Weather delays Division 1 games
Weather forced the postponement of two WIAA Division 1 girls super sectional basketball games to today, leaving the matchups for this weekend’s state tournament at the Kohl Center up for grabs.
Appleton East’s game against Eau Claire North has been rescheduled for 7 tonight at Stevens Point High School. The game originally was scheduled for Tuesday at UW-Stevens Point.
De Pere’s matchup with Nicolet also has been rescheduled for 7 tonight at Oshkosh North High School. It originally was set for Tuesday at UW-Oshkosh.
Both winners then will have to scramble to make it to state on Friday.
So the only thing certain in Division 1 is that top-ranked Middleton (25-1) will play third-rated defending state champion Milwaukee Pius
(25-1) at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the second state semifinal game.
Middleton squeezed past Franklin, 61-59, in a super sectional Tuesday at UW-Whitewater. Pius took out fifth-ranked Racine Case, 70-61, at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
That puts Middleton in the state tournament for the fourth straight year. The Cardinals have won 25 straight since losing their nonconference opener to Morgan Park, Ill., 75-69.
Pius is the state tournament for the third time since becoming a WIAA member in 2000. With a 993 enrollment, Pius actually is a Division 2 school but has chosen to play up a division in girls competition.
The same is true with Nicolet (1,176), which will be bidding for a Division 1 state berth tonight. De Pere, another super sectional qualifier, is only 12 students above the 1,200 enrollment cutoff between Divisions 1 and 2, and the Redbirds were Division 1 runners-up in the boys state tournament last weekend.
-- New London (23-3) vs. Milton (22-3), 1:35 p.m.
-- Luxemburg-Casco (25-1) vs. Whitefish Bay (21-5),
New London returns to the state tournament for the first time since back-to-back appearances in 2006-07, which produced a runner-up finish in 2007. The Bulldogs placed second in the Bay Conference this season behind Luxemburg-Casco, a state qualifier in Division 2.
Milton’s last appearance at state also occurred in 2007, when the Red Hawks lost to Merrill in the Division 1 quarterfinals. Their only other appearance came in 1992, when they defeated Lake Geneva Badger in the Division 2 semifinals and lost the title game to Minocqua Lakeland, 47-42.
Luxemburg-Casco is back for the sixth time overall and the first since 2004, when the Spartans captured the Division 2 title. They also won state titles in 1994 and 1988 and were runners-up in 1995.
Whitefish Bay has six previous appearances in the state tournament, with the last one coming in 2006. The Blue Dukes were Class A runners-up to D.C. Everest in 1986, and they placed second to Monroe in Division 2 in 2006.
-- Altoona (19-7) vs. Prairie du Chien (21-5), 9:05 a.m.
-- Kewaunee (23-3) vs. Whitefish Bay Dominican
(26-0), 10:30 a.m.
Altoona has made it to the state tournament for the third time in four years. The Rails lost in the Division 2 semifinals last year and in 2008.
This season, the Rails finished second in the Western Division of the Cloverbelt Conference, which was won by Division 4 state qualifier Eau Claire Regis.
Prairie du Chien advanced to state for the first time since its only other appearance, a Division 2 state championship in 1991. The Blackhawks overcame a one-point halftime deficit for a 47-34 win over Edgerton in last Saturday’s sectional finals.
Dominican will be making its first appearance in the WIAA state tournament after the Knights’ 47-40 win over Winnebago Lutheran in the Waukesha West Sectional finals.
Kewaunee also is appearing in the state tournament for the first time. The Storm defeated Freedom, 47-44, in the Ashwaubenon Sectional finals.
The Storm tied for the Packerland Conference title with Algoma, which has also qualified for the state tournament in Division 4.
-- Eau Claire Regis (25-1) vs. Westby (24-1), 6:35 p.m.
-- Algoma (25-1) vs. Oostburg (22-3), 8:15 p.m.
Oostburg, last year’s Division 3 runner-up, is back at state for the fifth straight year and the ninth time overall. The Flying Dutch won Division 3 state championships in 1990, 1994 and 2008.
Algoma returns to state for the first time since 1986 and the sixth time overall. The Wolves won the Class C championship in 1986 after taking second in 1985. They also won the Class B title in 1981.
The Wolves are Packerland Conference co-champions this season with Division 3 state qualifier Kewaunee.
Regis is appearing at state for the third time and first since back-to-back trips in 2003-04, which produced a Division 4 championship in 2003.
Westby has made it to state for the first time after getting by Belleville, 38-37, in the Baraboo Sectional finals.
-- Prentice (25-1) vs. River Ridge (19-7), 1:35 p.m.
-- Wausau Newman (26-1) vs. South Wayne Black Hawk
(25-0), 3:15 p.m.
Defending Division 4 champion Wausau Newman is making its eighth overall appearance since joining the WIAA in 2000. The Cardinals also won the state title in 2002, and their appearances in 2005 and 2006 produced runner-up finishes.
Black Hawk, last year’s Division 4 runner-up, is making its third straight appearance and third overall. The Warriors’ first appearance, in 2009, resulted in a semifinal loss.
Prentice will be making its ninth state appearance but its first since 1993. All eight previous appearances came in a period from 1981-93, which produced Class C titles in 1981 and 1989 and a Division 4 championship in 1992. The Buccaneers also finished second in 1982 and 1993.
River Ridge has qualified for the first time. But the school was formerly Bloomington, which made two appearances. The first resulted in a second-place finish in 1976.