The Warhawks, after two frustrating losses earlier in the event to Waunakee and Franklin (see GermantownNOW.com for details), managed to salvage an 81-54 victory over Racine Case in the seventh-place game of the Rathke Memorial Tournament at Franklin on Dec. 28.
Germantown (8-3) also maintained a hold on first place in the North Shore at 5-0 with an 87-51 rout over Nicolet on Friday.
The Warhawks now visit second place Homestead in a critical North Shore Conference game Friday. The Highlanders are in a three-way tie for second with Whitefish Bay and defending NSC champ Cedarburg.
"They're going to be a factor in the race," Warhawks coach Matt Stuve said of the young and talented Highlanders. "...They will definitely have a say who wins (the league)."
And so will the Warhawks, who had little trouble with Nicolet on Friday, bolting out to a 34-12 first quarter lead and hitting a preposterous 16 3-pointers en route to the easy win.
A total of seven players hit 3-pointers led by guard Erika Berry's five-for-10 effort en route to a team-best 15 points. Val Meissner, who had missed the Rathke event with an illness, hit four-of-eight threes and had 12 points. Taylor Higginbotham nailed two trifectas and had 12 points while post Bridget Kelley hit five-of-seven two-point tries and also contributed 12 points. Miska Cantley tossed in eight.
"We hit the same number of threes in the Cedarburg and West Bend games last year," Stuve said. "We finally had a night where we shot well."
The Warhawks hit six threes in the first quarter alone.
Against Case at the Rathke, Germantown took a 20-12 lead at the quarter and then held a 36-24 advantage at the break.
The Warhawks blew the game open with a 30-15 third quarter effort. A total of 10 players scored, led by Calli Lemke with 16 points (three steals and three 3-pointers), while Berry (five rebounds), Kenzie Schmitz (10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and six blocked shots) and Kelley (eight rebounds and four steals) all had 10 points apiece.
Paige Groth (four assists and four steals) and Higginbotham (four rebounds, three assists and three steals) both contributed nine points apiece.
MENOMONEE FALLS WRESTLING
The championship rounds of the Northern Exposure Tournament did not go as well for the Indians on Dec. 28, as they fell to Merrill (45-30) and Menomonie (43-25) to earn fourth.
Falls had advanced to the championship round by going 5-0 in pool play on Dec. 27 (see Jan. 2 edition of the NOW for details).
Finishing unbeaten at 7-0 for the Indians were Bill Holz at 126 pounds (four pins), Aaron Daly at 113 and 120, and Casey Crangle at 145 (five pins).
Other good records included Eric Wunsch at 106 (5-2), Jeff Kleser at 132 (4-2), Jake Fuiten at 182 (6-1), Trayvon Handy at 285 (5-2), and Jake McMahon at 138 (5-1).
Among the leaders for the Menomonee Falls Silver team at the event were Josh McMahon 4-0 at 120, and Ian Virlee at 106-113 and Will Genthe at 138 (both 5-2).
The Indians' post-break schedule is hectic and included a dual at Muskego on Wednesday, a Greater Metro Conference dual at home against Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and a trip to Sauk Prairie for the Eagle Invitational on Saturday.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Indians bounced back to claim the consolation game in the Fort Atkinson Holiday Tourney with a 58-42 victory over Elkhorn on Dec. 28.
Falls, now 4-6 on the season, resumes its post-holiday schedule Friday, when it visits Brookfield East in a Greater Metro Conference game at 7:30 p.m.
The Indians outscored the Elks in every quarter of the consolation game at Fort Atkinson, taking a 13-12 lead at the quarter, and a 34-25 advantage at the half. It was 47-33 at the end of three quarters.
Falls was led by freshman guard Kylie Sprecher with 15 points while seniors Erin Otzelberger and Claire Mohrfeld had 10 points apiece and freshman Madison Grzesiak contributed nine.
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Indians claimed the consolation title in Homestead's John Chekouras Classic with a 47-43 victory over Waupun on Dec. 28.
Falls, which had lost to the tourney champion and still unbeaten Highlanders in the semifinal on Dec. 27, and defeated Waukesha West on Friday in another nonconference game (see separate story), is now 6-5 overall. The Indians host Brookfield East in a Greater Metro Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Waupun game was a back-and-forth affair. The Indians fell behind 18-9 at the quarter, but then rallied for a 27-25 advantage at the half. They still held a 37-35 lead heading into the fourth period.
Senior forward Jerry Murphy continued his good play with a team-high 17 points as Jason Precia had seven and Daniel Dahlke and Jake Stauffacher had six apiece.
Falls benefited by hitting 13-of-18 free throws as compared to just five of six for Waupun.
HAMILTON BOYS SWIM
The Indians turned in some solid times in taking a sound 12th of 26 teams in the powerhouse Marquette Invitational on Saturday.
The local co-op scored 79 points for its spot as Madison West won with 2591/2 points.
John Seiler had the best individual finish with a third in the 100-yard butterfly (54.24 seconds).
Other top finishes for the Indians included the following: 200-yard medley relay: Sam Piette, Matt Ciolkosz, Seiler and Sam Neal, ninth (season best 1:44.77); 200 free: Seiler, 14th (1:53.93); 200 individual medley: Ciolkosz, 11th (2:07.28); 50 free: Piette, eighth (22.53); 100 free: Piette, eighth (49.89); 500 free: Neal, 18th (5:15.71); 200 free relay: Seiler, Dylan Volden, Neal and Shawn Brown, 13th (1:36.71); 100 breaststroke: Ciolkosz, 18th (1:06.57); and 400 free relay: Neal, Volden, Ciolkosz, and Piette, 13th (3:32.55).
The Ice Bears co-op split two games in the Admirals' Cup Tournament Dec. 26 and 27.
They beat the WNS Storm, 5-1, on Dec. 26 before falling to Cedarburg, 6-1, on Dec. 27. They entered this week at 5-8 overall and visit Grafton in a North Shore Conference game at 8 p.m. Saturday.
In the loss to Cedarburg, Menomonee Falls' Alec Fieldhack had the only goal with an assist from Germantown's Trevor Herzberg.
In the win over the Storm, the Ice Bears scored twice in the second period and three times in the third as they outshot their opposition, 37-20.
Nick Peterson of Falls had a goal and an assist and Derek Anderson of Germantown contributed a goal to the effort as Hamilton's Andrew Ullmann made 19 saves in goal.
In the first game of the North Shore Conference Tournament on Saturday, the Ice Bears recorded a 6-0 win over Grafton. A four-goal second period sealed the deal for the local co-op as Peterson had two goals and an assist and Ullmann 11 saves.
— Steven L. Tietz
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