MENOMONEE FALLS CO-OP BOYS SWIMMING
The Indians turned in a balanced effort in earning fourth in the 16-team Cedarburg Invitational on Jan. 7.
"The boys swam very well," said coach Chris Fox. "They swam smart and powerful. They were not rested at all and some swam best times. They showed a lot of heart."
They scored 265.5 points, as Franklin won with 435.
The local co-op will be at Muskego for a Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference dual meet on Thursday, Jan. 12.
The best finishes for the Indians at Cedarburg were a pair of fourths. Nick Omer claimed one in the 50-yard freestyle (23.5 seconds), and then Ming Ong earned another in the 100 backstroke (59.29). The 200 medley relay team of Ong, Josh Wu, Ryan Ciolkosz and Austin Brown was fifth (1:48.08).
Other good finishes included the following: 200 individual medley: Wu, seventh (2:17.04); 100 free: Josh Ebner, 10th (53.72); 500 free: Jack Ragland, 10th (5:23.22); 200 free relay: Dayne Gramoll, Grant Adams, Brandon Christianson, and Ciolkosz, eighth (1:39.91); 100 backstroke: Ebner, seventh (1:01.54); 100 breaststroke: Wu, seventh (1:08.25); and 400 free relay: Ebner, Christianson, Gramoll, and Bennett Jaskaneic, seventh (3:40.14).
The divers were at the Marquette Invite on Jan. 7. Turner Valle was seventh (333.7 points), and Andrew Godfrey was ninth (326.35).
MENOMONEE FALLS WRESTLING
Two-time state wrestling qualifier Austin Lasanske earned his milestone 100th career win as the Indians remained unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference duals with a 53-20 win over Brookfield East on Jan. 6.
Lasanske, who has been wrestling at 132 for the Indians this season, happily posed with his parents, holding a sign that said "Congrats Austin! 100th Win." His father, Todd, was a wrestler for Falls back in the 1980s.
Indian coach Jim McMahon thought it was a good-character win, as the Indians are still struggling to get everyone healthy and back in the lineup.
As usual, the lower weights did the trick for the Indians as Ethan Pogorzelski at 106 pounds, Alec Lind at 113, Tyler Gill at 120, Matt Anderson at 126 and Lasanske at 132 all recorded pins. Sophomore Noah Dakouras came up with a critical 4-3 decision, and Logan Fallon at 285 also registered a pin.
"Great team effort," McMahon said. "Missing several starters due to injury and illness. The kids who filled in did a great job and helped us improve to 4-0 in GMC and 9-3 overall (in dual meets)."
The Indians will visit Marquette in another league dual on Thursday, Jan. 12, and then will take part in the South Milwaukee Van Duser Duals on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The Warhawks stayed unbeaten in North Shore Conference duals with a 57-6 victory over Whitefish Bay on Jan. 5.
Germantown, which also took third in the West Bend Duals on Jan. 7, will visit Cedarburg in a North Shore Conference dual on Thursday, Jan. 12, and then will have a rare weekend off.
Against numbers-challenged Bay, the Warhawks won three of the four bouts wrestled. The highlight of the evening was the tough 8-6 victory by the Warhawks' top-ranked 145-pounder Waymon McNeal over Blue Duke rising star Dajun Johnson. McNeal improved his season record to 23-2 with the win.
Other match victories came from Isaac Riddle at 132 (9-5 decision) and Eric Abel at 138 (9-6).
In the West Bend meet, the short-handed Warhawks went 3-2. They lost to runner-up West Bend East, 42-36, and then beat Brookfield east (46-21), West Bend West (48-36) and Menasha (48-24) before falling to eventual champion Waterford (48-22).
Germantown forfeited up to five classes a match for a variety of reasons. Mason Wheeler at 138 pounds and 145; Waymon McNeal at 152-160; and Colton Birkigt at 106 were all 5-0 on the day, while Dominique Bennett at 285 and Eric Abel at 138-145 were both 4-1 and Isaac Riddle at 132 was 3-1.
