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With basketball season starting this week, this thread can be used to post predictions, previews, articles and summaries from the 2012-2013 Packerland Conference boys basketball season.

The first game of the season is less than a week away, as next Tuesday Southern Door will open up against GB West.
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As a refresher on key players lost and returning here are last year's all-conference lists:
       
1st Team
Player         Pos         Year         Team
Travis Voigt (MVP) G         Junior         Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers
Alex Bailey G/F         Senior         Sturgeon Bay Clippers
Michael Kolb Senior         Sturgeon Bay Clippers
Sam Koss G         Sophomore         Algoma Wolves
Travis Kostichka P Junior         Algoma Wolves
Jarred Pribek G/F         Senior         Kewaunee Storm

2nd Team
Player         Pos         Year         Team
Ben Felhofer G         Senior         Sturgeon Bay Clippers
Cody Giesseman C         Junior         Sevastopol Pioneers
Seth Hasseler F         Senior         Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers
Jordon Jandrin G         Senior         Southern Door Eagles
Trent Mehlberg G         Junior         Oconto Blue Devils
David Tauber F         Senior         Sturgeon Bay Clippers

Honorable Mention
Player         Pos         Year         Team
Tanner Biwer G         Senior         Gibraltar Vikings
Jared Gosse F         Senior         Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers
Travis Hackett G/F         Senior         Algoma Wolves
Caleb Johnson G         Sophomore         Kewaunee Storm
Alan Karas G         Senior         Sevastopol Pioneers
Nick Kita P         Sophomore         Gibraltar Vikings
Cal McCarty F/C         Sophomore         Southern Door Eagles
Mitchell Neubauer F         Freshmen         Southern Door Eagles
Jake Wiese G         Junior         Algoma Wolves
Austin Young G         Senior         Oconto Blue Devils
Dakota Zinser G         Sophomore         Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers

As well as standings:
N.E.W. Lutheran 12-2
Sturgeon Bay 12-2
Algoma 10-4
Kewaunee 9-5
Southern Door 7-7
Gibraltar 2-12
Oconto 2-12
Sevastopol 2-12
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Basketball preview: Eagles 'hoping to turn some heads'
by Door County Advocate's Korey Mallien

Southern Door High School boys basketball coach Ben Rikkola was so upbeat about his team?s future at the end of last season that he called it ?a sleeping giant.?

As the Eagles prepare to tip-off the 2012-13 campaign, Rikkola hasn?t lost that enthusiasm.

?I?m really excited,? he said. ?We?re hoping to turn some heads, and I?m expecting us to do some good things this season. We definitely expect to be improved.?

The Eagles return four players, including three starters, from last year?s team that finished 7-7 in the Packerland Conference and 9-14 overall. In addition, Rikkola said the Eagles have a strong group of new varsity prospects who have the potential to make an immediate impact.

?We have 11 guys who legitimately could play at anytime,? he said. ?We have a lot of interchangeable parts, and we?re deeper this year. I think that?s going to be a strength of ours.?

Returning starters include 5-10 senior guard Drew Klaubauf, 6-3 junior center Cal McCarty and 6-2 sophomore forward Mitchel Neubauer.

Rikkola said Klaubauf is one of the Eagles? quickest players and a good defender who was typically assigned last year to guard the opponent?s top scorer.

McCarty has gotten bigger and stronger since last season and is expected to be more of a factor inside the paint on both offense and defense, said Rikkola. He averaged nine points and six rebounds per game in league play last year and was honorable mention all-conference.

Neubauer was also honorable mention all-conference and led the team in total points and rebounds as a freshman. He averaged 11 points and eight rebounds per game in the Packerland.

?He?s a good inside and outside threat for us,? said Rikkola. ?I expect him to be one of the top young guys in the conference.?

Junior Jordan Englebert, a 5-8 guard whom Rikkola describes as a ?good team player with a good understanding of the game,? also returns for the Eagles. He played in seven varsity games last season.

Senior guard Luke Spude also appeared in some varsity games for the Eagles last season, but his status is uncertain because of a knee injury. Rikkola said Spude is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks, possibly the entire season.

New varsity prospects include juniors Austin Rohe (6-3 forward), Derek Niedzwiecki (5-10 guard), Brett Kinnard (5-10 guard) and Aaron Larsen (5-10 guard); sophomore Lance Klaubauf (6-2 forward); and freshmen Mitchell Gerend (6-2 guard) and Trevor Hawkey (6-3 forward). Larsen saw a little varsity playing time last year.

Rikkola said the Eagles have a nice mix of players who can shoot from the outside or take the ball to the basket for points. He believes the team has ?more weapons? than last season and should improve upon last year?s average of 46.5 points per game.

?We have six, seven guys who can score,? he said. ?So that will be nice. It will be harder to scout us this year. I like to play up-tempo, and I think we?ll be more like that this year with the guys we have.?

