GLACIER SEMIFINAL GIRLS HOCKEY
The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey made sure they'd get to play at least one more game this season by beating Arrowhead 4-0 at the Ponds of Brookfield on Tuesday night.
The Glacier (22-2-2 overall) are apparently very comfortable playing at the Ponds of Brookfield, as the finished their home games with a perfect 11-0 record.
The Glacier came out as though they had something to prove in the first period. Playing solid team defense and using an aggressive forecheck as they controlled much of the pace and play of the first period. Just three minutes into the first, senior Jamie Ertl picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and carried it deep into the Warhawks zone. With no outlet options, Ertl cut across the zone to create some space and she took a shot that beat the goalkeeper to give the Glacier the early lead.
Five minutes later the Glacier would strike again on the power play. This time it was fast puck movement instead of fast feet that worked for Brookfield. Sophomore Kelli Sorge made a low pass to junior Arianna Smith, Smith one timed a pass across the ice to senior Morgan Hollowell who wasted no time putting it in the open side of the net for a 2-0 lead.
There would only be one goal scored in the second period and it came at a bad time for visiting Arrowhead. As time was winding down on the period, sophomore Irene Hougard picked off an Arowhead pass and made a quick counter pass to Hollowell in the neutral zone. Hollowell noticed Smith across the ice and hit her in stride. Smith, with 6 seconds on the clock, skated about 20 feet, cut across to find a lane and fired a shot into the upper right corner with 2 seconds on the clock.
The Glacier would get its fourth and final goal on another power play 13 minutes into the third period, when Ertl popped free in the high slot and beat the Arrowhead goaltender high glove side.
The Glacier defense was solid all night, allowing only nine shots through the first two periods.
"Overall, from start to finish, it was a good, solid effort and the kids should be happy about it," coach Brian Smith said.
Senior Elliott Yanasak and junior Joshua Peltier won one match between them at the WIAA Individual State Individual Wrestling meet at the University of Wisconsin's Kohl Center, which was held Feb. 21 through Saturday.
Yanasak at 170 (29-14) scored Central's only points (two).
He won by an 11-5 decision over Fond du Lac's Jason Toshner (29-8) in the first round for the Lancers' only victory.
He was then pinned in the quarterfinal in 5 minutes, 42 seconds by Merrill's David Pophal (29-14) and by Sun Prairie's Wesley Schultz (47-5) in 3:31 in the consolation round.
Peltier at 126 (33-11) lost both his matches and was shut out.
In the Championship round, he was pinned in 2:26 by Merrill's Garrett Schmelling (38-10) and then dropped an 8-1 decision in the consolation round to Verona Area's Ben Hansen (41-11).
"Elliot went 1-2 and Josh went 0-2," coach Chris Demos said. "Both wrestled well; lost to some tough kids.
"Although it would have been nice to come home with a medal, it was a good season for both of them."
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Coach Dan Wandrey saw his team finish the regular season in third place in the Greater Metro Conference with an 11-3 record, behind champion Sussex Hamilton (13-2) and second-place Divine Savior Holy Angels (12-2). Overall the Lancers finished 15-7.
Central whipped the Huskies, 70-39, at West Allis Hale on Feb. 21 to end the conference season.
Lancers defense told the story, holding Hale to nine points in each of the first three quarters. Central led 12-9 after one quarter, 28-18 at intermission and then exploded in the second half 42-21. A 22-9 run coming out of halftime gave Central a 50-27 advantage going into the final period.
Lydia Rohde led the way with 19 points, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Abby Miller had a career-high 18 points, nailing three 3-pointers. Sarah Fotsch finished with 10, while Emma Brauer and Nicole Hintz each had seven.
Central will host Brookfield East on Friday in the first game of WIAA regional play.
Following a late-season surge in order to qualify for the state meet, the boys ski team wrapped up its season at Mt. La Crosse on Feb. 17-18 at the 2013 Wisconsin High School Alpine Ski Championships.
Before the meet started the Lancers lost Eric Anderson, one of their senior co-captains, to a training injury. The loss of one of their top racers had a disappointing impact on the team's performance.
However, there were still some notable individual performances. Against a field of over 150 competitors, senior co-captain John Heal finished 32nd in the super G and 34th in giant slalom and freshman Ben Peterson finished 29th in slalom.
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