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Basketball Season 2018 - 2019

Dec. 8th-  Stevens Point at Marshfield (By Miles Perkins)

Coach Jacob Schmick and the UWM-Washington County Wildcats got the big win over UWSP at Marshfield Marauders tonight. David Britton lead the Wildcats with 27 points to a 77-53 victory. The Wildcats dominated the Marauders through the first, and they went into halftime with a 43-17 lead. The Marauders came out in the second half with a short run, but it was halted quickly by the Wildcats defense. Putting the game away at the end, the Wildcats were able to secure their second win of the season.

 

David Britton nearly totaled a triple double with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Miles Perkins added another 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots, and Ross Riegleman contributed with another 10 points.

 

Nov. 28th - UWM at Waukesha  (By David Britton)

The Wildcats hosted the UWM at Waukesha County Cougars.  The Wildcats opened the game with an 11-2 run, lead by the scoring of Miles Perkins.  As the Cougars clawed back into it, the Wildcats hung on to a three point lead heading into halftime.  In the second half, UWM at Waukesha County used their strong play to take a seven point lead with seven minutes to go.  However, the Wildcats used a 10-3 run to tie the game 66-66 with three minutes to go. Dee, as his teammates call him, hit four clutch free throws down the stretch including two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory.  The Wildcats also played strong defense the last three possessions of the game and held the Cougars scoreless.  The final score was 74-70 with UWM at Washington County coming out on top.

 

Deovante Trease (Dee) lead all scorers with 20 points and 4 steals. David Britton added another 17 points and 9 rebounds and Ross Waddell had an efficient 12 points on 5 for 9 shooting. Miles Perkins stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 8 blocked shots.

Nov. 19th - UW Green Bay at Sheboygan (By Ross Riegleman)

UWM-WC went neck and neck with UW-Sheboygan in the first half of Monday night’s game.  Both teams moved the ball well offensively and scorched the nets early.  However, Sheboygan, using a 10-0 run, jumped out to a double digit lead, and they went into the half leading UWM-WC 50-38.  The second half continued the same trend with everything going the Wombats way.  UW-Green Bay at Sheboygan’s strong defense started to dominate second half, and the turnovers started to pile up for the Wildcats.  Eventually, the Wombats of UW-Sheboygan overwhelmed UWM-WC in route to a 98-55 victory. 

David Britton was the leading scorer for the third straight game with 23 points.  He also added three steals and shot 5 of 11 from three point range.  Ross Waddell added another nine points with four assists, and Miles Perkins added another nine points as well.  Miles also stuffed the defensive stat sheet with three steals and three blocked shots.

 The Wildcats continue play after thanksgiving break on November 28th against UWM at Waukesha.

Nov. 17th - UW- Green Bay at Marinette

The Wildcats suffered a tough loss Saturday against UW-Marinette.  The Buccaneers jumped out to a 11-4 lead early in the game.  UWWC battled throughout the half, but went into the locker room trailing 39-27.  The Wildcats struggled offensively with 20 first half turnovers and shot 36% from the field.  The Buccaneers shot 46% from the field and 46% from three.

 

UWWC came out with more energy in the second half and quickly used a 7-0 run ton start the half. After a quick timeout, the Buccaneers responded with a run of their own, and they seized control for the rest of the game. The Wildcats fought hard, but they could not overcome the deficit.  A 35-25 second half advantage pushed UW-Marinette lead to a final score of 74-52.

 

David Britton lead the Wildcats with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals.  Miles Perkins added another double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Ross Riegleman added another 10 rebounds.

Nov. 10th - UW-Oshkosh at Fon du Lac

The Wildcats began their season at UWO at Fond du Lac on Saturday.  Both teams quickly exchanged three point shots to start the game.  However, the Wildcats put the clamps down on defense, and they only allowed 24 first half points by the Falcons.  Going into halftime, UW-Washington County lead 35-24.  

 

The teams began the second half by trading a couple buckets, but the Falcons started to chip away at the lead.  Halfway through the second half, the Wildcats and Falcons were knotted up at 51 points a piece.  A tie game that would hold through the end of the game.  Neither team lead by more than four points the final 10 minutes of the game. 

 

In the closing minute of regulation, UW-Washington County found a sliver of breathing room and lead UW-Fond du Lac by three points. However, the Falcons hit a game tying three point shot with eight seconds left on the clock.  Both teams missed failed to score after that shot, and the game headed to overtime.

 

During overtime, both teams continued to trade buckets, and eventually, the teams continued to a second overtime.  The storyline stayed the same in the second overtime, and neither team lead by more than two points the entire overtime.  With 1.3 seconds to go, the Falcons hit a three point shot and permanently took the lead. The Wildcats fall with a final score of UWO at Fond du Lac, 83, and UWM at Washington County, 80.

 

David Britton lead the Wildcats with 22 points including four made the pointers. Miles Perkins and Ross Riegleman added 17 points each, and Daniel Britton contributed with 11 points.  The Wildcats hit a combined nine three point shots.

 

The Wildcats will play next at home against UW- Green Bay at Marinette on November 17th at home with a tip-off time of 1:45 p.m.

Jacob Schmick named new Men's Basketball Coach for the 2018-2019 Season

Jacob Schmick

 

 

 

Jacob Schmick will take over the helm as the new Men's Basketball Coach.  Coach Steve Murphy has resigned for family reasons.  Jacob is not new to the system as he started Women's Basketball program in 2016.  Jacob will continue also as the Women's Head Basketball Coach.  For more information about the season you can contact Jacob at (262) 357-1861 or email him at jacob.schmick@uwc.edu

 

Murphy Named WCC 2018 Coach of the Year

Oversaw Wildcat Team Win First BB State Championship
 

Steve Murphy, UWWC head BB coachUW-Washington County (UW-WC) is pleased to announce that Steve Murphy was named the 2018 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year. With over 30 years of basketball coaching experience from middle through the college level, Murphy oversaw the UW-WC Wildcat team win their first state championship in February. He has been coaching basketball at UW-WC since 2013, first as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and then as Head Coach, since 2014. During his tenure, Steve has coached and mentored over 53 players. This includes three players who made the WCC 1st Team All-Conference, five players on the 2nd team and four players receiving Honorable Mention.  In addition, this past season, UW-WC’s Arthur Barnes Jr. was selected as Player of the Year.

Steve’s philosophy is to have an “academically sound team, followed by a basketball sound team.” He plans to continue coaching at UW-WC this summer for the youth sports camp programs.

 

 

 

Wildcats Win W.C.C. State Tournament

 

Championship

   Championship - 2

Final 4 Weekend…

In the semi-final game, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Washington County Wildcats were up against a high-powered team from UW-Baraboo that featured a pair of 1st team all-conference players including the Western Division Player of the Year.  Having a full week to prepare for the game definitely helped as the Wildcats prevailed 91-79.  Though UW-WC was uncharacteristically cold from the outside, missing all 15 of their 3-point attempts in the game, the Wildcats were able to penetrate both the zone and man-to-man defenses of UW-Baraboo for baskets and fouls.  The switching up of their two full court zone presses created enough turnovers to result in some critical transition points that turned the game in UWM at Washington County’s favor. 

Adrian Huerta led the Wildcats scoring attack with 23 points, including 11-12 on free throws.  He also led the team in steals with 4 and added 5 rebounds.  Though J. Braxton Thomas, who led the Wildcats in 3-pointers on the season, failed to connect on all 7 of his shots from distance, the freshman guard instead attacked the rim and scored on all 7 of his 2 point field goal attempts, plus a pair of free throws for 16 points.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. made 5 of his 6 shots in the paint and went 3-4 from the line to finish with 13 points.  Eastern Division Player of the Year, AJ Barnes, Jr. recorded another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney and David Wiley, Jr. each scored 8.  Koy Walsh hauled in 7 boards and scored 4 points.  Tariq Frett scored 5 points.  Trenton Walstra and Mitch Behm each added two points.

All 12 players saw action in the game, which helped keep everybody somewhat fresh for the next game only 14 hours later.  The rebounding category was won by the Wildcats, 39-32 in the game.  And the turnovers were UW-Baraboo 22, UWM at Washington County 17.  The Fighting Spirits actually attempted more shots in the game with 64 compared to 59 for the Wildcats.  However, the Wildcats owned the shooting percentage advantage in the game 53% to 45%.

As the Wildcats left the facility at 10:30 PM, their focus was only on two things – getting some food, and getting ready for the championship game.  The next morning after breakfast, the team met for a strategy session, discussed the game plans, and watched the video of the other semi-final game from the previous day where UW-Sheboygan had defeated UW-Marathon 79-67.

Knowing that most of their home games are on cable TV and that every team in the conference has access to those game videos online to scout, and knowing that opponents scouted other games, too, the Wildcats team knew that they needed some new tweaks to the system for the weekend games.  As per their usual end of the season routine, the Wildcats practiced for only 1.5 hours instead of 2, but watched a lot of game video before and after practices.  The team prepared hard all week for these Final-Four games by trying to perfect their system, and by adding a few new offensive and defensive things in case they were able to advance to the championship game.

Facing UW-Sheboygan in the finals was not an easy task.  The Wombats had nearly defeated the Wildcats twice in the regular season, with the Wildcats winning each of the two games by the margin of only one single basket. 

In the final championship game, UW-Sheboygan took an early lead, just as they had in the two previous meetings between the two teams during the regular season.  But instead of falling behind by 17 like they did in the first meeting between these teams, or falling behind by 9 like they did in the second meeting, the Wildcats kept the early deficit closer this time.  UWM at Washington County actually surged ahead occasionally in this back and forth game.  Then the first of three game-changing turning points occurred.  It came in the closing possessions of the first half.  Responding to a UW-Sheboygan 3-pointer to tie the score at 27 all, J. Braxton Thomas drilled a three pointer, then the Wildcats added another basket to take a 32-27 lead into the locker room at half time.

The second turning point of the game came early in the second half when the Wildcats raised the lead to over 10 points in the first few minutes of the half, then bumped the lead to 20 points shortly after the 8-minute mark to play in the contest. 

