The Highlanders concluded their season on a positive note when they competed well in the WIAA State Division 1 meet Feb. 18 in Madison.
The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Chris Eckhardt, senior Phillip Zuccaro, sophomore Zach Teplin and senior Gonzalo Morales was 19th (1:42.14); Teplin was 18th in the 200 free (1:47.97) and 17th in the 100 butterfly (53.4); Eckhardt 24th in the 100 backstroke (57.29); and Zuccaro 23rd in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.08).
Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial won the team title.
PORT WASHINGTON SWIMMING, DIVING
Senior diver Jeremy Theis finished fourth with 338.75 points to lead a trio of Pirates in the WIAA Division 2 State Meet on Feb. 17 at Madison.
Freshman Cale Theis came in ninth with 303.15 points and freshman Roger Schmidt 15th with 269.05 points for Port.
Junior Zach Miller was the lone Port swimmer and finished 14th in the 100-yard backstroke at 57.29 seconds.
The Pirates took 18th place with 29 points in the 31-team meet, which was won by Monona Grove with 381 points.
CEDARBURG, GRAFTON GIRLS BASKETBALL
Overcoming a quick 15-1 start by the Black Hawks, the Bulldogs rallied for a thrilling, 59-55 double-overtime triumph on Feb. 16 in the regular-season finale.
Cedarburg got within 30-17 at the half, then used a 1-3-1 full-court and half-court trap to speed up the pace of the game and force turnovers. The Bulldogs tied it at 37-37, then fell behind 42-37 before hitting several big shots, including a 3-point field goal by Kennedy Ross, to force overtime.
The teams traded baskets in the first extra session, then Ross started the second overtime with a layup off the opening tip and Cedarburg held on to win.
Kalli Murphy collected 18 points, three steals and three rebounds for Cedarburg, with Abby Belschner adding 17 points and five boards and Ross 11 points and three assists. Elaina LaMacchia tallied three assists, five steals and four rebounds.
Chloe Doring poured in 26 points and Hannah Belanger 13 points for Grafton, which hit 17-of-20 free throws.
Grafton downed Catholic Memorial, 58-40, on Feb. 14 behind 21 points from Belanger, 13 by Doring and 6 by Madison Tomashek.
Cedarburg (11-3 in the North Shore Conference, 16-6 overall) opens WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at home against either Nicolet or West Bend West. Grafton (6-8, 12-10) is at Slinger at 7 p.m. Friday.
CEDARBURG, GRAFTON BOYS BASKETBALL
Jordan Johnson scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack for the Bulldogs in a 54-43 victory over Grafton on Feb. 17.
Matt Barber added 11 points, Jared Short 10 and John Diener 9 points for Cedarburg, which improved to 13-0 in the North Shore Conference and 19-2 overall.
Grafton (7-6, 11-10) was paced by Justin Peters and Logan Hilgart with 10 points each and Quinton Riddle with 7 points.
"We played just well enough to establish an early lead and then hang on throughout the game," Cedarburg coach Tom Diener said. "It was not our best effort, as we committed too many unforced turnovers and our shot selection was not the best. Grafton continues to improve and played a great game."
Cedarburg starts WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at home against either Port Washington or West Bend West. Grafton begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at home against Milwaukee Madison.
Paige Arnold tallied 34.225 points to finish ninth in the all-around at the North Shore Conference Championships on Feb. 18.
Arnold came in eighth in the vaulting (8.95), 10th on the balance beam (8.8), 12th on floor exercise (8.8) and 25th on the uneven parallel bars (7.675).
Mia Ketelhohn finished 12th in the all-around (33.1) with ninth in vaulting (8.9) and 13th in floor (8.75). Caleigh Mentzer took 11th in floor (8.825) and Jaidyn Marshall 14th in floor (8.65) and 17th on the beam (8.45) and Shaye Taubner 16th on bars (7.85).
Grafton/Cedarburg scored 133.55 points for fourth place as a team.
PORT WASHINGTON GYMNASTICS
Kaylyn Garant placed 13th in the all-around with 32.75 points for the Pirates in the North Shore Conference Meet on Feb. 18.
She was 10th in floor exercise (8.875), 21st on the beam (8.3) and 23rd on the bars (7.725).
