FMOW GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The defending state champs from the local co-op involving Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall broke into the new year on a solid note, taking third in the Emerald Invitational on Jan. 7.
They turned in a strong score of 140.075, as the returning state runner-up Kenosha co-op won with an impressive 146.275 mark and Brookfield was second with 141.125.
Uneven bars and floor exercise were the strong events for FMOW as they placed three in the top six of both events. On bars, Elizabeth Missiaen was third (9.1), Abigail Missiaen was fifth (8.975) and Becca Koronkowski was sixth (8.925). On floor, Abigail Missiaen was fourth (9.525), Elizabeth Missiaen was fifth (9.475) and Koronkowski sixth (9.425). In addition, Mikayla Surprenant was sixth on vault (8.6) and Elizabeth Missiaen eighth on the balance beam (9.1).
In the all-around, Abigail Missiaen was fourth (35.975) and Elizabeth Missiaen fifth (35.525).
OAK CREEK GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Knights ran in the new year with an easy 65-30 Southeast Conference victory over Racine Horlick on Jan. 6.
The victory kept them tied with Kenosha Tremper atop the Southeast Conference standings at 4-0 and improved them to 8-3 overall. They took on Racine Case on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will host Kenosha Indian Trail on Friday, Jan. 13.
Oak Creek bolted to a 42-17 halftime lead on Horlick and never looked back. Forward Katie West hit six of seven shots and finished with 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Knights, while Lea Finn had 11 points and six rebounds. Haley Zylka had 8 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Jessica McIntosh blocked four shots.
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Sabers also got their new year off on the right foot with a 64-34 rout of Kenosha Indian Trail on Jan. 6.
The win improved them to 4-1 in Southeast Conference play and 7-5 overall.
They took on Racine Park on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will host co-league leading Kenosha Tremper on Friday, Jan. 13.
Against Indian Trail, the Sabers roared out to a 40-13 halftime lead and never looked back, as Alyssa Danes hit eight of 10 free throws en route to 18 points to lead the way, while Madison Schell had 9 and Quinn Bachofen and Megan Lee 8 apiece.
GREENDALE ICE FORCE HOCKEY
The Ice Force scored an impressive 10-0 win over Milton on Jan. 7.
New Berlin Eisenhower's Jack Semanski led the local co-op with three goals, while St. Francis' Bailey Beierle and Franklin's Nate McComb scored two goals each. Oak Creek's Luke Davitz, Franklin's Zach Gottfreid and New Berlin West's Dominic Martinetti all had a goal apiece, and Eisenhower keeper Jason Cooke scored his first shutout of the season with 27 saves.
"That night we were firing on all cylinders, which has not been the case every night," said coach John Kennedy. "When we all pull in the same direction, good things happen more often. It was good to see them gell and build some confidence in themselves and as a team starting the new year."
Kennedy said some switches in the Ice Force's three offensive lines have really added to the team's depth.
GREENFIELD/GREENDALE/PIUS XI SWIMMING
Ben Davis and Harrison Stasik both won a pair of events as the co-op squad downed Whitnall, 112-68, in a Woodland Conference dual meet on Jan. 4.
Davis captured the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly and Stasik the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Isaac Jiardini won the 100 breaststroke and Jackson Zgola took the 200 freestyle, plus the co-op team swept the three relay events.
Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI also competed in the Marquette Invitational on Jan. 7, scoring 70 points for 12th place in the 24-team field.
Davis came in fifth in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 47.09 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (4:53.15).
The 400 freestyle unit of Stasik, Steve Novinska, Carmello Patti and Zgola took 10th (3:30.04); the 200 freestyle group of Davis, Patti, Zgola and Jiardini placed 11th (1:35.14); and the 200 medley group of Stasik, Jiardini, Davis and Novinska 12th (1:46.85).
Jiardini was 12th in the 500 freestyle (5:05.27) and Stasik 16th in the 100 freestyle (52.19 seconds).
WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING
The 400-yard freestyle team of David Gonzales, Alex Salmon, Isaiah Haun and Ben Bell finished third in 3 minutes, 43 seconds at the South Milwaukee Invitational on Jan. 7.
Bell took fourth in the 100 freestyle (52.64 seconds) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (23.78) for the Falcons, who scored 139 points for eighth place in the 14-team field.
David Haun came in seventh in the diving (320.9 points), and eighths went to Isaiah Haun in the 200 freestyle (2:05.28) and Gonzales in the 100 freestyle (54.54).
Whitnall lost a 112-68 dual meet to Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI on Jan. 4, but no results were available for the Falcons.
The co-op squad dropped a 43-31 dual-meet decision to West Allis Hale on Jan. 5.
Winners were Reid Miller with a 13-4 major decision, Luke Leranth with a first-period pin, Sebastian Iverson with a pin in 5 minutes, 32 seconds for his seventh consecutive victory, Nathan Hensley with a pin in 3:43 for his 23rd triumph of the season, Gabe Lewis with a 3-2 decision and Chip Hansen with a pin in 1:36 that marked his 18th victory.
