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.


 Germantown, 0-0

Until somebody can actually stop Germantown, it's going to be considered the best team in the area. Stevens Point may have surpassed the Warhawks as the preeminent program in the state when it topped Germantown in last year's title game (and kept GT from a fourth straight state title), but the Warhawks could be back for a rematch this year with Juwan McCloud, Max Keefe and Conner Edmonds all back. New coach Mark Adams has a lot to work with. Pictured: Juwan McCloud

Dominican, 0-0

The four-time defending state champions won't have Diamond Stone anymore, and it certainly won't be seen as an unquestioned title favorite this year -- but nobody is going to rule it out. Kostas Antetokonumpo will be one of the most-watched prospects in the state as the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis.

Brown Deer, 0-0

 Yet another defending state champion has won back-to-back Division 3 crowns, and though Lewrenzo Byers is gone, Taurus Adams (pictured) returns to lead a Falcons squad that will once again be seen as at least a contender for a third straight crown.

 New Berlin Eisenhower, 0-0

Led by the likes of Jack Sirek and Stephen Kraninger, Eisenhower had a relatively down year by its own standards last year when it finished 13-10. And yet, a boatload of returnees will make this team a favorite to win the Woodland West and maybe a sleeper to get into the Division 2 title conversation.

 Muskego, 0-0

Three starters return from a team that emerged as somewhat of a surprise last year and went 21-2, with a shocking early exit from the playoffs short-circuiting a special season. The Classic 8 appears to be wide open, especially with Arrowhead losing top player Bryce Nze to injury, and Muskego will be one of the teams in the mix to repeat as league champ.


  Waukesha West, 0-0

One of the top programs in Division 2, if not the best, starts with a doozy out of the gate when it hosts New Berlin West. The Wolverines welcome back a ton of talent, led by four-year starter Dani Rhodes, a University of Wisconsin soccer commit. With several starters back from last year's 22-3 team, West, Mukwonago and Arrowhead should be in a spirited battle for the Classic 8 title. Photo: Dani Rhodes

Mukwonago, 0-0

With two Division 1 recruits, including standout Bre Cera (Iowa) and post player Morgan Glatczak (Ball State), not to mention other returnees and the potential of two top freshmen, the Mukwonago girls basketball team is gearing up for what could be a profitable year. Could a Division 1 championship be in the making? It's possible, though last year's team faced roadblocks from Waukesha West and Arrowhead.

 New Berlin Eisenhower, 0-0

The Lions open the season with a tough tilt against perennial Wisconsin Little Ten champion Beaver Dam, and there are once again a lot of expectations for Eisenhower to advance deep into the Division 2 tournament and cotend for the Woodland West title. Bradley recruit Chelsea Brackmann leads the way.

 Homestead, 1-0

 Led by sensational sophomore Chloe Marotta, who may be one of the best players in the state in her class, the Highlanders will be seen as a North Shore Conference favorite and perhaps more. Seniors Christal Hearn and Taylor McIlwraith are also huge pieces of the puzzle. Homestead opened the season wtih a win over Milwaukee Vincent.

 Oak Creek, 1-0

The Knights, heavy on strong guard play, opened the year by taking down Brookfield Central fairly easily in an intriguing opening-season tilt. Hailey Zylka broke out to score 22 points in her first go-round as starting point guard. Pictured: Nikki Widenski

Best of the Rest


Oconomowoc, 0-0
 Arrowhead, 0-0
 Wauwatosa East, 0-0
Pewaukee, 0-0
 Brookfield Central, 0-0
Whitnall, 0-0
Greendale, 0-0
Mukwonago, 0-0
 Kettle Moraine, 0-0
 Brookfield Academy, 0-0

Others (alpha): Brookfield East, 0-0; Catholic Memorial, 0-0; Cudahy, 0-0; Franklin, 0-0; Greenfield, 0-0; Homestead, 0-0; Lake Country Lutheran, 0-0; Martin Luther, 0-0; Menomonee Falls, 0-0;  New Berlin West, 0-0; Nicolet, 0-0; Oak Creek, 0-0; Shorewood, 0-0; South Milwaukee, 0-0; St. Francis, 0-0; St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, 0-0; St. Thomas More, 0-0; Sussex Hamilton, 0-0; University Lake School, 0-0; University School, 0-0; Waukesha North, 0-0; Waukesha South, 0-0; Waukesha West, 0-0; Wauwatosa West, 0-0; West Allis Central, 0-0; West Allis Hale, 0-0


Brookfield East, 2-0
 Arrowhead, 0-0
New Berlin West, 1-0
Pewaukee, 0-1
Brookfield Central, 0-1
Franklin, 0-0
Sussex Hamilton, 1-0
Germantown, 0-0
Catholic Memorial, 2-0
Shorewood, 1-0

