Sheboygan sports preview and review

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SHEBOYGAN LUTHERAN’S Casey Verhagen attempts a layup against Howards Grove on Feb. 16, a few days after he set the school record for most assists in a season. – Photo by Jenni Pickel

Freshman sets mark: Sheboygan Lutheran point guard Casey Verhagen broke the school record for most assists in a season on Feb. 14, erasing the old mark of 194 that stood since 1999 (Nick Leibham).

“He’s one of the best players to ever play at Lutheran High,” Verhagen said. “It’s just a crazy honor.”

Verhagen’s five assists that night helped the Crusaders defeat Oostburg, 44-39, in the semifinals of the Big East Conference Tournament.
They avenged their first loss of the season to the Flying Dutchmen 10 days earlier.

Hockey season ends: The Sheboygan Red Raiders suffered a 2-1 loss to Waupun Feb. 13 in the first-round of the hockey playoffs.

They finished with a 10-14-1 record after winning just six games last season.
Gymnasts finish third: The Sheboygan co-op team placed third at the Eastern Valley Conference Championships on Feb. 15.

Sophomore Annika Glavan was the top all-around girl for the team by taking fifth. She was also fifth on the floor.

Senior Maddie Lewis tied for second in the vault and freshman Kailey Kaltenbrun was seventh in the all-around and eighth on the beam.
Junior Nadia Versey was ninth on the bars and senior Breck Kampmann was 11th in the event.

Lutheran loses a tough one: The Crusaders boys basketball team lost to Howards Grove, 48-46, Feb. 16 on a last-second, controversial shot by Blake Pedrin in the title game of the Big East Tournament.

Lutheran’s Graden Grabowski made a free throw to tie the score with 4.8 seconds remaining.

He missed his second free throw, which was rebounded by teammate Jacob Ognacevic.

But he missed a shot from the baseline that was grabbed by Pedrin.

He dribbled up court and sank a running, wild, one-handled flip shot that many say was not released before the buzzer sounded.

“I think everybody acknowledged afterward that (the clock) didn’t start on time and the shot wasn’t off in time,” Crusaders’ coach Nick Verhagen said.
Seeds picked: The boys basketball playoff brackets were released and Lutheran is seeded first in Division 5, which starts on Tuesday. Sheboygan Christian is ninth.

In Division 1, North received a sixth seed and South is No. 16.
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… and so you don’t

CALEB GAUTHIER of the Sheboygan hockey team tries to get control of the puck in a playoff loss to Waupun. – Photo by Dave Boehler

Sheboygan Christian at Oakfield, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The first round of the Division 5 boys basketball playoffs begins, and the winner of the game will most likely face top-seeded Sheboygan Lutheran on Friday.

Manitowoc Lutheran at Sheboygan South, 7 p.m. Tuesday: Awaiting the winner of this Division 1 first-round game is Sussex Hamilton, the top-ranked team in the state according to the coaches’ poll.
Oconomowoc at Sheboygan North, 7 p.m. Friday: The sixth-seeded Golden Raiders need to eliminate the No. 11 Raccoons in Division 1 for a likely matchup with No. 3 Brookfield East on Saturday.

Girls basketball sectionals: Regional champions will compete in sectional semifinals on Thursday and games to determine which teams reach state are set for Saturday.

Girls state basketball tournament: The event in Green Bay is scheduled for March 7-9.

Spring practices begin: Track and field is the first spring sport to get started on Monday. Softball starts on March 11.

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