Generally a three-quarters court zone pressing team, UW-WC came out of the locker room running a high-pressure man-to-man full court scramble defense that they had developed during the week of practice leading up to the game.  The result was that it helped create 15 turnovers in the second half of the championship game.

Knowing that they were no match for UW-Sheboygan’s superior size, with the three talented 6-8, 6-8, and 6-9 post players that rotate into the Wombats lineup, and also knowing that the Wombats had very talented guards, the Wildcats decided to try to outnumber the guards, pressing 4 on 3.  The Wildcats kept a safetyman back to slow the break until teammates could get back if the ball was advanced quickly up the court.

The third turning point in the game was that the Wombats shooting percentage prevented UW-Sheboygan from mounting any long scoring runs.  For the game, the Wombats connected on 17-60 shots from the floor for 28%, while the Wildcats made 30 of 63 shots for 48%.  UW-Sheboygan did win the free throws category shooting 65% to only 50% for the Wildcats.

Unlike the previous day, three-pointers were falling for the Wildcats in the championship game as they went 6-13 for 46% from distance.  In comeback mode, the Wombats attempted 33 3-pointers, hitting on 8 of them.    

J. Braxton Thomas led UW-WC’s scoring attack with 18 points including 3 3’s, and he added 7 rebounds.  Adrian Huerta scored 15 and grabbed a season high 12 rebounds, quite a high number for a point guard.  Huerta also had a team high 4 steals.  Koy Walsh scored 9 and hauled in 12 boards while dishing out a team leading 3 assists.  Trenton Walstra added 9 points including a pair of 3’s.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. and Derrick Chaney each scored 8.  AJ Barnes Jr. scored 5 and David Wiley, Jr. scored 4.  Tariq Frett closed out the scoring with 2.  For the game, UWM at Washington County held a slim rebounding edge 45-41, and won the turnover battle as UW-Sheboygan had 23 turnovers compared to UWM at Washington County’s 14.

For UWM at Washington County, this state championship is the first in Men’s Basketball in the 50-year existence of the school.  Every other sport at UW-WC has previously won state championships; some of the Wildcats’ sports even have many state championships.

 

WCC Eastern Division Champs

WCC Eastern Division

 

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Men's BB Team                                    
Row 1 (L to R):  J Thomas, Trenton Walstra, Adrian Huerta, Derrick Chaney, 
AJ Barnes, Sam Krause, Ross Riegleman
Row 2 (L to R): Tariq Frett, Ahmad Pender, Mitchell Behm, Darrin Langerman,
Taylor Tidzump, Koy Walsh, David Wiley

Feb. 17th  UW-Fox Valley  91 - 72
Quarter Finals WCC State Tournament

The UWM at Washington County Wildcats Men's basketball team continued their 2017-2018 miracle season advancing to the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Final Four with a 91-72 home victory over a very tough and talented team from UW-Fox Valley.

With both his family and his high school coach, Kyle Twohig, in attendance among the full house crowd in West Bend Saturday afternoon, Campbellsport's Koy Walsh poured in 19 points and led the Wildcats in rebounds with 14, steals with 5, and assists with 3.  Walsh was 6-6 on 2-point shots, 1-2 on 3-pointers, and 4-5 on Free Throws.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. scored a season high 23 points, connecting on 8-13 2-pointers and 7-10 Free Throws.  Adrian Huerta scored 12 points while heisting 4 steals.  Trenton Walstra, J. Braxton Thomas, and David Wiley, Jr. each added 10 points to the Wildcats attack. 

The UW-Fox Valley Cyclones were led in scoring by Jason Gurholt with 25, Alex Mantuefel with 15, and Malik Hart with 12.  The Cyclones limited the Wildcats season scoring leader, AJ Barnes, Jr., to only 4 points, but AJ contributed well defensively and the Wildcats showed their ability to distribute the ball with 6 players reaching double figures.

J. Broxton Thomas and David Wiley, Jr. hauled in 8 and 6 rebounds respectively.  Trenton Walstra had 3 assists.

In the two previous meetings this season, the Wildcats had to rally from behind both times against the Cyclones in order to win, once by 10 and the other time by 6.  However, this time the Wildcats took the early lead and the come from behind rally was provided by UW-Fox Valley, who finished the first half on an 8-2 run and used that momentum to generate a run in the second half that closed the margin to 5 points, before some clutch inside and outside shooting by the Wildcats prevailed.  The Wildcats, who have improved their ball handling tremendously in the second semester had a season low 10 turnovers in the game.  As the players have become more familiar with each other throughout the season, the chemistry has blossomed, and the level of performance has benefited.

Earlier in the day, sadly it was learned of the passing of life-long UWM at Washington Countyy and West Bend East and West High School sports fan, Bob Pick, Jr..  Pick was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and a regular in attendance at college and high school games in West Bend for many years.  In fact, it is on his grandfather's former farm land that UWM at Washington County campus was built.  Bob Pick, Jr. will truly be missed.  

It has never happened before, but if the Wildcats can win two more games, the WCC Men's Basketball championship will reside at UWM at Washington County for the first time in the school's 50 year history.

Next up for UWM at Washington County is their game this Saturday, February 24 at 8:00PM (or 25 minutes after the finish of the 6:00PM game) against UW-Baraboo in Final Four action at Just A Game Field House in Wisconsin Dells.

The winners of the two games on Saturday night will play for the conference championship Sunday at about 2:30PM following the 12:00PM WCC Women's championship game. 

Feb. 9th  UW-Fond du Lac  100 - 61

With all 13 players dividing up the minutes of action and each hitting the scoring column for the Wildcats, UWM at Washington County's Men's Basketball completed an undefeated conference season with a 100-61 victory over UW-Fond du Lac Friday night in West Bend.

There were a pair of teams that UWM at Washington Countyy did not play in conference this season.  In January, UW-Barron cancelled their season 3 days before the Wildcats were scheduled to play them.  And also in January, UW-Rock County failed to show up for their scheduled game in West Bend, then when the game was rescheduled, it was cancelled again due to the lack of referees.  The game was rescheduled again for Monday, February 12, but likely will not be played unless it matters in the Western Division standings. On Friday, trailing 3-2 in the early going, the Wildcats took control of the game with an up-tempo 20-0 run.  As a team, the Wildcats had a season low 10 turnovers, and out-rebounded the Falcons 51-28, while shooting 47% from the floor and 81% from the line.

Statistically for UWM at Washington County, Ahmad Pender, Jr. scored 14 including a spectacular back door dunk on a perfect pass from his former high school teammate, David Wiley, Jr..  AJ Barnes, Jr. had another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney scored 12 and added 3 assists.  Adrian Huerta also scored 12 and had a pair of steals.  Mitchell Behm scored 8 points.  Koy Walsh hauled in 10 rebounds and scored 7 points.  David Wiley, Jr. added 7 points with 3 assists and a pair of steals.  Ross Riegleman and Trenton Walstra each scored 6.  Tariq Frett and J Braxton Thomas each scored 5.  Sam Krause had 3 points, and Domonique McCullum hit a 15 footer on his only shot attempt, scoring in his first game played in a Wildcat uniform.

After the game, the members of the Wildcats team cut down the net at the east end of the gym in celebration of their 2018 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Eastern Division championship, as they also busted out their new commemorative championship T-Shirts for the occasion.

Feb. 7th  UW-Waukesha  77 - 64

Playing some of their best hustling team defense of the season, the UWM at Washington County Men's basketball team swept defending champion UW-Waukesha in the season series for the first time since anyone can remember with a 77-64 victory in West Bend.  

The Wildcats held a 36-27 advantage at halftime, but the Cougars pulled to within 2 points in the second half before the Wildcats managed to pull away for a hard fought win over a tough Cougar team that had won 9 of their last 10 games.  The Wildcats record goes to 17-1 overall and 15-0 in conference play.  In their previous meeting on December 13, the Wildcats won a thrilling 78-76 decision in Waukesha.

Statistical leaders in the win Wednesday night included Ahmad Pender, Jr. with 18 points and 6 rebounds.  Adrian Huerta scored 17 points, plus 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.  AJ Barnes, Jr. added 12 points while leading the team in rebounds with 11 and in assists with 5.  Koy Walsh scored 11 and grabbed 4 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney drove well to the basket and scored 8 crucial points while hauling in 6 rebounds.  J Braxton Thomas scored 7 and had 6 rebounds.  David Wiley, Jr. had a pair of steals and 5 rebounds.

Both teams played well defensively, forcing low shooting percentages as the Wildcats shot only 39% and the Cougars shot 36% from the floor.

Perhaps the difference of the game may well have been the strong rebounding by the Wildcats guards who collected a season high 32 of the team's total 53 rebounds while the Cougars had 43 rebounds as a team.

Feb. 3rd  UW-Marinette   86 - 77

What a week it has been for the University of Wisconsin Men's basketball team!  With their 86-77 victory at UW-Marinette on Saturday, the team completed a week-long sweep of three consecutive come from behind road trip victories over very tough opponents, and Thursday were awarded a special experience from the University of Wisconsin in Madison for the Wildcats achieving their first WCC Eastern Division championship since 1979.  

On Monday the team rallied from an early deficit to take a slim 3 point lead at halftime, then managed to play even in the second half at UW-Sheboygan to preserve a narrow 3 point victory, after defeating UW-Sheboygan by only 2 points earlier in the year.  

The Wildcats had a regular practice on Tuesday.

Then Wednesday, the team traveled to play at UW-Fox Valley and scored a basket at the buzzer to tie the game at halftime, then battled every possession in the second half finding themselves in a tie game with 3 minutes to play before going on a 12-6 run to close the game and clinch the division title.  

The next night, the University of Wisconsin Badgers graciously hosted the UWM at Washington County Men's basketball team, celebrating their first title in 39 years, as the Wildcats men's basketball team got to sit in the first row behind the Badgers bench for the game against Northwestern.  

Following a spirited practice on Friday, the Wildcats left at 7:45AM destined for UW-Marinette.  

