Falls/Germantown/Hamilton boys swim
Younger and thinner than it usually has been, the Indians began their season with a third-place finish in the Janesville Relays on Saturday.
The Indians, who graduated two-time state diving champion Nathan Cox (now competing on scholarship at Purdue), will likely build around seniors Sam Green, Evan Foht, Mike Spankowski and Nick Siebenaller and sophomores Matt Ciolkosz, Sam Neale and John Seiler.
The locals took three firsts at the Janesville meet. They included Green, Ciolkosz and Siebenaller in the 400 individual medley relay as Ciolkosz turned in a 2:09 clocking in his 200 IM leg; the 400 medley relay of Ciolkosz, Siebenaller, Seiler and Spankowski and the 300 butterfly crew of Neale, Foht and Seiler.
The Indians visit Brookfield East in their Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference dual opener at 6 p.m. today.
Menomonee Falls wrestling
The Indians opened their season on a positive note last week, beating border rival Germantown, in a dual meet on Nov. 29 and then taking fourth in the Gunslinger Invitational on Saturday in Slinger.
Falls will build around returning state qualifier Jeff Kleser. He is currently at 120 pounds but will likely move down a class before the end of the season. Others who will be counted upon include veterans like Casey Crangle at 126, Austin Meyer at 132, Sam Schwabenlander at 145, Ayoola Olapo at 182, and Mike Schwahn at 195 .
Newcomers who look promising include Bill Holz at 113 and Matt Aili at 220.
In the Gunslinger, Falls was fourth of 11 with 162 points while the host Owls won with 185.
Firsts went to Holz at 113 and Olapo at 182. Holz won four close decisions.
Falls beat Germantown by a 45-31 count, taking a 33-9 lead before coasting to the finish.
The Indians host Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. today in their Greater Metro Conference opener.
Germantown/Menomonee Falls Ice Bears hockey
The seven-school Ice Bears hockey co-op is 2-1 in the early going this winter. Area participants include senior defender Jenny Teeters and sophomore forward Jacob Tweten, both of Germantown and junior defender Paul Des Jardins and sophomore forward Alec Fieldhack, both of Menomonee Falls.
Germantown girls basketball
The Warhawks opened their season with a tough, 50-44, loss to Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Nov. 29.
Germantown (0-1), which took on Hartford on Tuesday, now has the tough task of hosting North Shore Conference favorite Whitefish Bay (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the league opener.
The Warhawks took a 14-11 first quarter lead on their border rivals Lutheran, only to have the Chargers bounce back to take a 30-24 advantage going into the half.
Germantown closed the gap to 38-36 heading into the fourth, but could not quite get over the hump.
The Warhawks hurt themselves by hitting just seven of 16 free throw attempts while Lutheran was 14 of 22.
Sarah Artz led Germantown with 10 points while Courtney Mehring had nine and Paige Groth and Maggie Johnston eight apiece.
- Steven L. Tietz
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