FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
The Sabers are rolling into the WIAA playoffs.
They closed out their regular season with a 63-54 victory Racine Case on Feb. 23 for their seventh win in a row. The victory pulled them into a tie with the Eagles for second place in the Southeast Conference at 10-4. Oak Creek won the title with a 13-1 mark.
Franklin (16-6 overall), will now host West Allis Central (11-11) in a WIAA regional semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3. If the Sabers win that game, they will likely get a rematch with Oak Creek at Creek in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
The Sabers have lost two heartbreakers to the Knights already this season, 52-49, on Jan. 27 and 41-39 on Dec. 13. They also needed a last-second shot to beat Central in a holiday tournament game, 67-65, back on Dec. 27.
The victory over Case avenged an 82-80 defeat back on Jan. 20. The Sabers took a 30-22 advantage at the half and then held off the Eagles in the second half, despite 26 points from star Case guard Koreen Ozier.
Franklin forward Max Alba matched Ozier for game scoring honors with 26 points while Marcus Lee had 12 and Jacob Vonderwell had nine. A total of eight players scored for the Sabers.
The Sabers' season ended quietly with a pair of first-round losses in the WIAA State Individual Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 23.
Senior Steve Djurina (33-7) dropped a tough 5-3 decision to Pewaukee's Jacob Sklenar. When Sklenar then lost to nationally-ranked Jared Krattiger of Waterford in the next round, Djurina lost out on any chances of a wrestleback.
Junior Murphy McCutcheon (17-9) dropped a competitive 8-4 decision to Jake Flisakowski of Bay Port (27-7) at 195. When Flisakowski fell to Reedsburg's Dalton Hahn, 1-0, in the next round, McCutcheon's tournament also ended.
First-year Sabers' coach Devoll Sino was still encouraged.
"Steve turned in a great season finishing 33-7, earning a spot in the elite 30-winner Club of Franklin wrestling.," said Sino. "10 of his wins were by pin. He did a fantastic job as a captain and quietly led by example. Murphy was able to reach the state tournament despite not being able to compete until after the holiday break because of a nerve injury from the football season.
"On the whole I am very happy with how far we came this season as a wrestling program and we have many good things to build on for next year. I also know that we need to continue to work hard, tweak our fundamentals, and promote our sport in the Franklin community so that we can get more kids interested and competing."
GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL
Tommy Kujawa scored 14 points to lead a balanced effort for the Panthers in a 61-50 victory over Shorewood on Feb. 22.
Clay Kujawa and Vlado Zrnic each added 12 points and Zach Harrison 11 for Greendale, which hit 20 of 25 free throws.
The Panthers (6-10 in the Woodland Conference, 10-12 overall) began WIAA Division 2 regional action on Feb. 28 against St. Anthony. A victory would put Greendale in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Catholic Memorial.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Cassidy Sanchez collected 15 points on five 3-point field goals, but the Panthers fell, 40-37, to Waukesha North in a WIAA Division 2 regional game on Feb. 21.
Allyson Caballero added 7 points for Greendale, which finished 3-20 on the season.