Arrowhead at Homestead, Aug. 18
Now that Homestead is typically Division 2 in the postseason and realignment will limit nonconference opportunities starting next year, this could be the last clash of these two powerhouses. Arrowhead won the battle last year, but Homestead won each of the previous two years, plus two out of three D1 state-championship games. There's added intrigue this year with former Homestead coordinator Fritz Rauch now leading Arrowhead.
Germantown at Catholic Memorial, Aug. 26
Memorial is a bona fide state-title threat in Division 3 after returning several players from last year's state runnerup, and Germantown always figures into the North Shore title chase. It's an intriguing nonconference collision.
Waukesha West at Muskego, Sept. 1
As was the case last year in the Classic 8, it seems likely a really good team or two will get left out of the playoffs. So, even when powerful squads like Waukesha West and Muskego meet early in the year, there has to be an urgency unlike what you'd find in other conferences.
Homestead at Germantown, Sept. 9
Speaking of rivalries that are doomed to discontinue in the new realignment plan next year, Germantown is headed to the Greater Metro, and that means this could be the last time the two North Shore title contenders clash.
Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Sept. 15
There's never any need to play up the crosstown rivalry, and this figures to be particularly intriguing on a rare Thursday night with perhaps the title of Greater Metro’s best team on the line. Last year, Central got the edge in the regular season, but East won the pivotal playoff rematch in an overtime classic.
Franklin at Oak Creek, Sept. 16
The usual suspects are in contention to win the Southeast Conference, and Franklin is coming off a run to Level 4. Last year, Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams was in attendance when the two teams met on a rainy night, and Franklin emerged victorious.
Sussex Hamilton at Menomonee Falls, Sept. 16
The annual rivalry tilt will once again represent a crucial battle for both sides as they jockey for a spot in the playoffs. Last year’s battle was played in a rain storm.
Whitnall at Greenfield, Sept. 23
The spirited crosstown rivalry saw an uptick in intensity last year when the teams engaged for the Woodland East title. Those circumstances could replicate this year in a battle of first-year head coaches (Shane Covington and John Quinlan) and talented running threats (Andrew Mallmann and Ezekiel Banks).
New Berlin Eisenhower at Greendale, Sept. 30
The Panthers are the perennial heavyweight in the Woodland West, but Eisenhower looks like the team to beat in 2016.
Brookfield East at Marquette, Oct. 7
The Spartans and Hilltoppers are both candidates to win the Greater Metro title this year.
Woodland title game, Oct. 14
The annual showdown for Woodland supremacy will pit the two divisional champs against each other. Will Greenfield and Greendale rematch?