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NOW's JR Radcliffe takes a weekly look at the top five boys and girls teams in the NOW and Lake Country Publications coverage area and ranks the schools, updated every Sunday. Notice anything amiss? Email jradcliffe@gannett.com. 

 

Player of the Week

Muskego lost a ton of talent from last year's Division 1 state finalist, with current sophomore Stu Vent one of the lone returnees. But the Warriors' rebuild may not be much of an overhaul, and Vent is a big reason why. He scored 20 points per game in the first two contests of the year, including a win over the previous No. 5-ranked team in our rankings, New Berlin Eisenhower, where he dropped 22 points and put his team right back on the map.

Past POY winners

  • Caitlyn Harper, Arrowhead girls
  • MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee girls

Boys top five

1. Whitnall (2-1). Tyler Herro (26 points) and Kevion Taylor (21) were again a 1-2 punch for the Falcons in their lone game of the week, an easy win over Westosha Central. Now comes the tough part for Whitnall in a crowded Woodland West, which features powerful teams like Pewaukee, Greendale and New Berlin Eisenhower, all of whom will be competing for top-10 spots in our rankings this year. (no change)

2. Cedarburg (3-0). John Diener will get the headlines for Cedarburg, but like Whitnall, the Bulldogs possess a Pippen to the Jordan -- only, in this case, the Jordan may be the Pippen. Jordan Johnson had 16 points in a North Shore win over Whitefish Bay, and he went 10 of 10 from the free-throw line to finish with 19 in a quality win over Milwaukee Hamilton. This is basically 1B to Whitnall's 1A, and they'll both be competing for the same Division 2 gold ball at the end of the year. (no change)

3. Pewaukee (3-1). The Pirates missed out on a golden opportunity to down Milwaukee Vincent last week, but they rebounded with a win over Nicolet and a dominant 74-55 victory over Dominican that puts the Knights at 0-3 for the first time in ... we don't have time to look it up, but it's probably forever ... and meanwhile provides a major boost to a very good Pirates team. There's a lot to like about this year's Pewaukee team, including the emergence of junior post Grant Basile to a team that already several top returning players. Basile has averaged 19 points per game thus far. (up 3)

4. Brookfield Central (2-0). Central opened some eyes out of the gate with a lopsided win over Mukwonago and then followed up with a smooth win over Bay View in the Terry Porter Classic on Dec. 2. Speaking of breakout players this season, Gage Malensek's sophomore year has started with an average of 19 points in the first twp games, and junior Andres Peralta-Werns is averaging 18. (up 2)

5.Arrowhead (0-1). Arrowhead held a late lead on Wisconsin Lutheran before succumbing late in a 71-67 loss Tuesday. The Warhawks get to keep a spot in the top-five for now, but they'll have some intriguing tests against Oconomowoc and Waukesha North this week. (down 2) 

Best of the rest
6. New Berlin Eisenhower (1-1 down 1), 7. Muskego (2-0 NR), 8. Wauwatosa West (2-0 up 3), 9. Oak Creek (3-1 up 4), 10. Menomonee Falls (2-0 up 5), 11. Greendale (3-0 NR),
12. Whitefish Bay (0-1 down 4), 13. Brown Deer (1-1 down 4), 14. Germantown (1-1 down 4), 15. Mukwonago (1-1 down 3)

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (1-0), Brookfield East (0-1), Catholic Memorial (3-1), Cudahy (1-1), Dominican (0-3), Franklin (2-0), Grafton (2-1), Greenfield (1-0), Homestead (0-1), Kettle Moraine (0-0), Lake Country Lutheran (1-2), Martin Luther (1-0), New Berlin West (2-0), Nicolet (2-2), Oconomowoc (0-2), Port Washington (0-2), Shorewood (1-0), South Milwaukee (2-0), St. Francis (1-1), St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (1-1), St. Thomas More (2-0), Sussex Hamilton (2-0), University Lake School (1-2), University School (2-2), Waukesha North (1-1), Waukesha South (2-1), Waukesha West (0-2), Wauwatosa East (0-2),  West Allis Central (1-1), West Allis Hale (0-1)

Girls top five

1. Arrowhead (3-0). After a pair of impressive in-state wins to open the season, Arrowhead took on Trinity of Illinois last week and scored a 59-52 win in overtime, defeating a team that has traditionally been one of the top programs in Illinois. Now, the Warhawks get an intriguing conference test with a battle against Muskego on Dec. 6. (no change)

2. New Berlin Eisenhower (2-1). Ike limited South Milwaukee to just 16 points in a lopsided conference win, and the Lions will be the heavy favorites in each game during this stretch of the schedule prior to a Dec. 16 meeting with Pewaukee and Dec. 20 meeting with Milwaukee Pius XI in back-to-back battles. The Woodland West is frequently decided by Pius, Eisenhower and Pewaukee with a dash of New Berlin West. (no change)

3. Germantown (4-0). Everything has gone according to script for Germantown thus far, but the next seven games might be the most brutal stretch you'll find on anyone's docket, with tests against Sussex Hamilton, Homestead, Grafton, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg, Arrowhead and Pewaukee. Kenzie Schmitz has been the centerpiece as expected, scoring 18 points per game. (no change)

