25th Annual Holy Angels Basketball Classic

OT in HA Classic Finale – Monday

The opening games of the 25th annual Holy Angels Classic Monday night saw the eventual winners in the eighth grade division jump out to early leads and never look back. The evening’s finale was a different story as St. Frances Cabrini and St. Boniface locked up in an exciting duel, with Cabrini capturing a 37-33 OT win.

Earlier in the evening, Holy Angels settled back after taking a 22-3 first quarter lead over St. Mary’s. The Royals 40-22 win moves them into the championship bracket. Nine players scored for the host team, led by Corey Tousey, Josh Motl, Nick Gengler, and Paul Fossum. Steve Leitheiser led the Crusaders with 9 points.

7th Graders Advance in Holy Angels Classic – Tuesday

The host teams advanced in Tuesday’s first round of the seventh grade division in this year’s Holy Angels Classic. Holy Angels-White and Holy Angels-Blue both advanced to Thursday’s championship round along with Port Catholic and St. Boniface.

In the opener, St. John kept close to HA-White and went into the locker room at halftime with a 15-15 tie. The Royals started to simmer in the third quarter with a 12-7 run and a 29-22 lead going into the fourth quarter. Holy Angels then caught fire with a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach with two minutes remaining. St. John’s scored six unanswered points in the closing minute but came up short, 41-30. Ryan Matenaer paced the Royals with 16 points, while Eric Kempf added 14. St. John’s was led by Joey St. Peter with 10 points.

The HA-Blue team felt comfortable during the third period with a 12 point lead over St. Kilian. The Cougars made things uncomfortable for their hosts as Luke Robbe connected on a three-pointer to tie the game at 28-28 with 3 minutes left in regulation. Sam Hoffman put the Royals up 30-28, but St. Kilian fought back to take the lead 32-30. Mike Dorrance tied things again at 32-32 before Hoffman made a layup off of a steal with 10 seconds on the clock to give Holy Angels the victory, 34-32. Hoffman led all scorers with 14 points while Dorrance added 10. St. Kilian was led by Robbe’s 12 points.

HA Classic Dream Falls Short – Wednesday

Four eighth grade teams took the court at Holy Angels last night with hopes of making it to the championship match of the Holy Angels Classic, but only two walked off with visions of the championship trophy. In the first semi-final, Holy Angels and St. Anthony (Menomonee Falls) locked up in seesaw battle where a two-point lead was a luxury. The teams were involved in countless lead changes as St. Anthony led at the end of the first period 5-4, the Royals took a 15-14 margin into the locker room, and the Chargers clung to a 22-21 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The final period saw both teams step up the defense with the Royals playing a tight zone and taking the lead 25-24 on a basket by Alex Dich. Brett Volk tied the game for St. Anthony, 25-25, by hitting one of two free throws. The intensity climaxed when St. Anthony’s Mike Eastman sank a shot with :02 showing on the clock and 27-25 appearing on the scoreboard. The Chargers charged off the court at the buzzer thinking they had the win, only to be called back because a timeout that had been called by the Royals with :01remaining. A last second full court heave failed to connect and St. Anthony was officially in Saturday’s championship game.

Host Teams Reach Finals in Holy Angels Classic – Thursday

The seventh grade semi-final games in the 25th annual Holy Angels Classic seemed to indicate that home court is an advantage as HA-White and HA-Blue posted wins. The victories set up an all-Holy Angels championship matchup on Saturday. Holy Angels-Blue increased their 20-12 halftime margin over St. Boniface with a 15-4 run in the second half to coast to a 35-20 win. Mike Dorrance dominated the boards for the host team and tallied 22 points, while front court teammate Mike Wilson added 11.

Holy Angels-White ran up a 20-10 lead only to see Port Catholic climb back to within three points at the start of the final period, 27-24. Port’s Josh Prochnow hit from the free throw line to shave the lead to 27-25, but Ryan Matenaer answered with a jumper to increase the Royals’ lead to 29-25. Following several missed opportunities for both teams, Joe Czisny scored and Prochnow sank a free throw to cut the Holy Angels lead to 29-28 with about three minutes remaining. Ball control and turnovers prevented either team from scoring until Eric Kempf got hot from the three-point arc with :45 on the clock and followed with a layup to seal a 34-28 win and a trip to the championship game. Kempf led all scorers with 21 points, including a trio of three-pointers.


Holy Angels-Blue met Holy Angels-White for the seventh grade title of the 25th annual HA Classic and the Holy Angels Gym felt more like the West Bend High School Fieldhouse at an East-West matchup. The two teams engaged in a defensive battle with HA-Blue taking a 7-6 first period edge on Mike Dorrance’s buzzer beater. Eric Kempf hit a three pointer halfway through the second period to give HA-White an 11-9 margin.

The teams continued to apply defensive pressure and exchange baskets, with the Blue squad clinging to an 18-17 lead going into the final stanza. HA-Blue extended their lead to 22-17, but HA-White battled back to within one point at 23-22 with 1:50 on the clock. Following missed shots by both teams, HA-White called timeout at 1:07 to set up a final strategy. HA-White worked the clock down to :10 but missed a 3-pointer. The ball was deflected out of bounds by HA-Blue giving the White squad a second chance at :05. Another 3-point attempt was off the mark and HA-Blue celebrated a 23-22 championship victory.

In the eighth grade championship game, Port Catholic proved to be the class of the tournament as they jumped out to a 22-11 lead at halftime over St. Anthony and never looked back. The Phoenix controlled the game in the second half as they cruised to a 45-29 victory. Nathan Jakobek (14 points and Mike Burmesch (14) paced Port Catholic while Andy Sedelmeier led the Chargers with ten.

In the battle for third place in the eighth grade division, St. Frances Cabrini turned a 8-6 first period edge over Holy Angels to a 15-9 cushion midway through the second period. The host Royals then got serious with 18 unanswered points to grab a 25-15 lead in the third period. Holy Angels’ defense continued to frustrate the Warriors as the Royals coasted to a 38-24 win and possession of the third place trophy. Balanced scoring from Ben Fabian (11 points), James Draxler (10), Paul Fossum (9), and Alex Dich (9) carried Holy Angels.

The halftime ShootOut saw three big winners during the week as Justin Loduha hit a halfcourt shot to win a WCSS Basketball Camp donated by Rick Reihl. Jeremy Kuehl also connected from halfcourt to win the fishing package donated by Frabill, Inc. The Mountain Outfitters bike was won by Rick Reuter on the first night of the tournament.

Final Standings for the 2003 Holy Angels Classic: 7th grade: 1st – Holy Angels-Blue; 2nd – Holy Angels-White; 3rd – Port Catholic; 4th – St. John; 5th – St. Boniface; 6th – St. Kilian; 7th – St. Frances Cabrini; 8th – Richfield. 8th grade: 1st – Port Catholic; 2nd – St. Anthony; 3rd – Holy Angels; 4th – St. Boniface; 5th – St. Frances Cabrini; 6th – St. Gabriel; 7th – St. Kilian; 8th – St Mary.

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