WIAA State girls basketball preview

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Five teams will be crowned Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association girls basketball State champions this weekend at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Four Madison-area teams will fight for hardware, beginning with the Division III semifinals on Thursday afternoon where Madison Edgewood will be taking on Wrightstown.  Beaver Dam and Monroe square off in the Division II semifinal Friday afternoon, followed by the Division I semifinal matchup between Middleton and De Pere. All championship games will take place from the Resch Center on Saturday.

DI: Middleton comes into the Division I semifinals making its 10th appearance at the State championship level, including its second appearance in the last three years. The Cardinals shared the Big Eight Conference crown with Sun Prairie this season.

DII: Monroe makes its ninth State appearance and its first since 2010, coming off a season where it shared the Badger South Conference title with Stoughton and Madison Edgewood. It’s just the third State appearance for Beaver Dam and the first since the 2010 season. The Golden Beavers went 26-0 in the regular season to win the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference.

DIII: For the second year in a row and the second year overall, Madison Edgewood makes a WIAA State tournament appearance. Their only Class A title came in 1979 as a member of the WISAA. The Crusaders finished in a three-way tie for the Badger South Conference crown with Monroe and Stoughton.

Thursday, March 9
Division 3
Bloomer (22-4) vs. Martin Luther (25-1) | 1:35 p.m.
Wrightstown (23-3) vs. Edgewood (23-3)*
Division 4
Durand (23-3) vs. Howards Grove (25-1) | 6:35 p.m.
Shiocton (18-8) vs. Aquinas (26-0)*

Friday, March 10
Division 5
Clayton (27-0) vs. Milwaukee Academy of Science (22-4) | 9:05 a.m.
Loyal (23-4) vs. Bangor (24-3)*
Division 2
Hortonville (20-5) vs. Cudahy (19-7) | 1:35 p.m.
Beaver Dam (26-0) vs. Monroe (21-3)*
Division 1
Appleton North (26-0) vs. Milwaukee King (25-0) | 6:35 p.m.
De Pere (24-2) vs. Middleton (23-3)*

Saturday, March 11
3-Point Challenge | 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game | 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game | 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game*

*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.

Girls basketball: Unbeaten Middleton gains ground in latest AP rankings

The Associated Press released its latest rankings for girls’ high school basketball on Monday with WIAA tournament action just over the horizon.

Below you’ll find the rankings for the week of Jan. 23, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week’s ranking.

The polls are voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

DIVISION 1
1, Appleton North (10), 14-0, 118, 1
2, Milw. King (2), 16-0, 109, 2
3, Middleton, 13-0, 95, 4
4, Hartland Arrowhead, 13-2, 78, 5
5, Mukwonago, 14-1, 61, 3
6, De Pere, 13-2, 60, 6
7, Germantown, 14-2, 58, 7
8, Bay Port, 12-3, 32, 9
9, Hudson, 11-2, 30, 8
10, Sun Prairie, 11-3, 16, 10
Others receiving votes: Oak Creek 3.

DIVISION 2
1, Beaver Dam (12), 15-0, 120, 1
2, West De Pere, 13-0, 107, 2
3, New Berlin West, 14-1, 97, 3
4, Monroe, 12-2, 83, 4
5, Stoughton, 12-2, 64, 7T
6, Pewaukee, 12-3, 56, 9
7, Plymouth, 11-2, 45, 10
8, Waunakee, 12-2, 38, 5
9, Hortonville, 8-3, 21, 6
10, New Berlin Eisenhower, 9-5, 9, 7T
Others receiving votes: Union Grove 7, Onalaska 6, Ashwaubenon 5, Mount Horeb 2.

DIVISION 3
1, Whitewater (9), 12-1, 117, 2
2, Greendale Martin Luther, 13-1, 92, 4
3, Madison Edgewood (2), 9-3, 91, 3
4, Richland Center (1), 13-1, 78, 5
5, Wrightstown, 11-2, 76, 1
(tie) Freedom, 11-2, 76, 6
7, Kewaunee, 12-2, 48, 7
8, Valders, 12-2, 37, 8
9, Bloomer, 11-2, 24, 9
10, Waupun, 10-4, 16, 10
Others receiving votes: Amherst 2, Marshall 2, West Salem 1.

DIVISION 4
1, La Crosse Aquinas (9), 13-0, 116, 1
2, Laconia (1), 15-0, 100, 3
(tie) Oshkosh Lourdes (2), 11-1, 100, 2
4, Wisconsin Heights, 12-0, 84, 5
5, Melrose-Mindoro, 13-0, 67, 6
6, Howards Grove, 12-1, 60, 7
7, Neillsville, 12-1, 55, 4
8, Marathon, 12-2, 30, 9
9, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 12-0, 25, 10
10, Kenosha St. Joseph, 9-4, 11, 8
Others receiving votes: Mineral Point 8, Ozaukee 4.

DIVISION 5
1, Clayton (12), 13-0, 120, 1
2, Chippewa Falls McDonell, 12-1, 102, 2
3, Black Hawk, 12-0, 101, 3
4, Bangor, 11-2, 79, 4
5, Flambeau, 11-1, 68, 6
6, Riverdale, 11-2, 55, 7
7, Plainfield Tri-County, 13-0, 43, 8
8, Shullsburg, 10-3, 34, 5
9, Loyal, 12-3, 28, 10
10, Wausau Newman, 11-4, 17, 9
Others receiving votes: Milw. Academy of Science 7, Jackson Living Word Lutheran 3, River Ridge 2, Fall River 1.

WIAA girls soccer: 12 locals make All-State Team

MILWAUKEE — After play in last weekend’s WIAA State girls soccer tournament, 12 Madison-area players were named to Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State teams.

1st Team

  • Jen Brien | Oregon F 12

2nd Team

  • Patty Grimmer | Madison West M 12
  • Grace Douglas | Middleton D 12

Honorable Mention

  • Savannah Cruz | Monona Grove F 12
  • Makena Fanning | Oregon F 12
  • Kate Melin | Verona F 12
  • Rachel Peaslee | Madison West F 11
  • Kristen Reikersdorfer | Middleton F 11
  • Sydney King | Mount Horeb M 10
  • Emily Krogman | Verona M 12
  • Abby Breitbach | Oregon GK 11
  • Jamila Hamdan | Madison Edgewood GK 10