Volume XVI, Number 14 | Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Varsity Girls Basketball
On Saturday, January 8, the BA girls varsity basketball team defeated Heritage Christian 45-41. It was a great road win for the Blue Knights. Luci Jensen led the team in points, scoring 20 of the team's 45. Sydnie Dehne contributed 12 points, and close behind was Jacque Dieck with seven points. Aureilia Rushing and Patricia Weiss scored four and two points, respectively.

The girls played hard after a long break with few practices, and there are two more games coming up this week. On Thursday, January 13, the Blue Knights host Kettle Moraine Lutheran at 7:15 pm, followed by a 3 pm tipoff at home against USM on Saturday, January 15.

-Sophomore Riya Vijayapal
Boys Co-op Hockey
The Brookfield Stars co-op hockey team was in action last weekend, with varsity and JV losing close games to conference leader Waukesha. Sunday saw further action as both varsity and JV prevailed in commanding wins over the Sheboygan co-op team.

This weekend has the Stars on the road, with a game at USM Friday night and against Fond du Lac Saturday afternoon.
BA swim was back in action this past weekend at the Marquette University High School Invitational on Saturday, January 8.

Once again, junior Adrian Bellido led the team with a monster performance, breaking some BA swim records. His first individual event was the 200M freestyle. Adrian took third place with a time of 1:44.03 seconds, lowering the school record previously held by Jack Donovan, who set it in 2011.

Adrian's second event was the 100M freestyle, where he finished second with a time of 46.47 seconds. His time beat the previous record of 47.89 seconds set by Donovan in 2010. Lastly, Adrian led off the 200M freestyle relay in 21.30 seconds, tying the school record also held by Donovan from 2010. Great job Adrian, it was fun watching you in action.
Moreover, the team had more season bests. Tyler Beckley dropped nearly five seconds from his last 100M freestyle race and also stepped up in the relays for the team. Aidan Canga had a personal best in the 50M freestyle, swimming in a time of 28.7 seconds, a large improvement. Lastly, Ben Lee filled our butterfly leg on the relay, as well as anchored our free relay. 

The team will be training for the next few weeks and preparing for the next meet at the end of the month at Shorewood. Great job team!

-Coach Larry Lanza
Ski Team
On Wednesday, the co-op ski team kicked off its season on a cold, windy, snowy night with a giant slalom race at Sunburst against West Bend, Kettle Moraine, Whitefish Bay, and Oconomowoc.

Junior William Morgan had a good start to his season with a third place finish, only two-tenths of a second behind the first place finisher over two runs.

In the team results, the boys varsity team placed fourth, while the girls varsity team and both JV teams finished fifth.

The team competes again next week in the first slalom race of the season at Heiliger Huegel Ski Club.

-Beverley Morgan
Climb Team
The Brookfield Academy Climb Team earned a first place finish at a Wisconsin High School Climb League competition on Friday, January 7, at Adventure Rock MKE. The BA team of 26 climbers advanced an unprecedented 12 climbers to the finals. The 12 finalists for BA were: 

Division 1 (novice): Lily Childress, Leora Schmidt, and Isaac Jansen 
Division 2: Mateo Fernandez-Tyson, and Joshua Schwartz
Division 3: Izabel Johnson, Grant Erlinder, and Quinn Kaiser
Division 4 (expert): Emma Canga, Divyraj Zala, Danny Reiner, and Jacob Reiner.

Of these finalists, five won their climb-off to earn first place individual awards. These champions were:

Division 1: Leora Schmidt 
Division 2: Joshua Schwartz
Division 3: Izabel Johnson and Quinn Kaiser
Division 4: Jacob Reiner
The BA performance on January 7 was arguably the finest team accomplishment turned in at a WHSCL competition during its 15 years of operation. 
The team competes next on Tuesday, March 1. The BA Climb Team continually accepts new participants. Interested students are welcome to join anytime.