Southern Door placed fifth in the eight-team Packerland last season behind co-champions Sturgeon Bay (12-2) and Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran (12-2), Algoma (10-4) and Kewaunee (9-5). Rikkola expects the Eagles to finish in the top three this season.

?We didn?t beat N.E.W., Sturgeon Bay or Algoma last year,? said Rikkola. ?So for me, the goal is simple. We?re going to try to catch those teams and stay ahead of the others.?

The Eagles have a jam-packed schedule to open the season, with five games in a span of 16 days during the last three weeks of November. Their first game is Tuesday night at home against Green Bay West.

?We?re going to find out what we?re made of real quick,? said Rikkola. ?But I think it?s going to help because we?ll have a few more games under our belt than most teams. Plus, I think we?re deep enough that we can get through this.?

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Basketball preview: Sturgeon Bay looking to reload
Packerland co-champs lost top four scorers to graduation
By Door County Advocate's Christopher Clough

Despite having eight seniors on its roster, the key word this year for the Sturgeon Bay High School boys basketball team is ?reloading.?

The Clippers lost their four leading scorers from last year?s Packerland Conference co-champion team to graduation. Michael Kolb, Alex Bailey, David Tauber and Ben Felhofer accounted for 46.6 of the 61-plus points per game Sturgeon Bay scored last year, plus Felhofer led the conference in assists (4.7 per game) and was considered the team?s best defensive player while Tauber led the team in rebounding (8.1 a game).

Clippers coach Jim Benesh said he believes he has the pieces to assemble a competitive squad this season, but it?s a matter of how well and how quickly those pieces fit together.

?The key is how well we come together as one,? Benesh said. ?How well everyone understands what their role is and how well everyone accepts that.

?We hopefully will be reloading, but when you lose your leading scorers, your leading rebounder, your leading defender and leading assist maker ? Obviously, scoring will be a concern for us. But the concern on the offensive side will be the ability to handle the ball, for everybody to be sure with the ball. Our ability to handle the ball and shoot the ball will determine where the team finishes.?

Another key for Sturgeon Bay, Benesh said, will be to get off to a better start than last season. The Clippers lost their first three games in 2011-12 before closing the regular season with a 12-1 run and finishing 16-7 overall. They won their first playoff game before losing to eventual Division 3 state champion Brillion in a regional final.

But a fast start won?t be easy, as two probable starters are out, likely for a few weeks, with injuries suffered near the end of their fall sports seasons. Matthew Seiler was hurt in the final football game of the year, and David VanDreese recently had surgery to fix an injured knee he hurt playing soccer.

?We?ve got to get out of the gates quicker then we did last year,? Benesh said. ?But we?re coming out of the gates limping.?

When they do return, Benesh said Seiler, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, will be counted on for not just his rebounding skills but his toughness, while VanDreese, a 5-10 senior guard, can score from the perimeter and is one of the team?s better defenders.

The one returning starter is 6-2 senior point guard Nathan Abrahamson, who averaged 7.1 points a game last year and is expected to be one of the team?s leaders. He, too, is nursing an injury ? he hurt his shoulder in football ? but is working through it.

?Nathan has looked about as assertive in practice as he has since he?s been with us,? Benesh said. ?He?s establishing an identity on the offensive side, taking it to the basket, attacking the rim and providing a good outside shot. He will be counted on to provide leadership and playmaking ability ? I think Nate will take the bull by the horns.?

Playing near the basket will be forward Riley Schartner, a 6-2 senior and a good defender, and centers Robert Wittenberg, a 6-2 senior, and Joey Sheehy, a 6-2 junior. Wittenberg brings a traditional post-up game offensively, while Sheehy can step out and hit the jump shot. Benesh said Wittenberg and Sheehy may be on the floor together at times.

Also at center is 6-2, 260-pound senior Casey Rosenthal, out for basketball after two years away from the game. Benesh said he likes the attitude and competitiveness that Rosenthal brings to the team.

Moving up to the varsity from last year?s junior varsity squad are 5-10 senior guard Michael Taylor, 5-11 senior guard Zach VanderVelden, 5-10 junior guard Trey Bumgardner, 6-2 junior forward Riley Cordier and 6-3 guard/forward Wyatt Warner. Taylor and Warner could help solve any scoring issues with their shooting abilities, while Bumgardner also can shoot and will be a ballhandler. Benesh described VanderVelden as a tenacious defensive specialist similar to his older brother, Ben VanderVelden, while Cordier has a good jump shot and a knack for pulling down rebounds on both ends of the floor.

Junior Sean Hogan, sophomore Matt VanBramer and freshman Levi Haight may split time between the varsity and JV teams. Benesh said VanBramer, a shooting guard who ?understands the game,? and Haight, a good ballhandler, could see extended varsity time until Seiler and VanDreese return from their injuries.

