New Highlander coach Jordan Ireland is anticipating some good things happening for the team this winter.

"My assistant coach, Tristi March, and I are excited for the season," said Ireland. "The team has set some great goals for themselves. The girls are all very dedicated to the sport and each other."

Returnees to the team include Natalie Ceelen, Emma Fox, Sophie Ng and Olivia Rossman. All told, there are 13 athletes on the squad this winter for the Highlanders.

The Highlanders graduated several seniors last season after finishing fifth in WIAA sectional competition with a 133.1-point score.


The Bulldogs seem to be finding their stride, posting a solid victory over a strong Kenosha Tremper squad and routing Milwaukee Lutheran last week.

They downed Tremper, 43-34, on Dec. 6 behind a fine all-around game from Kalli Murphy with 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Morgan Wallace added 12 points with a trio of 3-point field goals, and Shannyn Block and Kennedy Ross each added 6 points. Allison Jessup pulled down six rebounds.

"Tremper has a nice team, and our kids followed the game plan," coach Dave Ross said. "Kalli was terrific throughout the game, and Morgan hit several key shots. We had a 15-point lead; then they came within 5 points, and Morgan hit a big 3-pointer."

Cedarburg (3-2 entering this week) had little trouble with Lutheran in a 77-34 romp on Dec. 9. Kalli Murphy led with 16 points, Kendra Murphy added 8, Block 7 and Wallace, Cassie Schenker and Quinn Prom each 6 points.

"Lutheran is rebuilding and has some injuries," coach Ross said. "The best thing about this game is that lots of kids got to play and we could work on some things."


The Highlanders forfeit several weight classes to rival Germantown in a North Shore dual on Dec. 8 and lost the meet, 48-30, but they still came out feeling good about themselves after winning six of the nine contested matches.

"I am not one who takes huge solace in this because Germantown should not have to apologize for filling its weight classes," said coach Ernie Millard. " It is very possible we would have been pinned in all those classes (we forfeited) if we had wrestlers. Nevertheless, I was really pleased with the kids' efforts."

The good showing carried over into the New Berlin Duals on Dec. 9 as both Messi Elgin at 113 pounds and returning state qualifier Cooper Hunt at 126 went 5-0. Hunt is 10-1 on the young season.

In that Germantown dual, wins went to Elgin at 113 (pin 1:33), Antonio Edwards at 120 (pin 3:53), Hunt at 126 (9-7 decision), Luke Wolfram at 160 (3-2 decision), Jacob Zupke at 170 (pin 3:56) and Quinn Mobley at 220 (pin 5:41). Millard praised the efforts of Mobley and Wolfram.


Behind two victories, the Black Hawks tallied 305 points for third place in the Elkhorn Invitational on Dec. 10.

Winners were Jake Herlache in the 100-yard freestyle with 56.15 seconds and Nick Starr, Jack Senczynszyn, Herlache and Teat Ja'Quese in the 200 medley relay at 1 minute, 58.68 seconds.

Taking second were Starr in the 200 individual medley (2:21.13); Senczynszyn in the 50 freestyle (26.85) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.17); the 200 freestyle relay of Senczynszyn, Ja'Quese, Matthew Fischer and Adam Schacht (1:49); and the 400 freestyle unit of Fischer, Starr, Schacht and Herlache (3:55.17).

Coming in third were Herlache in the 200 freestyle (2:08.98) and Starr in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.43).

Grafton tipped Nicolet, 93-92, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Dec. 6.


The Pirates routed Whitefish Bay, 69-7, on Dec. 7 in a North Shore Conference dual meet.

Winners were Michael Murphy at 160 pounds (pin in 1 minute, 37 seconds), Josh Holtebeck at 170 (pin in 1:10) and Jake Wiesmueller at 138 (7-5). Picking up forfeits were Lukas Burke, Tristan Griswold, Aaron Steffen, Cody Lewis, Blake Peiffer, Chad Spaeth, Oliver Rosado, Cody Green and Preston Makoutz.

Port improved to 2-0 in North Shore dual meets for the season.


Posting a 3-2 dual-meet mark, the Bulldogs came in fifth in their own invitational on Dec. 10.

They topped Grafton, 42-25; Valders, 41-33; and Kenosha Indian Trail, 41-28, and lost to Nicolet in a tie-breaker after a 39-39 dual meet and to Oconomowoc, 53-22.

Going 5-0 were Sam Boerner (138), Colton Ryan (160), Andrew Temmer (220) and Jason Miller (heavyweight). Max Grudzinski was 4-1 at 145 pounds.

Cedarburg downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 45-6, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Dec. 7 in which only one match was actually wrestled. Grudzinski won a 6-2 decision at 145.


Failure to make the key play hurt the Black Hawks in a 58-46 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran on Dec. 6.

"We just didn't make the plays at pivotal times," coach Mike Grzesiak said. "In the second half, we cut a 14-point deficit to 4; then they missed a free throw but got the offensive rebound and put in back in. That's how it went."

Chloe Doring scored 11 points for the Hawks, and Hailey Block, Sarah Schmitz, Madison Tomashek and Hannah Belanger each added 6 points.

Grafton routed struggling Nicolet, 55-17, on Dec. 9 to improve to 3-3 overall. Belanger tallied 22 points and Mya Masse, Schmitz and Julia Place each 6 points.


The Highlanders won a gritty 2-1 decision over nonconference opponent Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago on Dec. 10.

With the win, they improved to 6-1 on the season.

Kettle Moraine took a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but then the Highlanders' Jackson Katz tied the score on an unassisted goal.

The game winner then came in the third period on a score from Will Buenz with an assist from PJ Quale. Keeper Ty Barnhill then made the lead stand up.


Karley Lehtikangas totaled 11 points with a trio of 3-point field goals, and Amanda Baierl added 10 points to help the Pirates to a 46-19 triumph over Milwaukee Ronald Reagan on Dec. 6.

Kendra Strohm added 7 points for Port, which was up 31-4 at the half.

The Pirates (3-5 going into this week) dropped a 50-35 contest to Whitefish Bay on Dec. 9 despite 10 points from Lizzie Egan and 9 from Baierl.


The Black Hawks took eighth place in the Cedarburg Invitational on Dec. 10, going 1-4 in dual meets.

The lone victory came over Valders at 36-33.

The best record was turned in by Ellis Pfleger (126), Alec Davis (195) and Nick Franzen (220), all who went 4-1 on the day.

Nick Rapp (170) and Luke Nitz (182) both finished 3-2 for the tournament.


Adam Baierl and Jordan Gardipee both scored 16 points and Evan Lilly 12, but the Pirates lost to Whitefish Bay, 72-66, on Dec. 9 in North Shore Conference play.

Zach Uselding and Jack Larson both added 7 points for Port, which led, 35-34, at the half but was outscored, 38-31, in the second half.


The Black Hawks fell, 42-37, to Nicolet in a North Shore Conference contest on Dec. 9 to slip to 2-2 on the season, 1-1 in the North Shore Conference.


The Bulldogs lost, 7-1, to St. Mary's Springs on Dec. 6, with Mitch Moeller scoring the lone goal, assisted by James Furey. Goaltender Danny Quirk made 37 saves.


The Highlanders lost a heartbreaking 54-53 decision to state-ranked Germantown on Dec. 9.