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Boys teams prep for tournament time

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Dave Wedeward
March 2, 2009

After an eventful season in the Associated Press top 10, can Elkhorn High’s boys basketball team get a “Handel” on the Janesville Craig Sectional.


It’ll be a tough task, and nobody knows it better than Elkhorn coach John Handel.


Southern Lakes champion Elkhorn (18-2) is No. 9 in the AP poll and seeded second in the Division 1 sectional. Beloit Memorial (15-5), which has received votes in the ratings, is the No. 1 seed.


“From everything we’ve seen, they’re certainly deserving of that No. 1 seed,’’ Handel said the Purple Knights, who finished third in the Big Eight Conference. “They’re very impressive and look like the class of that sectional.’’


But that’s not the say Elkhorn, and certainly not third-seeded Verona (13-7), will be outclassed. The Elks played Verona down the finish last year in a 52-48 sectional semifinal loss, and the memory of that strong performance lingers.


“Ever since we lost that sectional game last year, I think our guys have been waiting for this opportunity,’’ Handel said. “We’re looking forward to playing those teams.’’


But before it gets to any matchups between the top seeds, there a lot of games to be played. They start Tuesday night with the regional semifinals.


Beloit and Elkhorn receive first-round byes and won’t play until Saturday’s regional finals. The Purple Knights will host the defending sectional champion, eighth-seeded Lake Geneva Badger (11-9), or ninth-seeded Stoughton (9-11) in the upper bracket. Elkhorn will be at home for a lower-bracket game against No. 7 Burlington (11-9) or No. 10 Oregon (7-13), two teams the Elks have beaten this season.


Much of the first-night attention will be on Janesville Craig and its retiring coach, Bob Suter, who will begin his final tournament run. Suter has won 385 games in 23 years as head coach and directed the Cougars to seven state appearances.


Craig is 9-11 this season and seeded fifth in the sectional. That puts the Cougars at home Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game against 12th-seeded Westosha Central (3-17).


Craig is in the sectional’s upper bracket with Beloit and would face No. 4 Kenosha Tremper (13-7) or No. 13 Wilmot (4-16) in Saturday’s regional finals. That winner would draw Beloit, Badger or Stoughton in the sectional semifinals.


Janesville Parker (1-19), a No. 14 seed in the lower bracket, faces Big Eight rival Verona for the third time this season in a regional semifinal game Tuesday on the Wildcats’ court. That winner pairs up Saturday with No. 6 Kenosha Bradford (10-10 ) or No. 11 Milton (8-12), who meet Tuesday at Kenosha.


If the top seeds advance to sectional, all of which will be played at Craig, it would be Beloit against Tremper, followed by Elkhorn against Verona, in the March 13 semifinals. Beloit would play Elkhorn on Saturday, March 14, for the sectional title and one of eight Division 1 spots in the March 19-21 state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.


Badger earned that trip last year with a dramatic 65-62 sectional semifinal win over Craig at Fort Atkinson, followed by a 74-64 victory over Verona at Elkhorn. Verona won this sectional the two previous years.


So what’s Elkhorn’s secret to getting a “Handel” on this time?


“Our defense is been pretty solid all year, and we’re going to have rebound,’’ the coach said.


WIAA BOYS BASKETBALL
Division 1
JANESVILLE CRAIG SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Lake Geneva Badger (def. Verona,74-64, in sectional final).


Badger lost to eventual runner-up Madison Memorial, 79-63, in the state quarterfinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Elkhorn (18-2), No. 9; Beloit Memorial (15-5), No. 14.


Top seeds: Beloit Memorial, No. 1; Elkhorn, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Brown County Arena champion in the fourth state quarterfinal game at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Verona has won this sectional two of the last three years and again figures to be a contender after a strong 13-7 first season in the Big Eight. The Wildcats split two highly competitive games with Beloit, winning 81-76 in double overtime before losing 75-67 … Verona features one of the state’s top players in 6-4 senior Jason Ziemer, who led the Big Eight with a 24-point average and had 30 in his last game.


