bighit99
Well if anyone on this forum is still living and cares to look at this topic, its about that time of the year again.. State football is just finishing and Basketball practices are starting. With that being said, Who are some favorites in the conference?

To me, top competitors could be St. Bay, Algoma, Kewaunee, N.E.W.

St Bay- Return Bailey, Tauber, Felhoffer. Lot of experience just between those three. Overall I think they'll put up alot of points on the board between the scoring presence of Bailey on the perimiter and Tauber down low. A very versitile team.

Algoma- Return some experience on Varsity. Down low they'll have Prochnow, Hackett and Kostichka. Also return Sophmore Sam Koss who is a good shooter from deep and can handle the ball. Senior Jake Wiese returns after see good amount of action last year, He is a threat from behind the arc.

Kewaunee- Bring in new Head Coach Adam Murphy and return Pribek who can play the perimiter or down low. He has been starting since his Soph. year so he has alot of experience. Him and Sophmore Caleb Johnson are the Lone returning starters. Don't have a ton of players returning but with Murphy at the helm, they should be fine. He has been an assistant for many years.

NEW- Return Hassler, Jared Gosse. Also Travis Voigt, Gary Blocker and Joey Malme could key in their success. Main question is how deep they are and how many kids can come off the bench. Meerstein is a good coach and always knows how to have a solid year.


I see the rest of the conference stacking up like:

Oconto
Southern Door
Gibralter
Sevastapol

Definitly think that the conference overall will be down from last year but should be an exciting season, non-the-less.

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wishoops1
I agree with NEW, St. Bay and Algoma they all bring back some pretty good ball players..NEW still played on of the best D5 teams very well w/out Gosse.. i think kewanuee lost alittle to much to contend but should stay in the top half but like you said the conference is down..
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Wow, can't believe I missed this, well regardless I will post what I thought preseason:
1. Sturgeon Bay
2. N.E.W. Lutheran
3. Algoma
4. Kewaunee
5/6 Oconto/Southern Door
7/8 Gibraltar/Sevastopol

I still expect Sturgeon Bay to get back into competition as they are the most experienced team returning.

N.E.W.'s lack of post offense (loss of Irizarry) will hurt them more than anyother loss to graduation from last year. The Zinser transfer has been a God send, comes in and becomes N.E.W.'s best denfener on a team that is vastly improved defensively from a year ago (as well as being the teams second leading scorer so far). Voigt's biggest weakness compared to his predecessor Kaylor Zimmerman is his lack of size, which speaks volumes to how good he is, and only a junior.

Algoma will continue to and Kewaunee will now have new life breathed into them with new coaches; with their athletisim they should be able to relatively dominate the teams below them and be right with St. Bay and N.E.W. night in and night out (as already proven).
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Well since I retro-posted my preseason predictions, I?ll now throw some early observations.

I?ll get to see first-hand tomorrow how Kewaunee uses Pribek tomorrow night, but as of right now I would say Algoma is the most balanced team offensively. Kostichka is a relatively polished offensive threat with nice size (muscle), and at least Friday night when N.E.W. would crowd the post Algoma was very good at finding the open man on the perimeter and hitting a good percentage of 3?s. From listening to Sturgeon Bay?s game against N.E.W. it sounded like they struggled once they got in the post ?amongst the trees.? And as I indicated above, Zimmerman was by far N.E.W.?s best player lost to graduation, but the biggest loss or downgrade so far this year was the post offense Matt Irizarry provided. As of now, N.E.W. really only has two players (Voigt and Zinser) that can consistently create their own shot, which really hurt them at the end of the game against Algoma.

From a defensive standpoint, N.E.W. Lutheran is better than last year (could be the best defensive team in the conference), is deep with players that can at least be put into the game and provide good defense (Meerstein has consistently gone 9 deep), and are very balanced (quick guards and tall post players). They have four quality post defenders in the 6?4? to 6?6? range, and since none of them are real offensive threats, they can play a little more aggressive on defense. That seems to be the one area Algoma could be exposed, is that they are not exactly deep at the post ? even though N.E.W. really didn?t have their posts attack the basket, Algoma?s starting forwards Kostichka and Hackett had 3 and 4 fouls, respectively.

On the injury front, N.E.W.?s senior guard Gary Blocker will be out until around February. While not a great offensive threat, he was yet another player who could provide solid defense off the bench and has a good basketball IQ as far as protecting the ball on offense. Any other injuries around the conference?

