Monday, April 1, 2013
The Falcons, coached by Chris Herro, went 6-0 to win the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament in mid-March.
The Whitnall seventh-grade boys basketball team was crowned the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament champion in La Crosse March 16- 17. It was the team's third consecutive state title. The tournament, which was organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 89 of the top community-based seventh-grade boys basketball teams from across Wisconsin. State champions were crowned in four divisions based on enrollment of the high school into which each team feeds. Whitnall went 6-0 to win the Division 2 title. The Falcons defeated Pewaukee, 37-32, in the championship game after knocking off Waterford, 38-29, and Onalaska, 38-27, in the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively. Whitnall, led by head coach …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Falcons could not overcome New Berlin Eisenhower's balanced attack and lost a regional final, 61-51, in a WIAA Division 2 regional final in New Berlin.
One night after a thrilling win over Milwaukee Bay View, the Whitnall boys basketball team’s season reached its conclusion. The Falcons could not overcome the balanced attack of the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions and lost 61-51, in a WIAA Division 2 regional final in New Berlin. Star guard Reed Timmer was one of four Lions with 11 or more points; he scored a game-high 23 points. Red-hot Danny Weymier scored 18 for the Falcons, who finished their first season under head coach Steve Kujawa with an 15-8 record. On Friday, Weymier had a game-high 32 points in the Falcons 75-73 win at Bay View, including three points in the final 13 seconds
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Chris Otto is in his first season as the Greenfield High School wrestling coach, one of two new local varsity head coaches this winter.
Chris Otto is familiar with wrestling tradition. He wrestled from 1991-95 at West Allis Central, a school rich in wrestling history, and returned to be a varsity assistant coach from 2001-07, helping guide two individuals to state championships and another to a state runner-up effort while the Bulldogs were firmly established as the team to beat in the Greater Metro Conference. He’s also aware of the tradition built at Greenfield, where Otto is now in his first year as head coach of the Hustlin’ Hawks’ varsity wrestling program. “I want to put my own identity on it, but make sure there is a good mesh with what was established here.,” Otto said. “Why fix it if it’s not broken?” After last year, some could say the program is damaged, if not …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Kroupa told athletic director Rick Elertson on Tuesday that he was finished after coaching the Falcons for 20 years.
Updated 12:50 p.m. Tuesday Kent Kroupa has always trusted his gut and his heart. And this week, both told him it was time to step away from the Whitnall boys basketball program after 20 years as head coach. “It’s been a privilege and honor to coach at Whitnall,” Kroupa told Patch Tuesday afternoon. “Whitnall will never leave me. When you’re involved with something so long, it’s always going to be a part of me. You do it so long, it’s part of your blood.” Kroupa was a special education teacher at Whitnall for 32 years. He spent 20 of those coaching the boys basketball program, including three seasons that ended at the state tournament. His 1988 squad won the WIAA Division 1 championship. He also coached basketball for eight years at Muskego…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Kent and Craig Kroupa have coached together for three years at Whitnall.
During his first season as a starting point guard on the Muskego boys varsity basketball team, Craig Kroupa didn’t yet have his driver’s license. He needed a ride home from practices and games during the 1999-2000 season. Every day, he'd climb into the passenger seat of his dad's car, glance to his left and see his head coach sitting right beside him. The coach — Kent Kroupa — was also Craig's dad. “Some rides home were better than others,” Craig joked earlier this week. Craig, now 28, played three seasons for his dad on the varsity team, as did his older brother Brad, 30, during Kent’s eight-year tenure with the Warriors, sandwiched between runs at Whitnall High School. For the last three seasons, Craig has rejoined his father, this time…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Battling to the bitter end, Whitnall could not stop Pius in a sectional semifinal Thursday.
Greenfield High School was packed to capacity with fans on hand to witness the Pius Popes take on the Whitnall Falcons on Thursday night. Fans anticipated a close game and that is was, however, Pius won the opening tip and held a lead for most of the night en route to a 66-62 win that ended the Falcons season two victories shy of the state tournament. Pius will play Milwaukee Washington at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Allis Central in the sectional final.
The Falcons fell to the Pius Popes, 66-62, in a sectional semifinal Thursday.
For the more than three months, the Whitnall boys basketball team has been nearly perfect night in and night out. When the Falcons were less than perfect for the first half of a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal at Greenfield High School, the wound up paying dearly. The Falcons’ remarkable season came to a sudden stop as the second-seeded Pius Popes took an early lead and held on for a 66-62 victory Thursday. Whitnall finished 22-3, with its losses by a combined seven points. “You play 25 games and you hope when you get to this stage you don’t have a bad one,” Whitnall coach Kent Kroupa said. “Well, tonight we did not play a good basketball game. “We didn’t achieve our goal of going to Madison, but I couldn’t be more proud of the team to…
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Whitnall and Pius play in a sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday.
If the Whitnall Falcons need a blueprint as to how to beat their sectional semifinal foe – the Pius XI Popes – they need to look no further than the Mukwonago Indians. The Indians handed the Popes two of their three losses, mostly by playing a zone defense which kept University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit Carrington Love, Pius’ point guard, getting in the lane and creating shots for his teammates. So if the top-seeded Falcons (22-2) want to the second-seeded Popes (21-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenfield High School, they need only to replicate Mukwonago’s zone defense, right? In theory, maybe. But there’s one catch. “I don’t know how to teach a zone,” Whitnall coach Kent Kroupa said. “Never played zone in my life. We’ll play a man-to-…
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Whitnall boys basketball team had no trouble with New Berlin West, downing the Vikigns, 69-49.
If seniors Bryan Nagy and Stephen Pelkofer delivered a 1-2 punch that put the New Berlin West Vikings on their heels, it was Ian Ray who delivered the blow that turned out the Vikings’ light. Ray drilled three 3-pointers in a 2 ½-minute stretch in the third quarter to give the Falcons an insurmountable third-quarter lead in route to a 69-49 win over the Vikings at home in a WIAA Division 2 regional final. “He busted it open,” Whitnall coach Kent Kroupa said. “He created the separation that we needed. He makes those couple and West kind of goes, ‘Oh man, this is going to be an uphill climb.’” The top-seeded Falcons (22-2) advanced to Thursday’s sectional semifinal at Greenfield High School where they will play second-seeded Pius (21-3) at 7…
The senior guard has helped the Falcons to 22 wins in 24 tries.
In typical Whitnall fashion, the Falcons boys basketball team relied on balance, balance and more balance as it disposed of ninth-seeded Catholic Memorial in a 78-63 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal win at home Friday. And if the top-seeded Falcons are to do the same tonight in the final at home against New Berlin West – one of only two teams to beat Whitnall this season – the b-word will most likely play a significant role. (Update: The Falcons beat New Berlin West, 69-49, Saturday. Read the full game story here.) But every balance has a fulcrum, and during Whitnall’s amazing 2011-12 campaign, a season in which the Falcons have won 22 of 24 games, that fulcrum has been senior star guard Stephen Pelkofer. The Northern Michigan University…