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.
Both the Brookfield Central girls and the Wauwatosa East boys sit on top of the Greater Metro Conference with unbeaten records in conference. Both teams have talent, plenty of talent and that is why they are the favorites to win their conferences if they play up to their abilities.
Last Saturday in one of the best defensive games I have seen, Central beat an outstanding Divine Savior Holy Angels team, 36-33. If fact, Central had the Dashers down by seven, only to see them rally to within one in the final seconds.
If you would have told me Central's Joana Bielefeld would have one basket in the game, I would never have believed that the Lady Lancers would have won. But with both Bielefeld, the GMC's top player as a junior, and Erin Lueder, both in early foul trouble, Central coach Dan Wandrey had other people step up.
Maggie Mattiacci and Kate Sandstrom, two of the other starters, played well defensively and grabbed some big rebounds, while the third starter, 6-foot-1 inch Jesse Thomas, has continued to improve her play with every game.
The key to the Lady Lancers' season in my opinion is the play of Thomas. She is an athletic player, who is ripped and when she reacts and doesn't think about what she has to do she will swish 15-foot jumpers or drive to the basket for easy layups.
Wandrey also got excellent bench play against the Dashers from guards Lindsay Wille and Brooke Duckett, the former a solid ballhandler and the latter an excellent shooter.
But if Wandrey has a secret weapon, it is 5-10 forward Valerie Rose Agnello, who is a thorn in the side of any team she comes up against. She is athletic, lanky and those long arms and quick feet make her a top rebounder and defensive threat and she could start on most teams in the GMC. When she comes in the game, the lineup gets stronger.
Across town at Tosa East, the Red Raiders continue to roll in conference play. Eric Williams, who is averaging over 17 points a game recently, and Keondre Gholston are the team's two most consistent players. but coach Tim Arndorfer easily can play 10-12 players without missing a beat.
Two key players for the Red Raiders are Barret Powell and Larry Bradley, two players who rather rebound, play defense and pass the ball, skills that are appreciated on a team with so much offensive talent.
Just to name a few players, Arndorfer can call on shooters (Fraizier Reiland, Vinnie Ingrilli, Eric Neal, Dan Sayles) or defenders (Mike Cupertino, Jake Larson) and I'm up to 10 players with more talent to call on.
If these two teams play up to their potential and don't read their press clippings, they should wear the crowns at the end of the season. They both are fun to watch.
The Trojans host unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower Friday night in a battle for first place in the Woodland Conference. It will be interesting to see how big a crowd shows up to support the Trojans and make the West gym a place to remember.
Until next time, be a hit and have a ball.