West Allis Central boys survive Looney's huge output

March 01, 2014 11:08 p.m. | Everyone in the West Allis Central Fieldhouse knew Kevon Looney would be taking the final shot.

The UCLA recruit had already scored a season-high 44 points, and most in the gym probably thought Looney was going to make the long-range 3-point field goal to propel the Milwaukee Hamilton Wildcats to a victory over the host Bulldogs in a WIAA Division 1 regional title game on Saturday night.

Ultimately the shot did swish through the net as time expired, but not before it bounced off the back of the rim, bounded high up into the air, and caromed off a bracket that holds the backboard — an area considered out of bounds.

Thus, instead of kicking themselves for squandering a 16-point second-half lead, the Bulldogs celebrated an 84-82 victory while improving to 20-4 during what has been a memorable season.

"He's a great, great player, probably one of the best of all time to come out of Wisconsin," Bulldogs head coach David Mlachnik said of Looney. "I was scared when he released it. It looked on. I was hoping and praying it wouldn't go down because the kids worked their tails off tonight, and they have all season."

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Medenwaldt's clutch three caps stunning rally for Oak Creek

Feb. 25, 2014 9:48 p.m. | The shot wasn't supposed to go to senior Oak Creek guard Alex Medenwaldt.

"The play was designed for a drive and kick to Harrison (Cleary)," said Medenwaldt, "but they had that covered so I took it."

That particular shot came just moments after the host Greenfield boys basketball team had missed what could have been a clinching front-end of a bonus situation with about four seconds left in a WIAA regional quarterfinal game Tuesday night.

Medenwaldt went up the court as fast as he could and released the desperation 3-point shot from the right wing, and it swished at the buzzer, knotting the score at 40-all.

"It was a long shot," said Medenwaldt, "but my teammates gave me the confidence that I could hit it. I'm just glad they gave me that shot."

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Outcome unchanged in close primary race for West Allis alderman seat

Feb. 25, 2014 4:20 p.m. | Seven late-arriving absentee ballots have been counted, but the outcome remained the same in the Feb. 18 primary race for West Allis 5th District alderman, in which Kevin Haass and Gerald Matter advanced to April's general election.

Haass was still the top vote-getter — not surprising, given his 29-vote margin before the last of the absentee ballots were counted Friday.

But of more interest was the result between the second- and third-place finishers, Matter and Wayne Clark, who were only separated, coincidentally, by seven votes when unofficial vote totals were announced late on Feb. 18.

However, in the end, each of those two candidates gained three votes in the final seven absentee ballots counted. (Roy Beaudry gained one vote.)

The final tally was 146 votes for Haass, 120 for Matter, 113 for Clark, 66 for Jim Blask, 41 for Diane Brandt and 32 for Beaudry.

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Whitnall candidates face questions at March 11 forum

Feb. 24, 2014 6:53 p.m. | A candidate forum for all four Whitnall School Board candidates will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the School Board meeting room, 5000 S. 116th St., Greenfield.

The Edgerton Elementary School PTO is facilitating the forum, to which candidates Jonathan Cagle, Michael Clarizio, Jon Jones and incumbent Nancy Zaborowski have been invited.

Each candidate will give an introduction and share why they are running. After that, candidates will respond to written questions from the audience. If time allows, questions submitted via email to edgertonpto@gmail.com will be addressed.

The four candidates will vie for three seats in the April 1 spring election.

More information is available from David Cotey, communications coordinator, at dcotey@whitnall.com or (414) 458-0592.

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