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WHITNALL/GREENDALE WRESTLING

The co-op team finished second at the Hilton Head Invitational in South Carolina last week, winning four of five dual meets and falling to the host team, 43-30, in the title dual.

Hilton Head was rated fourth in South Carolina, and Whitnall/Greendale hung with the talented squad all the way.

The co-op downed Easley, 53-20, in the semifinal dual meet and Pickens, 54-35, in the quarterfinals of the championship round. In earlier action, Whitnall/Greendale topped Hilton Head's B team, 72-7, and Bishop England, 62-18.

Going unbeaten for the tournament at 5-0 were Chip Hansen, Nathan Hensley, Dom Trimboli, Reid Miller and Sebastian Iverson. Gabe Lewis went 4-1, and freshman Claven Staples posted his first varsity victory at heavyweight.

Co-coach John Quinlan said his team benefited from the trip in other ways as well.

"Over half of the kids had never seen an ocean, and some of them had never traveled out of state before," Quinlan said.

The co-op next takes on West Allis Hale at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Greendale High School.

WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sierra Grubor scored 21 points, and the Falcons' defense was strong in a 51-37 triumph over West Bend East on Dec. 29.

The Falcons, who won their third straight game to move to 6-4 overall, held the Suns to 15 points in the first half to take a 30-15 halftime advantage. They finished with 14 steals for the game.

"We played a good defensive game and were steady," coach Keith Larson said.

Grubor added three steals and four rebounds on the evening. Jaden Kelley tallied 12 points, five steals and four rebounds; Kathryn Bay 11 points and four rebounds; and Jessie Knackert contributed four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Bay, who started for the injured Sam Benzinger, put in 9 of her 11 points in the first half.

The Falcons will meet rival Greenfield (4-5) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the nightcap of a boys-girls doubleheader at home. They will then take on Nicolet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at home.

GREENFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL

The offense has been perking all season for the Hustlin' Hawks, but they played some solid defense as well in a 75-61 victory over Waukesha South on Dec. 29.

"We have been preaching defense in practice," coach Kyle Johnsen said. "We had not played defense the way we are capable of in some games, but this time, the kids bought into the defensive concepts, had good communication and were just flying around on the court."

The Hawks, as usual, were balanced on offense. Donnie Reasby and Eric Malone each scored 16 points; Manny McDonald and Jared Davis each 10 points; and Rayvon Bartlett Jr. 9 points.

"The kids are just one big family," Johnsen said. "They care about each other and don't care who scores the points; they just want to win."

Greenfield (6-1 coming into this week) will meet Whitnall in a battle for first place in the Woodland Conference East Division at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the opener of a boys-girls doubleheader at Whitnall.  They will then meet Burlington at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, also at home.

CENTRAL WRESTLING

With five top-12 finishes, the Bulldogs tallied 143 points for 13th place in the 41-team Mid-States Classic at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater last week.

The highest place was fourth from Josef Gerhartz at 152 pounds. Gerhartz went 5-2 and moved his season record to 14-4.

Coming in fifth were Dustin Diebitz (182) and Jeff LeFlore (195). Darrius Adkins was seventh at 220 pounds and Zach Meyer 11th at 145 pounds.

The Bulldogs take on Sussex Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at home in a Greater Metro Conference dual meet.

HALE BOYS BASKETBALL

The Huskies earned a split in the Beloit Memorial Tournament last week.

They topped Milwaukee Juneau/Reagan, 75-69, on Dec. 28 behind 24 points and four assists from Ryan Haertel. Collin Basgall added 16 points and four assists; Jordan Breznik 11 points and five rebounds; and Michael Johnson 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Hale committed 13 second-half turnovers and lost an 11-point halftime lead but made some key plays down the stretch, coach John Palesse said.

The Huskies fell to Muskego, 65-59, on Dec. 27. Haertel tallied 19 points; Basgall 17 points, four steals and five rebounds; Breznik 5 points and eight rebounds; Brandon Barr six assists; and Emerald Martin 6 points and three assists.

"I like the way we competed," Palesse said. "We fought back from deficits of 9 and 11 points and just couldn't get over the hump."

Hale (3-4 going into this week) plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Brookfield Central and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, against Wauwatosa East at home.

CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Bulldogs topped Delavan-Darien, 47-43, on Dec. 28 in the third-place game of their own tournament.

Central had lost, 75-56, to Wauwatosa West on Dec. 27 in the opening game, and no further details were available for either contest.

Central plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Divine Savior Holy Angels and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Menomonee Falls.

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