24th Annual Holy Angels Classic

Monday Night: HA Classic Finale Won at the Line

In Monday night’s Holy Angels Classic eighth grade finale, St. Kilian and Holy Trinity provided fans with a show of full court pressure and multiple zone defenses. The result was a close game where neither team could build a lead.

St. Kilian started strong and clung to a 14-13 halftime lead as Holy Trinity fought back. Mike Cattani’s basket with about a minute left in the third period increased the margin to 25-19. The Wildcats cut the lead to 25-23 on James Feind’s basket with 10 seconds on the clock.

The teams’ pressure caused turnovers and missed shots for the first two minutes of the final period. Nick Frank broke the ice with a steal and a layup to put St. Kilian ahead 27-23. Four freethrows by Nick Holstine increased the lead to six points with under a minute remaining. Cattani’s steal and assist to Nick Frank put the game away for the Cougars, 36-27. Frank and Holstine combined for 25 of St. Kilian’s points.

Earlier in the evening, St. Boniface overpowered a young St. Mary’s team 45-15. Mike Brodowski and Jim Benson each scored 15 points for the Eagles. Kyle Trueblood tallied 8 points for St. Mary’s.

Holy Angels-White defeated St. John’s with some hot shooting streaks from inside and out. Joe Holquist scored 10 point in the first quarter, Andrew Bollen pumped in eight points in the second quarter, and Tanner Granger-Beck launched eight of his game high 11 points in the third quarter. The Royals maintained an early lead, posting a 39-24 win.

In the other bracket, Holy Angels-Blue used a 12-2 second quarter run to blow past Richfield. Silas Sopkowicz scored eight points in the paint to give the Royals a 12 point lead at the half. Stephen Hoffman’s eight points in the second half helped to keep the Raiders at bay. Sopkowicz led all scorers with 14 points.

The 24th annual Holy Angels Classic continues on Tuesday night with the first round of action for seventh grade teams: St. Kilian vs St. John, 5 p.m.; Holy Angels vs Cabrini-Green, 6 p.m.; Cabrini-White vs St. Francis Borgia, 7 p.m.; and Port Catholic vs Richfield, 8 p.m.

Tuesday Night: First to 21 Wins at HA Classic

Tuesday’s first round of the seventh grade division of the Holy Angels Classic featured a typical playground scoring system. The first team to reach 21 points won each of the contests.

In the opener, St. Kilian and St. John kept things close until St. John exploded for a 14-2 run in the second period to go up 22-8 at the half. The Eagles cruised to a 36-20 win as Joel Faber tallied 11 points and Erik Borresen added 10. Peter Gonring led St. Kilian scorers with 10 points.

Holy Angels reached the 21 point mark by the end of the third period in the evening’s second matchup. The Royals took advantage of scoring by nine players to wear down Cabrini-Green and walk away with a 33-21 victory. Alex Dich and James Draxler combined for 14 points for the host team, while Danny Lochen and Andy Benjamin each scored six points for the Warriors.

St. Francis Borgia jumped out to a 7-2 first quarter margin, but Cabrini-White fought back to take over the lead after three periods, 16-15. Borgia’s Brian Ritelman took matters into his own hands as he poured in eight of his team high ten points in the fourth quarter. St. Francis Borgia shut out Cabrini in the final stanza, 14-0, to run away with a 29-16 win.

In the finale, Mike Preisler scored 13 of his game high 18 points in the first half as Port Catholic went to the locker room with a 24-8 lead over Richfield. Nathan Jakobek added seven points for the Phoenix as they posted a 40-26 victory. Richfield was led by Dan Wojciechowski and Charlie Drewek with seven points each.

In other highlights for the evening, Randy Abel’s “granny shot” from half court was good enough to win a basketball camp provided by WCSS and Rick Riehl. During the final halftime, Dan Schmidt also walked away a winner as he connected on a half court shot to win the mountain bike donated by Mountain Outfitters of West Bend.

The 24th annual Holy Angels Classic continues on Wednesday with the semi-finals in the eighth grade division: St. John vs. St. Mary, 5:00 pm; Richfield vs. Holy Trinity, 6:00 pm; Holy Angels-White vs. St. Boniface, 7:00 pm; and Holy Angels-Blue vs. St. Kilian, 8:00 pm.

Wednesday: HA Classic Dream Falls Short

The host school’s players at the 24th annual Holy Angels Classic had visions of an all-HA 8th grade championship game on Saturday. However, both teams fell short in their semi-final matchups as St. Boniface nipped Holy Angels-White, 31-29, while St. Kilian held off Holy Angels-Blue, 27-24.

