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Muskego girls basketball

Muskego's girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, downing Watertown, 65-61, in a nonconference game on Jan. 24 before letting a halftime lead slip away in a 37-31 loss to Waukesha West on Jan 27.

After the Warriors took a 23-19 lead into halftime against Watertown, the two teams exploded in the second half, with Muskego outgunning Goslings, 43-42, after the break.

Muskego went 20-for-23 from the foul line, with Andrea Mlachnik and Savanah Balcerak each going 4-for-4 and Hannah Kath hitting all three of her attempts. The Goslings hit seven triples to keep pace with the Warriors.

"Watertown was a real big win that could impact seeding," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "It was nice to knock off someone in our bracket as we don't play many of those schools during the season. We shot extremely well from the free throw line and that is what won us the game. We have been working on that mental aspect of the game and it was nice to see us come through in the clutch from the line."

Maddy Harrison went 8-for-11 from the stripe to finish with a team-high 18 points. Kath scored 11 points, while Mlachnik, Balcerak and Sarah Anderson all added 8 points.

It was a tale of two halves between Muskego and Waukesha West on Jan. 27. The Warriors held the Wolverines to just 7 points in the first half to hold a 20-7 advantage at the break.

But Waukesha West rallied in the second half, outscoring Muskego, 30-11. The Warriors led 30-25 with 6:25 to play but wouldn't connect on a field goal the rest of the game, missing their final seven attempts. The Wolverines closed the game on a 12-1 run to pull out a 37-31 win.

"We played well defensively in the first half," Hirtz said. "We left some offensive opportunities out there in the first half which would have put West in a bigger hole. We left them too close at halftime and they gained the momentum early in the second half. Once they got the momentum it was hard to dig ourselves out and we went on a scoring drought that cost us the game. We are disappointed in that loss but we have to get up and get ready to go this week against Mukwonago and CMH."

The loss dropped Muskego, which was led by Mlachnik with 6 points, to 10-7 overall and into a fifth-place tie in the Classic 8 with Waukesha South at 3-6.

New Berlin wrestling

By going 3-2 to take third place at the Pewaukee Duals on Jan. 28, the New Berlin wrestling team locked up a tie for second place in the Woodland Conference dual meet standings.

New Berlin began the day with a 69-8 win over Cudahy/St. Francis and then defeated Greenfield for the first time since 2011 with a 48-26 win over the Hustlin' Hawks. Donoven Acevedo earned an early pin to get New Berlin going, while Jacob Reyes, Tony Scaffidi and Mike Baumann won tight matches.

"Our dual against Greenfield was one that we knew we needed prior to our dual with Pewaukee," New Berlin coach Patrick Detmer said. "They've got some really solid kids in the lighter weights so we knew it would be a tough battle."

The co-op then fell 48-19 to Woodland Conference dual-meet champion Pewaukee and 46-25 to Oconomowoc. New Berlin recovered to close with a 42-27 win over Marquette.

Jake Belongia and Mike White went undefeated on the day at 5-0. Tony Scaffidi and Joey Scaffidi each posted 4-1 records.

"(Belongia and White) are both wrestling really well right now and are ready for the conference tournament," Detmer said. "We just need to take this week to get healthy and fresh for the home stretch here.  We've got some great opportunities ahead of us.  We'll need to be wrestling our best the next few weeks."

New Berlin Marlins boys swimming 

The New Berlin Marlins boys swimming and diving team tied for fourth place at the Bob White Invitational on Jan. 28 at Wauwatosa West High School.

Wauwatosa won the nine-team meet with 411.5 team points, followed by Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI (363), Oak Creek (332.5), Kenosha Tremper and New Berlin (292).

Senior Dane Detert won two events for the Marlins, claiming the 100-yard freestyle title in 51.82 seconds and the 50 freestyle in 23.26 seconds.

Senior Matt Thomas took second place in the 100 freestyle in 52.20 seconds and third in the 50 freestyle in 23.88 seconds. Junior Ian Gatzke was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:03.93 and sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1:57.04.

Junior Nick Dorshak was fourth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 288.65, Nick Landstrom came in fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:08.19, sophomore Evan Grubis was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.48, freshman Kevin Adams was ninth in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.59 and junior Jordon Korom was 10th in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.78.

Muskego boys swimming

Muskego's boys swimming and diving team swam to a fourth-place finish at the Classic 8 Conference meet on Jan. 28 at Waukesha South High School.

The Warriors finished with 244 team points to come in behind Waukesha South/CMH (603), Arrowhead (496) and Brookfield (451).

"Our goal was to maintain our upper-half standing in the Classic 8," Muskego coach Larry Milton said. "The goal was accomplished by finishing fourth. The swimmers did an outstanding job as they prepare for state competition."

Earning individual spots on the podium for Muskego were sophomore Ben Gabbey (third in 100 breaststroke in 1:01.29, eighth in 200 IM in 2:08.42), junior Jack Rohlinger (seventh in 50 freestyle in 22.13, seventh in 100 freestyle in 49.13) and senior Ryan Fisher (seventh in 100 butterfly in 58.14).

The relay team of junior Jonah Gibson, Gabbey, Fisher and junior Josh Paquette took fifth in the 200 medley relay in 1:44.42. Paquette, freshman Liam Bangs, senior Andrew Buelow and Rohlinger came in sixth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.91, and senior Connor Andrews, senior Caleb Golden, senior Casey Wisniewski and sophomore Evan Slonac placed eighth in the same race in 1:34.15.

Bangs, Gabbey, Rohlinger and Slonac claimed fifth place in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:22.85.

New Berlin West poms and dance

New Berlin West's poms and dance team won the Division 2 Regional with a first-place finish in hip hop at regional competition in Watertown on Jan. 28.

The Vikings also took sixth place in their poms routine and will compete in both events at the WACPC State Dance Championships on Feb. 4 in LaCrosse.

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