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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, 6-0 (no change)

With alumnus Luke Fischer -- who has delivered back-to-back superb games at Marquette University after becoming eligible to play in mid-December -- watching, Germantown continued to roll with an easy win over Menomonee Falls. The first major test arrives Dec. 30 at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout against Neenah and another Marquette recruit, Matt Heldt. Pictured: Kyle Theis.

Dominican, 4-1 (no change)

Like Germantown, Dominican will see some intriguing tests at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout between the holidays, starting with a Wauwatosa West team that has underperformed but possesses a great deal of talent. The battle with Wisconsin Lutheran on New Year's Eve is perhaps the more dangerous of the two contests for the Knights.

  Homestead, 5-1 (up 6)

There is a considerable amount of movement this week, with many teams taking losses and a considerable level of parity. Homestead's lone loss to a talented Muskego team by 5 points to open the season is looking less and less problematic as Muskego keeps winning, and it's starting to look as if Homestead can legitimately give Germantown a test in the North Shore. Pictured: Jaylen Key.

 Brown Deer, 4-3 (no change)

Brown Deer has to get credit for nearly knocking off a strong Milwaukee Riverside (No. 7 in D1) on Dec. 20, falling by three points. Though the team's wins over Whitnall and Cudahy this week won't be huge resume builders, at least right now, it does appear that the Falcons are still the best threat to match Pius for the Woodland title (though round 1 went to the Popes).

 Whitefish Bay, 4-2 (up 3)

It probably isn't entirely fair to allow Homestead to leapfrog Whitefish Bay when both teams won out this week, but Bay is going to get its chance to take down the Highlanders head-to-head Jan. 16. In the meantime, the Dukes have a loaded schedule that features battles with Milwaukee Washington, Wauwatosa East and Marquette.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

 Waukesha West, 9-0 (no change)

The best resume in girls basketball got better still this week when Waukesha West downed Arrowhead somewhat convincingly and reasserted its position as the best team in the Classic 8 and area, and maybe the state as well. The Wolverines will play in the Sheboygan South Tournament after Christmas, and it won't be long before this team goes on "undefeated watch."  Pictured: Lauren Paquin.

Germantown, 7-0 (up 2)

It's a new look for Germantown, which in the past has played a frenzied style with wholesale substitutions and intense, constant pressure defense. But with a talented trio of Taylor Higginbotham, Val Meissner and Kenzie Schmitz, coach Matt Stuve is playing more traditional basketball, and the talent he has has forged a legitimate state-title contender.

 Pewaukee, 7-1 (down 1)

Pewaukee started the week with a solid win over a good New Berln West team and played top-ranked Pius tough for much of the first half before giving way under the Popes' strong defense in the second half. There's no shame in falling to Pius, but at some point, Pewaukee must find a way to get past that hurdle if it wants to play at the state tournament.

New Berlin Eisenhower, 6-1 (down 1)

Eisenhower has the same problem as Pewaukee -- Milwaukee Pius. The Lions have yet to meet the Pirates and will surely be a great test for each other, but the real competition is between the three schools for one spot in the D2 state tournament. An 81-29 win over Greendale was a cathartic response after Ike lost to Pius earlier in the week.

  Oak Creek, 4-2 (up 4)

Oak Creek was the big mover of the week after toppling Franklin on Friday. The defending Division 1 state champion doesn't look much like last year's team, but an early-season win over Notre Dame looks nice (though several area teams have defeated the two-time D2 state champ) in addition to the win over the rival Sabers. Junior post Nicky Widensky, standing at 6-2, finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks against the Sabers. Pictured: Madison Hart.

Best of the Rest

BOYS

Kettle Moraine, 5-2 (up 9)
Muskego, 7-1 (NR)
Brookfield Central, 4-1 (up 5)
New Berlin Eisenhower, 4-2 (down 3)
Brookfield East, 4-2 (no change)
Greendale, 5-2 (down 8)
West Allis Hale, 6-2 (up 2)
Sussex Hamilton, 5-2 (down 6)
Wauwatosa East, 5-1 (NR)
West Allis Central, 4-3 (down 10)

Others (alpha): Arrowhead, 4-2; Brookfield Academy, 3-1; Catholic Memorial, 2-5; Cudahy, 2-6; Franklin, 2-5;  Greenfield, 1-5; Lake Country Lutheran, 3-1; Martin Luther, 3-2; Menomonee Falls, 3-6; Mukwonago, 2-4; New Berlin West, 0-7; Nicolet, 2-5; Oconomowoc, 4-2; Oak Creek, 4-3; Pewaukee, 5-3; Shorewood, 5-1; South Milwaukee, 3-4; St. Francis, 4-2; St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, 4-2; St. Thomas More, 0-5; University Lake School, 2-4; University School, 4-1; Waukesha North, 3-4; Waukesha South, 4-3; Waukesha West, 0-5;  Wauwatosa West, 2-4; Whitnall, 2-4

GIRLS

Franklin, 5-2 (down 1)
Homestead, 7-1 (down 1)
New Berlin West, 7-2 (down 1)
Arrowhead, 5-4 (down 1)
Mukwonago, 7-2 (no change)
Dominican, 4-3 (up 3)
Brookfield Central, 4-2 (up 3)
Sussex Hamilton, 4-2 (no change)
Catholic Memorial, 6-1 (NR)
Oconomowoc, 5-2 (down 4)