Since the snow had not started yet, the arrival time was considerably early, and after dropping the women's team off at the gym, the bus driver was kind enough to take the men's team for a short but interesting tour of Marinette and Menominee, Michigan.  The guys got to see the battleships being built in Marinette, and see the beautiful shoreline of Menominee, where an iced over bay stood in sharp contrast to the players' mental pictures of Lake Michigan in the southern portion of our state.  For some of the players, it was their first ever trip into the state Michigan.

The men's team arrived back at the gym in time to see the start of the women's game, then assembled in their locker room a few minutes later for their detailed pre-game scouting session and team discussion.  When the game started, the UW-Marinette Buccaneers came out firing on all cylinders and led most of the first half, though the Wildcats stayed close and closed the margin to 2 when the buzzer sounded.  The Buccaneers hit shot after shot and controlled a 45-43 lead at halftime, but the Wildcats regrouped and made their adjustments for the second half, just barely making it back on the floor for the start of the period.   Then the Wildcats opened the half with a 20-2 run that changed the complexion of the game.  The Buccaneers rallied and outscored the Wildcats by 7 the rest of the way, but the game ended with UWM at Washington County extending their school record conference winning streak to open the season to 14, in spite of many extremely close games.  The Wildcats overall record stands at 16-1. Five players scored in double figures for UWM at Washington County in the game Saturday.  The scoring leader for the Wildcats was J Braxton Thomas with 17 points to go with 4 rebounds.  The Wildcats trio of Juniors (in name - not in grade as they are all freshmen) each scored exactly 12 points.  AJ Barnes, Jr. added 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Ahmad Pender, Jr. had 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and David Wiley, Jr. added 4 rebounds and 2 assists while hitting 4 of his 5 shots from the floor and both of his free throws.  

Adrian Huerta scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and 2 clutch interception steals which resulted in layups.  Koy Walsh grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the team and had 9 points.  Derrick Chaney added a pair of assists and 6 points.  Tariq Frett sparked the Wildcats with 5 points right before half to help the team close the margin of deficit.

Jan. 31st  UW-Fox Valley    65 - 59

UWM at Washington County survived a very close game at UW-Fox Valley Wednesday night to improve to 15-1 and 13-0 in conference, and clinch their first WCC Eastern Division title since 1979 by a score of 65-59.  Trailing much of the first 20 minutes, AJ Barnes, Jr. scored on a put-back at the buzzer of the first half to tie the game at 34 all and give the Wildcats some momentum going into the locker room.  Then the Wildcats stepped up with swarming defense in the second half, holding UW-Fox Valley to 25 points.  

Once again the Wildcats hustling rotation on defense resulted in another game with 3 or more charges taken by the fearless UWM at Washington County players.  As has been their trend much of the season, the Wildcats battled back and forth until the closing minutes, before finishing strong to pull out a win.  

With the game tied at 53-53, UWM at Washington County executed nearly flawlessly going on a 12-6 run to close out the hard fought victory as AJ Barnes, Jr. led the charge.  In the final 3-minutes of the game, Barnes, Jr. dominated with 2 baskets and 4-4 from the line as well as grabbing 4 clutch rebounds.  AJ finished the game with 22 points and 14 rebounds to go along with a pair of assists and 2 blocked shots.  The Wildcats made all 8 of their free throws in the closing minutes with J Braxton Thomas also hitting 4-4 from the line in the final run.  Thomas totaled 10 points in the contest.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. contributed in several categories with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.  Koy Walsh grabbed 11 boards and scored 6 points and added a key blocked shot on a Cyclones 3-point attempt in the final minute.  David Wiley, Jr. scored 6 points, followed by Adrian Huerta with 5, Trenton Walstra with 4, Derrick Chaney with 3.  Huerta added 2 assists.  Scoring leaders for the Cyclones were Indy Johal and Alex Mantuefel with 16 each, and Jose Alba-Zielinski with 10.  After several consecutive seasons of losing to UW-Fox Valley, UWM at Washington County has now managed to survive some close games and sweep the home and away series with the Cyclones for 2 straight seasons.

Next up for the Widcats is their final road game of the regular season as they travel to UW-Marinette on Saturday, Feb. 3 to take on the talented third place Buccaneers, who have won 3 of their last 4 games.  Last season, the Wildcats managed to finally end a long losing streak in games played at Marinette, but will definitely have to play an excellent game if the Wildcats are to possibly win there again.

Then the Wildcats host UW-Waukesha Wednesday Feb. 7, in a rematch of last season's WCC championship game, followed by the Wildcats regular season finale against UW-Fond du Lac on Friday, Feb. 9.

Jan. 29th   UW-Sheboygan  72-69

UWM at Washington County's Men's Basketball team trailed early against a tough and talented UW-Sheboygan team, but the Wildcats used their depth advantage to pull out a 3 point win at UW-Sheboygan Wednesday night, 72-69.  In their previous meeting on December 4 in West Bend, the Wildcats also edged the Wombats, 79-77.

With the victory, UWM at Washington County clinches at least a tie for the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Eastern Division championship, an accomplishment that has previously only happened once for the Wildcats, in 1979.  

In 50 years, the Wildcats have never won the post-season conference tournament, though they did advance to the championship game last season, coming up short 73-68 to UW-Waukesha at Just a Game Field House in Wisconsin Dells.

In the win on Monday night over UW-Sheboygan, UWM at Washington County was led statistically by Ahmad Pender, Jr. with 18 points and 6 rebounds, AJ Barnes, Jr. with 15 points and 6 boards, and Adrian Huerta with 12 points.  J Braxton Thomas celebrated his 19th birthday with a hat trick of 3-pointers and 2 free throws for 11 points.  Koy Walsh played outstanding game-changing defense throughout the game and also hit the game deciding basket finishing with 4 points.  

For the second consecutive game, the Wildcats rotated well in help defense and sacrificed their bodies and took four charges defensively.  David Wiley, Jr, played amazing defense, giving away as much as 7 inches in height helping cover Sheboygan's big three that go 6'9, 6'8, and 6'8.  Sophomore point guard Derrick Chaney showed his quickness, advancing the ball down the floor leading the Wildcats transition game.  The "Fearless Hoosier", Trenton Walstra, along with teammates Tariq Frett, Sam Krause, Ross Riegleman, and Mitchell Behm, each made an impact, hitting some clutch shots, grabbing some hard-fought rebounds, making some great passes, playing exceptional defense, and also provided tremendous encouragement for the full 40 intense minutes of the game.

As a team, the Wildcat continued to improve in taking care of the ball and had a season low in turnovers with 11.  UW-Sheboygan was led in scoring with 19 points from 6'-8" power forward Alex Antonie who will be transferring to play at Lakeland College next season.  Sharpshooting guard Vinny Montazella added 18 for the Wombats.  UWM at Washington County is 12-0 in conference play, including 5 exciting wins by between only 2 and 4 points.

Next up, the Wildcats travel to UW-Fox Valley in Menasha on Wednesday, January 31 for a 7:15 tip-off.

Jan. 24th  UW-Manitowoc  106 - 64

UWM at Washington County's Men's Basketball squad's outstanding hustle and teamwork earned them a big victory at home Wednesday night over UW-Manitowoc.  The Wildcats played well at both ends of the floor racing out to a 54-32 advantage at halftime and finishing with a 106-64 victory in a game where all 12 players scored points for the Wildcats.  J Braxton Thomas connected on 7 of 9 three pointers for 21 points, but played only 16 minutes due to the large margin in the score.  AJ Barnes, Jr. recorded another double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. made all of his shots from the floor and finished with 10 points, including a pair of dunks to go along with 6 steals and 2 blocked shots.  Koy Walsh scored 12 and added 6 boards.  Adrian Huerta dished out 8 assists and had 5 steals to go along with 8 points.  David Wiley, Jr. scored 11 and blocked 2 shots.  Derrick Chaney flew to the rim scoring 10 points on quick burst drives from both the right and left sides.  Trent Walstra had 7 points and 3 assists.  Tariq Frett also tossed in 7 points.  Mitchell Behm hit 2 more free throws and continues to lead the conference with 100% shooting from the line.  Ross Riegleman hit a nice baseline jumper and made several quality passes.  Sam Krause hit a long range 3 ball that put the Wildcats over 100 on the night.

The last time these two teams met in November, the Wildcats narrowly won 69-65.

UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team returns to action this Friday night as UW-Rock is scheduled to travel to West Bend for a 7pm game that was rescheduled after UW-Rock did not send their team two weeks ago on January 10 during the process of a coaching change.  At this point there is a 50% chance that the game might not actually be played due to lack of available officials Friday night.  We will know for sure on Thursday afternoon.

Jan. 17th   UW-Baraboo 87 - 63

UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team returned to action Wednesday night posting an 87-63 victory over visiting UW-Baraboo.  The 12-1 Wildcats jumped out to a commanding 54-28 lead at halftime after a fast start by sharpshooter J Braxton Thomas who connected on 3 consecutive 3 pointers to open the game, then was fouled trying for four in a row, but connected on all 3 free throws for the Wildcats first 12 points as the home team took an early lead.  Thomas finished the game with 22.  

After missing the entire first semester with a broken hand injury, Trenton Walstra lit it up for 17 points including 5 of 7 from behind the arc, plus the Fearless Hoosier's hustling defense added a game high 6 steals for the Wildcats.  AJ Barnes, Jr. scored 13 and hauled in 9 rebounds.  Koy Walsh led the rebounding with a dozen boards.  Derrick Chaney shot 67% and scored 10 while dishing out a team leading 5 assists.  Adrian Huerta added 9 points to the Wildcats attack.  Scrappy Slinger grad, Mitchell Behm made 2 more free throws and continued his 100% shooting from the line for the season, knock on wood.  Tariq Frett hit 3 of 6 shots, and had 3 alert steals.  Ross Riegleman played very intelligent basketball as per usual, and Sam Krause also added quality minutes to the Wildcats victory.

Next up for the team is a home game, Wednesday January 24 as UW-Manitowoc travels to West Bend.  In their first meeting, the Wildcats edged the Blue Devils by 6 points.

