hooper11
I do understand that the basketball season is still a few months away. Waupaca is having an off year in football and I got looking at basketball schedules for the winter. Waupaca had a great team last season and should be pretty good this year behind Brando Vasquez.

It looks like they finally scheduled some bigger schools this year. The Comets (D2) will pay D2 New London, Merrill, and Menasha plus D1 Preble. They should be ready for the playoffs.

For other teams, I was surprised to view Ripon schedule. They return one of the best teams in the state (D3). They do not play a D1 or D2 nonconference. Xavier (D3) has a very tough schedule again with two D1 (App North & App East), two D2 (Sparta & GB West), and could play a very strong team in West Salem (D2).

The next best is Little Chute as they are in D3 but play many D2 teams in N. London, Seymour, Notre Dame and Marinette. The EVC will again be a strong and deep league for basketball this year.
Quote 0 0
blade12
hooper11 wrote:
I do understand that the basketball season is still a few months away. Waupaca is having an off year in football and I got looking at basketball schedules for the winter. Waupaca had a great team last season and should be pretty good this year behind Brando Vasquez.

It looks like they finally scheduled some bigger schools this year. The Comets (D2) will pay D2 New London, Merrill, and Menasha plus D1 Preble. They should be ready for the playoffs.

For other teams, I was surprised to view Ripon schedule. They return one of the best teams in the state (D3). They do not play a D1 or D2 nonconference. Xavier (D3) has a very tough schedule again with two D1 (App North & App East), two D2 (Sparta & GB West), and could play a very strong team in West Salem (D2).

The next best is Little Chute as they are in D3 but play many D2 teams in N. London, Seymour, Notre Dame and Marinette. The EVC will again be a strong and deep league for basketball this year.



I guess if you are Waupaca 1 loss is an off year.

Freedom should be pretty good in bball this year.



Quote 0 0
blade12
It's the last season with the current teams of the EVC. How do all of you see this shaking out? I see it as a 2 team race between Ripon and Xavier but think Freedom could be a scrappy bunch and a tough team to play against.

Ripon has some very good top end talent in Vander Plas and Loewe along with Haas and Muench they should be tough but may need to develop some depth.

Xavier should have a bunch of good athletes again but will need to find some scoring. They moved Plamann up to varsity as a freshmen and he is very good. If they play up tempo they could score a lot of points but they will need to find some outside shooters in the half court.

Freedom has a lot of seniors and they are all about the same size. I expect them to be a hard nosed, scrappy team with depth. They played really well down the stretch last year. If they pick up where they left off they could be in the mix with Ripon and Xavier.

The rest of the teams I don't know too much about but expect them to be at least a step or two behind these 3.

I look for Vasquez at Waupaca and Gloudemans from LC to have nice years and I expect a handful of other players to catch my attention.

Quote 0 0
hooper11
This would be my prediction for the season.

1-Freedom. Veteran team that has been playing varsity for 3 years now. This is there year, and I think they will be a favorite to win the league and possibly go to Madison.

2-Ripon. These are clearly the top 2 teams on paper. Ripon has recruited a new sophomore on to their team (Muench) and has a team that also has a goal of reaching state. They have too many offensive weapons to stop, including the league's top 2 individual players in VanderPlas and Loewe

3-Little Chute. Parker Gloudemans will be an elite player for the mustangs, and they also have great size with Mueller and Merryfield. This will be a veteran team with a lot of athleticism, although it may take a few weeks for them to come together because of the success of the football team.

4-Xavier. The defending champions will probably again have the highest powered offense around, and they should be a decent defensive team despite the lack of size. But the loss of Matt Ferris will be a major void to fill, although Matt Kinderman and Tom Johnson should be the new leaders.

5-Waupaca. The comets are well rested after a disappointing football season but should be very competitive with Brando Vasquez as one of the top players in the EVC. They have some younger players with promise and should be competitive each night out. They can certainly compete with Xavier and LC, and possibly LC and Ripon?

6-FVL. They have another athletic group and will battle every night. Last year they had Derek Ashman as a go-to scorer so I wonder who will replace him from this group? Definitely a team that is talented enough to pull off some upsets.

