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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:16

Boys basketball last to join postseason competitions

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Boys basketball teams in the Badger State finally enter the March Madness fray next week. Here is a look at where Stateline area squads begin their postseason runs:

Wisconsin boys basketball

The madness begins with regional tournaments for boys basketball across the Badger State with regionals on Feb. 28 and March 3-4.

Sectional competitions in all five divisions are scheduled March 9 and March 11.

Those who survive will reach the Kohl Center for the state tournament, which is set for March 16-18.

Area teams in Division 1 are lumped into the 18-team Sun Prairie Sectional, a field that includes fellow Big Eight heavyweights Madison Memorial and Middleton, not to mention Muskego and the Kenosha schools.

However, Janesville Craig and Beloit Memorial have been pleasant surprises and have battled at the top of the league all season.

The other two Stateline teams are Badger and Janesville Parker.

Beloit Memorial grabbed the best spot among Stateline teams with the fifth seed, while Craig was right behind with the sixth seed. The Purple Knights host 12th seeded Verona, while the Cougars entertain Oconomowoc, the 11th seed, both on March 3.

Parker is the 18th seed and travels to 15th seeded Madison La Follette on Feb. 28, with the winner going to second-seeded Madison Memorial.

Badger is seeded 17th and visits Tremper, the 16th seed. The victor travels to top-seeded Sun Prairie.

In D-2, Delavan-Darien, Southern Lakes rivals Elkhorn and Burlington and Milton of the Badger South are among the 11 teams on one side of the Middleton Sectional, which has highly ranked Waunakee and Stoughton in the opposite bracket.

The Elks earned the No. 4 seed and open March 3 at home against fifth-seeded Union Grove. The winner likely travels to top-seeded Westosha Central in the next round.

Burlington grabbed the third seed and awaits the winner of sixth-seeded Delavan-Darien and 11th seed Milton, who tangle on Feb. 28.

Meanwhile, Big Foot, East Troy, Evansville, Beloit Turner, Whitewater, Clinton, Brodhead, Palmyra-Eagle and Edgerton will battle in a 14-team free-for-all in the Division 3 Waunakee Sectional.

Turner is the third seed and hosts 14th seed Palmyra-Eagle, with the winner meeting sixth-seeded East Troy or No. 11 seed Big Foot in the second round. Second-seeded Evansville gets the winner of seventh-seeded Edgerton or Clinton, the 10th seed.

On the other side, Whitewater is the eighth seed and hosts ninth-seeded Marshall. The winner travels to top-seeded Lake Mills. Brodhead settled for the 13th seed and visits fourth-seeded Edgewood.

Parkview is the lone area squad in the D-4 competitions, where it will play in the Baraboo Sectional.

The Vikings are the 11th seed and go to sixth-seeded Iowa-Grant, with the victor traveling to third-seeded Deerfield.

In D-5, Faith Christian, Williams Bay and defending state runner-up Catholic Central are in one side of the Watertown Sectional.

The season will end Feb. 28 for either eighth-seeded Catholic Central or ninth-seeded Faith Christian because they battle in the opener. Meanwhile, Williams Bay is the 11th seed and visits sixth-seeded Sheboygan Area Lutheran.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:34

Annual David Trophy ceremony Feb. 18

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The ninth annual David Trophy presentations and breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Calvary Community Church.

The purpose of the event is to recognize and encourage honorable character traits in young men from area high school programs and to demonstrate support for the influence of coaches in the lives of maturing young athletes.

Head football coaches from Badger, Big Foot, Delavan-Darien and Elkhorn high schools selected one player from their teams.

The coaches and winners for 2016 are: Badger, coach Matt Hensler and nominee Mason DuMez, quarterback, defensive back and punter; Big Foot, coach Greg Enz, nominee Beau Cary, tight end and defensive end; DDHS, coach Bret St. Arnauld, nominee Ryan Gengler, running back and linebacker; and Elkhorn, coach Tom Lee, nominee Ryan Shilts, running back and defensive back.

Those who wish to attend or want more information should call 262-245-6294. The church is at the corner of Wisconsin Highway 50 and Harris Road in Williams Bay.

The regular season isn’t over just yet, but many eyes are focusing on the postseason and the beginning of March Madness for boys and girls hoops teams across the Stateline area.

Here is a rundown of action that starts next week:

Illinois boys basketball

The postseason begins in classes 1A and 2A with action in 32 regionals from Feb. 20-24. Sectionals then run Feb. 28, March 1 and March 3. Super Sectionals are March 7, and the state tournament will be March 10-11 at Carver Arena in Peoria.  

Alden-Hebron is in the 1A Pecatonica Sectional and South Beloit and North Boone compete in the 2A Byron Sectional.

In classes 3A and 4A, regionals are set for Feb. 27-28 and March 1 and March 3. Sectionals take place March 7-8 and March 10 and Super Sectionals are March 14. The state finals, also at Carver Arena, will be played March 17-18.

