West Allis Central boys basketball
Despite having a roster full of inexperienced players, the Bulldogs picked up a pair of nonconference wins in the Greenfield Tournament Friday and Saturday.
In Friday's opener, Central's Chris Helm and Nick Starich hit key bonus free throws down the stretch that led to a 44-43 victory over Bradley Tech.
Starich had 11 points to lead the Bulldogs, who led by 10 points at halftime.
In the finals against the host school the next night, Starich and Najeal McMillian scored 17 points each in a 60-45 victory.
Central forced 17 turnovers and scored 60 percent of its points in the paint against a much larger front line.
The Bulldogs were 10-12 a year ago and lost 10 seniors to graduation. Coach Mike Jossie, in his fourth season, expects freshman Jarvis Garrett and Terrence Garner and sophomores McMillian and Darvell Brown to be key contributors this winter.
Greenfield boys basketball
Freshman point guard Ricky Santiago scored 18 points in his varsity debut to lead the Hustlin' Hawks to a 74-51 victory over Milwaukee Lifelong Learning in the first round of Greenfield's own tournament Friday.
Greenfield senior Alec Molter had 17 for the Hawks, who had seven players contribute with six or more.
In the tournament championship the next day, Greenfield's offense stalled out in a 60-45 loss to West Allis Central.
The Hawks went 10-11 overall a year ago, including 8-8 in the Woodland Conference. Beside Santiago, the 13-player roster also consists of three seniors, eight juniors, and sophomore Iyad Assad, a 6-foot-10-inch center who is considered the 11th-best player in his class according to wishoops.net.
West Allis Hale boys basketball
Taylor Chladek's 36 points and a school-record eight 3-pointers were not enough for the Huskies in their 72-69 home loss to Milwaukee School of Languages on Nov. 25.
Chladek, a senior guard and co-captain, made eighth of 11 3-point attempts.
Hale's Chris Rivera just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine assists.
Hale led nearly the entire game, but was outscored, 30-17, in the fourth quarter. The Hawks trailed by as many as 12 points and were behind by nine with 5 minutes to go before taking the lead with a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left.
The Huskies, who have lost 23 straight games dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season - including all 21 games last season - could not get off a potential game-tying 3 with their final possession.
Whitnall boys basketball
William Pelkofer's 28 points led all players and carried the Falcons to a 74-42 win over the Milwaukee School of Languages in the City Suburban Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday.
Pelkofer made 11 field goals, including two 3-pointers, en route to his game-high tally.
The Falcons' 27-6 second-quarter advantage gave them a 20-point halftime lead over the Hawks, who were led by A.J. Bates' 19 points.
Whitnall's Joel Stave had 12 points for the Falcons, who went 17-6 overall a year ago, including 12-4 in the Woodland Conference, good for first in the South Division.
First-year head coach Dale Schrank is excited about the prospects of returning to his alma mater, Greenfield, and taking over the reins of what promises to be a productive year for the newly named PantherHawks.
Jack Lennertz, Mike Lucchesi and Matt Juners make up the core of this year's team and all three have been place-winners at the WIAA state meet in previous seasons. Freshman Andrew Staszak, and returning letter winners Craig and Shawn Fleischhacker, Zach Hoan and Marc Liederbach, will also be counted on to contribute.
Despite winning seven of 11 events Nov. 24, the co-op opened the season with an 87-83 loss at Watertown.
Lucchesi won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 50.30 seconds and the 500 free in 4:57.88, and Lennertz won the 200 individual medley in 2:03.60 and the 100 backstroke in 56.32.
Jungers won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.74) and the PantherHawks won the 200 and 400 free relays.
West Allis Central girls basketball
Dave Mlachnik's debut as head coach of the Bulldogs was a success.
Behind Janie Myles' game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds and Taylor Zube's 11 points, the Bulldogs opened the 2009-10 season with a 57-37 victory over host West Bend West on Saturday.
University of Loyola Chicago recruit Lauren Hibbard chipped in with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Mehryn Kraker had eight points as the Bulldogs allowed West to shoot 22 of 30 from the free-throw line but held the Spartans to just six total field goals.
Mlachnik took over for Steve Hluchnik, who is now head coach at Oak Creek. The Bulldogs were 14-8 overall a year ago.
West Allis Central wrestling
The Bulldogs had no trouble with a pair of Waukesha opponents in their season-opening triangular Saturday.
West Allis Central overwhelmed Waukesha North, 67-7, and Waukesha South, 65-12.
"The unfortunate thing is that I think both North and South are young this year and we have a good number of seniors on the roster," Central coach Jason Stromberg said. "The hardest thing was having the kids make weight after Thanksgiving."
- David Cotey
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