Benesh said Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran, co-champion with Sturgeon Bay last season, should be the Packerland favorite this year, with Algoma, Kewaunee and a young, rising Southern Door team as other contenders. But he hopes his senior-laden team can pull together to put itself in the mix.

?Our seniors have been around a long time,? Benesh said. ?And now is their time.?

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Some of my predictions and thoughts entering the season:

Predicted Standings:
N.E.W. Lutheran
Algoma
Kewaunee
Sturgeon Bay
Southern Door
Oconto
Sevastopol
Gibraltar

Pre-season 1st Team All-Conference
Travis Voigt
Dakota Zinser
Sam Koss
Travis Kostichka
Caleb Johnson
Cody Giesseman

Pre-season POY: Sam Koss

Not going to go too in depth on any team since the local papers do a good job of doing preview articles, but just a couple of my thoughts and key points:

1. N.E.W. Lutheran went ten deep last year, and six of those players return, along with two promising juniors in Kristian Zimmerman and Sam Brock. The Blazers should be loaded at the wing guard/forward position, but after Toenjes and Glodowski (who both have the potential to be really good starters) it will likely be thinner in the post than in past years.

2. Have been nothing but impressed with the program Bob Graf has been putting together in his first couple years at Algoma. I don't think much was expected either year, but both years he gets his team to produce 10-4 conference finishes. This year's team has really good experience and potentially dominating play makers, and Koss is quite possibly the best athlete in the conference. I fully expect them to give N.E.W. Lutheran a true challenge in repeating as conference champions.

3. Despite Kewaunee changing coaches as well a couple years ago, I still do not think they are emphasizing the fundamentals and just try to rely on their athleticism. In the past that would work with all the great football athletes they had; they still have a great athlete in CJ and promising post presence in Nimmer, but after that just not sure if the athleticism will be that of the past.

4. Sturgeon Bay graduated its four top players, however I really do not expect them to fall out of the top half of the conference as their football and soccer teams showed they still have plenty of quality athletes, it will just be a matter of getting healthy and experienced as quickly as possible.
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Some of my predictions and thoughts entering the season:

Predicted Standings:
N.E.W. Lutheran
Algoma
Kewaunee
Sturgeon Bay
Southern Door
Oconto
Sevastopol
Gibraltar

Pre-season 1st Team All-Conference
Travis Voigt
Dakota Zinser
Sam Koss
Travis Kostichka
Caleb Johnson
Cody Giesseman

Pre-season POY: Sam Koss

Not going to go too in depth on any team since the local papers do a good job of doing preview articles, but just a couple of my thoughts and key points:

1. N.E.W. Lutheran went ten deep last year, and six of those players return, along with two promising juniors in Kristian Zimmerman and Sam Brock. The Blazers should be loaded at the wing guard/forward position, but after Toenjes and Glodowski (who both have the potential to be really good starters) it will likely be thinner in the post than in past years.

2. Have been nothing but impressed with the program Bob Graf has been putting together in his first couple years at Algoma. I don't think much was expected either year, but both years he gets his team to produce 10-4 conference finishes. This year's team has really good experience and potentially dominating play makers, and Koss is quite possibly the best athlete in the conference. I fully expect them to give N.E.W. Lutheran a true challenge in repeating as conference champions.

3. Despite Kewaunee changing coaches as well a couple years ago, I still do not think they are emphasizing the fundamentals and just try to rely on their athleticism. In the past that would work with all the great football athletes they had; they still have a great athlete in CJ and promising post presence in Nimmer, but after that just not sure if the athleticism will be that of the past.

4. Sturgeon Bay graduated its four top players, however I really do not expect them to fall out of the top half of the conference as their football and soccer teams showed they still have plenty of quality athletes, it will just be a matter of getting healthy and experienced as quickly as possible.

Just heard a rumor that Caleb Johnson will not be playing basketball this year. Not 100% sure this is true, but if is I would switch him out with Mitchell Neubauer of Southern Door on my preseason All-Conference list, and move Sturgeon Bay in front of Kewaunee in my predicted standings.
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Boys basketball roundup: Southern Door rolls over the Wildcats

BRUSSELLS ? Mitchell Neubauer led all scorers with 16 points as Southern Door routed Green Bay West 86-36 on Tuesday in a boys basketball game.

Green Bay West         4         6         10         16         ?         36
Southern Door         21         27         22         16         ?         86

GBW: Vassal 2, Banks 10, Hall 6, Camps 5, Hermsen 1, Bryant 5, Lester 3, Drake 4. 3-pt: Camps 1, Bryant 1, Lester 1. FT: 5-8. F: 22.

