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WHITNALL/GREENDALE WRESTLING

The combined squad finished eighth in its own Zelinski Duals meet on Jan. 23.

Whitnall/Greendale won its first dual, 38-33, over Green Bay Preble and then went to the four-team B pool. In pool play, the team lost to Stoughton, 69-3; Kenosha Bradford, 54-15; Muskego, 48-23; and Beaver Dam, 49-26.

Seth Nowakand Chase Kendalleach went 4-1 on the day. Nowak posted three pins and an injury default, and Kendall had three pins and a decision.

Sebastian Iversonwas the only other wrestler with a winning record, taking three matches by one- or two-point margins. One of his losses came to Stoughton state champion Brandon Klein.

Co-coach John Quinlan, also the tournament manager, was pleased with the event.

'The parents stepped up and really helped,' Quinlan said. 'We had volunteers from all four of the decades that I've been here. I'm always amazed at how many people are willing to give up their Saturday to help make this work.'

Whitnall/Greendale also routed Pius XI, 63-12, on Jan. 20. Winners were Iverson at 120 pounds, Nowak at 132 and Gabe Lewisat 138, and the team received eight forfeits.

FMOW GYMNASTICS

Getting some fresh air and fresh competition, the Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall took second in the 17-team Niles West (Illinois) Big Invitational on Jan. 23.

'We always like this trip; it's a lot of fun,' said coach Katie Moore. 'We're at a good point in the season, we're looking at improving some things. We have a couple of two meet weeks coming back to back, and we're really looking forward to a few of them.'

Moore said the team is really aiming at the Feb. 6 Kenosha Invitational.

The Niles West Meet featured a modified scoring format where only three performers per event counted as opposed to the normal four. FMOW scored 105.325 points for its spot as Prairie Ridge (Illinois) won with 105.95. Moore said they didn't realize the score was that close until they received the final results.

Top finishes for the locals included seconds from Jessie Keiseron floor exercise (9.275) and Holli Andersonon balance beam (8.95). Erin Scholzwas third on beam with an 8.875, while Anderson was third on floor with a 9.25. Other efforts of note included Becca Koronkowski fourth on uneven bars (8.9) and a sixth by Scholz (9.2) and an eighth by Koronkowski (9.075) on vault.

Moore was pleased with the efforts all-around, especially on vault as the team has started to increase its degree of difficulty on the event.

WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL

New Berlin West gave the Falcons a physical battle in their Woodland Conference game on Jan. 22 before Whitnall prevailed, 71-61.

'It was a real physical game, and I am proud of how we stepped up,' coach Steve Kujawa said. 'West was trying to get the ball inside. There were a lot of hard screens, and people were crashing the boards. This was a good test for us because we are going to play some physical teams in the next few games.'

Whitnall built a 14-point lead in the second half, but West came within 4 points with six minutes left. Austin Braulthit a pair of baskets and two free throws to boost the margin back to 10.

Tyler Herropaced the Falcons with 21 points, with Kevion Tayloradding 18 points, Brault 13 and Daren Thomas 8 points. Whitnall hit 29 of 37 free throws, including 12 of 14 in the final four minutes.

The Falcons moved into a first-place tie with Brown Deer at 6-2 in the Woodland East Division. Those two teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Brown Deer.

FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Sabers hopes for a shot at the Southeast Conference title took a major hit when they were upset by Racine Case, 57-52, in a Jan. 22 league road trip.

The defeat broke a seven-game winning streak for Franklin and dropped the Sabers into a second place tie with Kenosha Tremper (6-2), while defending champion Oak Creek remains alone in first place at 8-0.

Franklin looked to get back on track against Kenosha Bradford on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and will visit Oak Creek in a 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, contest. The Knights were the last team to beat Franklin before the Case loss. It was a 61-46 decision on Dec. 15.

A bad start did in the Sabers against Case (4-4 in league play) as they fell behind 30-20 at the break. Franklin had a huge advantage at the foul line, hitting 20 of 32 charity attempts to the Eagles' nine of 14 but failed to hit a single 3-pointer on the night.

Sarah Neumannhad 19 points to lead the Sabers, while Abby Schauerhad 18 and Carly Graverson12.

FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL

Getting into the victory column remains an arduous chore for the Sabers as they came off exam week and fell to Racine Case by a 64-46 margin on Jan. 22.

