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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, 27-1

The Warhawks finished one game shy of a fourth consecutive state championship, but even in a lopsided defeat to potential super power Stevens Point, we saw how talented the Warhawks really are. They remain the best team in the coverage area, one that includes two other state champions. It would have been a joy to watch Germantown, Dominican and Brown Deer square off in a round robin. Pictured: Kyle Theis

 Dominican, 25-3

The Knights became the second program to win four consecutive state championships, joining Randolph, with the Division 4 crown in 2015. Dominican defeated two unbeaten foes in the process, and Diamond Stone iced his legacy as perhaps the greatest player in state history. Still, the Knights also got strong performances from the likes of Garrison Goode, Austin Moutry and Tywon Bressler.

Brown Deer, 25-4

 Brown Deer repeated as state champion, steamrolling to the Division 3 title with wins over Prescott and Xavier. Lewrenzo Byers proved to be one of the best players in program history by playing a key role on both state-championship squads, and Taurus Adams (pictured) and Zack Baun also solidified memorable legacies in the program's lore.

Wauwatosa East, 19-7

This is probably an unfair promotion, since Tosa East was downed by Greendale in the sectional, and now two state qualifiers (Greendale, West Allis Central) are below the top five. But if we're taking the entire season into account, Tosa East was worthy of this location, particularly after downing Whitefish Bay in a thrilling sectional semifinal.

Whitefish Bay, 16-9

The Dukes came within a breath of the sectional final, falling on a last-second 3-pointer to Wauwatosa East. Still, Bay had a great season, led by Miles Sigh  and knocked off state-ranked Milwaukee Washington along the way in postseason play.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

 Arrowhead, 21-6

Update: Arrowhead fell to D.C. Everest in a defensive slugfest in the Division 1 state semifinal, snapping the Warhawks' 16-game winning streak and leaving Arrowhead shy of the state championship for the second visit in the past three years. Still, it was an incredible run for a team that was 5-5 at one point. Pictured: Augy Jepsen.

Oak Creek, 21-5

Oak Creek made it to the sectional final by downing Franklin for the third time this year, but the defending Division 1 state champion ran into Arike Ogunbowale and Divine Savior Holy Angels in the Saturday final, leaving the Knights one win short of state. The Dashers haven't been to state in Ogunbowale's spectacular career, so it was a big step forward for them. The Knights, who graduated many key pieces of last year's title team, showed very well in the follow-up.

Waukesha West, 22-3

West was still one of the best teams in the state with one of the best resumes of any team out there, but it had the misfortune of playing in the same conference and sectional as red-hot Arrowhead. West will have to settle for a share of the conference title and still remains on the lookout for its first-ever state trip, but this was nonetheless a memorable season for a squad that will be back in the top tier next year.

 New Berlin West, 19-8

Perhaps no area team had a bigger postseason than West, which reached the sectional championship (upsetting Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower along the way) before falling to an undefeated Pius team that could very well wind up with the gold ball. It was a superb finish for a team that was great all year but found itself in perhaps the state's best conference.

Germantown, 20-4

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

Muskego, 21-2
Homestead, 15-10
West Allis Central, 14-13
Pewaukee, 18-6
Kettle Moraine, 17-7
Greendale, 16-11
Oconomowoc, 17-7
Brookfield Academy, 20-4
West Allis Hale, 15-8
 Arrowhead, 12-12

Others (alpha): Brookfield Central, 12-12; Brookfield East, 12-11; Catholic Memorial, 7-16; Cudahy, 4-19; Franklin, 4-19; Greenfield, 5-19; Lake Country Lutheran, 16-8; Martin Luther, 6-18; Menomonee Falls, 8-15; Mukwonago, 11-12; New Berlin Eisenhower, 13-10; New Berlin West, 3-20; Nicolet, 2-21; Oak Creek, 10-13; Shorewood, 13-11; South Milwaukee, 10-14; St. Francis, 14-10; St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, 6-16; St. Thomas More, 5-19; Sussex Hamilton, 12-11; University Lake School, 4-18; University School, 11-12; Waukesha North, 12-13; Waukesha South, 7-16; Waukesha West, 6-18; Wauwatosa West, 12-13; Whitnall, 12-11

GIRLS

New Berlin Eisenhower, 20-4
Franklin, 18-7
Pewaukee, 18-5
Mukwonago, 19-5
Dominican, 19-7
Homestead, 17-6
Shorewood, 17-7
Brookfield Central, 16-9
Brookfield East, 13-10
Sussex Hamilton, 15-8

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 22

 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • AREA LEADERS

  • CAREER SCORING

  • STATE RANKINGS

AREA LEADERS

Girls

  1. Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 31.8 ppg
  2. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 20.5
  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

Boys

  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 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 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.

CAREER SCORING

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

 Boys

  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 2,193
  2. Andre Carroll, Wauwatosa West, 1,248
  3. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 1,239
  4. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 1,172*
  5. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 1,147
  6. Steffan Brown, Wauwatosa West, 1,040
  7. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 1,019*
  8. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 1,003
  9. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 992
  10. Lewrenzo Byers, Brown Deer, 963

Girls

  1. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 2,143
  2.  Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 2,012
  3. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 1,269
  4. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 1,124*
  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 15, 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

 West Allis Central coach David Mlachnik conducts a timeout during the third period of the team's state semifinal against Stevens Point in Madison. Photo by Peter Zuzga.

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BEYOND THE BOX

 By far the longest drought among area teams trying to get to the state tournament belonged to West Allis Central, which hand't been to the showcase since 1947. Several teams in the area still have never gone in boys or girls basketball, but the longest wait since a last appearance now belongs to West Allis Hale's boys team, which last appeared at state in 1970.

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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

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Typically, we don't award the same player twice in a season, but Diamond Stone is unavoidable. His 23 points and 15 rebounds led the Knights to a fourth consecutive state title in a win over Mineral Point, and he became the first starter on four straight state champions. He also went for 33-15 and four blocks in a semifinal win. In the conversation of greatest basketball players in state history, Stone is on the short list.

Previous winners:

March 15: Jerome Cummings, West Allis Central
March 8: Brandon Key, West Allis Central
March 1: Claire Radtke, New Berlin West
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

Archive

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.

2014-15: LCP boys | LCP girls

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: 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

Girls

  • 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:

Boys

  • 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)

Girls

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

POINTS OF INTEREST

 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.