OAK CREEK BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights remained hot Friday, posting their third straight win, a 47-42 non-conference decision over Greenfield.
With the win, the Knights moved over .500 at 8-7.
"We have a good feeling about things," said coach Mike Jossie. "The kids are really buying into what we're trying to teach. We're never going to win any style points, but the kids understand that in the end, winning is more important than style."
Oak Creek will look for a little vengeance on Friday at home against rival Franklin. The Sabers beat the Knights, 52-42, Dec. 11.
The Knights and Greenfield combined for 15 three-pointers (seven for the Knights, eight for the Hustlin' Hawks). Greenfield had a 26-23 lead at the half (on six of nine three-point shooting) but Oak Creek went up 35-30 going into the final stanza.
Good karma was with the Knights, as their best player, Terrence Garner, banked in two three-pointers en route to a 16-point, 12-rebound game. Oak Creek was able to hold a six-to-eight point lead for most of the fourth but Greenfield hit a late three to cut the margin to three.
The Knights hit enough free throws (eight of 10 for the game) to hold on for the win as Harrison Cleary also had a big late basket. Cleary would finish with 15 points while Austin Hedler had six. Jossie said Cordarius Johnson had a great game defensively on Greenfield's top scorer.
Anthony Senthavisouk, Nick Monty and Zach Barnhart all went 5-0 for the Falcons in the Zelinski Memorial Duals on Saturday.
Senthavisouk was 5-0 at 106 pounds with three pins and two decisions, while Monty was unbeaten at 138 and 145 pounds with two pins and a major decision and Barnhart was perfect at 170 and 182 pounds with a pair of major decisions.
Ethan Harycki went 4-1 at 220 and heavyweight and finishing 3-2 were Kevin Seyedin (113), Joe Price (120) and Michael Langenohl (182 and 195).
The Falcons went 3-2 in duals, taking 10th place of 16 teams. They opened with a 43-24 loss to Beaver Dam, which dropped them into the consolation bracket.
They then downed Kenosha Bradford, 36-22; Germantown, 43-31; and Fond du Lac, 51-16, before falling to Muskego, 37-26, in the ninth-place dual.
Whitnall improved to 20-10 in duals for the season.
Head coach John Quinlan said about $5,000 was raised for the Joel Zelinski Scholarship Fund, which helps area seniors attend college. In the history of the tournament, more than $80,000 has been collected.
FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
The Sabers nearly had a great week, as they pulled off a 56-51 non-conference decision over South Milwaukee on Jan. 16 before falling in another non-league game to Burlington, 62-58, Friday.
"What we didn't do well in either game is defend the three," said Sabers coach Tim Hogan. "Fortunately, (against South Milwaukee) we were able to get a lead and hold them at arm's-length."
They will visit rival Oak Creek at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
In the win over South Milwaukee, Franklin (6-9) grabbed a 15-11 lead at the quarter and then held onto a small advantage for much of the game. The Sabers, who had struggled at the foul line in earlier games, were a credible 13 of 17 from the stripe in this contest. Chad Kanugh, who led all scorers with 23 points, was five of six from the line, including two critical ones late to give the Sabers a two-possession lead.
Colin Ksobiech added 14 and Andy Suvaka had seven.
Against Burlington, the Sabers were down 11 going into the fourth quarter, but rallied to get it to one on a couple of occasions before falling short. Kanugh had 19, Nick Bobos 15, Evan Kruczynski 11 and Ksobiech nine for Franklin.
OAK CREEK WRESTLING
The youthful Knights were rolled by Racine Horlick in a dual meet on Jan. 17, but bounced back for a respectable seventh-place showing in Saturday's 16-school Terry Kramer Open at Fort Atkinson.
"We had to take a hard look at what we were doing as a team and how to move forward from that defeat. What ever happened worked because the kids came out and wrestled really tough," said coach Matt Sommerville. "Everyone wrestled above their seed. It was refreshing to see the guys finally perform like they are capable of."
Oak Creek scored 226 points for its spot as host Fort won with 361. Isaiah Robinson was the highest finisher, taking third at 113 pounds. He went 3-2 on the day and improved to 19-7 overall. Andrew McIntosh at 106 went 4-1 (13-12) to take fourth as did Ben Hakes at 152 (3-2, 12-9).
Taking fifths were Sean LaBodda at 132 (4-1, 12-10) and Max Reynolds at 285 (3-2, 8-10), while sixths went to Elijah Paez at 160 (3-2, 9-9) and Jake Regazzi at 170 (3-2, 16-14).
The Sabers can take a serious step toward a Southeast Conference title when they host Racine Case on Thursday.
Franklin prepared for that with a sound third-place finish in the DeForest Invitational Saturday, as Roman Stiff at 145 pounds and Kyle Smith at 195 both won individual titles.
The Sabers scored 171 points in the DeForest meet.
Stiff (27-6 overall) beat Evansville (pin), Baraboo (12-8 decision) and West (7-5 decision) opponents for his title, while Smith (28-4) defeated West (pin), Neenah (11-2 major decision) and Evansville (pin) opponents for his crown.
Taking seconds were Xianou Xiong at 106 (18-9), Myles Devine at 170 (26-7) and Gavin Devine at 220 (19-5). Daniel Peyer was third at 160 (13-15), while Jon Kramschuster at 138 (10-12), Ethan Potrykus at 152 (14-14), Marcus Grimm at 182 (10-9) and Jake Harmann at 285 (11-10) all took fourths.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Falcons' slide continued with a 67-38 loss to Pewaukee on Friday.
Jackie Gruszka tallied 17 points with a trio of 3-point field goals and Rachael Shulta added six points with two 3-pointers.
Whitnall, which has struggled with injuries, has lost four of five to fall to 5-5 in the Woodland Conference East Division and 8-6 overall.
The Falcons visit Greendale at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Brown Deer at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Panthers' slide continued with a 55-29 loss to Wauwatosa West on Friday.
Emily Perszyk and Taylor DeLong each tallied nine points.
Greendale also lost to Grafton, 48-41, on Saturday despite 16 points from Perszyk and nine by Taite Kurzka.
The Panthers fell to 3-7 in the Woodland Conference and 3-11 overall. They host Whitnall at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.
ICE FORCE HOCKEY
The Ice Force lost two road games last weekend.
First, it fell in a conference game to Kenosha, 8-3, last Friday night and then they traveled to Fond du Lac Saturday and got shut out for the first time this season to St. Mary's Springs, 6-0.
Scoring for the Ice Force (10-9-1) on Friday were Greendale's Brady Kais, Franklin's Brian Kennedy and Oak Creek's Mitch Hart. Oak Creek's Konner Ondriezek had 60 saves in goal in the two defeats.
The junior varsity Ice Force split their two games, winning 4-1 in Kenosha and losing a close one in Fond du Lac, 5-4.
The next home game is Friday at Wilson Park against conference rival Arrowhead at 6 p.m. Student admission is free and Franklin's pep band will be featured at the game.
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