Saturday afternoon provided a bittersweet moment for St. Joseph senior Sidney Cooks.
It was sweet because Cooks was officially announced by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association as the co-recipient of this year’s Miss Basketball Award along with Madison Edgewood senior Estella Moschkau.
MIDDLETON — Junior forward Cooper Brinkman called it “very fun” and “special.” Senior guard Tre’ Williams termed it “memorable.” Coach James Hyllberg said, “We have a lot to celebrate.”
It wasn’t the most appealing “help wanted” sign.
Two years ago, the Central boys basketball team was in search of a coach. The Falcons were coming off their seventh straight losing season and had not won a conference championship since 1998.
BROWN DEER — Probably no more than six inches.
That’s how close the St. Joseph girls basketball team was to a return trip to the WIAA Division-4 State Tournament.
PADDOCK LAKE — So far, the Central boys basketball team has faced familiar foes in the WIAA Division-2 state playoffs.
After struggling with Southern Lakes Conference rival Waterford Friday night, the two-time SLC champions overwhelmed visiting Union Grove 73-39 Saturday night to win their first regional championship in over 20 years.
Thanks largely to DeAndre Johns career-high 42 points, the fourth-seeded St. Joseph boys basketball team gave top-ranked and top-seeded Destiny all it could handle.
But it wasn’t quite enough to extend the Lancers’ season, as Destiny prevailed 82-80 in overtime, in a WIAA Division-4 regional final Saturday night in Milwaukee.
The Wilmot boys basketball team’s improbable postseason continued Saturday night.
After going 5-16 in the regular season, the 10th-seeded Panthers won their third consecutive postseason game in five days, this time edging third-seeded Burlington, 70-69, in a WIAA Division-2 regional final on the Demons’ home court.
The Wilmot boys basketball team had to deal with a No. 2 seed, a hostile crowd and overtime.
DeAndre Johns has found himself in just about every type of situation in his four years of varsity basketball at St. Joseph.
So, the senior guard was not about to panic when his team found itself trailing by five point at halftime to visiting Hope Christian in the regional semifinals of the WIAA Division-4 playoffs on Friday.
A slow start derailed the Indian Trail boys basketball season on Friday.
The 10th-seeded Hawks managed just 13 first-half points and suffered a 57-37 loss at No. 7 Mukwonago in a WIAA Division-1 regional semifinal.
FORT ATKINSON — Milton did it again.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Playing a gimmick defense is intended to make life difficult for St. Joseph senior forward Sidney Cooks, one of the best high school girls basketball players in the country.
The high school boys basketball postseason begins tonight with five of the nine Kenosha County teams playing in regional quarterfinals.
Four boys scored at least eight points to lead the Central boys basketball team to a 68-38 non-conference victory against Christian Life on Tuesday.
Joey Gilliland had a team-high 14 points and made all four free-throw attempts for the Falcons, who improved to 11-5.
A huge first half proved to be more than enough for the St. Joseph boys basketball team on Tuesday.
The Lancers raced out to a 29-12 lead over visiting Burlington Catholic Central on Tuesday night and never looked back in a 54-40 Metro Classic Conference victory.
Indian Trail boys basketball coach Al Anderson’s pillow apparently received a break from some serious tossing and turning on Tuesday night.
Chelby Koker matched her season high with 38 points and nearly had a triple-double in leading the Shoreland girls basketball team to a 67-57 victory over visiting Wilmot on Tuesday.
Koker, who also had 38 points in a season-opening victory over Racine Case, added 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Pacers (8-8).
Add another item to Sidney Cooks’ resume: a 40-point game.
The St. Joseph girls basketball player scored a career-high 40 points Tuesday to lead the Lancers to a 67-50 win at Burlington Catholic Central.
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.
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.