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Brown Deer boys rally to earn share of Woodland title

Jan. 30, 2013 12:48 a.m. |  It’s like Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby said:

“Sometimes we have bad quarters and sometimes we have good quarters.”

Well, the Falcons clinched a share of the Woodland Conference Eastern Division title Tuesday night with probably their best quarter of the year, as they erased an eight-point halftime deficit to host Whitnall with a 33-8 third period frenzy that left their hosts looking for the bus that had run over them.

The end result was an 87-72 decision that improved the Falcons to 13-1 in Woodland play and 15-3 overall, while Whitnall fell to 8-6 and 10-7, respectively. Shorewood at 8-5 is the only team with an outside chance of even tieing the Falcons for the divisional crown with four games left to play.
 
“We had to come out playing a lot harder than we had in the first half,” said Falcon senior forward Trayvon Palmer, who was one of four Brown Deer players in double figures this night with 18 points. “It gets really exciting when we start playing like that. When it starts going really well, it makes us want to play harder, go even faster."

Appleby said the team simply needed a change of strategy.

“We were working really hard at a tight man defense in the first half,” he said. “What we needed to do was to try something that was more usable and more conducive to success for us.”

Which was full-court, in-your-face man pressure, which would tighten up the gaps left as the Falcons had fallen behind, 41-33, at the half.

Brown Deer got the third quarter off to a good start, as a three-pointer from senior D’Sean Groce on the first possession, cut the deficit to 41-36. The host school bumped the lead back up to seven on a nifty lay-up by Daniel Weymier at the 7:31 mark of the third quarter.

Those would be the last points Whitnall would score for close to four minutes, as the Falcons would go on a 19-0 run that put them ahead for good at 55-43.

Senior point guard Desmond Jackson would get the go-ahead points on a three-pointer from the wing at the 5:44 mark of the third and he and Groce would combine on a unique five-point play that all but broke Whitnall’s back a minute later.

Jackson (14 points) got a steal and a lay-up to make it 49-43 Brown Deer. It was determined that he was fouled after the shot so Brown Deer got the ball back. Groce then calmly took the inbounds’ pass and notched a baseline three-pointer to make it 52-43.

A minute after that, Groce closed out the run with a trey from the wing that expanded the lead to 55-42 with 3:44 left in the third. Whitnall, which had expended two timeouts during the run, simply had no answers as Brown Deer would go on to take a 66-49 lead at the end of the third.

In the third, the Falcons hit 12 of 22 shots, including four threes, they would dominate the boards by a rough estimate of 15-1, force five turnovers and equal all the points they scored in the first half in just one period of play.

Brown Deer would hold Whitnall at bay in the fourth quarter as courtesy of 17 of 24 free throws on the night, the advantage would never drop below 10 points.

Appleby said the game was very similar to wins earlier in the season over Greendale and Pius XI, as in both those decisions, the Falcons fell behind big in the first half, only to rally and win going away.

“Both those games we responded very well early in the second half,” said Applby. “We knew we could put some pressure on them and speed up the game a little.”

Both Jackson and Palmer were pleased with the conference title, which was a very important first goal for the 10-man Falcon senior class.

“It’s always good to get that out of the way first,” said Palmer.

“It feels good because we’ve earned it,” said Jackson.

Center Devante Jackson, who would foul out of the game in the fourth quarter, would also finish with 18 points for the Falcons while Whitnall was led by Mitch Brault with 17.

Appleby was a happy and relieved man afterward as the Falcons can win the championship outright with a victory at St. Francis next Tuesday (Feb. 5).
“The big picture? The conference title, we’re excited about that,” he said.

“We have either a share of the Woodland title or we’ve won it outright (a tie for the moment), but we just want to keep the momentum going. We want a full head of steam by (WIAA) tourney time.”


Palmer agreed.

“We can still do a lot better,” he said. “We have a lot more building to do until we reach our full potential.”

Report of shots fired leads to second Brown Deer School District lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 4:58 p.m. | Brown Deer High School was locked down for the second time today, along with the elementary and middle schools, after police received reports of possible shots fired just west of campus.

According to a Brown Deer police news release:

Police responded to a report of possible shots fired in the 8000 block of North 60th Street at approximately 2:55 p.m.

Officers on scene received conflicting statements over what type of sound was heard.

Due to the proximity to the high school and the potential for a serious situation, school officials put the district into lockdown as per safety protocols.

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Gun reports put Brown Deer High School on lockdown twice

Jan. 29, 2013 4:52 p.m. | Brown Deer High School went into lockdown twice Tuesday, once when a student was overheard saying there was a gun in the school and again when possible shots were reported near the school, according to police and school district officials.

The second incident prompted the lockdown of the high school, Brown Deer Middle School and Dean Elementary School, police said.

No firearm was located in either incident and the schools were released from the second lockdown shortly before 4 p.m., according to police.

The first incident occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. when a staff member reported the student's remark to the school's administration, Brown Deer School District officials said.

Police searched the school, no gun was found and the lockdown ended shortly after 10 a.m., officials said.

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Gun remark puts Brown Deer High School into brief lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 12:52 p.m. | Brown Deer High School went into a 40-minute lockdown this morning after a staff member overheard a student remark a gun was in the school.

According to a release on the district website:

The staff member reported the remark to district administration and the Brown Deer Police Department was contacted. The building was put into lockdown at approximately 9:35 a.m. as per the district's safety protocol.

Students were released back to class at 10:15 a.m. after school staff and Brown Deer police completed a search of the school and determined there was no gun.

School administrators and police are following up and will take appropriate disciplinary action.

DOT holding informational meetings on upcoming I-43 project

Jan. 29, 2013 11:50 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold informational meetings Wednesday and Thursday on an upcoming Interstate 43 reconstruction along a 14-mile stretch from Silver Spring in Glendale to Highway 60 in Grafton, currently in planning stages and slated for construction in 2019.

The first meeting will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale. The second meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christ Church in Mequon, at 13460 N. Port Washington Road.

More information on the project is available at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/seregion/43/index.htm or through Project Manager Steve Hoff at (262) 548-6428 or steve.hoff@dot.wi.gov.

Milwaukee police identify Glendale woman in fatal crash

Jan. 29, 2013 11:48 a.m. | Milwaukee police on Tuesday identified the person who died in a traffic crash Monday night as Corinne Strahl, 57, of Glendale.

The accident, which remains under investigation, occurred in the 5300 block of N. Green Bay Ave.

Police investigating pair suspected of fraud in carpet purchases

Jan. 29, 2013 7:21 a.m. | Two men, including one who disguised himself as a woman, are suspected of fraud after writing worthless checks to purchase more than $4,500 worth of carpet from a Fox Point business.

These same men are suspects in similar incidents in Brookfield and Milwaukee and are under investigation by police and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.

According to the police report:

The men, one 24 years old, purchased the carpeting from Kern's Carpet, 8643 N. Port Washington Road, the week of Jan. 7.

The store reported that a man and woman came to the store and purchased two sections of carpeting valued at more than $1,700 and paid by personal check.

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