Posted On: 01/2/19 10:24 AM

The holiday break is just about over with most of the state resuming action on Thursday and Friday. While there's still plenty to be decided over the next two months, here are five teams who have surprised us over the first half of the season...

 

Madison East (11-0)

We thought the Purgolders would be fighting for the 3rd or 4th spot in the Big Eight Conference. Not only is East currently sitting atop one of the state's best leagues, they're  now No.  3 in our most recent Division 1 rankings.

Last season, the Purgolders won 19 games and reached the sectional finals, but  lost leading scorer, rebounder, and facilitator Keshawn Justice, now at Santa Clara. Junior Anthony Washington (19.3 ppg) and  senior Montae Thompson (14.6 ppg) are both enjoying breakout seasons for head coach  Matt Miota.

 

Arrowhead (9-1)

We knew Arrowhead would be competitive with Carter Gilmore (19.9 ppg), but we didn't see them leading the Classic Eight Conference and controlling their own destiny at this point in the season. We certainly didn't seem them blasting favorite Waukesha West 88-60 like they did in December.

The biggest surprise has been senior guard Tyler Gouin.  An unknown commodity in

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