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Eisenhower girls basketball

If a showdown of the two top-ranked teams in the Division 2 coaches poll was a test for New Berlin Eisenhower's girls basketball team, the Lions now know the level they must get to in order to defend their state championship.

Top-ranked Beaver Dam led by as many as 25 points in a 66-50 win over second-ranked Eisenhower on Jan. 7, showing it is the team to beat at this point in the season.

The Golden Beavers, which have won each of their 12 games by at least 13 points, used a 21-2 run over the final 3 minutes of the first half and the first 4 minutes of the second half that turned a 29-25 advantage into 50-27 lead.

Katie Ludwig led Eisenhower with 20 points and five steals. Hannah Plockelman added 7 points and seven rebounds, and Julia Hintz scored 6 points. The Lions shot 42.5 percent (17-for-40) from the field and hit 5 of 10 3-point attempts but committed 20 turnovers.

Eisenhower used a strong second half to pull away in a 52-32 nonconference win on the road at DeForest on Jan. 3. The Lions led, 27-21, at halftime but outscored the Norskies, 25-11, in the second half.

Hintz finished with 15 points, four assists and two steals. Plockelman added 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Ludwig scored 9 points, and Jasmyn Somarsingh had 7 points. Eisenhower hit just two 3-point shots but went 19-for-36 (52.8 percent) from the field and made 12 of 17 (70.6 percent) free-throw attempts.

A 50-26 victory over Greendale on Jan. 6 kept Eisenhower unbeaten in the Woodland West at 7-0, setting up a first-place showdown with New Berlin West on Jan. 13.

Plockelman scored 11 points with nine rebounds, three assists and four steals. Olivia Canady added 10 points, and Hintz finished with 9 points, five assists and five steals. The Lions went 20-for-52 from the field but made just 4 of 16 shots from beyond the arc.

New Berlin Wrestling

New Berlin's wrestling team continued its strong season last week with a nonconference dual meet win over East Troy and a second-place finish at the Kenosha Bradford Invitational.

A run of five straight victories allowed New Berlin a big enough lead to survive dropping the final four matches of a 40-30 dual-meet victory over East Troy on Jan. 5.

After New Berlin dropped the first match of the dual, Derek Ryan received a forfeit at 132 pound and Peter Katris won a 15-6 major decision at 138 pounds. Henry Rhames earned a takedown in the final seconds of his match to force overtime and then recorded another takedown to win 8-6 by sudden victory at 145 pounds to give New Berlin a 13-3 advantage.

"We knew it would be a tight dual being shorthanded a few varsity wrestlers," New Berlin coach Patrick Detmer said. "The highlight of the night had to be Henry Rahmes pulling it out in overtime.  Henry's a four-year senior who has found himself sitting behind a few tough varsity wrestlers, but he has shown up every day and put his time in.

"The reaction he had coming off the mat is what makes coaching this team so special. The excitement he and his teammate shared after his victory was special"

Leading, 13-9, New Berlin received three straight pins in a stretch of five consecutive wins.

Mike White pinned Victor Champman in 49 seconds in 160 pounds, Austin Engelhardt earned a fall in 1 minute, 33 seconds over Austin Pogreba and Jaron Radish pinned Jacob Price in 1 minute, 23 seconds at 182 pounds.

Jake Belongia picked up a 7-3 win at 195 pounds, and Donoven Acevedo received a forfeit at 220 pounds to put New Berlin up, 40-9. That lead was big enough for New Berlin to hold on despite East Troy recording three pins and a decision over the final four matches.

Joey Scaffidi and Belongia each won tournament titles to help New Berlin place second behind host Kenosha Bradford at the nine-team invitational on Jan. 7.

Kenosha Bradford won the team title with 190 points, followed by New Berlin with 139 points and Racine Horlick with 125 points.

Joey Scaffidi won all five of his matches by pin to take first place at 170 pounds. He opened with a pin of Alan Thomas of Milwaukee Madison in 1:39 and then earned falls over Sam Grasseschi of Westosha Central in 38 seconds, Aaron Wells of Milwaukee Reagan in 21 seconds and Eric Gonzalez of Delavan-Darien in 3:46 to reach the finals. In a battle of state-ranked wrestlers, Scaffidi, honorable mention at 170 pounds, pinned fourth-ranked Logan Ramos of Kenosha Bradford in 3:11 for the crown.