Jan. 3rd  UW-Richland  114 - 61

In their first game of calendar year 2018, all ten players in uniform for theUWM at Washington County Men's Basketball Team shared the playing time, and also shared the ball well as the Wildcats played hard at both ends of the floor finishing with a 114-61 victory at home vs. UW-Richland Center.

Every player scored multiple points for the Wildcats who shot 86% from the free throw line, 42% from behind the 3-point arc, and 54% on 2-pointers as a team.  AJ Barnes, Jr. scored 24 points and dished out 6 assists, while also gathering 10 rebounds.  Campbellsport's Koy Walsh scored 20 points, collected 7 rebounds, and had 4 steals.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds.  Cedarburg's Sam Krause connected on 4-7 3-pointers for 12 points.  Trenton Walstra scored 11, including 3 3-pointers.  Adrian Huerta scored 9 and dished out 4 assists.  Slinger's Mitchell Behm scored 9 points.  Derrick Chaney had 6 points and 3 assists.  J-Broxton Thomas had 5 points and 6 rebounds.  David Wiley, Jr. had 4 points and contributed very well in the Wildcats transition game.

UWM at Washington County's conference record will go to 10-0 on Saturday as their next scheduled opponent, UW-Barron County reported on Wednesday, January 3 that they are forfeiting the remainder of their season due to diminished number of players on their roster.  UW-Barron was win-less on the season in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference at the time of their season cancelation.

That means that the next game for the Wildcats is next Wednesday, January 10 when the first place team in the Western Division, UW-Rock County, travels to West Bend to face the first place team in the Eastern Division, UWM at Washington County.

UW-Rock is big and fast, and also has an older roster than the Wildcats, who are comprised almost entirely of freshmen.  But the chemistry is coming along for the Wildcats and it should be a very exciting game at 400 South University Drive in West Bend on Wednesday, January 10. 

Dec. 30th  UW-Marathon  92 - 88

UWM at Washington County Men's basketball team traveled to Wausau Saturday and returned to West Bend with a hard fought 92-88 victory over the UW-Marathon County Huskies in a rematch of the two teams that played each other in the state semi-finals last season (also a 4 point win for Washington).  In the season opener last season though Marathon defeated Washington 81-72 in Wausau.  It has been a long time since Washington defeated Marathon in the regular season (nobody affiliated with the team could remember when it last happened).

Both teams had 5 players score in double figures in the game Saturday afternoon, and the Wildcats shot 52% from the field while out-rebounding the Huskies 46-31.  The Huskies shot 45% from the floor and 82% from the line on 18-22.  Limiting the consistently hot shooting Huskies free throw attempts was one of the primary pieces of the game plan for the Wildcats.

For the Wildcats, Ahmad Pender, Jr. scored 21 and had 7 rebounds.  AJ Barnes, Jr. scored 19 and added 9 rebounds.  J Broxton Thomas scored 14, while Koy Walsh posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Adrian Huerta hit for 10 points including 4 clutch free throws in the final minute of the game.

The Wildcats are 10-1, 8-0 in conference and lead the Eastern Division.  The Huskies are in 2nd place in the Western Division.  UW-Rock County is undefeated and in first place in the Western Division.  UW-Rock County will visit West Bend on Wednesday, January 10 in a battle of first place teams.

Before then though, UWM at Washington County has a home game Wednesday January 3 against UW-Richland Center, and a road game January 6 at UW-Barron County.

Dec. 13th  UW-Waukesha 78 - 76

UWM at Washington County Wildcats defeated the defending WCC champion UW-Waukesha Cougars 78-76 in Waukesha Wednesday night.  In a game that featured several lead changes, the Wildcats game winning points came on a 3-pointer by J Broxton Thomas in the last minute of the game.  Great defense by both teams finished the final possessions of the game with the Wildcats holding on to defeat the Cougars, who had beaten the Wildcats in last season's WCC championship game, and three times overall last season.

UWM at Washington County (opened in 1968), who has never won the men's basketball state championship in their almost 50 years of existence (might be the only team in the conference without a men's basketball championship - unknown), is off to perhaps their best start in school history, with a 9-0 record and 7-0 in conference.  

During all of those years, UWM at Washington County has won 14 state championships in soccer, 8 in volleyball, 6 in women's basketball, 4 in golf, 4 in men's tennis, and 3 in women's tennis, but 0 in men's basketball.

Eventually, some year that drought will end, but until it does, the UW-WC men's basketball players and coaches will maintain their underdog status, and success will definitely not run to anybody's head - all anybody has to do is look at the blank men's basketball banner hanging on the west wall in the gym, and the reality balances the optimism.  The conference is extremely tough.  Anybody can beat anybody, top to bottom, and many more close games will be highly contested for the rest of the season.

Next up for UWM at Washington County is a 7:30PM game Friday night at Ripon College's brand new $22 million Willmore Center against the Ripon College JV squad.

 

Dec. 9th  UW-Marinette  100 - 66

In West Bend Saturday afternoon, for the second consecutive game, the UWM at Washington County Wildcats received scoring from 12 of their 13 players suited up for the game, but this time, all 13 players also managed to contribute in the rebounds statistic as well, in a 100-66 victory over UW-Marinette.  

Sophomore point guard Derrick Chaney had his first career double double as a Wildcat with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Adrian Huerta, Jr. scored a game high 19, adding 4 assists and 3 steals.
J Broxton Thomas had 17 points and 4 assists.  David Wiley, Jr. had his first double figure scoring game as a Wildcat with 13 points and added 3 assists.  Koy Walsh grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with 8 points and 2 blocked shots.  Taylor Tidzump had 9 points and 6 rebounds.  AJ Barnes, Jr. had 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

The Wildcats shot 54% on all field goal attempts from the field including 8-17 from 3-point range.  And the team shot 70% from the line.  The Wildcats victory runs their record to 8-0, 6-0 in conference play.  However, success is definitely not going to the heads of anybody on this team, as there is a lot of work to do ahead for this group of young men, and 3 very tough road games against formidable opponents are next up on their schedule.  The Wildcats' next two conference games are at the two teams that UWM at Washington County faced last season in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Final Four in Wisconsin Dells.

First up is a Wednesday, December 13 game at UW-Waukesha County, followed by a non-conference game on Friday when the Wildcats get the opportunity to play at Ripon College's brand new $22 million dollar Willmore Center, when they face the Ripon College JV squad.  Then in their first game after Christmas, the team travels to Wausau to play UW-Marathon County on Saturday, December 30.  At the end of last season (the 2016-2017 season), in WCC Final 4 action, UWM at Washington County edged UW-Marathon County by four points in the semi-finals, then lost to UW-Waukesha by 5 in the WCC championship game.

Dec. 6th  UW-Fox Valley  78-68

The UWM at Washington County Wildcats Men's Basketball team extended their winning streak to 7 games to open the season with a 78-68 victory in West Bend over UW-Fox Valley from Appleton.
The stats were fairly even for both teams except in the rebounding category which made the difference in the game as the Wildcats out-rebounded the Cyclones 48-22.

Continuing their trend for the season, the Wildcats had another new leading scorer in the game, Ahmad Pender, Jr. finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.  AJ Barnes, Jr. had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals.  Koy Walsh scored 12 and added 7 rebounds.  Adrian Huerta had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.  

All 13 players suited up for the Wildcats played in the game, and 11 different Wildcats managed to put points on the scoreboard in the tremendous team effort.  Once again, the support and enthusiasm was electric among the teammates both in the game and on the bench!

You can see the exciting Wildcats in action this Saturday, December 9, in a 1:45pm game as the Buccaneers from UW-Marinette will travel to 400 South University Drive in West Bend to take on the currently undefeated Wildcats.

Dec. 4th  UW-Sheboygan   79-77

The UWM at Washington County Wildcats Men's Basketball team used an inspired hustling defense to force 26 turnovers including 17 steals, in a frantic come from behind 79-77 victory against the very tall and talented team from UW-Sheboygan Monday night in West Bend.  Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Wildcats gained the momentum with their all out effort on defense and the loud support of their home crowd, as well as the tremendous encouragement by the entire team from the bench!  

The rally included 50% shooting as a team from the floor in the 2nd half, many shots coming on drives to the basket in the transition part of the game.  J Broxton Thomas led all scorers with 20 points, hitting 10 of 15 free throws after being fouled on several drives, and adding a pair of 2 pointers and a pair of 3-pointers.  Adrian Huerta connected on several clutch shots in the closing minutes of the game and finished with 18 points.  Ahmad Pender, Junior added 13 points to the Wildcats attack.  Taylor Tidzump added 8 crucial points on 4-6 shooting.

UW-WC's rebounding leader was Koy Walsh with 10.  Derrick Chaney led the Wildcats in steals with 5.  Assist leaders were Pender, Thomas, and Chaney with 3 each.  The UW Sheboygan Wombats were led by 6'8 Forward Alex Antoine with 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots and 6'9 Forward Nate Serketich with 15 points and 8 rebounds.  But in this game, it was the stifling perimeter defense of the UWM at Washington Countyy Wildcats guards that turned the tide in favor of the Wildcats. 

The behind the scenes preparations were quite instrumental to this victory as on Sunday, the day before the game, the entire team came in to practice and watch game film for 3 hours after the Packers game, and then afterward, the coaching staff stayed another 3 hours planning the details for how to best put the team in position to be successful against this unique opponent.

Next up for the Wildcats is a very important home game Wednesday night, December 6, as UW-Fox Valley travels from Appleton to West Bend for a game slated for 7:15 PM.   
Make the drive to 400 South University Drive in West Bend to see if the 6-0 Wildcats can stay undefeated against the sharp shooting Cyclones from Fox Valley this Wednesday night.

Nov. 29th  UW-Manitowoc 69-65

Finding themselves trailing 61-59 with 2 minutes to play in the game, the UWM at Washington County Wildcats Men's Basketball team executed nearly flawlessly down the stretch to bring home a 69-65 victory at UW-Manitowoc Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive win to start the season.  

