Only two Lake Country area boys basketball teams are still alive in the WIAA post-season tournament as Pewaukee and Lake Country Lutheran both won two games on the weekend.
Pewaukee whipped New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday and will now play in the Division 2 sectional on Thursday at Greenfield at 7 p.m. against Milwaukee Bradley Tech.
Lake Country Lutheran also won on Saturday and will now play in the Division 4 sectional at West Bend on Thursday at 7 p.m. as they clash with Oshkosh Lourdes.
The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team defeated No. 8 ranked Waukesha Saturday night at Wilson Park in Milwaukee, 3-1, to earn a berth in Thursday's WIAA state tournament in Madison.
KM/MHS/OHS (15-8-4) will be making its third state meet appearance and first since 2007. The Lasers will play Onalaska (21-3-1) at approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Alliant Energy Center.
KM got goals from Brandon Beier, Allan Moutvic and Jeff Johnson. Collecting assists were Connor Freeman, Jonathan Carfagna (2) , Alex Manske, Nick Bateson and Beier.
Senior goalie Max LeClaire was outstanding for the Lasers, turning back 34 of 35 Waukesha shots. The winners also got big games on defense from Freeman, Andy Behling, Brock Ellena and Miks Grundmanis.
Saturday evening's matchup between Germantown and visiting Arrowhead went from a relatively close 39-31 game at halftime to an 80-52 win for the two-time defending state champions from Germantown. The home team may not have come into the playoffs as the undisputed favorite to win the Division 1 state title, as they had in previous years, but Germantown headed to the sectional semifinal looking the part.
Germantown employed a stifling pressure defense that caused Arrowhead to turn the ball over on numerous occasions, taking a 23-14 lead after the first quarter and expanding that lead on an Even Wesenberg basket, a Brian Bearden steal and dunk and a Lamonte Bearden interception converted into two free throws, making it 28-14.
Arrowhead persisted, however. After a 3-pointer from Ricky Finco, Arrowhead created a turnover of its own when Matt Calewarts stole the ball and scored. The visiting Warhawks rode that momentum for the remainder of the half and went into halftime trailing by only 8 points.
The second half started poorly for Arrowhead, as Germantown scored the first 8 points of the half and went on to outscore Arrowhead in the third quarter, 26-9. Germantown continued to utilize the high pressure defense, and Arrowhead simply could never quite adapt to it.
"They crashed the boards hard offensively," said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, "and they make you pay on putbacks. I thought in the third quarter and in the first quarter, they got some offensive putbacks that started the game out for them. They want to get after you and pressure you, and that caused a lot of turnovers on our part. Usually we handle the ball fairly well. Tonight just didn't go our way. It's a good team. There's a reason why they've done as well as they have done. I don't fault our kids one bit; we gave a phenomenal effort."» Read Full Article
Ryan Stepanovich estimates he routinely makes 19 out of 20 free throws in practice. Good thing for Pewaukee, he had already gotten that 20th one out of the way.
With 4 seconds on the clock Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final at New Berlin Eisenhower, Stepanovich canned a pair of free throws to tie the score, and Pewaukee found another gear in overtime to emerge with a 50-39 victory over the Lions. The Pirates (17-7) will face Milwaukee Bradley Tech (17-7) at Greenfield on Thursday in the sectional semifinal.
Stepanovich missed the second of two free throws with 21 seconds to go, leaving Eisenhower with a 1-point edge. But after Lions star Reed Timmer split his own set of free throws with 17 seconds to go, the Pirates cashed in on their final possession. Stepanovich and the Pewaukee bench felt he had drawn the contact on his driving layup attempt, which went down, but officials ruled the foul came on the floor.
"I'm usually pretty confident with my free throws," the senior said. "I knew I could make both of them, and I wasn't going to let those last two free throws affect me."
Will Olewinski stole a pass on the first possession of overtime and ultimately hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and Evan Hansen stole a ball at midcourt to lead a transition possession that concluded with an Eric Lutzen 3-point play at the 3:03 mark of OT. The Pirates scored the first 12 points of overtime to put the game out of reach.» Read Full Article
If you weren't at Kettle Moraine High School on March 1, you missed it. Brady Ellingson didn't.
