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 annual Al Gusho soccer tournament at Brookfield East is set for Friday and Saturday, with the Spartans hosting Madison Memorial in the stadium and Neenah battling Catholic Memorial on the north field at 4:30 p.m.
Arrowhead meets Muskego in the stadium and Marquette plays Kenosha Bradford on the north field at 6 p.m. the first night.
Those are some pretty good teams all playing in one spot, so if you want to see some good soccer, head over to East Friday and Saturday.
This is it folks! The softball, soccer and tennis team state tournaments are this week and the spring sport season is officially over.
Brookfield East senior C.J. Caliendo declined to play against his teammates - senior Mike Herrmann and junior Kyle Henning - in a playoff to advance to the state tournament on Monday and Tuesday.
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.
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.
The Brookfield Central-Waterford football game last Friday was the most exciting 7-6 victory I have ever seen. I thought I was in a bakery with all the turnovers flying about. Central coach Doug Lange figured it would take a while for his offense - no one returned from last year's starting lineup - to jell and he was right. He also said he hoped his defense would be up to the task - and he was right again. Matt Upson, Jack Moro and Dan Bowar led a veteran defense and came up with a big stop when the Wolverines went for a two-point conversion in the final minutes of play.
Following Brookfield East's 4-1 victory over a talented Wauwatosa West team in the regional championship at East last Saturday, Trojans head coach Mike Parulski had some high praise for the Lady Spartans.