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OAK CREEK SIGNING DAY

It was a wide-ranging and celebratory group who signed their national collegiate letters of intent for the Knights on Feb. 1.

Included in the group were women's soccer players were Camryn Altnau (UW-River Falls) and Isabella Martinez (MSOE), baseball players Alex Behr (Marian University) and Dylan Fluegel (Concordia of Wisconsin), men's lacrosse players Kyle Bohm and  Brady Lewis (both Marian University), women's softball player Brooke Lipinski (Marian) and  football players 
Joe Muccio (St. Cloud State, Minnesota) and Jakup Sinani (Moorhead State, Minnesota).

FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Sabers got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Megan Lee as they turned in one of their best defensive efforts of the season in a 50-22 victory over Racine Horlick on Feb. 3.

Franklin remained in second place in the Southeast Conference at 9-2 and are 12-6 overall. They visited Kenosha Indian Trail on Feb. 7 and now will host Racine Park on Friday, Feb. 10.

The Saber stifled Horlick in the first half, taking a 26-6 lead and then coasted home from there. Madison Schell and Amanda Wachter each scored eight points each for the Sabers.

FRANKLIN WRESTLING

Steven Djurnia won the 182-pound class to lead the Sabers to a fourth-place finish in the Southeast Conference Tournament on Feb. 4.

"I was pleased with our overall performance as a team with 10 of our 13 entries placing fifth or higher," said coach Devoll Sino. "... The team as a whole has been wrestling more fundamentally sound and we have seen significant progress by everyone. I feel that they are all believing in the moves and approach that we have been teaching all year long."

The Sabers will now turn their attentions to the WIAA regional meet at Oak Creek on Saturday, Feb. 11. The top-four finishers in each weight class advance to the sectional tournament at Burlington on Feb. 18.

Franklin scored 142.5 points for its spot in the Southeast as Oak Creek won its fourth straight title with 257.5.

Djurnia had "a great tourney" according to Sino. He pinned Racine Case (0:54) and Racine Horlick (5:40) opponents before dominating a Kenosha Tremper opponent, 13-0, in the final.

"Steve is wrestling with a lot of confidence and he is really being the aggressor in all of his matches," said Sino. "He is dictating the pace of the match to his opponent."

Other seconds went to Deylin Ealy at 106 and Murphy McCutcheon at 170. Aaron Simmons at 160 and Alex Riel at 195 took thirds and fourths went to Matt Olsen at 152 and Mahakpreet Singh at 220.

An injury to Ethan DeClark at 120 early in the tournament diminished the Sabers' chances at earning third, said Sino, adding that he saw many good things out of his younger wrestlers.

WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL

Kevion Taylor continued his fine all-around play to help the Falcons stay afloat without star Tyler Herro.

Taylor tallied 29 points, hitting 12 of 19 from the floor, to go with eight rebounds and two assists in Whitnall's tough 51-48 victory over Wauwatosa West on Feb. 3.

Taylor has turned up his game since Herro went out with a knee injury several weeks ago. Herro played against Pewaukee but missed the Falcons' last three contests, including a 54-48 loss to Pius XI on Jan. 31.

Whitnall kept its Woodland Conference East Division lead at 10-1, ahead of Brown Deer (9-3), and those two teams clashed on Feb. 7.

The Falcons now meet Greenfield at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Greenfield in the second half of a girls-boys doubleheader.

The Falcons were also without Dan Alexopoulos (ankle injury) against Tosa West, but Taylor picked up the slack, scoring 20 of his team's 29 second-half points. That included a three-point play on a runner which put Whitnall up by 3 with a minute left and two free throws in the final seconds to seal the game.

Joey Tilley had 8 points and two assists against West and Jonah Bzdawka had 6 points and two assists.

In the loss to Pius, Taylor totaled 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals; Tilley 16 points and Will Kegel five assists.

WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING, DIVING

David Haun came in second in diving with 325.5 points at the Woodland Conference Meet on Feb. 4.

Stefan Rausch took third with 297.85 points and Jacob Nape sixth with 248.15 points for Whitnall, which was fourth with 241 points in the nine-team meet.

Ben Bell finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (51.94 seconds) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (23.58) and Haun took sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:05.5).

The 400 freestyle relay of David Gonzales, Trevor Thiemer, Isaiah Haun and Bell secured fifth (3:41.33), the 200 medley unit of Isaiah Haun, Gonzales, Alex Salmon and Bell finished sixth (1:54.23) and the 200 freestyle group of Salmon, Thiemer, David Haun and Matthew Bass snared seventh (1:46.45).

Gonzales captured seventh in the 50 freestyle (24.76) and eighth places went to Salmon in the 100 butterfly (1:05.07) and Isaiah Haun in the 500 freestyle (5:28.45).

OAK CREEK BOYS SWIM

The Knights turned in a strong effort in earning third in the Southeast Conference meet on Feb. 4.