Elkhorn, which lost 52-48 to Verona in last year’s sectional semifinals, has been rated in the top 10 all season. The Elks won Class B state titles in 1978 and 1979, but they haven’t been to the state tournament since a 1987 appearance in Class B … Badger went only 11-9 in the regular season but has been hot down the stretch, featuring its typically strong three-point shooting, and has a late-season victory over perennial Division 4 champion Randolph .. Janesville Craig (10-12), a long-time power in this sectional, is looking for a last hurrah under retiring coach Bob Suter. The Cougars are an imposing 385-149 in 23 seasons under Suter and have been the state tournament seven times … Beloit has won seven state titles, but not since 1973. The Purple Knights are looking for their first state appearance since 2005 and their first state tournament victory since 1978.


BROWN COUNTY SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Bay Port (def. Appleton East, 55-49, in sectional final).


Bay Port lost to Brookfield Central, 63-55, in the state quarterfinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Bay Port (20-0), No. 4.


Top seeds: Bay Port, No. 1; Kimberly (15-5), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Janesville Craig champion in the fourth state quarterfinal game at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Bay Port, the Fox Valley Classic champion, makes it happen without star power. Judging from the record, the tournament-tested Pirates should have smooth sailing in this sectional, but Kimberly has shown in the past that records don’t mean everything. The Papermakers won this sectional with a 12-12 record two years ago and advanced to the state semifinals.


WAUNAKEE SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Madison Memorial (def. Waunakee, 79-59, in sectional final).


Madison Memorial defeated Lake Geneva Badger, 79-63, in the state quarterfinals; Oshkosh West, 61-58, in the semifinals; lost to Wauwatosa East, 58-56 in overtime, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Madison Memorial (19-1), No. 2; Madison East (17-3), No. 5; Waunakee (17-3), No. 10; Baraboo (16-4), No. 17.


Top seeds: Madison Memorial, No. 1; Madison East, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the McGuire Sectional No. 1 champion in the third state quarterfinal game at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: This sectional is loaded with star power, starting with Memorial’s 6-7 senior, Jeronne Maymon, who had a dazzling 33-point performance in last year’s state title game. The Marquette University recruit is joined in the Spartans’ power-packed lineup by University of Wisconsin recruit Vander Blue, still only a 6-4 junior. Madison East counters with the equally dazzling 1-2 punch of 6-4 junior Marquis Mason and 5-11 sophomore Nimrod Hilliard IV … East handed Memorial its only loss, 53-44, but the Spartans got revenge with a 56-45 victory in a regular-season finale that clinched their sixth straight undisputed Big Eight championship … Memorial and East could meet again in the sectional finals, but Badger North champion Waunakee rates as a major threat to East in the lower bracket, especially after the Warriors played top-ranked Milwaukee Washington within 65-63 in a late-season nonconference game on Washington’s court.


McGUIRE SECTIONAL NO. 1

(Final at Al McGuire Center)


2008 champion: Germantown (def. Milwaukee Vincent, 60-59, in sectional final).


Germantown lost to two-time defending state champion Oshkosh West, 66-63 in overtime, in the state quarterfinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Germantown (18-2), No. 7.


Top seeds: Germantown, No. 1; Hartland Arrowhead (16-4), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Waunakee champion in the third state quarterfinal game at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Germantown, led by 6-foot-8 Loyola of Chicago recruit Ben Averkamp, is a clear-cut favorite in this sectional. However, longtime state power Milwaukee Vincent (12-8) remains a threat, especially after going 10-3 in the City Conference.


McGUIRE SECTIONAL NO. 2

(Final at Al McGuire Center)


2008 champion: Wauwatosa East (def. Milwaukee King, 48-46, in sectional final).


Wauwatosa East defeated Eau Claire North, 50-38, in the state quarterfinals; Brookfield Central, 52-48, in the semifinals; Madison Memorial, 58-56 in overtime, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Milwaukee Washington (19-1), No. 1; Milwaukee Marquette (18-2), No. 6; Wauwatosa East (16-4), No. 10.


