The Knights had a great outing at the first Clintonville Invitational on Jan. 12 as junior JackKalloch won the 113-pound title and the Knights earned fourth as a team.
A total of 11 wrestlers took part as senior 170-pounder Jordan Fischer also earned a second in his class.
Earning thirds for the Knights were Alex Ellision, Teague Worlton, Danny Zenge, Mohamed Dawod and Nate Patton.
"It was a really fun day for us," coach Gus Kaufmann said. "It was a different tourney and we took 11 guys up there. We got a lot of them into the gold (championship) bracket and we were in second until the final round (the team eventually finished fourth)."
This past week, the Knights lost a dual meet to Germantown, but Patton at 285 pounds scored a huge upset, beating the Warhawks' state-ranked 220-pounder Hunter Higginbotham, 7-4, when Higginbotham moved up a weight class to challenge Patton.
"Nate said there was no way he was going to lose to a 220-pounder," Kaufmann said.
At the Sheboygan North Invitational on Saturday, Kaufmann sent his four best as Dawod went 4-1 on the day to take fifth at 195. Both Fischer at 170 and Patton at 285 went 3-2 to take sixth.
The Knights' junior varsity had a great showing the same day at the Racine Park Invitational, taking five first places.
"We still have 25 guys out there every day in practice (with only three seniors) and we're working hard keeping their spirits up," Kaufmann said.
Elyssa Tracy was third on the uneven bars with an 8.6 score as she helped the Highlanders to their runner-up finish in their own invite on Jan. 12.
Tracy's name was inadvertently left out of the results reported in the Jan. 17 edition of the North Shore NOW. Tracy is a key performer for the Highlanders this winter and has worked hard to recover from surgery she had on her ankle in October, her third such procedure in the last 2 1/2 years.
In the lead sports photo on page 15 of the Jan. 17 edition of the North Shore NOW, the Nicolet player on the left was misidentified. The player is Sara Travia.
We regret the error.
WHITEFISH BAY AND HOMESTEAD BOYS SWIM
The Highlanders edged the Blue Dukes, 91-89, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Jan. 17.
Returning state place-winner Nick Petersen was part of three wins for the Highlanders as he claimed both the 200 freestyle (1:46.87) and the 100 butterfly (51.71) and was also on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:45.89).
Sam Silver was on the winning medley team and also on the victorious 200 free relay team (1:38.49) while Whelan Callahan claimed the 100 breast stroke (1:09.21) and was also on the medley relay.
For Bay, Ethan Nikolau claimed both the 50 (23.45) and 100 (53.45) freestyles and was on the winning 400 free relay team (3:30.31) while Ethan Bott won the 100 backstroke (56.8) and was also on the 400 free relay.
Noah Oldson was on the 400 free relay, too, and also claimed the 500 free (5:08.52).
In the West Bend Invitational on Saturday, defending state WIAA Division 2 diving champ Joe Kaszubowski won his specialty with an 11-dive score of 439.85 points as the Blue Dukes were fifth of eight teams as Madison Memorial won the event.
NICOLET-HOMESTEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL
Knights coach Rick DeKeyser said that his team's upset of Whitefish Bay the previous week wouldn't matter much unless it could follow it up with a win over Homestead on Friday.
Task accomplished, as in a less-than-lovely effort, the Knights defeated the Highlanders, 33-24.
"We had a great third quarter (a 15-2 outburst)," DeKeyser said. " Sara (Travia) had a three in the quarter and I know Briana (Gray) had six of her 10. We worked all week on swinging the ball faster against a zone defense like theirs and it finally paid off there."
With the win, Nicolet (5-3, 8-7) stayed tied for third in the North Shore with Germantown. They have opportunities to stay close in their next two games, as they host Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday and visit Port Washington on Tuesday.
"We still have a chance (at conference)," DeKeyser said. "I just have to convince the girls that we can do it."
Meanwhile, Homestead fell to 2-6 and 4-10, respectively as the Highlanders dropped their seventh straight game. They host Port Washington on Friday and then are at Grafton on Tuesday.
DeKeyser and his staff convinced the Knights to come back after falling behind 11-9 at the half against the Highlanders on Friday. Gray, Nicolet's leading scorer, had to sit out a large chunk of the first half with foul trouble.
"But as I've said all along, defense keeps us in games," DeKeyser said. And when the Nicolet offense came back, the defense stayed with it and the Knights were able to cruise home after taking a 24-13 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Knights even played their entire bench in the waning minutes. Travia also had 10 points and Lanoira Duhart had six for Nicolet while Homestead was paced by Christal Hearn with eight and TaylorMcIlwraith with seven.
BROWN DEER GIRLS BASKETBALL
St. Francis plays a version of the Grinnell "three-pointer and press," run-and-shoot offense, but the Falcons were able to turn the tables on the Mariners on Friday getting loads of easy baskets off misses as they coasted to a season-best offensive effort in a 74-40 win.
"They had a ton of misses and we had a ton of good looks," Falcons coach Vinnie Murray said . "… It was fun to play that kind of game and to put up that many points. It's not often we get to play in the open court like that."
The victory was the second in a row for Brown Deer and improved the Falcons to 3-8 in Woodland play and 6-9 overall. They will be at Tosa West on Friday and then host Whitnall on Tuesday.