In the first semi-final, HA-White jumped out to a 12-6 first quarter lead, but allowed St. Boniface to get back into the game and take a 23-21 lead going into the final stanza. The teams exchanged baskets in the fourth period and HA-White got a three point look from Tanner Granger-Beck at the buzzer. The shot hit off the rim giving St. Boniface the win and a berth in the title game. Mike Brodowski led the victors with 13 points, while Granger-Beck tallied 11 for the Royals.

St. Kilian’s Nick Holstine scored six of his ten points in the early going as the Cougars posted a 10-5 first period lead over HA-Blue. The Royals’ defense stymied their opponents in the second period as the Cougars clung to a 10-9 halftime lead. The teams exchanged turnovers, steals and scoring during the third period which ended with a three-point-buzzer-beater by Stephen Hoffman to tie the game at 16-16. In the final period, Nick Frank poured in nine of his game high 11 points for St. Kilian. Holy Angels countered with baskets by Hoffman and Silas Sopkowicz to bring the Royals within one point (25-24) with a minute to go. With fouls to give, the Royals finally got St. Kilian’s into the bonus with seven seconds on the clock. The Royals rebounded the missed free throw and called timeout to set up a play. Frank spoiled the plan by stealing the inbound pass and making the layup giving the Cougars the win.

In earlier games, St. John handled St. Mary, 57-11. The Eagles were led by Justin Cardarelle (14 points), Michael Tucci (12), and Michael Kelm (10). Kyle Trueblood tallied nine points for St. Mary. Richfield defeated Holy Trinity, 44-20, behind the sharpshooting of Mike Coomer (13 points) and Jeremy Wendell (10).

Thursday night’s action includes semi-finals in the seventh grade division: Cabrini-Green vs. St. Kilian, 5:00 p.m.; Cabrini-White vs. Richfield, 6:00 p.m.; Holy Angels vs. St. John, 7:00 p.m.; and St. Francis Borgia vs. Port Catholic, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday: HA Classic Cream Rises to the Top

If the semi-final games in the Holy Angels Classic are any indication of what’s to come, Saturday’s seventh grade championship should be a wild one. In the first semi-final, Holy Angels used a tenacious full court press to frustrate St. John and jump to a 18-4 lead at the end of the first period. The host Royals came out at halftime with more pressure, outscoring the Eagles 16-4 in the third period. A hot streak by St. John’s Andrew Sheffield cut the final margin to 17 points as he scored eight of his game high 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Throughout the game, Holy Angels’ pressure defense resulted in several turnovers and quick baskets for the Royals as ten players tallied in the 50-33 win. Paul Fossum led the way with 13 points, while James Draxler added 11.

Although they had the longest commute, Port Catholic had little trouble finding its way down the court, posting a 32-4 halftime lead over St. Francis Borgia in the evening’s other semi-final matchup. The Phoenix shut out the Knights in the second half en route to a 52-4 ticket to the championship game against Holy Angels. Jordan Quentin and Nathan Jakobek each scored 12 points for Port Catholic.

The consolation games in the seventh grade division provided closer contests. Cabrini-Green trailed St. Kilian going into the locker room, 17-15. Sam Storrs connected for six points in the third period as Cabrini-Green outscored the Cougars 12-4. The Warriors hung on to their lead in the final period, posting a 35-27 win.

Richfield and Cabrini-White kept things close during their matchup with teams exchanging leads several times in the first half. Richfield clung to a 16-14 margin heading into the locker rooms. The Warriors tied the game, 22-22, going into the final period. Brandon Mueller answered by netting four of his team high ten points in the fourth quarter to give Richfield the victory, 28-24. Tyler Nothem led Cabrini-White scorers with 11 points.

The 24th annual Holy Angels Classic concludes on Saturday with final round action. Eight games are on tap and fans can get their fill of basketball beginning at 10:00am and concluding at 7:00pm with the eighth grade championship matchup. The final round schedule follows: 7th grade – 7th place: St. Kilian vs. Cabrini-White, 10:00a.m.; 8th grade – 7th place: St. Mary vs. Holy Trinity, 11:15 a.m.; 7th grade – 4th place: Cabrini-Green vs. Richfield, 12:30 p.m.; 8th grade – 4th place: St. John vs. Richfield, 1:45 p.m.; 7th grade – 3rd place: St. John vs. St. Francis Borgia, 3:00 p.m.; 8th grade – 3rd place: Holy Angels-White vs. Holy Angels-Blue, 4:15 p.m.; 7th grade championship: Holy Angels vs. Port Catholic, 5:30 p.m.; 8th grade championship: St. Boniface vs. St. Kilian, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: Close Games Keep Things Cooking at Holy Angels Classic

The Holy Angels Gym was rocking Saturday with eight final round games in the 24th annual Holy Angels Classic. Two games were decided in overtime while the margin of victory in three others was two points or less. In the opening 7th grade matchup for 7th place, St. Kilian saw a 4 point lead with two minutes on the clock disappear as Cabrini-White caused three turnovers. The Warriors capped a 6-0 run with a buzzer-beater by Justin Nothem, giving them a 23-21 win. St. Kilian’s Peter Gehring led all scorers with 13 points. Holy Trinity’s eighth graders use balanced scoring to knock off St. Mary’s in the other morning game, 50-15.

