Whitnall boys basketball
Balanced scoring continued for the Falcons last week in victories of 60-40 over Greendale on Jan. 3 and 69-28 over Cudahy on Friday night.
Luke Mentkowski emerged as the leading scorer in both contests, tallying 15 points against Cudahy and 19 in the Greendale game.
Michael Bonin added 12 against the Packers, while Brent Sluka added nine and Bryan Nagy and Stephen Pelkofer eight apiece. Pelkofer tallied 12 points and Nagy 10 against the Panthers.
Whitnall took immediate command in Friday's game, jumping to leads of 20-5 after one quarter and 35-14 at the half. Against Greendale, the Falcons held a 10-point advantage going into the final period before outscoring the Panthers 15-5.
The Falcons improved to 6-1 in the Woodland Conference, one-half game behind New Berlin Eisenhower (7-1). Whitnall (10-1) hosts Wauwatosa West (2-6, 2-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Panther-Hawks held their own in the Marquette Invitational Saturday, scoring 156 points for seventh.
"We were only 15 points from the top four and Ross Rybakowicz had missed an entire week of practice," head coach Dale Schrank said. "He still managed to place in the top 16 in the 100 breaststroke (10th) and the 200 individual medley (16th)."
Rick Perez captured second in the 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 47.15 seconds and fifth in the 100 backstroke with 56.17 seconds. Andrew Staszak took seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:00.25).
Rybakowicz, Shaun Fleischhacker, Shaun Lucchesi and Adam Fleischhacker earned sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:32.8), while Perez, Rybakowicz, Staszak and Adam Fleischhacker were seventh in the 200 medley (1:44.78) and Lucchesi, Shaun Fleischhacker, Staszak and Perez took eighth in the 400 freestyle (3:24.78).
In diving, Will Kivlin claimed seventh with 312.75 points and Liam Duffy ninth at 283.55.
Whitnall combo gymnastics
The local co-op hung tough with the Burlington co-op and placed second with a season best in the Falcon Invitational at Westosha Central Saturday.
"We were closer to them than the last time around," said coach Katie Moore, "and we're still not at full-strength yet. This showed the results of what I thought was a very productive holiday break (practicing). The girls worked pretty hard and we even got to run some conditioning drills outside in December, which was pretty strange, but it all worked out perfectly."
The co-op turned in a score of 143.975 as Burlington won the 11-school event with 145.625.
Lauren Zurowski led the way with a victorious score of 9.575 in floor exercise. That was part of a solid second-place finish in the all-around (36.375). She was also fourth on the vault with a 9.4.
Floor exercise was a huge event for the team as Melanie Pearson was third with a 9.5, Courtney L'Huillier fourth with a 9.475 and Shannon Hein seventh (9.1) that combined for a 37.7 team total.
Moore was pleased with the effort on the uneven bars, as the team turned in a season-high 36.05.
Sammie Olson, coming back from an elbow injury, led the way with a fourth-place 9.225 mark. Pearson led the way on beam with a second-place 9.15 mark.
West Allis gymnastics
The team dropped a tight dual to Homestead on Jan. 5, 136.75-136.4.
The highlight was Emily Fuchs taking second and Sara Quesnell third in floor exercise.
West Allis was hurt by falls on the balance beam, coach John Glass said.
"We also need to get our bar scores up," the coach said. "We know we can depend on Sara and Emily on bars to bring in big scores. What we need is to have the other girls on varsity step up."
Glass hopes that Gabby Raab, Haley Gagliano, Lauren Walker, Kathy O'Hara and Kori Huddleston can help bring West Allis' scores up to the 141 level.
Despite being seriously shorthanded, the Bulldogs downed Brookfield Central, 42-27, on Jan. 5 to remain unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference duals.
West Allis was without six varsity starters: Dylan Diebitz (concussion), Zac Werner (torn meniscus) and Brian Smith, Donald Dargan, Nate Keaton and Angel Orozco (ineligible for three meets).
"Our regular varsity guys wrestled how we needed them to, and the junior varsity backups who wrestled varsity did what they could," co-coach Jon Nelson said.
Winners for the Bulldogs were Tere White at 113 pounds (9-4 decision), Skyler Pedersen at 120 (pin in 40 seconds), Mark Choinski at 126 (pin in 3 minutes, 40 seconds), Alan Silva at 132 (pin in 1:26), Jose Ramos at 138 (14-10), Robert Keaton at 145 (8-3), Eric Vis at 160 (pin in 1:55), Hunter Schuettke at 170 (pin in 1:55) and Tong Vang at 195 (3-2).
Central girls basketball
The Bulldogs battled talented Divine Savior Holy Angels on Friday before falling, 59-54.
