HALE BOYS BASKETBALL
Depth was a key factor for the Huskies as they topped Oak Creek 59-44 on Jan. 20.
Ben Daniels and Ryan Best both helped stabilize Hale defensively, head coach John Palesse said, while Nate Walker played well with eight points and five rebounds.
Noel Crabtree tallied 22 points, netting six 3-point goals, and Joey Archer added 16 points with a pair of 3-pointers.
The game was tied at 27-27 at the half, but Hale outscored the Knights 14-3 in the fourth period.
Hale then fell to Sussex Hamilton 67-56 in a Greater Metro Conference game on Friday.
"We played very well but just couldn't get over the hump," Palesse said. "We cut it to one midway through the fourth quarter (down from 11 at the half), but had some untimely turnovers, and they pulled away."
Archer tallied 24 points, Jason Palesse 14 points and four assists and Walker nine points, while Mat Wall collected seven rebounds and made Sussex star Brady Ellingson work for his points, coach Palesse said.
"Ellingson is so good, so smart and so valuable to Sussex," coach Palesse said. "We had to focus so much attention on him and they (the Chargers) are smart enough to get it to the open man and convert."
Despite the loss, the coach was pleased with his team's effort.
"I was proud of how we played and I continue to believe that these lessons will turn into wins in the second half of GMC play," the coach said.
Hale, which fell to 1-5 in the GMC and 5-9 overall, welcomes Marquette at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and visits West Allis Central at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
The Huskies bounced back from their disappointing loss to Menomonee Falls by downing Sussex Hamilton 40-28 on Jan. 23.
Earning pins were Luke Ellis at 126 pounds, Jake Gruichich at 160, Andrew Buelow at 182 and Dallas Wanta at 220.
Hale then posted a 2-2 dual record at the Tom Janssen Invitational at Wauwatosa West on Saturday, good for third place.
Ellis and Wanta both went unbeaten for the day.
The Huskies are off until the Greater Metro Conference Meet at Menomonee Falls on Feb. 7.
The Hustlin' Hawks crushed two Woodland Conference foes on Jan. 22.
They topped Pius XI 66-12 behind victories by Thomas Friedbacher (pin in 1 minute, 32 seconds), Dylan Kumbera (pin in 3:44) and Turner Panich (pin in 2:31), plus eight forfeits.
Greenfield toppled Cudahy 61-17 with victories from Tyler Dorfner (21-4 technical fall), Nicholas Pollack (10-2 major decision), Kumbera (pin in 3:21), Tre'vaughn Craig (pin in 2:32) and Kyle Christensen (15-3), in addition to six forfeits.
"We wrestled well this week," head coach Chris Otto said. "We have our sights set on finishing strong in the conference."
The Hawks went up against Wauwatosa on Jan. 29 in the final Woodland dual of the season and will compete at Sheboygan South on Feb. 1.
WEST ALLIS BOYS SWIMMING
Mike Manlick claimed ninth place in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 9.48 seconds at the Menomonee Falls Invitational on Saturday.
Placing 10th were Moises Velazquez in the 100 butterfly (1:05.86); the 200 medley relay team of Abdul Cartagena, Manlick, Dale Medved and Austin Muffler (2:01); the 200 freestyle group of Muffler, Cartagena, Medved and Dylan Wojtkowski (1:47.35); and the 400 freestyle unit of Muffler, Wojtkowski, Anthony Villanueva and Manlick (4:07.04).
The Wave tallied 85 1/2 points for eighth place.
HALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
Skylar Fox collected 18 points and nine rebounds to help the Huskies beat Westosha Central 63-58 on Jan. 20.
Sam Schuh added 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and seven steals, while Sarah Mueller had six points and 10 rebounds. As a team, Hale had 15 assists and 14 steals.
The Huskies outscored Central 25-11 in the fourth quarter.
They fell to Sussex Hamilton 72-44 on Friday night despite nine points from Breanna Bolskar and Katie Swofford and eight by Schuh.
Hale moved to 1-5 in the Greater Metro Conference and 4-9 overall.
The Huskies visit Divine Savior Holy Angels at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and West Allis Central at 6 p.m. Feb. 4.
WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL
Nate Schaefer and Mitch Brault each tallied 18 points, but the Falcons still lost to Pewaukee 65-54 on Friday night.
Tre Borland added eight points for Whitnall, which stayed relatively close but could not overcome the Pirates.
Whitnall also fell to West Allis Central 71-55 on Jan. 21 despite 16 points from Schaefer, 14 points by Brault and nine points from Cade Dombrowski. The Bulldogs pulled away with a 21-13 third period.
The Falcons slipped to 5-5 in the Woodland Conference East Division and 6-8 overall. They visit Greendale at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Brown Deer at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Powerful Pewaukee proved to be too much for the Falcons, who lost an 80-41 decision on Jan. 23.
The state-ranked Pirates jumped out on top 25-14 after one quarter and 41-24 at the half, then held the Falcons to just 17 points in the second half.
Sierra Grubor led Whitnall with 12 points, while Krista Stribling and Ann Marie Bay each scored eight points.
Whitnall also lost to New Berlin Eisenhower 53-24 on Jan. 21 in a makeup game. Candace Pollock tallied 12 points for the Falcons, who attempted just three free throws on the night.
The Falcons fell to 2-7 in the Woodland Conference East Division and 3-10 overall. They welcome Greendale at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Brown Deer at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
A pair of especially strong opponents got the best of the Bulldogs in two games last week.
Central fell to Divine Savior Holy Angels 65-18 on Friday night and to Homestead 58-33 on Jan. 22.
Against DSHA, Megan Turner scored eight points, but the Bulldogs did not break the 10-point barrier in any of the quarters.
Bresha Trotter and Rachel Sura both collected eight points against Homestead. The Bulldogs were somewhat more productive in this game but still trailed 33-10 at the half.
The Bulldogs welcome Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and West Allis Hale at 6 p.m. Feb. 4.
— Compiled by John Rech
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