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Monday, 05 June 2017 12:47

Turner softball returns to state ahead of schedule

Written by  Source: Gazettextra.com/WIAA
The F.J. Turner softball team qualified for the 2017 WIAA Division 2 state softball tournament. The F.J. Turner softball team qualified for the 2017 WIAA Division 2 state softball tournament. Anthony Wahl/Gazettextra.com

BELOIT TOWNSHIP -- Two years ago, F.J. Turner High’s softball program took three sets of sisters with it to the WIAA state softball tournament.

The older siblings were all seniors, the younger siblings all freshmen.

And when the Trojans’ run ended in a Division 2 semifinal loss, many believed Turner would be back when the young sisters, themselves, reached their senior seasons.

There was only one problem. The Trojans weren’t all that interested in waiting that long.

Two of the freshmen sisters from Turner’s last state team -- Kailyn Packard and Olivia Mikkelson -- along with their teammates, have earned a second trip to state in the past three years.

Turner opens state play against New London at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017. Rice Lake and Kewaskum play in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting in the state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Turner qualifies for state for the fourth time overall, with the most notable experience being a runner-up finish in Division 3 in 2002.

The tournament runs June 8-10 at Goodman Diamond on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in Madison.

Tickets are $8 per session for quarterfinals and semifinals, $6 for each championship game and $14 for an all-day ticket on Thursday and Friday.

Tickets are available at the stadium or online with a convenience fee per session at: Expressoticketing.com/wiaa/pickevent.aspx?ecn=20.

The finals will be broadcast on FS Wisconsin or FS Wisconsin Plus. Divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5 championships with air on FS Wisconsin.

The championship finals also will be streamed live on the FoxSportsGo app.

Thursday, June 8

Division 1 Quarterfinals

Game-1:  Wilmot Union (22-4) vs. Germantown (17-9) - 8 a.m.

Game-2:  Menomonee Falls (22-5) vs. Oak Creek (28-1) - 10 a.m.*

Game-3:  Kaukauna (26-2) vs. Oshkosh North (25-4) - 12:30 p.m.

Game-4:  Stevens Point (23-6) vs. Sun Prairie (23-3) - 2:30 p.m.*

Division 5 Semifinals

Game-1:  McDonell Catholic (20-4) vs. Belmont (28-2) - 5 p.m.

Game-2:  Wausaukee (15-8) vs. Blair-Taylor (23-3) - 7 p.m.*

Division 4 Semifinal

Game-1:  Phillips (21-1) vs. Juda/Albany (25-2)_- 9 p.m.

Friday, June 9

Division 4 Semifinal

Game-2:  Shiocton (22-7) vs. Pacelli (19-8) - 8 a.m.*

Division 3 Semifinals

Game-1:  Bloomer (24-4) vs. Laconia (23-0) - 10 a.m.

Game-2:  Weyauwega-Fremont (21-9) vs. Marshall (24-5) - Noon*

Division 2 Semifinals

Game-1:  Rice Lake (21-7) vs. Kewaskum (25-3) - 2:30 p.m.

Game-2:  New London (23-5) vs. Turner (23-2) - 4:30 p.m.*

Division 1 Semifinals

Game 5:  Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 7 p.m.

Game 6:  Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - 9 p.m.*

Saturday, June 10

Division 5 Championship Game - 8 a.m.

Division 4 Championship Game - 10:30 a.m.*

Division 3 Championship Game - 1 p.m.*

Division 2 Championship Game - 4 p.m.

Division 1 Championship Game - 6:30 p.m.*

  • Approximate times

FOLLOW THE TOURNEY ON TWITTER:  Receive the updates of the State Softball Tournament on the WIAA State Tournament Twitter account @wiaawistate with the hashtag #wiaasoftball. Also like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram at wiaawi, and add us on Snapchat at wiaawis.

NEED RESULTS?:  The quickest way to get results will be to access the softball homepage on the WIAA website at:  http://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Softball.aspx and choose the appropriate results links.

PARKING AT GOODMAN:  Parking permits for media with in-and-out privileges in Lots 60 and 76 near Goodman Diamond will be available for purchase. Media will be allowed to temporarily access the circle in front of the stadium to drop off equipment prior to parking. Please plan accordingly.

 

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