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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.


Germantown, 13-0 (no change)

Max Keefe scored 17 points, Brian Studer 15 and Juwan McCloud 14, as the new driving forces behind the Germantown machine churned onward with a quality victory over league challenger Whitefish Bay, 67-54. It's the second straight week the Warhawks survived what looked like a week that could potentially bring the first loss of the year. Quite honestly, it's hard to imagine them losing now over the next couple weeks, though a Feb. 4 battle against Arrowhead at the Bradley Center at least provides some intrigue.

 Dominican, 11-1 (no change)

On paper, Kenosha St. Joseph represented a very real threat Saturday, and yet the Knights handed the Lancers their first loss in league play with a 69-36 outcome to cap a 2-0 week. A Feb. 7 battle against Racine Case is the next intriguing battle on the Knights' plate. Pictured: Diamond Stone

Muskego, 15-1 (up 1)

It's astonishing how poised and balanced the Warriors, a program not ranked in the state since the late 90s, have become. Four players (Brandon Glandt, Caleb Wagner, Cal Schultz, Mike Vidmar) average double figures, and the fifth starter (Matt Farner) is one of the top rebounders in the Classic 8. It should be a good one Jan. 30 at home against Kettle Moraine.

Brown Deer, 8-4 (down 1) 

After a rare game in which Brown Deer may have been outquicked in a nonconference setback against Milwaukee Washington, the Falcons broke open a tight game through three quartesr with a win over league foe Pewaukee on the road Friday, backed from 22 points by Taurus Adams and 16 by Zack Baun (pictured) when the Pirates used a box-and-one defense against Lewrenzo Byers.

 Kettle Moraine, 11-4 (up 2)

The Lasers remain tied for first in the Classic 8 with Arrowhead and Muskego, with a chance to sweep Muskego this season in a huge road test Friday. The Lasers have won 6 of 7, with the lone loss coming by 1 point against Arrowhead.


 Waukesha West, 16-1 (no change)

Waukesha West's undefeated run is over after a 57-53 loss to Milwaukee King, which means West may no longer be the undisuputed favorite to win the Division 1 crown. Despite a strong challenge from New Berlin Eisenhower, the Wolverines don't get penalized in our rankings for a first hiccup. Battles against Waukesha North on Jan. 30 and Arrowhead on Feb. 6 look like the last remaining regular-season obstacles of significance.  Pictured: Christine Allen.

New Berlin Eisenhower, 14-1 (no change)

Eisenhower is knocking loudly at the door of the top spot in the rankings, and after West's loss, the Lions can almost be called "1B" to West's "1A," with the only loss this year coming against powerhouse Milwaukee Pius and recent wins over strong programs Eau Claire North, Milwaukee Riverside, Pewaukee, and Beaver Dam on Jan. 24. Pictured: Emalie Hahn.

Germantown, 13-2 (no change)

Germantown had to work for its most recent victory against Whitefish Bay, a 53-49 win that came down to the final moments but nonetheless one that left the Warhawks undefeated in league play with a two-game lead over second place. Taylor Higginbotham (19.3 ppg) remains one of the area's top scorers.

Pewaukee, 13-2 (no change)

The Pirates continue to flat-out dominate most foes on the schedule, which makes losses to New Berlin Eisenhower and Pius even more frustrating. The fact is, Pewaukee will always be one of the best but not seen as a bona fide state title threat until it defeats those roadblocks. With that said, cricle the home battle Feb. 6 against Pius and the Feb. 17 season finale at Eisenhower.

 Mukwonago, 13-3 (no change)

The Indians have won 8 of 9 games, with the only loss a one-point setback against Waukesha West. In a 65-60 win over Waukesha North on Friday, junior Bre Cera set a school record with 37 points, a remarkable achievement considering the success Mukwonago has had over the years.

Best of the Rest


Homestead, 9-5 (no change)
Whitefish Bay, 8-6 (down 2)
Wauwatosa East, 11-3 (up 4)
West Allis Hale, 10-3 (up 2)
Brookfield Central, 8-4 (down 1)
Brookfield East, 8-4 (down 3)
New Berlin Eisenhower, 9-5 (down 2)
Pewaukee, 9-5 (no change)
Greendale, 9-5 (no change)
Oconomowoc, 10-4 (no change)

Others (alpha): Arrowhead, 8-6; Brookfield Academy, 10-3; Catholic Memorial, 4-11; Cudahy, 3-10; Franklin, 2-11;  Greenfield, 3-10; Lake Country Lutheran, 8-4; Martin Luther,5-8; Menomonee Falls, 5-9; Mukwonago, 7-7; New Berlin West, 1-13; Nicolet, 2-12; Oak Creek, 6-8; Shorewood, 8-5; South Milwaukee, 5-7; St. Francis, 7-7; St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, 5-5; St. Thomas More, 2-11; Sussex Hamilton, 7-6; University Lake School, 2-10; University School, 6-6; Waukesha North, 7-8; Waukesha South, 4-9; Waukesha West, 2-12;  Wauwatosa West, 5-9; West Allis Central, 5-7; Whitnall, 6-5