"We've been playing well for a few weeks now," Murray said. "Much better defensively and we're rebounding better, too."
Against St. Francis, the Falcons were ahead from the start 17-4 at the quarter and 31-16 at the half. A 19-8 third quarter put the game away.
Jasalyn Lee had a season high 25 points to lead the way, while Sabrina Wimmer had 12, AllisonLaurent 11, and Imani Stingley and Kendall Laurent nine apiece.
Murray praised the efforts of Stingley and noted that Valerie Whiyee has been a real stopper on the defensive end.
BROWN DEER BOYS BASKETBALL
The Falcons maintained a comfortable three-game edge in the Woodland Conference East with a 93-62 hammering of St. Francis on Friday.
With the victory, the Falcons improved to 11-1 in league play and 13-3 overall. They can all but clinch the divisional title in the next few games. They host Tosa West on Friday and then visit second-place (7-4) Whitnall on Tuesday.
Against a struggling St. Francis team, the Falcons had little trouble, bolting out to a 28-6 first quarter lead and then never looking back. It was 50-22 at the half.
A total of 10 players scored for Brown Deer as D'Sean Groce (22 points), Trayvon Palmer (19), Devante Jackson (14) and Desmond Jackson (13) all broke into double figures. Lewrenzo Byers contributed eight.
Brown Deer hit nine 3-pointers, including three each by Desmond Jackson and Groce and two from Byers.
SHOREWOOD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Greyhounds put in a strong effort but came up short of Woodland Conference rival New Berlin Eisenhower in a 78-73 defeat on Friday.
The loss drops the Greyhounds to 7-5 in league play and to 9-6 overall. It came three days after Shorewood defeated Cedarburg, 75-68, in a nonconference game.
The Greyhounds try to get back on track with a pair of upcoming home games. They host New Berlin West on Friday and then bring in nonconference opponent Milwaukee School of Languages on Tuesday.
In the loss to Eisenhower, the Greyhounds broke out to a 21-12 first quarter lead and were still up 39-33 at the half. The Lions finally drew even at 50 after three periods.
But in the end, Shorewood could not contain one of the area's leading scorers, guard Reed Timmer, who had 37 points, including 14-of-15 free throws. The defeat came despite a series of nice efforts by Shorewood including 19 points each from Tejon Lucas and Carmen Purvis. Donovan Freeman had 17 and BobbyKohl 11.
In the win over Cedarburg, the Greyhounds had a two-point lead going into the fourth period, before outscoring the Bulldogs, 18-13, to pull away.
Kejuan Glosson and Lucas had 18 points each while Freeman had 17, Kohl 12 and Purvis eight. Glosson knocked down four 3-pointers and Lucas three.
The Highlanders bounced back from a disappointing 4-0 loss to North Shore rival Germantown in a big way, as Thomas Fazio had five goals and three assists in a 9-4 nonconference victory over Monona Grove on Saturday.
Homestead, which is 5-10-1 overall, hosts Green Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday and then hosts Germantown again at 8 p.m. Monday. Both games are at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
The Highlanders and Silver Eagles were tied 2-2 at the end of one period, but then Homestead went ahead 5-3 after two periods before outscoring the visitors 4-1 in the final session.
Fazio got a lot of help as Ryan Mezera had two goals and two assists, while Joey Hobbs had one goal and two assists , Michael Schulz one goal and one assist and Jake Levin, Jon Weyker and Adam Hobbs all contributed two assists apiece.
Homestead, which outshot Monona Grove 35-28, got 24 saves from Tristan Garland.
WHITEFISH BAY CO-OP HOCKEY
Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago goal Quinn Disrud stopped 49-of-50 shots in holding the Storm to a 1-1 tie on Saturday.
The game broke an 11-day sabbatical for the Storm, now 13-3-1. They host Sheboygan at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kern Center.
Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago scored with about 11 minutes left in the game, but the Storm forged the tie about six minutes later on a goal from Djordje Torbica with help from Thomas Aiken and Andy Keith.
Goalie Sean Leahy made 35 saves for the locals.
Aleah Ellis continues to be a shining light for the Knights as she led the way in a recent 134.45-126.8 dual meet loss to North Shore/Greater Metro Conference foe Grafton/Cedarburg.
Ellis won the bars with an 8.375 score, was third on the vault (8.95) and floor exercise (8.6) and was second in the all-around (34.175).
Rachel Rabenn was second on beam with an 8.775 mark.
WHITEFISH BAY GYMNASTICS
The Blue Dukes took sixth in the Arrowhead Invitational on Saturday after dropping a 132.95-132.45 dual meet decision to North Shore/Greater Metro Conference foe Menomonee Falls/Germantown.
In the dual meet, the Blue Dukes, freshman Mary Claire Potter remained a sensation, winning the all-around with an excellent score of 36.375. She also won the uneven bars (9.075), balance beam (9.425) and the floor exercise (8.975). She was second on vault (8.9) to teammate Lucy Anzia (8.925) as teammate Paris Limberatos was third (8.85).
The team will now be off until a Jan. 31 dual meet at home against Shorewood.
- Steven L. Tietz
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