthers lost six dual meets last week, one against South Milwaukee and five at Saturday's Verona Area Invitational.
At Verona, they fell to Monroe, 59-15; Slinger, 41-36; Homestead, 36-33; Portage, 39-27; and Verona, 51-18. Jared Rosen at 106 pounds and Erik Martinson at 132 both went 4-1 on the day, while Sam Walton at 145 and Dustin Donald at 170 both finished 3-2.
Greendale lost 54-15 to South Milwaukee in a Woodland Conference dual Jan. 3. Winners were Rosen (forfeit), Ronnie Weber at 120 (forfeit) and Walton (8-3 decision).
Oak Creek wrestling
Coach Matt Sommerville is working hard to keep the Knights' head above the water in what is proving to be a challenging season with a young team.
"We are having a difficult year," he said. "We have been plagued by injuries and illness. The guys are giving me 100 percent, which is all I can ask for. We are just very young and inexperienced. My sophomore and freshmen classes are progressing nicely. I have seen dramatic improvements out of those two classes since the beginning of the year.
"We wrestle a tough schedule and have wrestled against 12 state-ranked teams. When you wrestle that type of schedule with a very young, inexperienced team you are bound to take several losses. So our kids are doing a good job of hanging in there and progressing, but we aren't seeing the wins like we would like to."
The Knights host Kenosha Tremper in a 7 p.m. Southeast Conference dual Thursday.
- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech
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