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Now Media Group Sports Director 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. Notice anything amiss? Email jradcliffe@gannett.com. This webpage won an EPPY Award for best Sports Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors or fewer this fall.

 

Player of the week 


There were many upsets in the girls basketball regional round, but Shorewood may have landed the biggest, upsetting perennial power and top seed Milwaukee Pius XI on Feb. 25 in the regional final, led by 26 points from freshman standout guard Khamya McNeal. Couple that with her 22 points the night before in a 53-28 win over Wisconsin Lutheran -- where Shorewood led at half by a 34-2 count -- and it's easy to see that the Greyhounds have a bright future indeed. Apologies to Wauwatosa East's Brookyln Blackburn, who scored 40 points in Friday's regional semifinal.

 

Past Players of the Week

  • Emily Hafemann, Martin Luther girls
  • Jacob Fierst, West Allis Central boys
  • Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc boys
  • Bryce Miller, New Berlin Eisenhower boys
  • MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee girls
  • Jake Graf, Brookfield East boys
  • Jazmine Young, Dominican girls
  • Dasia Davis, Wauwatosa West girls
  • Demetrius Johnson, Whitefish Bay boys
  • Matt Henningsen, Menomonee Falls boys
  • Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown girls
  • Stu Vent, Muskego boys
  • Caitlyn Harper, Arrowhead girls

Boys top five 

1. Brookfield Central (20-2). With some reservation, we're making the call to keep Brookfield Central at the top spot, even though it closed the year with an 82-65 loss to Menomonee Falls. It's a combination of the No. 2 team also losing (albeit at the buzzer) and the No. 3 team team playing in a conference that doesn't quite feel like the same quality of 20-2 record. We did drop New Berlin West on the girls side for one of these games last week, but it's also true that the games after the seed meeting are sometimes opportunities for experimentation and profile naturally as games to not be at one's best. Truly, there isn't a clear-cut No. 1, but Central's profile is the best of the lot. (no change)

2. Cedarburg (20-2). The Bulldogs may not have the same level of competition in the North Shore Conference as they would have had in previous years, but they haven't lost since Jan. 16 -- and even that was a game against a high-level opponent (Muskego) with Cedarburg top player John Diener sidelined. The nine straight wins in the home stretch haven't been particularly close, either. This is absolutely an intriguing team to watch in the Division 2 postseason. LaCrosse Central with Wisconsin recruit Kobe King will be the favorite to win the Division 2 title, but Cedarburg is on the list of teams in the mix for the gold. (up 1)

3. Pewaukee (19-3). Pewaukee drops one spot after a buzzer-beating loss to Brown Deer in a battle between the two divisional champs in the Woodland. It's not a shameful loss by any means -- in fact, the Falcons might be one of the more dangerous teams in Division 2. Pewaukee, New Berlin Eisenhower, Whitnall and Milwaukee Washington are all viable threats to reach the state tournament from their sectional. (down 1)

4. Oak Creek (20-2). It hasn't always been a work of art for Oak Creek this year, but with 13 straight wins heading into the playoffs, a conference title and some of its best showings in the home the stretch, the Knights have been one of the quietest powerhouses in the area. The 20 wins are a massive success already for a program that does not typically find itself atop the Southeast, and now it can cement an already magical season with a postseason run. (up 1)

5. New Berlin Eisenhower (17-5). Arrowhead could have just as easily been in this spot -- a loss to Muskego came after the seeds and conference title had been handed out -- and the same could be said for Brown Deer. But given that the Lions are heading into the postseason on a 10-game winning streak, we'll give them the slight nod for now. Ike's season opening win over Milwaukee Washington and close losses to Pewaukee -- the other two top teams in the Division 2 sectional -- suggest we haven't heard the last from this perennial power. (up 1)

Best of the rest
6. Brown Deer (17-5 up 2), 7. Arrowhead (17-5, down 3), 8. Martin Luther (19-3 down 1), 9. Muskego (18-4, no change), 10. Whitnall (15-6 no change), 11. Franklin (16-6 no change), 12. Menomonee Falls (15-7 up 2), 13. Mukwonago (15-7 down 1), 14. Catholic Memorial (15-7 down 1), 15. University School (17-5 no change)

