Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.
The Wauwatosa East boys went 1-1 in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Tournament and it is easier to figure out a Rubik's Cube than the Red Raiders rotation.TE coach Tim Arndorfer has about an 11-man rotation right now and he needs to get his rotation down to eight or nine.
"Yeah, it a perfect world that would be great," he said after the win over Pius XI on Saturday. "But we are still trying to find out who to start, who to play together. We have a lot of talent but no one is really stepping up."The one player whose role has been defined is senior forward Eric Williams (13.6 PPG average), who scored 38 points in the WBY Tournament (20 and 18). Time after time, the Red Raiders gave him the ball and he went to the hoop, even against the giants (7 players 6-5 or taller) of Humble Christian Life of Texas last Friday. Williams is fearless and he is a great anchor for the Red Raiders, but they will need more to be successful.Arndorfer needs his team to find its 3-point shooting which has been missing or this season will not be as positive an experience as most people are looking for.One final note - Barret Powell played well over the weekend, giving Arndorfer a rare hard-nosed defender who can guard a point guard or a post. He also got more involved in the offense a little more.@@@Crosstown at Tosa West, second-year coach Mike Landisch as turned the offense loose and the result is a 3-2 record going into Monday's game against unbeaten Milwaukee Washington at the Luke Homan Memorial Tournament at Brookfield Central. More importantly, the Trojans are unbeaten in Woodland play and open the second half at Pewaukee (6-1, 3-0) on Jan. 6.Bendell Lee, Andy Minkley are Ray Sterling, Jr. are all averaging in double figures. But Sam Krenzien's floor play and Barry Ballinger's defense and rebounding are just as important to West's success.
@@@Someone please explain to me what Brookfield Central's girls need to do to gain some respect. They are the defending GMC champs, 4-0 in conference play and 9-1 overall, with a winning margin of 18.4 points per game. Yet they barely make the area's top 10 in the Journal Sentinel rankings - hello? ...Mark Adams has his Brookfield Central boys unbeaten (5-0) and balanced, as seven players are averaging between 5.8 and 9.0 PPG... Congrats to Rob Hamill for his team's big win over Racine St. Catherine's. I know the Angels are not a good team, but the Red Raiders are now 1-6 and a 58-30 win was impressive and needed...Look for coach Andy Farley to make some changes in his Brookfield East lineup tonight that will hopefully get the Spartans back on the winning track (1-6)...Jackie Glaser (6.3) and Jessica Allemang (6.2) led the Trojans (2-1, 4-2) led the Trojans in scoring. Good defense has a lot to do with the Trojans winning record. See you in the gym! Be a hit and have a ball!