Coach: Craig Haase, 14th year
Top Players: Billy Hirschfeld (6-6, Sr., 6 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Ricky Finco (5-9, Sr., 6 ppg), Brian Wilman (6-5, Soph.), Stephen Pralle (6-3, Sr.), Matt Calewarts (6-3, Sr.), Charlie Reuteman (5-9, Sr.), Jack Nate (6-0, Sr.), Ben Bredeson (6-4, Soph.).
2012-13 Records: 20-5, 12-2 in Classic Eight Conference
Outlook: The Warhawks will be led by senior forward Billy Hirschfeld and senior guard Ricky Finco. Both Hirschfeld and Finco received substantial playing time a year ago when Arrowhead went 20-5 under the leadership of coach Craig Haase. Hirschfeld, a University of Wisconsin football recruit, gives the Warhawks a legitimate inside scoring threat while Finco is a quick perimeter player capable of getting on a roll from three-point range. Sophomores Brian Wilman and Ben Bredeson also figure to play key roles for Arrowhead.
Coach's Comments: "Experience, athleticism and depth are our strengths. Health and wellness, defensive toughness and ball skills are among our concerns."
Coach: John Miron, 1st year
Top Players: Kyle Monroe (6-5, Jr., 16.7 ppg, 6 rpg), Jake Imig (6-2, Sr., 7 ppg, 3 rpg), Bryce Van Lanen (6-1, Sr., 5 ppg, 2 rpg), Jackson Messenger (6-0, Sr., 5 ppg), Sam Wisneski (6-0, Jr., 3 ppg), Zak Imig (6-2, Soph., 3 ppg).
2012-13 Records: 18-6, 12-4 in Fox River Classic Conference
Outlook: John Miron, who won WIAA state championships as the head coach at Kimberly in 1994 and 1995, takes over the coaching duties at Ashwaubenon and inherits a talented roster led by athletic and active junior wing Kyle Monroe. Monroe has already earned NCAA Division II scholarship offers and one of the top players in the state in the class of 2015. Jake Imig and Bryce Van Lanen joined Monroe in the Jaguars' starting rotation a year ago.
Coach: Patrick Clarey, 4th year
Top Players: Sean Clarey (6-3, Sr., 22.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Nate Stolte (6-2, Sr., 6.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Ryan Clarey (6-1, Soph., 6.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Joseph Lemon (6-5, Soph., 3.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Josiah Marsh (5-11, Sr., 3.0 ppg), Griffin Oleszczuk (5-10, Jr.), Jimmy McMullen (6-2, Sr.), Joe Giera (6-3, Sr.), David Gramling (5-10, Sr.).
2012-13 Records: 21-3, 18-0 in the Midwest Classic Conference
Outlook: Led by the return of Michigan Tech recruit Sean Clarey, the Blue Knights are again the team to beat in the Midwest Classic Conference. A sharpshooting wing player, Clarey averaged 22.5 ppg as a junior and earned Player of the Year honors in the league. Though Brookfield Academy will miss the 21.8 ppg provided by the graduated Domonique Criss, look for sophomores Ryan Clarey and Joseph Lemon to have big seasons. Seniors Nate Stolte, Josiah Marsh and Jimmy McMullen are additional key returning players for coach Patrick Clarey.
Coach’s Comments: “Experience, physical toughness and outside shooting will be strengths. We need to replace five seniors who graduated and we also need to establish a post presence.”
Coach: Eric Henderson, 5th year
Top Players: Teagan Miles (6-7, Sr., 9.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Spencer Wilker (6-1, Jr., 105 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Ben Heiligenthal (6-1, Soph., 7.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Gavin Foote (6-1, Jr., 4.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Bailey Wright (6-1, Sr., 9.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Jake LaForest (5-9, Jr., 2.3 ppg).
2012-13 Records: 8-17, 3-13 in Metro Classic Conference
Outlook: The Hilltoppers are shooting for an upper-division finish in the highly competitive Metro Classic Conference behind the return of five starters and a key reserve. Coach Eric Henderson has a talented frontcourt player in Teagan Miles and experienced backcourt performers in Spencer Wilker, Bailey Wright, Ben Heiligenthal, Gavin Foote and Jake LaForest. Getting consistent scoring and rebounding out of Miles and solid point-guard play out of Wright could be the keys to Catholic Central's success.
Coach's Comments: "Balance, experience, shooting and unselfishness are strengths. Rebounding and team speed are question marks."
Coach: Dean Bellanti, 6th year
Top Players: Ayinde Starling (6-2, Sr., 10.1 ppg), Jake Shomin (6-0, Sr., 7.3 ppg), Chandler North (6-2, Sr., 5.3 ppg), Robby Gogin (6-1, Jr., 2.5 ppg), Tyler Larson (6-1, Sr.), Nate Nennig (5-11, Sr.), Bill Sheaffer (6-5, Sr.), David VerBockel (6-1, Sr.).
