CEDARBURG-PORT BOYS BASKETBALL
The powerful one-two punch of John Diener and Jordan Johnson boosted the Bulldogs past Port Washington, 80-47, in a North Shore Conference game on Dec. 13.
Diener poured in 32 points, connecting on seven shots from 3-point range, and Johnson added 23 points with a trio of 3-pointers. No one else scored more than 4 points for Cedarburg, which improved to 3-0 in the North Shore and 6-0 overall.
The Bulldogs took control early, outscoring Port, 45-24, in the first half and then maintained their command in the second half.
Oliver Giersch and Adam Baierl paced Port (0-3 in the North Shore, 0-4 overall going into this week) with 8 points apiece, and Jack Larson added 7 points. The Pirates hit six shots from 3-point territory.
Cedarburg takes on Wisconsin Lutheran at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, on the road and then will meet Wausau West at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Concordia University in Mequon as part of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook tournament.
Port is off until a tournament at Cudahy on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28. Action begins at 5 p.m. each day.
The short-handed Highlanders picked up a rare North Shore Conference win when they beat Milwaukee Lutheran, 55-18, on Dec. 15.
"We wrestled very well on Thursday," said coach Ernie Millard. "Luke Wolfram wrestled the best match of his career, scoring a takedown with five seconds left to win 9-8. At 220 pounds, Quinn Mobley pinned his opponent with four seconds left in the third period, and Connor Coyne also wrestled very well, getting a pin at 145.
"Cal Scholtus wrestled well at 126, and Cooper Hunt continued his dominance in the early season, winning by technical fall and running his record to 11-1."
HOMESTEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders took a 35-13 lead at the half and cruised to a 73-38 North Shore Conference victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on Dec. 13.
The improved Homestead to 2-1 in the North Shore and 3-1 overall. They made up the game with Port Washington that was snowed out on Dec. 16 on Dec. 20 and will visit Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a high-level nonconference game Thursday, Dec. 22.
In the win over Lutheran, the Highlanders had nine players score, led by Chloe Marotta with 23 points, while Amanda Hooks had 12 and Grace Crowley and Brionna McLeod 7 apiece. Homestead hit an impressive 19 of 27 free throws for the game.
The Pirates fell to Whitefish Bay in a North Shore Conference dual meet, 132.825-113.275, on Dec. 15.
Kaylyn Garant posted a 9.175 on the balance beam, tying her career best and finishing second behind defending all-around state champion Aly Yurkowitz of Bay.
Garant also led the Pirates in the floor exercise (7.9) and uneven parallel bars (6.8) and took third place in the all-around with 31.375 points. Carmen Hoag was the team leader in vaulting (7.8).
The Port team score was just short of five points better than the previous best this season.
Coach KC Moore praised Claudia Weyker, who posted 7.75 on the beam.
"She has been a big surprise for me this season, especially on beam," Moore said. "Her routine was simple but solid."
Moore said Weyker is battling a hip injury and will not compete again until January.
Port also fell to Nicolet, 133.875 points to 106.75 points, on Dec. 8, but Garant missed that meet with illness.
Hoag led the Pirates in vaulting (7.725) and on bars (5.425), Caitlin Hassler on beam (7.225) and Daytona Snook on floor (7.45).
HOMESTEAD BOYS HOCKEY
The Highlanders rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to pull out a 5-4 overtime victory over Brookfield on Dec. 13.
The 7-1 Highlanders started their rally in the second period, as both Gavin Henry (Jackson Katz and PJ Quale assists) and Katz (Andy Buchanan and Quale) found the back of the net to help close the deficit to 3-2.
Homestead actually took a 4-3 lead in the third on goals from Katz (Buchanan and Pierce Stastney) and Nathan Schimpf (Joey Buenz and Buchanan), but the Stars forced overtime with a goal with just 1:04 left in regulation.
But Katz completed his hat trick with the game winner at the 4:21 mark of OT with help from Schimpf.
Chase Kolega made 33 saves on the night for Homestead.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The Highlanders pulled out a 124.625-123.95 win over Menomonee Falls/Germantown in a North Shore/Greater Metro Conference dual meet last week.
Earning firsts for Homestead were Emma Fox on vault (8.5) and Natalie Ceelen on balance beam (8.3). Seconds went to Fox on uneven bars (7.55) and in the all-around (31.275) and Olivia Rossman on floor exercise (8.2). Ceelen picked up a third on uneven bars (7.375), as did Sophie Ng on beam (7.925).
Others helping out the Highlanders this winter include Sophia Angelier, Tory Cayle and Natalie Brancaccio.
The Black Hawks dropped a 61-18 North Shore Conference dual meet to Germantown on Dec. 15.
Winners were Nick Rapp at 170 pounds (pin in 4 minutes, 22 seconds), Alec Davis at 195 (pin in 34 seconds) and Nick Franzen at 220 (pin in 1:42).
GRAFTON GIRLS BASKETBALL
Hannah Belanger tallied 18 points and Chloe Doring 10 points, but the Black Hawks fell to unbeaten and state-ranked Germantown, 75-44, on Dec. 13.
Grafton was within 25-18 at the half, but the high-powered Warhawks outscored the Hawks, 50-26, in the second half.
Grafton fell to 1-3 in the North Shore Conference and 3-4 overall.
The Hawks play against Green Bay East at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, to close out 2016 play.
CEDARBURG BOYS HOCKEY
The Bulldogs got in just one of three scheduled games last week, and it was an 8-1 loss to Arrowhead on Dec. 13.
The lone goal was scored by TJ Storck, assisted by Mitch Moeller.
Cedarburg will play in a tournament on Monday, Dec. 26, and Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the US Cellular Arena downtown.