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 have some administrative stuff I wanted to get out to the public, so I thought I would use my blog.
This is it folks! The softball, soccer and tennis team state tournaments are this week and the spring sport season is officially over.
10 Things to share...
- Congrats to Brookfield East's Taylor Conway for breaking the school record in the 3,200 meter run in the Lady Spartan/House of Speed Invite on April 22.
- How would you like to be Brookfield East hurdler Dan Osgood, the third-best hurdler in the Greater Metro Conference? Matt Widule, who had perhaps the state's best time in the highs on Friday, and Justin Hodges, who spent the indoor chasing Widule, are all Danny has to beat.
- Phil Bartel of Brookfield Central and Mike Herrmann of Brookfield East shared medalist honors at the second Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on April 27. Each shot a 35.
- Weird ending to the Spartan Tennis Invitational last Saturday. The tourney lost three hours as it was moved inside because of poor weather conditions. Brookfield Central, like some other schools, had prom scheduled for Saturday night, so the title match with Marquette was postponed. Marquette was willing to play and Brook East tournament director Linda Lied was also ready to play because the courts were paid for. Top-ranked MUHS nipped Central, 4-3, three days earlier.
- Congrats to Brookfield East freshman Amanda Kalupa, who tossed her first prep no-hitter against DSHA last week. Catcher Katie Benz gets as assist for the game she called and SS Lexi Sotiros and RF Kennedy Curtis made two nice plays early in the game.
- Sometimes you have to take little steps first. The Tosa East softball team has struggled the past few years. Last week they lost to West Allis Central and played a complete game for the first time in two years. In high school there is a 10-run rule, where the game ends after 5 innings (4 ½ if the home team is winning) when a 10-run advantage is reached.
- Too bad the stormy weather rained out the Tosa Tennis Invitational last Saturday. It will not be rescheduled.
- Stats are fun and sometimes they tell the truth. The Trojans' girls soccer team allowed 13 goals and were 0-4. In three matches where their defense came through, they didn't allow a goal and went 2-0-1.
- Last week's story on Tosa West senior Allison Gonzales touched a lot of people. People who have suffered similar problems have contacted me, including one doctor, looking to share their stories with the Gonzales family and help out. The day it came our on the NOW web sites we had 2,500 hits, by far more than any other story on the NOW sites.
- I hate spring in Wisconsin. Mom Nature is a big tease.
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.
While everyone gets excited about 'March Madness' - I include myself in that group - there is a sadness I also go through at this time.
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.
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.
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 fun begins this week as the girls playoffs start. The Wauwatosa East girls travel to Tosa West tonight for a WIAA Regional first-round game. Both teams have struggled offensively, so I figure the first team to 30 wins.
Brookfield Central will take on some red-clad followers this week. The Lancers travel to Marquette to meet the Hilltoppers Tuesday night and then return home to face them on Friday. The unusual scheduling was because of the Jan. 16 postponed game because of cold weather closing schools was rescheduled to be played Feb. 17. Thus Central and Marquette play twice within four days.
It is hard to believe that for some of the local swimmers and wrestlers, their season will come to an end on Saturday at the sectionals and regionals, respectively. Where did the season go to?
There will be two big Greater Metro Conference games coming up this Friday - one on the boys side and one on the girls.
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.
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.
Brookfield Central couldn't have drawn a nicer script for the final game of the football season.
Despite the fact the Wauwatosa East (3-4) and West (0-7) football teams have a combined record of 3-11 with two games left to play, it's not the fault of the squad's respective junior quarterbacks that the locals are struggling.