With the score tied 46-46 and 10 seconds remaining in the WIAA Division 1 regional final between KM and Sussex Hamilton, Ellingson started to make his move after receiving a pass from Jacob Hartung. Ellingson had the undivided attention of two Kettle Moraine defenders, senior leaders Paul Miller and Mitchell Oleson. Weaving left outside the 3-point line, just in front of the Hamilton bench, he leaned into a 3-pointer that sank as the buzzer sounded.
Sixth-seeded Hamilton was ecstatic, defeating the No. 2-seeded Classic 8 Conference champion Lasers, 49-46. Ellingson scored 38 of his team's 49.
"Coach Cerroni told me I'm getting the ball, and I did," Ellingson said. "I prayed it would go in, and it did. Earlier in the season against Brookfield Central, I passed on the last shot, but coach told me that couldn't happen again."
The Chargers wound up falling to Brookfield Central in overtime, the state's No. 1 ranked team and 24-0 after another win Saturday. Instead, Hamilton has made its biggest waves in the playoffs with back-to-back upsets. HHS knocked off Homestead on Friday, when Ellingson scored 29 points.» Read Full Article
Winners of seven straight to close the regular season and mindful of a five-point loss to Sun Prairie in last season's regional, the Oconomowoc boys basketball team again hit the road to face the Cardinals with their eyes on keeping their streak going.
Instead, the Raccoons ran head-first into a buzzsaw.
Sun Prairie's 1-3-1 defense was stifling as Oconomowoc managed just four field goals in the first half, and the Cardinals (15-8) raced out to a 39-13 lead at the break en route to a 69-44 drubbing of the Raccoons (10-13) in a regional semifinal of the WIAA Division 1 tournament.
"I thought we were ready to play," said Oconomowoc senior Nick Pierce. "We've been playing good basketball and felt like, if we could get off to a good start and keep it close, we'd be OK. We didn't do that today, and it snowballed and just killed us."
Things started off well enough when Oconomowoc senior Canton Larson gave the Raccoons a 3-2 lead with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. But Sun Prairie quickly took advantage of seven straight empty possessions by Oconomowoc — five missed shots and two turnovers — to reel off an 11-0 run thanks largely to seven points from Sun Prairie junior Nick Noskowiak.» Read Full Article
It's never easy trying to win a high school basketball game against a top-notch opponent without your leading scorer and second leading rebounder. But that's exactly the situation the Arrowhead boys team faced Friday.
Hosting Classic 8 Conference rival Waukesha West in an opening round game of the WIAA Division 1 regional, the Warhawks delivered a clutch performance in the fourth quarter and stopped the Wolverines, 55-49.
But the big news before the game for Arrowhead (17-6) was the fact that standout sophomore Bryce Nze was not going to play. The talented 6-foot-5 sophomore suffered a foot injury during practice earlier in the week and is most likely out for the season.
"We knew that it was going to be very difficult to play without Bryce, but our guys went out there tonight and made it happen," said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase after the game. "And I can't give enough credit to our seniors, every one of them. They did it for us tonight. But that's the way they've been all year. Our seniors have been great."
All six of the AHS seniors came through when it counted on Friday. With the score tied at 35-35 after three quarters, seniors Billy Hirschfeld, Matt Calewarts, Ricky Finco and Charlie Reuteman combined to score 18 of Arrowhead's 20 fourth period points, putting the game away eventually with some outstanding foul shooting in the final 1:48.» Read Full Article
Jacob Hartung didn't see the floor in the first half Friday night. But he's one of the main reasons Sussex Hamilton's boys basketball team will see the floor again Saturday.
The sophomore scored all 14 of his points after halftime, a huge pick-me-up for a Chargers team that went down by as many as 10 points in the second half against Homestead in the WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal. Brady Ellingson scored his customary allotment, bringing in 29 points, and the 1-2 punch was enough to stage a 57-47 upset in Mequon.
Hartung closed the third quarter with a 3-pointer and three free throws to give the Chargers a 1-point lead heading into the fourth, and he scored 7 straight Chargers points in the fourth quarter, when Hamilton was able to slowly pull away.
"I knew I had to come in and help my team hit open shots," Hartung said. "It's either me, (Mitch) Geszvain or Dan (Lunowa); we have to feed off Brady. When he gives us open shots, we have to knock them down."
