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Area Athlete's on All-State Teams

Mar 29, 2014 -- 10:51am

     

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Big Eight All-Conference Teams

Mar 20, 2014 -- 4:00pm

 

Big Eight All-Conference Teams

Madison Memorial cleans-up MVP and Coach of the Year awards

 

By: Tyler Zavadsky     Twitter: @TylerZonESPN

 

 

First Team All-Conference

     

     G Nick Noskowiak, Jr. Sun Prairie Cardinals  20.0 ppg

     G Jerry Ngobi, Sr. Janesville Craig Cougars  15.5 ppg

     G Malik Clements, Sr. Madison West Regents  21.8 ppg

     F/G Derek Rongstad, Sr. Middleton Cardinals  14.9 ppg

     F/C Darral Willis, Sr. Madison Memorial Spartans  17.3 ppg

 

Second Team All-Conference 

 

     G Darlod Thomas, Jr. Madison La Follette Lancers  14.6 ppg

     G De’Shawn Burks, Jr. Madison East Purgolders  11.6 ppg

     G/F Cole Schmitz, Soph. Verona Wildcats  14.9 ppg

     F JT Ruffin, Jr. Sun Prairie Cardinals  12.6 ppg 

     F/C Tyler Lindquist, Sr. Madison Memorial Spartans 15.2 ppg

     C Andre Neal, Sr. Beloit Memorial Knights  15.8 ppg

 

Third Team All-Conference

 

     G Shareef Smith, Jr. Madison Memorial Spartans  9.7 ppg

     G Mike Murphy, Sr. Janesville Craig Cougars  13.0 ppg

     G Draylen Fair, Sr. Beloit Memorial Knights  13.5 ppg

     G Adam Thompson, Sr. Janesville Parker Vikings  12.9 ppg

     F Cortez McCree, Jr. Madison La Follette Lancers  11.2 ppg

 

Honorable Mention All-Conference Team

 

     G Terrel McFadden, Sr. Madison West Regents  10.4 ppg

     G Mitch Flora, Sr. Verona Wildcats  10.1 ppg

     G Maurice Ewing, Sr. Madison La Follette Lancers  9.8 ppg

     G Luke Schafer, Sr. Middleton Cardinals  12.0 ppg

     G Martin Lackey, Sr. Madison East Purgolders  12.0 ppg

     F Shane Waldon, Sr. Sun Prairie Cardinals  9.2 ppg

     F Max Oelerich, Sr. Middleton Cardinals  9.6 ppg

     G Malik Robinson, Jr. Sun Prairie Cardinals 9.6 ppg

     G Will Kellerman, Jr. Verona Wildcats  12.1 ppg 

 

Conference Most Valuable Player

     F/C Darral Willis, Sr. Madison Memorial Spartans 

 

Conference Coach of the Year

     Steve Collins, Madison Memorial Spartans. 

     -Led the Spartans to their 11th straight Big Eight Conference title

 

 

 

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Sun Prairie's Season Comes to End With OT Loss in Sectional Final

Mar 08, 2014 -- 4:40pm

 

Mukwonago Madison Bound After OT Win

Turnovers do-in Sun Prairie down stretch 

 

 Tyler Zavadsky      Twitter: @TylerZonESPN

3/8/14

 

     For amateur basketball players, the month of March is when heros are born and legacies constructed. 

     Often times it is the big names that get all the glory, but every now and then a Clark Kent emerges from the crowd and takes his team to places rarely visited.

     One such emerging star, Sun Prairie’s Malik Robinson, would have told you he had seen it coming from the start.

     Trailing Verona with 11.1 seconds remaining in regulation of Thursday night’s WIAA sectional semifinal, Robinson knew he had to step up in the face of adversity and take his team to new heights. 

     The Wildcats double-teamed Sun Prairie’s Nick Noskowiak, who finished the game leading all scorers with 27 points, on the final inbound of regulation leading to the heroics of Robinson to force overtime with a full court drive for a last second lay in.

     “Honestly, I felt like I knew it was going to happen,” Robinson said. “ They were playing up on Noskowiak, and Noskowiak had been killing them the whole game. We needed to get the basket, so I did what I needed to do to get the basket.”

     Robinson, who had been held scoreless for the first 31:49 of regulation, wasn’t done with his heroics quite yet.

