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Brookfield East SportShorts: Feb. 25

Feb. 25, 2013

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Kelsey Linsmeier qualified for next week's WIAA State Gymnastics Championships on Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

Linsmeier qualified for state in two events by taking first on the beam (9.3 points) and third in the all-around (34.975). She also finished 11th on the floor (8.975) and 15th on the vault (8.7).

"Kelsey had a spectacular meet winning the beam with the best beam routine I have ever seen her do," coach Erin Kokta said. "She really stepped it up today and it showed as she qualified for state not only in beam, but in the all-around as well posting a score almost a whole point and a half higher than her season best.

"She just keeps getting stronger and I can't wait to see what she can do at the state meet."

Brookfield finished seventh out of eight teams Saturday at the Arrowhead Sectional, scoring 119.45 points. Homestead won the sectional (141.575) and Arrowhead was second (140.35).

Senior Katie Krugel finished 12th on the beam (8.475) for Brookfield.

"We had a great last team meet of the season," Kokta said. "I am just so happy with how the girls performed today, once again posting their highest team score of the season. That score wouldn't have been possible without some PRs (personal records) by multiple girls."

The following gymnasts had personal bests: Tori Rieves on bars/beam/all-around; Krugel on floor/beam/bars/all-around and Linsmeier on beam/vault/bars/all-around.

EAST WRESTLING

The LeClaire brothers scored two points and won one match between them at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling meet on Thursday through Saturday at the University of Wisconsin's Kohl Center.

Senior John LeClaire at 182 (41-9) lost by a pin in 4 minutes, 59 seconds of the Championship round to Hudson's Derek Schindler (43-2). It was his first exposure to state tournament action.

"John just had tough draw," East coach John Veal said. "It was not a good way to end a career. But he should be proud of his accomplishments."

Sophomore P.J. LeClaire at 195 (39-13) scored two team points by winning his first-round match.

P.J. defeated Burlington's Greg Miller (31-15) in a 6-3 decision, but then he got pinned twice to end his first state appearance.

In the quarterfinal Rhinelander's Connor Johnson (42-4) pinned P.J. in 1:55 and in the first round of the consolation round Oconomowoc's Brett Samson (34-10) pinned him in 2:42.

"P.J. wrestled well in his first match," Veal said. "He just needs to keep working and more success will eventually come in Madison."

EAST GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Brookfield East girls basketball team had a chance to tie for third place, but Menomonee Falls pulled away in the fourth quarter Feb. 21 at Falls for a 67-54 victory.

East trailed after one (17-11) and the Indians increased it to 34-24 at halftime. The Spartans came out strong in the third quarter (23-19), but still trailed 53-47 going into the fourth quarter.

The Spartans got to the line a ton, sinking 24-for-39, but need to improve on a .615 shooting percentage which would help them get more wins. The Indians struggled (.466), hitting only 14-for-30.

Senior Emily Utic scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and freshman Mariah Miller scored 17 points, including 7-for-10 from the free throw line. Angela Pichler had nine points, hitting 9-for-14 from the line.

The Spartans finished the regular season with a 7-15 record, but they were an impressive 6-8 in the Greater Metro Conference, right behind fourth-place Falls (8-6).

They now open the postseason against a familiar foe - at Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. March 1 for a regional semifinal game.

EAST SKIING

The Brookfield East skiing team took part in the state meet on Feb. 17-18 in La Crosse as 25 boys teams and 22 girls teams took part in the venue which included one Giant slalom, one Super G and one slalom run.

The Spartans boys came in 18th and Ben Wellman had the top finish, taking 41st in the Giant Slalom. Matthieu Filliat was the only one of East's seven racers who finished all three events and was able to come in 72nd overall.

Hailey McKenna and Allie Amato finished all three race venues and thus got placements of 42nd and 47th overall.

The JV team of Greg Spicer, Luke Moyer, Kyle Hicks and Will Bower finished 11th of 12 teams at the conference races Feb. 21 at Alpine Valley.

The race consists of one slalom run and one Giant Slalom run.

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