MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The Indians got their season rolling with a victory in the five-team Jefferson Invite on Dec. 9.
They scored 126.725 points for their win, edging the host school (125.25) for top honors. It was a vast improvement from the opening-night meet against Shorewood on Dec. 7.
"I was very proud of my girls last night," said coach Kym Remillard "After a rough start on Wednesday's meet, the girls were able to shake thing off. Each girl played a big role in this win. It is so great to listen to them cheer on one another. I am so excited to see where we will be as a team after Christmas."
Skylar Kennedy led the way with a victory in the all-around competition (32.75). She also won the floor exercise with an 8.1 and took second on the uneven bars (8.0) to teammate Rachel Stuesser (8.25). Kennedy was also second on balance beam (7.9).
Other top performances included Caleigh Chisholm, who was fourth on floor exercise (8.3) and balance beam (7.85), sixth on vault (8.1) and sixth in the all-around (30.6), and Jade Wahlgren, who was third in the all-around (31.225).
"We have several girls working on new stills, and I feel may of them will be ready to show off their new skills after Christmas," Remillard said. "They are all very hard workers and they cheer and push one another at practices and during the meets and it is a great feeling to have such a wonderful team spirit. One team, one dream!"
HAMILTON BOYS BASKETBALL
Against West Allis Central on Dec. 9, the Chargers came out aggressive and led at the half, 34-14. In the second half, WAC made a comeback and cut the lead to 43-40, but Hamilton hit its free throws down the stretch to win, 56-45.
Jordan Smith led HHS with 22 points and converted 10 of 13 free-throw attempts.
"I've been playing against WAC for the past four years," Smith said. "They've always been a real physical team ... when they got down in the first half, we knew they were coming right back in the second half. We knew their coach was going to get into them, and they were going to come back. They gave us their best punch, but it wasn't enough."
Shamar Newman scored 9 points and registered four steals. Tyler Ellingson also had 9 points. Newman and Lucas Finnessy had a team-high six rebounds each.
"It was a good test for us because the teams we've played so far never really made a run at us," HHS coach Andy Cerroni said. "This was the first time we had to kind of figure out what we're doing and as coaches try to figure out what we can do in those situations. A lot of them haven't been in those situations ever. It's a process and a journey."
Hamilton defeated Slinger, 45-29, on Dec. 6. Smith had 12 points, and Ellingson added 11.
The Warhawks turned in a disappointing effort in beating short-handed North Shore rival Homestead on Dec. 8 but then bounced back to record a strong second-place effort in the Hartford Duals on Dec. 10.
It was part of a philosophical change for coach Jeff Szohr.
"We're going to try and fill spots in the lineup but not at the cost of developing kids," he said.
To that end, he's probably going to keep several younger wrestlers down on the junior varsity so they can gain confidence and build strength. Correspondingly, he has challenged his older wrestlers to dig deep and find "the fight" in themselves even when they're down.
It came after the Warhawks dropped six of nine contested matches against Homestead. They won the match on the basis of forfeits.
But in the tournament, the Warhawks downed Hartford and Sussex Hamilton; fell to powerful Stevens Point; and then rallied to beat state-ranked Kenosha Tremper. Coming out of the weekend, Isaac Riddle at 132, Mason Wheeler at 145 and Waymon McNeal at 152 all remained unbeaten.
Szohr also praised the efforts of Jeffrey Brezonick for a big closing win over Tremper and noted Kevin Tamboli also had an important win that match. Freshman Andrew Seramur is competing well in the upper weights, Szohr added.
The Warhawks, who will be at the West Allis Central Stech Invitational on Dec. 16 and 17, are feeling better about themselves, Szohr said.
"It's a mental and a physical thing," he said. "We've gone from doom and gloom to being very encouraged."
MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN/HAMILTON BOYS SWIMMING
The Indians got their season rolling with a sixth-place finish in the Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference Relays they hosted at Falls on Dec. 10.
Best finishes included a sixth from the 200-yard freestyle relay of seniors Dayne Gramoll, Nick Omer, Jacob Poulsen and Brandon Christianson (1:37.63); a fourth from the 400 individual medley relay of junior Jason Hunt, freshman Ming Ong, freshman Josh Wu, and sophomore Austin Brown (4:12.24); a third from the 300 backstroke team of Omer, Ong, senior Josh Ebner and sophomore Connor Cameron (2:54.37); a sixth from the 500 crescendo team of senior Bennett Jaskaniek, Gramoll, freshman Trevor Gundrum, and Poulsen (4:58.63); a fifth from the 300 butterfly crew of Cameron, Hunt, Poulsen and sophomore Ryan Ciolkosz (2:54.56); a fifth from the 400 free relay of Cameron, Brown, Gramoll and Chirstianson (3:40.47); and a fifth from the 200 medley team of Ong, Wu, Hunt and Brown (1:49.07).