7- Berlin. Berlin was pretty bad last season, but they bring everyone back and should be an athletic and improved team. They can win some games if they can find some offense.

8- Winneconne. Wolves lose a strong senior class and will probably be a young team this year. They will be scrappy as usually play well at home.

9- Clintonville. Sophomore Tyler Petermann is a very gifted young player, but what will the Truckers get from their Junior and Senior classes?

Quote 0 0
thepackof4
I see the top three as a battle and the bottom three should be pretty equal. I gave Ripon the edge based on pure talent and Winneconne the bottom based on very little varsity experience.

1-Ripon. They have a the strongest line up in my opinion on paper. Two highly ranked individuals and a coach that will make sure they keep their roles in mind. They have size and speed. I don't know if this is their year being so young but they are on the same path as LC a few years ago.

2- Xavier they have plenty of talent coming back and some good size. They have a good guard and thats a great place to start. I don't see much drop off from last year and Xavier is tough to play at home in that small gym.

3-Freedom Should be in every game with the talent they have. They will be a hard working bunch and defense is going to be the key for them. I don't feel they are going to be able to go toe to toe with Ripon or Xavier and out score them.

4-Little Chute. They have a great program and they have Gloudemans which will help. Don't know how the football hangover will be for them as it didn't help Winneconne last year as kids were wore down. They will still be a tough team.

5-Waupaca. Losing Nueville is going to hurt early on. Brando will should be a calming force for them and that is why I feel they will compete. They seem to underachieve for whatever reason.

6-FVL. They have talent just not real high end talent like some of the top teams and should be competitive in most games

7- Berlin. Varsity experience should help win a few games at least early in the season. Their coach will push them to play hard and that will make up for some of the lack of ability.

8- Clintonville. They will have some talent and the experience Peterman got should help this year.

9- Winneconne. Very inexperienced after losing a few 3 year varsity players last year. They were not very successful last year even with experience they had and will be a work in progress and probably struggle. They will work hard though with their coach.
Quote 0 0
blade12
Just for the sake of ranking all the teams I will predict this order of finish.

Ripon
Xavier
Freedom
LC
Waupaca
Berlin
Clintonville
FVL
Winneconne
Quote 0 0
baker18
This year the EVC could be an interesting year because for the first time in 5 years Little Chute and Xavier shouldn't be the favorites. This how I see things shaping out with records.

1. Ripon 13-3 ( The Tigers had the conference in their hands last year only to have inexperience and no senior leadership crack under pressure. This year I can see them use that as motivation and finish the job they started and capture the crown.

2. Freedom 12-4 ( The Irish have been one of those teams that have had unherald potential and never reached it. They have a very old and deep class this year and I can see them putting it together. There was a time last year when freedom was playing the best ball of anyone in the EVC.

3. Xavier 10-6 ( The hawks will be able to score just like they always have. The problem is will they have enough defense consistently to compete night in and night out. They will also need to find a new scorer for ferris who graduated.

4 Little Chute 9-7 ( The mustangs surprised many last year with how well they played. DJ Devalk had a huge part in that. This year the team is only returning one starter, but that would be Parker Gloudemans who will be a stud. With how long Football season lasted this year I see them starting off very slow, but finishing out the season strong. Should be a tough out every game.

5. Waupaca 9-7 ( The comets finally showed improvements last year and can take the claim of defeating LC late in the season ending their reign as top of EVC. They do lose Xander Neuville but still have Brando one more season. They will compete and be solid every game.

6. Clintonville 8-8 ( The truckers have quietly been consistent over the last half of decade. They seem to make noise come playoff time as well. This year I think they will make more noise in conference as they have a key player and should find key pieces along the way.

7. FVL 8-8 ( The Foxes have gone from being one of the top togs in conference to struggling as of late. This year wont be different but they at least will be more competitive this season.

8. Berlin 6-10/7-9( The Indians were terrible last season but bring back most of last years team. With that being said the only way they can go is up. They wont be a top of the echelon in conference but should compete enough to possibly sneak into middle of pack.

