The first time around against Menomonee Falls didn't go so well for the Chargers. HHS suffered a 45-point loss on Jan 13, but on Feb. 17 in the rematch, things went quite differently.

Hamilton trailed by 7 at halftime but scored 42 second-half points to win, 75-71.

"Everything about it was great," Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni said. "I thought the kids were really dialed in to what we needed to do. The first time we played them, it certainly wasn't what we anticipated or what we wanted. This time they knew it was going to take a heck of an effort for what we wanted to do not only to win the game but to stay in the game."

Jordan Smith led Hamilton with 18 points and converted 6 of 7 free-throw attempts. Zac Bagley added 16 points, Lucas Finnessy scored 15 points and Tyler Ellingson contributed 13 points.

"A big part of basketball, a lot of it is mental," Cerroni said. "You get teams sometimes that aren't in a good place mentally. They're very vulnerable. I thought at that time we weren't in a good place. Now the kids are playing with some confidence."

J.T. Hoytink had seven assists. Finnessy, Shamar Newman, Hoytink and Ryan Filo had two steals each.

Hamilton earned the 11 seed in a WIAA Division 1 bracket and will travel to sixth-seeded De Pere on March 3 in a regional semifinal.

Nate Schuster had a team-high 18 points for Falls and made all six of his free throw attempts. Justin Gruber and Jaden Champion scored 11 points each.

Connor Allen contributed 9 points and Cross Wilson had 8 points.

Falls will host Waukesha West in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 3.


It is a truly worthy pair being inducted into the Germantown Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at halftime of the boys basketball game with Milwaukee Lutheran on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Katie Maschman Eucker, two-time all-state pitcher of the 1996 WIAA state championship team, and Jay Olszewski, an all-around athletic star and one of the features of the great 1986 WIAA state semifinalist baseball team, will be honored at that time.

Maschman Eucker was a high school All-American as a pitcher in 1996 when she led the Warhawks to their only state title under coach Rich Anderson. She also earned all-state honors her senior year in 1997. She was also a multi-year letter winner on the volleyball team.

Olszewski was a three-sport star (baseball, basketball and football). His 1988 basketball team, also coached by Anderson, was one of the better hoops teams in Germantown history, pre-Steve Showalter.

As a sophomore, he hit a three-run home run as part of the Warhawks' epic 14-inning WIAA state baseball quarterfinal win over Onalaska.

Look for future editions of the Now for a more detailed story on the pair.


The Warhawks continued on their late season roll, as they evened their overall record at 10-10 with a 93-67 rout of Port Washington in a North Shore Conference tilt on Feb. 17.

They are 7-6 in the North Shore. They will close out their league season with a home game against Milwaukee Lutheran on Thursday, Feb. 23, and then have their regular-season closer at Kenosha Indian Trail on Friday, Feb. 24.

They will host rival Homestead in a WIAA D1 regional semifinal on Friday, March 3. If they win, they will likely head to top sectional seed Kimberly for a regional final Saturday, March 4.

Germantown scored 58 second-half points in the rout of Port. Kyle Clow had 32 points to lead 10 scorers, while Ethan Meyer had 17, Randy Johnson had 9 and Bryce Thomas 8.


The Warhawks closed out their fourth North Shore Conference championship in a row on an unbeaten note when they swept past Port Washington, 79-46, on Feb. 16.

The victory left the third-ranked Warhawks with a 14-0 mark in North Shore Conference play and 20-2 overall. They had clinched the league title the week before with a stunning rout of Cedarburg.

Germantown earned the top seed in the WIAA D1 Whitefish Bay sectional and will host the winner of Green Bay East and Manitowoc Lincoln in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. If the Warhawks win, they will host the winner of Kettle Moraine and Kimberly in a regional final Saturday, Feb. 25.

Sectional semifinals will be held Thursday, March 2, at DePere.

The Warhawks lost in sectional semifinals last season to Arrowhead. Germantown beat Arrowhead in a game earlier this season. Arrowhead is the third seed in the sectional bracket, and the Warhawks would not meet them until the March 4 sectional final.

With the win over Port, the Warhawks accomplished two things. First, it was their third consecutive 20-win season in a row, a school record and it marked the first time in their four-year run atop the North Shore that they finished with an unbeaten league record.

They bolted out to a 37-14 lead at the half and then cruised home, as senior forward Olivia Verdin led the way with a season-high 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.  Kenzie Schmitz added 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots; Natalie McNeal had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals; and Megan Ische had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.

Anna Averkamp had a team-high four assists as well as five rebounds.


Senior divers Turner Valle and Andrew Godfrey competed well in the WIAA D1 state meet Saturday, Feb. 18.

Valle was 10th of 24 with an 11-score total of 349.8 points, while Godfrey was 14th (339.85).

"The boys did well," said coach Chris Fox. "Turner had a goal and determination to make it to state this year, and he never lost that focus the entire season. Andrew was a nice surprise. Watching him develop all season, we started to get a sense that he could get there. His focus and hard work towards the end of the season really pushed him into placing at sectionals.

"I think the two of them together helped push each other. They were consistent point earners throughout the season. I am very proud of them, and I am glad they both got to experience success at the state meet for their senior year."

The twin efforts gave the Indians 10 points, good for 27th in the final standings. Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial won the state title with 246 points.


The Chargers beat West Allis Hale, 55-50, on Feb. 13. Ellie Sumiec led the way for HHS with 20 points and added three steals. Kristin Thompson had 11 points, nine rebounds and five steals.

"We started off good; then we went into a lapse and struggled," Hamilton coach Bill Scasny said. "They played hard and came through in the end, but again, it wasn't pretty. We're in a little bit of a funk right now, and unfortunately, it's at the end of the season when we're hoping to be going with a high into the playoffs. Instead, we're having to battle ... we have to regroup now."


The Ice bears co-op ended their season on a competitive note, as they defeated Beaver Dam, 6-1, in a WIAA regional semifinal on Feb. 14 and then were defeated by powerful Arrowhead, 5-2, in a regional final on Feb. 17.

The split ended their campaign at 12-14.

In the Arrowhead game, the Ice Bears fell behind, 3-2, but battled back to the deficit to 3-2 early in the third period on goals by Gavin Pickett and Zack Fountain. The Warhawks then scored twice more in the period to put away the Bears.

Chris Clement made 26 saves for the local co-op.

Against Beaver Dam, Fountain, Ian Devenport and TJ  Prange had two assists apiece, and Hunter Leonhard had two goals and an assist. Danny Likins, Riley McClarran, Erik Haver and Taylor Snider all had a goal apiece; Clement made 19 saves.


The Indians finished fifth in the Greater Metro/North Shore Conference meet at Whitefish Bay on Feb. 18.

They will host a WIAA D1 sectional at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Falls gym. The top two teams and first five individuals in all events, including the all-around, will advance to the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids, March 3 and 4.

The local co-op scored 130.15 points for its spot in the eight-team, as Brookfield defended its title with 146.45.

Camryn Tautges tied for 14th in the all-around (32.725), and Skylar Kennedy was 16th (32.55).

Prior to the conference meet, the Indians closed out the dual-meet season with a victory over West Allis on Feb. 15.

Jade Wahlgren took first on vault (8.85), while Kennedy tied for second (8.3) and Tautges tied for third (8.2). On bars, Tautges was second (7.95) and Kennedy was third (7.85). On balance beam, Tautges was second (7.9). On floor exercise, Wahlgren was first (8.9), and Caleigh Chisholm tied for third (8.45). Tautges was third in the all-around (32.45).