2012-13 Records: 18-7, 10-4 in Classic Eight Conference
Outlook: After finishing third in the Classic Eight Conference a year ago, Catholic Memorial looks to remain in the hunt for the league title in 2013-14 behind the return of three starters in Ayinde Starling, Jake Shomin and Chandler North. All three were instrumental in leading the Crusaders to 18 victories a year ago. Look for junior Robby Gogin to play an increased role whole sophomores Parker Carlsen, Alex Bray and Nick Schulze also contend for playing time.
Coach's Comments: "Roster depth and versatility will be strengths. Teamwork and attitude are also positives. Physical strength and size are concerns. Free-throw shooting percentage is also a question mark."
Coach: Brian Winchester, 7th year
Top Players: Brevin Pritzl (6-3, Jr., 17.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Cooper Mocarski (6-5, Sr., 5.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Mitch Winter (6-6, Sr., 7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Jason Blom (6-4, Sr.), Jake Neuville (6-5, Sr.), Tyus Kowalczyk (5-10, Sr., 2.7 ppg), Grant Runnoe (5-11, Sr.), Aaron Vopal (6-6, Frosh.).
2012-13 Records: 22-4, 15-1 in Fox River Classic Conference
Outlook: Over the past four seasons, De Pere has won four league titles and 61 of 64 league outings. That type of success figures to continue in 2013-14 as the Redbirds boast one of the state’s top wing players in junior Brevin Pritzl, a second-team all-league pick as a sophomore who averaged a team-high 17.2 ppg. Senior Mitch Winter appears poised for a breakout season and gives coach Brian Winchester an outstanding deep shooter to go along with Pritzl. Senior Cooper Mocarski provides physical strength and mental toughness in the lane for the Redbirds, who play non-league games against Milwaukee Washington (Nov. 26), Oshkosh North (Nov. 29), Arrowhead (Dec. 27) and Milwaukee Riverside (Dec. 28).
Coach’s Comments: “Perimeter shooting is our No. 1 strength. We have multiple players who can score. Length, athleticism and team depth are also strengths. We need to develop consistent point-guard play and become consistent on defending on the perimeter.”
Coach: Branden Joseph, 4th year
Top Players: Dominique Patterson (5-8, Sr., 8.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Jimmie McAfee (5-9, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Robert Darnell (6-2, Sr.), Sarion McGee (6-7, Frosh.), Kamari Hudson (6-4, Jr.), Nakell Martin (6-2, Soph.).
2012-13 Record: 15-7
Outlook: The Eagles won 15 games a year ago, but coach Branden Joseph must replace his top three scorers in Jerelle DeBerry, Eric Roby and Dreshawn Samuel. Dominique Patterson returns to the backcourt along with Jimmie McAfee, giving Destiny some experience at the guard positions. Promising freshman Sarion McGee figures to log major minutes in the post while Nakell Martin and Kamari Hudson also appear primed to make major contributions along the baseline. Destiny plays an independent schedule and is a WIAA Division 4 school.
Coach's Comments: "We will be an ultra-quick defensive team that will utilize our speed to rattle opponents. Experience and size are both concerns."
Coach: Derek Berger, 2nd year
Top Players: Jack Jelacic (6-6, Sr., 7.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Chris Topp (6-1, Sr., 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Diamond Stone (6-10, Jr., 16.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg), Austin Moutry (5-8, Jr., 3.9 ppg), Tywon Bressler Jr. (6-2, Jr., 5.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Quinton Miller (6-1, Sr., 3.4 ppg), Michael Ferrici (6-3, Soph.).
2012-13 Records: 24-4, 16-0 in Metro Classic Conference
Outlook: The Knights have won back-to-back Division 4 state titles and are favored to three-peat in 2013-14 behind the return of junior sensation Diamond Stone. A top 10 recruit nationally in the class of 2015, Stone is the most dominating post player in the state and anchors a talented frontline that also includes Jack Jelacic and Michael Ferrici. In the backcourt, ever-improving junior Tywon Bressler figures to team with Chris Topp and Austin Moutry in providing quality minutes for the Knights. Dominican will play an exceptionally strong non-league schedule with games against Little Chute, Milwaukee Hamilton, Germantown, Chicago Orr, Rice Lake and Catholic Memorial on the docket.
Coach’s Comments: “Interior play will be a strength. Our post players are experienced and have played together for a couple of years now. Defensive rebounding and protecting the rim will be the strength of our team. Taking care of the ball is a concern. Preventing the opposing team from penetrating into the lane is another concern.”