Others (alpha): Brookfield Academy, 1-1; Brown Deer, 0-1; Cudahy, 1-0; Dominican, 0-0; Greendale, 0-1; Greenfield, 1-0; Kettle Moraine, 1-0; Lake Country Lutheran, 2-0; Martin Luther, 1-0; Menomonee Falls, 0-2; Muskego, 0-0; Nicolet, 1-1; Oconomowoc,1-0; South Milwaukee, 0-1; St. Francis, 0-0; St. Thomas More, 0-0; University Lake School, 0-1; University School, 0-2; Waukesha North, 0-0; Waukesha South, 1-0; Wauwatosa East, 1-0; Wauwatosa West, 0-1; West Allis Central, 1-0; West Allis Hale, 0-0; Whitefish Bay, 1-0; Whitnall, 1-0

Last update: Nov. 22.








  1. Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 31.8 ppg
  2. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 20.5
  3. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 20.4
  4. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 19.2
  5. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 18.1
  6. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 16.8
  7. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 16.5
  8. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 16.0
  9. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 15.9
  10. Sam Schuh, West Allis Hale, 15.8
  11. Baylee Barker, Oconomowoc, 14.9
  12. Chloe Marotta, Homestead, 14.4
  13. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 14.0
  14. Jada Stackhouse, Shorewood, 14.0
  15. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 13.8
  16. Shayna Key, Brown Deer, 13.5
  17. Abbey Jones, Wauwatosa West, 13.4
  18. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall, 12.5
  19. Ally May, Arrowhead, 12.5
  20. Emily Schumacher, Waukesha South, 12.5


  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 24.4
  2. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 24.0
  3. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 21.1
  4. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 20.1
  5. Ve'Jhon Johnson, University School, 20.0
  6. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 19.8
  7. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 19.5
  8. Lewrenzo Byers, Brown Deer, 19.3
  9. Joe Lemon, Brookfield Academy, 18.5
  10. Mitch Pfeifer, Kettle Moraine, 18.0
  11. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 17.0
  12. Juwon McCloud, Germantown, 17.0
  13. Mindika Wijenayake, New Berlin West, 16.5
  14. C.J. Teske, Lake Country Lutheran, 16.4
  15. David Pulizos, Greendale, 16.2
  16. Joey Archer, West Allis Hale, 16.2
  17. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 16.1
  18. Marquis Harris, St. Francis, 16.0
  19. Isaiah Johnson, Whitefish Bay, 15.9
  20. Tyler Herro, Whitnall, 15.8

Averages are taken from the online database. Adjustments will be made only if submitted by that player's coach to JR Radcliffe at Averages through March 15 Teams covered on Roundball Rankings include those by NOW Newspapers (including extended coverage zone involving Dominican, Cudahy, Thomas More, Martin Luther, St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Sussex Hamilton and Brookfield Academy) and Lake Country Publications.


Current active leading scorers among all NOW-area high schools. All seniors, unless noted.


  1. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 1,172
  2. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 1,019
  3. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 862
  4. David Pulizos, Greendale, 865
  5. Juwan McCloud, Germantown, 824
  6. Joe Lemon, Brookfield Academy, 709
  7. Bryce Nze, Arrowhead, 649
  8. Adam Wieczorek, Waukesha North, 517
  9. Jack Popp, Homestead, 468
  10. Max Keefe, Germantown, 415


  1. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 1,124
  2. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 1,101
  3. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 1,073
  4. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 893
  5. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 884
  6. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 851
  7. Jada Stackhouse, Shorewood, 809
  8. Taylor McIlwraith, Homestead, 709
  9. Angela Pichler, Brookfield East, 705
  10. Dena Dryer, Catholic Memorial, 690

Stats accumulated from database through Nov. 22, 2015


Several NOW teams have popped up on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association rankings (Feb. 24).

Division 1 girls
6. Waukesha West (20-2)
8. Arrowhead (17-5)

Division 2 girls
4. New Berlin Eisenhower (19-3)
6. Pewaukee (18-4)

Division 1 boys
1. Germantown (21-0)
4. Muskego (20-1)

Division 2 boys
10. Pewakee (16-5)

Division 3 boys
4. Brown Deer (17-4)

 Division 4 boys
1. Dominican (18-3)

Pictured: (top) New Berlin Eisenhower girls coach Gary Schmidt and Germantown boys coach Steve Showalter. Coaches association full rankings: boys | girls


 New Berlin West’s Ewelina Scholmann (3) drives to the basket over Burlington’s Mackenzie Zwiebel in the season opener Nov. 19 at West. West won, 72-35. Photo by Peter Zuzga.

