* I have received all the extra trophies that were needed. Please contact me
to arrange a hand off.
All completed brackets are posted in the HANDOUTS section. Congratulations to the following teams for winning the league championship these past two Sunday's.
8A Whitnall beat NB Eisenhower. Mukwonago beat Pewaukee for the consolation.
8B Wilmot beat Waterford. Hartford beat Mukwonago for the consolation. 8B WA Hale beat Shorewood. Muskego beat New Berlin West consolation 8C Tosa West beat Nicolet. Kettle Moraine beat Whitefish Bay for the consolation 7A Kettle Moraine beat M. Falls. Germantown beat Arrowhead consolation 7B Nicolet beat Shorewood. Sussex beat Muskego for the consolation. 7B Hartford beat West Allis Central. WA Hale beat Watertown consolation 7C Waterford beat NB Eisenhower. Union Grove beat Greenfield for the consolation.
6A Sussex beat Germantown. Oconomowoc beat Brown Deer for the consolation.
6B Arrowhead beat NB West. Waukesha West beat Germantown for the consolation title.
6B West Allis Hale beat Germantown. Westosha beat Cedarburg for the consolation title.
6C Oconomowoc beat Union Grove. NB West beat Burlington for the consolation title 5A Franklin beat Brookfield East. Arrowhead beat NB West for consolation title. 5B West Allis Hale beat Burlington. Tosa West beat Waterford for the consolation. 5B Shorewood beat South Milwaukee. Arrowhead beat Cedarburg for the consolation
5C Oak Creek beat Sussex Hamilton. Elkhorn beat Nicolet for the consolation 4A Pewaukee beat Arrowhead. Germantown beat Brookfield Central for consolation title.
4B+ Oconomowoc beat Eisenhower. Germantown beat Mukwonago for consolation.
4B Union Grove beat Brookfield Central. Elkhorn beat Greenfield for consolation title. 4C Kettle Moraine beat Burlington. Whitnall beat Westosha for the consolation title.
* I am probably nuts for even bringing this up right now since the paint is still a bit wet on the season, but I have already received inquiries about next season. The WYBL usually goes "dark" for the spring and then begin to meet and plan accordingly. The timeline is the same. We will post registration material, enrollment cutoff dates, and grade/divisional information in the first week of August. In the interim, I can always be received at my email
if you have questions, concerns, comments, or just want to talk hoops. There's always changes to be made, so if something's bugging you, please sound off *
The WYBL is a league that supports community-based teams. It is required that each player reside in your school district or currently open enroll into your school district. Let me be clear on this: no teams shall be comprised on multi-district players.Players should be assigned to teams within their grade level (or play "up") and not according to age.
Reporting Game Results: The winning team is responsible for reporting the game result. Please send the result in no later than the end of Monday following the game. We will immediately update the website and the comparative scores will be available for all to see.
Send an email to:Â
Include the date, grade, division, the teams and score.Â An example is this: Nov 7th, 8A, North 39 East 37
As is always the case, please contact me at any time with questions and/or suggestions. The aim is to continue to improve to make the WYBL the best youth boys basketball league in the State. For Information Concerning the League please Contact Lee Clement. The email address is . Phone number is 414 839-6800
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by Lee Clement posted 03/17/2014
The 2013/2014 WYBL season has come to a close. This year, we had 284 teams competing in five grades (4th-8th) covering three divisions in each grade. For the year end tournament, we added a fourth division in an effort to cap the brackets at 16 teams each and based upon the tournaments results, it was a rousing success.
We've had an outstanding season capped with some very exciting tournament games.Before thoughts start to drift toward next season, I'd like to place some well-deserved thanks to those who have made being part of the WYBL so much fun and the place for youth basketball in the SE Wisconsin area.
To the WYBL insiders whom I rely on so much. Mark Brault at Whitnall, John Palesse at WA Hale, Don Marx and Chris Rink at New Berlin West, and Bruce Janczak at Pius. You've undoubtedly seen them at game sites; next time stop and say thanks.
To Bruce Pederson & Mike Januszak, our main guys for referee sourcing. With 150 games per week at various locations, it is an endless weekly task!
To some "old time" hosting schools who welcome us back every year. Harvey Stowe at Waukesha West, Paul Kittson at NB Eisenhower, Chris Milke at Whitefish Bay, Eric Wolff at Whitnall, and Clay Brandt at Burlington.
To the "newer" hosting schools; we certainly needed your help. Dave Carnell at Brookfield Central and Greg Barczak at Menomonee Falls.
Finally, many thanks to all the coaches who put in some long hours over the course of the winter sharing their love of basketball with all the boys.
March Madness time
The omens have been around for weeks now. The glass is looking half full and optimism abounds.
On February 2nd, we required Punxsutawney Phil to come out of hiding and to garner enough smarts to possibly see his shadow. For us northern-living folks, we hold out hope that Phil sees something; even a partial glimpse of his shadow if it means better weather is just around the corner. Earlier in the month, the second omen arrived. Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training and we annually fall prey to a magic spell that tries to convince our brain that this could be the Brewers year. And now, the calendar has officially flipped to March, signifying the countdown to the NCAA basketball tournament. The soon-to-be tournament is a time for dreamers, a time for upstarts to make a name for themselves. The beauty, for many teams, is you don’t have to win it to become the toast-of-the town. Two upsets and the Sweet 16 comes calling, along with the coveted Cinderella label.
For now, the NCAA tournament will have to wait, because our version is now upon us. Like its older brethren, the WYBL Championships has room for several Cinderella’s to emerge as well as top seeded teams who plan on extending their season long good fortune. For those lower seeded teams, think of it as a rebirth, a renewal of promise that things are possible if the right potion is mixed up. Teams have had the last week to plan specifically for their first round opponent; or for those who court risk, perhaps look ahead to a possible second round foe.
In the year end tournament, I admit to having a soft spot for the underdog and will be silently rooting for one to emerge in each grade. Two wins puts you in the semi’s and you’re eligible to wear the slipper. I want those coaches, parents, and players to experience the thrill of unexpected victory. I vividly remember my 7th grade team losing its last league game and dropping to a #10 seed which meant a first round opponent that I was desperate to avoid ( Tosa East, a bad matchup for us). Worse, the powerful #2 Arrowhead team would be waiting to put us in our place should we dare crash the party.
I told the team that luck is really good preparation meeting opportunity. We practiced four times the week before the games. Two practices each were designated to the tendencies of each team and after the week, I still only believed we had a “puncher’s chance”. But still, a fat out of shape Buster Douglass beat Mike Tyson, so we were trying to be “lucky” too.
And Lady Luck was indeed on our side. We got outplayed but survived #7 because of their mistakes, not what we did. Still, I’ll take it. We then conjured up the best performance of our season, mixed in some calls that went our way, and held Lady Luck’s hand as she led us to a most improbable victory over a stunned, disbelieving #2. It was the shot heard round the league. Mighty Casey had struck out! A look at the bracket revealed all chalk except for one team. Seeds #1, 3, and 4 all advanced to the semi’s; however, this party-crashing team, this motley crew without a pedigree, held the very same invitation as the others. Better yet, of all possible matchups, our scheduled game vs #3 Whitefish Bay was a good matchup for us.
Alas, my dear readers, the same slipper which fit so comfortably the week before seemed to shrink a size or two. It was a narrow, hard-fought loss. A game we could/should have won, but didn’t. That’s ok. Like Puxnsutawney Phil we saw our shadow and weren’t afraid. In fact, we liked what we saw. I hope your team can experience the same.
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"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first." Harry S. Truman
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“Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” John Kenneth Galbraith
It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.