OAK CREEK WRESTLING
Due to reporter error, there were a pair of mistakes made in the Feb. 25 Oak Creek wrestling story regarding previous WIAA state placements for Andrew McIntosh and Ross Agg.
Their correct finishes are as follows: McIntosh was a fifth-place medalist at in the 2014 state tournament at 113 pounds but did not place in 2015. Agg was a third-place medalist at 195 in 2015.
The South Now regrets the error.
FRANKLIN BOYS SWIMMING
In their remarkable, best-ever season, the Southeast Conference champion, WIAA sectional champion and WIAA D1 fifth-place-at-state Sabers almost completely rewrote their record book.
All three relay teams set school records at the WIAA state meet that was held Feb. 20. They include the 200-yard medley relay team of Justin Craig, Michael Fischer, Will Lennertzand James Kostrzewa(1:36.39); the 200 free relay team of Kostrzewa, Luke Gavronski, Fischer and DJ Nowacki (1:27.66); and the 400 free relay team of Nowacki, Craig, Lennertz and Gavronski (3:15.61).
In addition, other records include Fischer in the 100 butterfly (52.6) and the 100 breaststroke (58.63) and Craig in the 100 backstroke (53.71). Nowacki set both the 200 and 500 free records last season.
All-time Franklin great Josh Lefeber, who graduated in 2012, still holds the 50 and 100 free records as well as the 200 individual medley mark.
FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Sabers' season came to a crashing end as they suffocated under the intense pressure of Brookfield East's relentless multipronged offensive attack and the Spartans' diamond trap press in an 80-55 WIAA regional final defeat on Feb. 27.
'This was something totally unexpected,' said coach Tony Kathrens. 'We looked at how we played them the first time (this season, an 82-78 defeat on Dec. 8) and we knew we beat them last year. But we lost a lot of team speed last season.
'And we just had a hard time doing anything particularly right. If we were going to play our worst game of the season, I wish we had picked something in the middle of the season, not at the end and on Time Warner TV.'
The Sabers, which had routed Greenfield, 84-47, in a the regional final on Feb. 26, saw their six-game win streak to an end as they finished at 17-7 overall. The Spartans will now challenge Southeast Conference champion Oak Creek in a sectional semifinal on March 3.
What surprised Kathrens most was the intensity of the East press, which was the launching pad to a 39-17 halftime advantage.
'It's a full-court defense, and they continue to trap after midcourt, too,' he said. 'We needed to keep our composure and run our stuff, and we weren't able to ... it's a menacing, formidable defense and it got us out of sorts tremendously.'
On the other side of the ball, they simply weren't able to contain 5-5 senior guard Amanda Pichler and 6-0 senior forward Mariah Miller. Miller led four Spartans in double figures with 24, while Holly DeValkenaere had 15, Jen Wendt 14 and Pichler 13.
'Miller had the points, but it was Pichler who beat us,' Kathrens said. East (17-7) hit 31 of 57 shots for the game, while the Sabers had only 15 baskets.
Senior forward Sarah Neumannhad 18 points for Franklin, while senior guard Abby Schauerhad 15. Stellar four-year forward Carly Graversonfinished her career with just six points.
'Playoff basketball is a little different,' Kathrens said. 'I just felt bad for our seniors. I think they had so much success in grade school that when they got to high school they put a little too much pressure on themselves.'
In the rout of Greenfield, the Sabers broke out to a 44-25 halftime lead as Graverson led 10 scorers with 21 points as Neumann had 15, Schauer 13, Madison Schell10 and Megan Leeeight.
The Falcons played in two lopsided games last week in WIAA Division 2 playoff action, winning one and losing one.
They downed Bay View, 59-27, on Feb. 23 behind 23 points from Sierra Grubor, 15 points from Kendall Striblingand 6 points each by Jaden Kelleyand Lexi Navarette. Kaitlyn Burakowskiadded five rebounds and four assists;Jessie Knackert two assists and three steals; and Madeline Pelkoferfour rebounds.
Whitnall then lost, 59-24, to Waukesha West on Feb. 26 after being outscored, 33-5, in the first half.
Whitnall shot 24 percent (6 of 25) for the game, including 1-of-9 from 3-point range, and hit just 36 percent at the free-throw line (9 of 25). Kelley collected 13 points, Grubor six rebounds, Stribling five rebounds and Knackert five rebounds and two steals for the Falcons, who finished 13-11.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sara Redlinconnected on two free throws with 18 seconds left to seal a 59-58 victory for the Panthers over South Milwaukee in a WIAA Division 2 regional game on Feb. 23.
Redlin's free throws gave Greendale a 3-point lead and allowed the Panthers to withstand a basket by the Rockets in the final seconds.
Greendale was up 33-19 at the half but had to hold off a strong South Milwaukee comeback.
Annie Pulizostallied 18 points; Carley Wilsonput together a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds; and Ellen Davisadded 10 points.
Greendale then lost a 59-28 game to New Berlin Eisenhower on Feb. 26, seeing its season end at 5-19.
'We gave up too many offensive rebounds and transition points in the first half,' coach Christine Keller said.
Pulizos notched 7 points and Redlin and Gina Sommerfeld6 points apiece.
— Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech