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 WIAA heard Wauwatosa East's appeal on sophomore transfer student Larry Bradley today and will make the announcement of their decision sometime next week.
To quickly summarize, Bradley, whose parents still live in Milwaukee, moved in with his uncle Marshall Williams, who lives in Wauwatosa. Bradley, a 6-3 guard, started for Milwaukee Vincent last season and averaged 7.3 points per game. He is considered one of the top sophomores in Wisconsin.
Most of the Brookfield and Wauwatosa High School basketball teams will be playing their final conference games of the year this week before taking some time off for Christmas and then returning for some holiday tournaments or some individual non-conference games.
Here's some early thoughts on the teams I cover.
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.