"He fought off his back early in the match to come back and score the fall," Detmer said. "It took a lot of grit to win that match."

Ranked seventh in the state at 182 pounds, Belongia went 4-0 with three pins and a forfeit victory to claim first place. After pinning Xavier Paez of Racine Horlick in 1:43 and Scott Krueger of Kenosha Indian Trail in 58 seconds, Belongia needed just 59 seconds to pin Zach Bell of Westosha Central in the finals.

Mike Baumann (4-1 at 145 pounds), White (3-1 at 160), Radish (3-1 at 195), Acevedo (2-1 at 220) and Zach Hansen (3-1 at 285) earned second-place finishes, and Katris (3-2 at 138) took third for New Berlin.

West boys basketball

New Berlin West's boys basketball team fell, 87-63, to Wauwatosa West on Jan. 6.

The Trojans scored 53 points in the first half to take a 53-40 lead into halftime. It was New Berlin West's fifth straight defeat, dropping the Vikings to 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the Woodland West.

Zach White led the Vikings with 25 points, and Fred Cottrell scored 23 points.

New Berlin West was scheduled to play a nonconference game at Saint Anthony on Jan. 10. The Vikings will travel across town to face rival New Berlin Eisenhower at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

New Berlin Marlins swimming 

New Berlin's boys swimming and diving team took third place out of 14 teams at the South Milwaukee Rocket Invitational on Jan. 7.

Muskego won the team title with 436.5 points, followed by Kenosha Tremper with 247 points and New Berlin with 216 points.

Ian Gatzke earned a first-place finish for the Marlins by winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.74. He also took fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.81.

Dane Detert placed second in the 50 freestyle in 23.15 seconds and fifth in the 100 freestyle in 53.37 seconds.

Matt Thomas took ninth in the 100 freestyle in 54.84 seconds and 10th in the 50 freestyle in 24.50 seconds. Kevin Adams was fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:36.32 and Nick Landstrom wias sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.60.

The Marlins took second in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Gatzke, Adams, Thomas and Detert and fourth in the 200 medley relay with Gatzke, Nick Landstrom, Detert and Thomas.

FMOW gymnastics

The defending state champs from the local co-op involving Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall broke into the new year on a solid note, taking third in the Emerald Invitational on Jan. 7.

They turned in a strong score of 140.075 as the returning state runner-up Kenosha co-op won with an impressive 146.275 mark and Brookfield was second with 141.125.

Uneven bars and floor exercise were the strong events for FMOW as they placed three in the top six of both events. On bars, Elizabeth Missiaen was third (9.1), Abigail Missiaen was fifth (8.975) and Becca Koronkowski was sixth (8.925). On floor, Abigail Missiaen was fourth (9.525), Elizabeth Missiaen was fifth (9.475) and Koronkowski sixth (9.425). In addition, Mikayla Surprenant was sixth  on vault (8.6) and Elizabeth Missiaen eighth on the balance beam (9.1).

In the all-around, Abigail Missiaen was fourth (35.975) and Elizabeth Missiaen fifth (35.525).

GREENDALE ICE FORCE HOCKEY

The Ice Force scored an impressive 10-0 win over Milton on Jan. 7.

New Berlin Eisenhower's Jack Semanski led the local co-op with three goals while St. Francis' Bailey Beierle and Franklin's Nate McComb scored two goals each. Oak Creek's Luke Davitz, Franklin's Zach Gottfreid and New Berlin West's Dominic Martinetti all had a goal apiece as Eisenhower keeper Jason Cooke scored his first shutout of the season with 27 saves.

"That night we were firing on all cylinders which has not been the case every night," said coach John Kennedy. "When we all pull in the same direction good things happen more often. It was good to see them gell and build some confidence in themselves and as a team starting the new year."

Kennedy said some switches in the Ice Force's three offensive lines have really added to the team's depth.

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