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.
While everyone gets excited about 'March Madness' - I include myself in that group - there is a sadness I also go through at this time.
Why March Sadness? The high school basketball season is over.
I openly admit basketball is my favorite high school sport - boys and girls - just two different games. Besides never getting a chance to watch some of the seniors play again, it will be seven months until I get a chance to work with the coaches again.
My season lasted a little longer since the Brookfield Central girls qualified for state after a terrific sectional championship victory over Muskego won by a last second shot by senior Joana Bielefeld. Central has everyone returning but Bielefeld, but Jo will leave a huge hole in that line-up, especially when it comes to closing out a game.
Erin Lueder gave an gutsy performance in the sectional final, playing with a hairline fracture in her left foot, she shut out Kate Ellerson, first-time all state performer for three periods, and then was one of the few Lady Lancers to show up for the only state tournament game and scored a team-high 10 points.
Tosa East had a fun sectional, playing well in getting some fraction of revenge by beating an excellent Marquette team, which took the Red Raiders' GMC title away from them, and then taking Milwaukee Washington into overtime before falling short when a 3-point shot by Eric Neal bounced off the rim.
I will miss working with this group of Raiders, as coach Tim Arndorfer turns out good kids as well as good basketball players.
Question! MUHS won the Greater Metro and beat the Red Raider twice but then lost in the sectional. I would still sooner be the Hilltoppers because they won a title. If the Red Raiders would have gone on to the state tournament, then I might have reversed by pick.
As I look outside right now the weather is beautiful, but one of the reasons I like the spring season the least is the weather. So many cancellations because of the inconsistent elements we have to deal with in Wisconsin.
But the good thing about spring is, of course, March Madness, brackets, and baseball is right around the corner. It doesn't get better than that.
Until next time, be a hit and have a ball.