The Highlanders gained some good experience in their split at the Admirals Cup on Dec. 26 and 28.
They fell to powerful Arrowhead, 5-2, on Dec. 26 and then bounced back to beat Cedarburg by the same score two days later. They then turned around to beat Cedarburg in a North Shore Conference tilt on Dec. 30.
They entered the new year with a 10-2 mark and remain unbeaten in North Shore play.
The North Shore Conference tournament will be held this weekend at the Ozaukee Ice Center with games against the WNS Storm (Thursday, Jan. 5), the Germantown co-op (Friday, Jan. 6) and Cedarburg once again (Saturday, Jan. 7).
Coach Tony Navarre would like the team to ratchet things up a little.
"The Admirals Cup was a lot of fun," he said. "The Admirals and their staff did an awesome job. We lost to a very sound Arrowhead team. We kept it close, but they outplayed us in the second and third period, only allowing 13 total shots the entire game. Against Cedarburg, we played a little better. Cedarburg outworked us in the game, but Ty Barnhill played very well, stopping a few breakaways, and we finished on our chances when we got in the offensive zone.
"We are hoping to come back and play with more effort and intensity. Our next four games are all conference games, so we really need to bring our best so we can win conference again this year."
In the Dec. 30 win over Cedarburg, a four-goal third period did the trick, as Jackson Katz had four goals and PJ Quale, Cole Teityen and Pierce Stastney all had a goal apiece. Seven different players had assists, and AJ O'Brien (11 saves) and Barnhill (seven saves) split time in goal.
GRAFTON BOYS BASKETBALL
Justin Peters tallied 14 points and hit a trio of 3-point field goals to help the Black Hawks down Lakeland, 56-54, in the consolation game of the Bay View Tournament on Dec. 28.
Darrian Langerman added 12 points and Logan Hilgart 8 for the Hawks, who connected on 10 shots from 3-point range for the game.
The victory gave Grafton a split in the tournament after falling, 65-53, to Bay View on Dec. 27. The Hawks tallied only 15 first-half points and then rallied with 38 in the second half but fell short.
Andy Papcke paced the Hawks with 16 points, and Sam Huibregtse added 8 for Grafton, which moved to 6-3 on the season.
The Hawks (3-1 in the North Shore Conference) take on Port Washington (3-5 overall) at about 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the nightcap of a girls-boys doubleheader.
CEDARBURG GIRLS BASKETBALL
A big 34-point second half boosted the Bulldogs past Union Grove, 52-45, on Dec. 29 to extend their winning streak to seven games.
That string ended one night later with a 59-57 loss to Madison Memorial, but Cedarburg still entered 2017 with a 7-3 record.
Against Union Grove, Morgan Wallace tallied 16 points and hit four 3-point field goals for the game, and Kennedy Ross scored all 9 of her points in the second half. Kalli Murphy also added 9 points.
Coach Dave Ross said Kendra Murphy played well off the bench with 5 points, and Abby Belschner continued her solid efforts.
In the Memorial game, the Bulldogs missed a game-tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds, but coach Ross said his team actually lost the contest in the final few minutes.
"We played catch-up the whole time," he said, "and we finally caught them with three minutes left. In the last two minutes, though, we didn't play smart basketball. We made some poor decisions."
Murphy collected 18 points, with 10 of 12 free throws, plus 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Ross had 11 points and two assists; Wallace 8 points with three assists and four steals; Shannyn Block 7 points and six boards; and Belschner six rebounds.
Cedarburg takes on Germantown in a showdown for first place in the North Shore Conference at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Germantown.
CEDARBURG BOYS BASKETBALL
Despite 25 points from John Diener, the Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season, 57-54, by Wausau West on Dec. 28 at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout.
Jared Short added 13 points and Jordan Johnson 9 for Cedarburg, which fell to 7-1 on the season.
The Bulldogs will try to protect their lead in the North Shore Conference when they take on Germantown at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at home.
They will then visit Nicolet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in a makeup game.
HOMESTEAD BOYS SWIMMING
The Highlanders were a sound seventh of 13 in their own Metro Swim Officials Invite on Dec. 28.
The event, which tests swimmers with swims of collegiate level distances, was won by Arrowhead with 486 points, while Homestead scored 193 points for its spot.