Top seeds: Milwaukee Washington, No. 1; Milwaukee Marquette, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the UW-Oshkosh champion in the first state quarterfinal game at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Washington is likely to lose its No. 1 state rating after falling to Milwaukee King, 63-46, last week, but the Purgolders still are the ones to beat. The team not many are talking about, however, is Marquette, a 60-43 winner over Wauwatosa East in a regular-season finale that gave the Hilltoppers a sweep of their season series and the Greater Metro championship.


UW-OSHKOSH SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Oshkosh West (def. Oshkosh North, 31-30, in sectional final).


As two-time defending champion Oshkosh West defeated Germantown, 66-63 in overtime, in the state quarterfinals; lost to eventual runner-up Madison Memorial, 61-58, in the semifinals).


2009 AP rated teams: Oshkosh North (17-3), No. 13.


Top seeds: Oshkosh North, No. 1; Oshkosh West (13-7), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the McGuire No. 2 champion in the first state quarterfinal game at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, March 19


Key facts: This sectional has produced a state finalist four times since 2001, with two titles and a second-place finish for Oshkosh West. The Oshkosh teams again appear to be headed for a sectional final matchup. North won both Fox Valley Association meetings, 59-56 and 59-53. North, still under veteran coach Frank Schade, lost a 1997 quarterfinal game to Janesville Craig in its last trip to state.


MARSHFIELD SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Eau Claire North (def. Wausau West, 53-33, in sectional final).


Eau Claire North lost to eventual champion Wauwatosa East, 50-38, in the state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Wausau West (18-2), No. 12; Wausau East (15-5), No. 15.


Top seeds: Upper bracket—Hudson (15-5), No. 1; Superior (17-3), No. 2. Lower bracket—Wausau West, No. 1 ; Wausau East, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Racine Case champion in the second state quarterfinal game at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Eau Claire North (13-7), a No. 5 seed after tying for second place behind Big Rivers champion Hudson, may have a deceiving record after playing much of the season without injured 6-11 junior Evan Anderson, a University of Wisconsin recruit … The Wausau teams finished 1-2 in the Wisconsin Valley and split their conference series, with West winning 33-29 and East taking the February rematch 46-41.


RACINE CASE SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Lake Geneva Badger (def. Verona,74-64, in sectional final).


2009 AP rated teams: Racine Horlick (19-1), No. 3; Milwaukee Hamilton (17-3), No. 8.


Top seeds: Racine Horlick, No. 1; Milwaukee Hamilton, No. 2; Racine Park (17-3), No. 3.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Marshfield champion in the second state quarterfinal game at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: If Horlick is the state qualifier, tournament fans will be seeing one of the premier players in Jamil Wilson, a NCAA Division I recruit, who reportedly has narrowed his choices to Michigan State, Oregon and Texas … Horlick’s only loss was 55-52 to Brook College Prep of Chicago … The Rebels may be catching a break in having arch-rival Park if the opposite bracket of the sectional, possibly avoiding a third meeting with the Panthers after hard-fought 61-60 and 54-48 regular-season wins … Milwaukee Hamilton’s only losses were to state-rated teams—Plymouth (70-67), Milwaukee Washington (65-49) and Germantown (64-51). The Wildcats are coached by Tom Diener, a five-time state champion at Milwaukee Vincent …. Horlick’s Jason Treutelaar coached Marshall to the 2002 Division 3 state title.


Division 2
SUN PRAIRIE SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Monroe (def. East Troy, 54-53, in sectional final).


As defending champion Monroe lost to eventual champion New Berlin Eisenhower, 53-49, in the state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: River Valley (18-2), No. 7; Madison Edgewood (16-4), No. 12; East Troy (15-5), No. 16; Lakeside Lutheran (17-3), No. 17.


