The Germantown football team recently had five players sign NCAA national letters of intent.
Two-time Now All-Suburban selection and North Shore Conference linebacker of the year Austin Mozdzen has signed with NCAA Division II Winona State (Minnesota), while All-North Shore Conference first-team defensive lineman Dan Colvin has signed with St. Cloud (Minnesota).
First-team All-North Shore offensive lineman Ahmed Kharoub has signed with Division III UW-Eau Claire, while defensive end Zach Larsen will head to Concordia-Mequon and linebacker Connor Stoming to St. Thomas (Minnesota).
Germantown made Level 2 of the WIAA state playoffs last fall.
The Chargers finished fifth at the Division 1 Menomonee Falls regional on Feb. 11 with 134.5 points. Falls took home the title with 232.5 points. The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the Oconomowoc sectional on Feb. 18.
Jesse Fryda won the 160-pound championship with a 3-2 double overtime victory in the finals. Fryda was victorious by major decision in the semifinals.
Owen Gorges (145) and Dylan Klemstein (152) came in second. Josh Reindl (126) and Geno Giovannini (170) came in third. Also qualifying for the sectional with fourth-place finishes were Josh Schaefer (138) and John Rybka (182).
The Indians beat West Allis Central (0-13), 61-54, in a Greater Metro Conference game on Feb. 10.
The victory improved them to 6-7 in league play and 9-11 overall. They took on Wisconsin Lutheran on Feb. 14 in a nonconference game and now will host rival and GMC champ Sussex Hamilton on Friday, Feb. 17, in their regular-season closer.
They earned the 12th seed in the WIAA D1 Whitefish Bay sectional and will visit Hamilton in a regional semifinal contest on Feb. 24.
Against Central, the Indians took a 34-30 lead at the half, then held on from there.
Marissa Igunbor had 15 points to lead Falls while Karly Volz scored 12, Elena Beck added nine and Madison Grzesiak and Alyssa Marks had eight apiece. Volz had four of Falls' nine 3-pointers.
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The Indians defeated Port Washington, 127.775-118.225, in a recent Greater Metro/North Shore Conference dual meet.
The local co-op, which also took part in the Mukwonago Invite on Feb. 11, will now take part in the Greater Metro/North Shore Conference meet at Whitefish Bay at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.
In the dual, the Indians got a one-two, respectively, from Rachel Stuesser (8.40) and Jade Wahlgren (8.275) on balance beam, a one-two from Wahlgren (8.6) and Skylar Kennedy (8.4) on vault while Kennedy claimed the uneven bars (8.1). Caleigh Chisholm was second on floor exercise (8.625), and Wahlgren second in the all-around (32.525).
The Warhawks split a pair of games last week, routing Whitefish Bay, 84-57, on Feb. 7, before falling to North Shore Conference leader Cedarburg, 65-52, on Feb. 10.
The split left Germantown at 4-6 in league play and 9-10 overall. The Warhawks will be at Port Washington on Friday, Feb. 17.
In the loss to Cedarburg, the Warhawks could not contain all-state guard John Diener, who had 28 points, including five 3-pointers. The Bulldogs were up 30-24 at the half and slowly extended their lead in the second half. Cedarburg had a huge advantage at the foul line, hitting 24-of-30 free throws as opposed to just 5-of-8 for the Warhawks.
Ethan Meyer led Germantown with 16 points while Kyle Clow had 14 and Randy Johnson 12.
Against Bay, Germantown used a 46-27 second half to break open what had been a competitive game. Four players broke into double figures, including Clow with 23, Bryce Thomas with 19, Colin Lindwall with 14 and Johnson with 10. Lindwall had four of the Warhawks' nine 3-pointers.
Injuries and the same old mistakes dogged the Indians in a critical 66-64 Greater Metro Conference defeat at the hands of West Allis Central on Feb. 10.
With the loss and Brookfield Central's win over Sussex Hamilton, Falls was officially eliminated from the title chase. Falls had also beaten West Allis Hale, 96-77, on Ferb. 7.
"We got outplayed on both ends of the court (against Central)," said coach Steve Showalter. "They also hustled more and we made only 22-of-41 free throws. We are repeating things (mistakes) that should have been taken care of back in November, because at this point, we should be reaching our peak."
Falls' six losses have been by a total of 19 points.
The Indians fell to 8-4 in the GMC and 14-6 overall. They will visit archrival Sussex Hamilton on Friday, Feb. 17.
The Indians are trying to adapt to life without their best post (Matt Henningsen) and best shooter (Payton Malone), who are both out with knee injuries. There is an outside chance that Henningsen may be back for the Hamilton game.
Against Central, Falls fell behind 35-31 at the half. Nate Schuster continued his strong play with 27 points, including 12-of-14 free throw shooting, while Trevon Williams had 10 and Justin Gruber eight.
Against Hale, Falls got 23 points from Schuster, while Gruber had 15, Kris Walker had 10 and Conner Allen had nine.
The local co-op finished the regular season on a busy note.
They fell to Sheboygan, 6-5, on Feb. 8, lost to Beaver Dam, 3-1, on Feb. 9 and then beat Brookfield, 4-3, on Feb. 11.
They finished with a final mark of 11-13. They took on Beaver Dam again in a WIAA regional semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 14. If they survived that, they will travel to sectional top seed Arrowhead, on Friday, Feb. 17, for a WIAA regional final.
In the win over Brookfield, Zack Fountain, Eli Kopish, Ryan McClarren and Ian Devenport all had goals while Chris Clement made 29 saves.
In the overtime loss to Sheboygan, the Ice Bears overcame a 3-0 deficit but could not hold onto a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period.
They lost to Beaver Dam despite outshooting the Golden Beavers, 51-26.