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (14-8), Brookfield East (11-11), Cudahy (3-19), Dominican (12-10), Germantown (11-11)Grafton (12-10), Greendale (10-12), Greenfield (13-9), Homestead (10-12), Kettle Moraine (9-13), Lake Country Lutheran (10-12), New Berlin West (9-13), Nicolet (13-9), Oconomowoc (10-12), Port Washington (5-17), Shorewood (5-17), South Milwaukee (6-16), St. Francis (4-18), St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (12-10), St. Thomas More (8-14), Sussex Hamilton (10-12), University Lake School (2-20), Waukesha North (5-16), Waukesha South (3-19), Waukesha West (9-13), Wauwatosa East (12-10), Wauwatosa West (12-10), West Allis Central (11-11), West Allis Hale (4-18), Whitefish Bay (8-14)

Girls top five

1. Germantown (22-2). There were so many notable outcomes in the regional that a near-miss fell below the radar, when Germantown barely escaped a regional final with Kimberly, 73-70. Kenzie Schmitz continued to solidify her case for All-Suburban Player of the Year with 35 points and nine rebounds in the victory. Next up for the Warhawks is Sussex Hamilton and then either De Pere or Sheboygan North (which upset Arrowhead and prevented a possible all-Warhawks sectional final many of us suspected would be coming). (no change)

2. Mukwonago (22-2). Grace Beyer scored 20 points and MHS gritted its way past Oconomowoc in the regional final, and now MHS finds itself as the last Classic 8 team still standing, somewhat surprisingly. It's a tough sectional semifinal against a Middleton team that could have been seeded higher, and that game will come in the Cardinals' back yard at Madison Memorial. If the Indians prevail, it will be either No. 2 Sun Prairie or No. 3 Madison West -- Mukwonago defeated Sunny P earlier this year. (up 2)

3. New Berlin Eisenhower (19-5)Eisenhower staged an upset in the highest profile regional final battle within the Milwaukee area Feb. 25, knocking off a white-hot Pewaukee team in a 58-53 outcome. It was especially impressive given that Pewaukee won the previous meeting between the two teams, 61-33, on Jan. 21. Olivia Canady hit a huge go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minutes to lift Eisenhower into a very enviable position, where it will be heavily favored to win its next two sectional games and reach state. The defending Division 2 champion could very well be back to Green Bay. (up 2)

4. Oak Creek (20-4).The Knights have been knocking on the door of the top five all year, and now they officially enter the fray after two convincing regional wins. The real tough part lies just ahead, with a battle against Brookfield Central and then, potentially, a meeting with undefeated Milwaukee King, which might just win the whole thing this year unless Oak Creek can set up a roadblock. The Knights defeated Brookfield Central earlier this year convincingly. They're doing all of this with a balanced attack -- leading scorer Lea Finn averages just 10.3 points per game. (up 2)

5. Pewaukee (20-4). Pewaukee looked like it had a team that would finally overcome the perennial challenge of New Berlin Eisenhower, but once again, the Lions stood in the Pirates' way of what looked like a tantalizingly clear path to the state tournament otherwise. The Pirates, who have never been to state, have a ton of young talent back and will be back in the conversation next year, even as they must bid adieu to senior standout MacKenzie Schill. (down 3)

Best of the rest
6. Arrowhead (20-4 down 3), 7. Martin Luther (23-1 up 1), ​8. New Berlin West (20-4 down 1), 9. Brookfield Central (16-8 up 1), 10. Cedarburg (18-6 up 1), 11. Cudahy (17-7 up 1)
, 12. Sussex Hamilton (18-6 up 2), 13. Homestead (17-7 down 4), 14. Wauwatosa East (18-6 up 1), 15. Franklin (16-8 down 2)

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (17-7)Brookfield East (12-12), Brown Deer (4-18), Catholic Memorial (7-17), Dominican (16-8), Grafton (12-11), Greendale (3-20), Greenfield (8-14), Kettle Moraine (12-11), Lake Country Lutheran (11-13), Menomonee Falls (11-12), Muskego (15-9), Nicolet (2-21), Oconomowoc (12-12), Port Washington (7-17), Shorewood (16-8),St. Francis (5-17), St. Thomas More (10-14),  South Milwaukee (8-16), University Lake School (13-8), University School (14-8), Waukesha North (4-20), Waukesha South (9-14), Waukesha West (11-12), Wauwatosa West (9-15), West Allis Central (4-20), West Allis Hale (11-13), Whitefish Bay (14-10), Whitnall (12-11)

