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.
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.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team returns 14 starters from a squad that reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, finishing 12-2 overall in 2015.
UW-Whitewater has won nine of the last 11 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and six of the past nine NCAA Division III championships.
League coaches and athletic communications personnel have anointed the Warhawks league favorite again after they finished 6-1 last year and a game behind UW-Oshkosh in their first year under coach Kevin Bullis.
The 2016 high school football season starts Aug. 18-20. Here is a look at some of the top storylines as the race for conference titles and WIAA playoff berths begins across the Stateline.
On the move
Two Stateline area schools are hoping a new conference home will indeed create greener pastures, at least from a competitive standpoint.
Parkview and Palmyra-Eagle are looking to put recent struggles behind them as the WIAA approved their shift from the Rock Valley to the much more enrollment friendly Trailways.
New enrollment figures show Parkview, which was planning to play 8-man football, sitting at 261 students and Palmyra-Eagle at 316. So, instead of remaining the smallest entries in the RVC South, they are in the middle of their new seven-team league.
Six Stateline area baseball teams earned first or second seeds to begin postseason tournament competition, which starts Thursday, May 26, for most schools.
Meanwhile, girls soccer is the last prep sport to open playoff action, starting with regional play Thursday, June 2.
Here is a roundup of where squads begin their state tourney quests in Grand Chute and Milwaukee, respectively.
WIAA regional play begins Tuesday, May 31, for teams in Division 1, which features eight 12-team sectional fields.
Defending state champion Janesville Craig gobbled up one of the top seeds and awaits eighth-seeded Milton or ninth-seeded Oregon for a June 2 match-up. The other regional opener on May 26 has fifth-seeded Janesville Parker and 12th-seeded Elkhorn tangling for a chance to face fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.
On the other side of the bracket, third-seeded Beloit Memorial hosts sixth-seeded Madison West or 11th-seeded Madison La Follette. The Purple Knights will host the sectional semifinals and title game on June 7.
In Divisions 2, 3 and 4, the 16 regionals are comprised of four, five or six teams. All tourneys begin May 26.
In D-2, Beloit Turner grabbed the top seed and Evansville the second seed of their regional. Turner will play fourth-seeded Brodhead/Juda or fifth-seeded Edgerton on May 31, which is when the Blue Devils will entertain third-seeded Monroe or sixth-seeded Clinton.
The other bracket of the Monroe Sectional features fourth-seeded Big Foot hosting fifth-seeded Delavan-Darien on May 26 for the opportunity to tackle top-seeded Martin Luther on May 31. Meanwhile, East Troy earned the sixth seed in its regional and opens at third-seeded Racine Lutheran/Prairie, with the winner traveling to second-seeded Whitewater in the second round.
The Division 3 tourney sees Parkview as a fifth seed and going to fourth-seeded Waterloo in its opener Thursday in the Aquinas Sectional. The winner advances to a May 31 showdown against top-seeded Cambridge.
And Palmyra-Eagle earned one of the four top seeds in the Ripon Sectional. The Panthers will encounter either fourth-seeded Kenosha Christian Life or fifth-seeded Racine St. Catherine’s.
In D-4, second-seeded Williams Bay gets the winner of third-seeded Catholic Central or sixth-seeded Faith Christian in a bracket that has Barneveld as the top regional seed of the Johnson Creek Sectional.
Sectional winners advance to the state tournament from June 14-16 at Fox Cities Stadium.
The tournament consists of eight regionals and four sections in all four divisions.
Regional games are scheduled Thursday and Saturday, June 2 and June 4, while sectionals will be Thursday and Saturday, June 9 and June 11. The state tourney at Uihlein Soccer Park is set June 16-18.
In Division 1, Janesville Craig, Janesville Parker, Badger and Beloit Memorial/Turner are bunched in the same bracket of the Kettle Moraine Sectional.
The Division 2 Waunakee Sectional includes Elkhorn, Milton and Burlington in the same regional.
Area Division 3 teams will compete in two sectionals.
Edgerton and Evansville are in one regional of the Mount Horeb Sectional, while Big Foot/Williams Bay, Delavan-Darien, Whitewater and East Troy are in a tough bracket of the Catholic Memorial Sectional.
In D-4, Catholic Central and Clinton are in the same regional and Palmyra-Eagle sits in the other bracket of the Prairie School Sectional.
Anticipation for March Madness is reaching a fever pitch as Stateline area teams gear up for the WIAA boys basketball postseason, which culminates March 17-19 at the Kohl Center in Madison from Thursday through Saturday.
Regional action begins Tuesday, March 1, for schools not receiving first-round byes, while everybody joins the fray on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5.
Sectionals in all five divisions are scheduled Thursday and Saturday, March 10 and March 12.
Another Wisconsin high school football season is upon us, with the bulk of teams across the Badger State kicking off Friday night.
That’s the case with every Stateline area squad, except for Williams Bay, which is scheduled to open Saturday.
Here is a rundown of Week One’s match-ups, most of them nonconference affairs except for Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig starting Big Eight competition.
Friday, Aug. 21
Beloit Turner at University School (NC)
Derek Diehl inherits a Turner program that has not won more than two games since 2008, and the former Williams Bay coach is hoping that senior quarterback Seth Smith and the Trojans’ offense can reach double figures more than three times like last year.
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