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Indians trailed most of the second half to Tosa East on Jan. 6 and rallied to force overtime but could not hold on as they suffered their first Greater Metro Conference loss, 77-73.
Falls, which routed Green Bay East, 99-72, in a nonconference game on Jan. 7, fell into second place in GMC play at 3-1 as unbeaten and state-ranked Brookfield Central (4-0, 9-0) remains atop the league.
The Indians took on West Allis Central on Jan. 10 in another league tilt and will host archrival Sussex Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.
The loss to East was a free-throw contest as both teams shot over 40 attempts. Exact numbers for Falls were unavailable, but East was 30-of-44. East was up 36-38 at the half before Falls tied it at 61-61 heading into OT. No scoring numbers were available for Falls.
The Indians got back on track the next night, outscoring Green Bay East, 46-25, in the first half before scoring 53 in the second half. Five players were in double figures, including Matt Henningsen with 19 points; Justin Gruber and Jaden Champion with 17 each; Payton Malone with 12; and Nate Schuster with 10.
Henningsen was 11-of-17 from the foul line. and Champion 7-of-8.
HAMILTON BOYS BASKETBALL
The Chargers lost to Brookfield East, 76-41, on Jan. 6. HHS trailed at the half, 38-21.
"The thing is that we gave up points in transition," Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni said. "We didn't have a ton of turnovers, but the turnovers we had, they converted. We went down 10-0, and we battled back to 12-9. We kind of came back and did some good things in that little stretch. They shot the ball real well, and they had a lot of open looks."
Hamilton committed 12 turnovers and was outrebounded, 35 to 22. Jordan Smith led the team with 13 points, and Tyler Ellingson added 12.
The Chargers are 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the Greater Metro Conference.
"We just got outworked, outfought, outbattled," Cerroni said. "That was probably the most disappointing thing ... teams will lose games, but going down fighting is the way we want to do it, and we did not do that. I was disappointed in the fight in our team and the fact that we kind of let them do what they wanted to do, and there wasn't much resistance. That was the disappointing part."
GERMANTOWN ICE BEARS HOCKEY
The Ice Bears went 1-2 in the North Shore Conference Tournament last weekend at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
The Ice Bears, 7-7 overall, beat Cedarburg, 6-3, on Jan. 5; fell in a 4-3 heartbreaker to defending champion Homestead on Jan. 6; and lost to the Whitefish Bay WNS Storm, 6-1, on Jan. 7.
In the victory over Cedarburg, the Ice Bears got two goals each from Zack Fountain and Taylor Snider and a score apiece from Hunter Leonhard and Tim Snider.Chris Clement made 18 saves.
They will host Waupun at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend on Friday, Jan. 13, and then visit Waukesha on Saturday, Jan. 14.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Indians were stymied by a tough Tosa East defense as they came off the holiday break with a disappointing 51-29 Greater Metro Conference loss on Jan. 6.
With the defeat, Falls fell to 2-3 in league play and 4-7 overall, while surprising East improved to 2-2 and 8-2, respectively.
Falls took on West Allis Central on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and then will visit rival Sussex Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.
Against East, Falls fell behind, 24-17, at the half. The Red Raiders then held them to only 12 second-half points in pulling away. Marissa Igunbor had 9 points to lead Falls, while Karly Volz helped out with 7.
At the Baraboo Thunderbird Classic on Jan. 7, Owen Gorges went undefeated on the day with a 5-0 record and four pins at 145 pounds. Jesse Fryda (160) took second with a 4-1 record.
Josh Reindl placed fourth at 126. Josh Schaefer (138), Geno Giovannini (170) and Alex Manojlovic (285) were fifth.
Hamilton lost to West Allis Central, 60-18, on Jan. 5. Gorges and Fryda both pinned their respective opponents.
"It was a tough meet with three starters out with injuries and an additional wrestling through illness," HHS coach Rob Schoner said.