     The junior guard grabbed a key rebound with 9.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime period and was immediately fouled, sending Robinson to the line for two potential game clinching free throws. 

     “I told him, ‘Pray to God and knock these down,’ ” Noskowiak said.

     Two free throws later, the Cardinals held a 54-50 lead with under ten seconds remaining in the contest.

     “I just needed to do what it took to win,” Robinson said. “I wanted it really bad, the team wanted it really bad, I just acted on instinct and grabbed the board and prayed I hit the free throws.”

     Robinson’s game clinching free throws came after a missed three-point attempt by the Wildcats that would have given Verona the lead.

     For much of the second half and into both overtime periods, the Wildcats found themselves down by a hand full of points only to convert key baskets when most needed. 

     Senior John Tackett led all Verona scorers with 17 points and made his fair share of clutch free throws down the line. Fellow senior Mitch Flora also sunk a pair of bonus throws with 11.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

     “I am just so proud of these guys,” Verona coach Alan Buss said. “I told them, there are 1,600 people out here tonight that would come in here and shake your hand and look you in the eye and say, ‘Wow, you guys showed a lot of heart and a lot of toughness,’ and that’s what it’s been for this group of kids all year.

     “A group of seniors with less character would have packed it in. Just an amazing group of kids.”

     For every punch Sun Prairie delivered, Verona would answer right back, and for every response by the Wildcats the Cardinals would come right back swinging.

     “We’ve played these guys now three times this year and it just never gets any easier,” Sun Prairie coach Jeff Boos said. “Every time you step out on the court with them it’s a dog fight. Thats a great team we just beat and they gave us everything they had and it took everything we had. 

     “I’ve been around long enough to know that sometimes you need a break or a bounce here or there to advance. I think we got one tonight.”

     Sun Prairie advances on to the sectional championship on Saturday at Burlington High School to play the defending state runner-up, Mukwonago Indians.

     “Well they’re big and strong and obviously have some great players in (Aaron) Nixon and Dominic (Cizauskas),” Boos said. “But I like our chances and our confidence. Our guys believe we can win and now all we have to do is go out and do it.”

     Tipoff scheduled for 1 p.m. 

 

Tyler Zavadsky     Twitter: @TylerZonESPN

 

 

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Noskowiak has big night, but Robinson plays hero for Sun Prairie

Mar 06, 2014 -- 11:44pm

 

Cardinals Advance with Double OT Thriller

Clock strikes midnight for Wildcats

 

 Tyler Zavadsky      Twitter: @TylerZonESPN

3/6/14

 

     For amateur basketball players, the month of March is when heros are born and legacies constructed. 

     Often times it is the big names that get all the glory, but every now and then a Clark Kent emerges from the crowd and takes his team to places rarely visited.

     One such emerging star, Sun Prairie’s Malik Robinson, would have told you he had seen it coming from the start.

     Trailing Verona with 11.1 seconds remaining in regulation of Thursday night’s WIAA sectional semifinal, Robinson knew he had to step up in the face of adversity and take his team to new heights. 

     The Wildcats double-teamed Sun Prairie’s Nick Noskowiak, who finished the game leading all scorers with 27 points, on the final inbound of regulation leading to the heroics of Robinson to force overtime with a full court drive for a last second lay in.

     “Honestly, I felt like I knew it was going to happen,” Robinson said. “ They were playing up on Noskowiak, and Noskowiak had been killing them the whole game. We needed to get the basket, so I did what I needed to do to get the basket.”

     Robinson, who had been held scoreless for the first 31:49 of regulation, wasn’t done with his heroics quite yet.

     The junior guard grabbed a key rebound with 9.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime period and was immediately fouled, sending Robinson to the line for two potential game clinching free throws. 

     “I told him, ‘Pray to God and knock these down,’ ” Noskowiak said.

     Two free throws later, the Cardinals held a 54-50 lead with under ten seconds remaining in the contest.

     “I just needed to do what it took to win,” Robinson said. “I wanted it really bad, the team wanted it really bad, I just acted on instinct and grabbed the board and prayed I hit the free throws.”

     Robinson’s game clinching free throws came after a missed three-point attempt by the Wildcats that would have given Verona the lead.

     For much of the second half and into both overtime periods, the Wildcats found themselves down by a hand full of points only to convert key baskets when most needed. 

