GRAFTON BOYS BASKETBALL
Justin Peters tallied 16 points to pace a balanced attack and help the Black Hawks down Whitefish Bay, 59-50, in the regular-season finale on Feb. 23.
Tanner Autey added 14 points and Logan Hilgart 10 points for the Hawks, who finished the North Shore Conference campaign at 8-6 and went 12-10 overall.
The victory was built on defense, with Grafton holding Bay to 15 points in the first half.
Grafton started WIAA Division 2 regional play on Feb. 28 against Milwaukee Madison, and a victory would put the Hawks in a regional semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Nicolet. The Knights swept the Hawks this season, but both games were close (42-37 and 59-53).
The winner will likely go to top seed Beaver Dam for a regional title game on Saturday, March 4.
HOMESTEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders ended their season with a rough 71-49 WIAA D1 regional final defeat at the hands of fourth-ranked De Pere on Feb. 25.
Homestead, which had edged Fond du Lac, 54-49, in the regional semifinal the night before, finished at 17-7.
"They're a very good offensive team," said coach Corey Wolf. "They're not one-dimensional kids. They can shoot it, and they're phenomenal passers. They just set each other up so well."
The split closed the season at 17-7 for the Highlanders.
Homestead worked hard to stay in the game against De Pere, trailing only 28-27 at the half, but then the Redbirds outscored them, 43-22, in the second half to pull away.
"We had some good looks, but we didn't hit enough of them," Wolf said.
Chloe Marotta closed her sensational junior season with 20 points, and Olivia Wasserman had 9.
"At some point we have to win games like these," said Wolf. "We're not there yet; hopefully, we'll make a run in the future."
Homestead had to work to beat visiting Fond du lac, taking a 24-21 lead at half and then holding on as Grace Crowley had 17 and Marotta 16.
The two entries for the Black Hawks at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament both lost in the first round at the Kohl Center on Feb. 23.
Ellis Pfleger lost a 9-0 major decision to Mitch Garvey of Freedom at 126 pounds to finish 25-12 for his freshman season.
Nick Rapp (31-12) was pinned by Matt Verhasselt of Freedom in 2 minutes, 37 seconds at 170 pounds to end his state tournament.
Both wrestlers did not receive wrestlebacks when their opening opponents lost their next matches.
Preston Makoutz went 1-2 at 132 pounds at the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament last weekend at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Makoutz (28-14) won his opener with a 5-1 decision over David Holzem of Brookfield East but then lost a quarterfinal match to Brandon Klein of Stoughton on a 15-3 major decision.
He then dropped a consolation match on an 8-7 decision to Devon Schultz of Merrill.
Port enjoyed a solid season, winning both the North Shore Conference dual-meet championship at 7-0 and the conference tournament crown.
Junior Messi Elgin (27-16) ended his season by falling on a pin to Hartford's Jalen Spuhler in a WIAA State Indvidual Tournament 113-pound first-round match at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 23.
When Spuhler lost his next round match, Elgin lost out on any opportunity for a wrestleback.
PORT GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Pirates won their WIAA Division 2 regional opener with a 62-43 decision over Brown Deer on Feb. 21 behind 21 points from Amanda Baierl.
Kendra Strohm added 8 points, Karley Lehtikangas 7 points and Katie Lemkuil 6 points for Port, which jumped to a 28-14 halftime advantage.
Port then ran into top seed and top-ranked Beaver Dam (24-0) in the next round on Feb. 24 and lost, 85-46. Baierl scored 21 points and Lehtikangas 9 points for the Pirates, who finished 7-17.
"Beaver Dam uses a press all game long, and we actually handled that well," coach Jake Wahl said, "but they (the Golden Beavers) are just so efficient on offense. Our girls worked hard."
HOMESTEAD GIRLS GYMNASTICS
The Highlanders closed out their season with a sixth-place finish in the WIAA sectional at Menomonee Falls on Feb. 25.
Homestead scored 128.05 points for its spot as Brookfield won the meet with 144.925.
Sophomore Emma Fox was 15th on uneven bars (8.4) and the floor exercise (8.825) to lead the way. She was also 13th in the all-around with a 34.025 mark.
HOMESTEAD BOYS BASKETBALL
The Highlanders (10-12) closed their regular season with a 63-52 loss to North Shore regular-season champion Cedarburg on Feb. 23.
Homestead could not overcome a 27-17 halftime deficit despite 35 second-half points.
Taejuan Johnson led the way with 13 points, Jack Quinlevan had 12, Greg Foster Jr. 9 and Declan Ciurlik 8.
The Highlanders will visit old rivals Germantown in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game on Friday, March 3. If they win, they will likely visit sectional top seed Kimberly in a regional final on Saturday, March 4.
PORT BOYS BASKETBALL
The Pirates battled hard but dropped a 60-55 overtime decision to Nicolet in the regular-season finale on Feb. 23.
Jack Larson scored 15 points, Zach Uselding 8 and Nolan Mueller and Cam Karnitz 6 apiece for Port, which concluded the season at 1-13 in the North Shore Conference and 5-17 overall.
The Pirates also lost to New Berlin West, 84-70, on Feb. 20 despite 18 points from Adam Baierl and Evan Lilly and 15 by Larson. Baierl hit 10 of 10 free throws and Lilly four 3-point field goals.
Port opened the WIAA Division 2 regional playoffs on Feb. 28 against West Bend West and a victory would put the Pirates in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Cedarburg.