FMOW GIRLS GYMNASTICS
After a slow start to the season, the defending WIAA D1 state champions from Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall unveiled their true selves on Saturday, Jan. 14, when they dominated a triangular with the Burlington co-op and Waterford with a state-level, season-best score of 147.35.
"It was quite a night for FMOW," said coach Katie Moore in a bit of an understatement.
The locals revealed tremendous depth in the win, as five performers had marks at 9.0 or better on vault and four each on the balance beam and the uneven bars.
In the all-around, Elizabeth Missiaen led the way with an excellent 37.1 mark, while Becca Koronkowski was second at 36.7 and Krystal Nelson third with 35.975.
On vault, Abigail Missiaen won with a 9.6 mark, sister Elizabeth was second with 9.575 and Kathy Pecha was third with 9.225.
On beam, Isabelle Anderson was the winner with a 9.425 mark, while Abigail Missiaen (9.25) and Elizabeth Missiaen (9.1) also turned in fine marks. On bars, Elizabeth Missiaen won with 9.375, Koronkowski came in with a 9.25 and Emma Warr 9.05.
Koronkowski won floor exercise with a 9.325 score, and Nelson was second (9.275).
FMOW will get tested at an invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Niles West (Illinois).
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
There was nothing pretty, nothing artful about the Sabers' two Southeast Conference wins they recorded over Racine Park (46-42) on Jan. 10 and Kenosha Tremper (39-35) on Jan. 13.
But they did serve a purpose as the Sabers (6-1 in league play and 9-5 overall) stayed one game behind circuit-leading Oak Creek with the effort. The win over Tremper was also the 100th for coach Tony Kathrens as he entered this week at 100-38 in his five-plus seasons.
"We've set a series of new mini goals," said coach Tony Kathrens. "Our goal right now is to be 11-5 (8-1 in conference) when we play Oak Creek (Jan. 27). We want to make the game with Oak Creek relevant, make it have ramifications for the conference title, and to do that, we can't stumble. We need the games that are ahead of us."
Franklin will host Racine Case on Friday, Jan. 20, and then will be at Kenosha Bradford on Tuesday, Jan. 24, before the home game with Creek.
The Sabers will have a chance if senior forward Megan Lee keeps playing like she has. She has put the Sabers on her broad shoulders and carried them to a four-game winning streak. She had 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and 13 rebounds against Tremper and 12 points, 14 rebounds and five steals against Park.
"Opposing coaches keep saying what a great player she is," Kathrens said. "That's a terrific compliment."
In both games last week, the Sabers needed all of Lee's efforts as they trailed at the half in both. It was 22-20 Tremper at the break before the Sabers rallied for the win. Madison Schell hit two big free throws, and point guard Amanda Wachter also hit a big charity toss at the end. Alyssa Danes added 7 points for Franklin.
Kathrens said Franklin had a hard time shooting in the big, old Park Fieldhouse, just like they always do, and trailed Park, 26-24, at the half.
Danes added 9 points and Schell 8 for the Sabers, while Wachter had six assists and Jackie Krueger four. Marina Rajkovic also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Kathrens said Wachter and Krueger are doing a great job sharing the point guard role.
After a series of hard-luck losses, the Sabers picked up a well-earned Southeast Conference dual-meet victory over Racine Park, with a 46-25 decision on Jan. 12.
The Sabers, who also took part in the South Milwaukee Van Duser Duals on Jan. 14, picked up two forfeits in the victory but earned match wins from Noah Rugaber at 160 pounds (pin 2:14), Murphy McCutcheon at 170 (pin 0:38), Steven Djurina at 182 (technical fall), Deylin Ealy at 106 (pin 4:29), Ben Ewig at 120 (11-7 decision), Ethan DeClark at 126 (9-4 decision) and Mahmoud Jabr at 138 (technical fall).
The Sabers will host Racine Horlick in a Southeast Conference dual on Thursday, Jan. 19, and will be at the Zielinski Duals on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Franklin also went 2-3 to take fourth in the South Milwaukee Van Duser Duals on Jan. 14.
The sabers defeated South Milwaukee (44-30) and Waukesha West (42-21) and fell to Janesville Craig (48-25), Kenosha Bradford (63-10) and eventual champion Menomonee Falls (56-18)
Djurina at 182 was very impressive, going 5-0 with five pins.
FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
Despite a split in Southeast Conference games last week, the Sabers remain very much alive in the league race.
They defeated Kenosha Tremper, 68-59, on Jan. 13 after losing a tough 63-57 decision to 2016 Southeast champ Racine Park on Jan. 10.