     Senior John Tackett led all Verona scorers with 17 points and made his fair share of clutch free throws down the line. Fellow senior Mitch Flora also sunk a pair of bonus throws with 11.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

     “I am just so proud of these guys,” Verona coach Alan Buss said. “I told them, there are 1,600 people out here tonight that would come in here and shake your hand and look you in the eye and say, ‘Wow, you guys showed a lot of heart and a lot of toughness,’ and that’s what it’s been for this group of kids all year.

     “A group of seniors with less character would have packed it in. Just an amazing group of kids.”

     For every punch Sun Prairie delivered, Verona would answer right back, and for every response by the Wildcats the Cardinals would come right back swinging.

     “We’ve played these guys now three times this year and it just never gets any easier,” Sun Prairie coach Jeff Boos said. “Every time you step out on the court with them it’s a dog fight. Thats a great team we just beat and they gave us everything they had and it took everything we had. 

     “I’ve been around long enough to know that sometimes you need a break or a bounce here or there to advance. I think we got one tonight.”

     Sun Prairie advances on to the sectional championship on Saturday at Burlington High School to play the defending state runner-up, Mukwonago Indians.

     “Well they’re big and strong and obviously have some great players in (Aaron) Nixon and Dominic (Cizauskas),” Boos said. “But I like our chances and our confidence. Our guys believe we can win and now all we have to do is go out and do it.”

     Tipoff scheduled for 1 p.m. 

 

Tyler Zavadsky     Twitter: @TylerZonESPN

 

 

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Trojans Bow Out of WIAA Playoffs

Mar 06, 2014 -- 10:43pm

Brown Deer Too Much For East Troy In The End

By: Brian Burkhart  Twitter: @BrianESPN

(March 6)

     A Brown Deer boys basketball assistant coach first asked the question outside the Falcons' lockerroom at Waukesha West on Thursday, "What time is practice?"  It was a jubilant call as the Falcons had just put themselves a step away from the WIAA Division 3 state tournament with a harrowing, physical 58-55 sectional semifinal decision over East Troy.  "I knew from the beginning that there would be a chance this could happen," said 6-7 senior forward Jerry Luckett, who had 14 points. "I knew that if we kept working together it could happen because we had the talent on the team to do it."  The victory pushed Brown Deer (20-5 overall) into a D3 sectional final on Saturday at Whitefish Bay against Ripon (21-5).  The WIAA state tournament will be March 13-15 at the Kohl Center in Madison. 

     Coach Kelly Appleby said Thursday night's win was big, as it allowed the Falcons to extract a little vengeance against the Trojans for a loss in the sectional semifinal last season.  It was never easy, foul trouble dogged the Falcons throughout the first half as defensive ace, and catalyst Zack Baun had to sit most more than a quarter with two fouls. Luckett had eight first half points and reserve forward Jordan Milam knocked down a shot with 34 seconds left to give Brown Deer a 24-23 lead going into the halftime break.  The Trojans (17-8) made a point to make the Falcons work hard on defense, swinging the ball aggressively from side-to-side until they could find an open spot for one of their numerous 3-point shooters.

    They hit seven threes on the night as opposed to just one for the Falcons.  "Credit to them, they really made us work," said Appleby. "We like to play in the 60s and 70s (point range) and they kept it down in the 50s and gave themselves a chance."  Furthermore, the Trojans kept themselves in the game with an aggressive effort on the offensive glass against the much bigger Brown Deer squad.  East Troy took the lead twice more in the third quarter, the last time on John Brehm's 3-pointer that made it 33-32 with 3:35 left in the period.  But then Luckett hit a shot in the post at the 3:22 mark to make it 34-33, and Brown Deer would never trail again.

     The Trojans tied it up twice more. The last time came at 42-all on a Joey Ciriacks 3-pointer with 4:40 to go. Luckett then hit one of two free throws with 4:11 to go and Baun got a valuable putback with 2:50 to go to make it 45-42 Brown Deer.  Brown Deer scored its final 13 points of the game from the foul line, as the Falcons struggled to put the game away with 15 of 26 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.  The lead was cut to one (45-44), then to two (48-46), but after center Devante Jackson hit one of two tosses with 48 seconds to go, it was 55-48.The Falcons were still not safe though. 

