It was midnight, and Indian Trail senior forward Evan Newman was thinking about the Hawks’ matchup with the St. Joseph boys basketball team the following night.
Specifically, he was awake because of St. Joseph star senior point guard DeAndre Johns, the school’s all-time leading scorer and a nightmare for opposing defenses.
So Newman fired off a late-night text to his coach, Al Anderson, and it set the tone for Indian Trail’s 74-61 victory in the Doctors of PT Holiday Classic at Carthage’s Tarble Arena on Thursday night.
All great players have the ability to carry their team on their back, to give it a spark when it desperately needs it.
Latrell Glass — with plenty of help from his teammates — certainly did that for the Wilmot boys Thursday night.
Sidney Cooks is nothing if not extremely confident.
So when the St. Joseph girls basketball standout learned that she needed 63 points to break the school’s all-time girls scoring record going into this week’s three-day Christine Rathke Memorial Tournament at Franklin, she figured it was no sweat.
Megan Maraccini hit three 3-pointers and scored 16 points, while Gwen Johnson scored 14, but the Indian Trail girls basketball team succumbed to Cedarburg, 80-62, in the Cedarburg Christmas Tournament on Monday night.
Bryanna Perez and Abby McGrain each added seven points for the Hawks (2-5).
It has been an up-and-down opening few weeks for Tremper’s girls basketball team and Friday’s 61-47 victory over host Indian Trail showcased some of the Trojans’ early-season troubles.
After scoring just 21 points in the first half, Tremper (4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Southeast Conference) erupted for 40 second-half points to put away the pesky Hawks (2-3, 0-2).
A near-capacity crowd at Indian Trail’s gymnasium got their money’s worth while witnessing the Hawks’ Southeast Conference clash with visiting Tremper on Friday.
The Hawks held on for a 79-78 victory despite the Trojans having a pair of opportunities to steal the win bounce off the rim in the closing seconds.
Few people, if any, would disagree that Nick Van Exel is the greatest boys basketball player in St. Joseph history, if not all of Kenosha County.
Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon was productive (again!) for the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The running back out of Wisconsin rushed for 84 yards and scored touchdown in the Chargers home loss to Tampa Bay.
Mike McKay stepped down as Indian Trail football coach to take a job in Illinois, the school announced on Friday.
For details, pick up Saturday’s News or visit kenoshanews.com.
You are what your record is.
That’s a common expression applied to sports teams, but in the case of the Indian Trail boys basketball team it’s also misleading.
OAK CREEK — Chalk this one up as a loss to learn from.
After opening the season with an 82-76 overtime victory against Waukesha North on Monday, the Bradford boys basketball team began Southeast Conference play with a 57-33 drubbing at Oak Creek on Friday.
Tremper junior Brandon Spencer will try to become just the third diver to repeat as WIAA Division-1 state champion since 1982, and there are at least two reasons why he could.
Two days after winning state, Spencer joined the club team at Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer and knows he improved as a result.
For the first time in program history, the Indian Trail football team will have a head coach other than Mike McKay.
McKay, who’s guided the program since its inception in 2010, resigned from the position, the school announced in a press release on Friday.
It’s not tough to get a bit lost in the shadows of a talented teammate like Bradford graduate Oscar Ramos, who closed his stellar high school wrestling career last season with a second-place finish at the WIAA Division-1 State Tournament.
But after a sixth-place finish of his own, Bradford sophomore Jake Deates is ready to emerge this season. And longtime Red Devils coach Jerril Grover feels Deates has what it takes to make that happen.
GREENFIELD — This was not the start James Hyllberg envisioned.
The Central boys basketball coach knows Whitnall, led by University of Wisconsin recruit Tyler Herro, is very good again after reaching the WIAA Division-2 state semifinals last season.
An 18-point second-half lead disappeared for the Bradford boys basketball team in its season opener Monday night.
Luckily for the Red Devils, they recovered just in the nick of time.
Senior guard De-Andre Ross scored a game-high 29 points, but that wasn’t enough for the Indian Trail boys basketball to avoid a 76-73 overtime loss at Grafton in the teams’ non-conference season opener Saturday.
“He can do it all. He can hit the 3 and explode to the hoop,” Indian Trail coach Al Anderson said. “He can go right or left hand.”
The Central boys basketball team enjoyed its best season in nearly a decade last season as it finished 16-8 overall and won the Southern Lakes Conference with an 11-3 record under first-year coach James Hyllberg.
The league title came after the Falcons had placed seventh and last in the eight-team SLC the previous two seasons and was their first conference crown since topping the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference in 1998. It was also Central’s first winning campaign since going 13-9 in 2007-08.
An 11-12 overall record and 7-7 mark in Southeast Conference action might not sound like much, but considering where the Tremper boys basketball team finished the 2014-15 season (1-22, 1-13), it represented a huge leap forward last season.
The Trojans will attempt to keep that positive momentum going in 2016-17, starting with Saturday’s non-conference opener at Racine St. Catherine’s.
A year after going 21-5 and finishing in a three-way tie for first place at 12-2 in the always competitive Southeast Conference, the Indian Trail boys basketball team stumbled to a 10-13 overall record and 4-10 SEC mark (seventh) last season.
But third-year coach Al Anderson is optimistic that the arrow is pointing up again for the Hawks in 2016-17, especially after most of their varsity players excelled in a summer league program.