Hartung, the third or fourth player off the bench for the Chargers, saw his first action in the first 2 minutes of the second half. So why not sooner?» Read Full Article
Lake Country Lutheran's boys basketball team won its WIAA regional opener Friday night at home against Horicon, 56-43.
C.J. Teske led the Lightning with 14 points.
Host Pewaukee's boys basketball team rolled over visiting Waukesha North Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional game, 72-52. PHS dominated in the first half, leading 37-12 at the intermission.
Eric Lutzen led the Pirates with 14 points and John Conroy had 10.
Kettle Moraine's boys basketball team led from start to finish on Friday night as they defeated visiting Menomonee Falls in a first round WIAA regional game, 69-59.
Sam Huskisson fired in 18 points to lead the Lasers.
KM will host Sussex Hamilton Saturday at 7 p.m.
Arrowhead's boys basketball team defeated visiting Waukesha West Friday night, 55-49, in a first round WIAA Division 1 regional game. By winning, AHS earned the right to play at Germantown Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the regional championship game.
The score was tied at 35-35 after three periods and the Warhawks never trailed in the fourth quarter, thanks to some huge baskets by the senior trio of Billy Hirschfeld, Ricky Finco, and Matt Calawerts.
AHS also made 9 of their final 10 free throws in the last 1:48 to ice the win.
Arrowhead (17-6) played the game without its leading scorer, sophomore Bryce Nze, who suffered a foot injury in practice this week.
Calawerts led the Warhawks with 15 points. Finco added 14 to that total and Hirschfield had 13.
City of Delafield - One month before the April municipal elections, a controversy has erupted in City Hall over about $13,000 in checks the city issued to mayoral candidate Kent Attwell two years ago as part of his role with neighbors in a joint Nagawicka Lake dreding project with the city.
City officials are demanding that Attwell produce cancelled checks and other documents that describe how he spent the money in 2011 and 2012. Mayor Ed McAleer said Attwell initially refused to cooperate with City Administrator Tom Hafner.
City officials began the inquiry into the checks after it was discovered Attwell had not filed, nor had the city required, customary documents justifying the issuance of the checks and describing how the money was spent.
The inquiry started when Alderman Tim Aicher raised questions about why Attwell received the checks.
Attwell and five neighbors paid about a $150,000 to privately dredge along thier residential shorelines. The city contributed abougt $20,000 because a city owned parcel of shoreline was located in the midst of the dreding area.» Read Full Article
There are so many ways to get out and get moving this weekend.
After seeing all the skating at the Olympics recently, kids might want to see if they have the stuff to be an Olympic or NHL hockey star. All across America ice centers are hosting Try Hockey for Free Day Saturday. Local rinks – Mullett Ice Center and Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, will have certified coaches available to show kids the basics of hockey in a safe environment. Equipment is provided. Mullet is located at 700 North Ave., Hartland. Naga-Waukee is located at 2699 Golf Road, Delafield. To learn more visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com.
For adults who want to try something new, why not try Contra Dance starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Lessons are 7 to 8 p.m. A dance with caller and band from is 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 students. For more information call (262) 490-0769 or visit www.prairiehillwaldorf.org.
If you’ve got an affinity for art, let your talent shine at the Tile-A-Mile event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pewaukee High School. 510 Lake St., Pewaukee. Paint a tile and help create a mile of art installation in the high school. The event also includes make-and-take projects, bake sale and refreshments, art exhibition, raffles, face painting and art demonstrations. Proceeds benefit the PHS Visual Art Department.
Ben Franklin Crafts, 1083 Summit Ave. in the Whitman Park Shopping Center in Oconomowoc is hosting a hands-on craft workshop 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The two-hour workshop, in honor of National Craft Month. features Jessica Peck of Sweetie Pie Bakery, author of "Felt Toys for Little Ones." Peck will explain projects from her book. For more information call (262) 567-0271 or visit www.benfranklincraftswi.com.
Kaishian property in the Village of Big Bend was canceled this evening after well over 100 people filled Village Hall.A public hearing on the
The hearing, which was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. was standing room only by 6:15. Shortly after, police turned people away from the meeting room citing fire code. Those people filled the halls until they were informed that too was a fire hazard and they filled the lobby, library and waited outside.