Coach: Arnie Oelke, 28th year
Top Players: Reid Van Gysel (5-10, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Billy Bull (6-2, Sr., 10.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Tom Waterworth (6-3, Sr., 3.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Max Tramburg (6-0, Sr., 5.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Cody Dangall (6-1, Sr., 8.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg), J.D. Leisemann (6-3, Sr., 3.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Joseph Schroeder (6-1, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 19-5, 13-1 in Southern Division of Trailways Conference
Outlook: The Pirates varsity and JV squads went a combined 40-6 a year ago and veteran coach Arnie Oelke welcomes back four starters and a couple of key reserves. Billy Bull is a returning first-team all-league performer who averaged 10.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Reid Van Gysel, Tom Waterworth and Max Tramburg also return to the starting rotation for the Pirates, who shared the Trailways title with Deerfield last winter. Seniors Cody Dagnall and J.D. Liesemann figure to challenge for starting roles after being key reserves last season.
Coach’s Comments: “Senior leadership, team unity, winning tradition, athleticism and experience at all positions are strengths. The desire to play strong defense and understanding what it takes to achieve success are also strengths. Consistent interior post presence on offense and finding a go-to player when the tough shot needs to be taken are question marks.”
Coach: Steve Showalter, 14th year
Top Players: Lamonte Bearden (6-2, Sr., 13.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Jake Showalter (6-4, Sr., 11.6 ppg), Evan Wesenberg (6-7, Sr., 8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Jon Averkamp (6-7, Sr., 5.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Brian Bearden (6-2, Sr., 6.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Dearionte Hudson (5-8, Sr., 5.9 ppg), Cole Karcz (6-6, Jr., 2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Juwan McCloud (5-11, Soph.).
2012-13 Records: 28-0, 14-0 in North Shore Conference
Outlook: The two-time defending WIAA Division 1 state champions enter the season with a 56-game winning streak and are heavy favorites to snap the state’s all-time winning streak of 62 games set by Dominican in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ironically, Germantown could tie Dominican’s record with a victory over the Knights on Dec. 14 at Homestead in the NY2LA Sports Classic. The Warhawks could potentially break the mark with a win over Milwaukee Lutheran on Dec. 17. Buffalo recruit Lamonte Bearden returns to the starting rotation at point guard while North Dakota State recruit Jake Showalter is back at shooting guard. Up front, the Warhawks feature North Dakota State recruit Evan Wesenberg along with ever-improving Jon Averkamp. Stellar depth is provided in the backcourt by seniors Brian Bearden and Dearionte Hudson while Menomonee Falls transfer Juwan McCloud also figures to contribute. Despite losing Indiana recruit and Mr. Basketball award winner Luke Fischer, a 7-footer who averaged 21.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season, Germantown is the overwhelming favorite to win a third straight WIAA Division 1 state title.
Coach’s Comments: “A winning attitude, experience, talent, desire, work ethic, speed and depth are strengths. Replacing Mr. Basketball Luke Fischer and team defense are question marks.”
Green Bay NEW Lutheran
Coach: Mark Meerstein, 23rd year
Top Players: Dakota Zinser (6-3, Sr., 13 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Nathan Toenjes (6-7, Sr., 12.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Kristian Zimmerman (6-3, Sr., 6 ppg, 3 rpg), Samuel Brock (6-1, Sr., 4.4 ppg), Noah Gosse (6-2, Jr.), Nathaniel Schaefer (6-0, Soph.), Michael Falk (6-1, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 28-1, 14-0 in Packerland Conference
Outlook: The three-time defending champions of the Packerland Conference appear poised for yet another big season under coach Mark Meerstein. NEW Lutheran won its first 28 games last winter before dropping a hard-fought 48-42 decision to Randolph in the WIAA Division 5 state-title game. Talented point guard Travis Voigt and gifted forward Nathan Claflin have graduated, but the Blazers welcome back a solid core of players led by athletic and versatile senior wing Dakota Zinser, who averaged 13.0 ppg and earned second-team all-league honors. Center Nathan Toenjes was voted first team all-Packerland as a junior when he led the team in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Look for senior Kristian Zimmerman to replace Voigt at point guard with quality depth coming from newcomers off an 18-4 JV squad.
Coach’s Comments: “We averaged 67 ppg in 2010-11, 67 ppg in 2011-12, 69 ppg in 2012-13 so we will be looking to continue to push the ball up the floor. Size, tradition and defense are among our strengths. Depth at the post position is a concern.”
Coach: Ryan Johnsen, 2nd year
Top Players: Jordan Perez (6-4, Sr., 20.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg), David Pulizos (6-6, Soph., 5.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg), Josh Michaels (6-2, Jr., 9.7 ppg), Mitch Brees (6-4, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Josh Ringelberg (6-2, Jr., 3.1 ppg), Chris Carloni (6-3, Jr.), Clay Kujawa (6-6, Frosh.).