SD: Gerend 7, Kinnard 7, Larsen 7, Klaubauf 11, Niedvwiecki 4, Hawkey 10, Englebert 3, Neubauer 16, McCarty 8, Rohe 13. 3-pt: Neubauer 2, Gerend 1, Kinnard 1, Klaubauf 1, Englebert 1. FT: 12-24. F: 13.

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Basketball preview: Experience, post players give Vikings hope
Gibraltar looks for outside scoring threat to complement interior game
By: Christopher Clough

The Gibraltar Vikings appear to be looking inside as they prepare for the high school boys basketball season.

The Vikings lost only three players to graduation from last season?s team, which went 10-14 overall and 2-12 in the Packerland Conference. But one of the departed players was Tanner Biwer, an honorable mention all-conference player who led the team with 12.5 points per game and was its best threat to hit the outside shot consistently.

However, Gibraltar has eight seniors on its varsity roster this year and four or five post players going to rotate into games, so coach Kent Sitte is optimistic that if he can find an outside shooter or two to complement the interior size, his team can improve.

?We?d like to get the ball to the post. The mentality has to be to get to the basket,? said Sitte, who noted the Vikings likely will have at least two post players on the floor at all times. ?We lost our best shooter (Biwer), so I?m not sure where our shooting will come from. We need to figure out who our top scorer is. But we have a pretty good rotation going for our post players.

?I guess our first goal is to improve on last year?s conference standing. I think we have more quickness, I think we?re a little stronger ? We have a lot of guys who either started at the end of last year or at some time during the year, so there?s a lot of varsity experience.?

Sitte said a number of question marks remain to be answered between now and the Nov. 20 opener at Algoma, and the hope is that he?ll find a consistent rotation across his roster, with an emphasis on ?consistent.?

?I think it?ll be one of those seasons where we have to try and find five or six guys who are on their game on a given night,? Sitte said. ?We?re looking for the seven, eight guys who want to step up, grab the positions and hold onto them.?

Leading the inside game is returning starter Nick Kita, a 6-3 junior who was all-conference honorable mention last season with 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Sitte said Kita moves well in the post, can step outside to shoot and should be more consistent from being a year older.

Also returning is 6-2 senior Matt Hecht, who Sitte said ?brings a little quickness to the post? and has looked good in early practices. Chris Anderson is a 6-6 post player who saw some varsity time last year as a freshman and could get more minutes. Other potential contributors down low are Tim Alberts and Will Gonzales, both 6-1 seniors.

Outside the lane, Sitte hopes to move 6-1 senior Brandon Steebs from point guard to off-guard. He also thinks Steebs could step up to be the leader of the team.

?Brandon really put in a lot of time in the offseason, worked on his game,? Sitte said. ?We?ll certainly give him the opportunity.?

Sam Kordon, a 5-9 senior, and 5-10 senior Austin Kissel might be battling for another starting spot. Sitte said Kordon is probably the Vikings? best pure shooter, but Kissel brings other positives to the spot.

?He?s strong, he?s a good defender, he doesn?t make mistakes,? Sitte said of Kissel. ?He played quarterback for the football team, so I think he developed a little bit of leadership.?

If Steebs shifts to off-guard, 5-6 senior Amedee Savard or 5-10 sophomore Jack Brennan look to take over at point guard. Other prospects include 5-7 senior guard Willie Franke, 5-10 junior guard Alex Janisse, 6-0 junior forward/guard Austin Bauldry and 6-6 junior post player Ben Anderson.

If Sitte can find the right mix from his roster, he?s hopeful of Gibraltar?s prospects, at least for improvement.

?We?d like to push for a .500 mark,? he said. ?Toward the end of last year, we gave some teams some battles, stayed with them all the way to the end.?

http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20121114/ADV02/311140248/Basketball-preview-Experience-post-players-give-Vikings-hope
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Basketball preview: Experience, schedule give Pioneers promise
By: Korey Mallien

On paper, Sevastopol should be much improved this high school boys basketball season.

The Pioneers, who finished 4-17 overall and 2-12 in the Packerland Conference last year, have experience with four returning starters, plus they have a favorable nonconference schedule with six of their seven games against teams that finished well below .500 last season.

?I definitely think we can make a huge step forward,? said Pioneers coach Phil Symons. ?I think we?ll be a lot more competitive in conference and we have a lot of nonconference games against schools more our size than last year, so I think that will help us.?

Sevastopol?s top player is 6-foot-4 senior center Cody Giesseman, who?s beginning his fourth season on varsity and was selected second-team all-conference last year. Giesseman averaged a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds as a junior.

?He?s done a lot of good things for us, and we?re hoping for even bigger and better things from him this season,? said Symons. ?He?s a strong inside player and he can even step outside and hit some three-pointers. We?ll make some adjustments to get him the basketball where he can be successful.?

Sevastopol?s other returning starters are 6-2 senior guard Bryce Birmingham, 6-0 senior forward Rustom Engineer, and 6-5 junior post player Noel Farber.