Recent basketball stories


 Several area players won't be suiting up at the start of the year for a variety of reasons, including players such as Bryce Nze of the Arrowhead boys and Grace Gilmore of the Arrowhead girls, who both have long-term injuries (Nze likely lost for the year). Kaitlyn Jackson of Whitefish Bay, a three-year starter, is concentrating on track and field as a senior after getting a scholarship to Wisconsin. Wauwatosa East's Bryce Beekman would have been the Red Raiders' top returning scorer, but he moved out of the area.

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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


 Brookfield East heads into the year with plenty of experience on its girls basketball team, and Mariah Miller flashed some of that senior savvy in a 62-56 win over one of the state's powerhouse programs, Kimberly. She scored 23 pointsa and added six rebounds in the win, along with three steals and three assists. In an easy win over Burlington, she had 13 points and eight boards.

Previous winners:




Nov. 24: Oconomowoc at Pewaukee. Two Lake Country rivals will get an early chance to assess what they have coming back, as both return several key pieces from last year's conference-title contenders.

Nov. 24: Dominican at Roncalli. Two powerhouses in Division 4 state hoops will kick off the season with a bang, as the four-time defending state champion Knights hit the road.

Nov. 25: Wauwatosa East at Kettle Moraine. A highly intriguing nonconference matchup between a couple strong programs both looking to contend in their respective conferences.

Nov. 28: Milwaukee Washington vs. Brown Deer. The finale of the Fresh Coast Classic at UWM will pit two elite programs against each other.


Nov. 24: Beaver Dam at New Berlin Eisenhower. Two powerhouses in their respective divisions square off, with Wisconsin Little Ten title-holder Beaver Dam meeting Woodland West standout Eisenhower in a great nonconference tilt.

Nov. 24: Arrowhead at Milwaukee Pius XI. The Warhawks, coming off an appearance in the state semifinals, will square off with a Pius squad that went 27-0 last year to take the division 2 title.

Nov. 24: New Berlin West at Waukesha West. A great early-season test for the early Division 2 title favorite, Waukesha West, against another strong D2 program.

Nov. 27: Franklin vs. De Pere. One of many highlight-worthy matchups at the Brookfield Central Tournament, an annual tradition of strong matchups. Mukwonago meets De Pere one day later.

Next Level

Follow former Division 1 NOW/Lake Country basketball players at Division 1 programs:


Lamonte Bearden, Buffalo (Germantown)
Darrell Bowie, Northern Illinois (Wauwatosa East)
Brady Ellingson, Iowa (Sussex Hamilton)
Luke Fischer, Marquette (Germantown)
Jarvis Garrett, Rhode Island (West Allis Central)
Jaylen Key, Northern Illinois (Homestead)
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt (Brookfield Central)
Cam Marotta, Marquette (Homestead)
Paul Miller, North Dakota State (Kettle Moraine)
DJ Mlachnik, UMASS-Lowell (Muskego/St. John's)
T.J. Schlundt, Wisconsin (Oconomowoc)
Zak Showalter, Wisconsin (Germantown)
Diamond Stone, Maryland (Dominican)
Dan Studer, UW-Milwaukee (Germantown)
Reed Timmer, Drake (New Berlin Eisenhower)
Evan Wesenberg, North Dakota State (Germantown)
Duane Wilson, Marquette (Dominican)

Nicole Bauman, Wisconsin
(New Berlin Eisenhower)
Allazia Blockton, Marquette (Dominican)
Jessica Cattani, Florida Gulf Coast (Muskego)
Michelle Farrow, Western Illinois (Waukesha West)
Taylor Gradinjan, Florida Gulf Coast (Cudahy)
Amber Gray, Northern Illinois (Mukwonago)
Briana Gray, Bradley (Nicolet)
Taylor Higginbotham, Western Illinois (Germantown)
Maya Jonas, Northwestern (Whitefish Bay)
Kianna Keller, New Mexico (Waukesha West)
Steph Kostowicz, UW-Milwaukee (Oak Creek)
Mehryn Kraker, UW-Green Bay (West Allis Central)
Mackenzie Latt, Davidson (Sussex Hamilton)*
Ashley Luke, UW-Green Bay  (Oak Creek)
Ally May, Northern Illinois (Arrowhead)
Lydia Rohde, Northwestern (Brookfield Central)
Katie Salmon, Loyola (Ill.) (Wauwatosa East)
Tamya Sims, Bradley (Oak Creek)
Kelly Smith, Northern Illinois (Arrowhead)
Jordyn Swan, UW-Milwaukee (Pewaukee)
Eileen Van Horn, Marist (Waukesha South)
Lexi Weitzer, UW-Green Bay (Waukesha South)

*transferred to Gull Lake HS in Michigan senior year

I Played at State

We check in with past area basketball players and ask about their experiences at the state tournament.

