Dominican earns shot to defend its crown

March 02, 2013 5:56 p.m. |

It sounded, felt and looked like a state championship game, and for all intents and purposes, it might end up being just that.

Whitefish Bay Dominican took all it could handle from less-heralded Laconia, but the Knights are going back to Madison to defend their Division 4 state title after defeating the Spartans, 52-39, at the sectional final at Brookfield Central on Saturday.

Dominican will face a familiar foe in the state semifinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Madison: undefeated Cuba City (26-0). The Knights defeated Cuba City, 61-43, for last season’s state title.

The Knights separated themselves in the final quarter against Laconia, but until then, it was the dogfight Dominican head coach Derek Berger expected. After three, the Knights (22-4) were clinging to a 32-30 lead over the previously unbeaten Spartans (25-1).

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Despite lackluster offense, Blue Dukes march on

March 01, 2013 10:49 p.m. | Whitefish Bay senior Madilyn Garcia admits that last year free throws were not her strong point. She worked at the discipline in the offseason and especially this week in practice.

It certainly paid off for the third-seeded Blue Dukes. The senior guard drilled three of four free throws in the final 36.5 seconds to hold off a pesky sixth seed Wauwatosa West squad, 27-21, in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal at Whitefish Bay High School on Friday.

Bay advances to No.2 seeded Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday.

“I’m not sure why but I shoot free throws better when there is a little more pressure,” said Garcia. “This week we played a lot of free throw games in practice and I did alright.”

Garcia’s free throws were much needed points for Bay (15-8), which struggled offensively for much of the game. Bay made just one basket from the field in the second half.

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Nicolet picks up the slack

March 01, 2013 10:20 p.m. | Host Nicolet overcame early foul trouble to leading scorer Briana Gray and surged late to seize a 46-40 victory over West Bend East in a WIAA Division 2 regional game Friday night.

With the senior Gray on the bench after drawing her third foul with 6:15 remaining in the second quarter, the visiting Suns (9-14) capped a 6-0 run to grab an early 19-12 lead.

Senior Sara Travia would answer with consecutive 3-point baskets to trim the lead to one, but the game would remain a tight, back-and-forth affair throughout. Behind a balanced offensive performance, East led 23-22 at the half.

“Briana is a huge part of our offense,” said Nicolet head coach Rick DeKeyser. “We have seven seniors so I just told them this is it. Someone is going to have to step up.”

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I-43 lanes reopen at Bayside

March 01, 2013 3:10 p.m. | All lanes are now open on I-43 northbound near the Port Washington Road, according to a state Department of Transportation update. Shortly after 12 p.m. Friday, two separate accidents closed the right lane on I-43 in both directions. All lanes are open.

Storm's whirlwind comes to an end

Feb. 28, 2013 10:55 p.m. | Maco Balkovec didn’t even have to think about it.

Before the first puck dropped this season, if the Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood co-op had been told his team would be tied at 1 entering the third period of a quarterfinal of the WIAA boys hockey state tournament – a place the team had never been - against a talented Eau Claire Memorial team, “I’d take it right there,” he said. “Thank you.”

Unfortunately for Balkovec, the Storm ran out of magic a little more than a minute later. A turnover deep in their own zone proved costly as Old Abes junior Jacob Bresser fired home the go-ahead goal, and despite a flurry of scoring chances down the stretch, the Storm couldn’t solve junior goaltender Alex Geving again as Eau Claire held on for a 2-1 victory Thursday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

“It was a typical playoff game,” Balkovec said. “A one-goal game, and this comes down to … it’s a game of mistakes. Someone’s going to make one and be able to capitalize. We had a couple of cherry chances and we couldn’t bury it. It’s unfortunate, it’s heartbreaking, but only one team that comes here gets to end their season with a victory.”

Bresser, the Old Abes’ leading scorer with 39 goals and 62 total points, was the beneficiary of an unforced error when Storm junior defenseman Colin Downing flipped the puck straight into the side boards while starting to bring it up the ice, only to watch it die right in front of Bresser.

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Wilson dazzles, Dominican back in sectional final

Feb. 28, 2013 10:20 p.m. | With 5 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the first half, Whitefish Bay Dominican sophomore center Diamond Stone picked up his second foul and spent the rest of the first half on the Knights bench.

That was when senior Duane Wilson took over, scoring all 16 of the top-seeded Knights’ points in the frame and helping Dominican expand the lead with their big man on the bench en route to a 72-55 win over No. 3 Kenosha St. Joseph in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal at Milwaukee South Division High School.

“When your big fella goes out of the game, someone has to step up,” said Wilson, who finished with a game-high 37 points. “I had to pick up the scoring load. My shot was just falling.

“I shoot those same shots in practice every day when I’m by myself. It was more like repetition for me.”

