Welcome back, John Diener.

The Cedarburg junior returned to the lineup on Jan. 20 after recovering from a sprained ankle and promptly scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 66-49 triumph over Homestead.

Jordan Johnson added 16 points, Clayton Van Tassel 7 points and Jared Short and Patrick McKenzie 6 points each to help the Bulldogs improve to 7-0 after one round of North Shore Conference play, two full games ahead of Whitefish Bay (5-2).

Those two teams met on Jan. 24, with Cedarburg hoping to complete a season sweep. The Bulldogs are off Friday, Jan. 27, but will take on Whitnall at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Brookfield Central as part of the Luke Homan Showcase.

That was supposed to be a meeting of two of the top juniors in the state, Diener and Whitnall's Tyler Herro, but Herro is injured, and his status is unknown.

Cedarburg then meets Milwaukee Lutheran at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home.


The Highlanders routed nonconference foe Kenosha, 8-2, in a nonconference match-up on Jan. 18.

They looked to close out a second consecutive North Shore Conference title with a match-up against the Germantown Bears co-op on Jan. 24.

In the win over Kenosha, the Highlanders (15-3) got three goals from Jackson Katz and one each from Collin Reiels, Nathan Schimpf, Julius Kellner, Jack Curtis and Gavin Henry. PJ Quale and Cole DeStefanis had three assists each, and Ty Barnhill made 25 saves.


Andrew Temmer won at 220 pounds to help the Bulldogs finish third in the Sheboygan North Invitational on Jan. 21.

Temmer (19-6) won his championship match with a 10-2 major decision over Dustin Beegene of Valders. Earlier, he posted pins in 1 minute, 29 seconds and 3:05.

Taking second were Sam Boerner (132 pounds) and Colton Ryan (152). Snaring fifth places were Cooper O'Keefe (170), Jacob Steidinger (182) and Jason Miller (heavyweight), and Caleb Drake came in eighth at 195 pounds.

The Bulldogs scored 141½ points for third place behind Random Lake (200½) and Valders (147).


The Pirates placed 10th with 202 points and the Black Hawks 12th with 163 points in the Homestead Invitational on Jan. 20.

For Port, Oliver Rosado earned the highest place, fourth at 120 pounds. Sixth places went to Cody Green (126) and Lukas Burke (170) and sevenths to Chad Spaeth (106) and Josh Holtebeck (160).

Taking eighth were Preston Makoutz (132), Nathan Russell (145) and Tristan Griswold (182). Blake Peiffer was ninth at 106 and Angel Torres 10th at 126. In this tournament, teams were allowed to have more than one competitor at a weight class.

For Grafton, Ellis Pfleger took third at 126 pounds and Logan Lamas fourth at 160 pounds. Alec Davis finished sixth at 195, Cody Case seventh at 182 and Nick Rapp (170) and Connor Ramsey (heavyweight) were ninth.


The Pirates placed third with 115.525 points in the Valders/Roncalli Invitational on Jan. 21.

Kaylyn Garant came in third in the all-around with 30.6 points and was followed by Carmen Hoag in fifth with 29.275 points.

Claudia Weyker was sixth (28.25), McKenzie Rick eighth (27.35) and Daytona Snook ninth (24.8).

Garant was third on the uneven parallel bars (7.4), fifth on floor (8.125) and sixth in vaulting (8.025). She fell twice on the balance beam, costing her a chance to win the all-around, coach KC Moore said.

Rick came in seventh on beam (7.5) and Weyker eighth (7.4).

Rick, Weyker and Hoag each had personal bests on two events: Hoag with 6.825 on bars and 8.0 on vault; Weyker with 5.775 on bars and 7.65 on vault; and Rick with the 7.5 on beam and 7.6 on floor.

"This meet was good for the girls because it was all Division 2 teams, except for Kaukauna, and most of them are in our (WIAA) sectional," Moore said. "It's nice to be able to use this as a benchmark."

Moore said Julia Greisch and Caitlin Hassler were unavailable, so Moore said the 115-point team score, the team's second-best of the season, was strong.


Aside from all the work of organizing the meet, the Highlanders had a bit of successful wrestling go on in their own Highlander Scramble on Jan. 20, as both Messi Elgin at 113 pounds and Cooper Hunt at 120 earned runner-up spots.

"We've been at this for 14 years, and I can't remember us ever getting two finalists," said coach Ernie Millard, "and we had only six kids out there today."

Those runner-up spots earned the Highlanders a 13th-place finish in the 20-team event with 136 points. Oak Creek won with 488.5.

Elgin (16-8 overall), who Millard said has "shown flashes of brilliance," went 4-1 on the day with wins over Burlington, Racine Case, Kettle Moraine and Oak Creek opponents before falling to Racine Horlick's Antonio Puentes in the final on a technical fall.

