In a variety of early season polls, the Sussex Hamilton girls basketball team stands second in the rankings. One poll says the Chargers are second in the area, while another places them as the second best Division 1 team in the state.
After yet another dominating victory Tuesday night, no matter what the geographic parameters are, one would be hard pressed to find a better team anywhere.
The Chargers toppled visiting Menomonee Falls, 50-26, moving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in Greater Metro play. The win also keeps the defending conference champion Chargers in sole possession of first place while the Indians dropped to 3-5 in what has amounted to be a brutally difficult early season schedule.
On a night Mackenzie Latt was honored for becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, the junior guard continued on her torrid path for Hamilton, leading all scorers with 19 points. The record was formerly held by Christa (Goetz) Botsford at 821 points until Latt surpassed the mark just seven games into her junior season.
“Congratulations to Mackenzie on this great accomplishment,” Botsford said. “I expect her do a lot more damage in the next year and a half.”
Despite all of the offensive talk before the game, on the court it was the stifling Hamilton defense on display against a potent Falls attack. Coming into the game, the Chargers had given up just 25.4 points per game, besting that mark in conference play with a mere 15.9 points allowed in three games. Latt was eager to address the way Hamilton prepares for games defensively.
“We focus on containing our player and contesting every shot,” Latt said. “Our coach does a great job of preparing us with the scouting report. We know the tendencies of the other players so we just have to keep them in front of us and play smart.”
The Indians scored 81 points in a loss to Germantown last week and had topped 40 points scored in every game prior to matching up with Hamilton. Falls leading scorer, senior forward Erin Crownover, managed just 10 points on the night despite posting 16 points per game on average. Just as Crownover struggled to find her scoring touch, Latt was having issues of her own.
Defended by a 2-3 zone, anchored by Crownover in the middle, Hamilton had difficulty getting the ball to Latt on a consistent basis in the first half. Latt wasn’t able to score until over seven minutes into the game and managed just two made field goals for five points in the first half. The Chargers used two separate 7-0 runs to build a 10-point lead in the second quarter but led by just six at the break, 16-10.
“It took a little bit to get going tonight; we had prepared for their 2-3 but I had a tough night personally,” Latt said. “My teammates stepped up and made some big shots. Hannah (Menzia) had a great game handling the ball and we had to muscle this win out so it was a good win for the team even if our shots weren’t always falling.”
A more assertive Latt came out and scored immediately in the third frame to spark a 9-point quarter individually and push the Hamilton lead to 17 points. Once again, Menomonee Falls refused to go away entirely, with Crownover converting a 3-point play to make the score 33-19 after three quarters.
The Indians then opened the final period with seven straight points, cutting the Chargers lead down to under 10 points until freshman guard Taylor Klug knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
Falls has now played all three of the undefeated teams at the top of the Greater Metro conference – Hamilton, Brookfield Central and DSHA – and dropped all three despite playing well.
“We turned the ball over too much tonight,” Falls coach Craig Amundson said. “It was a single digit lead in the fourth quarter but they just wore us down and are a very good team. What we always do is look at each game individually to see what we did well and see what we can improve on moving forward.”
order forms are due by Sunday, March 29. The event takes place Friday, April 24.The 18th annual Arrowhead Lobster Boil
Proceeds benefit Cafe Arrowhead Special Education Program and the Arrowhead Special Olympics.
Waukesha County Technical College’s School of Business will be offering Grown-up Concerns: The Next Chapter on , as part of the Financial Milestone Series: Creating Focus One Phase at a Time.
Now in its second year, the Financial Milestone Series is dedicated to helping participants meet goals at life’s different stages.
Grown-up Concerns: The Next Chapter will focus on the new age of retirement, which has a much different look compared to previous generations. Participants will learn more about topics such as budgeting for retirement, the sandwich generation, retirement income and Social Security, wills/trusts and travel.» Read Full Article
Nature's Classroom Institute will hold an Earth Day Celebration at its new location at W335 S8301 Highway E, Mukwonago, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.
The event, held in collaboration with the Friends of the Mukwonago River, includes rain barrel painting and auction, tree planting, nature hikes, invasive species removal demo, a cookout lunch and children's activities.
Cost to attend the event is $5. All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase trees to be planted on the new property and help with other ecological restoration expenses.
More information and purchasing tickets is available online.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will offer a concealed carry weapon class in April.
The Firearms Training Unit will offer the class April 29 at 6 p.m. at the department, 515 W Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The course will be taught by Firearms Instructors and will last 4 1/2 hours. The class will follow the Wisconsin Department of Justice concealed carry weapon (CCW) curriculum.
Topics covered in the CCW course include firearms safety, safe carry considerations, legal implications of carrying a concealed firearm and CCW licensing in Wisconsin, according to a news release.
Attendees who successfully complete the class will meet the training requirement to apply for a Wisconsin CCW permit.