The highest individual finish for the Highlanders was a third by Chris Eckhardt in the 100-yard backstroke (58.91 seconds).
Other good finishes included the following: 200 medley relay: Eckhardt, Phillip Zuccaro, Zach Teplin and Gonzalo Morales, fifth (1:46.54); 200 free: James Guskov, 13th (2:02.77); 200 backstroke: Drew Horter, 11th (2:25.18); 100 breaststroke: Zuccaro, 11th (1:11.2); 200 butterfly: Danilo Rosich, fifth (2:19.73); 50 free: Morales, eighth (23.73), Eckhardt, ninth (23.93), Joey Pietrowiak, 16th (24.45); 100 free: Teplin, eighth (51.87); 200 breaststroke: Hunter Allen, eighth (2:36.39); 100 butterfly: Guskov, 10th (1:02.57), Tyler Wendt, 13th (1:05.12); 500 free: Horter, 14th (5:41.22); and 200 free relay: Eckhardt, Teplin, Guskov and Morales, sixth (1:35.36).
CEDARBURG BOYS HOCKEY
The Bulldogs went 0-3 last week, including two losses in the Admirals Cup Tournament.
They dropped a 5-2 decision to Homestead on Dec. 28 at the U.S. Cellular Arena despite two goals from Alex Russo, both assisted by James Furey. Goaltender Peter Gontarski made 12 saves.
Cedarburg also lost to Whitefish Bay, 8-3, on Dec. 26 in the tournament, but no scoring information was available.
The Bulldogs lost, 7-4, to Homestead in a makeup game on Dec. 30, with Furey tallying twice and Hunter Babcock andTJ Storck each once. Goalkeeper Danny Quirk came up with 38 saves.
On Dec. 23, Cedarburg topped Brookfield, 6-2, with a hat trick by Furey, two goals from Storck and one by Russo. Quirk made 24 saves.
Cedarburg meets Whitefish Bay again at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Ozaukee Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs came in 19th in the 64-team Oshkosh Lourdes Invitational last week with 92 points.
Colton Ryan placed fourth at 152 pounds, going 5-2 for the tournament. Sam Boerner took sixth place at 138 pounds, and 11th places went to Andrew Temmer (220 pounds) and Jason Miller (heavyweight).
Cedarburg is next in the Sauk Prairie Tournament at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.
HOMESTEAD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders played an exhausting, high-intensity effort against Marquette in the Rick Majerus WBY Classic on Dec. 27, even getting a brilliant, game-tying, banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime from Greg Foster Jr., but in the end, missed opportunities and missed free throws doomed the Highlanders in a 59-56 double overtime decision.
"Free throws and rebounding," said coach Sean Crider. "We talked about those things all week. We have to make our free throws, and we have to rebound the ball, too. We just didn't do either one of those things well enough to win."
The Highlanders came back on Dec. 29 for a second game, turning in a sound effort against unbeaten and fifth-ranked Brookfield Central, falling by a 59-41 count.
The two losses dropped Homestead to 4-3 overall. They will visit Nicolet in a 7:15 p.m. contest Friday, Jan. 6, and then will take on Kenosha Bradford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Al McGuire Classic at the McGuire Center on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee.
In the loss to Central, the Highlanders fell behind, 33-19, at the half and had a hard time catching up against the defensive-minded Lancers. Garrett Mitman had 11 points and Jack Quinlevan 8 for the Highlanders.
Against Marquette, the score was tied at 43-43 at the end of regulation, and after Foster Jr.'s 3-pointer, it was 48-48. Homestead had a 56-55 lead late in the second OT, but the Hilltoppers scored the last 4 points to sneak away with the win. Foster Jr. had 21 points to lead Homestead, while Taejuan Johnson had 8.
"We let up things like offensive rebounds off missed free throws," Crider said. "Those are the ultimate no-nos."
He praised Reggie Butler for his efforts.
The Black Hawks scored 35 points for 55th place in the Oshkosh Lourdes Invitational last week.
Nick Rapp came in ninth at 170 pounds and Alec Davis 12th at 195 pounds for Grafton, which is at Milwaukee Lutheran at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, for a North Shore Conference dual meet.