WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING, DIVING
Senior Ben Bell posted a personal-best 22.57 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle in the WIAA Division 2 State Meet on Feb. 17 at Madison.
That time earned him 12th place at state, but also gave him a coveted spot on the kickboard for the 50 freestyle at Whitnall High School. The kickboard lists the top six times in school history, and Bell made that list in the sixth spot with his 22.57, topping the previous mark of 22.6.
Bell joins his brothers, Nick, Alex and Douglas Jr., who are also on the school kickboards. Nick is on for diving, Alex for the 100 breaststroke and Douglas for the 50 freestyle.
Ben Bell also placed 15th at state in the 100 freestyle with 50.3 seconds.
Whitnall sent two divers to state as well, with sophomore David Haun coming in eighth at 321.65 points and junior Stephan Rausch 12th at 297.45 points.
The Falcons scored 23 points for 20th place in the state meet, which was won by Monona Grove with 381 points.
The Hustlin' Hawks received some disheartening news even before their WIAA Division 1 sectional on Feb. 18 at West Allis Central when Michael Reyes and Max Andrade were forced to withdraw because of illness and injury.
"They were both disappointed and there were lots of heavy hearts when the news broke," coach Mike Weller said.
On top of that, the three sectional qualifiers who were able to compete did not qualify for the state meet, with all of them taking fourth.
Alex Schroeter (120 pounds), Nate Schroeter (132) and Kevin Pollack (152) all won first-round decisions, but then lost championship-bracket matches, then bouts for third place.
"For all of them to win in the first round and have a shot at state is an accomplishment," Weller said, "but we felt we had a real shot at getting our guys to Madison, so to not have anyone qualify is disappointing. I expect that the goals that were not realized this season will become a powerful motivator for our guys in the off-season."
WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL
A short-handed squad downed Shorewood, 87-64, on Feb. 17 in Woodland Conference action.
The Falcons were without Joey Tilley (calf injury) and Dan Alexopoulos (finger injury), but players like Mitchell Knapp (18 points), Jonah Bzdawka (16 points) and Will Kegel (15 points) stepped up to help. Tyler Herro enjoyed a strong game as well with 22 points.
Whitnall collected 22 assists for the game, with Herro and Kevion Taylor each totaling seven and Kegel six.
The Falcons, who moved to 11-3 in the Woodland and 13-6 overall, finished the regular season earlier this week against South Milwaukee and New Berlin West, needing to win both to assure themselves of at least a share of the East Division title.
They then open WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at home against either Milwaukee Pulaski or New Berlin West.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sierra Grubor collected 29 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals to lead the Falcons to a 60-38 romp over South Milwaukee on Feb. 17.
Jaden Kelley added 7 points and five rebounds, Sam Benzinger 7 points, three assists and four rebounds and Kathryn Bay four assists for the Falcons, who finished the regular season at 12-10 overall and 7-9 in the Woodland Conference.
Whitnall fell to Shorewood, 58-41, on Feb. 14 despite 13 points from Kelley and 8 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots from Grubor. Benzinger chipped in with 8 points and three steals, Helen Smasal five rebounds and Jessie Knackert four assists and five steals.
The Falcons shot just 22 percent from the floor, which coach Keith Larson said was the product of not being patient enough.
Whitnall opens WIAA Division 2 regional action at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Woodland East champion Cudahy. The teams split two games this season.
CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Jared Welsch led the way with 17 points to help the Bulldogs drop Waukesha North, 59-46, on Feb. 14.
Paysharne Jelks put in 13 points and Deonte Vanselow and Noah Semb-Lovejoy 6 apiece for Central, which won its eighth game in nine tries.
The Bulldogs then lost, 69-44, to Wauwatosa East on Feb. 17 in Greater Metro Conference play. Welsch had 8 points and Griffin Johnson, Jelks and Jacob Fierst each 6.
Central concludes the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at West Allis Hale, then begins WIAA Division 1 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Franklin.
GREENFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Hustlin' Hawks ended their regular season with a 48-33 loss to Woodland Conference East Division champion Cudahy on Feb. 14.
Ratka Karac scored 9 points, and Emma Graetz and Sophia Valero shot 5 each for Greenfield, which wound up 6-10 in the Woodland and 8-13 overall.
Greenfield begins WIAA Division 1 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at West Allis Hale.
HALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The tough losses continued last week for the Huskies, who fell, 73-67, to Divine Savior Holy Angels on Feb. 17 and 55-50 to Sussex Hamilton on Feb. 13.
KellyAnn Sotiros paced Hale with 14 points against DSHA, with Zoe Burczyk adding 13 points, Alyssa Cruz 11 and Abi Stevens 9 points.
In the Hamilton game, Stevens collected 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals; Abby Arena 10 points and six rebounds, Cruz 7 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals; Burczyk 6 points and Sotiros seven rebounds.
The Huskies (3-11 in the Greater Metro Conference and 10-12 overall) begin WIAA Division 1 regional action at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at home against Greenfield.
HALE BOYS BASKETBALL
The Huskies played well but lost a 65-64 game to Waukesha West on Feb. 14.
Ryan Haertel totaled 20 points, Jevon Taylor 9 points and seven rebounds, Michael Johnson 8 points and six rebounds and Michael Schmidt 7 points and four boards.
"We played a pretty good game for the most part," coach John Palesse said. "We had nine turnovers for the game, but three of them came late in the game. I was pleased by our effort and with our play."
The Huskies then fell to Marquette, 76-51, on Feb. 17 despite 10 points from Haertel and 8 each by Collin Basgall and Taylor.
Hale begins WIAA Division 1 tournament play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Milwaukee King.
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Antoinette Powell scored 20 points and Nikita Conroy and Teziya Taylor 11 apiece in a 60-49 loss to Wauwatosa East on Feb. 17.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 3-19 overall. They began WIAA Division 1 play on Feb. 21 and if they won, they would take on Milwaukee King at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at King.