The Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall co-op came out of the holiday break with a sound second-place finish in the seven-team Emerald Invite at Waterford on Jan. 9.
The locals turned in a score of 140.025 as as the Kenosha co-op won with a 142.725 score.
Sam Balcerakwon the uneven bars with a 9.4 mark.
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Sabers kept the momentum they earned with the recent championship in their own Rathke Memorial Tournament with an 82-50 Southeast Conference victory over Kenosha Indian Trail on Jan. 8.
The win improved Franklin to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in Southeast Conference play. The Sabers are currently tie with Kenosha Tremper for second behind multi-time league champ Oak Creek (5-0). They took on Racine Park on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and then will visit Tremper at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, for sole control of second place at the midway point in the Southeast race.
Franklin was impressive in the win over Indian Trail, taking a 42-20 lead at the half and then never looking back. A total of eight Sabers scored as former Now All-Suburban forward Carly Graversoncontinued her hot streak with 26 points as Sarah Neumanncontributed 14, Abby Schauer12 and Alyssa Danes11.
The Sabers hit seven 3-pointers in the game including two by Danes.
A remarkable comeback gave the co-op team a 3-2 record in dual meets at the Whitewater Invitational on Jan. 9.
Whitnall/Greendale lost its opener, 36-33, to Brodhead-Juda and then dropped a 53-21 decision to Waukesha South.
The squad fell behind Whitewater, 36-6, in its third dual before winning all seven remaining matches, capped by a 13-4 major decision by Reid Miller, to pull out a 38-36 victory.
'We're proud of the way we bounced back,' co-coach John Quinlan said. 'There are times when we go against teams who are better than we are, and if we go after it, toe to toe, we can learn from that. In the last three, we wrestled pretty darned well.'
Whitnall/Greendale followed with a 70-0 victory over Delavan-Darien and a 60-10 romp over Big Foot.
Miller, Seth Nowakand Jordan Reinerwere 5-0 for the day. Chase Kendallwas 3-0 before leaving for a college entrance exam, and Chip Hansenwas 4-1.
Whitnall/Greendale dropped a 53-12 dual meet to Greenfield on Jan. 6 in Woodland Conference competition. Winners were John Poulakosat 182 pounds (pin in 3 minutes, 16 seconds) and Nowak at 126 (pin in 3:56).
OAK CREEK WRESTLING
The knights came out of the holiday break with a positive week, beating Kenosha Tremper, 54-16, on Jan. 7 to break a tie with the Trojans and take sole control of the Southeast Conference lead.
They then came back to record a 3-2 record in the power-laden Burlington Demon Duals on Jan. 9. In that meet, the Knights beat South Milwaukee, a powerful Mukwonago squad and Fort Atkinson. They fell to Milton and Fennimore.
Coach Matt Sommerville was pleased with the effort, especially in the dual.
'We thought it was going to be a really close meet because they have a really solid team,' he said of the Tremper dual. 'It ended up lopsided in our favor 54-16. We had some really good performances out of Jesse Kovnesky, who avenged a loss to a Tremper kid from earlier in the year. Ross Aggpinned a ranked 220-pounder from Tremper in 37 seconds, and we got the consistency from our other kids to make the meet go our way. So we remain the only unbeaten team in our conference right now with a three duals left.
'I was mostly pleased with the way our kids wrestled (in the tournament). We certainly have a few spots on our team that need to improve dramatically in the next few weeks if we are going to qualify for the state tournament.
'I was very pleased with the effort of Matt Berlin in particular, but also Mitch Landgrafand Andrew McIntosh. Matt Berlinwrestled absolutely fantastic. He beat the returning state runner-up and current second- ranked kid from Mukwonago, Aaron Shulist, 8-3. Then he beat a state champion from Fennimore, Riley Lull, 3-2. He just wrestled like a man on a mission.
'Mitch Landgrafbeat a very good kid from Milton, Dalton Shea, in a close match because he remained tough from the beginning of the match to the end. Andrew McIntosh did what he always does and that is remain very steady and score points.'
WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING
Ben Bell, Michael Beckmanand the 400-yard freestyle relay team each earned fourth places for the Falcons in the South Milwaukee Invitational on Jan. 8-9.
