Years ago, I attended Milwaukee Hamilton, and from time to time they'd put a basketball team for boys on the court that would get to the state finals. More recently, with open enrollment in Milwaukee, they've had recruiting scandals. Seriously. And now, dear reader, they're regularly participating in out of state tournaments. Just before Christmas, they won one. In California. "For the second straight year, the Wildcats handled themselves well on a trip to California by repeating as champion of the Mel Good Holiday Classic in Yuba City. The three victories improved the team to 6-2 in its final game of the calendar year." Catch that "repeating as champion?" I'm not sure whether to indulge in a little Wildcat Pride, or whether to be dismayed with the professionalization of high school basketball. The out-of-state trip has been a thing for some time, as this story from 2010 about a Myrtle Beach trip illustrates.
Milwaukee was never a wealthy district, who are the angels providing the travel budget for a traveling team?