Menomonee Falls wrestling
Showing more signs of life a day after the big nonconference win over East Troy, the Indians were a competitive fifth in the 12-school Homestead Highlander Invitational on Friday.
Falls will enter the final week of the regular season with some momentum. They will visit Brookfield Central in the final Greater Metro Conference dual and then will at the Sheboygan South Redwing Duals on Saturday.
At Homestead, the Indians scored 116.5 points as Burlington won with 277.5 and Oconomowoc was second with 230.
Falls got thirds from Jeff Kleser (11-2 overall) at 103 pounds, Justin Bayer at 160 (15-12) and Dominic Thomas at 189 (19-9). All went 4-1 on the day, as Kleser recorded four straight pins after losing to the eventual champion from New Berlin, 10-6, in the first round.
Bayer had had two pins and technical fall while Thomas showed good survival skills, earning two one-point decisions.
Taking a fourth was Dan Stark at 112 (3-2, 13-8); while fifths went to Alex Carlos at 119 (3-2, 5-4); and Yaphay Harvey at 215 (3-2, 12-14).
"We're wrestling much better now," said Indian coach Jim McMahon.
Menomonee Falls boys basketball
The Indians exhausting and often discouragingly difficult nonconference schedule is all but finally over as they fell to the second-ranked team in New York, Lincoln High School (New York), 75-61, Saturday in the Brandon Jennings Invitational.
"The schedule has been difficult, a lot of difficult teams from Wisconsin and all over the country," said Indian coach Ben Siebert. "It does help us stay fresh. We're able to work on basics and get some other things done too."
The loss dropped the Indians to 6-8 overall. Their only other non-conference game left on the slate is a road game at Oconomowoc on Feb. 8. Falls took on Marquette on Tuesday and will host winless West Allis Hale on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Border rival Sussex Hamilton will be the subject of a road trip on Feb. 1.
Indian star J.P. Tokoto was unavailable for the first quarter because of a personnel matter, but still managed 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
The Railsplitters, who have several national recruits, including a 7-0 center, roared out to a 22-point lead in the second quarter before the Indians closed it to 14 at the half. C.J. Malone had 15 and Jalen Ramey 13.
"I really liked our mental approach," said Siebert. "This is probably one of the best teams in the country and we hung in there pretty well."
The Jennings Invite, named after the Milwaukee Bucks' point guard, brings in talent from all over the country.
The Warhawks got individual titles from Jesse Thielke at 130 pounds, Cody Szohr at 119 and Joel Multerer at 285 as it turned in a 3-2 record at the Zelinski Duals at Whitnall last Saturday.
Germantown will visit Homestead at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday in the final North Shore dual of the season. At that match, Former Germantown and Whitefish Bay coach and current Homestead head man Barry Bernstein will be honored for 41 seasons of work with high school wrestling. He will officially be retiring at the end of this season.
In the Zelinski Duals, Germantown lost to Kewaskum, 40-36, defeated Kenosha Bradford, 64-10, downed Stoughton, 46-28, beat Fond du Lac, 51-25, and then fell to Green Bay Preble, 39-36.
Szohr, Thielke and Multerer all went 5-0 on the day. Szohr and Multerer were the most impressive with five pins each while Thielke had three pins and two forfeits.
Tyler Cosgrove at 103 went 4-1, as did Danny Krause at 152 and 160. John Will at 152 and 160 was 3-2 as was Mike Knippen at 189. All of Knippen's wins were by pin.
Germantown girls basketball
Not a lot of free throws went in, not a lot of baskets found the net either, but for the Homestead girls basketball team Jan. 20 against North Shore rival Germantown, enough rebounds were gathered and enough stops made to ensure a 36-26 win.
Both teams are 2-5 in NSC play while Homestead is 4-8 overall and Germantown 3-11.
Germantown coach Matt Stuve, whose team had an impressive win over Grafton the previous Friday, was flummoxed by the effort which included just seven of 22 free throw shooting. The Highlanders helped the Warhawks in that matter by hitting only 15 of 34 attempts from the charity stripe.
"I mean, give credit to Homestead," he said, "but I don't know whose kids those were wearing our blue uniforms tonight. They weren't the same ones we saw last week. Just a completely different effort. I guess that's just life with teenagers sometimes."
It was indeed. Homestead took a 3-0 lead, Germantown tied it at three and after a Siena Mitman three-point play, Homestead never trailed. It was 6-3 at the quarter as Homestead hit only two of 11 shots; Germantown hit one of 11.
A 7-1 run midway through the second period highlighted by a pretty drive and bankshot from by Hannah Young (six points) helped make it 18-11 at the half.
The Highlanders extended the lead to 25-13 in the third period as the Warhawks would hit just one of 13 shots in the session. A basket and two free throws by Germantown's Jessica Kretlow cut the margin to 25-17 late in the third, but then Mitman got a critical basket just seconds before the end to push the margin back up to double digits.
The Warhawks would never seriously threaten again as Kretlow would finish with six points to lead Germantown.
"Defensively, I like the fact that we gave up only 36 points," said Stuve, "but you can't give up second chances like we did tonight." Stuve praised the showing of senior forward Joann Martin who gave good effort before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Menomonee Falls girls basketball
The aspiring Indians hit a glass ceiling last Friday, when visiting Greater Metro Conference leader Brookfield Central outscored them in every quarter and rolled away with an easy 63-35 victory.
With the loss, the Indians fell to 3-3, good for a tie for fourth in the GMC with Sussex Hamilton and 6-7 overall. They took on DSHA (5-1, 6-6) on Tuesday and then will visit West Allis Hale (1-6, 1-13) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Then on Tuesdaythey will host Hamilton (3-3, 7-4) in another 7:30 p.m. tilt.
Against Central, the Indians fell behind the Lancers (6-0, 9-3), 18-11 at the quarter and then 33-17 at the half. The Lancers hit five three-pointers as compared to none for Falls. Central also had a huge edge at the foul line, hitting 16 of 29 attempts as opposed to just seven of 15 for the Indians.
Erin Crownover had eight points and Alex Poole seven for Falls.
Germantown Ice Bears
The local hockey co-op fell to 4-14 overall, when it fell to Kenosha, 3-1, in a nonconference game on Saturday.
Dylan Krivoshein had the only goal for the Ice Bears in the second period. Both teams had 31 shots on goal but Kenosha was able to convert a single goal in each period. Trevor Collins made 28 saves to keep the game close.
The Ice Bears will be at Madison West on Friday.
-Steven L. Tietz
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