9. Winneconne 4-12 ( The wolves have been on a steady decline the past few seasons. THis year I can see the bottom falling out and I see a very long season for the wolves.
Quote 0 0
hooper11
It looks like we are nearing the end of the season. I guess I should re-look at my predictions:

1-Freedom. Veteran team that has been playing varsity for 3 years now. This is there year, and I think they will be a favorite to win the league and possibly go to Madison. As good as advertised. They have the senior leadership to make it to state and will likely do so. Likely to battle Ripon to the wire for the EVC crown.

2-Ripon. These are clearly the top 2 teams on paper. Ripon has recruited a new sophomore on to their team (Muench) and has a team that also has a goal of reaching state. They have too many offensive weapons to stop, including the league's top 2 individual players in VanderPlas and Loewe As good as advertised. One of the top teams in the state and should have a great game with Freedom coming up in 2 weeks.

3-Little Chute. Parker Gloudemans will be an elite player for the mustangs, and they also have great size with Mueller and Merryfield. This will be a veteran team with a lot of athleticism, although it may take a few weeks for them to come together because of the success of the football team. They have been a dissapointment offensively. They have good size and good guards but haven't scored many points. I would classify their season as a minor dissapointment.

4-Xavier. The defending champions will probably again have the highest powered offense around, and they should be a decent defensive team despite the lack of size. But the loss of Matt Ferris will be a major void to fill, although Matt Kinderman and Tom Johnson should be the new leaders. The loss of Ferris wasn't as great as I expected as they are one of the top offensive teams in the state yet again. They also are defending and rebounding very well as a group as I witnessed against the Comets last week. This team is definitely maximizing their abilities.

5-Waupaca. The comets are well rested after a disappointing football season but should be very competitive with Brando Vasquez as one of the top players in the EVC. They have some younger players with promise and should be competitive each night out. They can certainly compete with Xavier and LC, and possibly LC and Ripon?Well I was wrong here. They showed they can't play with Xavier and probably not LC. They need to get more offense from their 2 guards if they are going to avoid tumbling down the EVC standings. Losing badly to FVL was certainly unexpected.

6-FVL. They have another athletic group and will battle every night. Last year they had Derek Ashman as a go-to scorer so I wonder who will replace him from this group? Definitely a team that is talented enough to pull off some upsets.I would have labeled them as a disappointment until they beat Waupaca. They have talent and are dangerous but only have 3 wins to show for it.

7- Berlin. Berlin was pretty bad last season, but they bring everyone back and should be an athletic and improved team. They can win some games if they can find some offense.They haven't improved much offensively, but their size and athleticism has kept them in games. Impressive win over LC.

8- Winneconne. Wolves lose a strong senior class and will probably be a young team this year. They will be scrappy as usually play well at home.They are a little younger but seem to be playing some seniors i win-now mode. They have played people tough per usual but can't seem to win close games. I thought Ellis would be a larger factor than he has been.

9- Clintonville. Sophomore Tyler Petermann is a very gifted young player, but what will the Truckers get from their Junior and Senior classes?Not sure if they belong in the cellar. They beat Waupaca and Berlin and they seem to play a lot of low-scoring games.
Quote 0 0
blade12
Too early to say how this is going to turn out. Some really good match ups remain as all 3 of the top teams play each other down the stretch. It may be a slight advantage that Xavier gets Ripon and Freedom at home in those games.

I'll stick with Ripon at this point but it could go to any of the 3.

POY nominees? Mine: Hofacker and Maulick from Freedom, Vasquez from Waupaca, Loewe and Vander Plas from Ripon, Burkart from Xavier but I choose Wyngaard from LC.
Quote 0 0
formerwiacbaseballer
hooper11 wrote:

8- Winneconne. Wolves lose a strong senior class and will probably be a young team this year. They will be scrappy as usually play well at home.They are a little younger but seem to be playing some seniors i win-now mode. They have played people tough per usual but can't seem to win close games. I thought Ellis would be a larger factor than he has been.

