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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.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Germantown, 22-0 (no change)

Be honest, you thought the Germantown empire was finally ready to collapse. After three state titles and the graduation losses of several key players from a year ago, you thought there was no way Germantown could replicate its success. But not only have the Warhawks navigated yet another undefeated season, they've done so in fairly convincing fashion at every potential speed bump. It's a stretch still to call the Warhawks the all-out favorite to win the Division 1 state title because Stevens Point and Milwaukee King have very strong programs, but Germantown will be a very real threat to replicate the feat turned in by Randolph as the only program to win four straight titles.

Muskego, 21-1 (no change)

Muskego might edge out Germantown as the biggest surprise of 2014-15. It wasn't hard to foresee a good year for the Warriors, but after two so-so seasons in the Classic 8, the Warriors' well-oiled machine went on a tear through the regular season, with the only loss coming against Kettle Moraine earlier this year. Muskego will have to beat several strong Madison teams, notably perennial heavyweight Madison Memorial, to get to state. Pictured: Caleb Wagner

Dominican, 19-3 (no change)

Kenosha St. Joseph isn't a bad team, but Dominican was apparently pretty hungry with a 67-33 win over St. Joe's on Feb. 26, a win that came on the heels of Dominican's buzzer-beating loss to Racine St. Catherine. As we said, the Knights are at least human, but nobody is going to bet against them in the Division 4 field, especially if the Knights can get past St. Cat's yet again in the sectional semifinal.

Brown Deer, 18-4 (no change) 

Brown Deer is looking like a powerhouse, and certainly a team capable of matching last year's amazing run to the Division 3 state title. The Falcons haven't lost since Jan. 21, with 11 victories in the interim. They do have a tough path though, needing to beat Brookfield Academy, top-ranked Kettle Moraine Lutheran, and possibly 18-3 Ripon just to get to state.

  Pewaukee, 16-5 (no change)

Like its conference-mate Brown Deer, Pewaukee is on a roll, heading into the postseason with eight consecutive wins and a resume that features only quality losses. If Pewaukee can duplicate its late-season feat of topping Milwaukee Pius later in the tournament, this could be a state-tournament sleeper ... but the path features a ton of teams that can say the same thing, such as Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee Washington, Wauwatosa East and defending champion Wisconsin Lutheran. Pictured: Pewaukee's Wyatt Cook (left) and Brown Deer's Kevin Clements

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Waukesha West, 22-2 (no change)

The Wolverines remain the No. 1 team in the coverage area, but oddly they might be the underdog on their home floor in the sectional semifinal Thursday when they meet white-hot Arrowhead, a team that dismissed West the last time the two teams met. But that game was at Arrowhead. The winner will be in great position to reach state. 

Arrowhead, 19-5 (no change)

The surging Warhawks showed no sign of slowing down in two regional victories, though Germantown appropriately gave Arrowhead a handful in a 53-47 outcome Feb. 28. Arrowhead has a strong balance between its youth (sophomores Grace Gilmore and Liz Erdmann) and experience (seniors Ally May and Augy Jepsen -- pictured). 

 Oak Creek, 20-4 (up 1)

Madison Hart (pictured) scored 17 points, a rare moment where an Oak Creek player had a notably big scoring night on a team that's been supremely balanced all year, in an easy win over West Allis Hale on Saturday. As was the case in the conference season, the Knights did not face much of a challenge in the regional, but things speed up in a hurry with a battle against rival Franklin on Thursday.

New Berlin West, 18-7 (up 4)

The big mover of the week knocked off two of the schools in our top five to stay alive in a loaded Division 2 sectional, shutting down two of the three Woodland West powers that may have obscured just how good West was during the season. The Vikings now have two wins over Eisenhower and a dominant win over Pewaukee, and barring a Thursday upset, it will mean a chance to play for a berth in the state tournament against the final Woodland West hurdle, Milwaukee Pius.

Germantown, 20-4 (up 1)

It may seem unfair to leapfrog Germantown over Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower, but at the end of the day -- with all three of their seasons complete -- the eye test suggests that the Warhawks were the best of the lot. Crammed into a loaded Division 1 sectional, Germantown nonetheless led one of the state's hottest teams heading into the fourth quarter of the regional final. Taylor Higginbotham concludes a decorated career that will continue on to Western Illinois.

