Sports Shorts: Dec. 16

Dec. 16, 2013



New coach Eric Johnson is trying to lift the bar for the Indians and the Indians themselves are returning the favor as they opened the season with a win in the Janesville Relays and earned a split in a Greater Metro/Classic 8 double dual.

"It's been going great," said Johnson, who replaces longtime coach Jim Weitzer. "We've put in a new system and the kids have really bought into it both mentally and physically. Going into the season, expectations were mixed but as soon as we got going my expectations for them were crushed by their own expectations.

"They've really taken it to the stratosphere. We're just feeding off each other and taking it to the next level."

The locals have 26 swimmers out this winter, led by senior state-level sprinter and flier John Seiler. Other leaders include seniors Sam Neale, Nathan Bomm, Sam Piette and Matt Ciolkosz.

The win in the seven-team Janesville Relays on Dec. 7 was a surprise to Johnson as he said the Indians stacked a few relays early and then rode that to victory. In the double dual on Dec. 12, the locals beat Marquette, 59.5-42.5 and fell to Brookfield 63-35.

Piette got the only event win, claiming the 100-yard freestyle in 51.04 seconds. The Indians are at the Metro Swim Officials Invite at Homestead on Dec. 27.


The Indians improved to 3-2 overall and won their Greater Metro Conference opener with a 50-42 decision over Wauwatosa East on Friday.

"It was an awesome win by our kids," Falls coach Ben Farley said. "On the road at one of the best places to play high school basketball (Tosa East). It was an amazing environment."

The Indians are in the midst of a hectic week. They took on Marquette on Monday in another GMC tilt, and then are at West Allis Central for another league tilt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. They then head to the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee at 6 p.m. Saturday for nonconference game with Whitefish Bay.

Falls took great control of the boards Friday in the win over east, limiting the Red Raiders to just one offensive rebound all night. The Indians took gradual control of the game, 8-7, at the quarter, 18-15, at the half and then 32-21 at the end of three.

"We started the third (quarter) with a 7-0 run," Farley said. "They had a good comeback but then Dontrell (Handy) hit a buzzer-beater right at the end of the quarter to give us some momentum."

East never got the lead to one possession in the fourth.

"What I really liked is that we didn't panic, which for an inexperienced team like ours is a great thing," Farley said. "The kids really responded when they were pushed."

Jerry Murphy had a career high for the Indians with 21 points as Bryce McMurtry added seven and Jake Stauffacher six. A total of 11 players got in the game and Farley praised the efforts of Dan Dahlke, Josh Karls and Stauffacher.


The Indians' Bill Holz powered his way to five impressive wins to take the championship in the 120-pound class in the 23-school Battle on the Bay in Green Bay on Saturday.

"Billy had a great tourney," Indians coach Jim McMahon said. "He's put in a lot of work and he's getting better all the time."

Holz's efforts led Falls, which also opened defense of its GMC title with a rout of Marquette in a dual meet on Dec. 12, to a 10th-place finish with 313 points as powerful Bay Port won easily with 559.

Holz, a two-time state qualifier, defeated opponents from River Valley (pin 1:46), Wisconsin Rapids (pin 3:41), Bay Port (pin 3:13) and Southern Door (8-1 decision) before defeating second-ranked Ty Pelot of Two Rivers, 7-3, in the final.

"He did a great job of controlling that match," McMahon said of the final.

Falls, which was without a 220-pounder and a heavyweight this tourney, put three wrestlers in the semifinals, as Aaron Daly (3-2 this tourney) took fourth at 113 as did Jake Fuiten at 182 (3-2).

Other top efforts included Austin Lasanske 11th at 106 (3-2), Jerott Holz seventh at 126 (3-2), Jeff Kleser 10th at 132 (2-2), Jake McMahon eighth at 138 (2-3), and Casey Crangle fifth at 145 (4-1).

"We had a couple of kids missing due to the ACTs," said McMahon, whose team will be at the Marty Loy Tourney in Fond du Lac on Saturday.

"...What we need to do is start winning those 2-1, 4-2, 6-4 matches," McMahon said. "Once we start doing that, we'll be OK."


After two tough losses to Homestead (45-31) and DSHA (56-24), the Indians were able to close out the week with a hard-nosed 45-41 decision over visiting Wauwatosa East in a greater Metro Conference game Friday.

"We were really pleased at the end of the night," Indians coach Craig Amundson said. "Coach (assistant Brian) Kirt and I talked about the things we needed to do, and the big thing was, was that we didn't panic. They actually got it to six late and the four-point margin was a shot of theirs at the buzzer."

The Indians entered this week 1-1 in GMC play and 2-4 overall. They took on Wisconsin Lutheran on Tuesday and then close out the pre-holiday portion of their schedule with a home tilt at 7:30 p.m. Friday against West Allis Central.

Falls built a 25-16 halftime lead against East then held on in the end. Post Hannah Matthiesen, helping fill in a gap for the injured Erin Otzelberger, had a big day with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

"She worked hard all game long," Amundson said. "A very nice game."

Madison Grzesiak added nine, Kylie Sprecher seven and Claire Mohrfeld six for Falls.

"We're doing OK," Amundson said. "We have our normal Saturday captain's meetings (Otzelberger and Mohrfeld), that everyone is getting along and working well together. I agree, this is a fun group to coach."


The Warhawks evened their North Shore Conference dual meet record at 1-1 with a harrowing 40-39 decision over Grafton last week.

Germantown got pins from Zack Szohr at 106 pounds and Waymon McNeal at 132 in earning the victory.


The Ice Bears went 1-2 last week and now sport a 3-4 overall mark.

They defeated Grafton, 6-2, on Dec. 11, and fell to Cedarburg, 4-3, on Dec. 12 in a pair of North Shore Conference games and then lost a 4-1 nonconference decision to Waupun on Saturday.

Germantown's Trevor Herzberg scored the only goal in the loss to Waupun as Hamilton goalie Andrew Ullmann made 45 saves.

Cedarburg scored a third period goal to break a 3-3 tie as Germantown's Jake Tweten and Falls' Alec Fieldhack had goals for the Ice Bears.

In the win over Grafton, four goals in the first period got the job done, as Tweten and Falls Jake Herrendeen notched goals and Ullmann made nine saves.

— Steven L. Tietz

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