Posted On: 12/18/20 12:13 PM
A look at the top games to track around the state on Friday…
Franklin (2-0) at Oak Creek (4-1)
Sneaky good game in the Southeast Conference.
Franklin already has a resume-building win, having defeated Westosha Central and will be looking for another. The Sabres are led by senior power forward Carter CapstranCarterCapstran6'6" | PFFranklin | 2021StateWI (16.5 ppg).
UW-Milwaukee commit Jasin SinaniJasinSinani6'3" | SGOak Creek | 2021StateWI (25.6 ppg) has helped engineer a big turnaround for Oak Creek since last season. The Knights have nice wins over Roncalli and Milwaukee Academy of Science, but now need to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season to Arrowhead.
Wauwatosa East (4-0) at Brookfield East (4-1)
There are no nights off in the Greater Metro Conference and this one will have league title implications.
Tosa East is sitting in first place after collecting wins over Sussex Hamilton and Menomonee Falls among others. Northern Michigan commit Brian ParzychBrianParzych5'10" | CGWauwatosa East | 2021StateWI (16.8 ppg) and junior forward Leon BondLeonBond6'5" | PFWauwatosa East | 2022StateWI (15.0 ppg) are the headline players for the Red Raiders, who also have a deep supporting cast featuring seniors Alex SingletonAlexSingleton6'4" | PFWauwatosa East | 2021StateWI (15.0 ppg) and Jay HinsonJayHinson6'3" | CGWauwatosa East | 2021StateWI Jr. (14.0 ppg).
Brookfield East was upset in their most recent outing, falling to Hamilton on the road, but can create a tie atop the league standings with a win. Washington (St. Louis) commit Hayden DoyleHaydenDoyle5'11" | CGBrookfield East | 2021StateWI (27.6 ppg) is having a monster senior season. Freshman guard Tayshawn BridgesTayshawnBridges6'2" | CGBrookfield East | 2024WI (21.6 ppg) has been as good as advertised.
Neenah (5-0) at Kimberly (4-0)
You can make a case that Kimberly is the best team in the state right now, but they’ll have their hands full Friday night.
The Papermakers are rolling early on in the season with four blowout wins. Featuring a four-headed monster of Jackson PaveletzkeJacksonPaveletzke6'0" | SGKimberly | 2022StateWI (26.2 ppg), Grant AsmanGrantAsman6'9" | PFKimberly | 2021StateWI (11.8 ppg), Jackson DudekJacksonDudek6'7" | PFKimberly | 2021StateWI (12.2 ppg), and Owen PawlikowskiOwenPawlikowski6'3" | SFKimberly | 2022StateWI (11.2), Kimberly has scored 100 or more points in three of those games.
The Rockets are just as deep, featuring four players who average in double figures, and that doesn’t include their x-factor off the bench in sophomore Cal KlesmitCalKlesmit6'1" | CGNeenah | 2023StateWI, a top 10 prospect in the 2023 class. Junior Carter ThomasCarterThomas6'5" | PFNeenah | 2022StateWI (14.4 ppg) leads Neenah in scoring early on this season.
These two teams split their two meetings last season and were set to meet in the sectional finals prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Others to Watch: Bay Port at Ashwaubenon, Waukesha West at Waukesha South, Racine St. Catherine’s at Kenosha St. Joseph, Crivitz at De Pere