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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

Emily Hafemann had an eventful week for Martin Luther, which capped off an undefeated run in the Metro Classic Conference after securing its first conference title since 1996 one week earlier. She scored 14 points in a close win Feb. 18 over Kenosha St. Joseph, a team with McDonald's All-American Sidney Cooks, and became the school's all-time career scorer in the process with 987 points. The sweep of the returning state finalist sealed the perfect league record, and Hafemann also posted 19 points in a close win over Shoreland Lutheran earlier in the week. Entering the final stretch of the season, Brookfield Central's Caroline Busch and Mukwonago's Brandon Hau are also on the cusp of becoming their respective programs' all-time scorers.

Past Players of the Week

  • 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 (20-1). With Sam Rohde tying a school record by canning eight 3-pointers and Gage Malensek handing out 10 assists, Brookfield Central played on nearly every cylinder in downing Brookfield East -- the lone squad to hand Central a loss this year -- in a Feb. 17 battle. This is still the easy choice for No. 1, and if the Lancers can rebound consistently with their four-guard lineup in the playoffs, it's going to take a whale of an effort to keep this team from the Division 1 state tournament. (no change)

2. Pewaukee (19-2). This is not a team that is rattled by close games or deficits at halftime. After rallying from 10 points down at the break one week earlier against Milwaukee Pius, Pewaukee was ahead by just 3 points at half against Wauwatosa West on Feb. 17, only to emerge with a 72-65 win. The familiar balance of seeing three players in double figures (Grant Basile and Aidan Nordquist each had 21) was on display, and this remains a viable Division 2 state tourney threat. (no change)

3. Cedarburg (19-2). It was business as usual for the North Shore champion, with a 54-43 win over Grafton continuing an undefeated run through the conference. John Diener was limited to 9 points, but the Bulldogs have plenty of other weapons, notably Jordan Johnson (18 points), Matt Barber (11) and Jared Short (10), not to mention Clayton Van Tassel, one of the team's senior leaders. (no change)

4. Arrowhead (17-4). The Warhawks flirted with 90 points in an 89-47 win over Waukesha South, marking the seventh occasion in which the Warhawks have cleared the 80-point threshold. A 68-52 win over Marquette earlier in the week came as expected, courtesy of 23 points by Ben Seefeld and a strong second-half performance. (no change)

5. Oak Creek (18-2). It wasn't a typo -- Oak Creek held a strong Greenfield team to just 3 points at halftime Feb. 14, and even though the Hustlin' Hawks came back to outscore the Knights in the second half, it was still a comfortable 52-35 win. The resume builder gave the Knights a good test with two games against the bottom three teams in the Southeast Conference to close the regular season. (no change)

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

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (13-8), Brookfield East (10-10), Cudahy (3-18), Dominican (11-10), Germantown (10-10)Grafton (11-10), Greendale (9-12), Greenfield (13-8), Homestead (10-11), Kettle Moraine (9-12), Lake Country Lutheran (10-10), New Berlin West (8-12), Nicolet (12-9), Oconomowoc (9-11), Port Washington (5-15), Shorewood (4-16), South Milwaukee (6-14), St. Francis (4-16), St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (10-10), St. Thomas More (8-13), Sussex Hamilton (9-11), University Lake School (2-19), Waukesha North (5-15), Waukesha South (3-18), Waukesha West (7-13), Wauwatosa East (11-10), Wauwatosa West (11-10), West Allis Central (11-10), West Allis Hale (3-17), Whitefish Bay (8-12)

Girls top five

1. Germantown (20-2). Germantown had won the previous three North Shore Conference titles, but never in program history had it won a fourth, and never had it gone 14-0 in league play. That changed in the final opportunity in the current NSC construction, and a win over Port Washington capped off the perfect run in league play. The top seed in the sectional has lost only two games this season, both to teams that will not be competing in Division 1. This is one of 3-4 frontrunners for the D1 gold ball. (no change)