The split left them at 3-2 in league games and 8-3 overall. After a week of exams, they will come back to visit a tough Racine Case team on Friday, Jan. 20. Oak Creek and Racine Horlick remain tied at the top of the standings at 5-1 each.
Against Tremper, the Sabers needed a 38-29 burst in the second half to break a 30-30 tie with the Trojans. Forward Max Alba led the way with 23 points on eight rebounds on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. He got help from guard Jacob Vonderwell with 17 and guard Marcus Lee with 14. Zak Poweleit contributed 6 points and seven rebounds.
Against Park, the game was close throughout, as the Panthers held a 31-30 halftime lead. Alba led the way with 16 points, Lee had 12 and Vonderwell had 11. Both Lee and Vonderwell had five assists each.
OAK CREEK BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights took two major steps in keeping a share of the Southeast Conference lead when it beat both Racine Case (59-50) on Jan. 10 and Kenosha Indian Trail (54-44) on Jan. 13.
The two wins improved the Knights to 5-1 in league play, good for tie with Racine Horlick, to which the Knights lost on Jan. 6.
They took on South Milwaukee in a nonconference game Tuesday, Jan. 17, and then will visit Kenosha Bradford (1-6 in league play) in a Southeast Conference tilt on Friday, Jan. 20.
No details were available from the Indian Trail game.
Against Case, the Knights took a 31-26 lead at the half and then used clutch play, including strong free-throw shooting (17-21) to hold on for the win. Guard Joey Zietlow (6-of-7 from the foul line and three 3-pointers) had 19 points and forward Drew Yetka 18 points (5-of-8 from the foul line and three 3-pointers) to lead the way. Matt Kasar (4-of-4 from the line) helped out with 7 points.
Coach Mike Jossie could not be reached for comment.
OAK CREEK WRESTLING
The Knights remained unbeaten in Southeast Conference duals with a 75-3 rout of Racine Case on Jan. 11.
They also won the Brookfield Central Lancer Invite on Jan. 14 and will host Kenosha Tremper in a Southeast dual on Thursday, Jan. 19, and then take part in the Homestead Highlander Scramble at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.
Against Case, the Knights picked up only one forfeit and recorded an impressive 11 pins.
Wins went to Brycen Hakes at 285 pounds (pin 5:28), Randall Hunt at 113 (pin 3:05), Mitch Landgraf at 120 (pin 2:15), Matt Berlin at 126 (pin 1:03), Jackson Wolf at 132 (pin 1:24), Veliko Kochiu at 138 (pin 3:29), Joey Colla at 145 (1:30), Nathan Berlin at 152 (8-1 decision), Jesse Kovnesky at 160 ( pin 1:34), Nolan Paar at 170 (pin 5:10), David Sanchez at 182 (0:57) and John Wright at 195 (3:18).
GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL
Still searching for offensive consistency, the Panthers lost a 58-48 game to Pius XI on Jan. 13.
"Our issue continues to be offense," coach Ryan Johnsen said. "We need to make more shots. We were 19-of-53 (36 percent), including 3-of-13 (23 percent) from 3-point range."
Still, the defense kept Greendale in the game, and the teams were tied with 5 minutes left. Pius made the big shots down the stretch, Johnsen said.
Tommy Kujawa scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds; Zach Harrison had 10 points and six rebounds; and Clay Kujawa 11 points and seven boards.
"We played much better than we did against Eisenhower (a 60-25 loss)," said the coach, whose team fell to 2-5 in the Woodland Conference and 5-6 overall. "We were right in it until the end. We had good looks and not many turnovers. I was happy with the way we responded. We showed good character."
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Cassidy Sanchez collected 12 points and Gina Sommerfeld 9 points, but the Panthers lost to Pius XI, 72-34, on Jan. 13.
Greendale managed only 6 points in the second half in falling to 1-7 in the Woodland Conference and 3-11 overall.
WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING
The Falcons collected 54 points for 10th place in the strong Shorewood Invitational on Jan. 14.
They placed three divers in the top 16, with David Haun taking eighth with 282.45 points, Stefan Rausch 10th with 246.9 points and Jacob Nape 15th at 221.7.
Ben Bell came in 11th in the 50-yard freestyle (23.51 seconds), and 12th places went to Isaiah Haun in the 500 freestyle (5:30.33) and the 200 freestyle relay team of David Gonzales, David Haun, Isaiah Haun and Bell (1:41.68)..
The 400 freestyle group of Alex Salmon, Isaiah Haun, Gonzales and Bell finished 13th (3:47.31) and Bell 14th in the 100 freestyle (52.22). The 200 medley team of Trevor Thiemer, Matthew Bass, Salmon and Isaiah Haun captured 16th (2:04.91).