Waterford finding groove, upsets Union Grove

Willie Ketterhagen celebrates with teammates after draining the game-winning 15-foot jumper to beat rival Union Grove. (Rick Benavides/SLN)


By Chris Bennett

Sports Correspondent

The Waterford Union High School boys basketball team doubled its season win total last week.

The Wolverines beat Milwaukee Reagan 68-47 Feb. 9 in a non-conference game at Waterford and beat Union Grove 59-58 Feb. 7 in a Southern Lakes Conference game, also at Waterford.

The Wolverines played a SLC game Tuesday at Delavan-Darien and play a SLC game tonight at home against Westosha Central.

Coach Paul Charapata said the Wolverines (4-14, 2-9 SLC) got off to a good start against Reagan by utilizing pressure defense and scoring in transition.

Charapata said Waterford ended the half on an 18-0 run, and the Wolverines led 45-15 at halftime.

“Hunter Karpinski had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds,” Charapata said. “We moved the ball well offensively and made defensive stops to inhibit any runs by Reagan.”

Reagan (7-11) outscored the Wolverines 32-23 in the second half, but the Wolverines’ first-half dominance was enough to secure the victory.

Gavin Roanhouse scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Waterford. Ian Graham finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Willie Ketterhagen provided the heroics in the Wolverines’ overtime victory against Union Grove (7-12, 5-6 SLC). Ketterhagen hit a fade-away jumper from the free throw line as time expired to give the Wolverines a one-point victory against the Broncos.

“Willie played a great game,” Charapata said. “As a team, the defense and offense complimented each other and kept us in the game.”

Charapata said the game against Union Grove was a back-and-forth affair. Waterford trailed 51-46 late in regulation and scored the final five points to overtime.

Ketterhagen scored a game-high 25 points and finished with five steals. Karpinski scored 13 points and finished with five assists and four rebounds.

Roanhouse grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.