The Warhawks took a major step forward towards their first North Shore Conference title in 15 years when they beat Port Washington, 40-33, in a league dual on Jan. 21.
Germantown, which was also fourth in the Sheboygan North Herb Tyler Invitational on Jan. 23, will look to close out its North Shore dual meet season unbeaten on Thursday, Jan. 28, when it hosts Milwaukee Lutheran. The North Shore Conference Tournament will be Friday, Feb. 5 at Port Washington.
The Port dual was an intense affair, as all 14 matches were contested, with each team recording five pins. Where Germantown won the match was in the remaining four bouts. Of those, Germantown claimed two decisions and a major decision.
Kevin Tamboliwon at 125 pounds, 7-2; Mason Wheeler earned a major decision, 12-4, at 138 and David Nilles claimed a 4-1 victory at 220.
Notching the pins were Zack Szohr at 113 (0:32), Tommy Nelsonat 152 (5:08), Landon Valentaat 182 (2:28) and Dominique Bennett at 285 (1:50). Bennett's match was the last bout of the night and clinched the team victory for the Warhawks.
A major plus for Warhawks was the return of 145-pound veteran Waymon McNeal from a hand injury. His comeback got off to a good start with a pin in 5:02.
In the 23-team Tyler Invite, Germantown scored 162 points for its spot as Moline (Ill.) won with 246.5.
The best places for the Warhawks were seconds from Nilles at 220 and Bennett at 285. Nilles (27-8 on the season) pinned Oshkosh West and Shoreland Lutheran opponents before falling to Brady Koller of Sheboygan Falls (30-2) on a pin.
Bennett (28-10) pinned Sheboygan North and Elkhart Lake opponents before falling on a pin to Brandon Hietpas of Little Chute (26-4). Thirds went to Valenta at 182 (3-1 on the day, 21-11 overall); Wheeler at 138 (3-1, 29-10); Tamboli at 120 (3-1, 25-9) and Szohr at 113 (3-1, 33-2). Szohr suffered a rare defeat in the semifinals with a 7-3 decision to a Moline competitor.
McNeal lost his second round match, but then won four bouts in the backdraw to claim fifth at 145. Nelson was fourth at 152 and Colton Birkigt was fifth at 106.
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Despite having just come off semester exams and with starting forward Olivia Verdin being held out due to a concussion, it was still a great night for the Warhawks on Jan. 22.
They not only routed Milwaukee Lutheran, 70-28, but also thanks to Homestead's upset of Cedarburg and Whitefish Bay's stunning win over Grafton, the two-time North Shore Conference champions find themselves find themselves back in first all by themselves in the NSC race.
'It's an interesting situation,' said coach Matt Stuve.
The Warhawks started the week at 7-1 in league play, a game up in the loss column on Grafton, Cedarburg and Homestead. They took on Milwaukee Riverside in a nonconference game on Jan. 26 and will visit Nicolet (2-6 in league) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.
Verdin will be monitored closely this week and her status is day-to-day. With the injury, Germantown is down to nine players on the varsity so Stuve has been taking some turns in scrimmages.
'It's nice to see at 42 I can still play a little bit,' he said with a laugh.
The Warhawks had fun at the end of the exam week as they roared out to a 37-15 first half lead and then never looked back.
Forward Piper Brown stepped into Verdin's place and had an impressive game with 17 points and 15 rebounds while Taylor Weitermann had 12 points (including eight of nine free throws) and four steals while Kenzie Schmitz came up with 11 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and six steals. Chloe Bingenhei
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The Indians are looking forward to one of the high moments of their season when they host their own invitational at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
The local co-op, which visited Homestead in a Greater Metro/North Shore Conference dual meet on Jan. 27, will host Hartford, Oconomowoc, Port Washington, Shorewood, Watertown and West Allis in the annual event.
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The Indians came off exam week and dropped a tough, 64-60 decision to Brookfield Central on Jan. 22.
The defeat dropped the Indians to 3-4 in the Greater Metro Conference and 9-5 overall.
They will try to rebound this week with a pair of games. They hosted league-leading Marquette (6-1) on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and then will visit West Allis Hale (3-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Falls fell to Marquette, 56-47, on Dec. 11 and also lost to the Huskies, 58-42, on Dec. 15.
Against Central, Falls trailed 31-25, at the half before enagaging in a back-and-forth battle in the second half.
The Indians were led by guard Bryce McMurtrywith 20 points while Justin Gruberhad 11 and Matt Henningsen eight. The Lancers hit 16 of 18 free throws while Falls was 10 of 14. Central had four players in double figures led by Andrew Bruggink with 15.
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The Indians took a 22-18 halftime on a strong Brookfield Central squad on Jan. 22, but could not hold on, as the Lancers pulled away in the second half for a 48-40 victory.
The loss dropped Falls to 1-7 in GMC play and 5-10 overall. The Indians visited league-leading DSHA on Jan. 26 and then will host West Allis Hale on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Against Central, the Indian' offense could not keep pace in the second half, being outscored, 30-18, as Marissa Igunborled the way with 11 points while Madison Grzesiakand Karly Volzhad eight apiece and Jessica Boernerseven.
Falls was hurt when leading scorer Igunbor fouled out.