The drops the Sabers to 2-5 in Southeast Conference play and 2-11 overall.

They took on Kenosha Bradford (0-7) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and then will host rival Oak Creek in a 7 p.m. tilt Friday, Jan. 29. Franklin beat Bradford, 67-40, on Dec. 11 and fell to Oak Creek, 64-54, on Dec. 15.

In the loss to Case (4-3), the Sabers were still in it at the break, being down only 26-21, but the Eagles then outscored them, 38-25, in the second half to pull away.

The Sabers' had a hard time containing Case's Kareem Ozier, who led all scorers with 29 points.

Franklin was led by Max Albawith 13, while Sam Ruetzand Marcus Leehad eight apiece.

WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING

Michael Beckmancame in fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with 1 minute, 1.67 seconds at the Kenosha Bradford Invitational on Jan. 23.

Wigington was also fifth in the 100 freestyle (53.49 seconds), and sixth places went to Wigington in the 50 freestyle (24.38) and the 200 medley relay team of Beckman, Steven Domitrz, Jeremiah Hinsonand Wigington (1:52.92).

Beckman claimed seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:18.49) for the Falcons, who tallied 215 points for ninth place.

Whitnall also took second place in a triangular with Milwaukee Lutheran and Lake Forest Academy on Jan. 21.

Wigington won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Beckman the 200 IM and 100 backstroke; and Domitrz the 100 breaststroke.

Also swimming well were Isaiah Haunin the 200 and 500 freestyles; Hinson in the 100 butterfly; and Samir Azmaniin the 100 backstroke.

OAK CREEK BOYS SWIMMING

Ryan McDermottwas third in diving to lead the Knights to an 11th-place finish in the Kenosha Bradford Red Devil Invitational on Jan. 23.

McDermott turned in an 11-dive score of 376.05 points for his finish as a Kenosha Tremper diver won the event with a 483.05 mark. McDermott's efforts paced the Knights to a 151-point total in the 15-school field . Greenfield/Greendale edged Racine Case, 433-424, for the title.

Other good finishes by event included the following: diving: Quin Sporleder, ninth (303.45), and Max Farnsworth, 10th (293.8); 500 free: Zak Brownell, 11th (5:50.26), Nathan Meyer, 14th (5:59.75); 200 free: Brownell, 15th (2:08.85); 100 butterfly: Andy Kaestner, 16th (1:05.85); 200 free relay: Henry Olsen, Steffen Borges, Nathan Meyer and Kaestner, 14th (1:47.56); 400 free relay: Michael Zawacki, Brownell, Meyer and Kaestner, 11th (3:59.39); and 200 medley relay: Joey Callies, Brownell, Zawacki and Olsen, 15th (2:04.37).

GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Panthers fell to Shorewood, 54-49, in a Woodland Conference contest on Jan. 22.

Annie Pulizos led the way with 12 points, Sara Redlin tallied 9 points, Cassidy Sanchez 8 and Kayla Kubiak 6 for the Panthers, who did hit six 3-point field goals.

WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Powerful New Berlin West was too much for the Falcons in a 65-38 game on Jan. 21.

The Vikings have one of their better shooting teams in years, and they netted their first seven shots, including four 3-point field goals.

Sierra Gruborpaced Whitnall with 14 points, including 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Kaitlyn Burakowskiadded 8 points and Jaden Kelley7 points for the Falcons, who hit 13 of 17 free throws overall.

Grubor also tallied four rebounds and two steals and Kelley four boards for the Falcons.

ICE FORCE HOCKEY

The local co-op had a very rough weekend, falling to Waupun, 7-1, on Jan. 22 and then dropping a 5-0 decision to Marquette.

After getting off to an 8-3 start to the season, the locals have dropped six of their last seven to fall to 9-9 overall.

They will host Grafton at the Wilson Park Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and then will visit Arrowhead at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

Jeff Schultz scored the only goal of the weekend against Waupun.

FRANKLIN WRESTLING

The Sabers got a seventh-place finish from Steven Djurinaat 182 pounds to lead their efforts in the Spartan Invitational on Jan. 23.

Djurnia went 2-2 on the day and is now 17-7 overall. He defeated a Reedsburg wrestler in overtime in his final bout.

Ryan Simmonsat 170 (14-14) was 2-3 for the tournament. The Sabers were 21st in the tournament.

— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech