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Regular Season 2013-2014
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Ryan Gardner

Assistant Coach-JV

Dan Rodgers

Assistant Coach-Freshman

Todd Pyszora

Assistant Coach

Phone: (262) 970-3385

David Schultz

Varsity Coach

Phone: (262) 970-4042

West - 73 South - 31

South game recap

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Waukesha West 73,Waukesha South 31 

West dominant
 

Energy, confidence carry Wolverines



By James R. Hoffman 

Freeman Correspondent
 

WAUKESHA – The Wolverines were full of energy and confidence.

And it helped the Waukesha West High School boys basketball team steamroll host Waukesha South 73-31 in a Classic 8 Conference game Friday.

West dominated the play from every spot on the court. West 6-foot-8 sophomore center D.P. Burt held grabbed 11 rebounds, scored seven points and blocked four shots.

He was also effective in more subtle ways. Offensively, he drew defenders toward
 the lane and away from West’s shooters, to whom he found for two assists. And his numbers on defense were felt beyond the box score. Burt influenced almost every play in the lane, forcing South players into awkward adjustments and low-percentage shots.

The Blackshirts shot just 14 of 55 (26 percent) from the field and had seven shots blocked.

“When you’re the opposing player and you’re driving to the lane, that’s 6-8 in your face,” West senior guard Earnest Cowser said of Burt. “He kind of bails out our guards. Just in case somebody blows past one of us, we’ve got nothing to worry about.”

West coach David Schultz
 

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knows how much a player like Burt can improve a team. 

“Anytime you have a 6-8, legit good player, that helps,” Schultz said. “He continues to improve and continues to work, but he can definitely impact the game on both ends.” 

On the other hand, West shot 25 for 47 (53 percent) from the floor and 17 of 25 from the free-throw line. West had nine different players scored and had 14 assists as a team. West also scored on seven of its 12 offensive rebounds, with six of those coming in West’s 28-4 first-quarter start. 

West out-rebounded South 40-22, a statistic that frustrated South coach Bo Richter the most. 

“We practiced boxing out for 45 minutes on Wednesday,” Richter said. “And I don’t know how many offense rebounds they had. They killed us with secondchance opportunities. It’s our lack of effort and our attention to detail.” 

South played better in the second and third quarters, outscoring West in the second. South ran its offense effectively, but Burt canceled out South’s penetration and the Blackshirts just couldn’t connect on a lot of shots. 

Richter pointed to junior guard Brady Smith, who came off the bench and scored only two points, as his team’s best player on the night. Smith grabbed four rebounds and defended well for South with two steals. 

“(Smith) always works extremely hard, he listens very well, and he knows his role on the team,” Richter said. “We need more guys that are like that. We know we’re not going to win every single game, but the one thing I really ask for is to compete and to play at their absolute best – and Brady does that on a consistent basis.” 

But with West maintaining its high energy and confidence throughout the game, South struggled to come back. Even with a third-quarter run, South could only cut the lead down to a still-commanding 48-24. 

Cowser shot 10 of 11 from the free-throw line, added a 3-pointer, had four assists and finished with a gamehigh 19 points. Senior forward Pat Reuter had 16 points for West, and senior guard Drew Rhodes scored 13. 

Senior forward Trent Prater led South with nine points, five rebounds and two blocks. 

West improves to 7-1 on the year and 4-1 in the Classic 8. South falls to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in conference. 

“I was surprised by our start, I think South is better than they played tonight,” Schultz said. “But we came out with good focus, good energy and good execution. We got them down in a big hole early and didn’t let up.” 
 
 

West - 69 Arrowhead - 61

Arrowhead game recap

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Waukesha West 69,Arrowhead 61 

Cowser answers for Wolverines
 

Senior’s late burst lifts West



By Tom Badger 

Freeman Correspondent
 

WAUKESHA – The importance of being Earnest played out Tuesday in the Waukesha West High School gym – and not in the school’s auditorium.

When the curtain fell, Earnest Cowser’s performance got rave reviews as West rallied for a 69-61 Classic 8 Conference victory over Arrowhead.

Cowser, a senior guard, scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter – including 11 straight just when the Wolverines needed it most.

“Cowser was really good in that fourth quarter,” said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, whose team leveled off at 2-2 in league, 3-3 overall. “He’s a very, very good player. We got worn down a bit in the fourth and their best player took over. You can talk all you want about other stuff but the difference was Earnest Cowser in the fourth quarter.”

West coach Dave Schultz agreed.

“Earnest is an explosive scorer,” Schultz said. “He did a good job of staying aggressive even when things weren’t going his way. Earnest kind of finished the game.”

With the victory, Waukesha
 West improved to 3-1 in conference play, 6-1 overall.

West jumped out to an early lead after senior Pat Reuter scored 11 of West’s first 17 points. A late fivepoint scoring flurry by Arrowhead senior Matt Calewarts cut West’s lead to 19-18 after one quarter.

The game stayed close throughout the second quarter until a 6 for 7 showing from the free throw line helped the Wolverines grab a 36-30 halftime lead.

