Division Capsules Division 1Neenah qualifies for the first time since 2010 and for the 26th time in the school's history, which ranks tied for second-most among all members. ... The Rockets have won three championships, 1930, 1975 and 1978. In addition, they have an abundance of runner-up results, including 1920, 1939, 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1988. They are the champions of the Fox Valley Association this season, they advanced to state by defeating Marshfield 54-31 in a sectional final. Germantown is the two-time defending state champion and defeated Kimberly 66-51 in a sectional final. Mukwonago lost to Germantown in the 2013 state title game and defeated Sun Prairie 53-46 in a sectional final. Milwaukee King lost in a state semifinal last season and last won the state title in 2014. King defeated Racine Case 87-78 in a sectional final.
Division 2West De Pere is making its second appearance at state, but first since 1933. It had a 2-2 record in that tournament, which included consolation rounds. The Phantoms finished second in the Bay Conference this season and downed Port Washington 59-40 in a sectional final. Last year's runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran?is making its third state appearance. The Vikings won the state championship in 2009 and rejoin the final field of four following a 57-43 win in a sectional final. Rice Lake is making its eighth appearance at state and the first since 2002 when the Warriors qualified in Division 1. They rolled over Rhinelander 72-49 in a sectional final Greendale has qualified for the state tournament for the second time. The only other appearance resulted in a runner-up finish in 1995. The denied previously undefeated Mount Horeb in a sectional final 67-60.
Division 3Roncalli has lost in the semifinals in each of its four experiences at state, three of which came consecutively from 2005-2007. The Jets most recent appearance came in 2009. Roncalli beat Little Chute 65-50 in a sectional final. The Jets are the champions of the Olympian Conference this season. Last year's runner-up Lodi qualifies for the third straight season after making the school's first-ever appearance in 2012. The Blue Devils made the state tournament by edging Marshall 42-41in a sectional final. ... Elk Mound is back at state for the first time since 1994. Its only other previous experience came in 1987. The Mounders beat Prescott 48-37 in a sectional final. Brown Deer is making its third state appearance, and its most recent appearance was 2002. The Falcons beat Ripon 63-53 in a sectional final.
DIVISION 4Brillion qualifies for the state tournament for the third time in the last five seasons. The Lions won the Division 3 championship in 2012 and earned their berth this season by eliminating Auburndale 47-42 in a sectional final. The Lions placed third in the Olympian Conference. Two-time defending champion Dominican qualifies for state for the sixth time. The Knights also won consecutive state titles in 2004 and 2005. Prior to joining the WIAA, the Knights won seven championships while a member of WISAA, winning titles in 1974, 1978, 1979, 1991, 1997, 1998 and 2000. They beat Lourdes Academy 66-42 in a sectional final. ... Blair-Taylor is making its eighth state appearance and last qualified in 2011. The Wildcats defeated Cuba City 62-58 in a sectional final. .. Unity is making its first state tournament appearance after posting a 39-35 win over Mondovi in a sectional final. The Eagles were the champions of the West Division of the Lakeland Conference this season.
Division 5Last year's runner-up Green Bay N.E.W.?Lutheran is back at state for the fourth time in the last five seasons, which accounts for its overall total number of appearances. The Blazers also advanced to the Division 4 title game in 2010, but were denied the title. This season, they finished first in the Packerland Conference and defeated Newman Catholic 58-54 in a sectional final. ... Sheboygan Lutheran advances to state for the second time and the first appearance resulted in a Division 5 championship and produced one of the most memorable moments in tournament history as Sam Dekker capped a remarkable comeback by hitting a long three-pointer in the final moments of the 2012 title game. This year's appearance comes virtue of its 67-56 sectional final win over Central Wisconsin Christian. Thorp returns to the tournament field for the first time since its only other appearance in 1982, which resulted in a runner-up finish in Class C. The Cardinals finished fifth in the Western Division of the Cloverbelt Conference and have caught fire at the right time, winning their last nine games, including a 56-39 thumping of Drummond in a sectional final. ... Cochrane-Fountain City is making its first appearance at state. . The registered a 54-44 victory over Barneveld in a sectional final.
Boys Basketball State Tournament Thursday Division 5 Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran (26-1) vs. Sheboygan Lutheran (25-2), 1:35 p.m.Thorp (17-9) Cochrane-Fountain City (20-7), 3:15 p.m.Division 4 Brillion (18-8) vs. Dominican (23-3), 6:35 p.m.Unity (22-2) vs, Blair-Taylor (22-3), 8:15 p.m.Friday Division 3 Roncalli (25-1) vs. Brown Deer (21-5), 9:05 a.m.Elk Mound (25-1) vs. Lodi (25-1), 10:45 a.m.Division 2 West De Pere (20-4) vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (24-2), 1:35 p.m.Rice Lake (22-2) vs. Greendale (19-8), 3:15 p.m.Division 1Germantown (24-2) vs. Milwaukee King (24-2), 6:35 p.m. Neenah (25-1) vs. Mukwonago (18-8), 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 Championship GamesDivision 5, 11:05 p.m.Division 4, 12:45 p.m.Division 3, 2:30 p.m.Division 2, 6:35 p.m.Division 1, 8:15 p.m.