The rally began with a 3-pointer from Adrian Huerta, and was followed up with 2 free throws by Koy Walsh and 2 more from Taylor Tidzump.  The play that iced the game was a steal by Tidzump that resulted in a fast break which was finished by AJ Barnes with 20 seconds to play giving the Wildcats a 4 point lead.  Huerta added 1 more free throw with 8 seconds remaining for the final margin after an amazing defensive play by J Broxton Thomas running past two cross screens to close out strong on Manitowoc's top 3-point shooter forcing him to pass the ball on Manitowoc's second to last possession.

The Wildcats will travel to play at UW-Fond du Lac Friday night, then return home to West Bend on Monday night, December 4 to take on UW-Sheboygan.

At Manitowoc on Wednesday, Barnes led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with 17 and 11 respectively.  Huerta had 13 points, Walsh had 11, and Derrick Chaney added 10.

 

Nov. 20th  Concordia JV  86 - 83

For the 1st time in recent memory, UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball Team defeated the Concordia University JV squad, winning an 86-83 thriller to stay undefeated as a highly contested Concordia 3-pointer to tie at the buzzer rimmed out. 

AJ Barnes, Jr. led all scorers with 21 points while adding 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  Adrian Huerta scored 16 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  Ahmad Pender, Jr. scored 13 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 blocked shots.  J Braxton Thomas had 10 points.  Derrick Chaney scored 4 and added 6 rebounds and 5 assists.  Taylor Tidzump had 6 points and 7 rebounds.  Koy Walsh had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

The Wildcats players head back to their homes now for Thanksgiving break, but return to action on Wednesday, November 29 in a 7:15pm game at UW-Manitowoc.

 

Nov. 18th  UW-Marshfield  100 - 62

The UWM at Washington CountyWildcats won their home opener 100-62 today (Nov.18) over UW-Marshfield.  (Last Saturday the Wildcats won their season opener on the road 97-65 at UW-Marshfield over the Roadrunners.)

A very large crowd was in attendance in West Bend to see the Wildcats rotate 13 players into the game and maintain a fast tempo to wear down the Marauders who led by as much as 7 in the first half.  The game was tied 31 all, until the Wildcats took control with an 18-4 run to close the half with a 49-35 lead.  

Several of the graduated players who were on the team last season that reached the state championship game also were in attendance and saw the new players using some of the same successful characteristics as last season, as 7 Wildcats scored between 9 and 18 points for a very balanced attack.

UWM at Washington County received double-doubles from Ahmad Pender, Jr. with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Arthur Barnes, Jr. with 14 points and 13 boards.

Adrian Huerta scored 17 and added 7 rebounds plus a game high 8 assists.  Taylor Tidzump and J Braxton Thomas each scored 11 for the Wildcats.  Tidzump had 7 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney and David Wiley, Jr. each scored 9 with 5 rebounds.  Chaney had 5 assists.  Campbellsport's Koy Walsh grabbed 8 rebounds.  Slinger's Mitchell Behm hit the pair of free throws that saw the Wildcats hit the century mark for the first time since January 27, 2016.

 

Basketball Season 2016 - 2017

 

WCC State Runner-up

Men BB Champs

Row 1: Sam Krause, Evan Rathke, Aaron Rathke, Javon Williams, Emmett Williams
Row 2: Rohan Behari, Matt Lane, Randy Howard, Shawn Fischer, Derek Chaney
Row 3: Asst. Coach Art Gerhardt, Miles Perkins, Manager Brandon Bump,
De' Andre Johnson, Coach Steve Murphy

 

WCC State All-Tournament Team

Evan & Steve

Evan Rathke & Coach Steve Murphy

WCC All-Conference Team 

Dre'Andre  Johnson
De'Andre Johnson - First Team

 

Evan Rathke
Evan Rathke - Second Team

 

Shaun Fischer
Shaun Fischer - Honorable Mention

 

UW-Marshfield Invite All-Tournament Team

Evan & Dre
Evan Rathke & De'Andre Johnson  were named to the Marshfield Classic All-Tournament Team.
Evan was also selected MVP of the Tournament.

 

Flag Ceremony

Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

John & Donna Kleinmaus, members of the Veteran Color Guard,
help the Holy Angles Dance Team present the American Flag at
a recent Men's Basketball Game.

Spring 2017 Team

 

Team - spring 2017

Row 1: Evan Rathke, Derrick Chaney, Javon Williams, Sam Krause
Row 2: Rohan Behari, Emmett Williams, Matt Lane
Row 3: Asst. Coach Art Gerhardt, Shaun Fischer, Aaron Rathke,
De'Andre Johnson, Randy Howard, Miles Perkins

Fall 2016 Team

Team Fall 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Row 1: Evan Rathke, Aaron Rathke, Shaun Fischer, Rohan Behari
Row 2: Derrick Chaney, Asst. Coach Art Gerhardt, Coach Steve Murphy, Manager Brandon Bump,
Emmett Williams
Row 3: Romare Ramsey, Javon Williams, Miles Perkins, De'Andre Johnson, Randy Howard, Rashaun Jackson

Season 2016 - 2017 Stats

February 25 & 26 WCC State Tournament Results

UWM at Washington County Men’s Basketball team advanced all the way to the championship game but lost a heartbreaker to the number one seeded UW-Waukesha Cougars Sunday 73-68 at Just a Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

Having played the later game in the bracket the day before and giving everything they had to post a huge 75-71 upset victory over WCC Western Division champion UW-Marathon County on Saturday, the Wildcats returned to play the championship game only 18 hours later against a Cougars team that coasted in their semi-final game earlier Saturday.  Still, the Wildcats were in such good physical and mental shape that they almost brought home the first WCC championship in school history.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the championship game until the conference player of the year from two years ago, UW-Waukesha’s Trent Prater, connected on two consecutive NBA range three-pointers as the shot clock was winding down to give the Cougars a 71-65 lead.  UW-Washington’s Aaron Rathke answered with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 71-68, but the Wildcats rimmed out their last four shots of the game and the Cougars added two points for the final margin.

The Wildcats played most of the championship game without their leading scorer for the season Dre Johnson, who uncharacteristically was in foul trouble all game and eventually fouled out on a very questionable call after playing only 18 of the 40 minutes in the game, finishing with 8 points.  In their semi-final victory on Saturday, Johnson played tremendously leading the Wildcats scoring with 28 points.

UW-Waukesha, with their entire starting five returning from the WCC Eastern Division championship team of two years ago and having all five starters selected as Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Eastern Division all-conference players this season, completed another Eastern Division championship this season and added the state championship by winning 25 times while losing only twice all year.  The UWM at Washington County Wildcats, who were actually picked for a lowly 6th place in the seven-team Eastern Division in the Men’s Basketball Yearbook pre-season poll, surprised the prognosticators by managing to walk off the court victorious 21 times this season while leaving the court after the championship game having tasted defeat for only the 7th time.

Very deservingly the Wildcats Evan Rathke was selected to the 2017 all-tournament team after scoring 25 in the semi-final and putting up 31 in the championship game.

The Wildcats started fast in both games, jumping out to a 10-2 lead against the UW-Marathon Huskies and a 6-2 lead over UW-Waukesha.  In the Saturday game, UWM at Washington County never trailed, though UW-Marathon did cut the lead to one late in the contest before the Wildcats went on a run to close out the game.

Statistically in the semi-final for the Wildcats, Dre Johnson scored 28 with 8 rebounds and his usual nearly foul-free game with only one foul.  Evan Rathke hit for 25 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots.  Javon Williams had 6 assists, 3 steals, 7 rebounds, and 5 points.  Aaron Rathke scored 11 and added 4 rebounds.  Shaun Fischer had 9 rebounds and 8 points.  Derrick Chaney had 2 points and played well defensively.  Randy Howard also played well defensively but did not score.

Statistically in the championship game, Evan Rathke led the way with 31 points and 5 rebounds.  Dre Johnson scored 8 with 6 rebounds in his limited action due to fouling out.  Shaun Fischer had 11 rebounds 5 points and 2 steals.  Javon Williams had 10 rebounds and 2 steals, Aaron Rathke scored 7 points and added 4 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney had 7 points and 3 rebounds.  Miles Perkins hit both of his shots for 4 points, and Randy Howard was the assist leader with 2 while also scoring 6 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.

One of the major highlights for the UWM at Washington County Men’s basketball team was the outstanding positive energy provided by the teammates who were not in the game.  Led by Matt Lane, who eventually totally lost his voice yelling constant support to his teammates, Emmett Williams, Miles Perkins, Rohan Behari, and Sam Krause all deserve tremendous credit and were extremely vital members of the team.  Each of them played well during the season, but the rotations were shortened for the tournament.  Still, these guys continued to work very hard in practice and helped make the team much better for having their presence and positive attitudes.  It is truly players like Lane, Williams, Perkins, Behari, and Krause that comprise the unsung heroes in sports that can make a good team great, and these players clearly played a primary role in the team’s success.

The team would like to thank the many fans who supported them all season both at home and on the road.  Their cheering in the stands continued at the state tournament as they made Just a Game Field house in Wisconsin Dells feel like a home game because so many Wildcats fans were in attendance.  Their endless support all year definitely energized the team. 

Additionally, the team sincerely appreciated the efforts of Athletic Director Debbie Butschick and Athletic Trainer Lori Dauss who played significantly key roles throughout the team’s season and sacrificed much of their own time to benefit the team. Butschick and Athletic Trainer Lori Dauss who played significantly key roles throughout the team’s season and sacrificed much of their own time to benefit the team. 

Many thanks and appreciation also go out to the members of our dedicated and talented local media team.  Our local media was absolutely spectacular the entire season.  The crew at West Bend Community Television did an amazing job expertly covering all of the team’s home games and posting them online for all to see.  Additionally, the Washington County Insider and the West Bend daily News did an excellent job providing coverage of all the UWM at Washington County basketball action.  Their work made the season extra special for everyone involved with and interested in the progress of the team.