2012-13 Records: 10-14, 8-9 in Woodland Conference
Outlook: With a roster loaded with size and experience, the Panthers figure to challenge for the title in the highly competitive Western Division of the Woodland Conference. Senior Jordan Perez is a returning first-team all-league player while junior Josh Michaels and sophomore David Pulizos each earned honorable mention recognition. Senior Mitch Brees and junior Josh Ringelberg also figure to play key roles for coach Ryan Johnsen and the Panthers.
Coach's Comments: "We have strong point-guard play, experience and multiple offensive threats. Rebounding is our biggest concern."
Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Coach: Todd Jahns, 15th year
Top Players: Ethan Bublitz (6-1, Jr., 12.1 ppg, 5.7 apg), Jared Henning (6-4, Jr., 11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Zack Nelsen (6-6, Jr., 5.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Evan Rusch (6-3, Sr., 3.1 ppg), Steve Seider (6-3, Jr., 2.3 ppg), Ethan Wolff (6-2, Sr., 2.4 ppg), Austin Kison (6-7, Sr., 2.3 ppg), C.J. Niemann (6-2, Sr., 2.0 ppg).
2012-13 Records: 17-8, 10-4 in the Flyway Conference
Outlook: Three juniors who earned all-league recognition as sophomores headline the list of returning players for Kettle Moraine Lutheran. Ethan Bublitz, Jared Henning and Zack Nelsen provide a rock-solid nucleus for veteran coach Todd Jahns, who has averaged 12.9 victories per season during his 14 years as the Chargers’ head coach. Bublitz is a dynamic playmaker who can score and distribute while Henning and Nelsen give KML plenty of muscle in the paint. Senior Evan Rusch is the fourth returning starter from a club that won 17 games.
Coach’s Comments: “Experience, athleticism, size and depth are strengths. We return 11 players who get along well and have a strong desire to win. Perimeter shooting and decision making are question marks.”
Coach: Todd Frohwirth, 1st year
Top Players: Nick Klar (6-4, Sr., 10.5 ppg), Garrison Goode (6-7, Jr., 5.0 ppg), Royal Wright (6-0, Jr.), Quin Rowen (6-3, Sr.), Petar Oklobdzija (6-3, Sr., 4.7 ppg), Sam Brielmarier (6-5, Sr., 5.5 ppg), Ben Meinholz (6-3, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 12-11, 7-7 in Greater Metro Conference
Outlook: New coach Todd Frohwirth, a former major-league pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles, guided the Mukwonago girls' basketball team to a runner-up finish in the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament last season. He takes over a Marquette High program deep with tradition. There is plenty of talent and depth in the program, wich seniors Nick Klar, Quin Rowen, Bam Brielmarier and Petar Oklobdzija leading the way. Look for promising juniors Garrison Goode and Ben Meinholz to also have big impacts for the Hilltoppers.
Coach's Comments: "Scoring is our primary strength while defense and rebounding are our biggest concerns."
Coach: Tyrone Lewis, 6th year
Top Players: Nick Cobbins (6-1, Sr., 8.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Robert Harris (6-10, Sr., 7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg), James Bateman (6-0, Jr., 11.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg), N'Gai Dixon (6-3, Sr., 3.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Bobby Hambright (5-10, Soph., 2.7 ppg), George Dixon (6-3, Frosh.), Terrance Lewis (6-4, Frosh.), Justin Wofford (6-10, Soph.).
2012-13 Records: 7-14, 5-7 in Milwaukee City Conference
Outlook: The Tigers may have one of the most improved teams in the City Conference behind the return of starters Nick Cobbins, Robert Harris and James Bateman. Harris, a 6-foot-10 forward who signed with NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth, can run the floor, block shots and score facing the basket. Sophomore Bobby Hambright and senior N'Gai Dixon also figure to play key roles for coach Tyrone Lewis. Look for freshmen George Dixon and Terrance Lewis to also compete for regular playing time.
Coach's Comments: "We have a quick, aggressive backcourt and a long, athletic frontcourt. Defense, rebounding and leadership are among our concerns."
Coach: Marquis Hines, 2nd year
Top Players: Marcus White (6-5, Sr., 13 ppg, 6 rpg), Malik Brown (6-2, Jr., 8 ppg, 3 rpg), Brandon Cooper (6-6, Sr., 2 ppg, 5 rpg), Tyree Kendrick (6-3, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 20-5, 10-2 in City Conference
Outlook: The Vikings will look to senior wing Marcus White and junior shooting guard Malik Brown as they attempt to remain among the elite programs in the Milwaukee City Conference. White is a powerful player who can score in multiple ways. He averaged 13 ppg as a junior and earned second-team all-league recognition. Brown has deep range and can get on a roll from beyond the arc. Look for senior forward Brandon Cooper and emerging junior Tyree Kendrick to also play key roles for the Vikings.