2. Pewaukee (19-3). There is no third-place finisher in any conference that is more dangerous. Yes, Pewaukee finished a game behind co-champs New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West in the Woodland West, but it also has recent lopsided wins over both and will take a 10-game winning streak into the postseason. It seems likely if Pewaukee is going to break through that ceiling and get to state for the first time, it will have to beat both programs again, plus one more high-level victory. (no change)

3. Arrowhead (19-3). Arrowhead came into the season as the state's No. 1 team, and it's going to the playoffs with a title outlook that remains viable indeed. Losses to Germantown, Milwaukee King and Mukwonago (all Division 1 title contenders as well), may dampen that initial set of expectations, but only one of those losses could be truly classified as a bad game. It's a strong likelihood we see a rematch with Germantown in the playoff ladder. (up 1)

4. Mukwonago (20-2). At the same time, Mukwonago only has two losses -- one in overtime against Arrowhead and one against a tough Kettle Moraine foe. Even with the talent in the freshman and sophomore classes, for this team to win 20 regular-season contests with a supremely young starting lineup exceeds expectations, and MHS will have the top seed in a Madison-area group of teams. Watch for fourth-seeded Middleton in a sectional semifinal possibility. (up 1)

5. New Berlin Eisenhower (17-5). Eisenhower leapfrogs a couple teams after its win over New Berlin West to close the Woodland season, meaning the Lions go into the postseason with an eight-game winning streak and losses only to some of the state's very beast teams -- Pewaukee, Madison Edgewood, Milwaukee King, Beaver Dam and New Berlin West. Julia Hintz is having a huge season as a sophomore, and though Oak Creek and New Berlin West have to be considered for the top 5, this is the squad with the most impressive resume heading into the biggest games of the year. What a top batch of girls teams we have this season. West fans will have to forgive the precipitous drop -- the top seven are all at a highly elite level. (up 2)

Best of the rest
6. Oak Creek (18-4 no change), 7. New Berlin West (19-3 down 4) , 8. Martin Luther (21-1 no change), 9. Homestead (15-6 up 1), 10. Brookfield Central (14-8 down 1), 11. Cedarburg (16-6 no change), 12. Cudahy (15-7 up 2)
13. Franklin (15-7 up 2),  14. Sussex Hamilton (16-6 down 2), 15. Wauwatosa East (16-6 NR)

Other schools (alpha)
Brookfield Academy (15-7), Brookfield East (11-11), Brown Deer (4-17), Catholic Memorial (6-16), Dominican (15-7), Grafton (12-10), Greendale (3-19), Greenfield (8-13), Kettle Moraine (12-9), Lake Country Lutheran (10-12), Menomonee Falls (11-11), Muskego (14-8), Nicolet (2-20), Oconomowoc (11-11), Port Washington (6-16), Shorewood (14-8), St. Francis (5-16), St. Thomas More (9-13),  South Milwaukee (7-15), University Lake School (13-7), University School (13-7), Waukesha North (3-19), Waukesha South (9-13), Waukesha West (11-11), Wauwatosa West (8-14), West Allis Central (3-19), West Allis Hale (10-12), Whitefish Bay (13-9), Whitnall (12-10)

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 

We've had our eye all year on some top teams, but the playoffs are a chance to re-write the season memoirs for everybody, and that includes the Nicolet girls, who made a push at the end of the regular season with back-to-back wins. The Knights lost their first 20 games but landed a 46-28 win over Bradley Tech on Feb. 13 and closed conference play with a narrow 52-51 win over Milwaukee Lutheran. The Knights open playoff action Tuesday against West Bend West.