Bell was fourth in the 100 freestyle with 52.31 seconds, Beckman in the 100 backstroke at 1 minute, 2.65 seconds and the 400 freestyle unit of Matthew Wigington, Beckman, Jeremiah Hinsonand Bell in 3:40.64.
Beckman took fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:18.67) and the 200 freestyle group of Beckman, Hinson, Wigington and Bell seventh (1:39.06).
Wigington came in eighth in the 100 freestyle (54.5), and 10th places went to Isaiah Haunin the 500 freestyle (5:52.5) and the 200 medley team of Haun, Steven Domitrz, Alex Salmonand Matthew Bass(2:04.33).
The Falcons tallied 139 points to tie for eighth place in the 14-team meet.
Steven Djurinawon the 182-pound title to lead the Sabers to a seventh-place finish in the 11-team West Allis Hale Bauer Brawl on Jan. 9.
Franklin scored 991/2 points for its spot as Elkhorn won easily with 2441/2.
Djurina (10-4 overall) beat a Cudahy opponent on a technical fall and a Muskego foe by pin before edging Elkhorn's Myles Schumaker, 3-1, for the crown.
Ryan Simmonswas second at 195 (2-1, 11-7), falling on a pin to Muskego's Grant Balconi.
Other good finishes included Noah Larsonat 145 (4-1, 10-3) in third; Noah Rugaberat 160 (2-2, 4-10) in fifth; Murphy McCutcheonat 170 (3-1, 9-8) in third; and Alex Rielat 220 in fourth (2-2, 5-8).
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Panthers fell to two of the powers in the Woodland Conference last week, losing to Pius XI, 75-42, on Jan. 5 and Pewaukee, 63-34, on Jan. 8.
'We took care of the ball, got good shots and won a majority of the 50/50 balls,' coach Christine Gutierrez said of the Pius game. 'The score doesn't show it, but we played well collectively.'
Sara Redlinscored 11 points, Gina Summerfeld10 and Annie Pulizos8 for Greendale.
In the Pewaukee game, Pulizos tallied 17 points and Kayla Kubiak7.
'We had way too many unforced turnovers and offensive rebounds,' said Gutierrez, whose team brought up some junior varsity players to fill out the limited roster.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Poor shooting cost the Falcons in two losses last week: 61-47 to Cudahy on Jan. 8 and 76-61 to Shorewood on Jan. 5.
Against Cudahy, Whitnall hit 25 percent from the field (12 of 48) and just one of 13 from 3-point range. Jaden Kelley, Kendall Stribling and Sierra Gruboreach scored 10 points for the Falcons, who netted 22 of 25 free throws.
In the Shorewood game, Whitnall shot 27 percent (17 of 63). Kelley collected 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, with Grubor and Stribling each putting in 10 points. Stribling added six rebounds, Madeline Pelkoferfive rebounds and Jessie Knackertfour steals.
OAK CREEK BOYS SWIMMING
Behind Ryan McDermott'sfourth-place finish in diving, the Knights finished 11th of 14 teams in the 52nd South Milwaukee Rocket Invite on Jan. 9.
McDermott turned in a fine 11-dive score of 402.4 points as Kenosha Tremper's Brandon Spencer won it with a 509.2 mark.
Other good efforts for the Knights included the following: diving: Max Farnsworth, 11th (319.6), Quinn Sporleder, 14th (266.0); 200 individual medley: Andy Kaestner, 15th (2:38.4); 500 free: Zak Brownell, 11th (5:53.87), Ethan Meyer, 14th (6:00.04); and 100 breaststroke: Nathan McDonald, 15th (1:15.91).
ICE FORCE HOCKEY
The local co-op came out of the holiday break cold offensively, as though the defense was sound, they just could not find the back of the net in a pair of nonconference losses to Beaver Dam (1-0) on Jan. 9 and to the Kettle Moraine co-op (3-0) on Jan. 8.
The twin defeats drop the Ice Force to 8-6 overall. Konner Ondriezekhad 28 saves for the Ice Force.
Against Beaver Dam, Owen Lemkemade 24 saves and gave up the only goal with just 2:01 remaining.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech