Martin, Germantown boys get first win over Nicolet

Stretching the team out after the frustrating opening-night loss to Milwaukee Hamilton on Nov. 29 did the Germantown boys basketball squad some good as the Warhawks earned first-year coach Steve Martin his first win when they overpowered Nicolet, 77-68, in their North Shore Conference lid-lifter on Dec. 2.

“I’m just happy for the kids, happy they got this win,” said Martin. “We did a better job getting deeper into our bench, of getting into our style (up-tempo) of play. It allowed us to get a little more air into lungs at the end of the game. Kids like Nick Loberger and Jonathan Wizner got more time, and that really helped.”

The seven-time North Shore Conference champion Warhawks evened their overall record at 1-1 with the win. They took on Wisconsin Lutheran on Dec. 6 and then will host border rival Homestead and its new coach Sean Crider at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The Highlanders dropped a close decision tor Grafton in their North Shore opener on Dec. 2.

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Longtime assistant Steve Martin will adopt teacher-first mentality as new Germantown boys basketball coach

b99720523z.1_20160509104344_000_girfhl94.1-1Though he’s entering into one of the most high profile prep coaching jobs in Wisconsin, new Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Martin is maintaining perspective. It’s something he learned from another Germantown legend, one from another sport.

“I remember seeing this quote somewhere,” Martin said. “Someone asked Phil (the late Warhawks’ football coach Datka) after one of his state titles, ‘How did you do that?’ and he said, ‘If it were as easy as answering that question, I’d put it in a bottle and do it every year.’

“What Phil was always getting at was, is that there are always going to be ups and downs in this job, and it’s up to you as the coach to provide good stewardship in both situations.” Martin was named to take over the program built by Steve Showalter on May 5, after interim coach Mark Adams stepped down after one season.

The Warhawks, who won state titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014 under coach Steve Showalter, and who have claimed ownership of the North Shore Conference title for the last seven years, are entering a transition phase after a series of strong senior classes, including this most recent one that included Now All-Suburban choices Juwan McCloud and Max Keefe.

Martin said he is ready for it.

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