FRANKLIN BOYS SWIMMING
The tired Sabers continued to perform well, taking second in the 16-team Kensoha Bradford Invite on Jan. 21.
They scored 615 points, as Bay Port scored 678 for the title and Greendale/Greenfield was third with 322.
The effort concluded Franklin's three-week major meet slate with a win and two runner-up finishes. Coach Ross Lennertz said the defending Southeast Conference champions are taking things in stride.
"I feel there there were a lot of good things that came out of this," he said. "We still have things to work on. We got beaten by another D1 team and that opens up the guys' eyes. But we had a lot of good 50s and 100s (yard races), but anything beyond that, it showed. We're getting towards the end of a long season."
Exact event results weren't available from the Bradford meet, but Lennertz noted Franklin earned six firsts. They included all three relay teams. These include the 200-yard medley team of Michael Fischer,Will Lennertz, Justin Craig and James Kostrzewa; the 200 free team of Kostrzewa, Devin Watson, Will Lennertz and DJ Nowacki; and the 400 free team of Craig, Watson, Nowacki and Fischer.
In addition, Will Lennertz got a breakthrough with a good time and a victory in the 100 butterfly, while Craig took the 100 backstroke and Fischer the 100 breaststroke.
Nowacki was second in the 200 free with a season-best time, and Craig was second and Will Lennertz fourth in the 200 individual medley. Jared Kleczka was second in diving and Lukas Migliano third.
OAK CREEK BOYS SWIMMING
The Knights turned in a strong week as they made made a little history on Jan. 17, beating Southeast Conference rival Racine Case, 114-72.
"This was an epic meeting for the Oak Creek team as this is the first time in over 20 years that we have beat Racine Case,"said coach Joe Schoen. "We had some great showings by both our swimmers and divers. Quite a few hit personal records for the year."
The win improved them to 4-1-1 in Southeast duals.
The Knights then turned around and finished a respectable seventh in the 16-team Kenosha Bradford Invitational on Jan. 21.
In the Case victory, event victories went to Andrew Kaestner in the 50-yard freestyle (24.44 seconds); Quinn Sporleder in diving (220.1 points); Ethan Meyer in the 500 free (5:36.16); Jacob Trask in the 100 backstroke (57.34); Nathan McDonald in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.63); the 200 medley relay team of Graham Mendola, McDonald, Trask and Kaestner (1:51.89); the 200 free team of Elliot Koss, Brandon Suave, Meyer and Kaestner (1:42.08); and the 400 free team of Koss, Meyer, Mendola and Trask (3:43.13).
The Knights scored 186 points in the Bradford meet, as Bay Port won with 678.
The freshman Trask took second in both the 100 butterfly (55.56) and in the 100 backstroke (56.51). The backstroke time is a new school record. Sporleder was also fourth in diving with a 360.7 score. The old backstroke record was held by Sporleder's brother, Justin.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sierra Grubor and the Falcons continued their recent surges in a 61-41 victory over South Milwaukee on Jan. 20.
Grubor collected 26 points, raising her season average to an even 20 points, plus three assists and three steals, as Whitnall won its seventh straight game.
The Falcons improved to 5-3 in the Woodland Conference and remained in first place in the East Division, a half-game ahead of Shorewood (5-4) and 1½ games up on Greenfield and Cudahy (4-5).
Whitnall took on Cudahy on Jan. 24 and will switch over to the West Division to face Pewaukee at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, on the road. The Falcons then meet Pius XI at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home.
Grubor continued her sizzling stretch, during which she has scored at least 30 points a couple of times and topped the 1,000-point career mark.
Helen Smasal added 11 points and six rebounds; Jaden Kelley 8 points and four rebounds; and Jessie Knackert 7 points and four assists.
Grubor scored 19 first-half points to help her team build a 35-16 lead; then the Falcons coasted to the victory.
WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL
Kevion Taylor and Joey Tilley continued to hold the fort for the Falcons, who are still without injured star Tyler Herro.
Taylor totaled 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and Tilley tallied 19 points for the Falcons in a 68-40 romp over South Milwaukee on Jan. 20.
"Taylor just took charge," coach Steve Kujawa said, "and Tilley is now starting but has been a real force for us all season."
Whitnall improved to 2-0 since Herro was injured and 7-0 in the Woodland Conference, two games ahead of Brown Deer (6-2).
The Falcons meet Pewaukee at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at home and then take on North Shore Conference leader Cedarburg at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Brookfield Central as part of the Luke Homan Showcase. Whitnall then visits Pius XI at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Kujawa said the Rockets started with a triangle-and-two defense, but when the defender on Taylor picked up two quick fouls, they abandoned that and went with a 2-3 zone. The Falcons were able to work the ball inside, and they also had some fastbreak points off 13 turnovers.
Whitnall, which also received 10 points from Dan Alexopoulos, finished with 19 assists.
