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JOHN CHEKOURAS CLASSIC

The six-game John Chekouras Boys Basketball Classic, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Homestead High School.

Named in honor of the late Hall of Fame Highlander boys hoops coach, the event will feature nonstop action starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Milwaukee Messmer squaring off against Kenosha St. Joseph's. Following that, Barneveld will take on Manitowoc Roncalli at 12:45 p.m., St. Thomas More will meet Hope Christian at 2:30 p.m. and Waupun will tackle Racine Case at 4:15 p.m.

The Highlanders will meet local small school power Brown Deer at 6 p.m., and Oak Creek and Sheboygan North will finish things off at 7:45 p.m.

HOMESTEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Highlanders kept pace in the North Shore Conference race with a 63-42 rout of Grafton on Jan. 27.

With the win, the Highlanders improved to 6-2 in league play and 9-5 overall. They started the week two games behind three-time NSC champ and state-ranked Germantown (9-0). They visited the Warhawks on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Back in December, the Highlanders had a big second half lead on the Warhawks, only to have Germantown pull out a 1-point victory.

"That one hurt very bad," said coach Corey Wolf. "So we're looking forward to this one. We've had it marked for quite some time. We'll see where we're at with them because you've got to be willing to play hard for the whole game."

Homestead will then host Milwaukee Lutheran in another league game on Friday, Feb. 3.

Wolf said the team played a complete game against Grafton. Homestead broke out to a 29-22 lead in the first half and then outscored the Black Hawks, 34-20, in the second session.

Eight different Highlanders scored in this game led by forward Chloe Marotta with 15 points. Ally Rilling had 10, and Grace Crowley and Sam Crivello contributed 8 apiece.

"We made them play a lot faster than they wanted to," said Wolf. "This was a good game to get back on track. Hopefully, it'll help us with our confidence."

PORT BOYS BASKETBALL

In a complete turnaround, the Pirates downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 71-59, on Jan. 27 in North Shore Conference play.

Port had lost to Lutheran, 68-48, in the earlier meeting this season, and coach Brian Hebein said there were some good reasons for the different result this time.

"The first time, we had 20 turnovers and allowed 10 to 12 second-chance points," said Hebein, whose team notched its first North Shore Conference victory of the season. "That's 30-some points, and we had to clean that up. Also, one guy went off for 30 points on us, and we made some defensive adjustments on him. Jake Lippe and Matt Haggenjos played against him, and we held him to 11 points."

Evan Lilly led the offense with 25 points on 7 shots from 3-point range. Adam Baierl added 15 points, Jack Larson 10 and Jordan Gardipee 9 points.

Port also topped Milwaukee Golda Meir, 62-56, on Jan. 24 behind 18 points from Lilly, 16 by Baierl, 12 by Lippe and 10 from Larson. The Pirates came into this week at 5-10 overall.

"We are gaining more confidence, and we feel better about ourselves," Hebein said.

CEDARBURG GIRLS BASKETBALL

Coach Dave Ross had a hunch about Kalli Murphy prior to his team's game against Whitefish Bay on Jan. 27.

"I told my assistants that I thought Kalli was going to go off (have a big game) that night," Ross said.

He was right because Murphy collected 26 points, connecting on 9-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-6 free throws, and seven rebounds in a 55-41 victory.

"She was dominant, outstanding," Ross said. "That was probably her best game ever. Bay played an extended zone, which gave her room to work."

Abby Belschner added 7 points and six rebounds; Morgan Wallace 6 points and three assists; Kennedy Ross 6 points; and Elaina LaMacchia three steals for the Bulldogs, who moved to 7-1 in the North Shore Conference and 12-4 overall.

"Belschner can jump as high as anyone in this conference," coach Ross said. "She just keeps getting better as she learns."

GRAFTON BOYS BASKETBALL

Justin Peters scored 22 points and Ryan Stachurski 18 in a 70-62 victory over Homestead on Jan. 27.

Darrian Langerman totaled 10 points, Logan Hilgart 9 and Tanner Autey 8 for the Black Hawks, who hit 12 shots from 3-point range in improving to 5-3 in the conference. Grafton swept the Highlanders this season.

The Hawks (9-7 overall, 5-3 in the North Shore Conference going into this week) dropped a 54-51 game to Brookfield Academy on Jan. 28 at Brookfield Central. Stachurski tallied 20 points and Peters 11 points.

GRAFTON WRESTLING

Nick Rapp (170 pounds) and Alec Davis (195) both went 5-0 for the Black Hawks in their own invitational on Jan. 28.

They helped the Hawks post a 3-2 mark in dual meets for the day. Grafton beat Homestead, 56-18; Elkhart Lake, 39-38; and Racine Case, 47-36, and lost to Ashwaubenon, 39-24, and West Bend East, 39-36.

Posting 4-1 marks were Nick Swenson (132), Jonathon Duran (145), Cody Case (182) and Cielo Pagan (106).

Also, Ellis Pfleger (126) beat a state qualifier from Homestead, and heavyweight Connor Ramsey recorded his first varsity pin, also against the Highlanders.

Grafton downed Whitefish Bay, 48-18, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Jan. 26. Pfleger pinned his foe in 2 minutes, 57 seconds for the Hawks' only actual victory, but seven others won forfeits.

CEDARBURG BOYS SWIMMING

The Bulldogs downed Homestead, 93-87, in a North Shore Conference dual meet on Jan. 26.

Winners were Josh Bote in the 200-yard individual medley; Will Hobbs in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle; Evan Geiser in the 500 freestyle; Jimmy Radtke in the 100 breaststroke; and Hobbs, Owen Carr, Kevin Glomski and Geiser in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

"The meet could have gone either way, and we were fortunate to win," coach Amit Kaul said.

PORT GIRLS BASKETBALL

Amanda Baierl scored 23 points and Katie Lemkuil 18 to help the Pirates top Milwaukee Lutheran, 69-60, on Jan. 27.

Haley Erlandson put in 8 points and Lizzie Egan 7 for Port, which moved to 4-5 in the North Shore Conference and 6-9 overall.

GRAFTON GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hannah Belanger scored 18 points and Chloe Doring 13 in a 58-35 nonconference victory over West Bend East on Jan. 24.

Julia Place put in 9 points and Lexi Hilgart 8 for Grafton, which opened a 27-13 halftime lead.

The Black Hawks (2-6 in the North Shore Conference, 7-8 overall going into this week) lost to Homestead, 63-42, on Jan. 27 despite 16 points from Belanger.

CEDARBURG BOYS HOCKEY

The Bulldogs fell to Somerset, 4-1, on Jan. 28, with Hunter Babcock scoring their lone goal, assisted by Will Bolander and James Furey.

Goaltender Danny Quirk came up with 23 saves.

They also lost to Baldwin-Woodville, 4-2, on Jan. 27, but no details were available.

HOMESTEAD WRESTLING

The Highlanders had a hard day in the Grafton dual-meet tournament on Jan. 28, as they went 0-5 against Racine Case, Elkhart Lake, Grafton, West Bend East and Ashwaubenon.

Luke Wolfram went 4-1 on the day at 152 pounds, and Cooper Hunt was 3-2 at 120 and 126.

Homestead will take part in the North Shore Conference Tournament on Friday, Feb. 3, at Whitefish Bay.

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