West Allis Central girls basketball
The Bulldogs won their fifth straight game - all conference contests - as Janie Myles scored 19 points in Central's 54-34 home victory over Menomonee Falls on Friday.
Mehryn Kraker had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Claire Hankins chipped in nine for the Bulldogs (13-4, 10-2), who began this week having not lost since Jan. 22 and remained a half-game behind Greater Metro Conference co-leaders Brookfield Central and Divine Savior Holy Angels.
No Falls player scored more than seven points.
A nonconference game at Arrowhead originally scheduled for Feb. 9 was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for March 1.
Seven Hustlin' Hawks made the finals at the Whitnall Regional on Saturday and 10 Greenfield wrestlers advanced to Saturday's sectional at Racine Park at 10 a.m.
Of Greenfield's seven finalists, three won titles - including 215-pounder Patrick Bruyette, who inched closer to the 40-win club by improving to 38-2 with a 3-0 decision over Racine Case's Rayme Sorenson in the title match.
Steve Fisher at 125 and Kevin Vazquez at 145 also pulled out narrow wins in the finals. Fisher (35-5) defeated Racine Horlick's Peter Buchholz, 3-1, and Vazquez (26-9) edged Franklin's Steve Anderson, 4-2.
Greenfield's William Sura (19-9) was not as fortunate in his final at 285; he lost to Milwaukee Hamilton's Lavender Blanks, 7-6. Also taking second for the Hawks, who were runners-up to Franklin in the team standings, were Andrew Patrick (12-21) at 103, Taylor Wirtz (27-13) at 130 and Carmello Caputa (20-8) at 189.
Greenfield's Tyler Flink (22-20) at 152 and Jake McClanahan (28-12) at 171 were third, and Kyle Miller (8-20) at 160 was fourth.
Andrew Krueger, who finished the season 30-10, was upset in the first round at 140 when he was pinned with 8 seconds remaining by Racine Park's Anthony McNeil. Krueger won his next two matches but placed fifth; the top four in each weight class advanced to the sectional.
West Allis Hale wrestling
Two Huskies left their home regional Saturday with championship medals around their necks.
Hale's 119-pounder Andy Moyle and 145-pounder Tyler Bauer both won regional titles and lead a host of nine qualifiers that will compete in the Hartford Sectional at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Moyle (32-3) earned a pair of pins Saturday, his second coming against Jamal Hassel of Milwaukee Washington in 3:17 of the championship match. Bauer (145) went 3-0 at the tournament, including back-to-back major decisions, the last of which came in the finals against West Allis Central's Eric Vis.
Two Huskies lost their championship matches. Kevin Schmidt (21-20) suffered a major decision loss to Central's Dan Diebitz at 171 and Zach Seefeld (30-7) was pinned by Max Blodgett of Pius XI in the title tilt at 189.
Hale's Lucas Semrau (21-16) at 112, Scott Hancox (28-6) at 125, Jack Allen (20-18) at 152 and Julius Dentici (16-13) at 160 were all third; Josh Petrovich (6-12) was fourth at 135.
Despite not filling all the weight classes, the Falcons managed to take third at their own regional Saturday and send nine individuals to the Racine Park Sectional at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Among the sectional qualifiers were regional champions Kameron Bourgeois at 103 and Zach Noel at 130. Bourgeois (39-6) pinned Greenfield's Andrew Patrick in 48 seconds in the final for his title and Noel (41-6) registered a pin in 2:49 over Greenfield's Taylor Wirtz in his championship match, Noel's second pin of the tournament.
Demetrius Wall was the runner-up at 112. He was pinned in the finals by Franklin's Sam Kortes in 2:22.
Five Falcons were third: Ruben Garcia (31-15) at 119, Mason Howard (34-15) at 125, Matt Price (29-17) at 135, Zach Menden (13-9) at 140 and Nathan Barnhart (34-11) at 160. Stefan Gudry (17-18) was fourth at 145.
The Falcons did not have an entrant heavier than 171 pounds.
West Allis gymnastics
Emily Fuchs won the bars to highlight West Allis' efforts at the Nordy Invite at Mukwonago on Saturday.
Fuchs turned in a score of 9.5 in that event and helped West Allis take fourth of 10 teams with 136.925 points.
Two nights earlier in a triangular at Nicolet, West Allis took second to the host school, 135.525-134.925, despite Fuchs' wins on the vault (9.15), bars (8.775), floor (9.375) and all-around (36.225).