Coach's Comments: "If Marcus White takes on the leadership role, we will be OK. He has incredible upside. Speed and pressure defense will also be strengths. We did lose eight seniors so we lack experience at most positions."
Coach: Freddie Riley, 2nd year
Top Players: Darvell Hayes (6-6, Jr., 5 ppg, 5 rpg), Nate Hubbard-Cole (6-0, Jr., 9 ppg, 3 rpg), Daveon Jones (6-4, Jr., 9 ppg, 4 rpg), Elliott Stokes (6-2, Jr., 7 ppg, 4 rpg), Jerry Truss (6-3, Sr., 5 ppg, 2 rpg), Demetris Tillman (6-1, Jr., 5 ppg, 2 rpg), Pierre McGee (5-9, Jr.), Quentin Kendricks (6-0, Jr.), Camarius Young (6-3, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 17-8, 11-1 in City Conference
Outlook: The Purgolders must replace the Player of the Year in the City Conference as Jamaar McKay is now playing at Chipola Junior College in Florida. But coach Freddie Riley has a very deep roster that features plenty of quickness and athleticism. Junior forward Darvell Hayes is the lone returning starter from a club that shared the City Conference title with Milwaukee King. Hayes gives the Purgolders excellent size in the post. Junior Nate Hubbard-Cole is one of the elite backcourt performers in the City Conference while junior Daveon Jones joins Hayes on the frontline. Look for Washington to employ plenty of full-court pressure defense as it sets out to battle King, Hamilton and Vincent for the City Conference title.
Coach’s Comments: “Guard play, experience, toughness and leadership are among our strengths. Interior defense and rebounding are question marks.”
Coach: Jim Haasser, 8th year
Top Players: Dominic Cizauskas (6-2, Sr., 14.1 ppg, 10 rpg), Aaron Nixon (6-1, Sr., 11.1 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg), Koy Brecklin (6-5, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Dan Gerrits (6-11, Sr.), Dan Aoys (5-10, Sr.), Rob Gruber (6-2, Sr.), Ryan Wagner (6-4, Sr.), Alex Glatczak (6-7, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 23-5, 12-2 in Classic Eight Conference
Outlook: The Indians shared the Classic Eight Conference title with Arrowhead last season and then advanced all the way to the WIAA Division 1 title game before falling to Germantown. Coach Jim Haasser returns three experienced players in University of Wisconsin football recruit Dominic Cizauskas, steady point guard Aaron Nixon and athletic wing Koy Brecklin. Cizauskas averaged a double-double last season at 14.1 ppg and 10 rpg and earned first-team all-league honors. Size will be a strength with 6'11" Dan Gerritts and 6'7" Alex Glatczak.
Coach's Comments: "Depth, size, athleticism and experience are strengths. Getting everyone to commit to the same level of effort and intensity that have been a staple for two years is a concern. Knocking down shots is always a concern as well."
Coach: Scott Bork, 2nd year
Top Players: Adam Pohlman (6-0, Sr., 10.3 ppg, 5.2 apg), Taulvish McCray (5-10, Sr., 6.9 ppg, 2.3 apg), Matt Heldt (6-10, Jr., 13.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 bspg), Trevor Entwisle (5-11, Jr., 3.7 ppg), Alec Becker (6-4, Sr.), Isaac Quella (5-9, Sr.), Adam Pronschinske (6-4, Jr.), Ty Hegg (6-3, Jr.), Rob Pavletich (6-4, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 18-4, 15-3 in Fox Valley Association
Outlook: This will be a fun team to watch as the Rockets feature a little bit of everything. There is outstanding point-guard play with the return of Adam Pohlman, a unanimous first-team all-league pick as a junior who is receiving recruiting interest from several NCAA Division I schools. There is strong wing play with the return of Taulvish McCray and Trevor Entwisle. And there is outstanding play in the post with Matt Heldt back for his second year in Neenah after playing at league-rival Appleton West as a freshman. Heldt gives the Rockets a shot blocker/rebounder on the defensive end of the court as well as a consistent scoring option in the paint on the offensive end. The quickness of Pohlman, Taulvish and Entwisle is another huge asset for Neenah, which has non-league games against Stevens Point (Nov. 26), Milwaukee Riverside (Dec. 14), Milwaukee Marquette (Dec. 27) and Rice Lake (Dec. 28).
Coach’s Comments: “Leadership, defensive pressure, inside scoring and unselfish play are our strengths. Overall team rebounding, consistency and mental toughness are question marks entering the season.”
