HOMESTEAD BOYS HOCKEY
The Highlanders, behind a series of dramatic wins, have started the season at 4-1 overall.
Coach Tony Navarre is very pleased with the team's grit and tenacity.
"We have an inexperienced team, but they never give up," he said. "We have been behind late in three of our five games and have come back in all three. We lost to a very good Neenah/Hortonville/Menasha team ,4-3, in OT after being down 3-0 in the third.
"We have talent at all the grade levels. Gavin Henry and Pierce Stastney are very talented sophomores. Pierce has great instincts and vision.Junior Jackson Katz is our leading scorer and worked very hard over the summer to gain strength.Junior PJ Quale has also contributed this season.
"Nathan Schimpf is our captain and senior defenseman. He has been very solid in back."
Homestead's most recent comeback came on Dec. 3, when they were down 2-0 after two periods to North Shore rival WNS Storm only to score three times in the third to pull out the victory. Cole DeStefanis (assist Quale), Julius Kellner (Schimpf) and DeStefanis (Quale) all scored goals in the first 6:16 of the third period.
Keeper AJ O'Brien then made it stand up as he finished with 17 saves on the night.
The Pirates, looking to return to the top of the North Shore Conference this season, opened their season with third place in the Luxemburg-Casco Invitational on Dec. 3.
Port went 2-2 in dual meets, downing Sussex Hamilton, 51-23, and Sheboygan Falls, 55-18, and falling to Luxemburg-Casco, 55-12, and Bay Port, 37-35.
Going 4-0 were Michael Murphy at 160 pounds and Tristan Griswold at 195 pounds. Posting 3-1 marks were Blake Peiffer at 106 pounds, Cody Green at 126, Preston Makoutz at 132, Josh Holtebeck at 170 and Lukas Burke at 182.
Other wrestlers were Chad Spaeth (1-1 at 113), Oliver Rosado (2-2 at 120), Jake Wiesmueller (2-2 at 138), Anthony Masters (1-3 at 145) and Sal Gauthier (1-3 at 152).
The Pirates downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 72-3, on Dec. 1 in a dual meet in which only two matches were wrestled. Heavyweight Aaron Steffen pinned his foe in 2 minutes, 27 seconds.
The Bulldogs went 2-3 in dual meets at the East Troy Invitational on Dec. 3, good for eighth place.
Finishing 5-0 were Sam Boerner at 138 pounds and Max Grudzinski at 145 pounds. Jason Miller was 4-1 at heavyweight, and also posting winning records were Brendan McInerney (182), Jacob Steidinger (170) and Cooper O'Keefe (182).
Other wrestlers were Ellis Eberhardt (152), Turner Daly (160), Andrew Temmer (220) and Jake Roden (106).
Cedarburg downed Whitefish Bay, 46-9, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Dec. 1 behind victories from Boerner (pin in 5 minutes, 59 seconds), Grudzinski (16-3) and Steidinger (pin in 1:10).
Cedarburg lost a 57-17 dual meet to Pewaukee on Nov. 30.
GRAFTON BOYS BASKETBALL
Logan Hilgart totaled 17 points and hit a trio of 3-point field goals to help the Black Hawks down Homestead, 61-58, in the North Shore Conference opener on Dec. 2.
Justin Peters added 13 points, Tanner Autey 9 points, Andy Papcke 8 points and Darrian Langerman 7 points for the Hawks, who improved to 2-1 on the season.
They trailed 30-22 at the half but outscored the Highlanders, 39-28, after the intermission.
Grafton lost a 55-45 contest to Watertown on Nov. 29 despite 16 points from Peters, who hit three 3-point field goals. Autey added 6 points and Sam Huibregtse and Billy Buschman each 5 points.
HOMESTEAD BOYS SWIMMING
The Highlanders will build around three key seniors as they look to be competitive in the North Shore Conference this season.
"Looking forward to a young team growing with senior leadership from Chris Eckhardt, James Guskov and Gonzalo Morales," said veteran coach Mark Gwidt. "We also have no divers, which will make dual meets hard to win, but we will be ready to make up those points at conference."