Birmingham averaged nine points and six rebounds a game last season and is Sevastopol?s most versatile player, said Symons.

?We can put him in any position on the court,? said Symons. ?He can play point guard, off guard or small forward. We can even post him up if we have to. He?s good at taking the ball to the basket, but he also worked in the off-season on his outside shot and I think teams are going to have to respect him more this year.?

Engineer played point guard last season and is a ?true leader? for the Pioneers, said Symons.

?He?s not flashy,? said Symons. ?But he?s a very smart player, a really good defender and he just does things consistent.?

Farber is a tall and athletic player who gives the Pioneers a nice inside combination with Giesseman, said Symons. He averaged seven points and nine rebounds a game last season.

?He does a lot of little things in tandem with Cody. They started clicking at the end of last year, and I?m hoping that continues this season,? said Symons. ?We?ll see what we can do with those two guys side-by-side in our offense.?

Also returning for the Pioneers are seniors Brody Paschke (6-0 forward), D.J. Velli (6-1 forward) and Wes Zielke (5-10 guard). Symons said Paschke and Velli have good strength to bang inside, while Zielke is one of the team?s best shooters.

New prospects include juniors Drew Tanck (6-1 guard) and Austin Krohn (5-11 guard), and sophomore Joe Bruno (6-4 center).

The Pioneers need to improve in all aspects, especially on offense, if they?re going to win more games this season. They averaged a league-low 39 points a game in the Packerland and 41 overall last season.

Symons said the key to increasing their offensive production is with better guard play. The Pioneers committed too many turnovers last year, which subsequently limited their chances to score.

?I think we have some really nice offensive players who can put the ball in the basket,? said Symons. ?But we have to do a better job taking care of the basketball. With more experience under our belt, I think our guard play will be tremendously better and our point total will go up and that will result in more victories for us this season.?

Symons said his players worked hard during the off-season and he expects that commitment to pay dividends this winter. He believes the Pioneers can into the middle of the Packerland after finishing tied for last place last season.

?Our six seniors really want to step up and want to win,? he said. ?I think we can actually make some noise in the conference and surprise a few teams. Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran is my conference favorite, and I?d give Algoma the second nod. After that, it could be up for grabs for the third, fourth and fifth spots.?

Sevastopol opens its season Tuesday night at N.E.W. Lutheran, which shared the conference title with Sturgeon Bay last year. The Pioneers? nonconference schedule includes Stockbridge (8-12 last year), Oneida Nation (17-7), Reedsville (9-15), Washington Island (0-1), Montello (8-15), Green Bay West (2-21) and Coleman (5-18).

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Boys basketball roundup: Southern Door rolls over the Wildcats

BRUSSELLS ? Mitchell Neubauer led all scorers with 16 points as Southern Door routed Green Bay West 86-36 on Tuesday in a boys basketball game.

Green Bay West         4         6         10         16         ?         36
Southern Door         21         27         22         16         ?         86

GBW: Vassal 2, Banks 10, Hall 6, Camps 5, Hermsen 1, Bryant 5, Lester 3, Drake 4. 3-pt: Camps 1, Bryant 1, Lester 1. FT: 5-8. F: 22.

SD: Gerend 7, Kinnard 7, Larsen 7, Klaubauf 11, Niedvwiecki 4, Hawkey 10, Englebert 3, Neubauer 16, McCarty 8, Rohe 13. 3-pt: Neubauer 2, Gerend 1, Kinnard 1, Klaubauf 1, Englebert 1. FT: 12-24. F: 13.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20121114/GPG020502/311140278/Boys-basketball-roundup-Southern-Door-rolls-over-Wildcats?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|GPG-Sports
Door County Advocate Write Up of game:

Basketball: Eagles soar to 50-point win in opener


Southern Door opened the high school boys basketball season Tuesday night with a bang.

The Eagles raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, increased it to 38 at halftime and rolled past Green Bay West, 86-36, in a nonconference game at Southern Door.

?We took it to them, and that?s what we wanted to do,? said Eagles coach Ben Rikkola. ?We?ve been on the other side of games like this a couple of times last year, so it feels good to be on the opposite end.?

The Eagles made six three-pointers in the first half, including two by Mitchel Neubauer and one each by Mitchell Gerend, Brett Kinnard, Lance Klaubauf and Jordan Englebert.

?We came out of the gates hot,? said Rikkola. ?The shots were going in and we had a lot of different guys stretch the defense. The game was kind of in hand in the first half.?

The Eagles got points from 10 different players, led by Neubauer with 16, Austin Rohe 13, Klaubauf 11 and Trevor Hawkey 10.

?What I liked tonight is the way we played unselfishly,? said Rikkola. ?I really liked the way the kids shared the ball, and that?s going to make us a better team down the road.?