Hunt (18-5) beat Racine Case, Catholic Memorial, Cudahy/St. Francis and Port Washington opponents before falling to Oak Creek's Mitch Landgraf, 5-4, in the final.

"We just keep running into Mitch (Landgraf)," Millard said. "It must be four or five times over the last two seasons, and we're getting closer."

Other efforts for the Highlanders included Cal Scholtus earning 13th at 126 (2-3 on the day, 6-5 overall), Luke Wolfram 10th at 152 (2-3, 8-11), Jacob Zupke eighth at 170 (2-3, 14-10) and Quinn Mobley ninth at 220 (3-2, 8-11).


A balanced effort enabled the Bulldogs to down Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 53-39, in a nonconference game on Jan. 17.

Kennedy Ross tallied 12 points; Kalli Murphy 11 points, six rebounds and three steals; Abby Belschner 8 points and five rebounds; and Shannyn Block 7 points. Morgan Wallace chipped in with six rebounds and Elaina LaMacchia four steals.

With its victory over Homestead on Jan. 20, Cedarburg came into this week at 11-4 overall.




Amanda Baierl scored 14 points, Katie Lemkuil 12 and Lizzie Egan 7 to help the Pirates top Nicolet, 49-39, on Jan. 20 in North Shore Conference play.

"This was a good game for us," said coach Jake Wahl, whose squad improved to 3-5 in the NSC and 5-9 overall. "Amanda is solid, and Katie has been stepping up as our second scorer. If we continue that, we will be in a good spot going forward."


The Highlanders turned in a competitive seventh-place effort in the powerhouse Arrowhead Invitational on Jan. 21.

"The girls had a pretty good meet; they started on beam and had very few falls," said coach Jordan Ireland. "Floor went very well. There were no falls on JV or varsity. We just need to clean the routines up now that they all have their skills down."

Homestead scored 127.625 points for its spot; Kenosha won with 140.175.

Ireland praised the efforts of Natalie Ceelen and Emma Fox.

"All of the girls worked really hard to prepare for the invite," Ireland said. "They are all excited to get back in the gym tomorrow and continue to work their skills."


Justin Peters scored 21 points and Tanner Autey 14 points, but the Black Hawks came away with a tough 68-61 loss to Whitefish Bay on Jan. 20.

"We had 16 turnovers for the second straight game," coach Damon James said, "and they scored 20 points off them. When you have 16 turnovers and let Bay go to the line often, that's not a recipe for victory. We need to fix the turnovers and not foul as much if we want to get back to winning basketball."

Grafton (4-3 in the North Shore Conference and 8-6 overall going into this week) takes on Homestead at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at home and then plays Brookfield Academy at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Brookfield Central as part of the Luke Homan Showcase event.


The Highlanders' skid reached four games with a 66-49 loss to North Shore leader Cedarburg on Jan. 20.

With the defeat, they fell to 4-3 in league play and 5-7 overall.

They took on Wisconsin Lutheran in a nonconference game on Jan. 24 and then will visit Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in a North Shore tilt. They will have a quick turnaround as they will take on West Allis Hale in an 11 a.m. game in the Luke Homan Classic at Brookfield Central on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Against Cedarburg, the Highlanders fell behind, 31-22, at the break and could never recover.

Greg Foster Jr. led the way with 15 points, while Jack Quinlevan had 8 and Taejuan Johnson 7. Cedarburg hit 19 of 25 free throws as opposed to just 6-of-9 for the Highlanders.


Jordan Gardipee and Jack Larson each put in 12 points, Adam Baierl 10 points and Oliver Giersch 9 points, but the Pirates lost to Nicolet, 63-60, on Jan. 20.

The Pirates (3-10 going into this week) also lost to Cedar Grove-Belgium, 74-53, in a nonconference game on Jan. 21.


Hannah Belanger scored 23 points and connected on 12 of 12 free throws, but the Black Hawks still fell to Milwaukee Vincent, 56-51, on Jan. 17.

Chloe Doring tallied 8 points and Madison Tomashek 6 points for Grafton, which hit 23-of-29 from the line for the game.

The offense disappeared in a 28-24 loss to Whitefish Bay on Jan. 20. Belanger led the way with 10 points for the Hawks (2-5 in the North Shore Conference and 6-7 overall coming into this week).


The Bulldogs lost a 7-2 game to Waupun on Jan. 21 despite goals from Justin Benning and Nolan Burnside.

Hunter Babcock, Mitch Moeller and Sam Frontier all notched assists, and goalkeeper Peter Gontarski made 27 saves for Cedarburg, which fell to 4-12 on the season.