The Indians scored 40 points for their spot in the nine-team event, as Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial won with 124.
HAMILTON GIRLS BASKETBALL
Despite being down by 10 points in the second half, Hamilton took a lead against Germantown on Dec. 6 but ultimately lost the game, 73-69.
"It went back and forth the whole time," Hamilton coach Bill Scasny said. "We had a foul, and they made their free throws. It was a good high school game. It went back and forth, and we competed with them. They just made the plays at the end and outplayed us."
Macy Williams had a standout game of 24 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Ellie Sumiec added 12 points, and Kristin Thompson scored 10.
Jordan Fierst had seven rebounds, and Thompson grabbed six. Sumiec had a team-high three steals. Lexi Konop and Fierst registered two steals each.
The Chargers took down West Allis Central, 85-24, on Dec. 9. Konop led with 14 points, Sumiec had 13, Williams contributed 12 and Taylor Fuerstenberg added 11.
Taylor Laboy and Thompson had six rebounds each.
Hamilton is 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Greater Metro.
MENOMONEE FALLS WRESTLING
The Indians competed hard in taking 10th of 24 teams in the powerhouse Battle on the Bay on Dec. 10.
The finish came after the Indians' pivotal GMC dual-meet victory over West Allis Central on Dec. 8.
They scored 320 points for their spot, as Luxemburg-Casco won with 505.5 and Sparta was second with 400.5.
The best finishes for the Indians included thirds from both Austin Lasanske at 132 pounds and Eric Wunsch at 138 (both 4-1), while Tyler Gill at 120 (3-2), Matt Anderson at 126 (3-2) and Jon Thomas at 170 (3-2) all earned sixths and Logan Fallon at 285 was seventh (3-2)
GERMANTOWN BOYS BASKETBALL
The lessons continue to come with a price for the young Warhawks, as they dropped games to Wisconsin Lutheran (106-97) and Homestead (68-64) last week.
The twin defeats dropped the Warhawks to 1-3 overall. They took on Grafton on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and will host Whitefish Bay on Friday, Dec. 16.
Against North Shore rival Homestead on Dec. 9, Germantown fell behind, 37-30, at the half and hung close to the Highlanders for most of the second half, but Homestead would hit 10 3-pointers in the contest and get some clutch free throws down the stretch to hold the Warhawks off.
Bryce Thomas scored 17 points for the Warhawks, while Kyle Clow had 16, Zach Behrendt 13 and Randy Johnson nine.
The loss to Wisco was a disheartening triple overtime thriller. The Vikings went up 38-31 at the half, but the Warhawks rallied to tie it at 70-70 at the end of regulation. It was 81-81 at the end of the first half and 90-90 at the end of the second OT.
Clow had 30 points and Colin Lindwall 29 for Germantown, while Thomas had 19 and Johnson 14. Wisco put five players in double figures and hit 24 of 30 free throws as opposed to 19-of-30 for the Warhawks.
The Chargers beat Marquette in a Greater Metro dual meet, 45-27, on Dec. 8. Josh Reindl (126), Christian Farmer (132), Josh Schaefer (138), Sam Beffa (145), Dylan Klemstein (160), Geno Giovannini (182) and John Rybka (220) all registered pins.
"That was the first one we wrestled in the conference this year," Hamilton coach Rob Schoner said. "It was definitely a great start to the season. All the guys came out and wrestled really hard. It was nice to see the first two weeks of preparation for the season kind of pay off. I know it's been a long two weeks for them waiting to get on the mat with someone else. I can tell they were definitely excited for that on Thursday."
At the Hartford dual meet tournament Dec. 10, the Chargers beat Hartford and lost to Kenosha Tremper, Germantown and Stevens Point.
Giovannini (182) and Rybka (195) went undefeated at the tournament.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Indians fell to 1-4 with a frustrating 48-44 loss to Greater Metro Conference power DSHA on Dec. 8.
The Indians were up 27-22 at the half but couldn't hit enough free throws (10-25) to protect the lead down the stretch.
Marissa Igunbor had 21 points to lead the Indians, while Jessica Boerner had 17.
Falls took on West Allis Hale on Dec. 13 and will visit Brookfield East on Friday, Dec. 16.