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Now Media Group Sports Director 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. This webpage won an EPPY Award for best Sports Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors or fewer this fall.

 

Player of the week

Brookfield East didn't win a game in Greater Metro play last year, but under coach Joe Rux, the young Spartans have caught on quickly. Jake Graf scored a team-best 24 points as his squad knocked off undefeated Brookfield Central in overtime Jan. 13, and he scored 26 in a lopsided win over Marquette three days earlier. The Spartans were 3-5; they're now 6-5 under first-year coach Joe Rux with promise to make some serious noise.

Past Players of the Week

  • Jazmine Young, Dominican girls
  • Dasia Davis, Wauwatosa West girls
  • Demetrius Johnson, Whitefish Bay boys
  • Matt Henningsen, Menomonee Falls boys
  • Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown girls
  • Stu Vent, Muskego boys
  • Caitlyn Harper, Arrowhead girls
  • MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee girls

Boys top five 

1. Pewaukee (12-1). Pewaukee just keeps winning, and it's doing so in the toughest conference in the Milwaukee area. A convincing win over Wauwatosa West behind 38 points from junior Jack Gohlke (10 for 13 from 3-point range!) was maybe the most impressive outcome yet for a team that has already defeated the other top contenders in the Woodland West this year. Next up is another tough challenge against New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 20 as the Pirates seek a 12th straight win. (up 1)

2. Brookfield Central (10-1). Rapidly rising Brookfield East needed overtime but was able to hand Central its first loss of the year Jan. 13. The Lancers still have a case as the No. 1 team in our rankings, and we wouldn't rule them out getting back here at some point in 2016-17, but it was definitely Central's first rough week of the year. On Jan. 10, BC needed overtime to down Sussex Hamilton, 40-38. (down 1)

3. Cedarburg (11-1). The Bulldogs are still a team to be feared, but losing leading scorer John Diener for a week or two with a sprained ankle puts a little bit of a wrinkle into Cedarburg's world. Still, Jordan Johnson is one of the best players in the area, too, so now he'll be the focal point with an intriguing slate of games ahead, starting with a Jan. 16 battle against Muskego (no change)

4. Whitnall (8-2). Speaking of injuries, Whitnall was dealt a severe blow when Tyler Herro sustained a knee injury likely to cost him 4 to 6 weeks, and also like Cedarburg, the Falcons must now turn to a player (Kevion Taylor) who has been regarded as one of the best No. 2 players in the area, though his scoring has been limited in recent games. The big looming battle is a Jan. 27 meeting against Pewaukee. (no change)

5. Muskego (10-1). It's a big week for Muskego, which could very well be battling in a Classic 8 title showdown Jan. 20 against Arrowhead, a squad that enters the week one game ahead of the Warriors in the league standings. Before that, Muskego will get a fascinating litmus test against Cedarburg on Jan. 16. (no change) 

Best of the rest
6. Oak Creek (9-2 up 1), 7. Wauwatosa West (8-4 down 1), 8. Arrowhead (9-4 no change), 9. Menomonee Falls (11-3 up 1), 10. Brown Deer (8-3 up 3), 11. New Berlin Eisenhower (6-4 no change), 12. Franklin (8-3 no change), 13. Greenfield (7-5 down 4), 14. Martin Luther (9-2 up 1), 15. Brookfield East (6-5 NR) 

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (6-6), Catholic Memorial (8-5), Cudahy (2-9), Dominican (5-7), Germantown (5-7)Grafton (8-5), Greendale (5-6), Homestead (5-6), Kettle Moraine (3-8), Lake Country Lutheran (6-5), Mukwonago (9-4), New Berlin West (4-6), Nicolet (7-6), Oconomowoc (5-7), Port Washington (3-8), Shorewood (2-6), South Milwaukee (4-7), St. Francis (3-7), St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (2-5), St. Thomas More (5-6), Sussex Hamilton (5-7), University Lake School (2-6), University School (7-4), Waukesha North (3-7), Waukesha South (3-9), Waukesha West (3-8), Wauwatosa East (6-5),  West Allis Central (3-8), West Allis Hale (3-8), Whitefish Bay (6-5)

Girls top five

1. Mukwonago (14-0). We have a new No. 1 as the young Mukwonago squad fought its way to the top, with another round of Classic 8 play about to gear up. MHS won two games this week, downing Milwaukee Vincent and Catholic Memorial, and what's more is that the squad hasn't won by single digits in eight straight games and has only won by fewer than 10 points twice all season. (up 1)

2. Germantown (13-2). Germantown's resume still features a number of strong wins and two quality losses, but it was still a surprise when Pewaukee staged the upset Jan. 10. The Warhawks bounced back to down Port Washington and will be heavily favored in each of their next two games before dealing with Homestead on Jan. 31. (down 1)

3. New Berlin West (12-1). West is officially a team that should scare everyone in Division 2. A win over New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 13 marks a 10th straight win and a fifth straight game (six out of seven) in which the Vikings held an opponent to 43 points or less. A narrow 4-point loss to Brookfield East accounts for the only blemish on the ledger. (up 2)

