Sports Wrapup, Dec. 23

Dec. 23, 2012

WNS and Homestead hockey

The Whitefish Bay, Nicolet and Shorewood co-op maintained control of the North Shore Conference race with a 4-1 win over their rivals from Homestead last Saturday at the Kern Center.

"It went really well," said Storm coach Maco Balkovec. "I was very happy with the way we played. Everyone really bought in to what we tried to do, and that's really rewarding for both the team and the coaching staff."

"We played exactly the way we wanted to and scored on plays we work on all the time."

WNS improved to 4-0 in league play and 10-1 overall while Homestead fell to 1-3 in North Shore play and 3-5 overall. Both will be playing in the eight-team Milwaukee Admirals' Cup as both squads will be competing at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee Thursday and Friday (TBA).

Homestead actually grabbed the quick lead in the first period on a goal from Thomas Fazio with an assist from Adam Connolly.

It was exactly the wake-up call the Storm needed as Djordje Torbica got a power play goal to tie it up before the end of the first session. The Storm then took control with two goals in the second period as Thomas Aiken scored off a face-off and Torbica got his second score to make it 3-1.

Insurance was provided in the third on what Balkovec called a "beautiful goal" that saw Drew Kneisel made a great pass that Andy Krugler tipped in.

Krugler and Aiken both finished with two assists; Andy Keith also had an assist as did Torbica. Sean Leahy made 26 saves for the Strom while the Highlanders' Killian Martin had 39 saves.

"Sometimes we start with the attitude that we're not as good as we think we are," Balkovec said, "but once we get going, we know we can play with anyone."

Whitefish Bay girls basketball

The Blue Dukes maintained their Scrooge-like defensive tendencies as they went into the holiday break with a share of the North Shore Conference lead, with a 37-19 win over Grafton last Friday.

With the win, Bay improved to 4-1 in league play, good for a tie with Cedarburg, who beat Nicolet last Friday. Bay is now 5-5 overall.

They also fell 46-39 to rival Dominican last Saturday in a nonconference game, and now will be off until Jan. 4 when they visit Homestead in another North Shore tilt.

Bay actually trailed 12-7 at the end of one period, but then stifled the Blackhawks to the tune of just seven points total over the next three quarters. The Blue Dukes went ahead 19-15 at the end of the half and then stretched the margin to 33-16 with an impressive 14-1 effort in the third quarter.

Jamie Talbert and Ashley Reed had 10 points apiece for the Blue Dukes while Paige Kerwin had seven.

Against Dominican, Bay had a 25-21 halftime lead, but the Knights outscored the Blue Dukes, 25-14 in the second half to earn the win.

Dominican's Allazia Blockton had 30 points to lead all scorers while Stock had 10 and Kerwin nine for Bay.

Homestead boys basketball

In their first "normal" week of scheduling all season, the Highlanders stayed in a tie for second place in the North Shore with a 62-54 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran last Friday.

With the win, Homestead is now 5-1 in league play and 8-4 overall. They will host the annual John Chekouras Classic this Thursday and Friday, challenging Neenah in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap semifinal on Thursday, with Brown Deer taking on Milwaukee Hamilton in the other semifinal.

Games are at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Then on Jan. 4, Homestead will visit Whitefish Bay in a critical North Shore Conference tilt.

Against Lutheran, it was never easy for the Highlanders, as they held a 16-12 first quarter advantage and a 29-26 lead at the break. It was still only 42-39 at the end of three quarters before Homestead finally eased away with the victory.

Point guard Joe Binyoti hit seven of 11 free throws en route to 15 points while Sam Kaegi had 14, Luke Worthington 11 and Jake Laihinen 10.

Homestead girls basketball

The Highlanders got back on track with a 45-31 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran last Friday.

With the win, Homestead improved to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in North Shore play. They will take part in the Sheboygan South Tournament on Thursday and Friday.

Against Lutheran, the Highlanders went up 11-4 at the quarter and 22-9 at the half, then coasted to the finish line.

Taylor McIlwraith continued her run of strong play with a game-high 21 points that included 10 of 14 free throws as Marciarae Harmon had 10 and Taira Cottingham seven. All told, Homestead was 20 of 34 from the foul line at the game as opposed to six of nine for the Red Knights.

Nicolet boys basketball

The Knights ran their winning streak to six games with an easy 57-33 triumph over Cedarburg last Friday.

