- Name: Dan Lownik
- School or league: 6th grade girls State Basketball Tournament
- Team: OC 6th grade girls club basketball team
- Award: 7th place (out of 26 teams)
The Oak Creek 6th grade girls club basketball team participated in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament in Marathon, Merrill and Wausau, Wisconsin, on February 25 and 26, 2012. This tournament, which was organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 85 of the top community-based 6th-grade girls basketball teams from all across the State of Wisconsin. State champions were crowned in four divisions: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Division 4/5, based on the enrollment of the high school into which each team feeds.
The Oak Creek 6th grade girls team played in Division 1, finishing in 7th place out of 26 teams. The results of Oak Creek’s six games were as follows:
Middleton 26, Oak Creek 22
Oak Creek 37, Marshfield 30
Oak Creek 48, Oshkosh West 44
Round of 16:
Oak Creek 47, Brookfield Central 36
1st – 8th Place Quarterfinals:
Arrowhead 46, Oak Creek 33
7th Place Game:
Oak Creek 37, Fond du Lac 34
Arrowhead defeated Appleton North, 28 - 22, to win the Division 1 Championship.
The Oak Creek players include Haley Zylka, Ashley Arndt, Corrine Kurz, Morgan Blunt, Rebecca Oleniczak, Abby Lownik, Kassandra Bartek, Jenna Dankert, Brianna Rajchel and Lea Finn. The team is coached by Dan Lownik and Chris Zylka.
Abby Lownik was named to the All Tournament team for Division 1, along with: Katie Bogatitus (Appleton North), Meg Bryan (Marshfield), Ally Gietzel (Fond du Lac), Ashley Holton (Arrowhead), Ty Huber (Hudson), Kalen Klitzke (Appleton North), Abbey Lippold (Arrowhead), Abby Lownik (Oak Creek), Chloe Marotta (Homestead), Maggie Negaard (Stevens Point), Taylor Petit (D. C. Everest), Megan Peterson (Arrowhead), Mallory Rongstad (Middleton), Lucy Updike (Kimberly) and Halle White (Middleton).
In the other three divisions, Milton defeated Beaver Dam, 30 - 23, to win the Division 2 Championship, Peshtigo defeated Big Foot, 23 - 21, to win the Division 3 Championship and Cameron defeated Wisconsin Heights, 42 - 36, to win the Division 4/5 Championship.
The Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament is an annual event, held in February, March or April of each year, pitting the top community-based teams in the State of Wisconsin against each other. The tournament is organized by size of communities, much like the WIAA state high school tournaments, so that top teams can compete on a level playing field with other programs their size.