By 6:30 p.m. Soneberg announced that the Village would reschedule the hearing and move it to a more accommodating venue at a later time.
Residents are concerned about water contamination from the fill-site, which was cited for multiple violations in November including run-off issues. A petition asking for an "immediate cease and desist of dumping as well as air, water and noise pollution" which was passed around this month by neighboring subdivisions had more than 300 signatures as of tonight's meeting.
The property owner is applying for modifications to the current conditional use permit as well as to move forward with a second phase that would expand the project.
The former owner of Menomonee Falls-based Masterlink Corporation was indicted in federal court last week on charges of filing false loan statements for the company.
Bruce Magnuson is accused of filing false financial statements from 2006 until the company went into receivership in 2010, according to the indictment. The financial statements, which greatly inflated the financial stability of the information technology firm, were used to secure a $750,000 small-business loan from M&I Bank in July 2009, the indictment asserts.
Magnuson, 62, has already entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, according to court documents. Under the agreement, Magnuson would pay $608,098 for the Masterlink loan and another $358,368 for a loan secured by one of his other corporations. Magnuson would also face anywhere from three to four years in prison.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Magnuson currently serves as CEO for Cablemaster Corporation in Milwaukee, an electrical wire and cable distributer and manufacturer.
Masterlink Corporation was founded by Magnuson in 1989 and specialized in IT consulting and network integration. The company was named a “Future 50” fast-growing company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in 2007, 2008 and 2009.» Read Full Article
Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School of Mukwonago is hosting a bingo fundraiser at Roma’s Restaurant in East Troy on Saturday, March 1 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and include 15 games of bingo as well as an all you can eat pizza buffet and refreshments. Lots of prizes and raffles will be given away.
Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door but space is limited. To guarantee a spot, please call (262) 363-6820 to purchase tickets in advance.
All proceeds will benefit Nature’s Classroom Institute & Montessori School of Mukwonago. Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School is a non-profit youth education organization that focuses on providing quality learning experiences in nature for students locally and across the nation.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for 3 a.m. to noon Thursday.
Wind chills are supposed to drop to 20 to 30 degrees below zero. Frostbite and hypothermia could result if precautions are not taken.
Medical examiners for Shawn Witt are requesting more time to determine whether the 27-year-old man is competent to stand trial in the shooting death of his father.
There were no objections to the request. Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ordered that Shawn Witt be transported to a proper facility for in-patient treatment and examination.
Witt is accused of slaying his father James Witt Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at their shared home at 34825 Elm St. in Summit. According to the criminal complaint, police found the 60-year-old man’s body in the home after being asked to check on his well-being.
Shawn Witt admitted in the complaint to shooting his father with a rifle, but said it was done in self-defense. However, no evidence was found to suggest that James Witt had attacked his son, the complaint states.
Shawn Witt is being held on a $1 million cash bail and faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. He has also been charged with possession of narcotic drugs, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a temporary restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.» Read Full Article
The Mukwonago High School production of Li'l Abner opens Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The musical runs March 1, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. and March 2 and 8 at 2 p.m.
Advance ticket prices are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children. Tickets at the door are $1 more.
For tickets call Mary Coughlin at (262) 613-2048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kettle Moraine School District’s performing arts charter school KM Perform received a number of Tommy Award nominations for outstanding musical numbers, outstanding lead performers and outstanding supporting performers in its production of The Secret Garden.
The Tommy Awards program is an education initiative that recognizes, honors and encourages excellence in musical theater production among area high school students.
KM Perform’s The Secret Garden has been nominated for its musical numbers “Lily’s Eyes,” “How Could I Ever Know,” and “I Heard Someone Crying.” Students Titus Muzi, Kristen Krechel and Alexandra Tzougros were nominated for outstanding lead performances. Maddie Steele, John Smith and Garrett Waite have been nominated for outstanding supporting performers.
The Secret Garden also received nominations for Outstanding Orchestra and Outstanding Ensemble, scoring high fours and fives in all production categories acting, directing, musical direction, costume and set design, lighting, sound and stage crew.
These nominations will be added to a pool of nominees from across the state and will be announced in mid-May. The 2014 Tommy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 8.
Town of Delafield - Town officials are hoping to break ground in late May on a new fire station/town hall that will be constructed in the northwest corner of the Sports Commons park near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Silvernail Road.