The Sabers continued to build upward as the major meets are starting to get closer and closer.
They downed Racine Horlick, 45-28, in a Southeast Conference meet on Jan. 19 and then competed in the Zelinski Duals at Whitnall on Jan. 21, where after losing their first two matches, they won their next three to record a 13th-place finish.
"We managed to win those dual meets despite not wrestling as sharp as we are capable of," said coach Devoll Sino. "There are definitely some situational things that we will be working hard to clean up as we head into the end-of-the-season tournaments."
In the tournament, the Sabers lost to Southeast rival Kenosha Bradford for the third time this season, 60-15, and then fell to Hartford, 51-27. They then bounced back to beat Janesville Parker (39-33), a combined team of varsity reserve wrestlers (45-24) and South Milwaukee (43-21).
Murphy McCutcheon and Ethan DeClark had only one loss, and Steve Djurina was undefeated going 5-0. Djurina also picked up a big win against Adam Jones of South Milwaukee at 195.
The Sabers were coming off semester exams in front of the Horlick dual, but Sino said the team responded well in spite of the distractions.
"We got key pins from Ethan DeClark (120 pounds), Ben Ewig (126), Aaron Simmons (160) and McCutcheon (182)," he said. "Mike Jaber also had an important win at 138 to keep our momentum going."
OAK CREEK BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights came back from a harrowing nonconference win over South Milwaukee on Jan. 19 to edge Kenosha Bradford, 47-42, in a Southeast Conference tilt on Jan. 20.
The win kept the Knights in a tie for first place with Racine Horlick as the first half of the league slate was completed (6-1). They took on defending champ Racine Park (5-3) on Jan. 24 and then will visit archrival Franklin (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
The Knights beat Bradford, despite an ugly first half, at the end of which they held a 15-14 lead. Drew Yetka scored 18 points to lead the way, and Matt Kasar and Nathan Luedtke had 10 each. Luedtke hit 5 of 6 free throws on the night.
GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL
The Panthers started to find themselves last week with victories of 69-45 over New Berlin West on Jan. 20 and 67-42 over West Bend West on Jan. 17.
"We are playing much better," coach Ryan Johnsen said. "Those were two nice wins. Defensively, we were better, holding them under 50 points, and we got going offensively as well."
Against New Berlin West, Vlado Zrnic scored 26 points; Clay Kujawa collected 18 points, nine assists and five rebounds; Mike Howell 8 points and seven rebounds; Tanner Sebastian six assists; Zach Harrison seven rebounds; and James Johnson 7 points.
Greendale scored 41 second-half points to pull away from the Vikings, whom they had beaten by just 1 point in the previous outing.
Against West Bend West, Tommy Kujawa tallied 20 points, Zrnic 15 points and Clay Kujawa 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Greendale (3-5 in the Woodland Conference and 7-6 overall going into this week) plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Greenfield in a meeting of Johnsen and brother Kyle, who coaches the Hustlin' Hawks.
The Panthers meet Racine Horlick at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Brookfield Central as part of the Luke Homan Showcase event. They are then at Cudahy at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Sabers stayed in the Southeast race with a tense, 43-40 win over Racine Case on Jan. 20.
The wn improved Franklin's record to 7-1 in league play and 10-5 overall. They took on Kenosha Bradford on Jan. 24 and then will host league-leader and archrival Oak Creek at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Oak creek beat Franklin, 56-36, on Dec. 13.
The win over Case was the third tense victory in a row for the Sabers.
They held a 25-19 lead at the half and then had to hang on for the victory. Megan Lee remained consistent with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists effort. Alyssa Danes added 9, and Madison Schell tossed in 8. Marina Rajkovic scored only 6 points, but she had three assists, five steals and six blocked shots.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Kayce Vaile almost put together a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, but the Panthers fell to New Berlin West, 56-29, on Jan. 20.
Gina Sommerfeld added 5 points and eight rebounds for Greendale, which was hurt by 31 turnovers.
"We played a good second half but put ourselves in a tough spot in the first half (scoring only 10 points)," coach Tim Hogan said. "We have to play a complete game, since we face very good teams in our league."
Greendale plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, against Greenfield and at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, against Cudahy, with both at home.
FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
It was a gutbuster for the Sabers, as they dropped an 82-80 overtime decision to Racine Case on Jan. 20.
The loss dropped them to 3-3 in Southeast play and 8-4 overall. They took on Kenosha Bradford on Jan. 24 and then will host archrival and co-league leader Oak Creek at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.
Against Case,the Sabers trailed, 38-37, at the break, and then the score was tied at 78-78 at the end of regulation. Max Alba led the way with 29 points, Marcus Lee had 28 and Faisal Obeidat had 12. The Sabers could not contain Case's Koreem Ozier, who led all scorers with 34.