Coach: Frank Schade, 28th year
Top Players: Nate Neveau (5-10, Sr., 13.8 ppg), Nick Bauer (5-8, Jr., 5.0 ppg), Seth Taylor (6-2, Jr., 9.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Blake Marquardt (6-4, Jr., 11.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Cooper Radtke (6-6, Sr., 18.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Turner Geisthardt (6-0, Sr., 2.3 ppg), Elliott Dyer (6-0, Sr., 2.7 ppg).
2012-13 Records: 23-4, 16-2 in Fox Valley Association
Outlook: The Spartans qualified for the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament in each of the past two seasons and return virtually their entire roster from a year ago when they went 23-4 under veteran coach Frank Schade. Senior point guard and Hillsdale College recruit Nate Neveau plays with great basketball instinct and enters his final year of prep basketball as a three-year starter for the Spartans. Senior forward and Northern Michigan recruit Cooper Radtke shared Player of the Year honors in the tough Fox Valley Association with UW-Oshkosh recruit Riley VanderWyst of Kaukauna a year ago and gives North a very good inside scoring presence. North is favored to repeat as champions of the FVA and will get a shot at Germantown on Dec. 28 in the annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University in Mequon.
Coach’s Comments: “Experience is a strength with eight of our top nine players back. We also hope for healthy returns for two players who were injured a year ago in Seth Taylor and Elliott Dyer. The leadership of Neveau and Radtke is also a team strength. Rebounding is a concern. We will need to play with great toughness in order to become a dominating rebounding team."
Coach: Jason Duff, 4th year
Top Players: Kollin Neils (6-2, Sr., 13.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Tom Jankowski (6-5, Sr., 6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Eric Nygaard (6-5, Sr., 5.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Clay Henning (5-10, Sr., 2.9 ppg), Collin Denzin (6-0, Sr., 3.9 ppg), Dominic Bocchini (5-9, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 17-7, 12-2 in Eastern Wisconsin Conference
Outlook: The Panthers return one of eastern Wisconsin’s top performers in senior Kollin Neils, a three-year varsity letter winner who earned unanimous first-team all-league recognition as a junior. Neils can score from the perimeter or in the lane and is an excellent team leader and an extremely unselfish player. Emerging seniors Tom Jankowski and Eric Nygaard give coach Jason Duff excellent size in the post, but both are also capable of stepping outside and scoring from the perimeter. Kohler transfer Dominic Bocchini could step in at point guard with seniors Clay Henning and Collin Denzin playing on the wings.
Coach’s Comments: “Perimeter play is our No. 1 strength. Rebounding and post defense are our biggest concerns.”
Coach: Stephen Jaskulske, 12th year
Top Players: DeAngelo Jackson (6-3, Sr., 11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), James Trice (6-1, Sr., 12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Darion King (6-6, Jr., 11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Malik House (6-0, Sr., 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Tyrese Pinson (5-8, Jr., 7.2 ppg), Keith Thompson (6-7, Sr., 3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Isaiah Trussell (6-6, Sr., 2.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), David Clark (6-6, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
2012-13 Records: 22-4, 14-0 in Southeast Conference
Outlook: The Eagles are absolutely loaded, though an injury to versatile senior James Trice has tempered expectations just a bit to start the season. Trice, who averaged 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior, is out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury but could be back after Christmas. Returning Southeast Conference Player of the year DeAngelo Jackson returns at point guard while rugged junior Darrion King gives Case a dependable inside scoring option. Case has tremendous depth on its frontline with Keith Thompson, Isaiah Trussell and David Clarke all expected to play key roles alongside King. Malik House and ultra-quick Tyrese Pinson return to the backcourt and will play alongside Jackson at the guard positions.
Coach’s Comments: “Team depth and the experience of our players are strengths. The return of James Trice from his ACL surgery is our biggest question mark.”
Coach: Kevin Orr, 12th year
Top Players: Henry Ellenson (6-10, Jr., 22 ppg, 12 rpg), Ben Widdes (5-11, Jr., 4 ppg, 4 rpg), Brandyn Christman (5-11, Sr., 9 ppg, 3 rpg), Shawn Magee (6-4, Sr., 4 ppg, 3 rpg), Dan Schieffer (5-10, Sr., 3 ppg, 2 rpg), Austin Angell (6-3, Sr.), Trapper Ward (6-4, Sr.), Nick Webber (5-7, Sr.).
2012-13 Records: 20-5, 12-0 in Big Rivers Conference
Outlook: The Warriors enter the season with a 24-game winning streak within the Big Rivers Conference and feature one of the country’s top frontcourt prospects in 6-foot-10 junior Henry Ellenson. The returning Player of the Year in the Big Rivers, Ellenson averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game as a sophomore while leading Rice Lake to a 20-5 record. His ability to score from the perimeter or in the post is exceptionally difficult for opponents to stop. Joining Ellenson as returning starters for the Warriors are guards Ben Widdes and Brandyn Christman. Both Widdes and Christman are proven performers who figure to take some of the pressure off of Ellenson on the offensive end of the court. Rice Lake has a pair of intriguing non-league matchups at the annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University in Mequon. Fans will get the chance to watch Ellenson square off against two other stellar frontcourt prospects from the state in Dominican’s Diamond Stone (Dec. 27) and Neenah’s Matt Heldt (Dec. 28).