Mehryn Kraker tallied a game-high 26 points, netting four 3-point field goals, while Jenny Wildes scored 11 points and Claire Hankins 10 with a pair of 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs, who fell to 1-3 in the Greater Metro Conference and 1-9 overall, welcome Menomonee Falls (3-1, 10-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Falcons tallied 240 points for fifth place in the Rocket Invitational at South Milwaukee Saturday.
The 200 freestyle group of Nick Ratkowski, Alex Knighton, David Monteilh and Ben Hinson placed second in 1 minute, 36.41 seconds and the 200 medley unit of Hinson, Alex Bell, Jack Larson and Ratkowski came in third with 1:50.55.
Capturing fourth were Ratkowski in the 50 freestyle (23.97 seconds) and Jake Hodel in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.8). Bell was fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:20.64) and sixths were taken by Nick Bell in diving (151.5 points) and Monteilh, Knighton, Larson and Hodel in the 400 freestyle relay (3:46.36).
Whitnall lost to Lake Geneva Badger, 95-75, on Jan. 5 despite firsts from Hinson in the 100 backstroke, the team of Ratkowski, Nate Hinson, Monteilh and Ben Hinson in the 200 freestyle relay and Monteilh, Knighton, Hodel and Larson in the 400 freestyle.
The Falcons fell to New Berlin, 106-79, on Jan. 4. Winning for Whitnall were Ratkowski in the 100 freestyle, Nick Bell in diving and Ben Hinson, Alex Bell, Larson and Ratkowski in the 200 medley.
Alec Adams won the 126-pound title in the Bauer Brawl at West Allis Hale Saturday.
Adams improved to 12-1 with his victory, capped by a 13-3 major decision over Ben Reagan of Wauwatosa in the final.
"Alec Adams is on a roll, winning his third tournament of the season," coach Daniel Jackson said.
Adam Zieman finished fourth at 113 pounds and Dominic Kroll fifth at 138 for the Hustlin' Hawks, who scored 48 points for 10th place.
Greenfield also lost to South Milwaukee, 60-9, in a Woodland Conference dual on Jan. 4. Adams won a 14-7 decision and Turner Panich pinned his foe in 5 minutes, 17 seconds.
West Allis swimming
Wave divers Ray Mayek, Sam Lustig and Kyle Tubbs finished second with 287.45 points at the Classic 8/Greater Metro Conference Relays Jan. 5 at Brookfield East.
The 300 backstroke relay team of Vincent Scott, Dylan Wojtkowski, Mike Manlick and Dale Medved came in sixth at 3 minutes, 39.49 seconds for West Allis, which tallied 39 points for eighth.
Mayek finished second at Saturday's Bulldog Invitational at Cedarburg with 307.7 points, while Lustig was fifth (289) and Tubbs ninth (241.3).
Hale boys basketball
Powerful Wauwatosa East downed the Huskies, 66-40, in a Greater Metro Conference game last Friday.
Travis Balcerzak continued his solid play with 16 points.
Balcerzak and Derrick Waller each tallied 13 points in a 60-45 loss to Shorewood Jan. 3.
The Huskies, who fell to 0-5 in the GMC and 3-7 overall, visit Sussex Hamilton (2-3, 5-6) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Hale girls basketball
Sarah Mueller tallied 12 points as the Huskies fell to Wauwatosa East, 52-36, last Friday night.
Erin Barbeau and Jennifer Jender each put in eight for Hale, which fell to 1-3 in the Greater Metro Conference and 2-7 overall. The Huskies take on unbeaten Sussex Hamilton (4-0, 8-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Greenfield girls basketball
The Hustlin' Hawks lost to the powerful New Berlin schools last week, falling to Eisenhower, 73-18, Jan. 3 and West, 52-21, last Friday.
Alyssa Walker scored six points and Amber Polachek five against the Vikings. Katarina Djurica tallied four in the Eisenhower game.
Greenfield (0-7 in the Woodland Conference, 2-8 overall going into this week) visits Greendale (3-4, 3-7) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Greenfield boys basketball
Ricky Santiago returned to the lineup and scored 15 points Saturday night, but the Hustlin' Hawks still lost, 71-25, to Waterford.
The Hawks also lost to New Berlin West, 64-35, last Friday and to New Berlin Eisenhower, 62-44, Jan. 3.
Against West, Sonnie Wilbert tallied 12 points and Josh Czerwinski 10. In the Eisenhower game, Nick Jablonski put in 15 points.
Greenfield (0-7 in the Woodland Conference and 0-10 overall entering this week) welcomes Greendale (3-4, 3-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
-- Compiled by John Rech
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