Italic = still alive in WIAA postseason

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

Beyond the box 

The Pewaukee girls basketball team has been one of the area's best for years, but New Berlin Eisenhower has been a curse on the Pirates. Ike has won 16 of the past 20 meetings, including all four playoff meetings in the past five years (a stretch in which Pewaukee has won 99 games) and all six playoff meetings in total. That includes the Feb. 25 win in the regional final, 58-53, which was all the more impressive considering the Pirates had a 40-27 lead and had defeated the Lions on Jan. 21, 61-33. Both teams will bring back plenty of talent next year, so expect more battles. Pewaukee has 40 losses in the past nine years, and Eisenhower accounts for 16 of those (43 percent).

Stat leaders

Boys current scorers

  1. Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Jr.), 23.2 ppg
  2. Kyle Clow, Germantown (Sr.), 22.6
  3. John Diener, Cedarburg (Jr.), 21.6
  4. DeAndre Anderson, Shorewood (Jr.), 21.1
  5. Brandon Weston, St. John's NW Military Acad. (Fr.), 20.8
  6. Alex Setzer, Brookfield Academy (Sr.), 20.8
  7. Drew Yetka, Oak Creek (Sr.), 20.4
  8. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc (Sr.), 20.1
  9. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg (Sr.), 20.0
  10. Aidan Clarey, Brookfield Academy (Fr.), 19.9
  11. Gage Malensek, Brookfield Central (Soph.), 19.5
  12. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (Sr.), 19.4
  13. Ryan Haertel, West Allis Hale (Sr.), 19.4
  14. Max Alba, Franklin (Jr.), 19.1
  15. Xavier Johnson, Whitefish Bay (Sr.), 18.6
  16. Jay Gentry, Brown Deer (Jr.), 18.5
  17. Mikael Green, Shorewood (Sr.), 18.4
  18. Keaton Stremick, Waukesha South (Sr.), 18.3
  19. Trequan Carrington, Martin Luther (Soph.), 17.9
  20. Ben Seefeld, Arrowhead (Sr.), 17.8

Boys active career scorers

  1. John Diener, Cedarburg (Jr.), 1,529
  2. Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Jr.), 1,313
  3. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg (Sr.), 1,307
  4. Kevion Taylor, Whitnall (Sr.), 1,269
  5. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (Sr.), 1,079
  6. Mikael Green, Shorewood (Sr.), 1,077
  7. Walter Taylor, University School (Sr.), 1,074
  8. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc (Sr.), 1,073
  9. Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West (Sr.), 976
  10. Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower (Sr.), 948
  11. Max Alba, Franklin (Jr.), 820
  12. Logan Hilgart, Grafton (Sr.), 807
  13. DeAndre Anderson, Shorewood (Jr.), 801
  14. Ben Seefeld, Arrowhead (Sr.), 800
  15. Wyatt Cook, Pewaukee (Sr.), 791

Girls current scorers 

  1. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central (Sr.), 22.4 ppg
  2. Kiara Redman-Trotter, St. Francis (Soph.), 21.6
  3. Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Jr.), 20.9
  4. Khamya McNeal, Shorewood (Fr.), 20.9
  5. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Sr.), 20.5
  6. Jazmine Young, Dominican (Jr.), 20.3
  7. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall (Sr.), 18.7
  8. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy (Jr.), 18.5
  9. Kate Benes, Lake Country Lutheran (Fr.), 18.4
  10. Hannah Belanger, Grafton (Soph.), 18.3
  11. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee (Sr.), 18.3
  12. Hannah Kulas, Cudahy (Jr.), 17.1
  13. Grace Beyer, Mukwonago (Soph.), 17.0
  14. Mattie Schimenz, Brown Deer (Fr.), 16.4
  15. Olivia Sobczak, Oconomowoc (Fr.), 16.3
  16. Alyssa Nelson, New Berlin West (Jr.), 16.0
  17. Brooklyn Blackburn, Wauwatosa East (Soph.), 15.9
  18. Calli Delsman, Waukesha West (Sr.), 15.6
  19. Kalli Murphy, Cedarburg (Jr.), 15.5
  20. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central (Sr.), 15.5