    Hard-charging Trojans guard Jacob Growel, who led all scorers with 20 points, got a couple of key buckets down the stretch, and Will Iloncaie hit a 3 with just seven seconds to go to cut the lead to 57-55.  It was just too late though as Brown Deer was able to hold on from the 58-55 win to cement their spot at the Kohl Center next week.

 

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Rock Valley WIAA Sectional Preview

Mar 06, 2014 -- 9:46am

Rock Valley WIAA Sectional Preview

By: Brian Burkhart   Twitter: @BrianESPN

(March 6)

Brown Deer (19-5) vs. East Troy (17-7) @ Waukesha West High School (7 p.m.)

     The Trojans are coming into this game with a chip on their shoulder, as they have all year in the Rock Valley Conference.  After starting out 1-3 in conference play this year the Trojans were able to get back in groove winning their last five conference games of the year. The offensive firepower continued earlier this week when the Trojans made quick work of Saint Francis in the Regional Final, 52-32.  Jacob Growel led the team with 20 points and was able to cruise to a twenty-point victory, which wasn’t much of a game even early in the fourth quarter.  Growel is the top performer for the Trojans, ranking third in scoring among the conference.  Brown Deer is a very tough opponent that the Trojans already know very well.  The Trojans beat Brown Deer last year to advance to the Kohl Center where they would eventually lose the D3 Title Game.  Brown Deer took care of their opponent handily as well getting a 76-49 victory of Kettle Moraine Lutheran.  The Trojans will need to keep top Brown Deer scorer Devante Jackson in check all night, as he is averaging 17 points per game. I feel this game should be low scoring and the Trojans will need their defensive full court press to work for perfection tonight.  Brown Deer is a very offensive powered team and it should match up great with the great defense of the Trojans.  I expect this too be a tight game all the way down to the wire, I will give a slight advantage too the Trojans because of the valuable experience they have from going to state last year.  This bunch is great defensively and I think they can keep Jackson in check.  I predict, East Troy 66 – Brown Deer 58.

 

Greendale (17-8) vs. McFarland (14-10) @ Clinton High School (7 p.m.)

     The Spartans of McFarland should be riding as high as East Troy right about now, both teams had great second half’s of the season and without Edgerton’s great win streak, either of these teams could have won the conference.  The Spartans also started out slow this year but then got on a roll late in the season, winning their last four conference games.  Spartans took care of business in their Regional final with a big win 61-49 over Fort Atkinson.  Greendale didn’t get here so easy though, they squeaked out a 55-54 win over a very good Union Grove team to reach the Sectional round.  Benjamin Rounds and Sean Chislom are both outstanding players for the Spartans who will be leaned on heavily tonight.  Chislom averaging 16 ppg and Rounds is an excellent point guard that averages 5 assists per game.  Greendale has a guy that can score in bunches though, Jordan Perez the sharp shooting guard is averaging 22 ppg and has one of the quickest moves to the basket I have ever seen.  The Spartans cannot be too high on themselves with such a big win over Fort Atkinson, Greendale is a very talented team and Perez can burn you if you lose focus.  I unfortunately have to predict I think the Spartans fall to Greendale in this one, a great season for the Spartans but Greendale just has too much scoring at their disposal, including the bench.  I predict, Greendale 70 – McFarland 61.

 

 

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Edgerton State Title Dreams Washed Away

Mar 02, 2014 -- 11:31pm

Crimson Tide's Magical Run Ends Early

By: Brian Burkhart  Prep Reporter  Twitter: @BrianESPN

     Edgerton's historic 2013-14 season came to an end Saturday with a 71-57 home loss to Lakeside Lutheran in a WIAA Division 3 regional final.  Edgerton led 18-15 after one quarter, but Lakeside Lutheran made a run in the second quarter, hitting three of its four 3-point baskets in the quarter to take a 38-31 lead into break.  "They made a heck of a run in the second quarter, " Edgerton head coach Jason Knott said.  Lakeside point guard Isaiah Gronholz scored 10 of his 19 points in the first half and set up his teammates with his quickness and driblle penetration.  Three other Warriors scored in double figures in the game.  Brooks Johnson led the way for the Crimson Tide, scoring 20 points in his final game.  Jake Zeimet added 12 for the Tide.  "Brooks tried to will us to win, he really did, " Knott said.  The Crimson Tide finished with a 20-4 record and a 15-1 mark in the Rock Valley play, the most conference wins in program history.