Nicolet, which is now 4-2 in the North Shore, good for fourth place, will visit Pewaukee on Friday in a nonconference game. They will then resume North Shore action Jan. 4 at defending state champion Germantown.

The Knights bolted out to a 17-8 lead against Cedarburg and then expanded that to 25-11 at the half. They outscored the Bulldogs in every quarter.

Tyler Miller and Eugene Bonner led seven scorers with 15 points each while Greg Pigg had 10.

Shorewood girls basketball

The Greyhounds bounced back from a tough defeat at the hands of Woodland Conference leader Pius XI Dec. 18, to pull out a 37-34 decision over Wauwatosa West last Friday.

With the win, the Greyhounds improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Woodland Eastern Division standings, just a game behind Whitnall. They will now be off until Jan. 4, when they visit St. Francis.

In the win over West, the Greyhounds were down 18-11 at the half, but rallied to go ahead 26-23 at the end of three quarters. They held off a five three-pointer assault by the Trojans (Shorewood had no treys in the game) as Robbie Holland had 11 points, Jada Stackhouse nine and Ashley Eimers eight.

Against Pius, the Greyhounds were competitive in the 48-32 defeat. They were outscored in every quarter (28-17 at the half and 40-27 at the end of three periods). Grace Hayes had eight points while Johnna Odom had seven and Eimers six.

Nicolet and Shorewood girls gymnastics

The Knights went into the holidays on a positive note with Nicolet's 126.7-96.95 decision over area rival Shorewood on Dec. 18.

Aleah Ellis won the all-around with a 33.445 while also taking the floor exercise (8.42), vault (8.5) and uneven bars (8.325). Hayley Raj won the balance beam with an 8.625 mark while seconds went to Raj in floor exercise (8.075), Rachel Rabenn on vault (8.3) and Ali Zimmerman on bars (7.575).

Rabenn was third on beam (8.175), as was Ali Marcus on bars (7.375).

Knights coach Chris Dempsey was pleased with the effort.

"We're getting better all the time," she said. "Slow and steady wins the race. The turtle is always the winner. The girls are amazing. So much talent and hard work from all."

Asia Cruz was second on vault (8.25) and beam (8.225) for the Greyhounds.

Homestead girls gymnastics

The Highlanders went into the holiday break on a good note with a 132.1-109.4 dual meet win over Port Washington on Dec. 18.

"We're now looking forward to some good workouts over the break," said coach Mike Giles.

Homestead got individual wins from Tori Puhl on beam (8.3), Amanda Hopkins in floor exercise (9.0), Leigh Berman on vault (8.9) and Elyssa Tracy on bars with an 8.3 in her first meet back since recovering from foot surgery.

Puhl was second on vault (8.6) and in floor exercise (8.8), as was Berman on beam (8.05), and Ellie Trau on bars (7.9). Hopkins claimed a third on vault (8.5), as did MacKenzie Goebel on beam (8.0) and Dominique Wilkerson on floor (8.35).

Giles was very happy with the efforts on floor.

Brown Deer girls basketball

It was a hard week for the Falcons, as coach Vinnie Murray predicted: The Falcons were routed by returning state D2 runner-up New Berlin Eisenhower, 67-14, last Friday after dropping a 45-35 decision to Pewaukee on Dec. 18.

With the two defeats, the Falcons dropped to 3-7 overall. They will host Milwaukee Academy of Sciences on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

In the loss to Eisenhower, a 23-0 second quarter did the Falcons in as Jasalyn Lee led them with six points.

Against Pewaukee, the Pirates went up 31-13 at the half and then held off a tenacious second half showing by Brown Deer. Sabrina Wimmer had 10 points and Lee eight for Brown Deer.

Whitefish Bay wrestling

Despite picking up three forfeits, the Blue Dukes could make little headway against multi-time defending North Shore champ Port Washington in a 46-26 dual meet loss Dec. 18.

Bay got match wins from Joey Davey at 132 pounds (technical fall) and on a 5-3 overtime decision by Rashadeem Gray at 170. Elsewhere, they picked up forfeits from Cooper Fergus at 106, Kelly Jackson at 195 and Steve Meyer at 220.

Port earned six pins in beating the Blue Dukes, who will be at the Oshkosh on the Water Tournament Friday and Saturday at UW-Oshkosh.

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