STARS BOYS HOCKEY
The Brookfield/Catholic Memorial Stars lost more than two hockey games over the weekend: they lost a chance to compete in the postseason.
The Stars became the first area team this season disqualified from the playoffs because the WIAA adopted a new rule this year that declared a team ineligible for the playoffs if it had three checking-from-behind penalties called in a season.
Thus, Brookfield/Catholic Memorial did not play the Sussex Hamilton/Germantown co-op in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday because it was called for its third such penalty in a 2-1 loss to the Waukesha Wings on Friday.
"I truly believe (checking from behind) is a dangerous thing and I'm not belittling it at all," Stars coach Steve Chapin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But there's nothing in place in football if a kid leads with his helmet. You get a 15-yard penalty. If you get three of those a year, is a team ineligible for the playoffs? No. You can't tell me that's any less dangerous than checking from behind.
"I don't want to come across as a whiner, because I'm not. I know the rule is important. But something's got to be done, like to go to the Minnesota rule.
"I don't understand the idea of the team penalty. Makes no sense. There are 19 other guys on the roster that didn't have a thing to do with that play."
In Minnesota, the player - not the team - is suspended if he is called for three of them.
On the ice, the Stars finished with a 2-1 loss to the Waukesha Wings on Friday and then was blanked, 4-0, by Ashwaubenon to end the season.
John Rymaszewski had the team's only goal of the weekend with assists from Nate Gentile and Leo Spanuello.
That goal actually gave them a first-period lead over Waukesha. But the Wings scored in the second period to tie the score and Dan Dietrich scored the game-winner 1:28 into the final period.
The Stars finished with a 4-3 record in the Classic 8 and 7-16 overall following Saturday's loss.
The Stars went from reaching the state semifinals for the first time last year to not even being allowed into the playoffs.
"It was a tough weekend for our boys," assistant coach Matt Shapiro said. "We've been playing our best hockey as of late and that's exactly the position you want to be in at this time of the year.
"We've worked hard all year and have truly come a long way. We've been putting all the pieces together the last few weekends and playing a much better overall game.
"Our transition game has improved tremendously and our guys are playing with a higher level of intensity."
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Lancers' 45-32 victory over Wauwatosa East on Friday at home was their fifth victory in six outings as they improved to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in the Greater Metro Conference.
The Red Raiders had the Lancers on the run in the first half, using a 15-6 first quarter to take a 21-17 lead at intermission.
Central then woke up in the second half and blew the game open with a 28-11 second half, highlighted by an 18-3 third quarter.
The Lancers used the 3-point shot to help out their offense again, nailing seven 3-pointers in the win.
Central held Katie Salmon to 14 points, under her 17.1 points per game average.
She was the only Red Raider player with more than five points.
The Lancers' hero was junior forward Nicole Hinz, who drilled seven field goals, including five 3-pointers, to finish with a career-high 19 points.
Lydia Rohde managed 10, which included two 3-pointers.
The Brookfield Central/East co-op team dropped a 128.50-113.525 decision at Nicolet in a conference dual meet on Feb. 7.
Kelsey Linsmeier took first on floor (8.925 points) and placed second in both the vault (8.2) and all-around (32.275).
Brookfield also had third-place performances from Katie Krugel on beam (8.3) and Hope Peterson on vault (7.9).
"We had a bit of a depleted line-up with some girls not making it because of the weather as well as losing our only senior, Elizabeth Hessner, to a broken arm for the season," coach Erin Kokta said.
"I'm proud of the girls for stepping up where they could to fill in spots for the team. Kelsey won the floor for the third meet in a row and Katie had a huge season PR on beam sticking her routine and placing third, with room yet to grow."
Nicolet beat Brookfield's JV team, 97.5-80.2, as Elena Fayle led the way taking first on beam (6.2) and second on bars (5.55).
Ashley Schwaegler took second on vault (7.9) and all-around (22.85) and Kayleigh Webber was second on floor (6.6).
The locals finished last at the Nordy Invitational on Saturday at Mukwonago, scoring 112.900.
Franklin Combined won the event with 149.425 points over Burlington Co-op, which had 148.450. No individual placed on the varsity level.
Needing a win in their last regular season meet in order to qualify for state, the Lancer varsity boys edged out Whitefish Bay for first place on Feb. 7 at a five-team Giant Slalom event at Sunburst.
The boys saved its best for last with medalist performances from Ben Peterson with a second-place finish and Eric Anderson with a third. Thomas Markey and Dustin Stiloski each had their best individual races of the season, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively.
The girls wrapped up its season with a third-place finish. The team was led by senior co-captain Claire Everson in her final varsity race. Other top finishers were freshman Mackenzie Swart and senior co-captain Caroline Treis.
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