Top seeds: Regional A—River Valley, No. 1; Wisconsin Dells (16-4), No. 2. Regional B—Monroe (13-7), No. 1; Evansville (14-6), No. 2. Regional C—Madison Edgewood, No. 1; Lakeside Lutheran, No. 2. Regional D—Waukesha Memorial (14-6), No. 1; East Troy, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Brown County Arena champion in the second state semifinal game at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: Monroe shared the Badger South title with Edgewood at 10-2, but absorbed five losses in a tough nonconference. The Cheesemakers swept their series with Edgewood, 47-32 and 56-52, but lost 63-60 to Division 1 state-rated Badger North champion Waunakee, 63-60, in a season-ending crossover challenge … East Troy graduated all five starters from last year’s top-ranked team but came back to win the North Division championship in its first Rock Valley season. The Trojans also played a tough nonconference schedule that included an early-season loss to Waukesha Memorial, which finished second in the Division 1 Classic Eight … Evansville has a No. 2 seed but lost twice to third-seeded Edgerton (14-6), whom the Blue Devils could face for the second time in less than a week in Thursday’s regional semifinals … The top three players in the sectional may be Edgerton’s Bryan Gregory (22.2 ppg), Monroe’s Mitch Tordoff (18.3) and Edgewood’s Derek Braucht (19.6).


BROWN COUNTY SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Plymouth (def. Valders, 71-54, in sectional final).


Plymouth lost to Adams-Friendship, 46-45, in the state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Waupun (19-1), No. 1; Oconto (20-0), No. 5; Appleton Xavier (17-3), No. 9; Valders (16-4), No. 13; Seymour (16-4), No. 14.


Top seeds: Regional A—Oconto, No. 1; Seymour, No. 2. Regional B—Denmark (12-8), No. 1; West De Pere (11-9), No. 2. Regional C—Waupun (19-1), No. 1; New London (15-5), No. 2. Regional D—Appleton Xavier, No. 1; Valders, No. 2


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Sun Prairie champion in the second state semifinal game at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: After winning this sectional last year, seventh-ranked Plymouth (18-2) has been shifted to the McGuire Sectional … Plymouth spoiled Waupun’s perfect season with a 76-64 victory in a regular-season finale …. Waupun and Oconto may be headed to a sectional final showdown … Seymour, a seven-time state finalist since 1997, always is a threat in this sectional.


UW-STOUT SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Adams-Friendship (def. Spooner, 35-34, in sectional final).


Adams-Friendship defeated Plymouth, 46-45, in the state semifinals; lost to New Berlin Eisenhower, 54-41, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Maple Northwestern (20-0), No. 2; Black River Falls (15-5), No. 15.


Top seeds: Regional A—Northwestern, No. 1; New Richmond (14-6), No. 2. Regional B—Rice Lake (12-8), No. 1; Altoona (15-5), No. 2. Regional C—Black River Falls, No. 1; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (13-7), No. 2. Regional D—Lakeland (13-7), No. 1; Adams-Friendship (12-8), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the McGuire champion in the first state semifinal game at 1:35 p.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: After Waupun’s loss in a regular-season finale, Northwestern may receive the No. 1 rating in today’s final voting. The Heart O’North champions feature a huge front line that includes 6-6 senior Aaron Corry and 6-7 junior Donnie Hissa.


McGUIRE SECTIONAL

(Final at Al McGuire Center)


2008 champion: New Berlin Eisenhower (def. Brown Deer, 52-49, in sectional final).


New Berlin Eisenhower defeated Monroe, 53-49, in the state semifinals; Adams-Friendship, 54-41, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Whitefish Bay (19-1), No. 3; Wisconsin Lutheran (18-2), No. 4; Delafield St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (19-1), No. 6; Plymouth (18-2), No. 7; New Berlin Eisenhower (18-2), No. 10; Milwaukee Marshall (16-4), No. 11; Kettle Moraine Lutheran (17-3), No. 19.


Top seeds: Regional A—Plymouth, No. 1; Sheboygan Falls (12-8), No. 2. Regional B—Pewaukee (17-3), No. 1; New Berlin Eisenhower, No. 2. Regional C—Whitefish Bay, No. 1; Milwaukee Marshall, No. 2. Regional C—Wisconsin Lutheran, No. 1; Milwaukee Lutheran (10-10), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the UW-Stout champion in the first state semifinal game at 1:35 p.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: In a word, this sectional is loaded—including the addition of Plymouth, which won the Brown County Arena Sectional last year and just knocked off top-ranked Waupun, 76-64 …. The favorite may be Whitefish Bay, which has lost only to Division 1-rated Germantown, 53-51, but was a 67-57 winner in the rematch to take the North Shore title over the Warhawks.


