IRON MOUNTAIN - Green Bay Southwest, with Goodman-Armstrong Creek grad John Polkowski at the helm, pulled off a big upset in Wisconsin high school boys basketball last Friday.
The Trojans built a 28-21 lead after three quarters and turned back state-ranked Ashwaubenon 43-40.
"We knew going in it was going to be a challenge for us," Polkowski said. "They are the best defensive team in the (Fox River Classic) conference and they have the conference's leading scorer in Kyle Monroe."
Monroe tallied nine points in topping 1,000 for a career. Ashwaubenon, playing at home, entered as Wisconsin Division 2's fourth-ranked team in the state.
"Our strategy was to take away Monroe's offensive touches with a box-and-one defense, constantly face-guarding and denying the ball, and be patient enough on our offense to get a high-percentage shot," Polkowski said. "Our guys bought in and the results showed."
The son of Frank and Peggy Polkowski scored 1,235 points in three high school seasons for Coach Paul Millan's Falcons. The 2006 GAC graduate also played at UW-Oshkosh.
"I try to come back home as much as I can," said Polkowski, whose brother, Greg, is the head boys basketball coach at Waukesha North.
Polkowski, in his first year at Southwest, previously coached the West De Pere High School freshmen.
"There is a lot in place with this program but it needs a lot of attention and investment for us to be successful in the future," said Polkowski, who teaches at Syble Hopp, a special needs school in De Pere.
Polkowski's Trojans (6-10 overall, 4-7 conference), a Wisconsin Division 1 school, visit De Pere tonight.
There was another area connection to a big Green Bay basketball game last week. Rick Rosinski became Green Bay East's winningest basketball coach with a 65-62 decision over Sheboygan North.
Rosinki, related to the Sericati family from Iron Mountain and Kingsford, posted his 114th victory at Green Bay East.
Rosinki's Red Devils recently beat Polkowski's Trojans at the buzzer.
"Congrats to Rick," Polkowski noted. "He's a great guy."