Our entire team took the loss very hard, saddened that we could not bring home the championship that we worked so hard for.  Though the team was picked for second to last place in the preseason poll, we never believed it.  Our team firmly thought we could rise to the championship level and win it all, and that was one of our primary goals.  We have great sports fans in the UWM at Washington County region that deserve a men’s basketball championship and our team tried our best.  It was with heavy hearts that we returned to campus exhausted and with a runner-up trophy.  For now, the drought continues, but we know that somewhere out there in our area are the future players who are going to break through and win the first men’s basketball championship in school history.  Perhaps, the future champions are even reading about our team and dedicating themselves to attend this excellent University in West Bend – our beautiful campus in the park that we affectionately call the “U”, UWM at Washington County.

February 18 - UW-Sheboygan
WCC State Tournament - Quarter Finals

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team played well at both ends of the floor advancing to the quarterfinals of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference post-season tournament with a convincing 92-64 victory over UW-Fond du Lac in West Bend Wednesday night.

The guys now travel to play at UW-Sheboygan on Saturday at 2 pm with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

In the Wildcats win Wednesday, Shaun Fischer had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and added 3 blocked shots and 3 steals.  Dre Johnson scored 24 points including 4 3-pointers and had 4 assists.  Aaron Rathke also hit 4 3-pointers and scored 17 to go with 5 assists.  Evan Rathke had 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals.  And Derrick Chaney scored 12.  

The Wildcats burst open a 47-23 lead at halftime and started strong in the second half to put the game away.  As usual, the team demonstrated their tremendously positive attitude, team unity, and spirit as players on the bench continuously vocalized supportive comments to their teammates on the floor throughout the game.  Everyone in uniform for the Wildcats saw a minimum of 10 minutes of game action on the court as the team walked off the floor having outscored their opponents for the 19th time this season in 25 games.

February 15 - UW-Fond du Lac
WCC State Tournament - First Round

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team played well at both ends of the floor advancing to the quarterfinals of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference post-season tournament with a convincing 92-64 victory over UW-Fond du Lac in West Bend Wednesday night.

The guys now travel to play at UW-Sheboygan on Saturday at 2 pm with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

In the Wildcats win Wednesday, Shaun Fischer had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and added 3 blocked shots and 3 steals.  Dre Johnson scored 24 points including 4 3-pointers and had 4 assists.  Aaron Rathke also hit 4 3-pointers and scored 17 to go with 5 assists.  Evan Rathke had 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals.  And Derrick Chaney scored 12.  

The Wildcats burst open a 47-23 lead at halftime and started strong in the second half to put the game away.  As usual, the team demonstrated their tremendously positive attitude, team unity, and spirit as players on the bench continuously vocalized supportive comments to their teammates on the floor throughout the game.  Everyone in uniform for the Wildcats saw a minimum of 10 minutes of game action on the court as the team walked off the floor having outscored their opponents for the 19th time this season in 25 games.

February 10 - Silver Lake

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team concluded their regular season by winning a very close game 85-80 in Manitowoc against 4-year school Silver Lake College.  The Wildcats showed a lot of poise in the last minutes of the game going from a tie score to a 5 point victory.  Evan Rathke had 29 points hitting 9-13 on 2-pointers and 8-9 free throws while leading in assists with 7.  Aaron Rathke scored 18 as he connected on 4-5 3-pointers and 4-4 from the line and led in blocked shots with two.  Dre Johnson scored 16.  Shaun Fischer led in rebounding with 9 and scored 9 points.  On their final four possessions of the game, Shaun Fischer hit a tough highly contested shot in the paint, Aaron Rathke hit a pair of free throws, then with 16 seconds left, Randy Howard hit a two more free throws that put the Wildcats up by 3.  After the Lakers (Silver Lake) missed a 2-point attempt, Evan Rathke iced the game with 4 seconds to play on a pair of free throws.  In the game, the Wildcats converted on 20-22 free throws for 91%.  

February 6 - UW-Fox Valley

The UWM at Washington County Wildcats Men's basketball team found itself in a back and forth battle for the first 12 minutes of their game at the UW-Fox Valley Cyclones in Appleton as the lead changed hands seven times.  But when the score reached 20-19 in favor of the Cyclones, the Wildcats launched an 18-2 run to close the half with a commanding 37-22 lead.  Beginning the second half the Wildcats maintained the momentum and bolted out to a 66-39 lead before emptying the bench and closing with an 80-59 victory. 

Evan Rathke led the charge with 19 points on 8-11 shooting and another monster rim bender elbows to the rim dunk in transition.  He added 8 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists and his defense was sensational as he forced several Cyclones to alter their shots to avoid being blocked by Random Lake High School's all-time leading shot blocker.

Randy Howard posted his second consecutive double-double for the Wildcats with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Howard also played tremendous defense.

Shaun Fischer had 13 points and 8 rebounds and Dre Johnson scored 11 with 5 rebounds.

Javon Williams led in steals with 2 and hit 2-3 shots to go with 4 rebounds and a pair of assists.  Miles Perkins hit 4 of 5 for 8 points.

The game marks the 17th time the Wildcats have left a gym with a victory out of 23 games.  The regular season comes to a close Friday night when the Wildcats travel to Manitowoc to face 4-year school Silver Lake College in a 7 pm game played at UW-Manitowoc.

February 3 - Fox Valley Tech

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team fell behind early but came on strong for an 80-71 win at Appleton's Fox Valley Tech.

Evan Rathke scored 21 with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocked shots.  Dre Johnson scored 16 and had 8 rebounds.  Randy Howard worked third shift the night before the game but managed his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Shaun Fischer had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots.  Derrick Chaney continued his high shooting percentage hitting 4 of 5 with 9 points.  Aaron Rathke added 7 points and 6 rebounds.

The Wildcats were out-rebounded 54-49, and only scored 12 points in the paint, but the Wildcats press forced 20 turnovers by the Foxes.  FVT's star power forward Joe Scheithhauer was nearly unstoppable as he hauled in 22 rebounds to go with a 20 point performance.

February 1 - UW-Waukesha

The UWM at Washington County Men's basketball team played well but lost 103-92 in Waukesha last night.  The team committed a season-low 7 turnovers but had a season high with three players fouling out as the Wildcats were mysteriously whistled for 21 fouls in the 2nd half after only 5 in the 1st half.

Evan Rathke led the Wildcats charge with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists while connecting on 5 three-pointers.  Dre Johnson scored 23 and added 7 rebounds.  Shaun Fischer had a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.  Charlie Witek also scored 14 for the Wildcats who return to action tomorrow night in Appleton when they face Fox Valley Technical College.

Jan. 30 - UW-Manitowoc

The UWM at Washington Countyy Men's basketball team jumped out to a 21-5 lead to open the game at UW-Manitowoc, eventually extended the lead to 74-44 late in the game, and finished with an 81-61 victory to run their record to 15-5 on the season.  Playing in only his second game with the team, Marian University transfer and Kewaskum native Charlie Witek scored 13 to go with 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals in only 17 minutes of action.  Dre Johnson scored 15 points and added 7 rebounds.  Evan Rathke scored 14 with 5 assists and a pair of steals.  Randy Howard had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.   Shaun Fischer scored 8 with 7 rebounds.  Javon Williams had 6 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney scored 8 with 4 rebounds.  Miles Perkins added 5 rebounds for the Wildcats who posted a 61-44 rebounding advantage in the game.  All 13 Wildcats played well and each player managed to attempt shots in the game.

January 28 - UW-Marshfield

The old sports quote "nothing is more meaningless than the score at halftime" was never truer than in the UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team's game Saturday in West Bend.  Trailing to UW-Marshfield toward the end of the first half 34-32 until Emmett Williams' 3-pointer from the left corner gave the Wildcats a slim 35-34 lead at intermission, the Wildcats stormed out of the locker room and blasted the Mauraders with a 23-0 run to open the second half.  The barrage included slam dunks by Evan Rathke and Dre Johnson as well as a flurry made shots from the floor by all five of the Wildcats veteran players who will be moving on to play at 4-year universities next year.  

Due to the lead, the freshmen players went in and took the full court press off, but still continued the onslaught and by game's end had posted an 111-68 victory thanks largely to the Wildcats 76-34 second half.

The Wildcats who had made only 2 of 16 3-pointers in the first half and connected on only 14 of 47 shots in the first half exploded in the second half making 8 of 14 from behind the arc and connecting on 27 of 44 (61%) on all field goal attempts, while adding 14 of 19 from the free throw line.  All 13 Wildcats contributed quality minutes.

Five Wildcats hit double figures in scoring and three scored season highs led by Dre Johnson's 33.  Cedarburg's Sam Krause and Hartford's Emmett Williams also logged career collegiate highs with 14 and 10 respectively.  Dre hit 5 of 9 from 3 point land and Sam hit 3 of 4 from distance.

Hartford's Shaun Fischer tallied 17 points with 7-7 free throws and added 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 3 assists to his totals.  Offensive and defensive standout Evan Rathke from Random Lake recorded a team season-high with 9 steals while adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists to go along with 13 points.  Random Lake's Aaron Rathke had 4 assists and 4 steals and went 100% from the line.  Emmett Williams and Germantown's Randy Howard each had 3 assists and 3 steals.  

Playing in his first game for the Wildcats, Kewaskum's Charlie Witek, who transferred back from Marian College last week turned in a quality 14 minutes with 8 points and four rebounds.  Witek is expected to be a major force for the Wildcats and he will be unleashed more in the near future.

Shorewood's Miles Perkins grabbed 6 rebounds in 12 minutes of action as he continues to become a beast on the boards for UW-WC.

As usual, UW-Marshfield's Cleveland, Ohio Connection came up big for the Marauders as perennial all-conference star, 3rd-year player Joe Estrict scored 29 points with 7 rebounds while fellow Clevelander, Covon Rudolph posted the only double - double in the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  But it was the overall hustle of the Wildcats defense that forced a season-high 35 turnovers to turn the momentum of the game.  The Wildcats committed only 12 turnovers.  Together with the 3 - pointer to end the 1st half scoring, the Wildcats decisive run was 26-0!

Members of the Holy Angels Dance team performed spectacularly at halftime, and prior to the game, the girls joined with members of our area's highly respected military veteran's holding a huge American flag during the National Anthem.  It was a first class day all the way around at the U in West Bend! 