Stat leaders

Boys current scorers

  1. Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Jr.), 23.2 ppg
  2. Kyle Clow, Germantown (Sr.), 21.9
  3. John Diener, Cedarburg (Jr.), 21.8
  4. DeAndre Anderson, Shorewood (Jr.), 20.9
  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.), 20.5
  8. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg (Sr.), 20.3
  9. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc (Sr.), 20.1
  10. Aidan Clarey, Brookfield Academy (Fr.), 19.7
  11. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (Sr.), 19.5
  12. Gage Malensek, Brookfield Central (Soph.), 19.3
  13. Ryan Haertel, West Allis Hale (Sr.), 19.2
  14. Trequan Carrington, Martin Luther (Soph.), 18.9
  15. Max Alba, Franklin (Jr.), 18.6
  16. Keaton Stremick, Waukesha South (Sr.), 18.6
  17. Mikael Green, Shorewood (Sr.), 18.4
  18. Jay Gentry, Brown Deer (Jr.), 18.3
  19. Ben Seefeld, Arrowhead (Sr.), 18.0
  20. Jake Graf, Brookfield East (Sr.), 17.9

Boys active career scorers

  1. John Diener, Cedarburg (Jr.), 1,512
  2. Tyler Herro, Whitnall (Jr.), 1,313
  3. Jordan Johnson, Cedarburg (Sr.), 1,294
  4. Kevion Taylor, Whitnall (Sr.), 1,215
  5. Mikael Green, Shorewood (Sr.), 1,077
  6. Walter Taylor, University School (Sr.), 1,074
  7. Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc (Sr.), 1,054
  8. Brandon Hau, Mukwonago (Sr.), 1,047
  9. Alou Dillon, Wauwatosa West (Sr.), 970
  10. Sullivan Kulju, New Berlin Eisenhower (Sr.), 916
  11. Logan Hilgart, Grafton (Sr.), 797
  12. Max Alba, Franklin (Jr.), 791
  13. Ben Seefeld, Arrowhead (Sr.), 786
  14. Wyatt Cook, Pewaukee (Sr.), 779
  15. Trevell Cunningham, Arrowhead (Sr.), 761 

Girls current scorers 

  1. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central (Sr.), 21.9 ppg
  2. Kiara Redman-Trotter, St. Francis (Soph.), 21.6
  3. Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Jr.), 21.2
  4. Khamya McNeal, Shorewood (Fr.), 20.6
  5. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Sr.), 20.3
  6. Jazmine Young, Dominican (Jr.), 19.9
  7. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall (Sr.), 19.4
  8. Hannah Belanger, Grafton (Soph.), 18.8
  9. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy (Jr.), 18.7
  10. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee (Sr.), 18.2
  11. Kate Benes, Lake Country Lutheran (Fr.), 18.2
  12. Grace Beyer, Mukwonago (Soph.), 17.0
  13. Hannah Kulas, Cudahy (Jr.), 16.8
  14. Olivia Sobczak, Oconomowoc (Fr.), 16.4
  15. Mattie Schimenz, Brown Deer (Fr.), 16.3
  16. Alyssa Nelson, New Berlin West (Jr.), 15.8
  17. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central (Sr.), 15.6
  18. Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine (Sr.), 15.6
  19. Kalli Murphy, Cedarburg (Jr.), 15.4
  20. Calli Delsman, Waukesha West (Sr.), 15.1

Girls active career scorers

  1. Kenzie Schmitz, Germantown (Sr.), 1,316
  2. Caroline Busch, Brookfield Central (Sr.), 1,210
  3. Nikita Conroy, West Allis Central (Sr.), 1,190
  4. Sierra Grubor, Whitnall (Sr.), 1,174
  5. Theresa Wichser, Brookfield Academy (Jr.), 1,088
  6. Chloe Marotta, Homestead (Jr.), 1,077
  7. Bailey Eichner, Cudahy (Sr.), 1,015
  8. Emily Hafemann, Martin Luther (Sr.), 987
  9. MacKenzie Schill, Pewaukee (Sr.), 968
  10. Jazmine Young, Dominican (Jr.), 950
  11. Marissa Igunbor, Menomonee Falls (Sr.), 894
  12. Hannah Kulas, Cudahy (Jr.), 865
  13. Hannah Belanger, Grafton (Soph.), 850
  14. Maddy Harrison, Muskego (Jr.), 775
  15. Abby Guidinger, Kettle Moraine (Sr.), 756 

Stats accumulated from Wissports.net database through Feb. 18, 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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