Best of the Rest

BOYS

Whitefish Bay, 14-8 (no change)
Kettle Moraine, 16-6 (up 1)
Wauwatosa East, 16-6 (up 1)
Homestead, 13-9 (down 2)
Oconomowoc, 16-6 (no change)
Brookfield Academy, 19-3 (up 1)
West Allis Hale, 15-7 (down 1)
New Berlin Eisenhower, 13-9 (no change)
Sussex Hamilton, 12-10 (NR)
Arrowhead, 11-11 (down 1)

Others (alpha): Brookfield Central, 11-11; Brookfield East, 12-10; Catholic Memorial, 7-15; Cudahy, 4-18; Franklin, 4-18; Greendale, 12-10; Greenfield, 4-18; Lake Country Lutheran, 15-7; Martin Luther, 5-17; Menomonee Falls, 8-14; Mukwonago, 11-11; New Berlin West, 3-19; Nicolet, 2-20; Oak Creek, 10-12; Shorewood, 12-10; South Milwaukee, 9-13; St. Francis, 13-9; St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, 6-15; St. Thomas More, 4-18; University Lake School, 4-17; University School, 11-11; Waukesha North, 9-13; Waukesha South, 7-15; Waukesha West, 5-17; Wauwatosa West, 10-12; West Allis Central, 10-12; Whitnall, 11-10

GIRLS

New Berlin Eisenhower, 20-4 (down 3)
Franklin, 18-6 (up 2)
Pewaukee, 18-5 (down 3)
Mukwonago, 19-5 (down 2)
Homestead, 17-6 (no change)
Dominican, 18-6 (no change)
Shorewood, 17-6 (up 1)
Brookfield Central, 16-8 (up 2)
Brookfield East, 13-10 (down 2)
Sussex Hamilton, 15-8 (down 1)

Others (alpha): Brookfield Academy, 20-4; Brown Deer, 8-16; Catholic Memorial, 8-14; Cudahy, 11-13; Greendale, 5-19; Greenfield, 12-11; Kettle Moraine, 11-12; Lake Country Lutheran, 14-10; Martin Luther, 15-9; Menomonee Falls, 6-17; Muskego, 6-17; Nicolet, 4-19; Oconomowoc, 14-10; South Milwaukee, 4-19; St. Francis, 3-18; St. Thomas More, 12-12; University Lake School, 19-4; University School, 7-15; Waukesha North, 13-11; Waukesha South, 9-15; Wauwatosa East, 8-16; Wauwatosa West, 10-14; West Allis Central, 7-17 West Allis Hale, 9-15; Whitefish Bay, 15-9; Whitnall, 9-14

Last update: March 1

 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • AREA LEADERS

  • CAREER SCORING

  • STATE RANKINGS

AREA LEADERS

Girls

  1. Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 31.8 ppg
  2. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 20.9
  3. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 20.4
  4. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 19.6
  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, 14.8
  12. Chloe Marotta, Homestead, 14.4
  13. Jada Stackhouse, Shorewood, 14.3
  14. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 14.1
  15. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 14.0
  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

Boys

  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 24.5
  2. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 24.5
  3. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 20.7
  4. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 20.7
  5. Ve'Jhon Johnson, University School, 20.1
  6. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 19.8
  7. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 19.6
  8. Lewrenzo Byers, Brown Deer, 18.7
  9. Joe Lemon, Brookfield Academy, 18.6
  10. Mitch Pfeifer, Kettle Moraine, 18.5
  11. Juwon McCloud, Germantown, 17.8
  12. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 17.3
  13. David Pulizos, Greendale, 16.9
  14. Isaiah Johnson, Whitefish Bay, 16.6
  15. C.J. Teske, Lake Country Lutheran, 16.6
  16. Tyler Herro, Whitnall, 16.5
  17. Mindika Wijenayake, New Berlin West, 16.4
  18. Joey Archer, West Allis Hale, 16.1
  19. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 15.7
  20. Brandon Glandt, Muskego, 15.0

Averages are taken from the Wissports.net online database. Adjustments will be made only if submitted by that player's coach to JR Radcliffe at jradcliffe@jrn.com. Averages through Feb. 22. 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.