4. Oak Creek (3-1). Kassandra Bartek scored 25 points, and the junior helped Oak Creek dominate its most recent game against Kenosha Bradford. The Knights have been blowing people away since incurring an opening loss. (no change)

5. Pewaukee (4-0). Possessing one of the best early-season resumes out there, Pewaukee has downed Notre Dame, Pulaski and Waukesha West, and a league win over Brown Deer ran the mark to 4-0. The Pirates have recovered beautifully despite the graduation of all-time leading scorer Abby Gerrits and several other key contributors. Senior MacKenzie Schill and her freshman sister, Lauren Schill, are leading the charge. (up 5)
 

Best of the rest
6Mukwonago (3-0 up 2), 7. Homestead (2-0), 8. Kettle Moraine (1-1 down 2), 9. Brookfield Central (2-2 down 4), 10. New Berlin West (4-1 down 1), 11. Martin Luther (4-1 up 1), 12. Sussex Hamilton (3-1 up 3), 13.Muskego (4-1 NR),
 14. Brookfield East (3-1 down 1), 15. Cudahy (2-1 down 1)

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (2-3); Cedarburg (1-2); Brown Deer (1-2); Catholic Memorial (1-1); Dominican (1-2); Franklin (2-2); Grafton (2-2), Greendale (2-1); Greenfield (1-2); Menomonee Falls (1-3); Nicolet (0-4); Oconomowoc (1-3); Port Washington (2-4); St. Francis (3-3); St. Thomas More (0-2); Shorewood (4-1); South Milwaukee (1-3); University Lake School (3-2); University School (3-2); Waukesha North (0-3); Waukesha South (3-1); Waukesha West (1-2); Wauwatosa East (3-1); Wauwatosa West (1-2); West Allis Central (1-3); West Allis Hale (3-1); Whitefish Bay (2-2); Whitnall (3-2)

League Standings

Classic 8: Boys | Girls
Greater Metro: Boys | Girls
Metro Classic: Boys | Girls
Midwest Classic: Boys | Girls
North Shore: Boys | Girls
Southeast: Boys | Girls
Wisconsin Little Ten: Boys | Girls
Woodland East: Boys | Girls
Woodland West: Boys | Girls

State rankings: Boys | Girls

Beyond the Box

There were two notable coaching milestones around the state last week. Cuba City's Jerry Petitgoue, the all-time leader in coaching wins, won his 900th boys basketball game in his 50th year at the helm, a 61-59 win over Pecatonica. Elsewhere, when Prentice met Lake Holcombe, it marked the first time in state history two boys teams coached by women squared off. Amy Ring's Prentice squad defeated Joy Webster's Lake Holcombe crew, 71-61.

Stat leaders

Boys current scorers

  1. Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Jr.), 31.0 ppg
  2. Ryan Haertel, West Allis Hale (Sr.), 29.0
  3. Kyle Clow, Germantown (Sr.), 29.0
  4. Max Alba, Franklin (Jr.), 28.5
  5. Trequan Carrington, Martin Luther (Soph.), 28.0
  6. Brandon Weston, SJNMA (Fr.), 26.5
  7. Will McDonald, Waukesha North (Jr.), 25.5
  8. Tyrone Powell, Wauwatosa West (Sr.), 25.0
  9. Donnie Reasby, Greenfield (Sr.), 25.0
  10. Vlado Zrnic, Greendale (Jr.), 24.3
  11. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg (Sr.), 23.3
  12. John Diener, Cedarburg (Jr.), 22.3
  13. Trevell Cunningham, Arrowhead (Sr.), 22.0
  14. Keaton Stremick, Waukesha South (Sr.), 21.7
  15. Drew Yetka, Oak Creek (Sr.), 21.7

Boys active career scorers

  1. John Diener, Cedarburg, 1,164*
  2. Tyler Herro, Whitnall, 1,105*
  3. Kevion Taylor, Whitnall, 961
  4. Mikael Green, Shorewood, 913
  5. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg, 937
  6. Walter Taylor, University School, 813
  7. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc, 705
  8. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago, 665
  9. Logan Hilgart, Grafton, 655
  10. Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower, 640
  11. Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West, 628
  12. David Thompson, Whitefish Bay, 619

Girls current scorers 

  1. Kate Benes, Lake Country Lutheran (Fr.), 25.7 ppg
  2. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central (Sr.), 24.2
  3. Kiara Redman-Trotter, St. Francis (Soph.), 21.6
  4. Khamya McNeal, Shorewood (Fr.), 21.2
  5. Caitlyn Harper, Arrowhead (Jr.), 20.0
  6. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy (Jr.), 19.2
  7. Alyssa Nelson, New Berlin West (Jr.), 18.8
  8. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee (Sr.), 18.7
  9. Olivia Sobczak, Oconomowoc (Fr.), 18.5
  10. Calli Delsman, Waukesha West (Sr.), 18.0
  11. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Sr.), 18.0
  12. Hannah Belanger, Grafton (Soph.), 18.0
  13. Grace Beyer, Mukwonago (Soph.), 17.7
  14. Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Jr.), 17.5
  15. Hannah Kulas, Cudahy (Jr.), 17.5

