The storm was still a long ways off early in the first quarter between the top-ranked in state Germantown boys' basketball team and fifth-ranked Oshkosh North in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University Saturday night.
The Spartans (8-2) were using a tough zone to deny the middle to the lightning-quick and athletic Warhawks and the score was 9-9 with 1:52 left in the period.
"Could this be the night the record-setting 66-game win streak come to an end?" was the murmur in the crowd as the Warhawks appeared to be a bit frustrated.
But like a sudden gust of wind the storm rose and the hopes of the Spartans were dashed. No, there was going to be no history-making streak-busting going on here tonight.
Senior guard Brian Bearden cashed in a steal off a lay-up and then hit a 3-pointer. Another senior guard Jake Showalter picked up a fastbreak lay-up and then drained a trey himself. For good measure, senior forward Evan Wesenberg dropped in a nifty shot in the post.» Read Full Article
Despite missing one of its top competitiors, the Menomonee Falls wrestling team won its bracket with a 5-0 record and advanced to Saturday's four-team championship round in the 24-school Northern Exposure Duals at Merrill.
The Indians despite not having state-level lightweight Jerott Holz, defeated the Bluejays (77-3), Marquette (72-6), Edgar (60-18), Eau Claire North (58-12) and Oconto Falls (64-9) in first day action.
That effort will advance them to the championship round Saturday with other bracket winners Merrill, Menomonie and Bay Port.
Going unbeaten on the day for the Indians were Eric Wunsch at 106 pounds (5-0), Aaron Daly at 113 and 120 pounds (5-0), Billy Holz at 126 (5-0 with three pins), Jeff Kleser at 132 (4-0), Casey Crangle at 145 (5-0 with three pins), Jake Fuiten at 182 (5-0), and Trayvon Handy at 285 (5-0 with four pins).
Jake McMahon at 138 (4-1), Tyler Simcock at 160 (4-1) and James Dow at 220 (4-1 with four pins) also had good days for the Indians.
The intense "press, run and shoot" Grinnell-style attack of the Germantown girls basketball team did not faze Franklin coach Tony Kathrens when the Sabers had to play the Warhawks in a Rathke tourney consolation game Friday afternnon.
"We don't run that kind of style, but we do practice full-court pressure defense all the time," he said. "I think that was the key to our success."
And successful the Sabers were this afternoon, as they took the lead in the second quarter and held the Warhawks at arm's-length the entire night in a 72-59 decision.
"They beat us to spots again and again," said Warhawk coach Matt Stuve, "or you could say we had a hard time getting to spots. ...we never established a tone defensively where we would work hard enough (to make a strong run)."
The win improved Franklin to 5-2 overall. The Sabers will play Middleton at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Rathke while Germantown (6-3 overall), which lost its third straight game, will play Racine Case in the 7th-place contest at 10 a.m.» Read Full Article
This is what happens when two magnets of the same polarity bang against against one another again and again.
In a battle of Grinnell-style "press, run and shoot" programs, the Waunakee girls basketball team used a 19-0 third quarter run to erase an nine-point deficit and hold on to edge Germantown, 78-76, in a quarterfinal game of the Rathke Memorial Tournament at Franklin Thursday afternoon.
The intetresting thing about the match-up was, was that Warhawk coach Matt Stuve not only knew about it months in advance (the pairings are released early), but also got to meet up and chat with Warriors coach Brad Lussier in a most unusual fashion.
"We (his family) were in Cancun (Mesico) waiting for a plane and I saw a guy in a Waunakee shirt and it turned out to be Brad," said Stuve. "We knew we were already matched up so we had a chance to talk a bit about things."
Like how many 3-pointers each team would hit and how many turnovers each team would have.» Read Full Article
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