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Wisconsin Basketball Coaches To Celebrate Milestones

The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association will celebrate two key moments in their history on Friday and Saturday, August 16-17. Over 100 years of high school basketball history has found a home with the opening of the WBCA Hall of Fame Museum at the JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

The Hall of Fame Museum features inductees, scoring leaders, coaching leaders, one thousand point scorers, Mr & Miss Basketballs, jerseys from every team in the state and pennants for every state champion. The largest display of the exhibit is a history wall featuring some of the most impactful players, teams and stories in Wisconsin high school basketball history.

The other great milestone was reached this summer when they went over $2 million donated to the MACC Fund through the WBCA All-Star games that started in 1978.

To honor these achievements they will put on a two-day event at the JustAgame Fieldhouse. It all starts on Friday at 7:30pm when current professional basketball players, who played high school ball in Wisconsin will take on an all-star team from the Closed Gym League in Milwaukee that features some of the best players in the area. Admission on Friday is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

On Saturday the festivities get started at 10am with an All-Star Alumni game featuring women's players that have competed in past WBCA All-Star games.

Next will be Bango and the Milwaukee Bucks Rim Rockers who will put on their high-flying trampoline dunking show for the crowd.

Following it will be the men's turn, as they will also have an All-Star Alumni game featuring players that have participated in the WBCA's signature event.

Wrapping things up will be a dedication ceremony emceed by Bucks announcer Jim Paschke and featuring representatives from the WBCA, Wisconsin Dells and the MACC Fund.

Admission for Saturday is $7 for adults and $4 for students and includes a cookout lunch. There will also be contests for kids, a silent auction and prize give-a-ways. Admission is free on Saturday for WBCA Members and former WBCA All-Star players.

Friday night participants are Closed Gym League All-Stars; Ryan Kroeger, Nicolet, Lawrence University; Marcus Conigliaro, Milwaukee Vincent, UW-La Crosse; Vontrell Seroyer, Milwaukee Northwest, Wayne State College; Mike Hojnacki, New Berlin Eisenhower, Michigan Tech; Ron Knueppel, Wisconsin Lutheran, Wisconsin Lutheran; Ben Averkamp, Germantown, Loyola; Ron Rayfield, Catholic Central, Florida Southern; Dan Tillema, Randolph, UW-Stevens Point; Jeff Skemp, Southwestern, Platteville and Cordero Barkley, Racine St. Catherine's, Green Bay.

Coaches are Bob Letsch, Racine St. Catherine's and Jim McIlvaine, Racine St. Catherine's, Marquette and NBA.

Professionals include Michael Wilkinson, Wisconsin Heights, Wisconsin; Brant Bailey, Wisconsin Dells, Stevens Point; Mitchell Carter, Milwaukee King, South Carolina; Tyrone Gordon Jr, Pius XI, Dakota State; Scott Merritt, Wauwatosa East, Marquette; Jerry Smith, Wauwatosa East, Louisville; Kyle Weaver, Beloit Memorial, Washington State; Ricky Franklin, Milwaukee Riverside, Milwaukee; Avery Smith, Milwaukee Washington, Milwaukee; Myles McKay, Menomonee Falls, Whitewater; Trey McKinney-Jones, South Milwaukee, Miami; Marcus Ruh, Bay Port, St. Leo’s and coaches George Haas, Wauwatosa East and Tony Smith, Wauwatosa East, Marquette and NBA.

Saturday girls all-star alumni are Karen Crowley (O'Malley), Madison East, Wisconsin; Jennah Burkholder, Janesville Parker, Wisconsin; Ashley Imperial, Greendale, Loyola; Latonya Sims, Racine Park, Wisconsin; Elizabeth Dudley, North Fondy, Green Bay; Ana Wurtz, Fond du Lac, Winona State; Sam Barber, DC Everest, Stevens Point; Ashley Averkamp, New Berlin West, Stevens Point; Amanda Nechuta, Mosinee, Stevens Point; Brittany Beyer, New London, Parkside; Liz Radtke, New Berlin West, Lake Forrest; Jenilee Klomstad, Pewaukee, Milwaukee; Brooke Allen, Barneveld, Stevens Point; Kelsey Hendrickson, Monroe, Whitewater; Katie Massey, Reedsburg, Stevens Point; Andrea Flease, New London, Stevens Point; Inger Hodgson, Barneveld, N. Dakota St; Stephanie Schell, New Berlin Eisenhower, Milwaukee; Jessi Sporle, Mineral Point, UW. Stevens Point and Jess Arneson-Mueller, Barneveld, UW-Green Bay.

Saturday boys all-star alumni includes Brad Clark, Markesan, Oshkosh; Andy Polka, Oshkosh West, Loyola; TJ Van Wie, Wisconsin Dells, Platteville; Jose Winston, Milwaukee Vincent, Colorado and Milwaukee; Kevin Flegner, Randolph, Northeastern Illinois and Sioux Falls; Brett Valentyn, Verona, Wisconsin; Louis Hurd, Portage, Stevens Point; Tim Dworak, Kewaunee, Oshkosh; Roy Boone, Madison East, Wisconsin; Kori Vernon, Madison Memorial, Whitewater; Tim Jarmusz, Oshkosh West, Wisconsin; Kyle Jones, East Troy, Carroll and Jacob Baryenbruch, River Valley, Drake.

For more information contact Nicholas Kartos, WBCA Communications Director & Executive Editor of exhibit - 608.213.9631, nicholas.kartos@sportngin.com; Jerry Petitgoue, WBCA Executive Director - 608-778-1986, tristate@jdpjmp.com, David Royston, JustAgame Fieldhouse owner - 608-253-6787,davidroyston@justagamefieldhouse.com.


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