Hononegah, which reached the 20-victory plateau on Feb. 10, is in the 4A Elgin Sectional along with Belvidere North and Machesney Park, while Harvard is stationed in the 3A Genoa-Kingston Sectional.

Wisconsin girls basketball

Regional games in the five divisions are slated for Feb. 21 and Feb. 24-25. Sectional contests will be played March 2 and 4. The state tournament is scheduled March 9-11 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

In Division 1, every Stateline area school will be in the Janesville Craig Sectional. In addition to the host Cougars, rival Parker and their Big Eight foe Beloit Memorial will join a field that includes Badger.

Craig received the top seeding of area teams as the No. 10 seed. The Cougars will visit seventh-seeded Muskego on Feb. 24. Meanwhile, Badger is the 11th seed and travels to sixth-seeded Watertown that night.

Parker is the 12th seed and opens at fifth-seeded Verona on the 24th. Beloit Memorial is the 18th and lowest seed and goes to 15th seeded Kenosha Indian Trail on Feb. 21, with the winner visiting second-seeded Sun Prairie in round two.

The D-2 competitions will be centered on the Middleton Sectional, where Delavan-Darien, Elkhorn, Milton and Burlington are parked in an 11-team regional that saw top seed Union Grove emerge only to lose the sectional finale to Stoughton by one point in overtime.

Union Grove is the top seed and will host the winner of the Feb. 21 match-up between eighth-seeded Delavan-Darien and ninth-seeded Fort Atkinson. Elkhorn, the 11th seed, also begins postseason play Feb. 21 at sixth-seeded Waterford. The victor travels to third-seeded McFarland on Feb. 24.

In Division 3, the Sun Prairie Sectional includes Rock Valley members Clinton, East Troy, Big Foot, Whitewater, Beloit Turner, Edgerton, Palmyra-Eagle, Evansville and Brodhead sandwiched into a 13-team regional.

Top-ranked Whitewater again earned the top seed, while No. 2 Madison Edgewood, which upset the Whippets in the sectional opener last year, is the second seed. Whitewater will face eighth-seeded East Troy or ninth-seeded Brodhead, who meet Feb. 21. Clinton is the fifth seed and hosts 12th seed Lake Mills on Tuesday, while 13th seeded Evansville travels to fourth-seeded Marshall.

On the other side, third-seeded Edgerton awaits the winner of sixth-seeded Big Foot and 11th seeded Palmyra-Eagle. Also, 10th seeded Beloit Turner travels to seventh-seeded Lakeside Lutheran, with Edgewood waiting in round two.

The D-4 competitions have Parkview battling in the Baraboo Sectional, while Williams Bay, Faith Christian and Catholic Central will try to navigate through the same regional of the Division 5 Watertown Sectional.

Parkview is the 12th seed and visits fifth-seeded Belleville on Feb. 21, with the winner going to fourth-seeded Darlington on Feb. 24.

Catholic Central is a seventh seed and goes to 10th seeded Sheboygan County Christian on Feb. 21, with the winner traveling to second-seeded Milwaukee Academy of Science.

On the opposite side, Williams Bay is seeded eighth and visits ninth-seeded University Lake, with the winner facing top-seeded Living Word Lutheran. Faith Christian is the 12th seed and tangles with fifth-seeded Heritage Christian.

Wisconsin gymnastics

Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker again will try to compete against several big-time, co-op programs when the Division 1 postseason kicks off with sectional meets Feb. 23 through Feb. 25.

The Mukwonago Sectional field also includes the combination of Badger, Burlington, Catholic Central, Union Grove and Wilmot and the Mukwonago co-op with East Troy and Kettle Moraine.

In D-2, Elkhorn will compete in the Waterford Sectional, while Milton and Whitewater are in the Mount Horeb Sectional.

The state meet, as usual, is in Wisconsin Rapids. It will be on March 3-4.

Wisconsin wrestling

Wrestling regionals help kick off the postseason in the Badger State on Saturday, Feb. 11, with eight sites in Division 1 and four each in Divisions 2 and 3.

The D-1 field features area teams in two sectionals. The Janesville Craig Sectional sees the Cougars, rival Janesville Parker, Beloit Memorial, Badger, Milton and Elkhorn competing in the Westosha Central Regional.

The Red Hawks were ranked ninth in the most recent WiWrestling.com team ratings, while the Elks sat at No. 5.

Burlington will host a sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 18, after going even farther east to compete in the Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Regional.

The top three individual finishers in each weight class advance to sectionals, while the first- and second-place wrestlers from sectionals head to the Kohl Center in Madison for the state meet Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25.

Numerous standouts from the area dot the most recent rankings in D-1: Badger junior Beau Ladu was third at 106; Milton senior Dalton Shea and Elkhorn junior Grant Truesdale were fourth and eighth, respectively, at 113; Elkhorn junior Benji Peak was sixth at 126; Elkhorn soph Daniel Stilling was third at 132; Elkhorn senior Bryce Jacobson sat sixth at 152; Milton senior Billy Pitzner was third, Burlington junior Nathan Crayton was fifth and Elkhorn senior Riley Remington was eighth at 182; Red Hawks junior Jerry Lipke was sixth at 195; Janesville Parker senior Logan Murdy stood seventh  at 220, with Elkhorn senior Richard Heidemann eighth.

