The Highlanders put in a strong effort in the WIAA Division 1 sectional they hosted and came away with four individual entries and one relay team to the Saturday, Feb. 18, state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium.
Swimming timed finals will begin at 3 p.m. and Highlanders taking part will include Zach Teplin in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, Phillip Zuccaro in the 200 breaststroke and Chris Eckhardt in the 100 backstroke.
In addition, the 200 medley relay team of Eckhardt, Zuccaro, Teplin and Gonzalo Morales, will also have a lane.
Teplin will be in the fast heat of the 100 butterfly.
They earned these spots with their sixth-place finish in the 10-team sectional. They scored 231 points for their spot as Arrowhead won with 398.
Teplin earned his spots with a fifth in the 200 free (1:46.99) and a second in the 100 butterfly (52.66). Eckhardt was fourth in the backstroke (55.18) while Zuccaro's sixth-place effort in the breaststroke (1:02.6) netted him the 24th and final qualifying spot in the state field.
All these times were personal or season bests, including the fourth-place medley relay, which knocked more than two seconds off its best effort with a 1:40.98 clocking.
Other large time drops that were recorded were turned in by Joey Pietrowiak and Drew Horter in the 200 freestyle, Tyler Gao and Danilo Rosich and Ethan Padgett in the 100 butterfly, James Guskov and Joshua Churchill in the 100 free, Horter and Rosich in the 500 free, and Hunter Allen in the 100 breaststroke.
The 200 free relay of Guskov, Teplin, Pietrowiak and Morales turned in a season best in taking fifth (1:32.83) as did the 400 free team of Guskov, Pietrowiak, Gao and Churchill in taking sixth (3:29.51).
Blake Peiffer and Preston Makoutz claimed individual titles to lead nine wrestlers who advanced out of a WIAA Division 1 regional on Feb. 11.
Peiffer (30-4) won at 106 pounds, beating Jordan Craft of Manitowoc, 6-4, in his title match, and Makoutz (24-12) topped Sam Boerner of Cedarburg, 9-4, in his final at 132 pounds.
Taking second for Port Washington were Lukas Burke at 182 (32-13) and Tristan Griswold at 195 (30-8). Coming in third were Oliver Rosado at 120 (28-15), Tanner Meinel at 126 (11-9), Sal Gauthier at 145 (20-11), Nate Russell at 152 (9-11) and Cody Lewis at heavyweight (19-20).
The Pirates tallied 188 points for third place in the regional, which was won by Germantown's 201 1/2.
All will compete in a sectional meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Slinger. The top two in each class advance to the state individual tournament next week in Madison.
Nick Rapp and Alec Davis both captured individual crowns for the Black Hawks in a WIAA Division 2 regional on Feb. 11.
Rapp (29-10) posted an 11-3 major decision over Isaiah Richards of Sheboygan Falls in his title match at 170 pounds and Davis (28-10) pinned Jack Schroeder of Cedar Grove-Belgium in 3 minutes, 30 seconds in his final at 195 pounds.
Grafton's other qualifier to sectional action was Ellis Pfleger (22-9), who took second place at 126 pounds.
They will compete in a sectional at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Milwaukee Lutheran. The top three in each weight class move on to the state individual tournament in Madison.
GRAFTON BOYS BASKETBALL
The Black Hawks won a pair of close games in the past week to improve to 7-5 in the North Shore Conference and 11-9 overall.
They tipped Port Washington, 55-51, on Feb. 13 behind 13 points by Tanner Autey and 10 from Justin Peters. The game was close throughout, but the Hawks prevailed over their rivals.
They also downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 67-59, in overtime on Feb. 7, with Peters scoring 22 points and Ryan Stachurski 13 points. Grafton hit 19-of-22 from the free-throw line.
The Bulldogs found out first-hand why Germantown is the North Shore Conference champion.
The Warhawks drilled Cedarburg, 92-54, on Feb. 10 to remain unbeaten in NSC play.
Quinn Prom tallied 14 points and two assists, Morgan Wallace 8 points with two steals and three rebounds, Kendra Murphy 8 points with two steals, Abby Belschner 8 points with six rebounds and two steals, Kalli Murphy 6 points and Allison Jessup four rebounds.
Cedarburg topped Nicolet, 57-32, on Feb. 7 behind 15 points from Prom, 13 points by Kalli Murphy and 11 points and three steals from Kendra Murphy. Kennedy Ross had seven rebounds and three assists, Jessup six rebounds, Lauren Driscoll five rebounds, Elaina LaMacchia four assists and Belschner five steals.
The Bulldogs (15-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference) open WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at home against Nicolet or West Bend West.
PORT WASHINGTON BOYS BASKETBALL
The Pirates were perfect from the free-throw line (13-of-13) and Adam Baierl scored 25 points, but they still lost to Grafton, 55-51, on Feb. 13.
Port trailed 54-51 with 12.8 seconds left but turned over the ball, then had to foul the Black Hawks. Evan Lilly added 17 points and Zach Uselding 7 points for the Pirates.
