WHITNALL SWIMMING, DIVING
Junior Jake Hodel led the Falcons at the WIAA Division 2 state meet on Friday by taking fifth place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a personal-best 1 minute, 1.28 seconds.
Junior diver Nick Bell came in sixth with 350.1 points.
The 200 medley relay team of senior Ben Hinson, Hodel, junior Jack Larson and senior David Monteilh finished ninth (1:43.31). The unit dropped a full second from its sectional time, posted a season best and missed eighth place by .08 of a second.
Hodel, Larson, Monteilh and Hinson also came in 14th in the 200 freestyle relay (season-best 1:32.57) and 16th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.33).
The Falcons, who tallied 53 points for 16th place, lose only Hinson and Monteilh off their state squad.
Anthony Senthavisouk and Zach Barnhart both qualified for this week's WIAA Division 1 State Individual Meet with their performances in a sectional on Saturday at Waukesha West.
Senthavisouk (46-4) won the 106-pound bracket, while Barnhart (43-8) took second at 170 pounds.
Senthavisouk posted decisions of 5-4, 10-6 and 4-3 over Ethan Averill of Kettle Moraine in the title match. Barnhart won his first two decisions by scores of 7-0 and 8-0, then dropped a 10-3 decision in the title bout before claiming second.
They will compete at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Senthavisouk meets Aidan Yde of Hartland Arrowhead (33-10) and Barnhart takes on Jackson Bailey of Beaver Dam (39-2).
Taking third for the Falcons were Ryan Olson (152) and Ethan Harycki (220), while Blake Leslie placed fourth (126). Dropping their first matches were Joe Price (120), Dylan Kellner (132), Nick Monty (138) and Mike Langenohl (182).
OAK CREEK GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Knights finished off a 14-0 run through the Southeast Conference with a 75-29 blistering of Kenosha Indian Trail on Feb. 14 and for their reward, the 20-1 Knights earned the top seed in their half of the WIAA Division 1 West Allis Central bracket.
Oak Creek will await the winner of the West Allis Central and Milwaukee Hamilton matchup in a WIAA regional semifinal on March 1.
Oak Creek hit 12 three-pointers against Indian Trail as Stephanie Kostowicz had 18 points and Tamya Sims 17, Hannah Settingsgaard 12 (four threes) and Morgan Kokta eight.
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Sabers are rolling as they head into WIAA tourney play. They wheeled past Muskego, 57-46, in a non-conference game on Feb. 12 and then steam-rolled Racine Case, 73-27, on Feb. 14.
The Sabers host seventh seed Racine Horlick in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal on March 1.
The Sabers (12-2 in Southeast and 17-4 overall) buried their old nemesis Case with a 39-8 first half as Cassidy Mihalko led the way with 21 points. She now stands in second place all time in school history with 1,176 total points.
Sarah Neumann, Taylor Schell and Paige Bobos all had eight apiece as Franklin hit eight 3-pointers in the game.
Franklin struggled mightily at the foul line against Muskego (7 of 21) but still had enough to overpower their old rivals. Carly Graverson had 19 points, Mihalko 17 and Morgan McCuen 10.
Jared Rosen and Thomas Welch both finished third in a WIAA Division 1 sectional on Saturday at Waukesha West, missing state qualifying by one spot.
Rosen (31-8) won his first match at 106 pounds, 3-2, but lost a 10-6 decision to Senthavisouk, then after beating Jack Sarnowski of Muskego, 6-2, in the third-place match, he dropped a 6-2 decision to Ethan Averill of Kettle Moraine in the second-place bout.
Welch (35-11) pinned his first foe at 113 pounds in 3 minutes, 15 seconds, then fell to eventual champion Bill Prochniewski of Waukesha South. He came back to pin Dan McGilvary of Waterford in 4:51 but was pinned in 1:56 by Austin Quartullo of Muskego in the second-place match.
Losing their first matches were Ronnie Weber (120), Christopher Jankowski (126), Cameron Anders (138), Sam Walton (145) and Dustin Donald (160).
OAK CREEK BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights guaranteed themselves a winning record with a 50-39 win over Kenosha Indian Trail on Friday.
With the win, the Knights finished the regular season at 12-10. They trailed 18-15 at the half but then put on a 17-4 burst in the third quarter to take control.
Austin Hedler and Terrence Garner led the way with 15 points apiece, while Cordarius Johnson had 11. Hedler had all of his points on five three-pointers.
The Knights host West Allis Central in a WIAA regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.
GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL
The Panthers closed the regular season in a big way with a 70-55 triumph over New Berlin West on Feb. 12.
Jordan Perez led the way with 28 points, while Josh Michaels totaled 12 points and David Pulizos 11.
The Panthers finished the regular season at 9-13 overall and 8-9 in the Woodland Conference West Division. They met Cudahy in a WIAA Division 1 first-round game on Tuesday, and if they won, they would play at 7 p.m. Friday at Pewaukee. They lost by nine and three points to the Pirates this season.
FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
The Sabers concluded the regular season with a 65-57 loss to Southeast champion Racine Case.
Chad Kanugh and Colin Ksobiech had 13 points apiece while Evan Kruczynski had 12 and Bryce Pierzchalski had 10.
The sixth-seeded Sabers visit Racine Horlick in a WIAA regional semifinal game on Friday. If they win, they will likely travel back to Case on Saturday for a regional final.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Panthers fell to New Berlin West, 60-33, on Friday night in a Woodland Conference West Division game.
Emily Perszyk tallied nine points and Taite Kurzka and Taylor DeLong each had six points for Greendale, which fell to 3-13 in the conference and 3-18 overall.
The Panthers travel to Cudahy at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in a first-round WIAA Division 1 regional game. They lost to the Packers, 50-43, earlier this season.
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