OAK CREEK BOYS SWIMMING
The Knights finished their regular season on a strong note, taking third of nine teams in the Bob White Invitational in Wauwatosa on Jan. 28.
"The guys did well," said coach Joe Schoen. "We had almost everyone get a personal record of the year at the meet, and our freshman, Jacob Trask, has broken his own backstroke school record (broken earlier this year) again.
"Each relay improved their overall spot by at least one place from the seed placing. Another one of our freshmen, Simon Piette, had a great personal meet. In the 200, IM he dropped six seconds and the 100 back, he dropped three. It was a great meet."
At the Bob White meet, Creek scored 332.5 points for its spot, as host Tosa won with 411.5 and Greenfield/Greendale was second with 363.
Trask turned in a time of 56.33 seconds to win the backstroke by more than three seconds in setting his new school record. He was also second in the 100 butterfly (56.36).
Other strong finishes for the Knights included the following: diving: Quin Sporleder, third (350.0 points); 200 medley relay: Graham Mendola, Nathan McDonald, Trask and Andrew Kaestner, fifth (1:54.59); 200 freestyle: Ethan Meyer, eighth (2:02.97); 200 IM: Mendola, sixth (2:22.65), Piette, ninth (2:35.86); 50 free: Kaestner, sixth (24.72); 100 butterfly: John Zelten, 10th (1:06.15); 100 free: Kaestner, eighth (55.03); 500 free: Meyer, sixth (5:36.07), Zak Brownell, 10th (5:45.07); 200 free relay: Elliot Koss, Brandon Suave, Meyer and Kaestner, third (1:41.75), Zelten, McDonald, Brownell and Andrew Hallett, ninth (1:47.8); 100 backstroke: Mendola, fifth (1:04.69); and 400 free relay: Koss, Meyer, Mendola and Trask, fourth (3:44.8), Dylan Stowers, Nathan Engebrecht, Piette and Brownell, eighth (4:02.53).
The Sabers closed out their regular season on a positive note with a 38-34 Southeast Conference victory over Kenosha Tremper on Jan. 26.
The victory earned Franklin third place in the league standings ahead of the Southeast Tournament, which is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Racine Park. Coach Devoll Sino was also pleased to note the Sabers' junior varsity team took second to Oak Creek in the JV meet at Racine Horlick on Jan. 28.
"We are going to continue to work hard as a group to try and achieve our team and individual goals for the season," Sino said. "We have emphasized how we need the entire team pulling in the same direction regardless if you are a starter or not. This may be an individual sport, but it takes a team effort to make individuals peak at this critical time of the season."
The co-op squad tallied 90 points for ninth place in the Stark Memorial Invitational on Jan. 28.
Bill Sincere finished third at 160 pounds, and fourth places went to Matt Roate (113 pounds), Nick Langenohl (220) and Luke Leranth (heavyweight). Earning fifth were Julian Cagle (145) and Radell Staples (152).
Omar Hammad was seventh (160), and eighths went to Sam Thiele (120) and Cameron Scott (220).
Whitnall/Greendale fell to Greenfield, 35-32, in a dual meet on Jan. 25 despite victories by Nathan Hensley (pin in 1 minute, 49 seconds), Dom Trimboli (pin in 1:11), Sincere (forfeit), Jon Poulakos (14-6), AJ Arnold (15-7) and Leranth (forfeit).
GREENFIELD/GREENDALE/PIUS XI BOYS SWIMMING
The 200-yard freestyle team of Ben Davis, Jackson Zgola, Isaac Jiardini and Steve Novinska won with 1 minute, 35.95 seconds at the Bob White Invitational at Wauwatosa West on Jan. 28.
Davis took second in the 200 freestyle (1:45.76), and third places went to Zgola in the 200 individual medley (2:18.19); Jiardini in the 500 freestyle (5:04.41); Harrison Stasik in the 100 backstroke (1:02.31); the 200 medley unit of Stasik, Jiardini, Davis and Carmelo Patti (1:48.67); and the 400 freestyle group of Stasik, Novinska, Patti and Zgola (3:31.26).
Taking fourth were Patti in the 50 freestyle (23.96 seconds), Davis in the 100 butterfly (56.64), Novinska in the 100 freestyle (52.77) and Jiardini in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.01).
Novinska was fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.31) and Stasik the same in the 100 freestyle (52.92). Patti came in sixth in the 100 freestyle (53.85), and sevenths went to Colin Hassel in the 200 IM (2:30.49) and Zgola in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.67).
The Hawks scored 363 points for second place. They had earlier beaten South Milwaukee, 119-51, in a dual meet on Jan. 25 behind nine victories.
WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL
Kevion Taylor, Dan Alexopoulos and Joey Tilley each put in 12 points to help the Falcons rout Cudahy, 60-35, on Jan. 24.
Whitnall, which downed Pewaukee on Jan. 27, dropped a 64-50 decision to Cedarburg on Jan. 28 despite 32 points from Taylor.
GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL
The Panthers dropped two games last week in addition to their 67-62 loss to Greenfield on Jan. 27.
They fell to Racine Horlick, 70-66, on Jan. 28 despite 19 points each from Clay Kujawa and Tommy Kujawa and 10 points by Zach Harrison.
Greendale also lost to Pewaukee, 65-54, on Jan. 24. Clay Kujawa scored 19 points, Tommy Kujawa 16 and Vlado Zrnic 15.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Falcons dropped two games last week: 51-37 to Cudahy on Jan. 24 and 72-47 to Pewaukee on Jan. 27.
Against Cudahy, Sierra Grubor posted 14 points and four assists; Kathryn Bay 13 points and three steals; and Jessie Knackert three assists.
The Falcons then lost to powerful Pewaukee despite 16 points from Jaden Kelley; 8 points, five rebounds and five assists from Grubor; four rebounds and four steals by Knackert; and five rebounds from Katie Frank.
WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING
David Haun tallied 330.6 points for third place in diving at the Small School Invitational on Jan. 28.
Stefan Rausch was ninth (268.3 points) and Jacob Nape 10th (255.5) for Whitnall.
Ben Bell finished 10th in the 100-yard freestyle (52.26 seconds), and the Falcons took 13th in the 200 medley relay with Isaiah Haun, Matthew Bass, Alex Salmon and Bell (1:55.68); the 200 freestyle with Salmon, Trevor Thiemer, David Haun and Bass (1:44.82); and the 400 freestyle with Isaiah Haun, Thiemer, Salmon and Bell (3:50.21).
Isaiah Haun was 14th in the 200 freestyle (2:00.34) for the Falcons, who scored 77½ points for 12th place.
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The second-place-in-the-Southeast-Conference Sabers made their game with league-leading Oak Creek on Jan. 27 relevant by beating Kenosha Bradford, 67-60, on Jan. 24.
With the win, the Sabers improved to 8-1 in league play and 11-5 overall. Following the Oak Creek game, they will host Racine Horlick on Friday, Feb. 3..
Against Bradford, Franklin broke out to a 37-27 lead at the break and then held on for the win.
The Sabers had four players in double figures, as Alyssa Danes (five rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Madison Schell (six rebounds, five assists and five steals) both had 14 points apiece; Megan Lee had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists; and Marina Rajkovic had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Quinn Bachofen added 7 points and six rebounds, and Lauryn Logic also had 7 points.
OAK CREEK BOYS BASKETBALL
The Knights prepared for their showdown with border rival Franklin on Jan. 27 with a 67-59 victory over 2016 Southeast Conference champion Racine Park, 67-59, on Jan. 24.
The victory improved the Knights to 7-1 in league play and 12-2 overall. They entered the Franklin game a game ahead of Racine Case and Racine Horlick in the Southeast standings. They will follow up the Franklin game with a Southeast visit to Kenosha Tremper on Friday, Feb. 3, and then will take on Sheboygan North at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, as part of Homestead's Chekouras Classic.
Against Park, the Knights went up 31-22 at the half and then held on through a seesaw second half. Joey Zietlow led the way with 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and Drew Yetka had 21, including all six of his free throws. Matt Kasar added 14 on four 3-pointers, and Jakup Sinani tossed in 8.
OAK CREEK GIRLS BASKETBALL
In preparation for their Southeast Conference rival Franklin on Jan. 27, the Knights rolled past Racine Park, 70-43, on Jan. 24.
The win improved them to 9-0 in league play and 13-3 overall. Following the Franklin game, they will host Kenosha Tremper (6-3 in league) on Friday, Feb. 3, and then state power Kimberly in a 3 p.m. contest Saturday, Feb. 4.
A total of nine players scored in the rout of Park, as Kassandra Bartek had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists; Maddie Gard (five steals) and Lea Finn tossed in 11 apiece (three steals); and Jenna Dankert (four rebounds and four assists) and Jessica McIntosh (four rebounds and three assists) 9 apiece.
Haley Zylka had 10 assists and three steals.
FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
The Sabers rolled past Kenosha Bradford, 74-55 on Jan. 24 to improve their Southeast Conference mark to 4-3 and their overall record to 9-4.
A total of 10 players scored, including Max Alba with 21 points, Jacob Vonderwell with 15 and Marcus Lee and Caleb Selensky with 12 each. Lee (three) and Selensky (four) accounted for all seven of the Franklin 3-pointers.
Alba had eight rebounds, Vonderwell five assists and Lee seven assists and four rebounds.
The Sabers lost to Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 62-46, on Jan. 28 at Brookfield Central.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Kayce Vaile collected 14 points and Mari Williams 9 points, but the Panthers fell to Greenfield, 51-36, on Jan. 27.
They also lost to Pewaukee, 66-28, on Jan. 24. Gina Sommerfeld scored 10 points to lead the way for Greendale, which hit just 1-of-2 at the free-throw line.