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Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:13

Milton, East Troy and Burlington chase state titles this weekend

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Three Stateline area teams are seeking WIAA state trophies this weekend, Milton in boys soccer and Burlington and East Troy in girls volleyball.

Here is a look at the roads they must travel:

Boys soccer

Milton is making its third trip to state, the first in Division 2. The Red Hawks qualified in Division 1 in 2002 and 2008, losing their opener the first time and reaching the semifinals in ’08.

Milton enters the competitions at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee with a 14-5-2 record after winning the Waunakee Sectional crown with a 2-1 victory over 2013 state champion Oregon.

Ryan Wagner’s Red Hawks disposed of Wilmot, Stoughton and Fort Atkinson by a combined 15-1 margin before downing the Panthers.

Milton will have to pull a major upset to reach the final and/or claim the championship. The Red Hawks open against top-rated Whitefish Bay (21-2-1) at noon Friday. The winner gets first-time qualifier River Falls (13-6-2) or second-ranked Cedarburg (18-0-4) at 3p.m. Saturday for all the marbles.

Whitefish Bay has earned four state titles, the most recent in 1995, and finished second in 2003. Cedarburg has been the runner-up the last two years, giving them five such finishes to go with three state crowns, the last coming in 1996.

Girls volleyball

East Troy (31-9) was ranked second behind defending state champion Catholic Memorial in the most recent Division 2 coaches poll and faces fifth-rated Altoona (44-3) at 4 p.m. Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Trojans defeated No. 3 Platteville in four sets in the sectional final.

The winner meets Catholic Memorial (35-14) or fourth-rated Green Bay Notre Dame (38-5) at 2:05 p.m. Saturday for the trophy.

East Troy, the 2013 title winner, qualified for the second time in three years and for the third time overall -- the first was in 1987.

The Rock Valley North champion Trojans didn’t get to face the Railroaders during the 2013 tournament because Altoona lost its semifinal match to Edgewood. East Troy downed Oconto Falls and Edgewood in straight sets to finish 44-0 to take home the top prize.

This is Altoona’s third trip to state, the first coming way back in 1976.

Top-ranked Burlington (42-3) heads the Division 1 field. The Demons tangle with honorable mention pick Verona (33-5) at 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 5). The winner meets either sixth-rated Oconomowoc (29-3) or No. 8 Neenah (30-13) in a semifinal showdown at 7 p.m. Friday.

The championship match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with defending champion and second-rated Divine Savior Holy Angels a likely foe.

Dan Lynch’s Burlington squad is making its second straight appearance and the school’s seventh overall. The Southern Lakes Conference champions are seeking their third state crown to go with back-to-back trophies in 2011 and ’12 after knocking off league rival Westosha Central in the sectional finale.

The Demons face a Verona group that won the Big Eight title and knocked off Sun Prairie to reach state for a second time.

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