Girls active career scorers

  1. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Sr.), 1,360
  2. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central (Sr.), 1,237
  3. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central (Sr.), 1,225
  4. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall (Sr.), 1,179
  5. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy (Jr.), 1,120
  6. Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Jr.), 1,113
  7. Bailey Eichner, Cudahy (Sr.), 1,016
  8. Emily Hafemann, Martin Luther (Sr.), 1,016
  9. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee (Sr.), 1,006
  10. Jazmine Young, Dominican (Jr.), 1,000
  11. Marissa Igunbor, Menomonee Falls (Sr.), 907
  12. Hannah Kulas, Cudahy (Jr.), 890
  13. Hannah Belanger, Grafton (Soph.), 858
  14. Maddy Harrison, Muskego (Jr.), 793
  15. Alyssa Nelson, New Berlin West (Jr.), 788 

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through Feb. 25, 2017

Signed and sealed

Boys

Division 1

John Diener, Cedarburg (DePaul)*
Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West (South Dakota State)
Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (IUPUI)
Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Wisconsin)*

Division 2

Kyle Clow, Germantown (Michigan Tech)
Kevion Taylor, Whitnall (Winona State)

Girls

Division 1

Grace Gilmore, Arrowhead (Western Illinois)
Bailey Eichner, Cudahy (William and Mary)
Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Marquette)*
Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Ohio)

Division 2

Calli Delsman, Waukesha West (Minot State)
Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine (Minnesota-Crookston)
Hannah Kath, Muskego (McKendree)
Grace Weber, Kettle Moraine (Illinois-Springfield)
Macy Williams, Sussex Hamilton (Mary)

*verbal only  

Trophy case

State titles by area teams:

Boys

  • 7. Dominican (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 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), Port Washington (1937)

Girls

  • 2: New Berlin Eisenhower (2016, 2010), Grafton (2009, 2007), Arrowhead (1991, 1988)
  • 1: Oak Creek (2014), Nicolet (2011), Kettle Moraine (1999), Brookfield Central (1985), Wauwatosa East (1981)

State appearances by area teams:

Boys

  • 16: Wauwatosa East (last: 2008)
  • 9: Brookfield Central (last: 2008)
  • 8: Dominican (last: 2016), South Milwaukee (last: 1996), Shorewood (last: 1981)
  • 6: Germantown (last: 2015), Whitefish Bay (last: 2011)
  • 5: Sussex Hamilton (last: 1987)
  • 4: Whitnall (last: 2016), Brown Deer (last: 2015), Mukwonago (last: 2014)
  • 3: Greendale (last: 2015), Arrowhead (last: 2010), Brookfield East (last: 1979)
  • 2: Muskego (last: 2016), West Allis Central (last: 2015), Catholic Memorial (last: 2010), New Berlin Eisenhower (last: 2008), Port Washington (last: 2007), Cedarburg (last: 1999), Homestead (last: 1994), Grafton (last, 1994), Nicolet (last: 1993), West Allis Hale (last: 1970)
  • 1: Pewaukee (2001), New Berlin West (2000), Waukesha South (1999 -- Waukesha High School made 14 trips), Waukesha West (1998), Cudahy (1981), Oak Creek (1980), St. Francis (1976)
  • 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)
  • 8: Mukwonago (last: 2016)
  • 7: Whitefish Bay (last: 2011), West Allis Hale (last: 2000)
  • 6: Oak Creek (last: 2016), Kettle Moraine (last: 2004)
  • 5: New Berlin Eisenhower (last: 2016), Grafton (last: 2009), Greendale (last: 2007), Brookfield East (last: 2004), 
  • 4: Nicolet (last: 2011)
  • 3: Brookfield Central (last: 2009), Franklin (last: 2007), Whitnall (last: 2005), Waukesha South (last: 2005)
  • 2: Cedarburg (last: 2015), Port Washington (last: 2000), Homestead (last: 1995), Brown Deer (last: 1993), Wauwatosa East (last: 1981)
  • 1: Dominican (2011), Catholic Memorial (2005), Waukesha North (1994), New Berlin West (1986), South Milwaukee (1985), St. Francis (1981)
  • 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

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