Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.
IMPRESSIVE FRESHMAN HURRICANE
Freshman sensation Danny Larson is a big reason why the Tosa Hurricanes have an exciting swimming team this season.
Larson held the Hurricanes finish second in the Woodland Championships at Greenfield on Saturday. He anchored the 200-yard medley relay behind senior Eddie Galindo, junior Michael Siverling and junior Jake Falk in 1 minute, 41.79 seconds.
Then Larson won two individual events — the 50 freestyle (22.22) and the 100 free (48.42).
"Danny has been having a great season," coach Heidi Geotsch said of Larson, who has set records in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 500 free, 200 IM and the 200 free records and helping the 200 free break our team record.
"Danny is a competitor. He just seems to live for a good race," Goetsch said. "Going head to head with a competitor he just knows how to step up and win."
Despite his youth, Larson still desplays leadership skills.
"Moreover as a teamate - even as a freshman - he is a great leader to the rest of our team," Goetch said. "Helping younger swimmers improve also. He is a great exemple of what hard work, dedication and a love of the sport can do."
Larson has been swimming for the Express club team before coming to Tosa West and will be competing right after state also for the club team.
Just want to take a minute for a shout out to Brookfield Central seniors Brad Newman and Alena Moro.
When you think of the state's top-ranked Lancers, the dynamic duo of Riley LaChance and Elijah Goodman, Mr. Everthing and Mr. Inside, come to mind. Then there is the amazingly athletic Caleb Mortag. At 6-6 and playing at the top of the key when coach Mark Adams plays a 1-3-1 zone, it looks like Mortag has the wingspan of an aircraft carrier. He can also stand under the basket and jam the basketball without a running start.
But I think perhaps the player who can put the Lancers over the top is Newman.
The 6-0 guard can do several things for the Lancers.
- He can slip into the point position and free up LaChance to do his damage all over the court.
- He averages 11.9 points per game, but he has the ability to hit a three or take it to the basket and know when to do both.
- But like with a lot of players, his defense seems to be overlooked. But whether taking a charge or making a big steal - he had some in the Germantown and Sussex Hamilton wins - Newman seems to come up with the big play when Central needs one.
For the girls, there's Northwestern-bound Lydia Rohde, the savvy guard Emma Brauer, who can be dangerous driving to the basket or hitting the jumper and plays a tough 'D', the dead-eye 3-pointer shooter Nicole Hinz and the wise-beyoung-her-years freshman Caroline Busch.
And then there is Alena Moro, a player who is as unsung as they come.
- Moro does the dirty work for coach Dan Wandrey's Lancers, leading the team with 92 rebounds and a 6.6 boards per game average. She knows how to use her body under the boards, boxing out at times so others can get the loose ball.
- Defensively, she knows how to keep the ball away from the other team's post or lean on them when she has to.
- He also averages 5.7 ppg and hits over 60 per cent from the field.
She deserves a tip of the hat also.