Week two of the WIAA high school basketball season kicks off on Tuesday. Here are five key games on the slate with big early implications…
Westosha Central (0-0) at Whitnall (1-1)
Westosha Central won the Southern Lakes Conference a year ago and also played Whitnall, a Division 2 state semifinalist, a run for their money in a four-point loss. They also have their leading scorer Tre’ Williams (18.6 ppg) back. Whitnall is led by their 1-2 punch of Winona State commit Kevion Taylor (13.5 ppg) and Wisconsin commit Tyler Herro (32.5 ppg).
Milwaukee Hamilton (0-1) at Germantown (0-0)
A very intriguing non-conference matchup, Hamilton looks to shake off a loss to Wauwatosa West in their season opener. 2018 Keontae White is one of the most underrated players in the state of Wisconsin, currently averaging 31.0 ppg. One of the most storied programs in the Badger State, Germantown begins life without Juwan McCloud, now at Northern Iowa.
Stevens Point (1-0) at Appleton East (1-1)
The defending Division 1 champions got past Rhinelander in their opener. Stevens Point was without top 50 power forward Joey Hauser. Appleton East comes in already battle tested, falling to one of the top teams in Division 3, Appleton Xavier, in their last outing.
Ashwaubenon (1-0) at West De Pere (1-0)
Coming off a 16-7 campaign last season, West De Pere got past Little Chute in their opener. Ashwaubenon comes to town after dropping Green Bay West by 33 points. An all-conference performer last season, senior Ben Wittig went for 20 points in the opener.
Oregon (1-0) at Monona Grove (0-1)
These were two of the top three teams in the Badger South a year ago and this game could have conference title implications down the road. Oregon finished the 2015-16 season very strong, winning six of their last seven games, including five by double digits. The Panthers picked up right where they left off, routing Waukesha South in their opener. Trying to replace a few key pieces, Monona Grove fell to a good Neenah team by six in their first game.