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Muskego girls basketball

Muskego's girls basketball team split a pair of Classic 8 games last week, falling, 55-48, to Mukwonago on Dec. 13 before snapping a three-game losing streak with a 61-36 victory over Catholic Memorial on Dec. 16.

The Warriors had 12 different players score against the Crusaders, led by Leah Bolskar with 12 points. Bolskar also added four rebounds, five steals and four assists. Maddy Harrison added 9 points and seven rebounds, and Savanah Balcerak, Sarah Anderson and Kenni Czarnecki each had 7 points.

"Once we were able to get into our pressing game, we were able to force a number of turnovers, which led to points for us," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "Leah Bolskar played an outstanding overall game. She is being a strong senior leader for us on and off the court."

Muskego fell, 55-48, to Mukwonago on Dec. 13, which was the Warriors' third-straight defeat at the time.

"We fell behind by too much early in the game and had an uphill battle to get back into it," Hirtz said. "We fought hard and got to within 4 points in the second half but couldn't get a big basket to get us over the hump. We need to start our games faster and with better defense, and that is something we are working on."

Balcerak led the Warriors with 14 points. Anderson added 10 points; Bolskar scored 9 points and five rebounds; and Harrison had 7 points and seven rebounds. The Indians, which made 26 of 33 free-throw attempts, were led by Dru Henning with 21 points and Grace Beyer with 20 points.

"(Freshman Savanah Balcerak) is becoming more and more comfortable every game and is playing a big role for us," Hirtz said. "She is one of the most athletic players we have had in our program in a while. Sarah Anderson is currently playing very well for us and is a great scorer."

Muskego was scheduled to face Kettle Moraine on Tuesday, Dec. 20, before hosting Burlington for a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22.

New Berlin West boys basketball

New Berlin West's boys basketball team fell, 93-53, to fifth-ranked Pius XI on Dec. 13.

Hunter Pipik led the Vikings (3-2 overall, 1-2 Woodland Conference) with 13 points, while Zach White had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Desmond Polk and Joe Robey each added 9 points.

West's game at Greendale on Dec. 16 was postponed to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 4 due to weather. The Vikings were scheduled to host eighth-ranked Pewaukee (6-1, 3-0) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

New Berlin boys swimming

New Berlin's boys swimming and diving team won 10 of 12 events and rolled to a 126-55 victory over Cudahy in a Woodland Conference dual meet on Dec. 14.

Sophomore Nick Landstrom won two races for New Berlin, taking first place in the 100-yard freestyle in 59 seconds and in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 11 seconds.

Junior Mitchell Weiss placed first in the 200 freestyle in 2:12, freshman Kevin Adams won the 200 IM in 2:23, junior Dane Detert won the 50 freestyle in 24 seconds, junior Ian Gatzke took the crown in the 500 freestyle in 5:12 and sophomore Evan Grubis won the 100 backstroke in 1:10.

"The boys varsity and JV swam very well," New Berlin coach Jim Jensen said. "We had especially good swims from Ian Gatzke in the 500 free and Mitchell Weiss in the 200 free."

New Berlin also won the three relays, taking first in the 200 medley in 2:01 (Gatzke, Landstrom, junior Ray Glass, Weiss), the 200 freestyle in 1:47 (Adams, Weiss, Grubis, senior Matt Thomas) and the 400 freestyle in 5:14 (Adams, Thomas, Gatzke, Detert).

Muskego boys swimming

Muskego's boys swimming and diving team grabbed a convincing 121-55 win over Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine/Pewaukee in a Classic 8 dual meet held Dec. 15 at Waukesha North High School.

"The swimmers are entering the part of the season where practice becomes very tedious," Muskego coach Larry Milton said. "This win should motivate them into winter break."

Jack Rohlinger took first place in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200 freestyle. Ben Gabbey also won multiple individual events, claiming wins in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Jonah Gibson also earned first-place points by winning the 100 backstroke.

The Warriors took first in three relays, winning the 200 medley relay with Connor Andrews, Gabbey, Josh Paquette and Andrew Buelow; the 200 freestyle relay with Liam Bangs, Evan Slonac, Paquette and Rohlinger; and the 400 freestyle relay with Slonac, Ryan Fisher, Casey Wisienewski and Buelow.

Nathan Gupton and Nick Schuster also contributed points toward Muskego's victory.

Muskego was slated to take part in an invitational at Hartford High School on Dec. 17, but the meet was postponed due to weather.

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