Falls/Germantown girls gymnastics
Fellow coaches at the North Shore/Greater Metro Conference meet honored retiring Indians coach Tracy Howard with flowers and a plaque, and then her team rewarded her again with a fourth-place, season-best score of 137.3 points.
"It was truly heart-warming," said Howard, who is retiring after 24 years on the job.
"Conference went well. We still have a few areas to clean up, but I feel confident for Saturday (WIAA sectionals). We had our highest score total so far this season. I know we have more to give, so hoping to peak on Saturday. ... I have five senior leaders and great underclassmen. I cannot wait!"
The WIAA sectional meet will be at Arrowhead on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. The top five finishers in all individual events, including all-around, and the top two teams will advance to the WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids, March 1 and 2.
Homestead coach Mike Giles and others arranged for a plaque and some flowers for Howard at the conference meet, and Howard was quite touched. Homestead wound up winning the meet with 141.275 points.
Aerial Holt led the way for the Indians, taking a fourth in floor exercise (9.2) and a tie for fifth on vault (8.95). Emma Brose was fifth on balance beam (9.075).
Others who did well were Brigid Doyle, who was seventh on beam (8.9), and Paige Lemley, who was eighth on the uneven bars (8.625) and seventh on vault (8.9).
"I was proud of all my gymnasts," Howard said. "They all contributed in a tough field."
Hamilton/Falls boys swim
Junior John Seiler was eighth in the 100-yard butterfly to lead the Indians to a 26th-place finish in the WIAA State Division I meet in Madison on Saturday.
Seiler bettered his sectional time by six one-hundredths of a second in earning his spot, while West Bend's Matt McHugh won the race in 48.71. Seiler also was 11th in the 50 free in 21.9, a clocking that exactly matched his sectional time.
He also was on the 200 medley relay team that took 23rd in 1:43.71. That team included senior Brad Kruppe as well as juniors Matt Ciolkosz and Sam Piette.
The local co-op was involved in a three-way tie for its spot with 17 points, as Madison Memorial dominated the meet with 316 points.
The meet ended a sound season for the Indians.
Germantown/Falls Ice Bears hockey
The Ice Bears' season came to a quiet end with a 5-1 WIAA regional final loss to top sectional seed Fond du Lac on Feb. 14.
The Ice Bears, who had advanced to the regional final via forfeit over Brookfield (too many checking from behind penalties) fell behind 1-0 in the first period. They got their only goal in the second period from Joe Kandel (assist to Tyler Acheson), but the Cardinals scored three times in the period to take control of the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Myles Crichton of Menomonee Falls did his best with 30 saves as the Ice Bears were outshot 35-25.
Germantown girls basketball
After beating Nicolet, 61-55, Friday to improve to 16-5 overall, the Warhawks learned they had earned the third seed in their half of the WIAA Division I Sheboygan South sectional.
They will host Waukesha South in a 7 p.m. regional semifinal March 1, and, if they advance, they will likely visit second-seeded Waukesha West in a regional final March 2.
The Warhawks, who also scorched West Bend East, 73-40, in a nonconference game Feb. 12, will close the regular season Feb. 21 at North Shore rival Homestead.
Against Nicolet (8-5, 11-9), the 9-4 in conference Warhawks had to work hard to hold off the testy Knights. They held a 9-point lead at the half (34-25), but Nicolet wouldn't go away as Germantown had to hold on for the win.
Courtney Mehring led the way with 14 points, as Paige Groth and Taylor Higginbotham came up with 8 apiece. Germantown hit eight 3-pointers in the game.
Against East, the Warhawks broke out to a 21-6 lead and never looked back, outscoring the Suns in every quarter. A total of 11 players scored, including Bridget Kelley with 20 points and Higginbotham with 13. Amy Flasch and Maggie Johnston had two 3-pointers each for the Warhawks, who entered the Homestead game with a five-game winning streak.
Menomonee Falls girls basketball
After beating West Allis Hale, 62-41, Feb. 12, the 12-9 Indians discovered they had earned the fifth seed in the WIAA Division 1 Sheboygan South sectional.
Falls will visit fourth-seeded Arrowhead on March 1 in a WIAA regional semifinal. If they win that game, they likely will advance to a regional final March 2 at archrival and sectional top seed Sussex Hamilton.
The Indians close out the regular season Feb. 21 at home against Brookfield East.
Falls went up 33-14 at the half against Hale and cruised to the victory as Mikayla Robertson had 18 points while Erin Crownover scored 13 and Hailey Precia had 8.
Menomonee Falls boys basketball
The Indians closed their regular season with a split, beating West Allis Hale, 74-62, Feb. 12 before falling to Brookfield East, 47-41, Feb. 14.
The split left the Indians at 5-9 in Greater Metro Conference play and 7-15 overall. They will travel to WIAA sectional second-seed Sussex Hamilton on Friday in a WIAA regional semifinal.
In the loss to East, Falls and East were tied going into the fourth quarter, but the Spartans outscored the Indians by six to pull out the victory as Juwan McCloud had 16 points and Brandon Ramey 10.
Versus Hale, Falls went up 37-23 at the half and then pulled away for the win as Ramey hit eight of eight free throws en route to 24 points while McCloud had 21 and Devon Nauer nine.
Falls hit 23 of 32 free throws on the night.
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