Beaver Dam, Edgewood win WIAA girls basketball titles

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Five teams were crowned WIAA girls basketball champions at the Resch Center on Saturday, including Madison-area teams Beaver Dam and Madison Edgewood.

Div II
The Golden Beavers capped an unbeaten season (28-0) with a 52-33 win over the Packers, despite facing an early 10-0 deficit. Beaver Dam forced 16 turnovers in the first half and turned it into a 30-10 run and a 30-20 halftime lead. The Golden Beavers would then go on a 12-3 run in the second half to lock up their first State championship in school history. Tara Stauffacher and Aly Van Loo led the Golden Beavers with 12 points each.

Div III
The Crusaders (25-3) took home their first State title by downing the Spartans 51-30, following an inability from both teams to convert on field goal attempts. Madison Edgewood shot 26 percent in the first half, while Martin Luther was 22 percent. The Crusaders came out firing in the second half, hitting 50 percent of their shots, while the Spartans’ struggles continued. Edgewood was led by a game-high 20 points from Estella Moschkau.

Winners
Div I | Appleton North 49, De Pere 34
Div II | Beaver Dam 52, Cudahy 33
Div III | Edgewood 51, Martin Luther 30
Div IV | Howards Grove 44, Aquinas 43
Div V | Loyal 74, Milwaukee Academy of Science 61

 

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.

Boys basketball: Madison Memorial among the top 5 teams in the latest AP poll

The Associated Press released its latest rankings for boy’s high school basketball in Wisconsin on Monday.

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, Kimberly (1), 11-0, 109, 2
(tie) Oshkosh North (10), 12-0, 109, 1
3, Stevens Point, 11-1, 96, 3
4, Madison Memorial, 13-2, 81, 4
5, Brookfield Central, 12-1, 54, 7T
6, Milw. Vincent, 10-3, 52, 6
7, Oak Creek, 11-2, 44, 9
8, Muskego, 11-2, 40, 5
9, Hartland Arrowhead, 10-4, 16, NR
10, Milw. Riverside, 9-4, 15, NR

Others receiving votes: Bay Port 11, Appleton North 10, Middleton 8, Eau Claire North 4, Sun Prairie 4, Racine Horlick 3, Janesville Craig 3, Fond du Lac 1.

DIVISION 2
1, La Crosse Central (11), 11-1, 118, 1
2, Beaver Dam (1), 15-0, 105, 2
3, Waunakee, 11-1, 89, 3T
4, Stoughton, 10-1, 79, 3T
5, Pewaukee, 13-1, 76, 5
6, Milw. Pius XI, 10-2, 50, 6
7, Cedarburg, 12-2, 45, 7
8, Hales Corners Whitnall, 10-2, 30, 10T
9, Milw, Washington, 10-3, 24, 10T
10, Onalaska, 12-2, 18, 8
Others receiving votes: Kaukauna 11, Pulaski 10, New Berlin West 4, Wausau East 1.

DIVISION 3
1, Ripon (10), 12-2, 118, 1
2, Appleton Xavier (2), 13-0, 110, 2
3, Lake Mills, 12-1, 89, 3
4, Westby, 12-0, 88, 4
5, Columbus, 10-2, 63, 6
6, Southern Door, 10-1, 56, 8
7, Prescott, 13-2, 48, 5
8, Bloomer, 9-2, 29, 9
9, Greendale Martin Luther, 11-2, 22, 10
10, Madison Edgewood, 10-4, 13, NR
Others receiving votes: Waupun 10, New Holstein 8, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 4, Valders 2.

DIVISION 4
1, Destiny (9), 15-1, 115, 1
2, Darlington, 13-0, 105, 2
3, Laconia (2), 11-0, 93, 5
4, Racine Prairie (1), 12-1, 88, 3T
5, Milw. Young Coggs, 14-1, 67, 3T
6, Stanley-Boyd, 10-1, 62, 6
7, Cochrane-Fountain City, 12-0, 52, 7
8, Eau Claire Regis, 9-3, 31, 8
9, Edgar, 10-1, 27, 10
10, St. Mary’s Springs, 9-4, 11, 9
Others receiving votes: Spring Valley 4, Cadott 2, Markesan 2, Shiocton 1.

DIVISION 5
Rank, school, W-L, Pts, LW
1, Barneveld (11), 10-0, 119, 1
2, Shullsburg (1), 13-0, 107, 2
3, Marshfield Columbus, 12-0, 95, 3
4, Seneca, 12-0, 81, 4
5, Hilbert, 12-1, 75, 5
6, Bangor, 10-1, 60, 7
7, Gresham, 9-2, 40, 9
8, Almond-Bancroft, 9-2, 28, 10
9, Chippewa Falls McDonell, 7-3, 27, 6
10, Alma/Pepin, 9-2, 13, 8
Others receiving votes: Loyal 5, Wis. Rapids Assumption 3, Randolph 3, Milw. Academy of Science 2, Eleva-Strum 1, Black Hawk 1.