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Big Eight Playoff Predictions

Feb 27, 2014 -- 6:41pm

 

WIAA 2014 State Playoffs

Predictions for the Big Eight road to Madison 

 

By: Tyler Zavadsky     Twitter:@TylerZonESPN

2/27/14

 

     The playoff field is set and all ten Big Eight teams find themselves in Section #3 of the WIAA State Playoffs. 

     In this sectional, there are two regional brackets headlined by the #1 seed Madison Memorial Spartans in regional A and the #1 seed in regional B, the Mukwonago Indians.

     

     Much like millions of Americans do every March for the NCAA tournament, I will fill out the WIAA bracket and attempt to pick a winner of this sectional with the utmost certainty that a Florida Gulf Coast-esk team will, in all likelihood, ruin my predictions...

 

     This week, we start with the first and second round games.

 

Friday, Febuary 28: First Round Action

     

Regional A

     #1 Madison Memorial vs. #8 Madison East

     The Spartans were 2-0 vs. rival Madison East this season and won both games by a combined margin of 32 points. Ten points in their contest in early December and 22 points on a Saturday in late January were Memorial put up 100 points. I don’t anticipate another “Benjamin” being put up by the Spartans, but a victory by Memorial is inevitable. 

     Winner: Madison Memorial

     #5 Verona vs. #4 Madison West

     It has been an up and down season for these teams after both finished the year hovering right around the .500 mark. Madison West has the Big Eight’s leading scorer in Malik Clements who averaged 22.6 points per game this season while also putting up big numbers against Verona, scoring 23 and 26 points in the two contests this season. 

     Winner: Madison West

     #3 Middleton vs. #6 Madison La Follette

     In probably the most intriguing first round matchup, Middleton will host Madison La Follette in a game that will surely be worth the price of admission. Middleton’s Derek Rongstad and Luke Schafer both finished the regular season in the top ten in scoring and La Follette has one of the deepest rosters possibly in the state. I have been high on La Follette all season long but they have just failed to live up to the expectations. Middleton has won some key games in the state playoffs before so that experience should carry them on through this round. 

     Winner: Middleton

     #7 Oconomowoc vs. #2 Sun Prairie

     Sun Prairie’s Nick Noskowiak suffered a concussion against Madison Memorial a few games back but has made a full recovery just in time for the playoffs to begin. The Cardinals will need him, along with Shane Waldon and JT Ruffin to play some exceptional ball throughout the playoffs if Sun Prairie wants to meet the goals the team set forth at the start of the season. 

     Winner: Sun Prairie

 

Regional B

     #1 Mukwonago vs. #8 Janesville Parker

     In what can only be described as a woeful 2014 campaign by the Parker Vikings, a near miracle would have to happen in order for an upset to take place. (But hey, it is that time of year isn’t it?)

     Winner: Mukwonago

     #5 Kenosha Tremper vs. #4 Kenosha Indian Trail

     Winner: Why not? Kenosha Tremper

     #3 Janesville Craig vs. #6 Lake Geneva Badger

     Janesville Craig is getting a lot of attention as a possible darling of this tournament. The Cougars advanced all the way to the regional championship before falling short to Mukwonago a year ago so many folks around the state are picking Craig to make a similar run. I just happen to be one of those “folks” as well. 

     Winner: Janesville Craig

     #7 Muskego vs. #2 Beloit Memorial

     I haven’t really been all that high on Beloit Memorial this season for one main reason. Every time I jump on the Knight’s bandwagon they seemingly hit a three-game skid. Despite my hesitation in Memorial long-term, there is no question that this team is good enough for a first round victory. 

     Winner: Beloit Memorial

 

Saturday, March 1: Second Round Action

 

Regional A

     #1 Madison Memorial vs. #4 Madison West

     Madison Memorial is a prohibitive favorite over all challengers in Regional A. With an easy first round win over East on Friday night, the Spartans should have no trouble knocking off the other “coast” of Madison when West rolls into town. An interesting note that some may not know, no one on Madison West’s roster has ever beaten Memorial, ever. After talking with Regent star Malik Clements after a game earlier this year when Memorial was next on the schedule he said, “I don’t know if we have ever beaten those guys. Actually, nah, we never have, so why not tomorrow then?” Well, West went on to fall to Memorial that next game, so maybe “tomorrow” will be March 1.