Meanwhile, the best two regional grapplers at each weight in Divisions 2 and 3 qualify for sectional meets. From there, the first three finishers from sectionals will represent their schools in Madison.

The host Trojans will entertain the likes of Brodhead/Juda, Clinton, Evansville/Albany and Edgerton in the Turner Regional, which leads into the Richland Center Sectional. Also, Big Foot/Williams Bay hosts a regional event in the Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional, with Delavan-Darien, East Troy and Whitewater in the field.

Evansville/Albany was the lone area squad in the D-2 team rankings as an honorable mention pick.

Individuals in the most recent Division 2 rankings had East Troy freshman Tommy Larson sitting eighth at 106; Edgerton freshman Cole Bavery was sixth, Big Foot/Williams Bay senior Travis Berryman eighth and Evansville/Albany soph Adam Staver 10th at 120; E/A senior Chase Katzenmeyer second at 126; Brodhead/Juda sophomore Jackson Hauri seventh at 132; E/A junior Nolan Kicmol first and Beloit Turner senior Anthony Bivens sixth at 145; Whitewater senior Thomas McManaway 10th at 170; Whitewater junior Jimmy DuVal ninth at 182; E/A senior Lucius Rinehart first and Turner senior Tyler Burt fourth at 220.

In Division 3, Parkview competes in the Marshall Regional, while Palmyra-Eagle travels to the Kenosha Christian Life Regional.

Regional point leaders advance to the team sectionals, which are set for Tuesday, Feb. 14. Elkhorn in Division 1, Edgerton and East Troy in D-2 and Parkview in D-2 are team sectional hosts.

Wisconsin boys swimming

Sectionals begin Friday, Feb. 10, with diving competitions. The remaining events will be held Saturday, Feb. 11.

Area teams will be represented in two of the six Division 1 sectional meets: Middleton and Kenosha Tremper.

Beloit Memorial, Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig will battle mostly Big Eight Conference rivals at Middleton. Meanwhile, Badger’s co-op with Big Foot, Williams Bay, Westosha Central and Wilmot joins the team of Burlington, East Troy, Catholic Central, Union Grove and Waterford in the competitions at Tremper.

In Division 2, Milton and Whitewater will compete in the Stoughton Sectional, while Delavan-Darien and Elkhorn are in the Whitefish Bay Sectional field.

It’s tough for Stateline area athletes to compete at the state level, but a few competitors in D-2 have shown they could challenge for medals at the UW Natatorium.

The Elks were in ninth place in the 400 freestyle relays in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association time charts.

Winners of each heat at sectionals in both divisions advance to state. The fastest 18 non-winning times in Division 1 and best 12 non-winning showings in D-2 also earn spots in Madison.

Wisconsin boys and girls hockey

Action on the ice starts with boys regional action Tuesday, Feb. 14, and continues Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16-17.

As for area boys squads, Milton, the Janesville Bluebirds (Craig and Parker) and the Beloit Memorial co-op arrangement, which includes Turner, Brodhead, Clinton, Delavan-Darien and Parkview, are in the 11-team Janesville Sectional.

Three first-round games will be played Feb. 14, including sixth-seeded Beloit Memorial hosting 11th seeded Monroe and 10th seeded Milton traveling to seventh-seeded Kenosha Bradford. Second-seeded Janesville entertains the Milton-Bradford winner on Feb. 16. Sectionals are scheduled Feb. 21 and Feb. 25, with the state tournament at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison from March 2-4.

Meanwhile, the girls regionals are scheduled Feb. 16-17, with the Rock County Fury hoping to return to the state tournament while competing in the eight-team Sun Prairie Sectional.

The Rock County co-op features athletes from Beloit Memorial, Janesville, Milton, Turner, Clinton, Monroe and Black Hawk.

The Fury earned the No. 3 seed and open Feb. 16 at Edwards Ice Arena against sixth-seeded Viroqua.

Evansville belongs to the Stoughton co-op that includes Oregon, McFarland and Monona Grove. This squad is the eighth seed and travels to top-seeded Sun Prairie on Feb. 16. The winners will advance Feb. 21, while the sectional final will be Feb. 25.

The state tourney is March 3-4, also at the Alliant Energy Center.

Illinois boys swimming

Sectional competitions are planned Saturday, Feb. 18.

Hononegah, Belvidere North co-op and Machesney Park will swim in the 13-team Byron Sectional.

The state meet will be Feb. 24-25 in Winnetka (New Trier).

Christine Kuspa’s Hononegah program won its sixth straight NIC-10 team title last year behind record-setting senior diver Payton Staman, who went on to win the state gold medal. The Indians are seeking their fourth sectional crown in the past five years.

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