Girls active career scorers

  1. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown, 940
  2. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 931
  3. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall, 833
  4. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central, 806
  5. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy, 772*
  6. Emily Hafemann, Martin Luther, 765
  7. Chloe Marotta, Homestead, 667*
  8. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee, 660
  9. Marissa Igunbor, Menomonee Falls, 641
  10. Madison Grzesiak, Menomonee Falls, 602
  11. Hannah Kath, Muskego, 581
  12. Claire Haynes, Brookfield Central, 527

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through Dec. 4, 2016. Career scoring leaders seniors unless indicated with (*) for junior or (**) for sophomore.

Signed and sealed

Boys

Division 1

John Diener, Cedarburg (DePaul)*
Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West (South Dakota State)
Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (IUPUI)
Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Wisconsin)*

Division 2

Kyle Clow, Germantown (Michigan Tech)
Kevion Taylor, Whitnall (Winona State)

Girls

Division 1

Grace Gilmore, Arrowhead (Western Illinois)
Bailey Eichner, Cudahy (William and Mary)
Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Marquette)*
Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Ohio)

Division 2

Calli Delsman, Waukesha West (Minot State)
Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine (Minnesota-Crookston)
Hannah Kath, Muskego (McKendree)
Grace Weber, Kettle Moraine (Illinois-Springfield)
Macy Williams, Sussex Hamilton (Mary)

*verbal only

 

Trophy case

 

State titles by area teams:

Boys

  • 7. Dominican (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 3. Germantown (2012, 2013, 2014); Wauwatosa East (1948, 1989, 2008), Whitefish Bay (1996, 1998, 2011)
  • 2: Brown Deer (2014, 2015), Catholic Memorial (2004, 2010), South Milwaukee (1952, 1976)
  • 1: Arrowhead (2010), New Berlin Eisenhower (2008), New Berlin West (2000), St. Francis (1976), Shorewood (1942), Whitnall (1988), Waukesha (1944), Port Washington (1937)

Girls

  • 2: New Berlin Eisenhower (2016, 2010), Grafton (2009, 2007), Arrowhead (1991, 1988)
  • 1: Oak Creek (2014), Nicolet (2011), Kettle Moraine (1999), Brookfield Central (1985), Wauwatosa East (1981)

State appearances by area teams:

Boys

  • 16: Wauwatosa East (last: 2008)
  • 9: Brookfield Central (last: 2008)
  • 8: Dominican (last: 2016), South Milwaukee (last: 1996), Shorewood (last: 1981)
  • 6: Germantown (last: 2015), Whitefish Bay (last: 2011)
  • 5: Sussex Hamilton (last: 1987)
  • 4: Whitnall (last: 2016), Brown Deer (last: 2015), Mukwonago (last: 2014)
  • 3: Greendale (last: 2015), Arrowhead (last: 2010), Brookfield East (last: 1979)
  • 2: Muskego (last: 2016), West Allis Central (last: 2015), Catholic Memorial (last: 2010), New Berlin Eisenhower (last: 2008), Port Washington (last: 2007), Cedarburg (last: 1999), Homestead (last: 1994), Grafton (last, 1994), Nicolet (last: 1993), West Allis Hale (last: 1970)
  • 1: Pewaukee (2001), New Berlin West (2000), Waukesha South (1999 -- Waukesha High School made 14 trips), Waukesha West (1998), Cudahy (1981), Oak Creek (1980), St. Francis (1976)
  • 0: Brookfield Academy, Greenfield, Franklin, Kettle Moraine, Lake Country Lutheran; Martin Luther, Menomonee Falls, Oconomowoc, Thomas More, Waukesha North, Wauwatosa West

Girls

  • 9: Arrowhead (last: 2015)
  • 8: Mukwonago (last: 2016)
  • 7: Whitefish Bay (last: 2011), West Allis Hale (last: 2000)
  • 6: Oak Creek (last: 2016), Kettle Moraine (last: 2004)
  • 5: New Berlin Eisenhower (last: 2016), Grafton (last: 2009), Greendale (last: 2007), Brookfield East (last: 2004), 
  • 4: Nicolet (last: 2011)
  • 3: Brookfield Central (last: 2009), Franklin (last: 2007), Whitnall (last: 2005), Waukesha South (last: 2005)
  • 2: Cedarburg (last: 2015), Port Washington (last: 2000), Homestead (last: 1995), Brown Deer (last: 1993), Wauwatosa East (last: 1981)
  • 1: Dominican (2011), Catholic Memorial (2005), Waukesha North (1994), New Berlin West (1986), South Milwaukee (1985), St. Francis (1981)
  • 0: Brookfield Academy, Cudahy, Germantown, Greenfield, Lake Country Lutheran, Martin Luther, Menomonee Falls, Muskego, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Shorewood, Sussex Hamilton, Thomas More, Wauwatosa West, West Allis Central

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