Showalter's 28 lifts GT boys past third-ranked De Pere, 60-49

Dec. 29, 2011 12:08 a.m. | The Germantown basketball team waited a year for another crack at De Pere and made the most of it Wednesday night, as the Warhawks used a 16-0 burst at the end of the first quarter to erase an 8-6 deficit and then coast to a 60-49 victory in the closer of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Tourney at Concordia University in Mequon.

"It was a good revenge game," said senior guard Zak Showalter, who scored the last seven points of the run and had a game-high 28 points for the night. "We just knew what we wanted to do. It's tough fighting a team the whole game, but when you get out to a big lead like that, you're still fighting, but it's a little bit easier to work with then."

"I think this shows that we're not going to back down from anyone."

The win gave the Warhawks a two-game sweep in the WBBY and left the top-ranked in state squad with a 10-0 mark as they head into the new year while De Pere fell to 8-1.

"They were undefeated, just like last year," said coach Steve Showalter, "and they beat us up pretty good last year. They took it to us and out-physicaled us. Our goal tonight was to be more physical than them and I think we were. I thought overall, our guys played a hell of a game."

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Germantown whips Tosa East in battle of unbeatens

Dec. 27, 2011 10:35 p.m. | Brookfield Central (6-2) and Wauwatosa East (6-1) are co-leaders in the Greater Metro Conference as the New Year aproaches with 4-0 league records. They have both played Germantown, the state’s top team, and they both were turned away in similar manners.

The Lancers dropped a 73-58 loss in the season opener on Nov. 29 at home and Tuesday night it was the Red Raiders turn. The Warhawks also turned back the Red Raiders, 66-46, in the Wisconsin Yearbook Classic before a packed house at Concordia University in Mequon.

Whereas the Lancers have a team with enough height to battle Germantown, it was a total mismatch with the smaller Red Raiders, who basically start five guards.

Germantown senior Zak Showalter, a 6-3 guard, who will be attending the University of Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on next year, led the way with 19 points, highlighted by a slam dunk late in the game.

Josh Mongan, a 5-10 senior guard, who runs the show for the Warhawks, added 12 points and 6-7 senior Dan Studer added 10. Luke Fischer, a 6-10 junior, had eight points underneath.

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From Miss St. Francis to Mrs. Claus, relive the year in pictures

Dec. 27, 2011 9:43 a.m. | We have just posted our collection of News Photos of the Year and Sports Photos of the Year as selected by NOW staff photojournalists C.T. Kruger and Peter Zuzga.

Browse the galleries to see images from some of the most newsworthy events of the past 12 months. You will also find some of the quieter, but no less photogenic events captured by our award-winning staff.

We also invite you to visit the links below to take a look back at the five most popular NOW photo galleries of 2011:

2011 Track and Field State Meet

Miss St. Francis pageant

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Former prosecutor gets Waukesha County court appointment

Dec. 23, 2011 4:26 p.m. | Jennifer Dorow was appointed Friday to serve as a judge in Waukesha County Circuit Court by Gov. Scott Walker.

Dorow is a former assistant district attorney in Waukesha now in private practice with Huppertz & Dorow, S.C. She will replace Mark Gundrum, whom Walker recently appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Dorow is the 16th judge appointed this year by Walker.

Dorow is a graduate of Marquette University and Regent University School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 1996.

Falls police warn of daytime burglaries

Dec. 20, 2011 10:40 a.m. | Menomonee Falls Police are warning residents about two daytime burglaries that happened Monday in the southeastern part of the village.

The first burglary took place sometime between 9:40 and 11:30 a.m. Two people reportedly broke into a residence in the N6600 block of Parkway Drive through a side window and removed a laptop computer.

The resident was not home at the time.

A neighbor provided descriptions of the suspects. The first suspect is described a male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, and wearing a gray sweatshirt. The second suspect is a male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, slim build, and dressed in all black clothing.

Suspects arrived in a burgundy/wine colored mini van. The van has a sliding door on the driver's side.

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Alto-Shaam plans Falls factory expansion, to add 110 jobs

Dec. 20, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Alto-Shaam Inc., which makes commercial food service equipment, is planning an expansion of its Menomonee Falls manufacturing facility, creating an estimated 110 jobs.

Alto-Shaam and its subsidiary, Enthermics Medical Systems Inc., which makes blanket and fluid warmers for hospitals and other health care providers, are planning to expand their operations at W164-N9221 Water St.

