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WRITER'S NOTE

In compiling the "Let's look at the replay" column in the Dec. 29 issue of the Now, which looked at the best and most important sports events of 2016,  I (Steven L. Tietz) overlooked one great achievement in the area: the state meet qualifying effort of the Menomonee Falls girls cross-country team in October.

Chalk it up to old age or simply forgetfulness, but I apologize to that youthful team, which was the first Indian girls quad to make it to state in about 20 years. I was at the qualifying WIAA sectional meet and was impressed with their grit, excitement and joy, so leaving them off this list was inexcusable. Congratulations to coach Tom Shannon and his young team, which should have a great many more successes in the near future.

THE "Al" CLASSIC BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL

The Germantown basketball program will again host this one-day hoops extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee.

There will be five boys' and two girls' games on the docket. The highlight will be the 4:45 p.m. tilt between the top-ranked Arrowhead girls and the fifth-ranked Germantown squad. That game will kick off session two of the day.

Other games include the following. Session One: 9 a.m. Milwaukee Washington girls vs. Whitefish Bay; 10:30 a.m. West Bend West boys vs. Whitefish Bay; 12:15 p.m. Milwaukee Academy of Science boys vs. Waukesha West; 2 p.m. Kenosha Bradford boys vs. Homestead. Session two: 6:30 p.m. Arrowhead boys vs. Middleton; and 8:15 p.m. Germantown boys vs. Marquette.

Single, one-session tickets are $5 each for students and adults if purchased online in advance. At the door, general admission tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students.

For online tickets, go to https://www.ticketracker.com/store/events/272.

MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL

After a pair of tough losses the previous week, the Indians bounced back with a 64-20 nonconference rout of Nicolet on Dec. 29.

The victory improved their overall record to 4-6. They will return to Greater Metro Conference action on Friday, Jan. 6, when they visit Wauwatosa East.

Against winless Nicolet, the Indians took control early, roaring out to a 34-13 halftime lead and then holding the Knights to just 7 points in the second session.

Nine players scored for the Indians, including Marissa Igunbor with with 15 points, while Madison Grzesiak hit two 3-pointers for 10 and Allie Paulson, Elena Beck and Jessica Boerner all had 8 apiece.

Igunbor added nine rebounds, five assists and five steals, and Grzesiak and Sam Kruk had three steals each.

HAMILTON BOYS BASKETBALL

The Chargers took part in the Sentry Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament at UW-Stout's Quandt Fieldhouse on Dec. 29 and 30. On the first day, Hamilton lost to Wisconsin Rapids, 49-42.

HHS, which shot 13-for-51 from the floor (26 percent), was led by Tyler Ellingson's 13 points. Lucas Finnessy had a team-high eight rebounds. Hamilton made 11 of 14 free-throw attempts (79 percent).

A day later on Dec. 30, Hamilton faced off against Stevens Point, the two-time defending Division 1 state champions, and lost, 65-37.

“Defensively we did a good job,” HHS coach Andy Cerroni said. “We didn’t turn it over a ton. It wasn’t like we threw it away or anything like that, but it’s just a struggle to score for us.”

Jordan Smith led Hamilton with 15 points against Point. Smith made five 3-pointers. Ryan Filo contributed five rebounds.

GERMANTOWN ICE BEARS HOCKEY

The local co-op improved to 5-5 with a 9-1 rout of Becker/BigLake in a tournament in Barron on Dec. 30.

No details were available from the game. The Ice Bears went 2-1 in the tournament, falling to Sauk Prairie, 2-1, on Dec. 28 but then bouncing back to beat Milton, 3-2, on Dec. 29.

GERMANTOWN BOYS BASKETBALL

Getting a healthy Kyle Clow back in the lineup helped a bit for the Warhawks, but it wasn't quite enough as they fell to Bay Port, 87-78, in the WBY Rick Majerus Classic at Concordia in Mequon on Dec. 27.

Clow, who was out with an illness for a time, including the Warhawks' difficult loss to Arrowhead on Dec.22, poured in 30 points. The Warhawks fell to 2-6 overall.

They will be at North Shore Conference leader Cedarburg on Friday, Jan. 6, and then will host their annual hoops extravaganza at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday, Jan. 7. They will play Marquette at 8:15 p.m. that night.

Against Bay Port (5-2), the Warhawks fell behind 44-41 at the half before losing to the Pirates. Ethan Meyer had 18 points, Bryce Thomas 13 and Colin Lindwall 8 for Germantown, while the Pirates had four players in double figures.

It was the sixth loss in a row for the Warhawks. Earlier in December, they learned that their opening-season loss to Milwaukee Hamilton was a forfeit victory.

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