Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Joe Koch, who won more than 100 games as Oak Creek head football coach, has been inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Former Oak Creek Head Football Coach Joe Koch was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame over the weekend. Koch coached the Knights from 1992 to 2005, compiling a record of 107-36. His overall record as a head coach, which also includes stints at Whitefish Bay Dominican and Milwaukee Pius, is 145-60. He won a state championship, twice coached teams to state runner-up finishes and appeared in the state semifinal three other times. Five of his players went on to play in the NFL. He is currently an assistant coach at Brookfield Central, though he still works in the Oak Creek-Franklin School District as a teacher at East Middle School. Koch was part of a class of 19 people inducted by the WFCA.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Alex Hahn, Jordan Veloz, Austin Sirovina and Dylan Oleszak signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their football-playing days at the collegiate level.
For four Oak Creek High School football players, Wednesday marked the beginning of the next chapter of their football-playing days. Alex Hahn, Jordan Veloz, Austin Sirovina and Dylan Oleszak were all part of National Signing Day and signed letters of intent to play football at the college level. Hahn committed to North Dakota State, Jordan Veloz to Western Illinois, and Austin Sirovina and Dylan Oleszak are both headed to Minnesota-Mankato. A fifth Oak Creek Knight, Virgil Hammond, is also likely to wind up on a collegiate roster. "It's exciting that these kids want to go on and play at the next level," Oak Creek Head Coach Mike Bartholomew said. "They all did what they needed to do in the offseason to improve themselves." Hahn shifted …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Patch is looking back at 10 stories that shaped Oak Creek this year.
From now until the end of the year, Patch will be looking back at 10 stories that shaped Oak Creek in 2012. Our sixth installment recalls the Oak Creek Knights' 9-0 regular season and top seeding in the WIAA football playoffs. Oak Creek's incredible season included an outright Southeast Conference championship, a memorable 24-7 victory at Franklin and the team's first playoff appearence since 2009. Unfortunately, Oak Creek's season came to a stunning end in the second round at the hands of Kenosha Bradford. The following article was originally posted Oct. 13, the day the playoff brackets were released. *** After polishing off a perfect regular season, the Oak Creek Knights will begin the WIAA playoffs as a No. 1 seed and host Milwaukee …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Kenosha Bradford scores on a 58-yard touchdown with just seven seconds left to stun previously-unbeaten Oak Creek.
The fourth quarter of Friday's second-round playoff game between Oak Creek and Kenosha Bradford can best be described as a roller coaster. Unfortunately for the Knights, it was a ride that ended in heartbreak. Bradford's Danny Lira scored on a 58-yard bomb down the sideline with just seven seconds remaining to give the Red Devils a 21-14 victory and hand a shocking defeat to previously-undefeated Oak Creek. Just seconds earlier, Oak Creek tied the game at 14 on a touchdown pass from Jordan Strong to Chase Leonardi. With 45 seconds left, the Knights had rallied back from a blocked punt returned for a score earlier in the quarter and appeared to be headed to overtime. That is, until Bradford's last-second heroics. The loss was especially …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Oak Creek will host Kenosha Bradford Friday night in the second round of the WIAA football playoffs.
The Oak Creek-Kenosha Bradford second-round playoff game has been set for 7 p.m. Friday at Oak Creek High School, the WIAA announced. The undefeated Knights are in the second round after easily beating Milwaukee Hamilton 63-0 last week. They also come in with recent history on their side: they beat Bradford 42-10 in a Sept. 21 game. The winner will face either Franklin or Lake Geneva Badger next week.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Oak Creek won 63-0 Friday night to advance to the second round of the WIAA football playoffs.
Starting with a Virgil Hammond touchdown run on the opening play from scrimmage, the Oak Creek Knights had no problem with Milwaukee Hamilton in the first round of the WIAA football playoffs Friday night. The Knights cruised to a 63-0 victory on a chilly and rainy night at Oak Creek High School. The win puts Oak Creek in a second-round matchup next week with Kenosha Bradford, which beat Milwaukee Riverside 34-21. The Knights beat Bradford (6-3 overall) 42-10 in a Sept. 21 game.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Oak Creek hosts Milwaukee Hamilton Friday night in the first round of the WIAA playoffs.
The Oak Creek Knights' road to Camp Randall begins in a familiar place. No. 1-seeded Oak Creek will host Milwaukee Hamilton at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the WIAA football playoffs. Hamilton comes in with a 3-5 overall record and the No. 8 seed. The Knights, meanwhile, finished a perfect 8-0 and are the champions of the Southeast Conference. The winner will face either Milwaukee Riverside or Kenosha Bradford in the second round either Oct. 26 or 27. Should the Knights win twice, a potential rematch with rival Franklin looms. Oak Creek gave the Sabers their only conference loss Sept. 7. Oak Creek must win four times to earn a trip to the state title game in Madison. Check out the bracket here.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Oak Creek finished a perfect regular season Friday night and now head into postseason play.
After polishing off a perfect regular season, the Oak Creek Knights will begin the WIAA playoffs as a No. 1 seed and host Milwaukee Hamilton in the first round. Pairings were released Satuday afternoon, a day after the Knights finished the regular season with a 69-7 drubbing of Kenosha Indian Trail. The Knights and Wildcats, who finished with a 3-5 record and a No. 8 seed, square off at 7 p.m. Friday at Oak Creek High School. The winner takes on either No. 5 Milwaukee Riverside or No. 4 Kenosha Bradford. Other first-round games in Oak Creek's group: Muskego (No. 6) at Badger (No. 3) and Racine Horlick (No. 7) at Franklin (No. 2). Two victories by the Sabers and Knights would set up a third-round showdown between the two rivals and a repeat…
Monday, October 8, 2012
Most high school football teams learned their playoff fates Friday, but a few teams are still fighting for a postseason berth when the regular season ends this weekend.
With just one week remaining in the regular season, almost every high school football team in the Milwaukee Patch area knows its postseason fate. Almost every team. Muskego, Racine Horlick, Greendale, Martin Luther and Brookfield Academy all can lock up playoff berths with victories Friday, but losses would either eliminate them from contention or significantly hurt their chances. In the third edition of Patch’s Postseason Possibilities, we take another look at each high school team in the Milwaukee Patch area and break down its playoff chances. Records and scenarios are updated as of Oct. 7. Look for an update to include next weekend’s games by noon Oct. 15. (To get in, a team needs four or more league wins.) In for sure Waukesha West (3-…
Saturday, September 29, 2012
On homecoming Friday night, Oak Creek rolls over Kenosha Tremper to continue its undefeated season.
The Oak Creek Knights continued their dominating 2012 campaign Friday, rolling over Kenosha Tremper 40-7 on homecoming night. Virgil Hammond scored on touchdown run from more than 90 yards out to open the scoring, and the Knights never looked back. Hammond — the homecoming king — ended up with 219 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The Knights, ranked No. 4 by the Journal Sentinel, are now 6-0 on the season.