I am really interested to see Kewaunee play a quality opponent in N.E.W. tomorrow night. Kewaunee is almost always one of the most athletic teams in the conference, but in past years seemed to lack the ?basketball IQ? to go along with it to be a really good team. In reading new head coach Adam Murphy?s comments in the newspaper?s previews, he seemed to understand this and that increasing the basketball knowledge of his players was a main goal this season. Not only the players, but how Murphy has himself and his players ready to handle adversity and make the necessary adjustments will be key tomorrow.
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Just got back a little while ago from the N.E.W. Lutheran - Kewaunee game, for my complete summary of the game see the December 20th Score Thread in the High School Boys Section, but just to reinterate a couple observations on Kewaunee. From what I saw, Caleb Johnson is the leader of this team - stayed quite calm and focused throughout the game, was vocal with teammates, and was about Kewaunee's most aggressive player in looking for shots. Jarred Pribek, however, was quite the opposite. I was expecting him, as a three year starter with his size and ball handling abilities to be attacking the basket, trying to get paint touches, and draw fouls. Not that he had the enitre game to do this, N.E.W. ran quite a bit of zone and in man to man Jared Gosse covered him a good portion of time, but when missmatches occured - Pribek being covered by N.E.W.'s smaller guards - he just did not seem to want to take advantage like one would think he would be able.
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of course i say that and kewuanee beats algoma... should be a nice race
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Lot of games to go and many of them in conference but its looking more like Algoma and NEW right now. st.bay stuggling at the beginning could hurt them but showed up tough against a good sheboygan north team and oostburg so they are still in the hunt IMO and as for kewuanee i dont think thsy can stick aroud with these three teams mentioned above. they are a good team but not better than the three above. Also some other very nice wins for the conference with algoma beating two rivers and i no the record isnt very good they still have good players starting with linzmeier. And NEW with a nice win over previously unbeaten Peshtigo. As bad as the bottom of the conference is the top four teams are playing really good ball
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Wow as this season goes on,the conference race is really tightening up. Got a buncha of good matchups coming up in the next couple weeks. Should be interesting.
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WisHoops1 wrote:
of course i say that and kewuanee beats algoma... should be a nice race

I know I said it in my game recap/summary in the main high school boys section, but Jared Pribek really showed up in this game, especially compared to how he player against N.E.W. previously. He just about completely shut down Kostichka on defense in the second half, and had 5-6 steals to show for it - mainly on pass attempts to Kostichka in the post.

With its size and athetism, Kewaunee really has the ability to clamp down on defense, they did it against both N.E.W. and Algoma in each second half, and after giving up 15 points in the 1st quarter vs. Sturgeon Bay they really have clamped down the next two quarters so far tonight. And while Kewaunee's offense isn't anything special, it really seems to feed off of playing good on the defensive end.
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onpackerland wrote:
WisHoops1 wrote:
of course i say that and kewuanee beats algoma... should be a nice race

I know I said it in my game recap/summary in the main high school boys section, but Jared Pribek really showed up in this game, especially compared to how he player against N.E.W. previously. He just about completely shut down Kostichka on defense in the second half, and had 5-6 steals to show for it - mainly on pass attempts to Kostichka in the post.

With its size and athetism, Kewaunee really has the ability to clamp down on defense, they did it against both N.E.W. and Algoma in each second half, and after giving up 15 points in the 1st quarter vs. Sturgeon Bay they really have clamped down the next two quarters so far tonight. And while Kewaunee's offense isn't anything special, it really seems to feed off of playing good on the defensive end.


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its really something how close these for teams really are.. Algomas one conference loss they lost by 2, in NEWs lone loss they lost by 2, St. Bays 2 losses have been by 5 and 1 and kewuanees have been by 5 and 7 to st. bay but thats a bit deceiving if you look at the box score it looked like a game of runs and being ice cold.

Its kind of weird having 4 teams this close usually u see 2 or 3 teams above eachother then middle road teams and then others being the anchor. This year its just cut in half 4 are good and 4 are honestly not very good. yes southern door is 3 and 4 in conference but i watched there game against denmark and ill leave it at that.
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its really something how close these for teams really are.. Algomas one conference loss they lost by 2, in NEWs lone loss they lost by 2, St. Bays 2 losses have been by 5 and 1 and kewuanees have been by 5 and 7 to st. bay but thats a bit deceiving if you look at the box score it looked like a game of runs and being ice cold.

Its kind of weird having 4 teams this close usually u see 2 or 3 teams above eachother then middle road teams and then others being the anchor. This year its just cut in half 4 are good and 4 are honestly not very good. yes southern door is 3 and 4 in conference but i watched there game against denmark and ill leave it at that.[/quote]

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Huge game coming up Friday night between Sturgeon Bay and N.E.W. Lutheran. N.E.W. will be entering the game on an eight game win streak, while Sturgeon Bay could potentially enter the game on a seven game streak depending on how they do against GB East tomorrow. N.E.W. has been coasting over some lesser opponents the last six games, showing off its great depth. On the other hand, Sturgeon Bay has beaten a string of quality opponents by getting great performances from seniors Alex Bailey and Michael Kolb.

Its going to be interesting, both teams have outstanding, lock down defenses, but at the same time like to get out in transition and play a high paced/high possession game. At times, Sturgeon Bay has absolutely shut down some teams during the past month, such as not allowing a field goal in over two quarters of time between the end of the Kewaunee game and start of the LC game. While N.E.W. in the past 6 games has a defensive points allowed average of just over 37 points per game.

N.E.W. should still have the advantage in the post; Sturgeon Bay struggled with getting good looks at the basket when they drove "in amongst the trees" in the first game, and while N.E.W. still doesn't have a true offensive post player, 6'6" sophomore Nathan Toenjes has been steadily improving and gaining confidence to complement the defensive provided by senior post players Gosse and Hasseler.

For Sturgeon Bay, its a near must win to have a chance at atleast a share of the conference title, while N.E.W. could take a major step to winning the conference outright.

My prediction: Sturgeon Bay forces a few too many turnovers for N.E.W. to overcome, going onto win 53-48 and keeping the conference title completely up for grabs.
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congrats to new lutheran and sturgeon bay who both get a share of the conference championship this year.

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