Menomonee Falls/Germantown girls gymnastics
A short-handed Falls/Germantown squad fell to Homestead in a dual Dec. 5, with regulars Emma Brose (band review) and Paige Lemley (ankle sprain in first event) among the absent.
Homestead won the meet, 130.275 to 126.575.
"We are hoping for Paige to be full strength after the Christmas break," coach Tracy Howard said. "Due to circumstances, the girls had a good first meet. This was Homestead's second meet, and this was the highest first score meet I have had in many years. We have a lot of work to do, however. Our depth will be key this year."
Lizzy Gilbert took second on beam at 8.25 and third on the floor with an 8.5 to lead the way. Katrina Morrison added a score of 8.225 to take second on bars, right ahead of teammate Samantha Madrzak (7.7). Aerial Holt took third on vault at 8.9.
Once again, it was a patchwork lineup Saturday at the Manitowoc Invitational, a nine-school event, with ACT testing taking place simultaneously. Still, the team improved by two points from its Wednesday score.
"I foresee a lot of the increases in our team score for our near future," Howard said.
The team took fifth with a score of 128.60. Oshkosh won the meet with 134.9.
Holt was third on bars (8.5) and floor (8.85), part of a seventh-place showing in the all-around (32.55). Right behind her in eighth was Gilbert (35.525), who also took fourth on floor (8.825). Emma Brose took eighth on beam (8.325).
Germantown girls basketball
The Warhawks absorbed another hard dose of reality when they dropped an 81-42 decision to defending Greater Metro Conference champion Sussex Hamilton in a nonconference tilt on Dec. 4.
The Warhawks hosted Cedarburg in a North Shore tilt on Tuesday and then will be at Milwaukee Lutheran in another league contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then on Saturday, they host border rival Menomonee Falls at 6 p.m. in the opener of the annual boy-girl doubleheader.
In the loss to Hamilton (4-0), the Warhawks fell behind 22-14 at the quarter and then 46-23 to the preseason state top five pick.
The Warhawks could not control the Chargers' powerful forward Mackenzie Latt who had 27 points while Jenny Shernell poured in 18.
Germantown was led by Maggie Johnston with 13 while Miska Cantley had eight.
The Warhawks (4-2) got back on the winning track with a 60-53 win over Grafton on Friday and an 87-38 slamming of West Bend West on Saturday.
Lauren Grotjahn finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the latter contest, with three others finding double figures in the scoring column: Paige Groth (14), Cantley (13) and Courtney Mehring (10).
Against Grafton, a 17-8 advantage in the fourth quarter proved crucial. Taylor Higginbotham delivered 25 points and a team-best eight boards. Mehring added 12 points.
Menomonee Falls wrestling
The Indians finished sixth out of 24 teams in the Battle of the Bay on Saturday, scoring 307 points.
Bay Port won with 530.5 points, followed by Luxemburg-Casco (502.0), Two Rivers (401.5), Oconto Falls (389.5), Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (321.5) finished in front of Falls.
The Indians had one winner in Ayoola Olapo at 182. After receiving a bye, he won by a pin (3:33) and three decisions (13-6, 7-3, 3-2).
Falls had five other top-10 finishes.
Bill Holz finished third at 120 (4-1) with two pins (1:47, 2:58), a major decision (9-1) and a decision (5-4).
Aaron Daly was fourth at 113 (3-2) with a pin (1:49), a major decision (9-1) and a decision (6-5).
Finishing eighth were Casey Crangle at 132 (2-3) with two pins (3:14, 5:35) and Jake McMahon at 138 (2-3) with a decision (4-1) and a sudden victory (1, 4-2).
Jerott Holz rounded out the top-10, taking ninth at 120 (3-1) with a major decision (11-0) and two pins (4:55, 4:26).
The Indians ran over Brookfield East, 54-18.
Falls/Sussex Hamilton/ Germantown boys swimming
The Indians dropped a 116-61 decision to the Brookfield Barracudas on Dec. 6 at home in a Greater Metro Conference dual meet.
The Indians won four events, including the 200 medley relay of senior Brad Kruppe, junior Matt Ciolkosz, junior John Seiler and Sam Piette (1:47.50).
Seiler also won the 200 individual medley (208.78) and the 500 freestyle (5:07.36) to finish with three first-place performances.
Junior Austin Utech was the other winner in the 1-meter diving with 143.80 points.
Junior Sam Neale was second in the 200 free (1:55.50), one of three second-place performances. Ciolkosz in the 100 backstroke (1:01.11) and the 400 free relay of Ciolkosz, junior Cal Weber, Neale and Seiler (3:34.87).
Germantown boys basketball
With a 76-42 win over North Shore Conference foe Grafton, the Warhawks moved to 4-0 on the young season.
The Warhawks were slated to visit Cedarburg on Tuesday and host Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.
Menomonee Falls boys basketball
Daniel Dahlke scored 12 points, but the Indians could not contain Brookfield Central's tandem of Elijah Goodman (26 points) and Riley LaChance (20 points) in a 65-43 loss.
Falls led after the first quarter, 11-9, but Central went on a 20-2 run in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.
Falls fell to 0-3 and 0-1 in Greater Metro play heading into a battle with Wauwatosa East on Tuesday.
- Steven L. Tietz