Division 3
BARABOO SECTIONAL

2008 champion: La Crosse Aquinas (def. Cuba City, 64-35, in sectional final).


La Crosse Aquinas defeated Whitefish Bay Dominican, 68-58, in the state semifinals; Iola-Scandinavia, 70-51, in the championship game.


2009 rated teams: Cuba City (19-1), No. 1; La Crosse Aquinas (17-3), No. 6; Marshall (15-5), No. 11; New Glarus (15-5), No. 13; Viroqua (14-6), No. 15; Westby (14-6), No. 17.


Top seeds: Regional A—La Crosse Aquinas, No. 1; Viroqua, No. 2. Regional B—Tri-County (15-5), No. 1; Pardeeville (14-6), No. 2. Regional C—Marshall, No. 1; Poynette (13-7), No. 2. Regional D—Cuba City, No. 1; New Glarus, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Ashwaubenon champion in the second state semifinal game at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Cuba City coach Jerry Petitgoue has 682 victories and three state championships, but he’s looking for a first—a sectional final victory over a private school. He may get the chance again this year against Aquinas.


ASHWAUBENON SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Iola-Scandinavia (def. Manitowoc Roncalli in sectional final, 67-64, in sectional final).


Iola-Scandinavia defeated Eau Claire Regis, 53-50, in the state semifinals; lost to La Crosse Aquinas, 70-51, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Laconia (18-2), No. 4; Three Lakes (18-2), No. 9; Amherst (17-3), No. 10; Brillion (18-2), No. 12; Marathon (17-3), No. 13.


Top seeds: Regional A—Amherst, No. 1; Marathon, No. 2. Regional B—Three Lakes, No. 1; Crivitz (15-5), No. 2. Regional C—Brillion, No. 1; Manitowoc Roncalli (16-4), No. 2. Regional D—Laconia, No. 1; Howards Grove (15-5), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Baraboo champion in the second state semifinal game at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Iola-Scandinavia (10-10), coached by Edgerton High graduate Sam Bertsch, is No. 5 seed and not expected to be a factor after last year’s state runner-up finish … The Thunderbirds partially broke up the private schools’ domination of Division 3 with victories over Roncalli and Regis last year, but they couldn’t pull off the final punch against Aquinas in the title game.


WEST ALLIS CENTRAL SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Whitefish Bay Dominican (def. Racine St. Catherine’s, 59-37, in sectional final).


Whitefish Bay Dominican lost to eventual champion La Crosse Aquinas, 68-58, in the state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Racine St. Catherine’s (18-2), No. 2; Whitefish Bay Dominican (16-4), No. 7.


Top seeds: Regional A—Cedar Grove-Belgium (16-4), No. 1; Oostburg (15-5), No. 2. Regional B—Watertown Luther Prep (14-6), No. 1; Cambridge (10-10), No. 2. Regional C—Whitefish Bay Dominican, No. 1; Milwaukee Northwest (4-15), No. 2. Regional D—Racine St. Catherine’s, No. 1; Racine Lutheran (16-4), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Eau Claire North champion in the first state semifinal game at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: A lot of people will be surprised if Racine St. Catherine’s doesn’t come out of this sectional and win the state championship. The Angels’ only losses are to Division 2-rated Wisconsin Lutheran (42-37) and Division 1-rated Milwaukee Hamilton (62-57).


EAU CLAIRE NORTH SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Eau Claire Regis (def. Webster, 52-46, in sectional final).


Regis lost to eventual runner-up Iola-Scandinavia, 53-50, in the state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Colby (20-0), No. 3; Luck (19-1), No. 4; Fall Creek (16-4), 16-4), No. 8; Eau Claire Regis (15-5), No. 16.


Top seeds: Regional A—Grantsburg (17-3), No. 1; Glenwood City (12-8), No. 2. Regional B—Luck, No. 1; Mondovi (17-3), No. 2. Regional C—Ladysmith (15-5), No. 1; Hurley, No. 2. Regional D—Colby, No. 1; Fall Creek, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the West Allis Central champion in the first state semifinal game at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, March 19.