Rikkola said it?s important for his team to keep the win in perspective. The Wildcats won just two games last season, they?ve got a new coach this year and they were missing several players for disciplinary reasons.

?My mentality is never too high, never too low,? said Rikkola. ?Just stay even keel and try to build something consistent.?

Southern Door expects a more difficult challenge Thursday night, when it hosts Mishicot in another nonconference game.

http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20121114/ADV02/311140266/Basketball-Eagles-soar-50-point-win-opener
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11/15 GB Press Gazette:

Boys basketball roundup: Wiese's 3 lifts Algoma to win

REEDSVILLE ? Jake Wiese hit the game-winning 3-pointer, his seventh of the game, with 2 seconds left in regulation to lift Algoma over Reedsville 58-55 in a nonconference boys basketball game on Thursday.

Wiese finished with a game-high 25 points while Hunter Prokash added 10 for Algoma.

Algoma 11 11 18 18 ? 58
Reedsville 13 12 13 17 ? 55

Algoma: Bender 9, Wiese 25, Prokash 10, Koss 4, Dart 2, T. Kostichka 8. 3pt: Bender 3, Wiese 7, Prokash 2. FT: 6-8. Fouls: 20. Foul out: T. Kostichka.

Reesdville: Saenger 6, Schanburek 12, Gilsdorf 12, Laabs 4, Dvorachek 7, Kiekhafer 4, Wenzel 10. 3pt: Gilsdorf. FT: 12-20. Fouls: 15.


Southern Door 65, Mishicot 26
BRUSSELS ? Austin Rohe had 16 points and Mitchell Gerend added 12 as Southern Door pulled away after halftime.

Mishicot 14 5 3 4 ? 26
So. Door 13 13 22 17 ? 65

Mishicot: J. Peterson 1, Herman 2, Murphy 6, Willman 5, Geiger 2, D. Peterson 2, Haack 8. 3pt: Murphy 2, Willman, Haack. FT: 6-14. Fouls: 17.

Southern Door: Gerend 12, Kinnard 7, Larsen 3, Klaubauf 9, Niedzwiecki 2, Hawkey 6, Neubauer 6, McCarty 4, Rohe 16. 3pt: Gerend 2, Rohe 2. FT: 11-19. Fouls: 15.

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Door County Advocate Southern Door/Mishicot Write Up:

Boys basketball: Southern Door Eagles win big again

Southern Door crushed Mishicot, 65-26, Thursday night in a nonconference high school boys basketball game at Southern Door.

The Eagles trailed by one point at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Indians, 42-12, in the final three periods.

?We weren?t focused, weren?t locked into the game in that first quarter. We missed a lot of bunnies,? said Eagles coach Ben Rikkola. ?After that it was a much different game. We really controlled the boards and rebounded well as a team. We just went back to our basics, played man to man and tried to keep them out of the paint. I think we were the deeper team and wore them down.?

Austin Rohe led the Eagles (2-0) with 16 points ? scoring in double-digits for the second consecutive game ? and also had 11 rebounds.

?He?s doing a great job of knocking down open shots,? said Rikkola. ?He?s really stepping up. He?s understanding the game and what it takes to play at the varsity level.?

Mitchell Gerend added 12 points for the Eagles, including eight of the team?s 13 points in the first quarter.

?He kept us in the game early on,? said Rikkola.

Southern Door?s 39-point win came two days after it opened the season with a 50-point victory over Green Bay East.

?I?m glad we could get the ball rolling here with two nice victories,? said Rikkola. ?I can?t say that I expected a big margin like this tonight, but there?s going to be tougher games on the horizon.?

The Eagles open the Packerland Conference season Tuesday night at Oconto.

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Kewaunee County Star News Boys Basketball Preview:

2012-13 Boys Basketball Preview: Expectations high as season approaches

Can Algoma meet higher expectations and take the Packerland Conference? Can Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco remain in the conversation despite a lack of experience? These are the biggest questions heading into the boys varsity basketball season.

Algoma?s aiming to take the next step this year. Last season they surprised some people by taking third place in the Packerland Conference. There will be no surprises this year, as the Wolves return their three top scorers ? the next step is within reach.

Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco will both face early growing pains, as youth trumps experience on their rosters. Success for both teams will depend on how quickly they can gel.

For the last two weeks the coaches have been doing their best to prepare the players. If desire and hard work have a say, area fans should see more wins than losses at the gymnasiums this year.

Algoma
Head coach: Bob Graf (third season)

2011-12 Record: 17-7 overall, 10-4 in the Packerland (third place)

Outlook: Algoma has enough returning experience and talent to compete for the Packerland title. Their main competition will come from Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran and Sturgeon Bay, the co-champions of the conference last year ? Algoma split their series versus those teams last year.