Monona Grove can’t solve Brookfield East running game, falls 42-36 in D2 finals

MADISON, Wis. — The Monona Grove football team came up short in the Division II WIAA State title game, falling to Brookfield East 42-36 behind the five touchdowns of Sam Santiago-Lloyd.

Santiago-Lloyd’s five rushing scores set a new Division II championship game record, most recently being set by Kimberly’s Blair Mulholland in 2015. He ran for 197 yards on his way to the state record. Santiago’Lloyd’s efforts also earn Brookfield East its first ever State Championship.

The Silver Eagles got out to a 14-0 start thanks to a Jackson Thomsen touchdown run and blocked punt recovered for a touchdown on the Spartans’ first possession. It was all Spartans from there, controlling the clock for 34 minutes and 50 seconds, compared to the Silver Eagles’ 13:10. Brookfield East collected 20 first downs along the way.

Monona Grove finished second in the Badger South Conference this year, advancing to the title game despite the graduation of running back Toren Young (Iowa). Head coach Brandon Beckwith said that meant a change in their offensive strategy.

For Monona Grove, it was their first championship appearance since their 2013 title run. Quarterback Alec Ogden was 10-of-15 for 138 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. His favorite target was receiver Andryhi Nahirniak, who hauled in four catches for 111 yards and one score.

Aside from Santiago-Lloyd, Brookfield East’s biggest offensive threat was quarterback Jake Graf. His main contribution came in the ground game, where he gave the defense fits all day, racking up 179 yards in the process.

Darlington settles for runner-up in championship loss to Regis

MADISON, Wis. — The Darlington Redbird football team settled for runner-up for the fourth straight season in a 27-14 Division 6 WIAA championship loss to Eau Claire Regis at Camp Randall.

The Ramblers jumped out to an early lead, which ballooned to 27-0 late in the third quarter. At halftime, Regis held an enormous offensive yardage advantage, 210-to-49. But once the scoreboard turned over to the fourth quarter, Darlington finally saw some opportunities.

Darlington used a late interception near midfield to set up the team’s first touchdown of the evening. Running back Hunter Johnson would then find the end zone to make it 27-14. On the ensuing possession, an onside kick attempt was seemingly hauled in by Regis, but fumbled away, giving the Redbirds another chance. The Rambler defense locked down as the Redbirds found themselves inside the opponent 10-yard line.

For Regis, the win ends a 13-year drought, with their last State title coming in 2003 when they were a Division 7 school.

WFCA All-State team features area selections

MADISON, Wis. — As 14 teams descent upon Camp Randall in the coming days in search of WIAA state championships, 65 players were named Monday to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State teams.

*Names in bold represent players on teams competing for state titles

Offensive line

Tyler Beach, 6-6, 285, sr., Port Washington
Issac Benner, 6-4, 310, sr., Chippewa Falls
Logan Bruss, 6-5, 265, sr., Kimberly
Jacob Erdman, 6-3, 298, sr., Stevens Point
Alex Fenton, 6-5, 285, sr., Menomonie
Jordan Gallagher, 6-5, 280, sr., Racine Horlick
Jon Gruetzmacher, 6-8, 310, sr., Merrill
Matt Henningsen, 6-5, 270, sr., Menomonee Falls
Kayden Lyles, 6-4, 320, sr., Middleton
Josh Seltzner, 6-6, 300, sr., Columbus
Micheal Singer, 6-4, 300, sr., Amherst
Blake Smithback, 6-3, 282, sr., Waunakee

Running backs

Sam Altena, 5-11, 195, sr., New Richmond
Nate Ihlenfeldt, 5-11, 180, sr., Green Bay Notre Dame
Obi Iwuagwu, 6-1, 185, sr., Madison Abundant Life/St. Ambrose
Hunter Johnson, 6-1, 211, sr., Darlington
Sam Santiago-Lloyd, 5-11, 235, sr., Brookfield East
D.J. Stewart, 6-0, 175, jr., Kimberly
Seth Wilson, 6-0, 200, sr., Holmen
Ryan Zuern, 6-0, 190, sr., Hartford

Quarterbacks

Ben Nienhuis, 6-2, 200, sr., Oconomowoc
Danny Vanden Boom, 6-5, 195, sr., Kimberly
Josh Weiss, 6-3, 205, sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium

Wide receivers

Terrell Carey, 6-1, 192, sr., Madison West
Zach Clayton, 6-3, 230, sr., Oconomowoc
Reid Hilbelink, 6-3, 190, sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium
Jalen Sample, 6-4, 190, sr., Onalaska

Tight ends/fullbacks

Hunter Bourne, 6-5, 220, sr., Verona
Austin Goehring, 6-5, 235, sr., Kiel

Specialists

Thomas Gibson, 6-2, 180, sr., Brookfield Central
Caiden Haake, 6-3, 215, sr., Pepin/Alma
Noah Zastrow, 5-10, 165, sr., Spencer/Marshfield Columbus