January 25 - UW-Fond du Lac

The UWM at Washington County men's basketball team scored an 83-64 victory over UW-Fond du Lac Wednesday night to extend their record to 13-5.  Dre Johnson tallied a game-high 26 points and added 12 rebounds.  Shaun Fischer also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting and had 4 assists.  Aaron Rathke led in assists with 5 while Evan Rathke led in steals with 7 and blocked shots with 5.  Javon Williams was 2-2 on 3-pointers.  The Wildcats out-rebounded the Falcons 48 to 18, but the Falcons outscored the Wildcats 22-4 from the free throw line.  The Wildcats play their last home game of the season this Saturday, January 28 at 12 noon when UW-Marshfield travels to West Bend.

January 21 - UW-Marinette

After an evenly played game for the first 7 minutes, the UWM at Washington Countyy Men's Basketball team turned up their intensity and executed extremely well offensively and defensively to close the half with a 46-26 lead.  Then the Wildcats blasted the Buccaneers with a 14-0 run to start the second half and began emptying the bench with a 60-26 lead on their way to a 92-56 victory in West Bend. The win completed the Wildcats first seasonal sweep of UW-Marinette in several years having won 79-69 in Marinette on November 30.  The teams have faced each other twice in each regular season as well as in the playoffs each of the last three seasons with the Buccaneers 7 of the 9 games, but the Wildcats seemed to have turned the tide on the rivalry this season.

All 12 Wildcats received significant playing time in the game and contributed to the win, 10 of them adding to the scoring column.

Dre Johnson scored a game-high 31 including 4 of 5 from 3-point land and adding 5 rebounds.

Shaun Fischer scored 13 with 4 rebounds.  Evan Rathke scored 12 while adding 4 assists and 3 steals without any turnovers.  Aaron Rathke led in assists with 5 and had 3 steals.  Freshman Derrick Chaney also had 3 steals and added 2-2 shooting for his third consecutive game without a miss.  Freshman Miles Perkins led in rebounding with 7 and blocked shots with 2.  Perkins and Evan Rathke each threw down monster dunks in the game.

The team returns to action Wednesday night at home in West Bend versus UW-FDL.  Women's game starts at 6:00 pm, with the men's game at about 7:30 pm.

January 19 - Concordia College JV

The UWM at Washington County Men's basketball team rallied from an 18 point deficit but ran out of time in a 70-66 loss to the talented Concordia University JV squad.   All 12 players for the Wildcats saw significant action in the game showing a high level of determination and hustle.

Scoring leaders for UW-WC were Dre Johnson with 14 points, Evan Rathke with 13 points, Shawn Fischer with 10, and Randy Howard with 9.

Rebounding leaders were Miles Perkins with 9 and Randy Howard with 6.  Evan Rathke led assists with 6 and steals with 3.  Matt Lane, Emmett Williams, and Shawn Fischer had 2 steals each while Dre Johnson and Sam Krause added 3 and 2 assists respectively.

The men return to action Saturday, Jan. 21 at home for a 2 pm game versus UW-Marinette.

 

January 13 - 14 - Marshfield Classic Tournament

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball squad shared a tremendous team experience over the weekend traveling to UW-Marshfield and returning to West Bend as the champions of the 46th annual UW-Marshfield Classic Basketball Tournament.

Friday night the Wildcats led by one at halftime before going on to an 86-66 victory over the host UW-Marshfield Marauders.  Then, Saturday, the Wildcats came from behind at the half to post a huge 63-59 championship game victory over defending tournament champion Gogebic Community College, a D-2 school that gives basketball scholarships to players.

UWM at Washington County's intense hustling defense held a Gogebic team that was averaging 85 points per game to a season-low 59 points in the championship.  The Wildcats controlled the tempo, slowing things down by increasing their passes per possession on the offensive side to get the highest quality shot available, while in the process running the shot clock down to lower levels than in past games, effectively limiting possessions and scoring opportunities for the Gogebic Samsons.

Individually for the Wildcats, Evan Rathke was named the tournament MVP and Dre Johnson also received all-tournament honors.  

Evan's incredible effort, sacrificing his body for the team and having to pick himself up off the floor numerous times, together with his all-around performance of tremendous defense, rebounding, scoring, passing, leadership, and composure earned him the MVP recognition.

And Dre Johnson, who also received all-tournament honors last season hit 14 of 17 shots and scored 31 in the championship game.  Dre was the target for the team on offense and scored mostly from the inside after well-executed team plays by the Wildcats and dominating finishing moves by Dre.

January 11 - UW-Sheboygan

Cold shooting as a team and getting out-rebounded resulted in a 69-60 loss for the UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team in their game at UW-Sheboygan Wednesday night.  Aaron Rathke scored 22 points and Shawn Fischer scored 11 to lead the Wildcats.  Wildcats' top rebounders were also Fischer with 8 and Aaron Rathke with 6.  

The team travels to UW-Marshfield on Friday as the play in the 46th annual UW-Marshfield Men's Basketball Classic Tournament.  The Wildcats open with UW-Marshfield at 8 pm Friday, then play either UW-Fond du Lac or Gogebic Community College of Ironwood, Michigan in the afternoon on Saturday.

The next home game for the Wildcats is Thursday, January 19 when the Concordia University JV travels to West Bend for a 7 pm game.

January 9 - UW-Richland

In their first game action of 2017, the UWM at Washington County Wildcats Men's Basketball team defeated UW-Richland 96-72 in West Bend.  Every player in uniform scored at least 3 points for the Wildcats.  Scoring leaders for the Wildcats were Aaron Rathke with 23, Shawn Fischer with 21, Dre Johnson with 18, and Evan Rathke with 14.  Fischer and Johnson dominated the rebounding with season highs of 16 boards each.  

Aaron Rathke converted on 6 of 12 from three-point range.  Assists were led by Fischer and Evan Rathke with 4 each and Evan led in steals with 3.

The team connected on 21 of 26 free throws for an 81%.

One of the additional highlights for the Wildcats was seeing Cedarburg native and 3-point specialist Sam Krause hit his first 3-pointer in his first college basketball game as he joins the Wildcats team for the 2nd semester after transferring back home from Coastal Carolina.  

UWM at Washington County travels to UW-Sheboygan County on Wednesday for a very important game that begins at 6 pm.

December 12 - UW-Baraboo

The UWM at Washington Countyy men's basketball team traveled to UW-Baraboo Monday night and returned with a 75-61 victory, the Wildcat's 8th win in their last 9 games.

Aaron Rathke led the Wildcats with 22 points on 5 out of 6 3-point shooting and 7 out of 8 free throw shooting.  Aaron added 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocked shots.

Dre Johnson scored 16 points, contributing 7 rebounds and 3 steals as well.  Derrick Chaney connected on 7 of his 9 shots to finish with 14 points while adding 3 steals.

Point guard Javon Williams had 6 assists, 2 steals, and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Evan Rathke scored 8 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.  Shaun Fischer hauled in 7 rebounds and scored 6 points.  Randy Howard added a pair of steals, a pair of assists, and a pair of baskets.  Rashaun Jackson was 1-1 shooting with 2 assists and a blocked shot.  Rohan Behari grabbed 3 rebounds.

This game concludes the Wildcats first-semester schedule with an 8-3 record, 5-1 in conference play, good for 2nd place at the semester break.

After practicing on Tuesday, the team will recognize the conference's mandatory final exam break, and will not practice again for the next 11 days until restarting practices on Dec. 26.

The Wildcats return to game action on Monday, January 9 when UW-Richland travels to West Bend for a 7:15 pm contest.

December 7 - UW-Rock

TheUWM at Washington County men's basketball team roared to an 89-55 victory Wednesday night in West Bend versus UW-Rock County from Janesville.

All eleven players on the Wildcats' roster received quality minutes and scored at least one basket in the game.

Dre Johnson scored 23 points, hauled in 10 rebounds, and blocked 6 shots all in only 19 minutes of game action.

Freshman Rashaun Jackson scored 14 and blocked 2 shots.  Randy Howard accounted for 13 points, adding a pair of steals.  Evan Rathke scored 13 and blocked 2 shots.  Derrick Chaney had 6 assists with 5 rebounds.  Aaron Rathke added 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Shaun Fischer scored 10, while Javon Williams dished out 5 assists and collected 5 rebounds for the Wildcats who led 49-23 at halftime.

The final December game for UWM at Washington County is at UW-Baraboo Monday, December 12.

December 5 - UW-Waukesha

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball gave undefeated UW-Waukesha County their second closest game of the season in losing 84-69 last night in West Bend.   The Wildcats are now 6-3 while the Cougars go to 10-0.  For the Wildcats, Evan Rathke had 16 points and 7 assists.  Dre Johnson also scored 16 with 6 rebounds.  Shaun Fischer grabbed 10 rebounds.  Derrick Chaney added 10 points and 6 rebounds.  Javon Williams hauled in 7 boards and had 3 assists.  Aaron Rathke hit 3 3-point shots for the Wildcats who shot just below 30% from 3 land.  On the other side, the Cougars shot 48% from behind the arc which was the difference in the game as they cashed in on 14 3-pointers in the game.  As a team, the Wildcats took care of the basketball with a season low 10 turnovers in the game, but also had a season-low three steals defensively against the strong, fast, and talented Cougars.  UWM at Washington County returns to action hosting UW-Rock County Wednesday night in a 7:15 start.

November 30 - UW-Manitowoc

The UWM at Washington Countyy Men's Basketball team ran their winning streak to 6 games with a hard fought 79-69 victory over UW-Manitowoc Wednesday night in West Bend.

The Wildcats' high energy multi-changing team defenses held UW-Manitowoc to just 35% shooting for the game while the Wildcats shot 43%.

For UWM at Washington County, Dre Johnson collected a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds while adding 3 blocked shots.  Aaron Rathke had a season-high 21 points with 5 rebounds.  Evan Rathke scored 18 on 64% shooting and added 4 assists and 4 blocked shots.  Javon Williams led in steals with 5 and dished out 4 assists.  Shaun Fischer grabbed 10 rebounds and had 6 points.  Randy Howard scored 7, with 3 assists and a pair of steals while defensively holding Jemale Brown, the conference's leading scorer below his season average.

