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.
EAST TROY -- The Trojan boys’ tennis team made history by qualifying for the WIAA Division 2 state tennis tournament in Madison.
The team tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The individual championship was held June 1-3, 2017.
Delavan-Darien winning the division 3 WIAA State Boys Soccer Championship
State tournament action for girls golf and girls individual tennis are already in the books for the 2016-’17 school year.
And postseason competition begins for every other fall sport, making this week one of the busiest on the prep calendar.
Here is a rundown of where Stateline area schools will be performing:
Competitions begin Thursday, Oct. 20, and continue Saturday in Division 1, while teams in divisions 2-4 open Tuesday, Oct. 18, and continue Thursday and Saturday.
Burlington is the sectional host and earned the No. 2 seeding in one of eight D-1 brackets, where Westosha Central earned the top spot.
In other match-ups, eighth-seeded Milton hosts ninth-seeded Kenosha Bradford/Reuther, with the winner going to Westosha. The other side of the regional has fifth seed Janesville Craig entertaining 12th-seeded Badger, while No. 13 seed Janesville Parker visits fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.
The opposite side of the sectional features third-seeded Stoughton hosting 14th-seeded Beloit Memorial, while the Demons are home to 15th-seeded Elkhorn.
In Division 2, top-seeded East Troy is slated to host the McFarland Sectional semifinals and gets eighth-seeded Clinton.
The regional also includes fifth-seeded Delavan-Darien traveling to fourth-seeded Evansville, third-seeded Big Foot hosting sixth-seeded Beloit Turner and No. 7 seed Whitewater visits second-seeded Edgerton.
The New Glarus Sectional includes area squads in Division 3. Fifth-seeded Parkview visits fourth-seeded Deerfield on Tuesday, with the winner heading to top-seeded Wisconsin Heights on one side of the sectional. It also includes third-seeded Brodhead hosting sixth-seeded Cambridge.
The other side sees fifth-seeded Palmyra-Eagle traveling to fourth-seeded Dodgeland, with No. 1 seed Waterloo waiting for the winner.
The Division 4 field includes the Stoughton Sectional, with one regional bracket featuring eighth-seeded Faith Christian visiting top seed Randolph. Meanwhile, second-seeded Williams Bay entertains seventh-seeded Rio.
The schedule structure is the same as volleyball, with action, mainly play-in games with lower seeds, starting on Tuesday and games continuing Thursday and Saturday.
Area Division 1 schools open up Thursday: The Kettle Moraine Sectional includes 16th-seeded Janesville Parker visiting top-seeded Middleton, third-seeded Beloit Memorial hosting 14th-seeded Janesville Craig and seventh-seeded Badger traveling to 10th-seeded Waukesha South.
The D-2 field has fifth-seeded Milton hosting No. 12 Westosha Central in the Wilmot Sectional, which also includes second-seeded Elkhorn welcoming 15th-seeded Burlington.
In Division 3, top-seeded and top-ranked Delavan-Darien opens at home Thursday with the winner of Tuesday’s Milwaukee Lutheran-Kewaskum showdown. If the Comets advance to Saturday, they will meet eighth-seeded Big Foot/Williams Bay or ninth-seeded St. Thomas More.
On the other side of the sectional, 11th-seeded Whitewater visits sixth-seeded Plymouth and 10th-seeded East Troy travels to New Berlin West, the seventh seed.
The Edgewood Sectional has 17th-seeded Edgerton playing at No. 16 Black River Falls/Melrose Mindoro on Tuesday, with the winner going to top-seeded Mount Horeb on Thursday. Third-seeded Evansville hosts 14th-seeded Mauston.
In Division 4, Faith Christian is a sixth seed in The Prairie School Sectional and hosts 11th-seeded Kenosha St. Joseph.
Sectional competitions are scheduled Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, with the state meet set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Beloit Memorial hosts a Division 1 sectional at Leeson Park with the boys race at 11 a.m. and the girls competition at 11:45 a.m. Participating teams include the Purple Knights, Elkhorn, Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig and Milton.
Badger will be in the Kenosha Bradford Sectional, while Burlington competes in the Mukwonago Sectional, both of which also take place Saturday. They start with boys events at 10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively.
In Division 2, Evansville, Brodhead/Juda, Beloit Turner and Edgerton will be in the Platteville Sectional. Meanwhile, Whitewater, Clinton, Big Foot, Delavan-Darien and East Troy participate at Deerfield. Both events start with boys at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The D-3 competitions include Parkview traveling to Fennimore and Williams Bay, Palmyra-Eagle and Catholic Central participating in the Kenosha St. Joseph Sectional. The Fennimore event starts at 11 a.m., while action in Kenosha begins at 12:15 p.m.
All of the WIAA playoff contests are scheduled for 7 p.m. kickoffs Friday unless noted otherwise.
In Division 1, unbeaten Southern Lakes Conference winner Badger earned a No. 2 seed behind Big Eight co-champion Sun Prairie in one eight-team regional. The Badgers host seventh-seeded Madison West.
The D-3 field includes area squads Evansville/Albany and Delavan-Darien. The Comets picked up a seventh seed and travel to No. 2 Mount Horeb/Barneveld. The Blue Devils are a fifth seed and visit fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.
In Division 4, Big Foot earned an eighth seed and hits the road to top-seeded River Valley. The winner will face fourth-seeded Lodi or fifth-seeded Brodhead/Juda in the second round. East Troy is the seventh seed and visits second-seeded Platteville in the opener.
Clinton earned one of the four tops seeds in Division 5. The Cougars host eighth-seeded Marshall, with No. 4 Arcadia or No. 5 New Glarus/Monticello the prospective opponent in Level 2.
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