Coach’s Comments: “Chemistry, balanced scoring inside and outside and depth are among our strengths. Free-throw shooting and mental toughness are concerns.”
Coach: Joe Rux, 14th year
Top Players: Nick Stelzer (6-2, Sr., 11 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Sam Scheer (5-11, Jr., 8 ppg), Josh Erickson (6-2, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Tyler Heyduk (5-9, Sr., 3 ppg), Shane Johnson (6-4, Sr., 3 ppg, 3 rpg), Alex Deets (5-11, Sr., 3 ppg), Jared Patek (5-11, Sr.), Logan Theisen (6-4, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 18-5, 15-3 in the Olympian Conference
Outlook: Despite losing leading scorer Nate Lassila to graduation, the Jets appear primed to overtake Brillion as the team to beat in the competitive Olympian Conference. Veteran coach Joe Rux returns a deep, skilled lineup that includes four returning starters and seven seniors. Nick Stelzer is the most complete of the returning players thanks to his ability to score in so many different ways. But junior Sam Scheer is a knock-down perimeter shooter and junior Logan Theisen showed plenty of promise over the summer. If Josh Erickson and Shane Johnson can give the Jets some consistent play in the paint, Roncalli could emerge as one of the elite Division 3 teams in Wisconsin this winter.
Coach’s Comments: “Shooting, defense and experience are our strong points while size and rebounding remain concerns.”
Coach: Nick Verhagen, 2nd year
Top Players: Tyler Zastrow (5-10, Sr., 18 ppg, 2 rpg), Phil Leibham (6-0, Sr., 6 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Jacob Jurss (6-0, Jr., 15 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Jeff Hess (6-0, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 2 rpg), Ryan Scheele (6-4, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 6 rpg), Jacob Ames (6-4, Sr., 3 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Taylor Zastrow (6-0, Sr., 3.3 ppg, 3 rpg), Nathan Hasenstein (6-0, Sr., 3 ppg, 3 rpg).
2012-13 Records: 18-8, 13-3 in Central Lakeshore Conference
Outlook: Even with Sam Dekker moving on to play for the
Outlook: “We have a senior-heavy team with plenty of experience and depth. Guard play, outside shooting and pressure defense are strengths. Rebounding and defending the post are our biggest concerns.”
Coach: Mike Snyder, 6th year
Top Players: Djdade Denson (6-1, Sr., 15 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Sam Bernstein (5-10, Sr., 4 ppg, 2.8 apg), Jack Wells (6-1, Sr., 7.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Jack Hiller (6-0, Sr., 3 ppg), Vehjon Johnson (6-1, Jr.), Tyler Smith (6-5, Jr.), Hayden Heun (6-3, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 15-8, 14-4 in Midwest Classic Conference
Outlook: Senior Djdade Denson tops the list of returning players for the Wildcats. The athletic wing guard earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and can score in a variety of ways. University School suffered an offseason blow when honorable mention all-league pick Jeff Walters (6-6) opted to attend an out-of-state prep school. Seniors Sam Bernstein, Jack Wells and Jack Hiller also play key roles for USM.
Coach's Comments: "Chemistry and work ethic are our strengths while shooting is our biggest concern."
Coach: Tim Arndorfer, 7th year
Top Players: Nick Pridgeon (6-5, Sr.), Christian Tolbert (6-3, Sr.), Sean Wheeler (6-3, Sr.), Bobby Jensen (6-4, Sr.), Caleb Taylor (6-4, Sr.).
2012-13 Records: 14-10, 8-6 in Greater Metro Conference
Outlook: The Red Raiders will rely heavily on a strong senior class that is anchored by five returning players from a club that won 14 games a year ago. That talented group includes Nick Pridgeon (6-5), Christian Tolbert (6-3), Sean Wheeler (6-3), Bobby Jensen (6-4) and Caleb Taylor (6-4). Coach Tim Arndorfer also has some promising young players in his program, led by sophomores Sam Christiansen (5-11), Bryce Beekman (6-0), Ty Ederesinghe (6-1) and Cal Rohde (6-4).
Coach's Comments: "Size and rebounding should be strengths. Scoring and experience are our primary concerns."