The 6-2 (5-0 in conference) Wildcats host defending Eastern Division Champion and undefeated 8-0 UW-Waukesha on Monday, December 5 in a 7:15 tip-off.  The game in West Bend, which will feature the two remaining undefeated in divisional play teams, poses a major challenge for the Wildcats since the Cougars have scored over 100 points in 50% of their games and have an average margin of victory of an amazing 33 points per game.

November 28 - UW- Fox Valley

The UWM at Washington County men's basketball squad played very well as a team in racking up their fifth consecutive victory, posting a 78-50 win in West Bend over UW-Fox Valley as the Wildcats remain in a tie for first place in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference.

Taking pride in their swarming team defense, the Wildcats shut out the Foxes leading scorer, Pervis Jones, who was averaging 16.5 points a game and held the Foxes next leading scorer, Mike Greip to only 3 points, well below his over 10 points per game average.   Wildcats' premier defenders Randy Howard and Evan Rathke were matched up on those two big scorers and their teammates helped with quality defensive efforts as well.

Dre Johnson scored a game-high 16 and added a dozen rebounds to complete his double-double in only 18 minutes of game time.  Shaun Fischer scored 8 and had a season-high 15 rebounds.

Evan Rathke added 11 points, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists in only 16 minutes of action.  Javon Williams scored 10 to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists.  Aaron Rathke scored 8 and added 3 assists, also in 16 minutes of action.  Miles Perkins and Derrick Chaney each had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Rashaun Jackson also tossed in 7 points.

After an uncharacteristically high 13 turnovers in the first half, the Wildcats committed only 4 turnovers in the second half.  Most of the starters played less than half the game due to the substantial lead that the Wildcats maintained throughout the contest, in addition to the significant development of the Wildcats young freshmen players.

The team returns to action at home Wednesday night to face UW-Manitowoc, tipping off at approximately 7:15 pm.

November 16 - UW-Fond du Lac

The UWM at Washington County Men’s Basketball team moved to 3-0 in the conference with a 76-51 victory at UW-Fond du Lac Monday night.  The Wildcats led 35-30 at halftime and still maintained a 5 point advantage midway through the second half when one of their teammates went down with a concussion and neck injury following a violent collision.  Popular guard Emmett Williams was transferred to the emergency room at St. Agnes Hospital and as he departed on a stretcher he told the guys to win the game.  His words were inspirational as the team dominated play for the next seven minutes to take a commanding lead before emptying the bench.  A CT scan later revealed no serious structural damage and Emmett is expected to participate again sometime after Thanksgiving.

Emmett’s high school teammate Shaun Fischer from Hartford played especially inspired dedicating his performance to his fallen teammate.  Fischer, who had only 2 points prior to Williams injury went on to score 15 more points in the next seven decisive minutes of the game, adding a block, two steals, an assist, and three rebounds over that span.

Evan Rathke led all scorers in the game with 19 points on 7-11 shooting and played outstanding defense.  Fischer finished with 17 points with 9 rebounds and 4 steals.  Dre Johnson shot 50% and finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.  Andre Bodden made all four of his shots to score 8 points.  Javon Williams added 7 points for the Wildcats who shot 53% from the floor in the game.  1000 point scorer in high school, Aaron Rathke continued taking on a different role than scoring for the Wildcats, contributing to the team with excellent defense and passing, helping the Wildcats move into a two-way tie for first place in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference.

Derrick Chaney started the game and made some great plays.  Rashaun Jackson played his first college basketball game and scored his first points of the season on a quick baseline drive to the rim.  Miles Perkins contributed well to the defensive effort of the Wildcats as did Rohan Behari.

UWM at Washington County returns to action for a vital stretch of three consecutive home conference games, Nov 28 vs. UW-Fox Valley, Nov.30 vs. UW-Manitowoc, and Dec. 5 vs. UW-Waukesha.

November 14 - Fox Valley Tech

Trailing by one after the first 8 minutes of the game, the UWM at Washington County Wildcats ramped up the intensity attacking the interior of the Foxes zone defense and holding Fox Valley Technical College to only 21% shooting in the second half to complete their 90-62 victory.  By game’s end, the Wildcats had outscored the Foxes 44 to 10 in the paint and had forced a season-high 29 turnovers.

Javon Williams led the way in steals and assists with 5 and 6 respectively as well as adding 7 rebounds from the point guard position. 
Andre Bodden scored 15 points and had 9 rebounds to go along with a monster dunk after a baseline drive from the left corner. 
Dre Johnson had 15 points and 5 rebounds. 
Shaun Fischer had another strong game with 14 points and 9 rebounds. 
Rohan Behari and Evan Rathke added 11 points each, and Emmett Williams shot 80% finishing with 9 points. 
Aaron Rathke had 4 assists while Miles Perkins grabbed 5 rebounds and Derrick Chaney had 3 assists and 3 steals.

Everyone in uniform scored points for the Wildcats in the game.  Top defensive standout Randy Howard did not play due to a sprained ankle in the previous game.
The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, traveling to UW-Fond du Lac to take on the Falcons in a 7:20 game.

Movember 12 - UW-Marinette

The high energy swarming team defense of the UWM at Washington County Wildcats men's basketball team held UW-Marinette, who were averaging 95.3 points per game after their first four games, to a season scoring low in an 82-67 Wildcats victory at UW-Marinette Saturday.

The win places the Wildcats in a three-way tie for first place in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference with a 2-0 league record, and 2-2 overall.

UW-WC had a season-high 20 steals and 20 assists as a team.  Five players scored in double figures for the Wildcats who return to action Monday night at home versus Fox Valley Tech, then travel to UW-Fond du Lac Wednesday before an 11-day break between games.

The Wildcats top defensive player Randy Howard played extremely tough defense on Marinette’s best scorer before leaving the game late in the first half with a sprained ankle.
Javon Williams took over against the Buccaneers leading scorer in the second half and kept him mostly quiet.  Williams added 3 assists. 
Shaun Fischer had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. 
Evan Rathke led all scorers in the game with 21 points and added 5 steals. 
Dre Johnson connected on 8 out of his 10 shots and finished with 18 points. 
Aaron Rathke hit 3-5 from behind the arc and dished out 5 assists while scoring 13 points. 
Freshman Derrick Chaney tossed in 10 points and 3 assists without any turnovers.

Spring 2016 Team

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2015-2016 Basketball 

Basketball-team-spring16

Row 1: Tylan Hall, Javon Williams, Brandon Lastovich, Zach Cull, De'Andre Johnson
Row 2: Darius Britton, Hayden Steinhardt, Aaron Rathke, Shawn Fischer
Row 3: Coach Steve Murphy, Asst. Coach Jake Cull, Manager Alex Vickney, 
Manager Andrew Gollop

2014 - 2015 Basketball 
  2015 UW-WC men's basketball team

Row 1: Tim Pridemore, Javon Williams, Hayden Steinhardt, Tim Montag
Row 2: Evan Rathke, Dominque Richie, De'Andre Johnson
Row 3: Alex Dodge, Kimani Miller, Collin Liebherr, Brandon Lastovich
Row 4: Ethan Derricks, Assistant Coach; Steve Murphy, Head Coach; Brandon Bump, Team Manager 

2014-2015 Season

WCC All-Conference Team

All-Conference

 Tim Pridemore (2nd Team) and Evan Rathke (1st Team)

2013-14 Basketball Team

UWWC Men's basketball team spring 2014

Row 1: Tim Montag, Jon Lardy, Kyle Gallant
Row 2: Cory Crews, Blake Wiskirchen 
Row 3: Bill Haught, Chris Gough, Evan Rathke
Row 4: Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Head Coach Russ Thull, Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks, Brandon Bump, Manager

2013-14 Basketball Team

UW-WC Men's 2013 Basketball team

Row 1: D.J.Gollwitzer, Tim Montage,Jr., Kyle Gallant, Chris Gough 
Row 2: Brandon Bump, Bill Haught, Evan Rathke, Matthew Lane, Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks
Row 3: Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Will Colassacco, Tim Belland, Tim Hovorka, 
Jon Lardy, Head Coach Russ Thull

2012-13 Basketball Team

UW-WC mens basketball team and coaches

Front row (L-R): Eric Graf, Zach Schmitt, Nick Holzman, Tim Montag. 
Back row (L-R): Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks, Justin Lunde, Austin Fechter, Dan Breuer, 
Andrew Wachs, Coach Russ Thull.

2011-12 Basketball Team

group of basketball players

Players: Zach Schmitt, Derick Frederick, Josh Dayton, Chris Bell, Hunter Gross, 
Brandon Roman,  Eric Moderski, and Matt McCann. 
Coaches: Scott Poole and Eli Hovorka.

2010-11 Basketball Team

group photo of basketball team

Left to Right:
Front Row – Joe Neary, Jeremy Woods, Matt Christian
Middle Row – Pete Nennig, Jake Cull, Travis Williams, Kyle Wagner, Eli Hovorka, Dan Parker, Mike Backhaus
Back – Frank Harris

2009-10 Basketball Team

group photo of basketball team

Left to Right:
Row 1 – Dan Parker
Row 2 – Jake Cull, Steve Badten, Frankie Harris
Row 3 – Mike Backhaus, Josh Gagnon-Palick, Kyle Wagner, Nick Apel
Row 4 – Coach Scott Poole, Eli Hovorka, Travis Williams, Joe Neary, Asst. Coach Pete Neja

2007-08 Basketball Team

group photo of basketball team

Left to Right:
Front Row: Justin Schneider, Aaron Lofy, Tim Goodearle
Back Row: Coach Scott Poole, Alex Hisbet, Josh Krueger, Nolan Jensen, Matt Erickson, Matt Parrent, Coach Russ Thull

Team Updates

The UWM at Washington County Men's Basketball team season began in October. See the schedule for information on our next game.

The team competes in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference with games through January. Championship games are held during the middle of February. Opponents include other UW Colleges (Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Richland, Rock County, Sheboygan, and Waukesha) as well as non-conference ga.

Men's Basketball practice is held Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

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