Menomonee Falls girls basketball
The Indians bounced back from their first loss of the year, a disappointing and thrilling, 57-56 loss to Lakeside Lutheran with a rout of Kenosha Bradford (61-18) in the consolation game of the Fort Atkinson Invitational last week.
"It was an interesting game," said Falls coach Craig Amundson of the Lutheran tilt. "We were up one with about a minute to go and we ran an inbounds play, got a great look, but it just didn't go in. They worked the clock. They got the ball to the baseline with about six seconds left and the kid lofted the ball up and over Alex (Poole) and Erin (Crownover) and it hung on the rim for about two seconds before falling in.
"We weren't able to get off a real good shot in the time that was left."
The split left the Indians at 9-1 overall including 3-0 in the Greater Metro Conference. They took on Catholic Memorial on Tuesday and have a critical GMC game against border rival Sussex Hamilton (3-0, 7-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home. The winner will take sole control of first place in the GMC.
"It's interesting," Amundson said. "We're not complaining about where we are right now. We know that when we have balance, we're in good shape and we're learning a lot about ourselves. We like the up tempo, and we know that the kids are very coachable."
In the Lutheran game, Falls went up 20-7 and were ahead 27-13 at the half. The Warriors (4-3) chipped away at the lead in the third, cutting it to 40-32 and then roared back into the contest in the fourth on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.
"It just turned into a heck of a nonconference game," Amundson said. "Every time they put up a shot it seemed, it went in."
The game featured 65 turnovers, including 38 by Lutheran.
Mikayla Robertson had 22 points for Falls, including five 3-pointers while Poole had 10.
Against Bradford, Falls went up 20-4 and didn't look back as 10 people scored including Robertson with 10 points and Poole and Amber Bullock with eight apiece.
Menomonee Falls wrestling
Behind the 7-0 effort of Bill Steinke at 170 pounds, the Indians battled hard to turn in a 4-3 dual meet record and take 11th in the powerhouse Northern Exposure Duals at Merrill last week.
"It was a very fun tournament for us," Indians coach Jim McMahon said. "The kids did well considering that it was our first year up there."
Falls hosts Marquette in a GMC dual Thursday on Junior Indians and parents' night and then is renting an 80-person, double-decker bus for the combined varsity/junior varsity Sauk Prairie Invitational on Saturday.
"Parents and anybody else who wants to come along can," laughed McMahon.
The Merrill event on Dec. 28 and 29 was an intense two days for Falls. The Indians lost to Waterford (46-35), beat Menomonie (40-28), beat Wisconsin Dells (47-26), lost to Lake Geneva Badger (41-24), lost to Oconto Falls (70-4), beat the Bluejays (48-24) and defeated Ladysmith (54-24) to end the event.
Steinke was exceptionally impressive, as he recorded five pins amidst his seven wins.
"He'd been making some mistakes earlier this season," McMahon said, "but he started to come on at the Badger Invite (on Dec. 23). He's really cleared up his fundamentals and is making far fewer errors than he used to. He has a lot of confidence right now and has become a real team leader."
Other good days went to Aaron Daly at 106 (5-2), Bill Holz at 113 (6-1), Casey Crangle at 126 (5-2), Sam Schwabenlander at 145 (4-3), Ayoola Olapo at 182 (5-2), and Mike Schwahn at 195 (4-3).
McMahon was proud of the entire team, especially of 2011 state qualifier Jeff Kleser, who is having a much more difficult time this season having moved up two weight classes to 120. ("He kept wrestling and didn't give up," McMahon said).
The coach's son Jake McMahon, also had a critical match-ending pin at 132 against Menomonie.
McMahon also noted that several wrestlers who had tough tournaments kept wrestling hard and earned first wins in the final match against Ladysmith.
Menomonee Falls/Germantown/ Hamilton boys swim
The Indians competed well in the Metro Swim Officials Invite on Dec. 29, taking 11th of 16 teams.
The local co-op, which takes part in the GMC/Classic 8 Relays at Brookfield East on Thursday, scored 73 points for their spot as Arrowhead dominated the field with 547.
Matt Ciolkosz had the best individual finish for the Indians, taking eighth in the 400 individual medley (4:38.75) while Michael Spankowski was 10th in the 200 individual medley (2:04.0).
Other top 16 finishes by event included the following: 200 backstroke: Sam Green, 14th (2:16.08); Sam Neale, 15th (2:16.1); 100 breaststroke: Nick Siebenaller, 14th (1:10.83); 50 free: Brad Kruppe, 12th (24.61); Ciolkosz, 16th (25.08); 100 backstroke: Neale, 12th (1:04.03); Kruppe, 13th (1:04.4); 200 breaststroke: Green, 13th (2:37.66); and 200 free relay: Green, Ciolkosz, Kruppe and Spankowski, 13th (1:37.88).
Ice Bears hockey
The local co-op dropped a tough, 2-1, decision to the Kettle Moraine co-op on Dec. 28.
With the loss, the Ice Bears fell to 4-7 on the season.
The locals took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Damon Nick (Peter Schmidt assist). The lead held up until the third period, when Kettle Moraine punched across two goals to earn the win.
Zac Gazzana had 36 saves for the Ice Bears.
- Steven L. Tietz
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