WEST GIRLS BASKETBALL
It was a tough week for the Wauwatosa West girls as they went 0-2 against the cream of the crop in the Woodland West Division, losing by a combined 70 points.
The Trojans dropped a 73-40 decision to Pewaukee (6-1, 9-3) on Jan. 5 to start the week and 61-24 to New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 8 to end it, both games at Tosa West.
The first half summed up both games, as the games were quickly decided.
The Trojans allowed 40 points to Pewaukee and only managed to score 14. Thus a 33-26 deficit in the second half didn't mean much.
'We did not control any of the controllable things,' coach Ashley Imperiale said. 'We were quiet and not communicating on the court, our sense of urgency in sprinting back on defense and stopping the ball was non-existent. We did not value the ball and let their pressure speed us up with decision making. It was really disappointing.'
Imperiale didn't expect what happened after a great Monday practice.
'I walked out of Monday's practice so excited and even told the girls that was our best practice of the year. The intensity, the energy and execution on defense, the communication, I was beside myself and baffled as to how that switch got flipped off over night. I can live with missing open shots and more technical skill errors, but the intangible, will and engagement parts of the game are inexcusable to me.
Imperiale did find players step up and focus in the second half.
'We did find a group about halfway through the second half that did just that — played with great energy, communicated and started making things happen,' she said. 'Anna Rogahnwas without a doubt the spark to that and it doesn't surprise me one bit. She is the most optimistic, high energy person I've met who brings her best to the table every day. She made things happen with her energy, intensity and by playing hard.'
Junior Libby Fassbenderscored 13 points and sophomore Emma Elliotthad 6. Everyone else who scored had either 2-4 points.
Then on Friday, the Lions, fresh off a 50-45 loss to crosstown rival New Berlin West on Tuesday, took out their frustrations on Tosa West.
They jumped off to a 34-14 first half and added to it with a 27-10 second half and the easy 61-24 win.
Elliott led the way with 7 points and six other Trojans managed to score between 1 and 4 points as the offense was negligible. Eisenhower had 11 players score, led by freshman Julia Hintz with 13 points as she had three of the Lions' eight 3-pointers. Star forward Chelsea Brackmann managed 12 points.
West barely got to the free throw line, sinking 1 of 2, while Ike was 17 for 27 (.630 percentage).
The Trojans are now 2-9, tied with Greendale for fifth in the West with a 2-5 record. They played top-ranked Pius XI (12-0, 7-0) on Friday, Jan. 15, on the road and then play a non-conference game at the Al McGuire Center against Whitefish Bay (4-9) at 10:30 a.m.
The Hurricanes boys swimming and diving team opened the week with a 109-71 loss to Shorewood on Jan. 6 at Tosa West.
Danny Larsonwon the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 47.9 seconds) and the 100 free (48:25 seconds) for two of the Hurricanes' wins. Nick Thuliwon the other event, the 100 breaststroke (1:11.29).
Second-place finishes went to Carl Harttin the 50 free (23.95) and 100 butterfly (58.06), the 200 free relay (1:36.68) with Larson, Thuli, Calab Vollmersand Hartt and the 400 free (3:30.99) with Hartt, Vollmers, Brandon Toyeand Larson.
The Hurricanes had a good weekend, finishing thirdout of 14 teams at the Rocket Invitational at South Milwaukee on Jan. 8-9, as Larson led the way for Tosa East/West swimmers and divers.
Franklin (402 points) beat out Muskego (327) and the Hurricanes (238) for the team title.
Larson won the 200 free (1:45.12) and 100 free (48.11), the 200 free relay (1:35.17) behind Larson, Thuli, Vollmers and Hartt and the 400 free relay (3:30.36) behind Hartt, Toye, Vollmers and Larson each finished second.
Hartt tied for fifth in 100 butterfly (58.0) and eighth in 50 free (24.19) and Thuli was sixth in 200 IM (2:19.51) and ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.88).
Avery Weishofffinished seventh in the 1-meter diving (345.75), Joey Rampollawas seventh in the 200 IM (2:24.46) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.91) and Vollmers was seventh in the 500 free (5:25.93) and ninth in in the 200 free (1:58.37).
Toye was 12th in the 500 free (5:58.94) and 14th in the 200 free (2:04.96), while Henry Lynchfinished 13th in both the 50 free (25.54) and the 500 free (5:59.26).
Ryan Polaskywas 14th in the fly (1:04.07) and 16th in the 100 back (1:12.25), Paul Gagnewas 15th in the 50 free (25.54) and tied for 15th in the 100 free (58.01).
Evan Vertranofinished 15th in in the 100 back (1:11.89) and Henry Lutztook 16th in the 200 IM (2:39.56).
Tosa, who hosted New Berlin on Jan. 13, is at the Sheboygan South Invitational at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan.16 and then hosts St. Thomas More/St. Francis at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
— Tom 'Sky' Skibosh