Nicolet boys basketball
The Knights got their swagger back with a pair of wins last week.
They downed Milwaukee Lutheran, 66-57, on Jan. 13 and then turned around and beat Milwaukee Vincent, 61-47, in the NY2LA Classic they hosted Saturday.
"The win over Lutheran was a good one," Knights coach Paul Hepp said. "It put us in position to be tied for second in the North Shore at the end of the first round."
Nicolet started this week at 4-2 in league play, tied with Whitefish Bay and Homestead for second behind Germantown. The Knights are 9-4 overall.
Against Lutheran (1-4, 3-7), Nicolet got out to a 17-6 lead and then held on for the win as Christian Griggs-Williams had 16 points, Tyler Miller 15 and Eugene Bonner 11. Miller had 10 of his points in the first half.
In the victory over Vincent, the Knights got the Vikings in foul trouble right away and took advantage, hitting 31 of 37 free throws on the game. Corey Smith hit all 11 of his charity attempts and finished with 19 points while Vadez Lord-Huertas had 12 and Raheem Lemons 11.
Hepp was pleased with Smith's mental toughness as he was uncertain for this game because he was not feeling well.
Nicolet will host Cedarburg (1-5, 3-8) on Friday.
Brown Deer boys basketball
Jamon Jackson-Wilson was virtually unstoppable on Jan. 11, as the junior scored 28 points in leading the Falcons to a 66-59 decision over St. Thomas More.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 7-2 in Woodland Conference Blue play (9-4 overall) and set up a major showdown on Friday at home with division leader New Berlin West (8-1, 8-4) at 7:30 p.m.
Brown Deer will then host Shorewood (3-5, 3-7) on Tuesday.
The Falcons had a hard time shaking More on Jan. 11, as they took a 19-14 first quarter lead, only to have the Cavaliers close the gap to 33-32 at the half. It remained a one-point game (46-45) going into the fourth quarter.
Jackson-Wilson hit 14 baskets and missed his only two free throws while Kierre Ogbonna had 14. Point guard Jake Schimenz hit all six of his free throws.
Jon McKay improved his record to an impressive 25-2 by winning the championship in the 215-pound class at the Racine Case Eagle Invite on Saturday.
McKay's efforts led a short-handed Knights effort as they had only seven grapplers at the event.
En route to his title, McKay picked up a first-round bye and then beat a West Allis Hale opponent, 4-3, in the semifinals. In the finals, he downed a Union Grove foe with a 10-4 decision.
Chris Morrell (17-5) also made the finals at 112 as did Wilhelm Fehlhaber at 160. Morrell, too, earned a first-round bye and then beat a Hale opponent by major decision (15-6) before falling to a Fort Atkinson opponent in overtime, 7-5.
Fehlhaber (12-13) pinned a Hale opponent in the semifinals before falling to a Fort opponent in the finals, 11-5.
Earning thirds were Matt Mutiva at 285 (3-1) and Jake Kalloch at 103. Both of Mutiva's wins were by pin while Kalloch beat a Cudahy opponent, 7-4, in his consolation match. Dan Isaacson at 125 and Keondre Walton-Cooper at 189 both earned fourths.
Brown Deer/ University School swim
Using its characteristic balance, the Falcons turned in a sound fifth-place finish in the 10-school Appleton North Lightning Invitational on Friday.
The Falcons, who beat area rival Whitefish Bay (eighth with 129), finished behind winner Bay Port (428).
Brown Deer/USM earned the spot despite not having an individual finish above third. Bill Wong was third in the 100-breastroke (1:05.3) and was also fifth in the 500 free (5:14.08).
Other top 10 finishes by event for the Falcons included the following: 200 free: Stephen Grambow, seventh (1:57.83); 50 free: Adam Brostowicz, ninth (24.42); 100 free: Steve Lillie, seventh (53.57); 500 free: Grambow, seventh (5:23.6); 200 free relay: Lillie, Rob Davis, Dan Taylor and Brostowicz, sixth (1:39.33); 100 backstroke: Lillie, fifth (1:02.03); and Ladd, ninth (1:04.11); and 400 free relay: Lillie, Grambow, Ladd and Wong, fifth (3:35.01).
Whitefish Bay swim
The Blue Dukes were eighth in a low-key effort at the Appleton North Lightning Invite on Friday.
Henry Smith led the way with a third in the 500 free (5:09.02).
Other top 10 finishes for the Blue Dukes included the following: 200 medley relay: Taylor Young, D.J. Friesch, Smith and Henry Bourgeois, ninth (1:53.66); 200 free: Bourgeois, 10th (1:58.91); 200 individual medley: Friesch, ninth (2:16.4); 100 free: Ethan Nikolau, 10th (54.48): 500 free: Bourgeois, 10th (5:31.0); 200 free relay: Quinn Mooney, Parker West, Will Martinez-Ortiz, and Nikolau, ninth (1:43.35); and 400 free relay: Smith, Bourgeois, James Colton and Martinez-Ortiz, seventh (3:44.57).
Homestead boys basketball
Homestead earned a hard-fought, 64-59 win over Port Washington on Friday to stay in a three-way tie for second in the North Shore.
The Highlanders (4-2, 7-6) visit league-leading Germantown (6-0, 13-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In the win over the Pirates, LaMonte Bearden had 14 points, while Jake Laihinen had 12, James Reilly 10 and Dominic Wilder nine.
"We had a couple of good practices and the young guys gave us a good effort," Highlanders coach Marquis Hines said. "That was good, because sometimes you don't know what you'll get with young guys."
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