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State Boys Basketball Tournament in LaCrosse & Oshkosh This Week 

Issue Date: March 3, 2021

The 105th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 4-6, at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse and Friday-Saturday, March 5-6 at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wis.

Tickets for admission will first be offered to qualifying schools, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 28.  Unsold tickets will be offered to the general public beginning Wednesday, March 3 at 8 a.m. Codes for each specific game will be required to purchase tickets. Check the WIAA Boys Basketball Tournament webpage for codes and links once they are released. All general public ticket questions should be directed to Ticketmaster at 1-800-653-8000. Ticket price is $13 plus processing and service fees per session.

The single elimination tournament features a five-division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions.

Thursday, March 4

 Division 5 - La Crosse Center,  La Crosse, Wis.

Semifinals


#1 Hustisford (16-3) vs. #4 Wauzeka-Steuben (16-2) - 9:05 a.m.

#2 McDonell Catholic (16-4) vs. #3 Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran/Providence (16-10) - 12:35 p.m.

Championship Game

Winner of Semifinals - 7:05 p.m.

 Friday, March 5

 Division 4 - La Crosse Center,  La Crosse, Wis.

Semifinals


#1 The Prairie School (23-3) vs. #4 Luther (19-1) - 9:05.m.

#2 Lourdes Academy (23-5)"vs. #3 Edgar (23-2) - 12:25 p.m.

Championship Game

Winner of Semifinals - 6:35 p.m.

Division 3 - Menominee Nation Arena, Oshkosh, Wis.

Semifinals


#1 Racine St. Catherine's (26-1) vs. #4 Wrightstown (24-4) - 10:45 a.m.

#2 Lake Country Lutheran (25-1)"vs. #3 St. Croix Central (23-2)"- 2:10 p.m.

Championship Game

Winner of Semifinals - 8:30

Saturday, March 6

Division 2 - La Crosse Center,  La Crosse, Wis.

Semifinals


#1 Onalaska (18-0) vs. #4 Xavier (23-4) - 9:05 a.m.

#2 Pewaukee (25-3) vs. #3 Lake Mills (23-5) -12:25 p.m.

Championship Game

Winner of Semifinals - 6:35 p.m.

Division 1 - Menominee Nation Arena, Oshkosh, Wis.

Semifinals


#1 Kimberly (24-2) vs. #4 DeForest (16-5) - 10:45 a.m.      

#2 Wauwatosa East (21-3) vs. #3 River Falls (21-2) - 2:10 p.m.

Championship Game

Winner of Semifinals - 8:30 p.m.

The State Tournament will be televised live on WKOW-TV in Madison, WAOW-TV in Wausau, WXOW-TV in La Crosse, WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, WYOW-TV in Eagle River, WMOW-TV in Crandon, WMLW-TV in Milwaukee, KBJR-MY9 in Duluth/Superior and WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. The Wisconsin Division of Quincy Media, Inc., will produce the coverage. The championships will also be streamed on the statewide network station websites. Also, download the Magic of March app for live streaming video, scores, highlights and more about the WIAA State basketball tournaments. Live coverage of the tournaments on iOS or Android phones and tablets are also available on the app.

The first WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament was held in 1916. The Kohl Center has hosted the championships 22 years since moving from the UW Field House in 1998. The tournament featured a one-class format until 1934 when, for two years (1934-35), there were two classes. From 1936 until 1939, the  tournament increased to three classes, and then returned to the one class format in 1940. A one-class tourney prevailed until 1972 when it again became a two-class event. The tourney went to three classes again in 1974 and remained that way until a four-division format was adopted in 1991. The 2011 State Tournament introduced the first five-division format and qualifying four teams from each division. Randolph has won 10 State championships, the most titles won by any member school. Beloit and Dominican have won seven championships. Stevens Point has won six titles, and Milwaukee King, Milwaukee Vincent, Milwaukee Lincoln and Racine St. Catherine's have each won five. There have been 126 different schools that have won championships. Neenah and Superior own the record for the most State Tournament appearances with 27, followed by Beloit with 26, and then Eau Claire with 25.

Onalaska is the #1 seed in the D2 bracket. The Hilltoppers are returning to State for the 10th time overall and for the first time since 2013. They have three State titles on their resume. They won the  Class A championship in 1988 and Division 2 titles in 1992 and 2012. They earned their berth this year with a convincing 49-23 victory over Rice Lake in the sectional final hosted by the Hilltoppers. They are the champions of the Mississippi Valley Conference this season. Pewaukee is the #2 seed after capturing the crown of the Woodland Conference during the regular season and advancing to the State semifinals with a 76-63 triumph over Wisconsin Lutheran in the sectional final hosted by the Pirates. They qualify for State for the second time. The only other State experience came in 2001 when the Pirates finished runner-up in Division 2. Third-seeded Lake Mills qualifies for the first time since its only other appearance in the State Tournament in 2017, which resulted in a loss in the Division 3 semifinals. The L-Cats are fresh off a tightly contested 56-55 road win over Monroe in the sectional final. The are the runners-up in the North Division of the Capitol Conference this season. Xavier is the fourth seed in its fifth appearance at State. The Hawks won the Division 3 championship in their last appearance in 2017. Prior to that, they settled for back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2016, and lost in the semifinals in 2009. As a former member of WISAA, the Hawks won titles in 1963 and 1995, and finished runner-up on five other occasions. The Hawks are the champions in the Bay Conference this year. They defeated Seymour 78-61 in the sectional final played at Xavier.