     Winner: Madison Memorial 

     #3 Middleton vs. #2 Sun Prairie

     In a second round contest that has all the potential billing and hype for a sectional final, two the the top Big Eight teams will meet for a chance to advance on to the regional championship game. Middleton and Sun Prairie split the season series 1-1 this year, but Middleton’s victory over Sun Prairie occurred the night after Nick Noskowiak suffered his concussion. To compare the two games these two teams played this year would be a touch unfair so you just have to compare the athletes that will be taking the floor. Derek Rongstad and Luke Schafer have been Middleton’s one-two punch all season long and Noskowiak along with JT Ruffin and Shane Waldon have been the three headed monster Sun Prairie has relied heavily upon. Two great teams coached by two great coaches with loads of talented players. Get your popcorn ready...

     Winner: Middleton, in a repeat of the upset in last season’s playoffs

     

Regional B

     #1 Mukwonago vs. #5 Kenosha Tremper 

     Mukwonago is just simply too strong of a team to fall to anyone in this regional. A slip-up may occur, but it’s not likely. 

     Winner: Mukwonago

     #3 Janesville Craig vs. #2 Beloit Memorial 

     As I said before, Janesville Craig is thought to be a potential darling of this tournament. I for one, love the way coach Mike Miller has developed his guys all season long and has them peaking at the right time going 7-3 in the Cougars final ten games. Senior leaders Jerry Ngobi and Mike Murphy are terrific guards who both possess the ability to shoot the lights out of any gym and freshman guard SanTrell Peyton off the bench could be a wild card throughout the tournament. Memorial on the flip side may be more talented than Craig, but as a team they just haven’t fully put it together this season. Andre Neal and Draylen Fair maybe one of the best guard-forward combinations in the conference, but if Craig’s shooters get hot, watch out. A Memorial victory would not surprise me at all, but a slight upset by Craig appears to be more likely. 

     Winner: Janesville Craig 

 

 

By: Tyler Zavadsky     Twitter: @TylerZonESPN

 

 

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Rock Valley Conference WIAA Regional Semifinals Preview

Feb 27, 2014 -- 8:50am

Rock Valley WIAA Regional-Semifinals This Week

By; Brian Burkhart  Prep Reporter  Twitter: @BrianESPN

-Thursday, February 27-

(Tip-Off: Friday, Feburary 28, 7 pm)

 

Clinton (10-11) @ Edgerton (19-3)

     The Clinton Cougars keep their playoff hopes alive as they head into the Crimson Tide gym Friday night to take on #1 seed Edgerton.  The Cougars are in this position because they beat the Beloit Turner Knights on Tuesday night, 72-60.  The Cougars were unable to win a share of the Rock Valley South Crown, with that going to Parkview for the first time since 1966. The return of Eric DeLong for the Cougars have been a huge boost for that team, he helped them take down Turner earlier this week with 15 points.  This game will be a tough one for the Cougars because the Tide has so many deep scorers on their bench, if it’s not James Fox, its Brook Johnson or Adam Converse.  The Cougars don’t have a deep bench and I feel that will be their Achilles heel in tomorrow’s game.  The Tide will wear the Cougars out defensive and then play their great inside out game with 6’7 Converse.  My prediction is Edgerton 70 – 57 Clinton.

 

Elkhorn (9-14) @ McFarland (12-10)

     McFarland Spartans got a first round bye with their impressive conference record and things don’t seem to be to hard starting out their playoff journey.  The Spartans are led by Sean Chislom (15 ppg) and Benjamin Rounds (9 ppg), the Spartans finished the regular season with a lose to Jefferson 60-55.  The Spartans look to get back on track against an Elkhorn team that finished at the bottom of their conference. Elkhorn finished their conference with a 4-10 record, losing their last game of the season. I think the Spartans will take care of Elkhorn very easily, my prediction 68-43 McFarland.