On Feb. 7, Port lost to Homestead, 69-51, despite 13 points from Baierl and 12 by Oliver Giersch. The Pirates, who were missing three players, fell behind 19-0 and trailed 42-25 at halftime before rallying within 10 points late in the game.
Hannah Belanger poured in 30 points and Chloe Doring added 16 points to lead the Black Hawks to a 63-57 overtime victory over Port Washington on Feb. 10.
Grafton was down by five points with 1 minute, 40 seconds left, then Hailey Block hit two free throws, Lizzy Huettner a free throw off a steal and Doring one free throw in the final seconds to force overtime. In the extra session, Doring nailed a crucial 3-point field goal and Belanger scored the other 9 points.
Grafton beat Milwaukee Lutheran, 58-39, on Feb. 7, with Doring scoring 17 points and Lexi Hilgart 13 to pick up the slack for Belanger, who was in foul trouble and tallied just 8 points.
The Hawks (11-9 overall and 6-7 in the North Shore Conference going into this week) begin WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Slinger.
PORT WASHINGTON GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Pirates had a tough week with three losses, 63-57 in overtime to Grafton on Feb. 10, 57-51 to Dominican on Feb. 8 and 64-48 to Homestead on Feb. 7.
Amanda Baierl tallied 24 points and Karley Lehtikangas 21 with four 3-point field goals against Grafton. The Pirates led most of the game but lost a five-point lead in the final minutes of regulation.
"If Karley can keep it going like that, it will be a great asset to our team," coach Jake Wahl said.
Baierl led Port against Dominican with 21 points and against Homestead as well with 22 points. Lehtikangas chipped in with 8 points against the Highlanders.
Port (6-14 overall and 4-9 in the North Shore entering this week) begins WIAA Division 2 regional action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at home against Brown Deer.
It was a challenging day for the Highlanders in the WIAA regional at Menomonee Falls on Feb. 11, as they advanced just three wrestlers, Messi Elgin at 113 pounds (24-14 record), 2016 state meet qualifier Cooper Hunt at 120 (27-7) and Jacob Zupke at 170 (22-14), for the WIAA sectional Saturday, Feb. 18, at Oconomowoc.
From there, the top two in each weight class will advance to the individual state tournament Feb. 23-25 in Madison.
Those efforts led to a sixth-place showing in the regional with 51 points as Falls won with 232.5.
Zupke claimed second in his class, moving up in his final wrestleback by beating a Hamilton opponent (3-1 decision).
Hunt lost in his wrestleback for second to a Falls wrestler (11-3 major decision) and had to settle for third. Elgin was also third.
The Highlanders had a strong day, taking second in the White Division of the Whitefish Bay Bradley Invitational on Feb. 11.
They scored 128.45 points for their spot in the nine-team field as Oshkosh won with 131.0.
Emma Fox led the way, taking second on vault with an 8.85 en route to a fourth in the all-around with a 33.875 total. She was also sixth on floor exercise (8.65) and fourth on beam (8.65). Natalie Ceelen was sixth on vault (8.4) and Olivia Rossman was seventh on beam.
The North Shore/Greater Metro Conference meet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Whitefish Bay.
The co-op team placed fifth in the Whitefish Bay Invitational on Feb. 11 with 129.875 points.
Paige Arnold was seventh in the all-around with 34.35 points. She took 21st in the uneven parallel bars with 7.75 points, tied for fifth in floor exercise with 9.1 and snared 13th in vaulting with 8.8 and 11th on the balance beam with 8.7.
Mia Ketelhohn was eighth in vaulting with 8.925 and 10th on beam with 8.725.
The Pirates tallied 120.4 points for sixth in the Whitefish Bay Invitational on Feb. 11.
Kaylyn Garant took fifth in the all-around with 33.875 points. She finished second on the balance beam with 8.775 points and Julia Greisch ninth with 8.1 points.
Garant was fourth in floor exercise with 8.7 and 11th in vaulting with 8.3 and fourth on the uneven parallel bars with 8.1 points.
The Pirates lost a dual meet to Menomonee Falls/Germantown, 127.775 points to 118.225, on Feb. 8.
Garant won the all-around (season-best 32.975) and floor exercise (8.7) and took second on bars (season-best 7.975) and third in vaulting (8.05) and beam (8.25).
Setting season highs were recorded by Caitlin Hassler on bars (6.9) and Greisch on floor (7.775).
The 18-6 North Shore Conference champion Highlanders will try to regroup in the WIAA playoffs after losing their final three regular season games to Waukesha, the Avalanche and Appleton United.
They earned the second seed in the WIAA Arrowhead sectional and will host the winner of Brookfield and Fond du Lac in a regional final on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
A sectional semifinal matchup on Tuesday, Feb. 21, could be a rematch against area rival USM, which Homestead beat earlier this season.
The top seed is Arrowhead.
The Bulldogs lost a 7-0 verdict to Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago on Feb. 11 and fell, 5-1, to Bay Port on Feb. 7 despite a goal from Alex Russo, assisted by Max Kilmer.
Goatlender Peter Gontarski made 28 saves for Cedarburg.