Oak Creek, 11-4 (no change)
Franklin, 11-3 (no change)
Arrowhead, 11-5 (up 2)
Homestead, 11-3 (down 1)
Brookfield Central, 8-6 (up 2)
New Berlin West, 10-5 (down 1)
Dominican, 11-4 (down 3)
Sussex Hamilton, 9-5 (up 2)
Brookfield East, 8-6  (NR)
Shorewood, 8-5 (NR)

Others (alpha): Brookfield Academy, 14-2; Brown Deer, 5-8; Catholic Memorial, 7-9; Cudahy, 5-9; Greendale, 4-11; Greenfield, 8-7; Kettle Moraine, 7-8; Lake Country Lutheran, 10-6; Martin Luther, 10-4; Menomonee Falls, 3-11; Muskego, 3-12; Nicolet, 1-15; Oconomowoc, 8-6; South Milwaukee, 2-13; St. Francis, 2-12; St. Thomas More, 7-7; University Lake School, 10-3; University School, 5-9; Waukesha North, 9-7; Waukesha South, 8-9; Wauwatosa East, 5-9; Wauwatosa West, 7-8; West Allis Central, 6-8; West Allis Hale, 6-8; Whitefish Bay, 10-7; Whitnall, 6-8

Last update: Jan. 25








  1. Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 31.6 ppg
  2. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 22.1
  3. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 20.3
  4. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 19.8
  5. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 19.3
  6. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 17.4
  7. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 17.0
  8. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 16.8
  9. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 15.9
  10. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 14.8
  11. Sam Schuh, West Allis Hale, 14.8
  12. Jada Stackhouse, Shorewood, 14.4
  13. Chloe Marotta, Homestead, 14.3
  14. Shayna Key, Brown Deer, 13.8
  15. Carly Graverson, Franklin, 13.7


  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 23.4
  2. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 22.8
  3. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 21.2
  4. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 19.9
  5. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 19.8
  6. Ve'Jhon Johnson, University School, 19.4
  7. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 19.1
  8. Lewrenzo Byers, Brown Deer, 18.1
  9. David Pulizos, Greendale, 17.7
  10. Mitch Pfeifer, Kettle Moraine, 17.5
  11. C.J. Teske, Lake Country Lutheran, 17.5
  12. Joe Lemon, Brookfield Academy, 17.5
  13. Joey Archer, West Allis Hale, 17.3
  14. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 17.1
  15. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 16.9

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 Jan. 25. 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. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 1,784
  2. Andre Carroll, Wauwatosa West, 1,074
  3. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 1,028
  4. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 918
  5. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 908
  6. Steffan Brown, Wauwatosa West, 858
  7. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 820
  8. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 782
  9. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 771*
  10. Ian Doherty, University Lake School, 695


  1. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 1,961
  2.  Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 1,755
  3. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 1,125
  4. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 981*
  5. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 980*
  6. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 941*
  7. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 794
  8. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton,722*
  9. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 703*
  10. Jada Stackhouse, Shorewood, 684*

* juniors in 2013-14

Stats accumulated from database through Jan. 25, 2015.


Several NOW teams have popped up on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association rankings (Jan. 20).

Division 1 girls
1. Waukesha West (15-0)
10. Germantown (12-2)

Division 2 girls
3. New Berlin Eisenhower (12-1)
5. Pewaukee (12-2)

Division 1 boys
2. Germantown (12-0)
7. Muskego (13-1)

 Division 2 boys
9. Pewaukee (9-4)

Division 3 boys
10. Brown Deer  (7-3)

Division 4 boys
1. Dominican (9-1)

Pictured: Waukesha West girls coach Mark Busalacchi and Dominican boys coach Derek Berger. Coaches association full rankings: boys | girls


 New Berlin West's Sarah Meleski steals the ball from Whitnall at West on Jan. 23. Photo by C.T. Kruger

Recent basketball stories


 Bre Cera of Mukwonago broke the school record for points in a game when she dropped 37 against Waukesha North on Jan. 23, which is saying something considering how strong Mukwonago's program has been over the years. It wasn't the only high-scoring performance of the night when Josh Michaels of Greendale scored 40 in a 92-69 win over Shorewood.

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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


 Joey Archer and West Allis Hale's boys team enjoyed a monster week, winning three times against teams from three different conference. He scored 17 points in a win over Woodland stronghold New Berlin Eisenhower on Monday, added 16 to help down Waukesha North on Tuesday and led the way with 17 in a convincing Greater Metro league battle against Sussex Hamilton. Hale has had its share of hard times over the years, but the Huskies are now 10-3.

Previous winners:

Jan. 18: Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower
Jan. 11: Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown
Jan. 4: Allazia Blockton, Dominican
Dec. 28: Mike Vidmar, Muskego
Dec. 21: Max Wojcik, Brookfield Central
Dec. 14: Bryce Nze, Arrowhead
Dec. 7: Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee
Nov. 30:
Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West





Jan. 30: Kettle Moraine at Muskego. With three teams tied for first place in the Classic 8 after the first round of league play, this matchup looms very large. KM won the first go-round.