Julia Greisch was 25th on the beam (8.15), Carmen Hoag 23rd in the all-around (29.6) and McKenzie Rick 24th in the all-around (27.675) for Port, which was seventh (121.975) in the meet.
The North Shore Conference champions saw their season come to a stunning conclusion with a wild, 8-6 WIAA regional final loss to Brookfield on Feb. 17.
The Highlanders finished the season at 18-6. Brookfield trailed 3-1 going into the third period, but scored seven goals in the third session to pull out the victory. Andy Buchanan, PJ Quale, Cole DeStefanis (2), Jackson Katz, and Joey Buenz scored goals for Homestead.
Seniors include Hugh Jones, Nathan Schimpf, Collin Reiels, Buchanan, Jacob Branovan, and DeStefanis,
CEDARBURG BOYS HOCKEY
A disappointing season came to a close with a 3-1 loss to Sheboygan in WIAA regional play on Feb. 14.
Alex Russo scored the lone goal, assisted by James Furey, and goalkeeper Danny Quirk made 31 saves.
Furey led the Bulldogs with 28 points this season, followed by T.J. Storck with 20 and Russo with 15.
The Highlanders were sixth of eight teams in the North Shore/Greater Metro Conference meet on Feb. 18.
They scored 129.75 points for their spot as Brookfield defended its title with 146.45.
The Highlanders will now take part in a WIAA Division 1 sectional at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Menomonee Falls. The top two teams and first five individuals in all events, including all-around, will advance to the WIAA state meet March 3-4 in Wisconsin Rapids.
Emma Fox was 10th in the all-around to lead the way (33.75), and ninth in the vault (8.9). Natalie Ceelen was seventh in the vault (9.025).
The Highlanders turned in one of their best efforts of the season when they smoked Whitefish Bay, 78-50, in a game Friday, Feb. 17, in the old, small Chekouras gym.
The win improved the Highlanders to 8-5 in the North Shore and 10-11 overall. They will close the regular season with a home game against league champion Cedarburg on Thursday, Feb. 23.
They earned the ninth seed in the WIAA Division 1 Sheboygan North sectional and will visit old rival Germantown in a WIAA regional semifinal on Friday, March 3. It will be the last game between the two conference rivals before Germantown moves over to the Greater Metro Conference next school year.
The winner of that game will likely visit sectional top seed Kimberly in a regional final on Saturday, March 4.
Homestead won the game over Bay with a 45-23 second half explosion.
Garrett Mitman scored 21 points with four 3-pointers to lead the way while Jack Quinlevan had 17 points, Taejuan Johnson and Sydan Parker 10 each and Greg Foster Jr. had eight.
The Highlanders built on their 44-36 victory over Whitefish Bay on Feb. 17 (see MyOzaukeeNow.com for details) with a regular season-closing 64-43 victory over Kettle Moraine on Feb. 18.
The victory closed the Highlanders regular season at 16-6. The win over Bay tied Homestead with Cedarburg for second in the North Shore standings behind four-time champion Germantown.
They will host Fond du Lac in a WIAA regional semifinal on Friday, Feb. 24. If they win, they will likely travel to second-seeded De Pere for a regional final on Saturday, Feb. 25.
PORT WASHINGTON BOYS BASKETBALL
Jack Larson scored 22 points, Adam Baierl 15, Evan Lilly 12 and Oliver Giersch 8 points in a 93-67 loss to Germantown on Feb. 18.
The first half was close, with Port trailing only 35-31, but the Warhawks scored 58 second-half points.
Port begins WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at West Bend West.
PORT WASHINGTON GIRLS BASKETBALL
Amanda Baierl scored 11 points and Karley Lehtikangas 10 in a 79-46 loss to North Shore Conference champion Germantown on Feb. 16.
The Pirates also fell to Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 58-50, on Feb. 14 despite 8 points from Grace Weiland and Lehtikangas and 6 apiece by Baierl, Ann Nuedling and Sarah Volesky.
The Pirates (4-10 in the North Shore Conference, 6-16 overall) began WIAA Division 2 regional play on Feb. 21 against Brown Deer. If they won, they would play at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at top seed and top-ranked Beaver Dam.