-Coach Dave Reiner
Middle School Basketball
Level 6 Girls:

The hustling Level 6 girls basketball team lost to St. Mary Menomonee Falls on Saturday, January 8. Gracie Mila and Susie Schoyer each scored four points, and Claire Spaeth and Maria Simic each scored two points for BA. The girls are improving every week!

-Coach Greg Weithaus
Level 8 Boys Blue

The Blue team had both ups and downs this past weekend, winning one game and losing one game.

The weekend got off to a rough start as the team lost 38-15 to Holy Angels West Bend on Saturday. The team started to turn the momentum around in the second half, which carried over to the Sunday game.

On Sunday, the Blue team defeated St. Mary Menomonee Falls 32-21 to improve to 2-2 in conference play. Tyler Grande and Nicolas Alsayegh led the team in scoring, tallying 15 and nine, respectively. Daniel Cha, Lincoln Weil, and Santino Raab Rabida did an excellent job rebounding and limiting the opponent to one shot each possession.

Talal Sana and Beau Libbey were tremendous in the full-court trap, causing turnovers and St. Mary players a lot of trouble.

The Blue team is back in action Saturday, January 15, at 9:15 am against St. Jude. The game is in Freedom Hall gymnasium.

-Coach Michael Rajchel

Level 8 Boys Gold:

The Level 8 boys Gold basketball team continued its successful season this past weekend with two wins over top teams in the conference. The team improves to 8-1 on the season and holds a perfect 6-0 conference record. The team was led by Raghav Vijayapal who scored 16 and 28 points in the two games.

The boys defeated Christ King 42-35 after trailing by as many as 11 points in the second quarter. After the comeback win, the team won the next day 50-34 vs. St. Joe's Wauwatosa.

Both victories were spurred by excellent defensive energy from Tyler Fletcher, Eli Rigel, and Ben Reiner. The team frustrated both teams' leading scorers which allowed BA to pull away in the second half of both games. Garrett Priebe ended the second game by taking our first charge of the season and hopefully set the tone moving forward.

Over the two games, Eddie Schoyer tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds while Tyler Weiss added 12 points and 15 rebounds while going 5/6 from the free throw line. Eddie and Tyler paced the team with consistent scoring and defensive effort. After the game, the St. Joe's coach complimented the entire team, saying that we had an entire roster that understood basketball and that we were the best passing team that their team had played. Great work boys!

-Coach Eric Weiss
Level 7 Boys Blue:

The Level 7 boys blue team played a fun and exciting second game of the season vs. Waukesha Catholic Memorial. BA jumped out to a fast and commanding 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, while continuing to play hard throughout the game.

Points became hard to come by, and difficult defensive pressure from the opponent was difficult to overcome. Despite the great effort, BA lost 32-13.

Game highlights:
Jaron Arvold brought home the Leadership Award for the game as he played hard, protected the ball, and was the team leader in points, assists, and steals. 

Rehaan Muqeet contributed several rebounds and steals while also applying terrific defensive pressure. 

Ritik Gogineni was given the Effort Award for excellent hustle. He was also among the team leaders in scoring. Ritik added six rebounds and a steal. Sawyer Holubowicz received the Sportsmanship Award for picking up teammates throughout the game. Sawyer also picked up a rebound and a steal. 

Joseph Elfelt scored a basket and was the team leader in steals. Eli Gierach added an assist, a rebound, and two steals. Sutton Demski finished with five points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks.  
Great effort and energy boys! We are proud of you, we believe in you, and we enjoy watching you play.

-Coach Tom Demski

Level 7 Boys Gold:

The Level 7 boys Gold basketball team faced off against crosstown rival St. Dominics on Saturday, January 8. The boys kept the game close the whole way, before ultimately losing 38-36.

Ethan Potthast led the team in scoring with six 3-pointers, including one at the final buzzer! The entire team demonstrated resilience in the first home game of the season.

Just two hours later, the Gold team had another game, this time against Brookfield Christian. Although losing a tight game 30-24, the boys have been showing great BA spirit and determination.

The team was led in scoring by Eli Wintheiser and Keagan Michelich, scoring nine and seven respectively.

-Kristi Thompson