Whitnall boys basketball
Host South Milwaukee limited Whitnall to single digits in each of the first three quarters and handed the Falcons their worst defeat of the season, 61-41, Friday.
William Pelkofer had 14 points, his second-lowest total this season, and Stephen Pelkofer had 12, but no other Falcon had more than six. Conversely, four Rockets scored eight or more as South Milwaukee avenged a 59-54 loss to Whitnall in December.
The Falcons (11-6, 8-6) lost consecutive games for the third time this season. Whitnall's previous five losses were all by 10 points or less.
West Allis Central boys basketball
Central was no match for host Menomonee Falls, which clinched its first conference title since 1993 with an 83-50 victory Friday.
Sophomore phenom J.P. Tokoto scored a game-high 19 points, one of four Indians to crack double digits.
Darvell Brown and Robert Fabry had 10 each for the Bulldogs (9-11, 4-8), who lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
Whitnall girls basketball
Missed opportunities down the stretch cost Whitnall a win against visiting South Milwaukee on Friday.
The Falcons missed the front end of bonus free throws with seven-tenths of a second on the clock and lost, 44-42, to drop to 5-11 overall, 5-9 conference.
With the score tied at 42-42 with 8 seconds remaining, Whitnall turned the ball over, resulting in a South Milwaukee layup with 2 seconds left. The Falcons, who led 39-36 with 3:51 left in the game, were fouled with less than a second left but could not convert.
Whitnall's Jocelyn Gillum had a season-high 16 points with nine rebounds and point guard Alyssa Moffatt, who is filling in for Lisa Donaldson, added 11 points.
"We played hard and had several opportunities but came up empty," Whitnall coach Keith Larson said. "It was a tough loss."
Greenfield boys basketball
Oak Creek used a barrage of 3-pointers to snap a 14-game losing streak with a 68-48 home win over Greenfield on Feb. 10.
The Knights made nine 3s - Greenfield had none - including four by Danny Rajchel, who tied Nick Stout with a team-high 12 points.
Alec Molter scored a game-high 22 points for the Hustlin' Hawks, but no other Greenfield player scored more than six.
Two days later, the Hawks were overwhelmed by host Wauwatosa West, 81-58, in a Woodland Conference Black Division contest.
Jason Katrichis had a season-high 15 points and Molter (14) and Ricky Santiago (13) combined for 27, but Ray Sterling had 23 and Sam Krenzien added 16 for the Trojans, who outscored the Hawks, 36-26, through two quarters.
West Allis swimming
The Wave's season came to an end with a fourth-place finish at the Marquette Sectional on Saturday.
West Allis junior Stephen Goratowski swam fifth in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free and was on two third-place relays.
For the first time in at least a decade, the Falcons will not have a representative at the season-ending state meet.
Whitnall did not finish better that sixth in any individual event and placed seventh at the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Cudahy on Saturday.
The Falcons did get four top-10 individual swims: Nick Ratkowski in the 100-yard freestyle (seventh; 52.89) and 50 free (ninth; 24.70), Jesse Hodel in the 100 backstroke (sixth; 1:02.53) and Curtis Wigington in the 100 breaststroke (10th; 1:06.71).
Prior to this season, the Falcons had at least one state performer every year since 2000-09, according to the WIAA's online database that dates back to 2000.
West Allis Hale girls basketball
The Huskies were minutes away from just their second win of the season, but a fourth-quarter collapse kept the victory out of reach.
Visiting Wauwatosa East outscored Hale, 18-4, in the fourth quarter Friday en route to a 45-37 win. Hale had led, 33-27, after three quarters.
Three Red Raiders scored in double figures, led by Talisha Simpson's 15 points.
Jennifer Wellnitz scored a season-high 17 points for the Huskies (1-17, 1-11), who also lost to visiting Slinger, 53-33, two days earlier.
West Allis Hale boys basketball
Chris Rivera's season-high 17 points highlighted the Huskies' 60-35 loss at Wauwatosa East on Friday.
Hale (0-20, 0-12) scored nine or fewer points in three quarters, including just three each in the first and fourth.
Two days earlier at undefeated Eisenhower (19-0), Taylor Chladek scored 12 points and Ben Rachow 10 to lead the Huskies in a game that was originally scheduled to be played at the Bradley Center one day earlier but was postponed because of inclement weather.
Greenfield girls basketball
The Hawks were outscored, 39-8, in the first half and lost, 66-32, to visiting Wauwatosa West on Friday.
Kristina Vidakovich had nine points for Greenfield, which lost its 14th straight game.
- David Cotey
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