The Indians got a first place from Lizzy Gilbert in floor exercise and turned in a substantial season best but still came up a bit short in earning second in the Watertown Invite on Saturday.
"The gymnasts are responding well to putting in new skills that we want to perfect before (WIAA) sectionals," coach Tracy Howard said. "I'm still rotating gymnasts in events and trying things out. I believe that this was a great score with so much more potential yet to come."
The Indians now host their own invite at Falls at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In the Watertown meet, the local co-op turned in a score of 135.0 as the host Goslings won with eight-school event with 135.45.
Gilbert turned in a score of 9.1 to take the floor event by a 0.5 of a point in a 40-person field.
The Indians also had numerous other top eight finishes including the following; balance beam: Emma Brose, fourth (8.875); Gilbert, seventh (8.75); Paige Lemley, eighth (8.5); floor exercise: Lemley, seventh (8.575); uneven bars: Aerial Holt, second (8.6); Katrina Morrison, fourth (8.4); and Lemley, seventh (8.25); and vault: Lemley, third (8.7); Gilbert, fifth (8.5) and Holt, sixth (8.3).
Howard said it was disappointing to come so close and miss out on the title and noted that the Indians will work hard to make amends between now and their own invite on Saturday.
The Indians got two individual firsts from John Seiler and another from Matt Ciolkosz, as they took third in their own invite on Saturday.
"I thought the guys did pretty well," Indians coach Jim Weitzer said. "We also had a season best by a couple of seconds in winning the medley (relay) and we were also under 3:30 for the first time this season in the (400) free relay. There were a lot of good indicators today. I hope that means we're cutting some time."
The local co-op, which hosts Marquette on Thursday in its annual parents' night meet, scored 412 points for its spot in its seven-team invite, as Sheboygan South and Janesville Craig tied for the title with 447 each.
Seiler had no trouble in either of his events, claiming the 50 free in 22.55 and the 100 butterfly by more than three seconds (57.89).
Ciolkosz edged a Craig opponent by 0.48 of a second in taking the 200 individual medley (2:07.05). Both were on the 200 medley relay that included Sam Piette and Brad Kruppe, which won by 1.6 seconds in 1:44.95.
Other top finishes by event for the Indians included the following; 200 free: Sam Neale, fifth (1:56.6); 200 individual medley: Cal Weber, fourth (2:17.56); 50 free: Kruppe, seventh (24.25); 100 free: Piette, fourth (53.11); Kruppe, seventh (53.8); 500 free: Neale, fifth (5:18.18); 200 free relay: Kruppe, Neale, Weber and Ciolkosz, fourth (1:38.16); 100 backstroke: Piette, fourth (1:00.59); Siddhant Jain, seventh (1:06.55); 100 breast stroke: Ciolkosz, second (1:07.89); and 400 free relay: Piette, Weber, Neale and Seiler, fourth (3:29.82).
Weitzer and Neale were also praised for their efforts. Weitzer that the meet ran very efficiently as swimming started at 1 p.m. and ended at 3:20 p.m. He said that helped with the Indians' efforts.
"We like to run fast, efficient meets," he said. "If we do that, things are usually a lot better for us. Guys can get into a zone and then just go from event to event. If they have a lot of time between races, they'll start thinking about other things and may get flat.
"… It was a good day. The younger guys are coming around and we're all moving in the right direction."
Though a bit short-handed, the Warhawks still had four unbeaten wrestlers and were very competitive in turning in a 2-3 record at the Zelinski Duals at Whitnall on Saturday.
"… The day was not what we wanted, but we wrestled hard," coach Casey Gabrielson said. "We will literally have a two-week break to let our bodies rest, get our starters back, and refocus for conference (on Feb. 2 at Homestead). … It'll be a very strong conference, one of the best showings the conference has had in years."
At the Zelinski Duals, Germantown beat Marquette (60-15) and Fond du Lac (42-38) but lost to Waukesha South (50-30), Whitnall (45-31) and Muskego (41-35). Merrill won the team title.
Brandon Goesch at 145 pounds led the way with a 5-0 record with three pins and a technical fall. He was joined in the unbeaten ranks by Mitchell Stewart at 182 (two pins), Steve Asmondy at 195 (three pins) and Hunter Higginbotham at 220 and 285 (two pins). Tyler Palzkill was 4-1 at 160 while Tyler Baran was 3-2 at 170 and Tyler Colegrove 2-1 at 126.
"(We) were not at their strongest this season as a team," Gabrielson said. "We forfeited 113 and were missing two regular starters. If we had our stronger lineup, I think we would have won at least one, if not two more duals today."
Menomonee Falls girls basketball
The Indians, led by Mikayla Robertson's 20 points and nine rebounds and center Erin Crownover's physical and strong effort of 15 points and 15 rebounds, got off to a fast start and won their sixth game in seven tries with a 62-51 decision over Brookfield East on Friday.
"We played a great first half and fortunately that was enough," Indians coach Craig Amundson said. "Erin was so tough today. She was knocked down, her lip got bloodied and still she got up and played even better each time."
Falls (4-3 in GMC play and 9-6 overall) hosts Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday as it begins the second half of the league season.
The Indians grabbed a 34-19 lead at the half against East and then cruised home. Robertson and Crownover were helped out by Haley Precia with 10 and Erin Otzelberger with nine.
Germantown girls basketball
Before its wrenching defeat at the hands of Whitefish Bay, the Warhawks ran their winning streak to seven games with a 75-51 nonconference decision over Waukesha South on Jan. 15 that was paced by an impressive 13 3-pointers.
Germantown (11-4 overall), outscored the Blackshirts in every quarter, taking a 19-12 first quarter lead and a 38-28 halftime advantage. It was 56-39 at the end of three quarters.
The Warhawks had 10 players score, led by Taylor Higginbotham with 18, while Val Meissner, who drained four three-pointers, had 14, and Bridget Kelley 12. A total of seven players hit 3-pointers as Lauren Grotjahn, Higginbotham and Miska Cantley all had two apiece.
- Steven L. Tietz
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