Most of the 224 qualifying teams in seven divisions kick off the 2014 WIAA state football playoffs Friday across the Badger State, including all of the Stateline area participants.
Here is the schedule and a few notes about all of the opening-round matchups.
• Janesville Craig (6-2) earned a sixth seed and a long bus ride to the southern shore of Lake Winnebago, where the Cougars face third-seeded Fond du Lac (8-1), which finished second to Oshkosh North in the Wisconsin Valley Association South. The Cougars are making their first postseason trip since 2008 and 12th overall, while the Cardinals qualified for a second straight year and 13th in school history.
East Troy and Burlington know about expectations and the pressure that goes with them, and the top two girls volleyball teams in the Stateline area are ready for the challenges again.
WIAA postseason competitions begin for Divisions 2-4 on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Division 1 squads join the fray Thursday, Oct. 23.
Coach Jeremy Weis’ defending D-2 champion Trojans aren’t as mighty as the contingent that registered a 44-0 mark last year, which included victories over numerous D-1 powers.
The 39th rendition of the WIAA football playoffs begins with Level 1 contests Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.
And the Stateline area will be well represented, especially in the four largest divisions. First-round pairings were scheduled to be announced this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 18).
Here is a look at the area qualifiers.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Coaches Matthew Boesch of Hawk’s View and Heidi Haas of Geneva National provided the leadership, and members of the Lake Geneva PGA Junior League all-star golf team took their advice all the way to capturing the state championship.
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Wisconsin’s final four teams were Lake Geneva, Madison, Sheboygan and North Shore Milwaukee. They competed Sept. 7 at Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms in Cedarburg, with the Stateline area squad besting the field.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Statistics often don’t tell the entire story, but the numbers don’t lie when it comes to maintaining many of the athletic teams at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County.
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That’s especially true when it involves a new coach who’s been tasked with resurrecting a program after a five-year hiatus.