4. Arrowhead (12-2). After enduring a week that featured three tough foes and the first two losses of the year, Arrowhead got back on track with a 61-32 win over Waukesha South. A Jan. 24 meeting at Milwaukee King will allow yet another opportunity to face off with one of the state's best teams. (no change)

5. New Berlin Eisenhower (9-3). Ike has a two-game losing streak, even though it's perfectly understandable to lose to the best team in the state (Beaver Dam) and New Berlin West. It doesn't get easier for the Lions, who next face powerhouse Milwaukee King on Jan. 17 and a Pewaukee team that just downed Germantown on Jan. 21. (down 2)

Best of the rest
6. Oak Creek (10-3 no change), 7. Pewaukee (11-3 up 1), 8. Homestead (8-4 down 1), 9. Martin Luther (11-1 no change), 10. Sussex Hamilton (10-3 no change), 11. Wauwatosa East (11-2 up 1), 12. Dominican (9-3 up 1),
13. Cedarburg (9-4 up 1), 14. Whitnall (9-4 NR), 15. Brookfield East (8-6 down 4)

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (7-7), Brookfield Central (5-6), Cudahy (8-5), Brown Deer (2-10), Catholic Memorial (3-10), Franklin (9-5), Grafton (6-5), Greendale (3-11), Greenfield (5-8), Kettle Moraine (6-6), Lake Country Lutheran (5-7), Menomonee Falls (6-8), Muskego (9-5), Nicolet (0-13), Oconomowoc (6-6), Port Washington (4-9), Shorewood (8-5), St. Francis (4-9), St. Thomas More (5-7),  South Milwaukee (5-7), University Lake School (7-4), University School (6-5), Waukesha North (3-10), Waukesha South (7-7), Waukesha West (6-6), Wauwatosa West (5-9), West Allis Central (2-11), West Allis Hale (7-6), Whitefish Bay (9-6)

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 

It was a tough week for injuries in boys basketball. Whitnall's Tyler Herro learned he would miss between 4 and 6 weeks after tearing the meniscus in his knee, a big blow for the returning state qualifier. John Diener of Cedarburg also twisted an ankle early against Nicolet on Jan. 11, and though he finished the game, he missed his team's subsequent battle against Grafton and will probably miss a week or two according to coach Tom Diener.

Stat leaders

Boys current scorers

  1. Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Jr.), 23.8 ppg
  2. Kyle Clow, Germantown (Sr.), 23.3
  3. John Diener, Cedarburg (Jr.), 22.3
  4. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg (Sr.), 21.2
  5. Drew Yetka, Oak Creek (Sr.), 21.1
  6. Ryan Haertel, West Allis Hale (Sr.), 21.0
  7. Alex Setzer, Brookfield Academy (Soph.), 20.3
  8. DeAndre Anderson, Shorewood (Jr.), 19.8
  9. Max Alba, Franklin (Jr.), 19.6
  10. Keaton Stremick, Waukesha South (Sr.), 19.6
  11. Trequan Carrington, Martin Luther (Soph.), 19.5
  12. Trevell Cunningham, Arrowhead (Sr.), 19.5
  13. Jay Gentry, Brown Deer (Jr.), 19.5
  14. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (Sr.), 19.4
  15. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc (Sr.), 19.1

Boys active career scorers

  1. John Diener, Cedarburg, 1,342*
  2. Tyler Herro, Whitnall, 1,226*
  3. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg, 1,121
  4. Kevion Taylor, Whitnall, 1,046
  5. Walter Taylor, University School, 940
  6. Mikael Green, Shorewood, 930
  7. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc, 901
  8. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago, 889
  9. Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West, 811
  10. Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower, 754
  11. Logan Hilgart, Grafton, 722
  12. Wyatt Cook, Pewaukee, 682

Girls current scorers 

  1. Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Jr.), 20.4 ppg
  2. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central (Sr.), 19.8
  3. Khamya McNeal, Shorewood (Fr.), 19.7
  4. Hannah Belanger, Grafton (Soph.), 19.6
  5. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Sr.), 19.6
  6. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall (Sr.), 19.5
  7. Jazmine Young, Dominican (Jr.), 19.5
  8. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee (Sr.), 18.8
  9. Mattie Schimenz, Brown Deer (Fr.), 18.4
  10. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy (Jr.), 18.4
  11. Kiara Redman-Trotter, St. Francis (Soph.), 18.0
  12. Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine (Sr.), 17.7
  13. Grace Beyer, Mukwonago (Soph.), 17.1
  14. Kate Benes, Lake Country Lutheran (Fr.), 17.1
  15. Hannah Kulas, Cudahy (Jr.), 16.0

Girls active career scorers

  1. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown, 1,162
  2. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 1,034
  3. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall, 1,002
  4. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy, 933*
  5. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central, 927
  6. Bailey Eichner, Cudahy, 894
  7. Chloe Marotta, Homestead, 856*
  8. Emily Hafemann, Martin Luther, 848
  9. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee, 829
  10. Marissa Igunbor, Menomonee Falls, 764
  11. Jazmine Young, Dominican, 747*
  12. Maddy Harrison, Muskego, 697*

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through Jan. 15, 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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