In division 3 Top-seeded Racine St. Catherine's returns to State for the seventh time and for the first time since 2011. The Angels had an impressive run of success with six appearances in seven years from 2005-11. During that span, they won five championships. They won three straight State championships from 2005-07. The first of those was in Division 2 with the second two in Division 3. The Angels then won back-to-back titles in Division 3 in 2009-10 and finished runner-up in 2011. The Angels were a perennial power in the now defunct WISAA. They won nine titles and finished runner-up 11 times. The championships came in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1971, 1977, 1985, 1992 and 1993. This season, the Angels finished first in the Metro Classic Conference. They advanced from the sectional with an 84-73 win over the Milwaukee Academy of Science in the final held at Shoreland Lutheran. Second-seeded Lake Country Lutheran is bound for State for the first time in program history. The Lightning are the champions in the Midwest Classic Conference this winter. They punched their ticket to Oshkosh with a high-scoring 94-68 win over St. John's NW Military Academies in the sectional final conducted at Lake Country Lutheran. St. Croix Central will also experience the State Tournament for the first time after defeating Northwestern 80-57 in the sectional final hosted by the Panthers. They are the 2021 champions of the Middle Border Conference. Fourth-seeded Wrightstown is the third program in the bracket making its first-ever appearance at State. The Tigers earn their berth by edging Brillion 55-54 in the final of the sectional played at Wrightstown. The Tigers tied Freedom for the championship of the North Eastern Conference this season.

The Prairie School has been issued the top seed in the D4 bracket. It's the first time the Hawks have qualified for the State Tournament. They placed second behind Division 3 State qualifier Racine St. Catherine's in the Metro Classic Conference during the regular season and have advanced to the semifinals with an 82-77 win over Cuba City in the sectional final played at Cuba City. Lourdes Academy, the second seed, will appear in its fifth State Tournament and its first since finishing runner-up in the last tournament conducted in 2019. The Knights also finished runner-up in the first of consecutive appearances in 2005. They gained their State berth this season by downing Sheboygan Lutheran 85-66 in the final held in Sheboygan. They finished atop the standings in the East Division of the Trailways Conference this season. Lourdes won one title as a former member of WISAA, winning the Division 2 crown in 1999. Edgar is the third seed. The Wildcats embark on their fifth trip to State and the first in 24 years. The most notable experiences were a Division 4 championship in 1997 and a runner-up finish in Class C in 1980. They notched a 74-60 win over Clear Lake in the sectional final held at Edgar. The Wildcats are the champions in the South Division of the Marawood Conference in 2021. Like the Prairie School, fourth-seeded Luther will also be experiencing State for the first time. The Knights defeated Blair-Taylor 46-44 in the sectional final played in Onalaska. They finished in a first-place tie with West Salem in the Coulee Conference this season.

In Division 5 top-seeded Hustisford is making its first-ever appearance in the State Tournament. The Falcons rolled to a 70-43 victory over Monticello in the sectional final played at Monticello to earn their first experience at State. They are runners-up in the East Division of the Trailways Conference behind Division 4 qualifier Lourdes Academy this season. Second-seeded McDonell Catholic will appear at State for the fourth straight tournament and for the sixth time overall. They won the State championship in 2016 in their first appearance in the title game. They earned their tourney berth this season with a 63-51 win over Turtle Lake in the sectional final held at McDonell Catholic. The Macks finished third in the West Division of the Cloverbelt Conference this season.  Green Bay N.E.W."Lutheran/Providence, the third seed, makes its first appearance in the State Tournament. Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran as a stand-alone program, made seven appearances with the most recent coming in 2018. The Blazers finished as the State runners-up three times. They had back-to-back second-place finishes in 2013-14 and another in Division 4 in 2010. This season, they finished fifth in the Packerland Conference and breezed past Gresham 84-66 in the final hosted by the Blazers to continue their quest for their first State title. Fourth-seeded Wauzeka-Steuben will be making its second appearance in the State Tournament. The only other experience for the Hornets came in 2011, which resulted in a loss in the semifinals. They return to State for the first time in a decade by topping Royall 46-41 in the sectional final held at Wauzeka-Steuben. They are champions of the Ridge & Valley Conference this year.

The WIAA canceled the 3-Point Challenge it has conducted in recent years because of the accommodations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.


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