 

Evansville (12-11) @ Lakeside Lutheran (15-7)

     The Blue Devils of Evansville got an easy opponent on Tuesday night facing the conference worst Brodhead Cardinals and getting a big win 58-35.  They will have a very tough test against a talented Lutheran team. The Blue Devils are led by senior Matt Sperry (10 ppg) who had 14 points in their win over Brodhead and Isaiah Gronholz leds Lakeside with 12 ppg.  Prediction: Lakeside Lutheran 66 – Evansville 52

 

Jefferson (13-10) @ Lake Mills (15-7)

     Jefferson continues their journey to the Kohl Center Friday night as they take on a very talented Lake Mills team.  The Eagles won their opening regional game handedly against a poor Palmyra-Eagle team, 38-20.  I have worries about this Eagle team though that was only able to put up 38 points and had a 7 point first quarter.  Big man Vinny Cincotta is the leader for the Eagles but they will need to find scoring for other places if they want to advance and take down Lake Mills.  Mills finished with a .500 record on the Capitol North standings and led by Turner Moen who averages 20 ppg.  I think this will be the end of the road for Jefferson and Lake Mills, 73 – 55, will take them down pretty handedly.

 

Saint Thomas Moore (9-14) @ East Troy (15-7)

     The East Troy Trojans look to make it back to the Kohl Center for the second straight year.  Last year they did it will seniors Nate Dodge, Brett and Alex Prahl, now while they have all moved onto college the Trojans haven’t missed a beat.  After starting out the season slow, the Trojans finished the season with a strong 12-4 conference record.  Head Coach Daryl Rayfield always has his teams in top defensive form, working the full court press to perfection against their opponents.  The starts on this year’s team are Jacob Growel (16 ppg) and Matt Kaminski (12 ppg).  Will Iloncaie also has been a great contributor after being put into the starting lineup.  Saint Thomas didn’t have the successful season they were hoping for and finished at the bottom of the Metro Classic Standings. Senior Daymeann Stewart averaging 23 ppg leads them and the Trojans will need to keep their defensive pressure on him all game.  I think Saint Thomas will put up a good fight but in the end the Trojans will advance winning 71-64.

 

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Parkview Wins First Conference Title Since 1966

Feb 20, 2014 -- 11:32pm

Vikings Become Rock Valley South Champs in Win Over Cougars

By: Brian Burkhart   Prep Reporter  Twitter: @BrianESPN

     Parkview carried the weight of 48 years of history on its back into a boys basketball game against Clinton on Thursday night.  You’ll have to forgive the Vikings for letting the Cougars back into the game in the fourth quarter of a 64-61 Rock Valley South title-clinching win.  Parkview held a 16-point lead eight minutes away from closing out its first league championship since 1966, but Clinton went on a 13-4 run in the first three minutes of the fourth to draw within 58-51.

     The run included 3-pointers by Marc Eliszewski, Zach Kaminski and Eric DeLong.  DeLong led the Cougars with 22 points.  James Wellnitz scored for the Vikings to momentarily stop the bleeding, but another 10-3 Cougar run made it 63-61 on guard Luke Risse’s bucket.  Risse scored all of the Cougar’s final 10 points to lead the comeback charge.  The Vikings suffered a second straight turnover, and the Cougars had two shots from under the basket to tie the game.  Both rolled slowly off the rim. 

     Parkview’s Nolan Masterson went to the line at the other end, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Clinton one more realistic chance to tie or take the lead with 20 seconds to go.  But DeLong’s layup rimmed out, and the Vikings made a free throw to reach the final score.  “I told them the Cougars would make a run and that we would have to absorb their punches and counter-punch, “ Parkview coach Boyce Hodge said. 

     When the final buzzer sounded, the Parkview student section flowed onto the court, and the players climbed a ladder to cut down the nets for the first time in nearly five decades.  Both teams were red hot to start the first quarter, knowing full well what was on the line.  They combined to make 10 of the first 12 attempted field goals of the game, and Clinton led 19-18 to end the frame.  The second quarter was all Parkview, as senior guard Christian Hobson scored 13 of the Viking’s 22 points in the first quarter to take a 40-26 halftime lead.

     Hobson finished with 24 to lead all scorers.  Hodge conceded that the prospect of winning the South title probably contributed to his team tightening up in the fourth, but he made sure his players knew the defending-champion Cougars weren’t going anywhere without a fight during halftime.  The conference title, Hodge said, was always a goal of his squad, but they talked about it less and less as it became clear they would be in the running to accomplish it.  Now that the job is done, Hodge and his players earned the right to talk about it all they want.  

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