Coach John Quinlan said the dual meet came down to some key moments.
"Coach Craig Austin and I were confident that we'd win at five weights and probably lose five and that the other four were tossups," Quinlan said. "That's kind of how it went. We didn't quite match up well enough in (those key matches)."
OAK CREEK BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights suffered their first Southeast Conference loss of the year with a stunning 50-48 decision to Racine Horlick on Jan. 6.
The loss dropped them into a three-way tie for the league lead with Horlick and Racine Case at 3-1, as six teams in the Southeast are all within a game of each other. Oak Creek is 7-2 overall.
The Knights took on Case on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and then visit Kenosha Indian Trail (3-2) on Friday, Jan. 13.
Horlick took a 27-25 lead at the half on Creek, and the game remained close the rest of the way.
The Rebels succeeded in holding star Knight forward Drew Yetka to half of his season average with 11 points, as guard Joey Zietlow led the way with 17.
Marquise Milton led Horlick with 20 points.
OAK CREEK BOYS SWIMMING
The Knights took a competitive fourth of 14 teams at the South Milwaukee Rocket Invite on Jan. 7.
They scored 194 points for their spot as Muskego won with 436.5.
Freshman Jacob Trask continues to make a big impression as he won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.16 seconds and took second in the 100 backstroke (56.98).
Other good efforts included the following: 200 medley relay: Graham Mendola, Nathan McDonald, Trask and Andrew Kaestner, eighth (1:54.93); 200 free: Ethan Meyer, ninth (2:05.75); 500 free: Meyer, sixth (5:40.86), Zak Brownell, 10-second best time; 200 free relay: Elliot Koss, Brandon Suave, Meyer, and Kaestner, fifth (1:43.6); and 400 free relay: Mendola, Meyer, Koss and Trask, sixth (3:46.32).
They also turned in a rare 93-93 tie with Kenosha Tremper in a Southeast Conference dual on Jan. 3.
"If you came to watch, it was a constant lead change throughout the entire meet," said coach Joe Schoen. "Oak Creek did have one flaw in the meet with a disqualification in the 200 freestyle relay (due to an early takeoff on a relay exchange). The meet came down to the last relay, but the outlook was still in Oak Creek’s favor. A win in the last relay would mean a victory; a second place would mean a tie with a very competitive school."
The Knights took second in the event and settled for that competitive tie.
Event victories went to Kaestner in the 50-yard freestyle (personal best 24.89 seconds); Trask in the 100 butterfly (56.51) and 100 backstroke (57.45); and the 200 free relay team of Meyer, John Zelten, Sauve and Kaestner (no time available).
The Knights earned the tie on the strength of six second-place finishes and eight third-place efforts. The meet featured three lead changes and three ties.
The Sabers came agonizingly close to a Southeast Conference win when they fell, 39-33, to Kenosha Indian Trail on Jan. 5.
Franklin, which also took sixth in the West Allis Hale Bauer Brawl invite on Jan. 7, led Indian Trail, 33-27, going into the final two bouts but suffered pins in both weight classes to come up just short.
Individual wins went to Ethan DeClark at 126 pounds (pin 1:08), Mahmoud Jabr at 138 (11-9 decision), Noah Rugabar at 170 (forfeit), Murphy McCutcheon at 182 (pin 0:38) and Steven Djurina at 195 (pin 1:12).
Coach Devoll Sino said weeks of inaction and holiday made it difficult for some wrestlers to make weight against Indian Trail, forcing the team to juggle the lineup and swing it in favor of the Hawks.
Sino was pleased with the team aspect of the effort at the Brawl as nine of the 10 involved finished fifth or better.
Djurina and McCutcheon led the team with both placing second at 182 and 170, respectively. Also showing well were Ethan DeClark at 126 and Alex Riel at 195, both placing third.
"We wrestled with a lot of heart on Saturday and really got after most of our opponents regardless of the final score," said Sino.
Mike Jaber was credited with a great come-from-behind effort to win his fifth place match at 138. Overall, Sino said he's very pleased with the technical end of the Sabers' development.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The struggles continued for the Panthers in three losses last week: 50-26 to New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 6, 57-32 to New Berlin West on Jan. 4 and 68-26 to Martin Luther on Jan. 3.
Still, coach Tim Hogan felt his team started to play better in the second half of the West game, and that carried over to the contest against second-rated Eisenhower.
"Our defensive effort was strong, and I was proud of that effort," Hogan said. "I was pleased with the strides we took. We started to apply the things we worked on in practice to the court. Now we have to look for ways to generate more offense."
Gina Sommerfeld led against the Lions with 8 points, followed by Cassidy Sanchez with 6 and Kayce Vaile pulled down 15 rebounds.
Sanchez tallied 17 points against West, connecting on 6-of-12 from the field. Against Martin Luther, Allyson Caballero scored 8 points and Sommerfeld 7.