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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, 3-0 (up 2)

All right, we surrender. Once again, the three-time defending Division 1 state champion is back atop the rankings after three of last week's top five teams took a loss this week, and the Warhawks have looked superior in their three battles this year. Germantown probably won't face a real threat until the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout between the holidays.

Dominican, 2-1 (no change)

The Knights could be No. 1 this week, as well, but we'll stick with a gut instinct to put the Warhawks in the top spot. Dominican's only loss came to a Division 1 program with two key players missing, including Diamond Stone, and there's little reason to believe the Knights will fail to keep winning heading into the holiday schedule.

 Greendale, 4-1 (up 5)

So who's No. 3? Your guess is as good as ours. Greendale gets a big promotion this week, but not because its two wins were over elite competition and more because virtually everyone else in the top set of teams took losses last week. Still, the Panthers have shown they can rack up lots of points, even if they did incur a puzzling 49-48 loss to Franklin.

 Brown Deer, 2-2 (no change)

There is still a lot to like about Brown Deer despite a loss to Pius XI on Dec. 12 that featured a turnover frenzy in the fourth quarter. We'll be a little more bullish on this team in 2014-15 than we were last year, when they got it together in the late going of the season and surged to a state title. A win over Milwaukee Hamilton on Saturday boosts the profile a bit.

West Allis Central, 3-2 (down 4)

Last week's No. 1 team took a tumble after a close loss to Brookfield East to open the Greater Metro Conference slate, a setback that indicates the league is far more wide open than we previously considered. 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

 Waukesha West, 7-0 (no change)

Whether by holding an opponent to 40 points in a win over Muskego or battling Waukesha North to a shootout victory, 88-76, West can just about do it all and remains the easy choice as the No. 1 team in the rankings (and in the state, according to the state's coaches, in D1).

Pewaukee, 6-0 (no change)

However, one of the state's best Division 2 teams is hot on West's heels and appears eager to snap up the top spot if West falters. But this is a huge stretch for Pewaukee, with games against New Berlin West and Milwaukee Pius this week, followed by an intriguing nonconference clash with Catholic Memorial after the holidays.

 New Berlin Eisenhower, 5-0 (no change)

It's a similarly grueling stretch for Eisenhower, which faces Pius on Dec. 16 and meets New Berlin West shortly after the New Year. Ike, which handled Shorewood with ease on Friday, shouldn't be regarded as a third wheel in a conference chase with Pius and Pewaukee -- the Lions could easily knock off both.

 Germantown, 5-0 (up 1)

A huge win over Cedarburg gives Germantown an edge in the North Shore Conference race (though Homestead is looking stronger by the minute), and the Warhawks get to leapfrog Franklin even though neither team lost any games this week. Led by Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown has once again crafted one of the area's best squads.

Franklin, 5-1 (down 1)

It will seem like an unfair drop to Sabers fans considering Franklin won its games this week, including an overtime victory over Brookfield East. The Sabers are clearly one of the area's better teams and will look to take a foothold in the Southeast title chase with a looming battle against Oak Creek.

Best of the Rest

BOYS

New Berlin Eisenhower, 3-1 (down 1)
Sussex Hamilton, 5-0 (up 7)
Whitefish Bay, 2-2 (up 2)
Homestead, 3-1 (NR)
Brookfield East, 3-1 (NR)
Shorewood, 4-0 (NR)
Brookfield Academy, 3-1 (down 6)
Brookfield Central, 2-1 (down 6)
West Allis Hale, 4-1 (down 5)
Kettle Moraine, 3-2 (NR)

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

GIRLS

Homestead, 6-0 (up 2)
New Berlin West, 6-1 (up 3)
Arrowhead, 4-3 (up 3)
Oak Creek, 3-2 (down 2)
Mukwonago, 5-2 (down 4)
Oconomowoc, 4-1 (down 2)
Kettle Moraine, 5-1 (no change)
Sussex Hamilton, 3-1 (NR)
Dominican, 4-2 (no change)
Brookfield Central, 2-2 (down 2)

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

Last update: Dec. 14

 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • AREA LEADERS

  • CAREER SCORING

  • STATE RANKINGS

AREA LEADERS

Girls

  1. Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 36.2 ppg
  2. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 22.2
  3. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 21.2
  4. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 20.9
  5. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 20.3
  6. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 20.3
  7. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 18.4
  8. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 18.2
  9. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 17.8
  10. Madison Grzesiak, Menomonee Falls, 16.3
  11. Baily Berlin, Wauwatosa East, 15.7
  12. Baylee Barker, Oconomowoc, 15.7
  13. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central, 15.5
  14. Ally May, Arrowhead, 14.7
  15. Sam Schuh, West Allis Hale, 14.6

