WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL
Joey Tilley, filling in for the ill Jonah Bzdawka, played a key role in the Falcons' 78-52 triumph over Westosha Central on Nov. 29.
Tilley guarded Central standout Tre' Williams, helping hold him to just 2 points in the first half and 13 overall.
"He put a body on him," coach Steve Kujawa said. "He frustrated him and did a great job of containing him. Every time he gave up the ball, we made sure he wasn't going to get it again."
The Falcons, who improved to 2-1 on the season, led 39-18 at the half and were up by 40 points in the second half.
Tyler Herro paced the offense with 26 points, and Kevion Taylor added 21 points, and they also combined for 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Danny Alexopoulos added 8 points and Tilley 7 points.
The Huskies won three of five dual meets to finish fifth at the Kettle Moraine Duals on Dec. 3.
They blanked Milwaukee Hamilton, 78-0; dropped Greater Metro Conference foe Marquette, 58-19; and topped Kettle Moraine, 39-36. Hale fell to eventual champion Kaukauna, 58-14, and to second-place Waterford, 54-18.
Peyton Mocco, who competed in the WIAA Division 1 state meet last season, went 5-0 at 152 pounds on the day.
Marshall Rushton was 4-1 at 138 pounds, and 3-2 records were posted by Dylan Allen (182), Juniel Vega (195), Justin Schroeder (heavyweight), Charlie Wagner (113), Alex Sino (120), Brandon Baltz (132) and Bryan Jordan (145).
Other wrestlers were Cody Kibler (2-3 at 160), Austin Spitzer (2-3 at 170), Tim Welchman (1-1 at 220), Conner Rodriguez (2-3 at 106) and Alex Loing (2-3 at 126).
The Bulldogs came in seventh in the East Troy Invitational on Dec. 3, winning three of five dual meets.
They beat Cudahy, 63-18, Cedarburg, 54-24, and Union Grove, 60-12, but dropped a pair of close meets to Kenosha Indian Trail, 39-36, and Whitnall, 38-34.
Finishing 5-0 on the day were Devin Dietrich at 132 pounds, Josef Gerhartz (160), Dustin Diebitz (182) and Jeff Leflore (220). All are returnees from last season's team, along with Edwin Jimenez-Perez (4-1 mark at 120) and Alex DeJesus (2-3 at 138).
Other wrestlers are Jake Schultz (4-1 at 170), Haylie Lenz (3-2 at 106), Carson Matysik (3-2 at 113), Ricky Talsky (2-3 at 126), Zach Meyer (2-3 at 145), Carlos Diaz (2-3 at 152), Darius Adkins (195) and Prentiss Johnson (2-3 at heavyweight).
The Bulldogs dropped a 42-25 dual meet to powerful Pewaukee on Dec. 1 despite pins from Lenz, Jimenez and Gerhartz.
"We have solid varsity and junior varsity teams," coach Jon Nelson said. "We are looking to improve each week and continue working hard."
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Slow starts continued for the Falcons last week, but they were able to recover from one of them, rallying from a 16-5 deficit to down West Allis Hale, 58-48, on Nov. 29.
Whitnall still trailed 30-27 at the half but outscored the Huskies, 31-18, in the second half to pull away for the triumph.
Sierra Grubor scored 22 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Jaden Kelley added 12 points; Jessica Knackert 7 points and three assists; and Kathryn Bay 6 points.
The Falcons fell behind New Berlin West, 12-2, in their second game of the week on Dec. 2 but could not come back this time and fell, 64-41, in their Woodland Conference opener.
Grubor led Whitnall with 13 points, hitting 9 of 10 free throws, and Kelley added 12 points.
CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Coach Dave Mlachnik said his squad was going to play strong defense this season, and his feeling was justified in a 48-43 triumph over Milwaukee Morse-Marshall on Dec. 2.
The Bulldogs led only 32-29 at the half but held their foe to just 14 points in the second half in posting their first victory of the season.
"Our guys were active, talking with each other and contesting shots," Mlachnik said. "We kept them out of the paint for the most part."
Jared Welsch led the offense with 12 points, followed by Montae Blakely with 9, Kurt Mlachnik 6 on a pair of 3-point shots and Paysharne Jelks also 6 points.
One weak area was the free-throw line, with Central hitting just 11-of-28 (39 percent).
"We worked on that (in practice) the next day," Mlachnik said. "We have good free-throw shooters, and they make them in practice. We just need them to step up to the line with confidence and relax."
HALE BOYS BASKETBALL
Ryan Haertel tallied a team-high 29 points, hitting seven 3-point field goals in 10 tries, but the Huskies dropped a 71-68 decision to Waukesha South on Dec. 2.
Brandon Barr added 18 points, and Emerald Martin chipped in with 8 points off the bench in his varsity debut. Coach John Palesse said Michael Johnson was strong on defense against South's top scorer.
South led by between 3 and 9 points for much of the contest. Hale took the lead late in the second half, but South connected on a pair of 3-point shots to pull away again.
"We can learn a lot from this game," Palesse said. "We will watch film and pick up some things that will make us a better team. I liked our effort; we did play hard."
GREENFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL
Emma Graetz scored 15 points, Ratka Karac 10 points and Morgan Lesieur 7 in a 67-52 loss to Wauwatosa West on Dec. 2 to open Woodland Conference action.
The Hustlin' Hawks (1-2 entering this week) trailed only 29-25 at halftime but were outscored, 38-27, in the second half. They were hurt by hitting only 10 of 20 free throws on the evening.
WHITNALL BOYS DIVING
Sophomore David Haun came in fourth with 297.25 points at the Nicolet Invitational on Dec. 3.
Haun scored 15 points as the lone representative for the Falcons, giving them 14th place.