Kickers

Collin Larsh, 6-0, 180, sr., Monona Grove

Defensive line

Michael Buetow, 6-0, 275, sr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs
Juan Harris, 6-3, 370, sr., Janesville Parker
Matt Henningsen, 6-5, 270, sr., Menomonee Falls
Jason Culver, 5-11, 260, sr., Oakfield
Michael Singer, 6-4, 300, sr., Amherst
Aaron Vopal, 6-7, 290, sr., De Pere
Hawk Wimmer, 6-4, 303, sr., Franklin

Defensive ends

Caiden Haake, 6-3, 215, sr., Pepin/Alma
T.J. Hollis, 6-4, 240, sr., Verona
Logan McCormick, 6-3, 230, sr., Kimberly
Jake Powell, 6-2, 235, sr., Hartland Arrowhead
Matt Szeszol, 6-4, 255, sr., Lake Geneva Badger

Inside linebackers

Ethan Cesarz, 6-1, 220, sr., Delavan-Darien
C.J. Goetz, 6-5, 225, jr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
Cole Hannusch, 6-3, 225, sr., Chippewa Falls
Tanner Johnson, 6-0, 215, sr., Osceola
Preston Lane, 6-0, 195, sr., Luck
Matt Lorbeck, 6-3, 225, sr., Bay Port
Austin Mozdzen, 5-10, 200, sr., Germantown

Outside linebackers

Jaylen Campbell, 6-1, 196, sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
Noah Harvey, 6-3, 215, sr., Hartland Arrowhead
Reggie Jennings, 6-2, 220, jr., Brookfield Central
Alex Mashak, 6-0, 195, sr., Lodi
Tyler Staerkel, 6-1, 220, sr., Kimberly
Marty Strey, 6-3, 210, jr., Sun Prairie

Defensive backs

Jake Goodman, 6-0, 176, sr., Menomonie
Trent Ingalls, 6-2, 180, jr., Menasha
Andrew Johnson, 6-1, 175, sr., Omro
Tyler Mais, 6-3, 198, sr., Waunakee
Mike Oechsner, 6-0, 181, sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
Jake Weber, 5-11, 180, sr., Bay Port

Punter

Anthony Hendrickson, 6-5, 180, sr., Pecatonica/Argyle

Offensive POTY

Hunter Johnson, 6-1, 211, sr., Darlington

Defensive POTY

Matt Lorbeck, 6-3, 225, sr., Bay Port

Assistant Coaches of the Year

Scott Watruba, Cambria-Friesland
Mike Lecher, Pewaukee

Monona Grove, Darlington qualify for WIAA State finals

MADISON, Wis. — Camp Randall Stadium will play host to seven WIAA high school football championship games Thursday and Friday, with Monona Grove and Darlington getting another crack at a State title.

After three straight years of getting tripped up in the Division 6 WIAA title game, Darlington hopes to break a trend Thursday taking on Regis. It’s Darlington’s fourth straight championship game appearance.

Monona Grove has gone on a short drought, qualifying for its first State championship game since 2013. That game ended in a 21-17 win over Greendale. This year’s Division 2 matchup pits them against Brookfield East on Friday.

Thursday matchups

Div. 7: Edgar vs. Shullsburg | 10 a.m.
Div. 6: Regis vs. Darlington | 1 p.m.
Div. 5: Amherst vs. Cedar Grove-Belgium | 4 p.m.
Div. 4: St. Croix Central vs. River Valley | 7 p.m.

Friday matchups

Div. 3:  Notre Dame vs. Catholic Memorial | 10 a.m.
Div. 2:  Brookfield East vs. Monona Grove | 1 p.m.
Div. 1:  Kimberly  vs. Franklin | 4 p.m.

WIAA football level 2 results

MADISON, Wis. — Several area high school football teams moved on to the third level of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs Friday night, including Middleton, Monona Grove, and Monroe.

Division 1

Middleton 22, Madison La Follette 17

Badger 22, Verona 14

Franklin 31, Oak Creek 28

Marquette 31, Racine Horlick 15

Fond du Lac 38, Milwaukee King 6

Kimberly 42, Appleton West 7

Stevens Point 42, Hudson 27

Bay Port 62, D. C. Everest 12

Division 2

Monona Grove 45, Waunakee 20

Waukesha West 49, Watertown 14

Homestead 31, Germantown 7

Whitefish Bay 48, Greenfield 31

Brookfield East 27, Menomonee Falls 3

Brookfield Central 28, Hartford 7

Pulaski 56, Holmen 49

Menomonie 31, Green Bay Southwest 13

Division 3

Monroe 41, Fort Atkinson 40

Pewaukee 28, Delavan-Darien 7

Catholic Memorial 30, Wisconsin Lutheran 27

Kewaskum 14, Plymouth 6

Luxemburg-Casco 28, West De Pere 7

Notre Dame 35, Antigo 0

New Richmond 55, Onalaska 29

Rice Lake 27, La Crosse Logan 23