Looks like they finally got that close game win tonight, as the Wolves knock off Waupaca thanks to a Jack Gerau game winner with 1.8 seconds remaining.
"Let's Play Two!!!"

Baseball is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
Quote 0 0
blade12
I don't think Xavier gets tripped up at LC this week. I do think Ripon would have won at Xavier last week if at full strength but such is life.

Burkart has to be the POY. I'd lean toward a senior winning that but he's simply been the best player on the floor for the best team in the conference. He's been dominant the last 2 weeks. Besides Xavier isn't in this conference next year so he can't win it 2 years in a row.

I fully expect to see either Xavier or Freedom at State. Id' say both could make it if they didn't have to play each other so early. Clintonville is a #2 seed in the other half bracket!! It's time to seed the 16 team half sectional.
Quote 0 0
hooper11
It would be hard to disagree with you blade. I don't think many people saw Xavier winning this league. If they can win it outright on Thursday? That would be very impressive and very surprising.

Having a regional with two of the state's top 5 teams doesn't make any sense. Both Xavier and Freedom have the look of state contenders, but I wouldn't overlook Southern Door, Valders and Roncalli on the other side. Freedom's senior experience might be the deciding factor if the teams meet for a third time.

What is disappointing is that I thought Waupaca basketball was going to surprise this season. Instead they fell apart midseason and are now likely one and done in the playoffs.
Quote 0 0
blade12
I will be really curious how the EVC teams do in the playoffs. I do think Freedom and Xavier are good teams but Ripon unfortunately has a key injury to deal with. Overall the conference this year was really bad. The top teams are guaranteed 12 wins each year.

Today I am asking myself and now others how good are these EVC teams? For the most part they play each other again in the early rounds of the playoffs. The higher seeded teams (Freedom and LC) have won already. Clintonville is a #2 seed (#6 in the EVC) and I won't be surprised if they lose to #6 W-B on Fri.

Other than playing each other these teams have lost to the better teams they have played this year. Freedom lost to Ripon without the Vander Plas boy. A full strength Ripon lost to GET. Xavier lost to West Salem and almost lost (last second shot) to SMC.

I picked Xavier to go to State but they just don't play anyone out of conference and haven't for a few years, I won't be overly surprised if they and other EVC teams don't make it far.
Quote 0 0
formerwiacbaseballer
hooper11 wrote:
It would be hard to disagree with you blade. I don't think many people saw Xavier winning this league. If they can win it outright on Thursday? That would be very impressive and very surprising.

Having a regional with two of the state's top 5 teams doesn't make any sense. Both Xavier and Freedom have the look of state contenders, but I wouldn't overlook Southern Door, Valders and Roncalli on the other side. Freedom's senior experience might be the deciding factor if the teams meet for a third time.

What is disappointing is that I thought Waupaca basketball was going to surprise this season. Instead they fell apart midseason and are now likely one and done in the playoffs.

Call it a hunch, but I will take Roncalli out of this Sectional.... I think they beat Valders if they meet up a third time. Roncalli seems to always play some tough non-conference games, and ultimately I think it really helps them come tournament time. Add in the fact that Coach Rux is stepping down at the end of the season and I think the Jets send him out with a State berth, and come home with their first WIAA Boys Basketball hardware.
"Let's Play Two!!!"

Baseball is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
Quote 0 0
wissportsnet

Boys Basketball Alumni Round-up: February 21st, from @ColtonWilson23 #wisbb -- https://t.co/0K6CZzZWpf https://t.co/715tfpBGVS

wissportsnet

WSN15: Boys Basketball Top Teams #12 -- Two NCAA Division I players at one WIAA Division 4 school = state champions… https://t.co/1MThqzce9L

wissportsnet

Predicting winners of every state wrestling title plus a look By The Numbers, from @Nate_Woelfel -… https://t.co/HgU1bLP7d6

wissportsnet

Join the free Boys Basketball Playoff Pick 'Em Contest; Staff picks coming Tuesday #wisbb -- https://t.co/Y6yTA3OgP8 https://t.co/hA6Uyw9uje