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New Berlin wrestling

New Berlin's Jake Belongia and Mike Baumann participated in the WIAA Division 1 state individual wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison last weekend. Neither placed in the top six to make the podium, as Belongia went 1-2 against a tough draw and Baumann dropped his lone match.

Belongia dropped a 7-4 decision to eventual 170-pound state runner-up Parker Keckeisen of Nicolet in his opening match Feb. 23. Because Keckeisen went on to the semifinals, Belongia received a chance to wrestleback Feb. 24. He won a 4-1 decision over Riley Remington of Elkhorn but then lost 3-1 by sudden victory in overtime to Kaukauna's Brady Alsteen, who went on to place fourth.

Baumann fell 15-0 by tech fall to Subhan Umar of Racine Horlick in his lone match. He did not get an opportunity at a wrestleback because Umar lost in the quarterfinals.

Belongia finished his junior season at 39-6, while Baumann, also a junior, ended at 38-10.

Eisenhower boys basketball

New Berlin Eisenhower will roll into the playoffs on a 10-game winning streak following a 70-26 rout of South Milwaukee in its regular-season finale Feb. 22.

The win left the Lions, ranked No. 7 in the Division 2 state coaches poll, to close the regular season with a 17-5 overall record and a second-place finish in the Woodland West at 12-4.

Eisenhower cruised to a 35-12 halftime lead over the Rockets and didn't look back, holding South Milwaukee to just 10 made field goals in a 44-point victory.

Senior forward Sullivan Kulju scored 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Lions. Junior guard Bryce Miller finished with 12 points, senior forward Matt Rolefson had 11 points and senior forward Max Maier added five points, four rebounds and eight assists.

Eisenhower shot 59.6 percent (28-for-47) from the field, including knocking down 8 of 25 tries from distance.

The Lions are seeded second in their half of the WIAA Division 2 Brown Deer sectional and will have a first-round bye before hosting the winner of seventh-seeded Milwaukee Bay View (7-14, 3-8 City Conference) and 10th-seeded Cudahy (3-19, 1-15 Woodland East) at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3. With a win, Eisenhower would host a regional final against either third-seeded Whitnall, sixth-seeded New Berlin West or 11th-seeded Milwaukee Pulaski on Saturday March 4.

West boys basketball

New Berlin West's boys basketball team split its final two regular season games of the season, winning 84-70 over Port Washington in a nonconference game Feb. 20 before dropping its conference finale, 87-62, to Whitnall on Feb. 22.

The Vikings led 34-29 at halftime against Port Washington before outscoring the Pirates, 50-41, after the break. West shot 54.4 (31 of 57) from the field and went 10-for-19 on 3-point tries.

Senior guard Zach White hit four triples and scored 22 points with six rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Hunter Pipik finished with 14 points and six rebounds, junior forward Tyler Torosian scored 13 points, junior guard Joe Robey added 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists and senior forward Fred Cottrell had 11 points.

West hung with co-Woodland East champion Whitnall for a half, as it trailed 36-35 at halftime. The Falcons pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Vikings, 51-27.

The Vikings shot 43.6 (24-for-55) from the field but were just 9 of 19 from the free-throw line and 5 of 18 from beyond the arc.

West finished the regular season at 9-13 overall and in sixth place in the Woodland West at 3-13 in league play. The Vikings are seeded sixth in their half of the WIAA Division 2 Brown Deer sectional and were scheduled to begin the playoffs at home against 11th-seeded Milwaukee Pulaski (3-16, 1-10 City Conference) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.

With a win, the Vikings would return to Whitnall to face the third-seeded Falcons (15-6, 13-3 Woodland East) at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3.

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