With the high school basketball season near the midway point, here’s a quick review of the first-half of the season:
Biggest game: The Neenah/Germantown rematch in late December of last year’s WIAA Division 1 state title game was arguably the highlight of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout. The two D1 powers battled with Germantown again knocking off the Rockets 67-63. Will these teams meet again for a third time in less than a year at the WIAA state tournament in March?
Biggest surprise: The Kimberly boys’ basketball team started off the season with three wins over top 10 teams in Division 1 and haven’t looked back since. The Papermakers are 8-0 and already have a win over Neenah on their resume.
Biggest win: Kaukauna entered this season with a talented roster with Adam Smith, Carter Belling and the freshman phenom Jordan McCabe. But the Ghosts’ 65-57 win over Rice Lake and national recruit Henry Ellenson in late December really turned heads. The Ghosts (9-0) are the top-ranked team in Division 2, according to the latest Associated Press poll.
Biggest loss: It was a tough break for Kimberly girls’ basketball when Division 1 recruit Frankie Wurtz was lost for the year to a torn ACL in her left knee on Dec. 23. The Papermakers had hopes of reaching the WIAA state tournament for the second consecutive season and will have to do it without Wurtz, their leading scorer.
Conference race to watch: The Eastern Valley conference girls’ title race is a battle of four top teams: defending champ Fox Valley Lutheran, Xavier, Freedom and Little Chute. All are within a game of each other for first place as of Jan. 7.
— Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or email@example.com; on Twitter@PCRicardo