White Fish Bay Wisconsin Sports
Matthew Comiskey will remain in his home state when he joins the Badgers in the fall. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he played football and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1960, and was a member of the football team at Whitefish Bay High School in the 1960s.
His year as a senior was as good as it gets, his team went 25-0 and finished second in the country, winning the Division 2 state championship. He was called an "All-American" by the American Football Writers Association of America, the National Football League and the Associated Press.
He successfully defended his title in the 65-metre hurdles and won the meet against Monona Grove in 19.1 seconds. Howie ran in the suburban relays on the 440, 880 and 540 LH relays, which finished second, first and second, helping Bay to the team title. He also ran the 4x880 relay team that won the 180 Low L hurdles in a national record time of 18.0 and 19-1, helping Bay win the suburban relay title and the Division 2 national title at the state meeting in Madison. Wis. The state meeting at Monron Grove, he anchored the 8-80 relay that finished second but won 180 low H hurdles at 2: 11.5, the second-best time in the state's history.
Had Bay lost that game, many of his teammates would have questioned the meaning of life. Bay rolled through the stretch, went 1-2 and beat Barron before losing the final game to Green Bay West. Zien played with a protective mask over his face, but Bay went on to defeat Barron in the Madison State championship game, dropping a final - the final of the Division 2 national title game against Wisconsin - Madison.
It was a below-average but dangerous Shorewood team whose strength was their size, and it was the final game of the season for Zien, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound junior.
Shorewood was selected to win the suburban title and South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and East Bay were expected to challenge, but Bay came up just short. Not everything was washed up when Bay made it to the state in 1967, but lost to eventual champion Milwaukee Lincoln in 1962, which was especially heartbreaking. That was after Bay had beaten Shorewood twice this season and then lost to the Greyhounds in a regional.
In 1958 and 1964, Bay won three titles, won 80-20 in the suburbs and finished the season with a record of 13-3-1 in the state league. Waukesha had two big advantages, being much bigger than any other suburban team and being able to behave in its field house practice.
Marquette is the only school to win five consecutive titles from 2014-18, and the Hilltoppers are also one of only three programs to win three in a row. In addition, Waukesha High School, now the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the only program to win four consecutive titles (2000-03) in addition to its fifth consecutive title.
Madison West has qualified 15 times for the state, and Neenah is third on the list of appearances with 17. Xavier has won four titles, Mount St. Mary's, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Madison three each. The other double-digit performances were won by Madison West, one by Waukesha High School and one each by Milwaukee West and Madison North.
Comiskey also has international experience, training with Bayer Leverkusen and competing in tournaments in Germany, where he finished third in 2012 and second in 2013.
After high school, Father Suess attended Junior College at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he obtained a degree in philosophy and theology. Howie was a member of the National Honor Society and won the Princeton "W" award. After a year at the Oneida Country Club, he was given the opportunity to attend the US Naval Academy in Washington D.C. as an Evans Fellow and then to attend the University of Michigan as a doctoral student at the College of Arts and Sciences.
As a junior, Comiskey scored 17 goals and had 13 assists and was named to the All-Big Ten Conference first team and Big East Conference second team. The 6-0 forward was also honored as the first-team all-state selection as a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after 46 goals and 30 assists.
He won the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year Award and the Wisconsin-Madison Player of the Year Award as a sophomore and junior player. He was in his first year as a junior member of the first - Team All - Big Ten Conference - and in his second year as a conference member.
Bob was also an assistant coach in baseball for twenty years, a freshman coach in J.V. Basketball for four years, a high school football coach in men's and women's basketball, and an assistant football coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for five years (26-3). In 1978, he was named District Vll Coach of the Year and coached basketball for the first time in his career as head coach of Whitefish Bay High School.