Boys

  1. Diamond Stone, Dominican, 30.0
  2. C.J. Teske, Lake Country Lutheran, 24.5
  3. Lewrenzo Byers, Brown Deer, 22.0
  4. Mikael Green, Shorewood, 22.0
  5. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 21.0
  6. Mitch Pfeifer, Kettle Moraine, 20.8
  7. Joey Archer, West Allis Hale, 19.8
  8. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 19.6
  9. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 19.3
  10. David Pulizos, Greendale, 19.2
  11. Kenneth Odom, Shorewood, 18.7
  12. Harrison Cleary, Oak Creek, 18.2
  13. Cody Hurtado, Waukesha South, 18.0
  14. Max Keefe, Germantown, 18.0
  15. Joe Lemon, Brookfield Academy, 17.8

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@jcpgroup.com. Averages through Dec. 6. 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, 1,588
  2. Andre Carroll, Wauwatosa West, 947
  3. Brandon Key, West Allis Central, 910
  4. Hunter Bolger, University Lake School, 760
  5. Steffan Brown, Wauwatosa West, 723
  6. Josh Michaels, Greendale, 709
  7. Miles Sigh, Whitefish Bay, 645
  8. Ian Doherty, University Lake School, 614
  9. Ryan Clarey, Brookfield Academy, 596*
  10. Jaylen Key, Homestead, 580

Girls

  1. Allazia Blockton, Dominican, 1,763
  2.  Jessica Kelliher, Waukesha North, 1,466
  3. Taylor Higginbotham, Germantown, 941
  4. Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee, 842*
  5. Bre Cera, Mukwonago, 798*
  6. Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West, 785*
  7. Sammy Kozlowski, New Berlin Eisenhower, 626
  8. Mariah Miller, Brookfield East, 595*
  9. Erika Perlewitz, University Lake School, 589*
  10. Taylor Klug, Sussex Hamilton, 577*

* juniors in 2013-14

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through Dec. 14, 2014.

STATE RANKINGS

Several NOW teams have popped up on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association rankings (Dec. 9).

Division 1 girls
1. Waukesha West (5-0)

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

Division 4 girls
6. Dominican (2-2)

 Division 1 boys
2. Germantown (2-0)
8. West Allis Central (2-1)

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

Division 4 boys
1. Dominican (1-1)

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

 Wauwatosa West's Arrion Dixon falls into the stands after passing to teammate Jack Krenzien during a game at Brown Deer on Dec. 9. Photo by Peter Zuzga.

Recent basketball stories

BEYOND THE BOX

 Brookfield East's Corey Smith took a pass to midcourt, drove the lane and banked in a shot as time expired to give his team a 41-39 win over West Allis Central, a team at the time ranked No. 1 in our Roundball Rankings. The Spartans inbounded the ball with 3 seconds left to grab a win in the Greater Metro opener Dec. 12. Central tied the game when Brookfield East, with fouls to give, tried to foul prior to a potential game-tying shot but did not get a whistle.

Photo Galleries

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 After a foot injury late in the 2013-14 season, Bryce Nze began a long process of getting back on the court, complicated when he re-injured the foot in June and was essentially sidelined all offseason. But after a sluggish start, Nze is helping the Arrowhead boys get back into a rhythm, with 21 points in a win over Catholic Memorial and another 19 in a road win over Waukesha West. The Warhawks moved to the top of a balanced Classic 8, along with Kettle Moraine.

Previous winners:

Dec. 7: Abby Gerrits, Pewaukee
Nov. 30:
Dani Rhodes, Waukesha West

Archive

CIRCLE THE CALENDAR

Boys

 

Dec. 19: Brookfield East at West Allis Hale. The Huskies more than have our attention after a huge win over West Allis Central, while East has a close win over WAC and a loss to Brookfield Central. At least one of those two can contend for the GMC crown, and this is a good place to start.

Dec. 19: Milwaukee Pius at Pewaukee. A sluggish start to the season for Pewaukee is in the rearview mirror, and now the Pirates can get a leg up on the Woodland competition by topping the Popes.

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.
 

Girls

Dec. 19: Pewaukee at Pius XI. It doesn't get bigger than this battle on the girls side of the ball, where Pius has had Pewaukee's number in years past, but the Pirates are once again among the very elite in the state.

Dec. 19: Franklin at Oak Creek. There's just something about this rivalry. The Sabers and Knights are again solid, and there's always a chance the Southeast Conference title comes down to this matchup.

Dec. 19: Homestead at Cedarburg. A significant test for undefeated Homestead, which could contend with both Cedarburg and Germantown for the North Shore crown.

Dec. 19: Sussex Hamilton at DSHA. This has been an entertaining series over the past few years and always says something about the direction of the Greater Metro chase.

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.

 Jamie Schneck and the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team was a surprise entrant in the 2011 state tournament. But when he tipped in a game-winner at the buzzer against Seymour, he ensured the Dukes would get a crack at the state-championship game against Merrill, where Bay won once again to bring home the gold ball. "Looking back on the clip, there is a second after the buzzer where I stand there completely shocked unable to move or say anything."

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Other entries:

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)*
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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