The Highlanders have a 40-man roster this season. They will host Milwaukee Lutheran in a dual on Dec. 15.
CEDARBURG GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shannyn Block tallied 16 points and Kalli Murphy 12 to help the Bulldogs earn their first victory of the season, a 54-37 decision over Whitefish Bay on Dec. 2.
They were ahead by just 23-21 at the half but outscored Bay, 31-16, in the second half to improve to 1-2 overall.
"In the first half, we missed some easy shots, but we were still up by 7 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left," coach Dave Ross said. "Bay hit some layups off turnovers to get back into the game. At the half, we talked about taking care of the ball and following the script of what we needed to do."
Ross was pleased with the second-half effort.
"I talked (at the half) to the seniors and the players who have been on varsity for years and said they need to step up, and they responded well," he said.
Morgan Wallace and Kennedy Ross each added 8 points for Cedarburg.
Battling numbers like so many other teams throughout the state, the Highlanders were 15th out of 16 teams in the Slinger Gunslinger Invitational on Dec. 3.
Homestead, which has single-digit numbers in terms of participation this season, scored 111.75 points for its spot as Oak Creek won with 400.25.
Returning state tournament qualifier Cooper Hunt was fifth at 120 pounds to lead the way, going 4-1 on the day with two technical falls. Jacob Zupke was fourth at 170, winning his first three bouts before settling for a 3-2 record. Messi Elgin was seventh at 113 going 2-3 on the day, and Quinn Mobley was eighth at 220 (1-3)
Others competing included Conor Coyne at 145 and Luke Wolfram at 152.
CEDARBURG BOYS HOCKEY
The Bulldogs started the season at 2-2, with a 4-2 loss to Germantown on Dec. 3 and a 6-4 victory over Whitefish Bay on Dec. 2.
Cade Knueppel and Alex Russo both scored against Germantown, with Sam Frontier and TJ Storck adding assists. No scoring details were available for the game against Bay.
Cedarburg had lost to Appleton North, 5-1, and beaten DePere, 3-2, in earlier games.
The Black Hawks tallied 146½ points for 14th place in the Kimberly Invitational on Dec. 3.
Alec Davis finished third at 195 pounds by going 4-1, and Nick Rapp took fourth at 170 pounds with a 3-2 mark.
Other competitors were Ellis Pfleger (126 pounds), Nick Swenson (132), Bobby Olmr (160) and Cody Case (182).
HOMESTEAD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders held a 30-22 at the break but could not hold on against a determined Grafton team, falling, 61-58, in the first game for new coach Sean Crider.
The Highlanders looked to bounce back when they took on nonconference foe West Bend East on Dec. 6 and then they will visit archrival Germantown on Friday, Dec. 9.
Greg Foster, Jr., led the way for Homestead against Grafton with 20 points, as Garrett Mitman added 12 and Jack Quinlevan 7. Grafton hit 13 of 20 free throws as opposed to 7-of-14 for Homestead. Six different players hit nine total 3-pointers for Homestead.
GRAFTON GIRLS BASKETBALL
Despite 22 points from Sarah Belanger, the Black Hawks lost a tough 53-49 overtime game to Homestead on Dec. 2.
The Highlanders tied the game at 45-45 in the final seconds and then won what amounted to a free-throw contest in the extra session.
Chloe Doring added 10 points for Grafton, which slipped to 2-2 on the season.
"That was the hardest we have played all year," coach Mike Grzesiak said.
The Hawks dropped a 38-27 game to Whitefish Bay on Nov. 29, shooting just 24 percent from the field. Doring and Belanger each had 7 points.
PORT BOYS BASKETBALL
The Pirates opened their North Shore Conference season with a 68-48 loss to Milwaukee Lutheran on Dec. 2.
Jack Larson scored 12 points and Adam Baierl 11 for the Pirates, who fell to 0-2.
They had earlier dropped a 54-42 game to South Milwaukee on Nov. 29.