Supervisor Cindi Duchow told the Town Board that work on preparing documents for bids on the project, which are expected to be let in April, began immediately after voters approved by a 51 to 49 percent margin the $3.9 million referendum in the Feb. 18 election.
The town board had decided in November to front $38,000 in fees to consultant John Mann to complete soil borings, begin desigan plans, and prepare to let bids in the event the referendum was approved by voters.
However, during Tuesday nights 15 minute Town Board meeting, Supervisor Pete Van Horn asked that Mann be fired from the project but none of the four other board members would go along with his request.
Van Horm claimed that Mann was not needed for the project and had not performed some of the work for which he has been paid.» Read Full Article
Residents have raised concerns that the Village of Big Bend may be in over its head after it took over operations of the Rural Home Cemetery.
The cemetery, off Highway L in Vernon, has had two complaints filed with the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. The DSPS has declined to provide the newspaper with copies of those complaints, saying they are under investigation, and releasing them could jeopardize the investigation and ultimate resolution of the issues.
Residents at a recent Village Board meeting said there are conflicts over who owns certain plots in the cemetery, and even who is buried where.
Read more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.
Sergeant Gwen Bruckner of the Village of Eagle Police Department will present “Heroin in our Hometown” in conjunction with the Alice Baker Library on Wednesday Feb. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. The program will consist of an overview of illegal substances in the area, information on heroin, sins and symptoms people exhibit under the influence and also a question and answer session. It is recommended for teens through adults only.
Bruckner is a Sergeant with the Village of Eagle Police Department and also a detective with the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit. For more information you can call the library at (262) 594-2800.
The Mukwonago High School and Park View Middle School Orchestra Spaghetti Dinner and Pops Concert has been rescheduled for March 3 at Park View Middle School.
Postponed by snow on the original date, the spaghetti dinner will be held in the Park View cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature raffle items donated by more than 25 area businesses as well as orchestra families. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the large gym at Park View and will feature both orchestras as well as the Park View Voices choir.
Due to overwhelming response to the fall showing of "Bully," the Kettle Moraine Parent Resource Network will host a special encore showing of “Bully,” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Kettle Moraine High School Auditorium.
Excerpts from the character-driven documentary “Bully” follow five youth and their families over the course of a school year, offering insights into different facets of America’s bullying crisis. Glimpses into the home and school settings of these kids creates an inspiring and powerful film that is a must see for every teenager, parent, educator, and adult who interact with children. Also included in this special 54-minute edited version is footage from Anderson Cooper’s CNN documentary, “The Bully Effect” which shows the remarkable transformations that occurred in the lives of those featured in “Bully.”
Immediately following the film, Annie Jorgensen, Miss High School America, will also speak about “The Power of a Positive Teen.” Her presentation is part of the pageant’s “Crown C.A.R.E.S (Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools) platform. Annie is a Senior at Homestead High School in Mequon. This film is rated PG-13 and is suggested for students 12 and older. Click here to register for the FREE event.
As work begins on the Highway 83 reconstruction project, the Village of Wales notes the following work is planned for this week:
Plans are to perform clearing and grubbing on the south side of the Glacial Drumlin Trail and to start shoring for the planned bridge at that location as well as installation of temporary signals at Highways 18 and DE.
Crews from We Energies Gas. Plan will work on installing gas main from north side of W. Main Street north toward Wales Lawn & Garden and plan to tie in gas services on Highway 83 properties and S. Welsh Road.
We Energies Electric are setting poles from the Glacial Drumlin Trail to the south and from the church to the south. They will be installing underground facilities north of the Highway 18/STH 83 intersection.
Plans are to continue installing facilities by directional boring along the north side of Highway 18, from Oak Crest west to just west of Highway 83, along both sides of Highway 83 from Highway 18 to Boys School Road and Glacier Pass, and from the Glacial Drumlin Trail south to Criglas . Duct packages will be tying in from Main St. to the Glacial Drumlin Trail.
Should the Merton School District provide busing to students in the Woodland Ridge subdivision?
The answer hinges on a review by the state Department of Public Instruction.
District policy dictates that students who live within 2 miles of the school must seek an alternative means of transportation, but an exemption has allowed students in the subdivision to be bused.
The School District is looking at the exemption and considering what to do.
Read more in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.