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SportShorts: March 7

March 5, 2013

CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Bulldogs posted their second victory this season over Milwaukee Hamilton last week, but this one meant more.

Central pulled out a 33-30 decision over the Wildcats in a WIAA Division 1 regional quarterfinal contest on Feb. 26. The Bulldogs had downed Hamilton, 36-23, in early December for their first victory under new head coach Dena Smith.

On Feb. 26, Rachel Sura tallied 12 points and Brianna Nelson nine for the Bulldogs, who trailed 28-24 after three quarters before outscoring the Wildcats 9-2 in the fourth.

That victory sent them to a regional semifinal game on Friday night, which they lost to Oak Creek, 63-20. Tyana Turkvan put in nine points and Sura eight for Central.

The Bulldogs finished 3-21 for the 2012-13 season.

GREENFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL

Mallory Kleczka tallied a team-high 16 points and Katarina Djurica added 15 points, but the Hustlin' Hawks still fell to Racine Park, 74-58, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game on Friday night.

The Hawks were still within range at 37-28 at the half but could not come any closer after the intermission.

Dana Schwab totaled seven points for Greenfield, which finished the season at 4-19.

HALE GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Huskies dropped a 49-29 decision to Racine Case in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal contest on Friday night.

Jennifer Jender and Rachel Milani each scored seven points, while freshman Sam Schuh and Sarah Mueller each added five points.

The Huskies finished their first season under head coach George Sotiros with a 5-18 ledger.

HALE BOYS BASKETBALL

In the past four seasons, the Huskies had won a total of just six games, but this year, they posted 10 victories at 10-13.

They won three Greater Metro Conference games after not winning any for several years, and they posted a 7-1 mark outside the conference.

"Our program made great strides this year," head coach John Palesse said. "Our players worked hard, competed every day in practice and most importantly, became a team. Everyone got along with one another and that allowed us to work together on both ends of the floor."

Senior Derrick Waller led the Huskies with 17 points per game and 101 rebounds, while junior Noel Crabtree averaged 12.1 points, senior Travis Balcerzak 9.8 points and senior Nick Sotiros 6.7 points as well as leading Hale in steals with 39 and assists with 69.

The Huskies lose seniors Sotiros, Balczerzak, Waller, Peter Heal, Steve Acker, Jacob Geiger, Cole Lampe and Arthur Arena.

"Our seniors set the tone, provided some quality leadership and could play basketball," Palesse said. "We will miss them, but I look forward to continuing to build on our success."

GREENFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL

The Hustlin' Hawks made nice strides in the second season under head coach Jack Miller, finishing 10-13 overall and 9-9 in the Woodland Conference.

"I was pleased with that," Miller said. "This was their second year working with my system, so they were used to it and they were more confident. We also had a lot of experience back."

The Hawks were led by veterans Ricky Santiago, Travis Reszcynski, Sonnie Wilbert, Kyle Schahczinski and Josh Czerwinski. Santiago was the leading scorer at 14.7 points per game and finished his career with 1,000 points, but the others all played key roles as well.

Reszcynski, Schahczinski and Czerwinski all provided scoring and leadership and Wilbert was hailed by Miller as the team's most consistent player all season.

Greenfield loses seniors Reszcynski, Santiago, Wilbert, Schahczinski and Parambir Singh but returns juniors Czerwinski and Keagan Blanks, among others.

"I am excited about continuing to build on our progress next season," Miller said. "We have some experienced players back and some nice players from our junior varsity, which was 14-8."

WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL

New head coach Steve Kujawa faced the daunting task of replacing highly-regarded Kent Kroupa and rebuilding the lineup after having lost four starters from the previous season.

Kujawa and the Falcons did all right in 2012-13, going 15-8 and 12-6 in the Woodland Conference.

"I thought we had the capability of finishing above .500 at least, although the pundits all had us below .500," Kujawa said.

Whitnall started 9-3, encountered some midseason problems but then finished strongly, winning five straight before a loss in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game.

Senior Danny Weymier was the prime force on offense, averaging 20 points, but players such as senior Sam Mentkowski, junior Mitch Brault, senior Austin Hurst, senior Brent Sluka and junior Nathan Schaefer, among others, all made key contributions during the season.

Kujawa will find himself in much the same situation next season, as the Falcons lose 10 seniors: Mentkowski, Hurst, Weymier, Sluka, Trenton Coleman, Michael Radavich, Colton Stanislawski, Zach Sutton, Shane Murphy and Mitch Molbeck.

CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL

After winning the Greater Metro Conference last season, the Bulldogs fell off in 2012-13, going 10-14 and 4-10 in the GMC.

They were hurt when star guard Jarvis Garrett transferred to an Eastern prep school, leaving them with a hole in the backcourt.

"Our backcourt was young, and we missed (Garrett's) leadership," head coach Dave Mlachnik said. "We played well at times but were inconsistent. We would play well for three quarters, then have a two-minute stretch where we lost focus."

Sophomore Brandon Key took over the point and averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.6 steals. He was helped by such players as seniors Jequan Carson, Tony Helm and Ezekiel Martin, juniors Jaquan Martin and Ron Turkvan and sophomore Jerome Cummings.

Central loses seniors Carson, Helm, Ezekiel Martin, Drew Dalzin, Tre Nowaczynski, Anthony Phillips and Josh Neary.

- John Rech

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