Menomonee Falls/Germantown gymnastics
The Indians are busy overcoming injuries and taking steps forward.
They exemplified that by taking second in the Reedsburg Invitational on Jan. 5 as Aerial Holt won the vault with an impressive score of 9.33 while Emma Brose was second on balance beam (8.675) and Holt was third in floor exercise with an 8.925.
Lizzy Gilbert was fourth on vault (8.825) while Holt was the same on uneven bars (8.15) as was Brigid Doyle in the all-around (32.275).
The local co-op scored 133.375 for its spot in the nine-team field while Holmen won with 137.0 and Stevens Point was third with 131.4
"I am proud of the girls," coach Tracy Howard said. "All four events improved and were the best event totals of the season so far, which lead to our best team score by six points. We have a lot of work to do to reach our team goal, however, the gymnasts headed in the right direction."
In a Dec. 12 dual with Nicolet, the locals turned in a 125.75-122.265 victory as Holt won both the vault (8.4) and the floor exercise (8.6) while Brose claimed the uneven bars (7.925). Doyle was second in the all-around (31.4) and on the bars (7.775) as was Gilbert in floor exercise (8.34).
In a Dec. 19 dual with Grafton/Cedarburg, the Indians fell 135.4-127.475 as Holt was third in floor exercise with an 8.6.
Paige Lemley should be returning soon from an injury.
Ice Bears hockey
Myles Crichton, a sophomore goalie from Menomonee Falls High School was named the American Player of the Week on the Wisconsin Prep Hockey site for his efforts during the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.
Crichton earned the honor for a spectacular two-game stretch that included 42 saves in a 2-1 loss to Marquette and 45 saves in a 0-0 tie with Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago.
Crichton also had 40 saves in a 6-1 loss to North Shore opponent Cedarburg on Saturday. Ben Lena scored the Ice Bears' only goal.
Menomonee Falls boys
The Indians bounced back from a wild, 74-64 nonconference loss to Catholic Memorial on Jan. 9 to pull off a 53-46 Greater Metro Conference decision over West Allis Hale on Friday.
With the split, Falls has now won four of its last five games. The Indians are now 2-4 in GMC play and 4-9 overall. They entertain Brookfield East (0-6 in league games) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then have a quick turnaround on Saturday and host nonconference opponent Waukesha West at 4 p.m.
Falls grabbed a 20-8 first quarter lead on Hale and then spent the rest of the game holding off the pesky Huskies. It was 29-16 at the half before Hale made a big push in the third to close the gap to 38-34.
"We knew that they would come back," Indians coach Dan Leffel said. "They have three nice players and we knew that if we could hold two of them in check we'd have a good chance of winning."
Falls' 3-2 zone forced Hale into 23 3-point attempts, of which they hit only five. The never got inside for one possession. Falls was again led by guards Brandon Ramey (15 points) and Juwan McCloud with 11. Devon Nauer remains a huge force on the inside with eight points and an imposing 18 rebounds. Jason Precia and Zach Murray had seven points apiece.
The Indians could have helped themselves by somewhat better foul shooting (17 of 31 for the night).
"It's good that we're playing close games like this," Leffel said. "It'll help us down the line."
Against Memorial, Falls grabbed an early 12-point lead only to have the Crusaders roar back and take a 13-point advantage at the half. Falls was able to tie it at 46 in the second half before Memorial pulled away. Memorial's Ty Sabin had 30 points including 14-of-15 free throws to lead all scorers while McCloud had 21, Ramey 15 and Nauer 13 for the Indians.
Though Germantown won the North Shore Conference wrestling dual with border rival Homestead, 47-34, on Jan. 9, it was Highlanders coach Ernie Millard who was the much happier person when the evening was done.
Meanwhile, the Warhawks, who had come into the meet on a hot streak of their own, took a little step backward this night, coach Casey Gabrielson said.
"We seemed to come out flat in every match," he said. "We clearly did not wrestle our best tonight, not at all. I'm just not happy."
The Warhawks came back the next night, and fell to league power Port Washington, 57-21.
Because of the coin flip, the Warhawks were able to set the lineup well and jump out to an insurmountable 35-6 lead over Homestead by the time the 106-pound match was over. Tyler Palzkill picked up a forfeit at 160 pounds while Tyler Baran pinned Gage Zupke in 3:07 at 170 to get things started.
The Warhawks were able to stretch the lead with a Steve Asmondy pin at 195 over Homestead senior Sean Condon in 1:54 and then earned back-to-back forfeits to 2012 state meet qualifier Hunter Higginbotham at 220 and to Mike Glaser at 285.
Germantown's run of success was finished off with an impressive technical fall in the third period by 106-pounder Zack Szohr over the Highlanders' Doug Lennon.
Szohr was able to do that despite giving up more than 20 pounds to Lennon. The five-time state youth champion Szohr may be the most technically competent wrestler on the team based on some reports, but because he only weighs about 82 pounds, he frequently gives away too much weight to compete.
"If he had about 10 more pounds on him, it'd be a whole different ball game because he just doesn't quit until the final whistle," said Gabrielson.
The Warhawks Brandon Goesch put the team decision out of reach at 145 pounds with a pin in 1:55 over the Highlanders' Julius Zimmerman.
Germantown is now 3-3 in North Shore duals. In the loss to Port, both Tyler Colegrove at 132 and Asmondy at 195, recorded pins.
Gabrielson said his team can't afford any more flat nights against the caliber of competition it is seeing in the North Shore this season.
"I think it's the toughest it's been in about a decade," he said. "Cedarburg, Port, Whitefish Bay, they're all the real deal."
Hamilton boys swim
The Indians won 10 events and cruised to a 121-53 Greater Metro Conference/Classic 8 dual meet win over West Allis on Jan. 10.
The team hosts the annual Indian Invitational at Falls on Saturday with diving at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1 p.m.
In the win over West Allis, double event winners included Matt Ciolkosz in the 200 freestyle (1:57.7) and 500 free (5:26.51), Sam Piette in the 200 individual medley (2:18.55) and 100 butterfly (1:04.3), and John Seiler in the 100 free (52.11) and 100 breast stroke (1:09.24).
Sam Neale also claimed the 100 backstroke (1:04.45) while the local co-op also won all three relays including the 200 medley (1:53.49), 200 free (1:37.18) and 400 free (3:37.27).
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