West De Pere
Coach: Andy Werner, 5th year
Top Players: Chandler Diekvoss (6-5, Sr., 14.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Cody Schwartz (6-7, Jr., 18.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Jesse Owens (6-0, Jr., 7.1 ppg), Connor Konshak (6-2, Jr., 9.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Aaron Fink (6-5, Sr.), Max Wickman (5-10, Sr.), Raymond Danforth (6-3, Jr.), Jake Bostedt (6-0, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 20-3, 15-1 in Bay Conference
Outlook: The Phantoms boast two high-major NCAA Division I players in Richmond recruit Chandler Diekvoss and junior Cody Schwartz, who has offers from Creighton and Marquette, among others. Diekvoss and Schwartz can both hit from well beyond the three-point arc and can also go inside and score. In the backcourt, West De Pere returns to experienced and solid performers in junior point guard Jesse Owens and junior wing guard Connor Konshak. Coach Andy Werner has upgraded the Phantoms non-league schedule in an effort to prepare for the post season, scheduling games with Green Bay Southwest (Dec. 7), Racine Case (Dec. 26), Milwaukee Washington (Dec. 27), Bay Port (Jan. 4) and Milwaukee Vincent (Feb. 15).
Coach’s Comments: “Size, experience, work ethic, scoring punch, attitude and rebounding are among our strengths. Coming together as a team and defining roles are our question marks heading into the season.”
Coach: Kevin Lazovik, 5th year
Top Players: Joe Sherburne (6-6, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Miles Sigh (6-2, Jr., 9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Christian Lane (6-7, Sr., 6.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Ryan Olver (6-7, Sr.), Jake Casey (6-2, Sr.), Isaiah Johnson (6-3, Jr.), Mitch Rogers (6-4, Jr.).
2012-13 Records: 17-7, 10-4 in North Shore Conference
Outlook: The Blue Dukes figure to challenge powerhouse Germantown for the title in the North Shore Conference. Coach Kevin Lazovik has a very talented roster, led by versatile senior Joe Sherburne, a 6-foot-6 wing player who can knock down perimeter shots or use his height to score in the lane. Junior Miles Sigh is a defensive specialist who can also score while seniors Christian Lane (6-7) and Ryan Olver (6-6) give Whitefish Bay great size in the post. Look for senior Jake Casey (6-3) to also play a prominent roles for the Blue Dukes.
Coach's Comments: "We return six players who saw significant playing time with our varsity last season. We have some good length on the team and we have some guys who can really shoot. We lost our starting wing guard and point guard to graduation, plus a lot of quickness and depth. It will be important for guys to step up to the challenge."
Coach: Ryan Walz, 6th year
Top Players: C.J. Polk (6-0, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Anthony Carver (6-3, Jr., 6.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Dez Cockroft (6-1, Sr., 5.2 ppg), Milton Cummings (6-4, Sr., 3.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Jamare Griffin (6-2, Sr., 4.7 ppg), Keith Franklin (5-11, Sr., 6.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Caleb Tesch (6-6, Sr.), Logan McShane (6-4, Jr.), Austin DeNoyer (6-0, Soph.), Keishon Parker (6-2, Soph.).
2012-13 Records: 22-6, 14-0 in Wisconsin Little Ten Conference
Outlook: With a non-conference schedule that includes games against Arrowhead, Milwaukee King, Pewaukee, Marquette, Oshkosh North, Sussex Hamilton, Homestead and Germantown, Wisconsin Lutheran likely will take a few hits during the regular season. And as a result, the Associated Press and WBCA polls likely won’t have the Vikings among the elite of the elite at the Division 2 level. But make no mistake about it, Wisconsin Lutheran is indeed among the elite programs in the state, regardless of division. Coach Ryan Walz, who has won 106 games in five years as head coach at the school, has an incredibly deep and hungry team, one that returns nine players from a year ago when the Vikings went 22-6 and lost to Pulaski in the WIAA Division 2 state title game. Led by Minnesota State Moorhead recruit C.J. Polk and stellar junior forward Anthony Carver, Wisconsin Lutheran is a heavy favorite to win its ninth consecutive Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship. Polk anchors a quick, athletic and tenacious backcourt that also includes Keith Franklin and emerging sophomore Austin DeNoyer. Up front, Carver plays bigger than his 6-foot-3 size because of his length, jumping ability and uncanny timing. Milton Cummings, Caleb Tesch and Logan McShane will also compete for playing time at the forward positions. Newcomers from a 19-1 JV squad provide outstanding depth for a team that will go at least 10 deep.
Coach’s Comments: “Depth will be our biggest strength. Experience of being state runner-up and all the players with returning varsity experience is another strength. Chemistry has been a strength and with so many good players, it is going to need to be a strength for this team to have success. Lack of size has been a concern the last couple of years and will continue to be a concern. Consistent perimeter shooting will also be a concern until we can prove otherwise.”
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