 Erin Monfre was on the cover of the state's women's basketball yearbook before the season, and she and her Waukesha South teammates proved the hype was real, reaching the WIAA Division 1 state championship game before falling to De Pere. "It kept me accountable, it never allowed me to settle. There were people who had expectations of me, people who doubted me and expectations I had for myself. That spotlight kept me in line, as well as motivated."

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Other entries:
Jamie Schneck, Whitefish Bay boys
Kay (Mikolajczak) Chmielewski, Franklin girls
Jay Schauer and Rollie Blanchett, South Milwaukee boys
Whitefish Bay girls team, 2006
Brenda (Brunner) Hojnacki, Pius girls
Griffin LaDew, Catholic Memorial boys
Tina (Vilter) McDonald, Arrowhead girls
Eric Dale, Wauwatosa East boys
Kelly (Schwerman) Leibham, Kettle Moraine girls

JR Blount, Whitefish Bay Dominican boys
Alex Izzo, New Berlin Eisenhower boys

Ashley Imperiale, Greendale girls


Which football team is the best in the Milwaukee area?


Brookfield Central





Waukesha West

Whitefish Bay

Past All-Area Teams


A look at area players headed to play college basketball in NCAA Division 1 and Division 2


Division 1
Chelsea Brackmann, New Berlin Eisenhower (Northern Illinois)
Bre Cera, Mukwonago (Iowa)
Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee (Northern Iowa)
Morgan Glatczak, Mukwonago (Ball State)
Mariah Miller, Brookfield East (Cleveland State)

Division 2
Carly Graverson, Franklin (Lewis)
Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton (Minnesota State-Mankato)


Division 1
Juwan McCloud, Germantown (Northern Iowa)
Bryce Nze, Arrowhead (UW-Milwaukee)

Division 2
Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek (Minnesota-Crookston)
Max Keefe, Germantown (Concordia St. Paul)
Spencer Treder, Oconomowoc (Winona State)

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State appearances by area teams:


  • 16: Wauwatosa East (last: 2008)
  • 9: Brookfield Central (last: 2008)
  • 8: Dominican (last: 2015), South Milwaukee (last: 1996), Shorewood (last: 1981)
  • 6: Germantown (last: 2015), Whitefish Bay (last: 2011)
  • 5: Sussex Hamilton (last: 1987)
  • 4: Brown Deer (last: 2015), Mukwonago (last: 2014)
  • 3: Greendale (last: 2015), Arrowhead (last: 2010), Brookfield East (last: 1979), Whitnall (last: 2004)
  • 2: West Allis Central (last: 2015), Catholic Memorial (last: 2010), Homestead (last: 1994); New Berlin Eisenhower (last: 2008), Nicolet (last: 1993), West Allis Hale (last: 1970)
  • 1: Muskego (1986), New Berlin West (2000), Oak Creek (1980), Pewaukee (2001), Cudahy (1981), St. Francis (1976), Waukesha South (1999 -- Waukesha High School made 14 trips), Waukesha West (1998)
  • 0: Brookfield Academy, Greenfield, Franklin, Kettle Moraine, Lake Country Lutheran; Martin Luther, Menomonee Falls, Oconomowoc, Thomas More, Waukesha North, Wauwatosa West


  • 9: Arrowhead (last: 2015)
  • 7: Mukwonago (last, 2014), West Allis Hale (last: 2000), Whitefish Bay (last, 2011)
  • 6: Kettle Moraine (last: 2004)
  • 5: Oak Creek (last: 2014), Brookfield East (last: 2004), Greendale (last: 2007)
  • 4: Nicolet (last: 2011), New Berlin Eisenhower (last, 2013)
  • 3: Brookfield Central (last: 2009), Franklin (last: 2007), Whitnall (last: 2005), Waukesha South (last: 2005)
  • 2: Brown Deer (last: 1993), Homestead (last: 1995); Wauwatosa East (last: 1981)
  • 1: New Berlin West (1986)
  • 1: Dominican (2011)
  • 1: Catholic Memorial (2005), South Milwaukee (1985), St. Francis (1981), Waukesha North (1994)
  • 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

State titles:


  • 6. Dominican (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • 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)


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


 Top scorersScoring leaders

Check out our interactive map for a look at the all-time scoring leaders of boys and girls basketball teams at high schools in the suburban Milwaukee area.