Arrowhead pulled even in the third quarter, 39-39, when sophomore Brian Wilman sank a jump shot at the 3:22 mark. The Warhawks then went ahead 41-39 on two free throws by senior Ricky Finco and 45-43 by quarter’s end after two baskets underneath by senior Billy Hirschfeld.

West regained the lead, 46-45, early in the final quarter when sophomore Travon Love hit a 3-pointer at the 7:23 mark.

From there, it was all Cowser.

A 3-pointer started his 11point run that gave West its 57-49 lead. A left-handed layup with 5:20 to go and baseline jumper at sandwiched
 another 3-pointer in Cowser’s run.

A steal and lay up by Cowser with 3:05 left gave West a 61-51 lead. The Wolverines went 8 of 10 from the line to close it out.

West outscored the Arrowhead 26-16 in the final quarter.

“It was neck and neck,” said Cowser, when asked to
 describe the game. “Early on in the game, I was kind of struggling and not hitting my shots. But I didn’t get down on myself or tell myself to stop shooting or stop penetrating. I just kept doing what I do naturally. Eventually, the shots fell.”

Cowser said there was more to it than hitting the shots.

“We locked down defensively in that fourth quarter,” he said. “Sometimes we
 

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have a tendency to gamble on defense too much. We didn’t do that. We just stayed down, kept our heads up and kept flying at their shooters.” 

Arrowhead sophomore Bryce Nze led the Warhawks with 18 points while Calewarts added 13 and Finco 11. Arrowhead made eight 3-pointers with three each from Calewarts and Nze. 

“We can’t give up 69 and expect to win,” Haase said. “We’ve got to battle and get better defensively. We’ve played two good teams (West and Mukwonago) and lost to two good teams and had opportunities in both games. We have to put something together here.” 

Reuter finished with 12 points while senior Nate Walz chipped in with nine points, including four free throws in the game’s final minutes. 

West’s victory also helps erase the memory of last Friday’s loss to Waukesha North. 

“It was a good bounceback game against a good team,” Schultz said. “Everybody that played did a little something to help us on both ends of the floor. We did a good job with the lead late by spreading the floor and getting the ball into the hands of the guys who could knock down free throws to seal the game.” 

 

Arrowhead senior Stephen Pralle drives past Waukesha West senior guard Nate Walz during Tuesday’s game at Waukesha West. 
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Cowser’s 21 leads West past Muskego 

Burt grabs school-record 22 rebounds for Wolverines



MUSKEGO – Senior guard Earnest Cowser scored 11 of his game-high 21 points to lead the Waukesha West High School boys basketball team to an 85-75 Classic 8 Conference victory over Muskego on Friday.

Cowser made 9 of 13 free throws in the final period as the Wolverines were 28 for 41 for the game.

Sophomore center D.P. Burt scored 18 points for West, and he set a school record with 22 rebounds. The previous record was 21 by T.J. Goodyear in 1994 in a game against Arrowhead. Burt also blocked five shots.

“He’s a young player, and there’s going to be some ups and downs,” West coach Dave Schultz said. “We’ve got some perimeter guys who are the focus. We did a better job getting him the ball, and he was
 aggressive.”

West took a 36-26 halftime lead, but Muskego tied the game at 53-53 with a thirdquarter run. Senior Nate Walz hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth to give West the lead for good at 65-59.

“It was an offensive game, and they made their run,” Schultz said of Muskego. “Obviously, the third quarter was a disaster defensively for us, but we responded when we had to.”

Walz scored 15 for West (5-0 overall, 2-0 Classic 8), and sophomore forward Travon Love added 14.

Senior forward Turner Kehoe and junior swingman Brandon Glandt scored 19 apiece for Muskego (2-3, 0-2), and junior guard Cal Schultz added 10.
 

    West vs Mukwonago recap

    The Wolverines open up Classic 8 Conference play when the visiting Mukwonago Indians come to the West Fieldhouse on Friday, December 6th. West will play at Muskego and Waukesha North next week on December 10th and 13th.

    West - 80 Kenosha Bradford - 51

    Another balanced effort leads to home opening victory.  Earnest Cowser and Travon Love both scored 12 points to lead a balanced scoring effort. Pat Reuter with 11 points and Nate Walz with 10 points gave West 4 different double digit scorers for the game. 

    Strong defensive start keys season opening victory

    Waukesha West - 72 DC Everest - 46

    The Wolverines jumped out to a 15-3 1st quarter lead and cruised to a 72 to 46 season opening victory.  Earnest Cowser lead a balanced team effort with 14 points and 9 assists. Corian Davis followed with 13 points, 7 steals and a team high 6 rebounds. Dyson Chmura and Drew Rhodes each with 12 points along with 10 points from Nate Walz rounded out the 5 double digit scorers for the game. The Wolverines had 21 total team assists. 

    Home Opener vs Kenosha Bradford

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    Dave Schultz

    Dave Schultz

    Head Varsity Coach

    Phone: 262 970-4042

    Game verse Kenosha Bradford on November 26th

    Game Times for Tuesday, November 26th

    Freshmen Game at 5:30pm on Court 1

    JV game at 5:45 on Main Court

    Varsity Game at 7:30pm