Key facts: Luck has moved up to Division 3 after qualifying for last year’s Division 4 state tournament … Ladysmith, coached by Forrest Larson (now at Lake Geneva Badger) in 2003, was the last public school to win the Division 3 state championship.


Division 4
FORT ATKINSON SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Randolph (def. Benton, 49-47, in sectional final).


As defending champion, Randolph lost to eventual champion Eleva-Strum, 61-45, in the state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Randolph (18-2), No. 1; Benton (18-2), No. 4; Sheboygan Christian (19-1), No. 7; Fall River (17-3), No. 10; Monticello (13-7), No. 15.


Top seeds: Regional A—Benton, No. 1; Monticello, No. 2. Regional B—Burlington Central (12-8), No. 1; Williams Bay Faith Christian (14-6), No. 2. Regional C—Randolph, No. 1; Fall River, No. 2. Regional D—Sheboygan Christian, No. 1; Living Word Lutheran (13-7), No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Spooner champion in the first state semifinal game at 9:05 a.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: Randolph is shooting for its sixth state title in eight years and ninth overall under coach Bob Haffele. The Rockets have the prospect of facing Benton, Haffele’s alma mater, in the sectional finals for the third straight year. Randolph’s only losses this season were to Division 1 opponents—state-rated Madison East, 50-49, on last-second basket, and Lake Geneva Badger, 57-54, in overtime.


SPOONER SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Luck (def. Thorp, 48-46, in sectional final).


Luck lost to eventual runner-up Suring, 57-45, in state semifinals.


2009 AP rated teams: Blair-Taylor (18-2), No. 6; Cornell (18-2), No. 8; Clayton (16-3), No. 12; Flambeau (15-5), No. 16


Top seeds: Regional A—Drummond (15-5), No, 1; Solon Springs (10-10), No. 2. Regional B—Rib Lake (16-4), No. 1; Prentice (16-4), No. 2. Regional C—Clayton, No. 1; Chippewa Falls McDonell (13-7), No. 2. Regional D—Blair-Taylor, No. 1; Cornell, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Fort Atkinson champion in the first state semifinals game at 9:05 a.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: This sectional has not produced a state finalist in the last 12 years. Luck has moved up to Division 3 after advancing to last year’s Division 4 state tournament.


ONALASKA SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Eleva-Strum (def. Seneca, 43-26, in sectional final).


Eleva-Strum defeated defending champion Randolph, 61-45, in the state semifinals; Suring, 62-58, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Wisconsin Rapids Assumption (18-2), No. 2; Potosi (17-3), No. 3; North Crawford (19-1), No. 5; Hillsboro (15-5), No. 9; Barneveld (16-4), No. 13.


Top seeds: Regional A—Gilmanton (13-7), No. 1; Spring Valley (12-8), No. 2. Regional B—Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, No. 1; Royall (15-5), No. 2. Regional C—Hillsboro, No. 1; Barneveld, No. 2. Regional D—Potosi, No. 1; North Crawford, No. 2.


Agenda: This sectional champion plays the Appleton North champion in the second state semifinal game at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20.


Key facts: Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Potosi, this sectional’s top-rated teams, lost their regular-season finales. Potosi got whipped by No. 4 Benton, 64-39, for the second time this season.


APPLETON NORTH SECTIONAL

2008 champion: Suring (def. Marshfield Columbus, 59-38, in sectional final).


Suring defeated Luck, 57-45, in the state semifinals; lost to Eleva-Strum, 62-58, in the championship game.


2009 AP rated teams: Suring (15-5), No. 11; Goodman (15-5), No. 14.


Top seeds: Regional A—Conserve (12-7), No. 1; Bowler (11-9), No. 2. Regional B—Marshfield Columbus (13-7), No. 1; Rosholt (14-6), No. 2. Regional C—Suring, No. 1; Goodman, No. 2. Regional D—Menasha St. Mary (9-11), No. 1; Fish Creek Gibraltar (10-10), No. 2.


Key facts: With no apparent powerhouse, this sectional could be the most up for grabs of any in the state.



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