"I knew going into the meet we had a shot at either second or third and, of course, I was hoping for second, beating out Kenosha Tremper," said coach Joe Schoen,  "and we did have that chance as throughout the meet we were right behind and after the 100 backstroke, we were ahead of them, but they have more breaststroke swimmers than we do, and that is where we lost it. (Still) we had some great swims."

The Knights will turn their attentions to the WIAA sectional meet at Carthage College on Saturday, Feb. 11. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are in the top 18 of all sectionals statewide, will advance to the D1 state meet in Madison on Feb. 18.

Oak Creek scored 352 points for its spot in the Southeast meet as Franklin won its fifth straight title with 578 points and Tremper was second with 397.

Freshman Jacob Trask continued his great season earning third in the 100 butterfly (55.94 seconds) and then claiming second in the 100 backstroke (56.96).

Other good efforts included the following: Diving – Quin Sporleder, fifth (351.2 points). 200 medley relay – Graham Mendola, Nathan McDonald, Trask and Andrew Kaestner, fourth (1:52.51). 200 free – Ethan Meyer, sixth (2:02.09); Zak Brownell, seventh (2:02.32). 200 individual medley – Mendola, fifth (2:23.18). 50 free – Kaestner, eighth (24.73). 500 free – Meyer, third (5:26.67); Brownell, fourth (5:28.71). 200 free relay – Elliot Koss, John Zeltan, Meyer and Kaestner, fifth (1:41.12); David Sokol, McDonald, Brandon Sauve and Brownell, seventh (1:44.95). 100 backstroke – Mendola, eighth (1:04.55). 400 free relay – Koss, Mendola, Meyer, and Trask, fifth (3:42.61).

Big time drops were recorded by Brownell, Meyer, Sokol, Sauve, Dylan Stowers, and Ethan Engebrecht. Divers Sporleder and Nathan Henkhaus both had personal bests as well.

GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL

The Panthers continued to make strides last week, nearly pulling off a two-game sweep of Woodland Conference foes.

They routed Cudahy, 70-42, on Jan. 31, holding the Packers to 7 first-half points. Tommy Kujawa led the offense with 12 points, followed by Clay Kujawa with 11 points and Vlado Zrnic and Justin Moore with 10 apiece.

Greendale then dropped a tight 67-64 game to Brown Deer on Athletic Hall of Fame Night on Feb. 3. Tommy Kujawa collected 22 points and nine rebounds, Clay Kujawa 10 points and Zrnic and Zach Harrison 8 each. Tanner Sebastian added 9 points and eight assists and committed just one turnover against the Falcons' press.

"The kids generally took care of the ball against the press," coach Ryan Johnsen said. "At the end, we were down 1 point but had a turnover and they (the Falcons) hit two free throws."

OAK CREEK GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Knights had their nine-game winning streak snapped with a 52-39 nonconference home loss to Kimberly on Feb. 4.

They maintained their Southeast Conference lead with a 62-26 rout of Kenosha Tremper on Feb. 3.

Oak Creek (11-0 in conference, 15-4 overall) took on Racine Horlick (7-4) on Feb. 7 and then will host Racine Case (3-8) on Friday, Feb. 10. They can clinch the Southeast Conference title with wins in both games.

They were ahead of Kimberly, 19-18, at the half but then were outscored 34-20 in the second half. Lea Finn led the way with 13 points while Jenna Dankert had eight. Katie West grabbed seven rebounds.

Against Tremper, Creek grabbed a 33-15 halftime lead and never looked back, as 11 players scored – led by Kassandra Bartek with 16 points and Dankert with 11. West had eight rebounds.

WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sierra Grubor collected 30 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Jaden Kelley scored 26 points, but that was not enough in an 85-77 loss to Wauwatosa West on Feb. 3.

"That was a track meet, and that's just the way Tosa West plays," coach Keith Larson said. "(The Trojans) hit 12 3-point shots, six in each half."

Jessie Knackert added 6 points, seven assists and two steals and Sam Benzinger 6 points and two steals.

Whitnall also lost to Pius XI, 56-48, on Jan. 31. The team was outscored 21-6 at the free-throw line. Grubor had 16 points and six rebounds, Kelley 8 points, Knackert 7 points and Helen Smasal 6 points.

GREENDALE ICE FORCE

The Ice Force will enter the final week of the regular season with a 5-17 record.

They will close out the season with a home game against Oshkosh on Friday, Feb. 10, at Wilson Park Ice Arena.

They will host Stoughton in a WIAA regional semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 14. If they win, they will advance to a regional final on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the top-seeded Waukesha Co-op.

GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL

Cassidy Sanchez scored 13 points but the Panthers fell to Brown Deer, 42-34, on Feb. 3 in Woodland Conference action.

Allyson Caballero put in 13 points in a 59-22 loss to Woodland East Division leader Cudahy on Jan. 31.

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