That location is just south of Highway 45, about halfway between the County Line Road and Pilgrim Road interchanges.

The Village of Menomonee Falls is considering a $9 million industrial revenue bond issue to help finance the project. The Village Board, at its Monday night meeting, gave preliminary consideration to the bond issue.

The company would sell bonds to investors and is responsible for repaying those bonds, with interest, to the investors over a 20-year term.

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Cohesive Germantown boys storms past Falls, 99-62, in border rout

Dec. 17, 2011 11:00 p.m. | Like everyone other team that has taken on the unbeaten and top-ranked Germantown boys basketball team this past month, border rival Menomonee Falls set up breakwalls, heaved sandbag after sandbag on top of one another to stem the tide, and tried to shove their fingers into the gapping holes that were being punched through their dike by the relentless Warhawk attack.

To no avail, like everyone else, the Indians (1-5) simply could not keep up as Zak Showalter, Luke Fischer and company simply launched one wave of attack higher than the next as Germantown flooded every Indian hope in a 99-62 decision at Homestead Saturday night.

"I think we made our statement," said the senior guard Showalter, who 31 points, two dunks and countless assists. "....We've been playing together since fifth grade and know each other so well now. That is such a big aspect to what we can do."

Which is so much and why the Warhawks were easily able to improve to 7-0 overall, include six games in a hectic last two weeks.

And for veteran coach and Zak's father Steve Showalter, it didn't even matter so much that this was a border battle with all its attendent distractions, and which was played before a big and noisy crowd in the Homestead Fieldhouse.

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Falls girls outlast DSHA, 64-61, in battle of GMC titans

Dec. 16, 2011 10:29 p.m. | So confusing and intense were the endless final seconds of the unbeaten Menomonee Falls girls thrilling 64-61 victory over host DSHA Friday night that veteran assistant coach Brian Kirt said he thought he might pass out.

But in this clash of Greater Metro Conference heavyweights, the Indians wavered, but eventually made enough plays to win the split decision.

"No matter what, we deserved this," said senior forward Alex Poole, who had 15 points to lead Falls. "We've put in the work and the time again and again and earned this."

That they did, as Falls scored its first win over the Dashers in years and kept a share of the GMC lead with border rival Sussex Hamilton (3-0 league, 5-0 overall). The Indians (3-0, 7-0), will go to Homestead Saturday at 6 p.m. for a nonconference tilt with area rival Germantown (0-5). They have not had a winning record since their 18-4 mark of the 2006-07 season.

"We are fortunate and very happy about this and also very excited about it too," said veteran coach Craig Amundson, "and I know this is going to sound like coach-speak, but it really only counts once in the win column."

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Roundball Rankings is back with a list of the area's best basketball squads

Dec. 12, 2011 12:50 p.m. | Which squads are the best basketball teams in the area?

You'll find the answers at our Roundball Rankings page, home to a rundown of the top 20 boys and girls teams, the player of the week, photo of the week, area scoring leaders, a fan forum and more.

Germantown (4-0) is the top team in the boys rankings this week while Dominican (3-0) is rated the best girls squad.

GT's pressure defense too much for Bay boys, 77-48, in NSC opener

Dec. 09, 2011 10:42 p.m. | Germantown center Luke Fischer said he and his top-ranked in state teammates don't dwell on the fact that they beat Whitefish Bay handily twice last year en route to a North Shore Conference title only to have the Blue Dukes go out and win a WIAA state D2 championship while the Warhawks lost a controversial division I super-sectional game.

But they certainly acted like they thought about it a bit when they opened their North Shore Conference season at Bay Friday night with a suffocating defensive effort that allowed them to pull away for an impressive 77-48 win over the host Blue Dukes.

"We really don't think about it," said Fischer, "but when it comes down to it, there is probably a little tension with us as far as that's concerned."

Fischer was one of four Germantown players in double figures with 19, as Dan Studer and Josh Mongan had 13 apiece and Zak Showalter 11 to help the Warhawks improve to 1-0 in league play and 3-0 overall.

And speaking of tension, there was also a little of it in coach Steve Showalter's voice as the team entered the halftime lockerroom. A 36-16 lead with 2:49 left in the second quarter had been sliced to 40-27.

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Smith and BE too much for Falls and Tokoto in GMC opener, 73-52

Dec. 02, 2011 10:46 p.m. | Brookfield East boys basketball coach Andy Farley pulled one out of the book of the late coaching legend Jim Valvano Friday night when he went into the corridor above the visiting lockers at Menomonee Falls and started hugging every assistant in sight.