Others (alpha): Brookfield Academy, 7-0; Brookfield East, 3-5; Brown Deer, 3-5; Cudahy, 3-5; Greendale, 3-6; Greenfield, 2-4; Kettle Moraine, 5-3; Lake Country Lutheran, 4-3; Martin Luther, 5-2; Menomonee Falls, 1-6; Muskego, 2-6; Nicolet, 1-10; Shorewood, 3-5; South Milwaukee, 1-8; St. Francis, 2-7; St. Thomas More, 4-3; University Lake School, 5-3; University School, 2-3; Waukesha North, 3-5;  Waukesha South, 4-6; Wauwatosa East, 4-4; Wauwatosa West, 4-4; West Allis Central, 4-4; West Allis Hale, 5-2; Whitefish Bay, 4-4; Whitnall, 3-5

Last update: Dec. 21

 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • AREA LEADERS

  • CAREER SCORING

  • STATE RANKINGS

AREA LEADERS

Girls

  1. Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 32.8 ppg
  2. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 23.3
  3. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 20.9
  4. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 19.9
  5. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 19.9
  6. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 18.4
  7. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 17.5
  8. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 17.4
  9. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 16.1
  10. Baylee Barker, Oconomowoc, 15.7
  11. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 15.5
  12. Madison Grzesiak, Menomonee Falls, 15.4
  13. Ally May, Arrowhead, 14.8
  14. Jada Stackhouse, Shorewood, 14.5
  15. Carly Graverson, Franlin, 14.0

Boys

  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 35.3
  2. C.J. Teske, Lake Country Lutheran, 21.3
  3. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 21.0
  4. Mitch Pfeifer, Kettle Moraine, 20.9
  5. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 20.9
  6. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 19.3
  7. Mikael Green, Shorewood, 18.8
  8. Joey Archer, West Allis Hale, 18.7
  9. Lewrenzo Byers, Brown Deer, 18.2
  10. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 18.0
  11. Joe Lemon, Brookfield Academy, 17.8
  12. David Pulizos, Greendale, 17.6
  13. Marko Matejic, Lake Country Lutheran, 17.5
  14. Brandon Key, West ALlis Central, 17.0
  15. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 17.0
  16. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 17.0

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@jcpgroup.com. Averages through Dec. 20. 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, 1,635
  2. Andre Carroll, Wauwatosa West, 975
  3. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 942
  4. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 760
  5. Steffan Brown, Wauwatosa West, 757
  6. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 757
  7. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 685
  8. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 617
  9. Ian Doherty, University Lake School, 614
  10. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 596*

Girls

  1. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 1,793
  2.  Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 1,511
  3. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 974
  4. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 867*
  5. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 826*
  6. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 822*
  7. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 668
  8. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 629*
  9. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 609*
  10. Ally May, Arrowhead, 590

* juniors in 2013-14

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through Dec. 21, 2014.

STATE RANKINGS

Several NOW teams have popped up on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association rankings (Dec. 16).

Division 1 girls
1. Waukesha West (7-0)

Division 2 girls
3. Pewaukee (6-0)
4. New Berlin Eisenhower (5-0)
6. New Berlin West (6-1)

Division 4 girls
10. Dominican (4-2)

 Division 1 boys
2. Germantown (3-0)
10. Sussex Hamilton (5-0)

Division 3 boys
8. Brown Deer (0-1)
9. Brookfield Academy (2-0)

Division 4 boys
1. Dominican (2-1)

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

 Greenfield's Ryan Hensiak is fouled by Shorewood's Riley Sellenger (50) during the second quarter of Shorewood's 70-65 overtime loss to Greenfield. Shorewood's Chris Perine. (22) is also in on the play. Photo by Allen Fredrickson.

Recent basketball stories

BEYOND THE BOX

 The Franklin-Oak Creek doubleheader Dec. 19 featured a lot of pink T-shirts and a successful Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser, where volunteers raised $1,262.56 for the fight against cancer. The pink warmups worn by the teams promoted the schools' Relay for Life event in the spring.

Photo Galleries

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Max Wojcik helped Brookfield Central record two huge wins during the week, leading the boys past Brookfield East and previously unbeaten Wauwatosa East with 16 points per contest. Wojcik hit key 3-pointer against Brookfield East after Central had pulled to within 39-34, then hit four free throws in final minute to clinch game against Tosa East.

Previous winners:

Dec. 14: Bryce Nze, Arrowhead
Dec. 7: Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee
Nov. 30:
Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West

Archive

CIRCLE THE CALENDAR

Boys 

Dec. 23: Muskego at New Berlin Eisenhower. Except for one hiccup, Muskego has looked very strong this year, including a quality win over Homestead. This gives the Warriors a chance to prove they belong in the top tier of area teams.

Dec. 30: Neenah vs. Germantown. Perhaps the flagship matchup of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout pits Marquette recruit and 7-0 center Matt Heldt and Neenah against a Germantown team that might be the top program in the state once again.

Dec. 31: Dominican vs. Wisconsin Lutheran. There aren't many landmines in the Metro Classic for the Knights, but the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout always provides intriguing fare, and this matchp will be one of the top curiosities.

Jan. 9: Germantown at Homestead. Is this the year a North Shore team finally gets the best of Germantown? The Highlanders may have the firepower to do just that.

Girls

Dec. 22: Brookfield Central at Oak Creek. In the wake of a huge win for the Knights, Oak Creek returns to the court looking for a quality nonconference victory.

Dec. 29-30-31: Christine Rathke Tournament. Some of the top teams in the area will be at Franklin's annual showcase, thus creating some of the best matchups over the holiday weekend.

Dec. 29: Arrowhead at New Berlin Eisenhower. An excellent nonconference clash will give both programs a chance to sharpen their early-season resume before tough conference challenges in the 2015 portion of the season.

Jan. 6: New Berlin West at New Berlin Eisenhower. The crosstown rivalry will feature two of hte area's best teams.

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

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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)*
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)

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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