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.
I love this time of the year, although it is a very busy time - especially if you have teams alive in the WIAA post-season ritual. The girls have been underway since Feb. 24, as I saw Tosa West handle Tosa East and Brookfield East beat Racine Park in first round games, advancing to Saturday's regional finals.
The matchups on Saturday weren't real exiting. No. 1 seed Brookfield Central (20-1), who destroyed Brookfield East (9-13) twice by 27 and 22 points, respectively, hosted the Lady Spartans in a 1 p.m. game and Divine Savior Holy Angels (18-3) hosted Tosa West (11-11) that night. I wasn't expecting a lot.
Three Brookfield schools and two Wauwatosa schools are still alive as the post-season heats up - the Brookfield Central girls and the boys teams from Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West.
Hopefully the Central girls got a wake-up call last Saturday, when they rallied from a seven-point deficit with six minutes left to defeat a fired-up East team, 48-46, to advance to this weekend's sectional. The Lady Lancers will have their hands full, playing in a sectional whose four teams have a combined 76-10 record. Central (20-1) opens with Franklin (17-5) at 6 p.m. at Greenfield Friday and then with a win meets the winner of the Muskego (20-1) and Racine Case (19-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
There is a good possibility that Wauwatosa East (17-4) might be playing its final basketball games this weekend with Marquette (18-2) and probably Milwaukee Washington (20-1) standing in the way of a second-straight state trip.
The Red Raiders have seven seniors on this year's team - Eric Williams, Keondre Gholston, Fraizier Reiland, Michael Cupertino, Eric Neal, Vinnie Ingrilli and Isaiah Ward. This could be their final time wearing the Red Raiders' garb.
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.
The Wauwatosa West girls soccer team will take part in the 'Go Pink' games this season in an effort to raise money and increase breast cancer awareness.
When the Trojans travel to Pewaukee to take on the Pirates on Tuesday, April 21, they will be hoping for a large following and special pink T-shirts that were designed by senior captains Pamela Ditscheit and Annie Tritschler. The Trojans are going to try to sell as many T-shirts as possible and donate the money the Leroy Butler Foundation for the fight against breast cancer instead of having a regular fundraiser this year.
I hate - yes - hate - spring in Wisconsin. I have lived here my entire life and spring ranks third on my list of fall seasons behind Fall and our two months of summer.
Mother Nature is a big tease. She will 'wow' you with warm temperatures and then dump six inches of snow on you. Just when you relax and think, "Winter might be over," Mother Nature laughs in our face.