And Farley had good reason to do so, as his Spartans improved to 3-0 with a stunning 73-52 rout of host Falls in both teams' Greater Metro Conference opener.

"This is a big win," he said, "because the GMC is just so good. To get the first one is great for a number of reasons. The kids were really ready to play."

No more so than junior guard Brian Smith.

The Spartans had built a 33-18 halftime lead on the Indians (0-1), as Falls had enormous foul troubles in the first half with the much quicker Spartans (four players with two checkmarks apiece in the first quarter and East in the 10-foul super-bonus already at the 1:55 mark of the initial session).

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Universal Metrics plans to expand with new building in Richfield

Dec. 02, 2011 11:36 a.m. | Universal Metrics Inc., a growing metal fabricator and fastener distributor in Menomonee Falls, will expand with its recent purchase of a nearly 40,000-square-foot building in Richfield.

The addition of the former structural-steel factory near Highways 41 and 145 will give Universal Metrics a total of 130,000 square feet in three plants, owner and president Steven Krueger said Friday.

He said the company will move its basic metal shearing and cutting operations to the Richfield building early next year.

"We've kind of outgrown our existing manufacturing facility here in Menomonee Falls," he said. Universal Metrics also has a plant in Sussex.

The firm makes parts for customers in industries such as medical equipment and mining, and is a distributor of metric nuts and bolts. Annual sales total about $10 million, Krueger said, and have risen sharply.

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NOW honor rolls updated

Dec. 02, 2011 10:29 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the most recent lists of outstanding students, including first-quarter results from Forest Park Middle School, Greendale High School, Kennedy Middle School, Muskego High School, Whitnall High School and more.

Congratulations to all the hard-working students and their parents.

You'll always find archived and the most recent honor rolls at

Krause's tough win highlights GT grapplers 49-24 victory over Bay

Dec. 01, 2011 10:37 p.m. | Germantown's Danny Krause looked none the worse for the wear after his intense, physical 11-6 win over fellow 2011 WIAA state qualifier Rashadeem Gray of Whitefish Bay in the Warhawk wrestling team's 49-24 triumph over the Blue Dukes in a North Shore dual Thursday night.

The senior 160-pounder got an ice pack from the Bay trainer after the match, which had to be stopped twice for injuries Krause suffered after frantic exchanges with the junior Gray, but he was smiling and chatting with his teammates nontheless.

Germantown coach Casey Gabrielson was not surprised that his senior leader bounced back the way he did.

"He could have said 'No' after the second time (a slam move by Gray that resulted in a penalty point that could have defaulted the match to Krause), but he wanted to battle through things," said Gabrielson. "I just asked him 'Where do we win our matches?' and he said 'We win them on the mat.'"

"And that's what he did. He didn't let the emotion of the match get in the way here. I was very proud of him. He said 'I'm a captain' and he proved it."

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Colder's opens in Germantown

Dec. 01, 2011 4:37 p.m. | Colder's has opened its fifth location in metro Milwaukee in a store previously occupied by Milwaukee Appliance.

In a partnership with Milwaukee Appliance, Colder's will sell merchandise in the building at N114 W18845 Clinton Drive, while Milwaukee Appliance will continue as the exclusive service provider for Colder's stores. Milwaukee Appliance still operates a retail store at 8210 W. Appleton Ave. in Milwaukee.

"We have basically launched a Colder's specialty location in their former store in Germantown," said Tom Balistreri, vice president of merchandising for Colder's.

The new Colder's will showcase primarily home appliances and bedding, Colder's said. In addition, it will feature custom-order furniture and televisions.

Colder's said in a press release that the new store "is the first of many planned locations as Colder's continues to grow." Colder's, in business for 69 years, also has stores in West Allis, Oak Creek, Delafield and Grafton.

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What is your favorite holiday song? Tell us in our online forum

Dec. 01, 2011 9:09 a.m. | Do you have a favorite holiday song? We'd love to hear which ones you most enjoy and why.

Just visit our forum and let us know which songs you find yourself listening to again and again. It might be a a tune that reminds you of your childhood, or maybe a certain song that brings to mind a lost loved one or family tradition.

We'll be keeping an eye on the comments and will use some as part of a special feature that will appear this holiday season online and in your local NOW newspaper.

If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you might want to check out our photo gallery of recent holiday-themed activities.

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