CAREER SCORING

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

 Boys

  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 2,042
  2. Andre Carroll, Wauwatosa West, 1,202
  3. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 1,159*
  4. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 1,152
  5. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 1,066
  6. Steffan Brown, Wauwatosa West, 1,006
  7. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 967*
  8. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 946
  9. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 950
  10. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 831*

Girls

  1. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 2,111
  2.  Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 2,012
  3. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 1,269
  4. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 1,114*
  5. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 1,085*
  6. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 1,073*
  7. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 939
  8. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 867*
  9. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 850*
  10. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 848*

* juniors in 2013-14

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through March 1, 2015.

STATE RANKINGS

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

 Burlington's Ashlyn Barry (14) battles for a rebound with Oconomowoc's Madison Nacker (5) during the WIAA regional game at Oconomowoc on Feb. 27..Photo by Scott Ash

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BEYOND THE BOX

 What a year for scoring milestones. Not only did Dominican feature both a girls player (Allazia Blockton) and boys (Diamond Stone) to reach 2,000 career points, but Waukesha North's Jessica Kelliher became the third area player to reach that milestone with 20 points in a regional loss to New Berlin Eisenhower on Feb. 27. In addition, Tosa West had two 1,000-point scorers on the boys team, Andre Carroll and Steffan Brown.

Photo Galleries

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

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 New Berlin West's Claire Radtke may have been held to only 6 points in a monumental win over New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday, 57-49, but she's been the centerpiece of a team that had an incredible week of regional basketball. Radtke scored 17 in a 50-40 win over Catholic Memorial on Feb. 24, then 23 in a dominant upset over Pewaukee, 59-37. While it was presumed either Eisenhower or Pewaukee would get a third crack at Pius in the sectional final, West shattered through and made sure everyone knew the Vikings were part of the Woodland elite, as well.

Previous winners:

Feb. 22: Juwan McCloud, Germantown
Feb. 15: Mariah Miller, Brookfield East
Feb. 8:
Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central
Feb. 1: Diamond Stone, Dominican
Jan. 25: Joey Archer, West Allis Hale
Jan. 18: Sammy Kozlowski, NB 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

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CIRCLE THE CALENDAR

Boys

March 6: Wauwatosa West at Milwaukee Pius. The Trojans are one of the most intriguing sub-.500 teams in the field, and after taking Pius to overtime in the regular-season finale, it's all the more reason to think this has upset potential.

March 6: Wauwatosa East at Wisconsin Lutheran. The unkind seeding arrangement has two of the area's better Division 2 teams facing off immediately, and that's a shame, but it promises to be one of the most competitive battles on the docket.

March 6: West Allis Central at West Allis Hale. Central might be the most talented team in the conference if it can put together a complete game, and Hale has been a quality story with a good showing this season. The crosstown rivalry should deliver a good one.

March 7: Brown Deer at Kettle Moraine Lutheran (possible matchup). The defending Division 3 state champion Brown Deer squad must hit the road to face the No. 1-ranked team in the state, assuming both win in their first battle.

Girls

March 5: Franklin vs. Oak Creek (at West Allis Central). Oak Creek got the best of the Sabers twice in the regular season, but there are always surprises in this age-old rivarly.

March 5: Waukesha West vs. Arrowhead (at Waukesha South). West might have been the best team in the state for the first half of the season, and Arrowhead might be the best team in the state in the second half. Either way, this promises to be classic.

March 5: Kenosha St. Joseph vs. Dominican (at Racine Horlick). The Knights lost twice to St. Joseph during the regular season but will look to push through behind Marquette recruit Allazia Blockton.

March 5: Divine Savior Holy Angels vs. Brookfield Central (at Milwaukee South). The Lancers are playing with house money after a stunning overtime win over No. 1-ranked Milwaukee King. Which shows talented DSHA that the Lancers can beat just about anybody at this point.

Next Level

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

Boys:

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)

Girls:

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."

Click for full story

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

POLL

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

 

SIGNED AND SEALED

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

Girls

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)
Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower (Minnesota-Duluth)
Ashley Reed, Whitefish Bay (Minnesota State Mankato)
Jenna Santi, Oak Creek (William Penn)
Hannah Settingsgaard, Oak Creek (Saginaw Valley State)

Boys

Division 1
Jaylen Key, Homestead (Northern Illinois)

*Verbal only
Missing any? Email jradcliffe@jrn.com.

TROPHY CASE

State appearances by area teams:

Boys

  • 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

Girls

  • 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:

Boys

  • 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)

Girls

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

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