Jan. 31: Homestead at Marquette. The Highlanders continue to chase after challenging nonconference opponents, and this will be yet another opportunity for HHS to showcase how good it can be despite a string of recent losses.

Feb. 4: Arrowhead vs. Germantown. In an afternoon battle at the Bradley Center, Germantown's rampage toward an undefeated regular season meets with an intriguing and improving AHS squad.

Feb. 7: Racine Case at Dominican. The best of smaller-school programs haven't been able to hang with Dominican, but one of the better Division 1 programs in the state could give the Knights a bit of a push.


Jan. 30: Arrowhead at Mukwonago. One of these teams will be all but eliminated from the league title chase with a loss, with Arrowhead still uniquely positioned to grab at least a share of the conference crown in the Classic 8.

Jan. 30: Oak Creek at Franklin. The Knights won the first go-round in the annual clash between Southeast Conference powerhouses.

Feb. 3: Milwaukee Pius at New Berlin Eisenhower. What a week for Pius, which must face its two biggest Woodland Conference challengers in a span of four days. Eisenhower can really put itself on the map as one of the state's elite with a home victory here.

Feb. 6: Milwaukee Pius at Pewaukee. The biggest hurdle on the Pewaukee schedule comes to the Pirates' home court, and the Pirates desperately need an indication that they can defeat the mighty Popes.

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)
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt (Brookfield Central)
Paul Miller, North Dakota State (Kettle Moraine)
Charles Rushman, UNLV (Arrowhead)
T.J. Schlundt, Wisconsin (Oconomowoc)
Jamie Schneck, Hartford (Whitefish Bay)
Jake Showalter, North Dakota State (Germantown)
Zak Showalter, Wisconsin (Germantown)
Dan Studer, UW-Milwaukee (Germantown)
Reed Timmer, Drake (New Berlin Eisenhower)
J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina (Menomonee Falls)
Evan Wesenberg, North Dakota State (Germantown)
Duane Wilson, Marquette (Dominican)


Katy Allen, Pennsylvania (Waukesha South)
Nicole Bauman, Wisconsin
(New Berlin Eisenhower)
Alex Cohen, Northwestern (Nicolet)
Michelle Farrow, Western Illinois (Waukesha West)
Amber Gray, Northern Illinois (Mukwonago)
Briana Gray, St. Louis (Nicolet)
Ashley Green, UW-Milwaukee (Nicolet)
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, Western Illinois (Oak Creek)
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


The WIAA has developed a new success-based ranking system that will compel programs to play in a higher division during the playoffs based on a track record of success.

Does the new "success-based" WIAA model work for you?

Yes, the plan makes sense

No, the plan needs overhaul

The plan is close but needs tweaks

Past All-Area Teams

 A look back at the best of the best from the NOW Newspapers and Lake Country Publications coverage areas.

2013-14: All-Suburban Boys | All-Suburban Girls | LCP boys | LCP girls

2012-13: All-Suburban Boys | All-Suburban Girls | LCP boys | LCP girls

2011-12: All-Suburban Boys | All-Suburban Girls | LCP boys | LCP girls

2010-11: All-Suburban Boys | All-Suburban Girls | LCP boys | LCP girls

2009-10: All-Suburban Boys | All-Suburban Girls | LCP boys | LCP girls

2008-09: All-Suburban Boys | All-Suburban Girls | LCP boys | LCP girls



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


Division 1
Allazia Blockton, Dominican (Marquette)
Bre Cera, Mukwonago (Iowa)*
Morgan Glatczak, Mukwonago (Ball State)*
Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown (Western Illinois)
Ally May, Arrowhead (Northern Illinois)

Division 2
Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North (Lewis)
Ashley Reed, Whitefish Bay (Minnesota State Mankato)
Jenna Santi, Oak Creek (William Penn)
Hannah Settingsgaard, Oak Creek (Saginaw Valley State)


Division 1
Jaylen Key, Homestead (Northern Illinois)

*Verbal only
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State appearances by area teams:


  • 16: Wauwatosa East (last: 2008)
  • 9: Brookfield Central (last: 2008)
  • 8: Shorewood (last: 1981), South Milwaukee (last: 1996)
  • 6: Dominican (last: 2014), Whitefish Bay (last: 2011)
  • 5: Germantown (last: 2014), Sussex Hamilton (last: 1987)
  • 4: Mukwonago (last: 2014)
  • 3: Brown Deer (last: 2014), Arrowhead (last: 2010), Brookfield East (last: 1979), Whitnall (last: 2004)
  • 2: Greendale (last: 2014), 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), West Allis Central (1947), 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


  • 8: Arrowhead (last: 2013)
  • 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:


  • 5. Dominican (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 3. Germantown (2012, 2013, 2014); Wauwatosa East (1948, 1989, 2008), Whitefish Bay (1996, 1998, 2011)
  • 2: Catholic Memorial (2004, 2010), South Milwaukee (1952, 1976)
  • 1: Brown Deer (2014), 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.