Algoma will also have to find a way to beat their rivals to the south ? the Kewaunee Storm. Last season the Storm swept the series from the Wolves.

Head coach Bob Graf says the conference is strong top to bottom.

?Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran is the preseason pick, however Sturgeon Bay is always strong, and I expect Southern Door to be very good this year,? Graf said. ?The Packerland is a challenge every night. Anybody can surprise you, so you can?t have any lapses.?

The Wolves lose four seniors this year; however, they return their main nucleus. Algoma?s three top scorers are back: Sam Koss, Travis Kostichka, and Jake Wiese. Koss and Kostichka were first-team All-Packerland selections last season. Hunter Prokash and Stuart Robertson also bring varsity experience to the table.

Algoma?s early schedule will pose a real challenge. By Dec. 11 they will have faced Howards Grove, N.E.W. Lutheran, Sturgeon Bay, and West De Pere ? all teams that defeated them last season.

?If we?re not a certain record by the end of December, I won?t be disappointed,? Graf said. ?It?s more important that we peak at the end of the season.?

The Wolves should be an exciting team to follow this season, the coach said.

?We have a fantastic group of athletes who care deeply about the team. They?re giving 100 percent in practices, and I?m excited to see what we can build this season.?

Kewaunee
Head coach: Adam Murphy (second season)

2011-12 Record: 13-11 overall, 9-5 in the Packerland (fourth place)

Outlook: In his first season at the helm of Kewaunee, Adam Murphy took a team with a 6-8 conference record and improved them to 9-5. What can he do in his second year? Well that depends on how quickly an inexperienced varsity group can grow.

This season Kewaunee replaces six seniors, including top scorer Jarred Pribek.

?I?ll be happy if I see improvement from the team every night,? Murphy said. ?Because of the youth on our team, there?ll be no easy games. We?re going to rely on our quickness and defense.?

The Storm have one of the conference?s best up-and-comers in 6?7? Reggie Nimmer ? he should give Kewaunee a strong presence in the post. The team will also count on the varsity experience of Logan Brusky and Logan Kassner.

Kewaunee?s schedule gives them no breaks. Their toughest stretch is in the middle of December, when they face N.E.W. Lutheran, Algoma, and Shiocton all in six days. A week later they play in the West De Pere Tournament with a guaranteed date against Division 1 Green Bay East.

Area fans will have the Algoma game on Dec. 18 circled on their calendars. The Storm?s sweep of the Wolves last season prevented Algoma from taking a share of the conference title ? thus only adding more fuel to the rivalry.

?Those Algoma games are fun. It?s a rivalry and it?s a great atmosphere,? Murphy said. ?However, we don?t plan our season around them. Our goal is to win all our conference games. We take it one step at a time?.

Kewaunee?s first steps have been in the right direction.

?Our first week of practice has been great. We?ve been stressing fundamentals,? Murphy said.

With solid coaching and talent behind them, Kewaunee may surprise a few people this season.

One last note for those uni-watchers out there: Coach Murphy?s yellow suit has been retired.

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11/20 GB Press Gazette

N.E.W. Lutheran 66, Sevastopol 33
Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran made six of its eight 3-pointers in the second.

Nathan Toenjes scored eight of his team-high 13 points in the second quarter and Travis Voigt had eight points with seven assists to lead the Blazers (1-0). The Pioneers (0-1) got a game-high 18 points from Cody Giesseman.

Sevastopol 9 2 8 14 ? 33
N.E.W. Lutheran 16 12 22 16 ? 66

Sevastopol: Tanck 4, Zielke 3, Bruno 2, Giesseman 18, Birmingham 6. 3-pt: Zielke. FT: 10-13. F: 8. Fouled out: Paschke.

N.E.W.: Claflin 12, Voigt 8, Brock 3, Zinser 10, Toenjes 13, Glodoski 6, Viegut 4, Zimmerman 9. 3-pt: Zimmerman 3, Zinser 2, Voigt 2, Brock 1. FT: 4-7. F: 14.

Sturgeon Bay 54, Kewaunee 50
KEWAUNEE ? Nathan Abrahamson had 18 points as Sturgeon Bay jumped out to a 38-25 halftime lead .

Reggie Nimmer led Kewaunee with 25 points.

Sturgeon Bay 16 22 10 6 ? 54
Kewaunee 10 15 15 10 ? 50

SB: Baumgardner 6, Abrahamson 18, Cordier 10, Warner 2, VanBramer 2, Schartner 2, Sheehy 8, Wittenberg 6. 3-pt: Bumgardner 2, Abrahamson 1. FT: 9-17. F: 13.

K: Kassner 4, Brusky 10, Kleiman 3, Lamack 3, Meka 3, Kohnle 2, Nimmer 25. 3-pt: Brusky 2, Kleiman 1, Lamack 1, Meka 1. FT: 5-8. F: 16.

