Postseason crunch begins
The next two weeks will be among the busiest of the WIAA calendar year, with postseason tournament action starting for competitors in boys tennis, boys golf and girls and boys track beginning Tuesday, May 27 -- softball started last Thursday for programs in Divisions 2-4.
Baseball and girls soccer playoff action opens Tuesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 5, respectively.
Several Stateline area teams and dozens of individual athletes should contend for titles and/or medals, and here is a roundup of what's coming up.
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In D-1 action that starts May 27, Wilmot is the sectional final host for a two-region competition that includes Badger, Janesville Craig, Beloit Memorial, Janesville Parker and Milton.
The Red Hawks battled perennial power Monroe for Badger South supremacy for most of the season behind hitting stars Maddie McCue, Kayla Negus and Courtney Terrill. The latter also is one of the league's top pitchers.
Beloit Memorial has been battling for second place behind Verona in the Big Eight and could be a team to watch.
Defending state champion and top-ranked Westosha Central would be the favorite. However, the field also includes rivals Burlington and Union Grove from the rugged Southern Lakes.
Speaking of the SLC, Delavan-Darien has fought it out for second place with the Demons and Broncos. The Comets, with pitching ace Jennah Speth, will be battle-tested after facing D-1 opponents all spring and are joined in a D-2 regional by Big Foot, Beloit Turner, Whitewater, Elkhorn, Clinton and East Troy.
Rock Valley South champion Turner should be a contender with the likes of hurler Kelsie Packard. Turner earned the top seed, while Delavan-Darien got the No. 2 spot.
In one of the other four regionals in the same D-2 sectional, second-place Rock Valley North finisher Edgerton was in a field that included rival Evansville along with sectional final host and highly rated McFarland. The latter is the top seed, while Edgerton and Evansville are the second and third seeds, respectively.
In Division 3, Parkview and Brodhead are in the same regional of the Poynette Sectional. The top-seeded Vikings finished second to Turner in the RVC South, handing the Trojans two of their three defeats with a doubleheader sweep in mid-April.
Williams Bay and Faith Christian are in the same D-4 regional with Metro Classic title contender Catholic Central of the Oakfield Sectional.
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