The effort moves the defending state champion Knights (21-4) just one win away from a return trip to Madison. They play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Laconia (25-0) at Brookfield Central.

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East Troy boys end Brown Deer's season in sectional semifinal

Feb. 28, 2013 10:16 p.m. | Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby knew what his team was up against in its WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal against East Troy on Thursday night at Marquette, a game that ended in 67-57 defeat at the hands of the Trojans.

Twin towers, 6-9 seniors Brett and Alex Prahl, loomed large in the Trojans 22-3 success so far this season.

But so did 6-3 senior guard Nate Dodge, and he was the one who did in the Falcons in the end, as he drained five 3-pointers in the first half and had 22 points in the session, as the Trojans took a 42-26 halftime lead.

The Woodland Conference champion Falcons fought back, but the deficit proved to be too much, as their season came to an end.

"We were just playing catch-up all night," said Appleby. "They (the Trojans) did a nice job early, built a 10-point lead and then Dodge just went off. It's really hard to match-up a guard like him, who averages 22 points a game, and then they have two 6-9 guys on top of that."

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Cheesecake Factory settles mahi mahi food poisoning case

Feb. 27, 2013 9:30 a.m. | Ghassan Batanyeh got sick within two minutes of finishing his mahi mahi filet at the Cheesecake Factory at Bayshore Town Center back in 2009.

He had suffered an acute attack of Scombroid poisoning, which occurs when someone eats certain types of fish that have not been properly refrigerated. Bacteria begins to break down fish flesh releasing histamines, and, unlike many other food-borne disease, toxins the bacteria produce survive heat from the cooking process.

Batayneh sued, and last week the California-based restaurant company settled the case on the eve of trial with a payment of $14,000 plus another $1,500 in costs, according to plaintiff's attorney Mike Hanrahan and court records.

According to Hanrahan, Batanyeh became light-headed, dizzy and began to sweat profusely before he blacked out and slid from his chair to the floor of the restaurant. Paramedics responded and Batanyeh was taken to a hospital emergency room.  He recovered in a few days from the acute reaction, but didn't feel 100% for weeks, his attorney said.

Calls to Cheesecake Factory's corporate headquarters seeking comment were not returned Tuesday.

Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful

Feb. 27, 2013 7:55 a.m. | With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings. 

Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.

Glendale police say hotel party leads to arrest, discovery of drugs, weapons

Feb. 26, 2013 9:49 a.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for an outstanding Glendale warrant and a stash of guns and drugs was discovered after police were called for a noise complaint to the Residence Inn, 7275 N. Port Washington Road, at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 17.

According to the Glendale police report:

The woman, who had signed a "no party" form, admitted renting the suite to host a party for her sister. There were more than a dozen people on the first level who were told to leave and did.

Police then went to the loft level where they found five more people who also were told to leave and did. After they left, police found plastic bags holding 2 grams of marijuana, two handguns and more than a dozen rounds of ammunition under the mattress.

When asked who these people were, the woman and her sister said they could not identify them because they were "friends of friends."

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Ozaukee judge who signed Scott Walker recall faces challenge

Feb. 25, 2013 9:10 p.m. | Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram's bid for re-election in the April 2 spring election will rise or fall on the judgment of voters weighing the significance of his signature on a 2011 petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

Wolfgram, a 19-year veteran of the court in an overwhelmingly conservative county, acknowledges signing his name to a petition seeking to recall a sitting Republican governor.

The signature triggered a challenge to his hold on the job for the first time since he was appointed to the court in 1994 by then Gov. Tommy Thompson. County voters rehired Wolfgram without opposition in 1995, 2001 and 2007.

Joe Voiland, an attorney attempting to unseat Wolfgram, announced Monday that four Republican state legislators representing portions of Ozaukee County had endorsed the Voiland campaign: Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills, and Reps. Dan Knodl of Germantown, Jim Ott of Mequon and Duey Stroebel of the Town of Cedarburg.

Wolfgram, a former Ozaukee County district attorney, countered with his own weighty list of law enforcement endorsements: Sheriff Maury Straub, District Attorney Adam Gerol, chiefs of six municipal police departments and the county's Deputy Sheriff's Association. Among judges endorsing his re-election are Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Michael Gableman and Annette Ziegler, and Wisconsin Appeals Court Chief Judge Richard Brown.

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Brown Deer to host community input session on vacant Lowe's building

Feb. 25, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Brown Deer wants input on how to occupy the Lowe's building which has stood vacant since Oct. 2011.

Lowe's constructed the building in 2006 after the village invested $2.4 million through a tax incremental financing district.

Village officials will field questions and seek input on the Lowe's building on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lois & Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road.

For more information, contact Village Planning and Zoning Specialist Nate Piotrowski at (414) 371-3061.

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