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Muskego girls basketball

Muskego continued its late-season surge and entered the playoffs on a four-game winning streak with a 63-37 rout of Waukesha North on Feb. 16.

The Warriors finished the regular season at 14-8 overall and finished in fifth in the Classic 8 Conference at 7-7.

Muskego led, 27-20, at halftime and took control in the second half, outscoring the last-place Northstars, 36-17, after the break.

"Defensive pressure and finishing around the rim in the second half is what got the game heavily in our favor," Muskego coach Brian Hirtz said. "Again we had a lot of people contribute and give a great effort. It was a good to win for our four seniors on senior night."

Sophomore forward Kenni Czarnecki led three players in double figures with 14 points. Junior forward Maddy Harrison scored 13 points, senior forward Hannah Kath added 11 points and junior guard Sarah Anderson and senior forward Leah Bolskar each had 6 points.

The Warriors, seeded seventh in the WIAA Division 1 Janesville Craig sectional, will open the postseason at home against 10th-seeded Janesville Craig (10-11, 9-8 Big Eight) in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. With a win, Muskego would face either second-seeded Sun Prairie, 15th-seeded Kenosha Indian Trail or 18th-seeded Beloit Memorial in a regional final Saturday, Feb. 25.

Muskego boys swimming and diving

Muskego's boys swimming and diving team took 24th place at the WIAA Division 1 state meet on Feb. 18 at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

The Warriors earned 15.5 points to just edge Racine Horlick and Stevens Point in the team standings.

Junior Jack Rohlinger took 10th place in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.90 seconds and tied for 12th in the 50 freestyle in 21.93 seconds. Sophomore Ben Gabbey placed 13th in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 00.63 seconds.

Muskego's 200 medley relay team of junior Jonah Gibson, Gabbey, senior Ryan Fisher and junior Josh Paquette came in 20th in 1:42.52.

The Warriors were disqualified in the 200 freestyle relay (freshman Liam Bangs, Paquette, senior Connor Andrews, Rohlinger) and the 400 freestyle (sophomore Evan Slonac, Bangs, senior Andrew Buelow, Rohlinger) relay due to illegal exchanges.

"I really feel bad for my two seniors who have worked so hard to be a member of the relays," Muskego coach Larry Milton said. "We were in a position where multiple officials were stationed, and we had to be perfect in the exchange. We practice this for hours, and it so happens we fail to execute a legal one at the most important meet of the year.

"I tell the boys to be aggressive but smart. In a meet like this, I cannot fault anyone for being aggressive in the heat of battle; we just got caught. Things happen; we learn and move on. I am very proud of these guys."

New Berlin boys swimming and diving

New Berlin boys swimming and diving swam to 30th place at the WIAA Division 1 state meet on Feb. 18 at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. The co-op scored four points to tie with Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine and Sheboygan North.

Junior Ian Gatzke took 13th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 51.52 seconds.

The relay team of freshman Kevin Adams, senior Dane Detert, senior Matt Thomas and Gatzke placed 20th in both the 200 freestyle relay (1:31.78) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:22.55).

New Berlin West boys basketball

New Berlin West's boys basketball team opened last week with a 69-64 nonconference win on the road at Lake Country Lutheran on Feb. 14.

LCL held a 32-30 halftime lead, but West went up with 5:00 to go in the second half. The Lightning tied it at 56 with 3:50 remaining on a 3-pointer by Ethan Adler. The Vikings went up, 60-58, but Grayson Hopkins hit a 3-point shot at 1:59 to put LCL up 61-60. West went up, 64-61, at the 1:31 mark, but Adler again tied things at 64 with a 3-pointer with just 58 seconds remaining.

The Vikings had a 3-point play on the next possession and held the lead from there.

Down 67-64 with 4.5 seconds left, LCL tried to get off an attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer, but West fouled Bryce Haertle before a shot could be attempted. Haertle missed both attempts, and the undersized LCL squad couldn't secure the rebound.

"That was the strategy," West coach Brandon Mattox said. "I felt our advantage was the bigs. When he did miss, that's why I subbed Matt Obradovich for Dom DeLuca because then we had three bigs on the floor at that time. If it doesn't work out, I look like an idiot because we had three bigs, and they have all those guards on the floor. But the boys executed, did what I asked them to do and I'm really happy for them."

Hunter Pipik led the Vikings with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Zach White hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points; Tyler Torosian had 14 points and seven rebounds; Joe Robey scored 8 points; and Desmond Polk added 7 points.

West shot 46.0 percent (23-for-50) from the field and went 17-for-21 (80.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

"The past couple years our seasons haven't gone too well," White said. "It's probably because one or two guys have been averaging 15 and the rest of the team down there averaging 3 or 2. This year we've really been working on passing the ball and getting everyone involved."

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