The 4th place game in the seventh grade division saw St. Frances Cabrini-Green and Richfield battled to a 27-27 tie going into the final stanza. Cabrini-Green held a 34-31 lead at the two minute mark, but Seth Kniffen’s three free throws tied things up with under a minute remaining. The teams exchanged free throws down the stretch. Sam Storrs stepped to the line for Cabrini-Green with the score tied at 35-35 and :01 on the clock. Storrs connected on both free throws for a 37-35 win. Storrs and Andy Benjamin each tallied 13 points for the Warriors, while Brandon Mueller paced the Raiders with 12 points.

The eighth grade game for the 4th place trophy needed overtime to determine the outcome between St. John and Richfield. Michael Kelm’s buzzer shot got St. John to within a point of the Raiders going into the fourth quarter, 29-28. Each Raider score was matched by St. John as the teams faced overtime tied at 35-35. The Eagles went 4×6 from the charity stripe to outscore Richfield in the overtime and walk away with a 39-37 win. Justin Cardarelle led all scorers with 14 points, Matt Meinzen added 11. Bryan Wojciechowski and Mike Coomer combined for 23 points for Richfield.

St. Francis Borgia’s seventh grade entry bounced back in their final game of the tourney and held a six point lead, 23-17, over St. John after three periods. St. John’s Joel Faber wouldn’t go away as he hit for six points in the final stanza. Tom Schlaback answered with seven of his team high 16 points as St. Francis Borgia squeezed out a 34-33 win for the third place trophy. Erik Borresen led all scorers with 17 points.

In the eighth grade division, the third place game had all of the excitement of a West Bend East-West varsity matchup as Holy Angels-White faced Holy Angels-Blue. Led by John Reuteman’s 11 points in the second period, HA-White went to the locker room with a 22-16 cushion. HA-White maintained its lead until they hit a brick wall with two minutes left in the fourth period. Stephen Hoffman and Zack Wollner connected for HA-Blue to tie the game at 38-38 in regulation. HA-Blue continued its 13-0 run with baskets by Hoffman and Silas Sopkowicz. Tanner Granger-Beck finally answered for White with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws, but it wasn’t enough as HA-Blue posted a 47-43 overtime win. Hoffman led HA-Blue scorers with 18 points. Granger-Beck also tallied 18, including 6×6 free throws, and Sopkowicz added 15 for HA-White.

After a day of close contests, the anticipation of the championship games was running high. The seventh grade title game kept things cooking in the HA Gym for the first three quarters as Port Catholic faced the host Royals. Led by Paul Fossum’s 12 points and Alex Dich’s eight, Holy Angels led 22-20 midway through the third period. It was the last time the Royals would light up the scoreboard as the Phoenix went on a 20-0 run to capture the seventh grade championship title, 40-22. Mike Preisler led Port Catholic with 21 points.

St. Boniface locked up with St. Kilian in the eighth grade title game. The scoring was even as the teams went to the locker rooms, 14-14. St. Boniface worked its way to a 21-16 lead, only to see Nick Frank connect on a layup and a three pointer to tie things up again. Kyle Klink and Andy Peck gave St. Kilian a four point lead in the closing seconds of the third period, 25-21. St. Boniface turned things around and outscored the Cougars 19-9 down the stretch. Peter White led the charge scoring nine of his game high 16 points in the fourth quarter as St. Boniface won the eighth grade title with a 40-34 victory. Mike Brodowski added 13 points for the Eagles, while Frank (12) and Nick Holstine (10) led the Cougars.

In the Halftime Shootout, Sam Hoffman and Ben Fabian each connected of their half-court attempts and won $25 in cash. Earlier in the week, the mountain bike donated by Mountain Outfitters and the basketball camp donated by Rick Riehl and WCSS were also won.

Final Standings: 7th grade: 1st – Port Catholic; 2nd – Holy Angels; 3rd – St. Francis Borgia; 4th – St. Frances Cabrini-Green; 5th – St. John; 6th – Richfield; 7th – St. Frances Cabrini-White; 8th – St. Kilian. 8th grade: 1st – St. Boniface; 2nd – St. Kilian; 3rd – Holy Angels-Blue; 4th – St. John; 5th – Holy Angels-White; 6th – Richfield; 7th – Holy Trinity; 8th – St Mary.

Admission for the tournament is $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for students. A full range of concessions is available for breakfast, lunch or supper. Each game will continue to feature a halftime “Shootout”. Holy Angels is located at 230 North 8th Avenue.

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