The course costs $50.» Read Full Article
The regular April Plan Commission meeting in the town of Ottawa has been canceled.
Dousman resident William Schultheis has withdrawn his request, according to a memo from the town of Ottawa. The plan commission discussed Schultheis' request of a proposed conveyance of land and necessary waivers at previous plan commission meetings this year.
The canceled meeting was scheduled for April 6.
For additional information, contact the Ottawa Town Hall at (262) 965-3228.
The Oconomowoc Public Library's 1950's Noir Movie series continues Friday, March 27 with the film Niagra.
Screening of the thriller, starring Marilyn Monroe, will be from 3 to 5 p.m.; the event is free and no registration is required.
The East Troy Expo, hosted by the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Avenue.
The Expo will focus on local living, featuring local businesses and organizations, a local artists showcase on the main stage and hands-on help from local technology experts.
The event will also feature a kids’ activity area, entertainment all day, multiple raffles and giveaways.
All attendees 21 or older will be eligible to enter a free raffle for Brewers tickets.
Contributions of non-perishable food items for the East Troy Food Pantry will be welcomed at the door.» Read Full Article
Mukwonago Area School District — Mukwonago High School has been selected as a 2015 Top AFS School by AFS-USA, a leading intercultural learning provider. Schools recognized for this award have excelled in promoting global competency and working to prepare students to engage in an increasingly interconnected world.
Each year the organization honors high schools across the nation that are exceptional in incorporating intercultural learning in the curriculum, facilitating the hosting of international students, and introducing the lifelong benefits of study abroad. View the list of 2015 Top AFS Schools at: http://www.afsusa.org/educators/spotlight/top-schools/
"Mukwonago High School has a long and valued collaboration with AFS. In just the last ten years, they have hosted thirty-six students and sent nine of their students abroad to study. We commend the school on its robust after-school foreign language program administrated by the staff and students," said AFS Team Development Specialist Angelique Rogers, during presentation of the award. "We'd like to especially thank Mrs. Maura Frenn for her efforts in facilitating hosting this year and for helping recruit students to study abroad. Thanks to all of the staff in fostering intercultural education and understanding."
The award includes the opportunity for students of Mukwonago High School to compete for $1,000 scholarships to any 2015 AFS study abroad program. Students must address the question "What does it mean to be a global citizen?"
The deadline for submitting a photo, video or illustration accompanied by a 250-word essay is April 1, 2015.» Read Full Article
The OHS Players will present '110 Stories' by Sarah Tuft on April 30, May - 1 – 2 at 7:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on May 3 at the OAC.
110 Stories captures the grief and resilience of New York City in the wake of September 11 through the words of those who experienced it directly. These first-person testimonials reveal the hope, humor and compassion that emerged from the tragedy.
Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors, College Students, High School & Younger $12
Service Fees May Apply
Best suited for Middle School students and older
$2 from every ticket sold will go toward the 2015 OHS Player Fringe Festival trip.» Read Full Article
Village of Pewaukee - The Plan Commission approved a conditional use grant amendment application from Pewaukee School District to construct the 12,000 square foot addition onto the existing Horizon Elementary School building at Tuesday's meeting.
The addition will begin construction on April 3 and has a completion date of Aug. 15. Read the story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.
City of Oconomowoc - City aldermen were split in their opinions of an amended ordinance reportedly designed to prevent area high school students from smoking electronic cigarettes on school grounds.
Some common council members on Tuesday, March 24, were concerned that somewhat vague language in the ordinance may create some enforcement issues.
A vote on the second reading of the ordinance, which received near unanimous support when it was first proposed, ended in a 3-3 tie with aldermen Derek Zwart, Matt Rosek and James Larsen voting against the amendment and aldermen Ken Herro, Charlie Shaw and Mike Miller voting in favor of it; aldermen David Nold and Tom Strey were absent from the meeting.
An ordinance requires three official readings before it can be ratified into law.
Mayor Jim Daley cast the tie-breaking vote against approving the second reading, saying he wanted to be sure that the language in the ordinance was clear.» Read Full Article
The Hamilton High School Synergy Show Choir will have its final performance of the season on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.
The team began four years ago and didn't even compete its first year of existence. Read our story here.
Admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the HFAC box office, HFAC online or from choir members.
The Mukwonago Fire Department will hold two scheduled burns in the coming weeks.
The first burn, scheduled for March 28, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at S66 W29112 River Road where a house, shed and barn will be burned. The public should be aware that Highway I, east of Highway 83 will be closed during that time.
A second burn, originally scheduled for May, has been postponed to an undetermined date later this fall. The second burn — which will be open to the public for viewing — will include the burning of a house at S93 W30575 and will be open to bystanders for viewing.
The guys look back at state-tournament weekend for boys basketball and examine state titles for Dominican, Brown Deer and Young Coggs Prep, plus another great run for Germantown. And how sweet will the round of 16 be for the Wisconsin Badgers?