2007-08 WIAC Men's Basketball Preview
Coach: Bob Semling (third year, 43-13).
2006-07 record: 26-3, 15-1 in WIAC.
Returning starters: Four, including 2007 first-team All-WIAC selections Pete Rortvedt and Steve Hicklin.
Top newcomers: Louis Hurd, a third-team all-state selection from Portage; Nick Krull, all-state honorable mention from Marshall.
Outlook: The Pointers enter the season as the second-ranked team in the country in Division III. Favorites to repeat in the WIAC, the Pointers established conference season records a year ago with 309 made three-point field goals and 744 attempted.
Coach: Paul Combs (fifth year, 60-44).
2006-07 record: 13-12, 8-8 in WIAC.
Returning starters: Three, including Charlie Lohoff, honorable mention All-WIAC in 2007.
Top newcomers: Guard Josh Langenfeld is not a newcomer, but he is back after missing all of last season with an injury after starting 11 games in 2005-06. Erik Wall of Kaukauna leads the list of freshmen.
Outlook: The Pioneers are picked for third in the WIAC, thanks to the return of Curt Hanson (196) and Mike Shaw (184)—Platteville’s two highest scoring freshmen since 1999.
Milton High graduate Andrew Brown played in 13 games a year ago. The 6-8 sophomore is expected to play a bigger role this season.
Coach: Ted Van Dellen (18th year, 299-156).
2006-07 record: 21-6, 12-4 in WIAC.
Returning starters: Two.
Top newcomers: Freshman Brady Borgardt of Oshkosh West and freshman Andy Kretsch of Manitowoc.
Outlook: The Titans return just 892 of their 2,017 points scored a year ago. For only the second time in 15 years, Oshkosh starts the season without a returning All-WIAC selection.
Van Dellen is the longest-tenured coach in the WIAC. His 299 victories are the sixth-most in WIAC history.
Coach: Ken Koelbl (fifth year, 57-48).
2006-07 record: 19-8, 12-4 in WIAC.
Returning starters: Three, including senior guard Chris Fehrenbach, honorable mention All-WIAC last season.
Top newcomers: Freshman Tony Mane, a third-team all-state selection from Milwaukee Thomas More; Freshmen Matt DeMars of Eau Claire Regis and Tim Larson of Westby, both honorable mention all-state.
Outlook: The Eagles advanced to the WIAC tournament championship for the first time in school history last year and aim to build with the return of three starters.
Milton High graduate Nick Fredrick, a 6-4 sophomore, played in 23 games a year ago and averaged 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
“Nick will get more minutes this year after spending the off-season getting ready for the physical aspect of our league,” La Crosse coach Ken Koelbl said. “More minutes opened up inside, and I expect Nick to compete for a lot of those minutes.”
Coach: Jeff Berkhof (second year, 10-16).
2006-07 record: 10-16, 5-11.
Returning starters: Four, including sophomore guard Jontae Koonkaew and sophomore forward Nate Robertson, both honorable mention All-WIAC last season.
Top newcomers: Willie Wright, a 6-4 senior transfer from the University of Missouri-Rolla and DiJon Reese, a 5-9 junior transfer from Riverland Community College in Minneapolis.
Outlook: The Falcons will find out early how the transfers fit in as nine of the first 12 games are on the road. Four of the first five WIAC games are also away from home.
Last season’s 10 wins marked the most since the 2003-04 campaign.
Coach: Ed Andrist (eighth year, 101-78).
2006-07 record: 12-13, 5-11 WIAC.
Returning starters: Two, including honorable mention All-WIAC guard Jerrel Enerson-Matthews.
Top newcomers: Freshman guard Jamal Kahn, all-state honorable mention out of Maple Grove, Minn.; Jesse Piehl, a 7-1 junior transfer from Gogebic Community College.
Outlook: The schedule-makers didn’t do the Blue Devils any favors. Stout plays NCAA Division II runner-up Winona State (Minn.) the third game of the season.
The Blue Devils must replace 40 percent of their rebounds and 80 percent of their blocked shots from a year ago.
Coach: Terry Gibbons (13th year, 185-132).
2006-07 record: 10-16, 3-13.
Returning starters: Three, including honorable mention All-WIAC senior forward Dan Beyer.
Top newcomers: Senior transfer Rashann Goodwin out of Lake Region State (S.D.) and freshman Augie Saiz out of Baraboo.
Outlook: Beyer scored a league-high 40 points against Whitewater a year ago and leads a high-scoring Blugold offense.
Eau Claire begins the season with only one home game out of the first nine. The Blugolds played the University of Wisconsin earlier this month at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Coach: Dave Buchanan (second year, 7-18).
2006-07 record: 7-18, 2-14 in WIAC.
Returning starters: One.
Top newcomers: Dan Culy, freshman out of Rice Lake; Josh Fabian, freshman out of New Berlin.
Outlook: The Yellowjackets lost 14 conference games a year ago, but six were by eight points or less. Both conference wins came on the road, including the school’s second victory at Eau Claire in the last 35 years. So there is hope.
Coach: Pat Miller (seventh year, 122-45).
2006-07 record: 18-9, 10-6 in WIAC.
Returning starters: Two, including Janesville Craig graduate Josh King.
Top newcomers: Transfers Matt Goodwin from Pacific University and Myles McKay from UW-Milwaukee.
Outlook: The Warhawks are healthy and primed for a run at the WIAC title. Whitewater has finished fourth or better in the WIAC 18 of the last 19 years.
The return of Rob Perry and Billy Kolinske from injuries bolsters an already formidable front line.