Southern Door 74, Oconto 66
OCONTO ? Mitch Neubauer scored 27 points as Southern Door made 9-of-10 free-throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Corey Herbert scored 23 points to lead the Blue Devils.

Southern Door 14 17 22 21 ? 74
Oconto 16 16 20 14 ? 66

SD: Gerend 12, Kinnard 2, Larsen 4, Klaubauf 8, Niedvwiecki 3, Englebert 4, Neubauer 27, McCarty 15, Rohe 7. 3-pt: Klaubauf 2, Nitzwicki 1, Rohe 1. FT: 12-15. F: 20.

O: Erieau 5, Pillsbury 2, Mehlberg 17, Herbert 23, Moe 13, Krueger 6. 3-pt: Mehlberg 2, Herbert 2, Erieau 1. FT: 23-33. F: 17. Herbert, Moe, Krueger.

Algoma 75, Gibraltar 66
ALGOMA ? Travis Kostichka scored 24 points and Hunter Prokash had 18 points to lead Algoma.

Brandon Steebs had a team-high 21 points for Gibraltar.

Gibraltar 14 19 11 22 ? 66
Algoma 21 16 19 19 ? 75

G: Hecht 6, Brennan 11, Kordon 12, Bauldrey 2, Alberts 8, Steebs 21, Kissel 2, C. Anderson 2, B. Anderson 2. 3-pt: Kordon 2, Brennan 1, Steebs 1. FT: 8-15. F: 25. Fouled out: Steebs.

A: Bender 9, Wiese 3, Robertson 2, Prokash 18, Koss 16, Dart 2, T. Kostichka 24, D. Kostichka 1. 3-pt: Prokash 3, Koss 1, Bender 1. FT: 16-36. F: 18. Fouled out: T. Kostichka.

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11/20 Door County Advocate Recap of conference games

Boys basketball: Clippers, Eagles win league openers

Sturgeon Bay held off Kewaunee, 54-50, and Southern Door beat Oconto, 74-66, Tuesday night to open the Packerland Conference high school boys basketball season.

In other conference openers, Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran beat Sevastopol, 66-33, and Algoma defeated Gibraltar, 75-66.

AT KEWAUNEE: Riley Cordier made two free throws to break a 50-50 tie and then hit two more free throws with 16 seconds left to lift Sturgeon Bay over Kewaunee.

The Clippers led by 13 points at halftime, but Kewaunee stormed back behind Reggie Nimmer, who scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter.

?We got out of rhythm and that was in part due to me trying to find the perfect rotation,? said Clippers coach Jim Benesh. ?We became stagnant, weren?t getting good looks and had some defensive issues. But we made the plays when we had to make them.?

Nathan Abrahamson scored 18 points and Cordier finished with 10 for the Clippers (2-0 overall).

AT OCONTO: Southern Door made 9 of 10 free throws and outscored Oconto, 21-14, in the fourth quarter to pull out a hard-fought win.

?Overall, I?m proud of the kids,? said Eagles coach Ben Rikkola, who?s team improved to 3-0 overall. ?Oconto is definitely the best team we?ve played so far. They beat us off the dribble all night and got to the free-throw line a lot.?

The Blue Devils stayed in the game by making 23 of 33 free throws. Corey Herbert was 15 of 19 from the line and scored 23 points.

Mitchel Neubauer scored a game-high 27 points and Cal McCarty had 15 for the Eagles.

AT GREEN BAY: N.E.W. Lutheran, conference co-champs last season, looked sharp in its win over Sevastopol.

Nathan Toenjes scored 14 points, Nathan Claflin 12 and Dakota Zinser 10 to lead the Blazers.

?A very good N.E.W. basketball team,? said Sevastopol coach Phil Symons. ?They had so much balance and so much depth, they ran us into trouble. They have 10 or 11 guys who play a lot of minutes for them. They?re a tough team to defend.?

Cody Giesseman scored a game-high 18 points for the Pioneers.

AT ALGOMA: Gibraltar battled back from an early deficit to trail 37-33 at halftime, but Algoma stretched the lead back to 12 with a 19-11 third quarter.

?We were down 12 early, came back, but from the middle part to the end of the third quarter, they put a run on us,? Vikings coach Kent Sitte said. ?It went from a 4-point game to a 14-, 15-point game.?

Leading the charge for Algoma (2-0 overall) was Travis Kostichka, who led all scorers with 24 points. Hunter Prokash added 18 and was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, when Gibraltar was fouling often to try to get the ball back.

Brandon Steebs scored 21 points to lead Gibraltar, with Sam Kordon and Jack Brennan chipping in 12 and 11, respectively.

?I?m very happy with the way we played offensively, with the way we moved the ball, with our effort,? Sitte said. ?We just couldn?t stop them.?

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