FIVE AREA TEAMS EARN TOP-TWO SEEDS AS WIAA RELEASES BRACKETS FOR GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

Updated: Feb 13




By Paul Lecker

Zaleski Sports


The WIAA released its seedings and pairings on Sunday for the upcoming girls basketball playoffs.


The 2022 WIAA state girls basketball playoffs begin with regional quarterfinals in five divisions on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Regional semifinals will be Friday, Feb. 25, and regional finals on Saturday, Feb. 26.


Sectionals will be held Thursday, March 3, and Saturday, March 5, with the survivors moving on to the 2022 WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay on March 10-12.


Among the 23 teams in the Zaleski Sports coverage area, five earned No. 1 or No. 2 seeds.


Mosinee is No. 1 seed in its half of the Division 2 Sectional 1 bracket and received a first-round bye. The Indians, ranked ninth in the latest Wissports.net State Coaches poll and champions of the Great Northern Conference, will host a regional semifinal Feb. 25 against the winner No. 9 Wausau East at No. 8 Antigo.


In Division 4, ninth-ranked Neillsville is the No. 2 seed in its Sectional 1 bracket and also earned a bye into the regional semifinals. The Warriors will host the winner of No. 10 Mondovi at No. 7 Plum City/Elmwood on Feb. 25.


In the top half of the Division 4 Sectional 2 bracket, Auburndale is the No. 2 seed and will take on the winner of No. 10 Nekoosa at No. 7 Abbotsford in a regional semifinal Feb. 25. Westfield, ranked third in the state, is the No. 1 seed in the bracket.


Finally in Division 5, Marawood Conference South Division champion Wisconsin Rapids Assumption is the No. 1 seed in the top half of Sectional 2 bracket and will host No. 16 Marion in a regional quarterfinal Feb. 22. The Royals, who won the Division 5 state title last season, is ranked fifth in the state rankings.


Wild Rose, which Assumption defeated in a nonconference game early this season, is the No. 2 seed in the same bracket at hosts No. 15 Port Edwards in a regional quarterfinal Feb. 22.


Marshfield is the No. 10 seed in the Division 1 Sectional 1 bracket and will travel to play No. 7 Kimberly in a regional semifinal Feb. 25. The winner would take on the winner of No. 15 Appleton North and No. 2 Appleton East in a regional final Feb. 26.


Wisconsin Rapids is the No. 9 seed in the bracket and will hit the road to play No. 8 Hudson in a regional semifinal Feb. 25. The winner gets Hortonville, the top-ranked team in the state in Division 1, and the No. 1 seed in the bracket in a regional final, should the Polar Bears take care of business against the winner of No. 17 Chippewa Falls-No. 16 Appleton West.


Stevens Point is the No. 13 seed and will play a regional semifinal at No. 4 Neenah on Feb. 25. Wausau West is the No. 5 seed and hosts No. 12 Oshkosh West in a regional semifinal, with the winners playing each other for a regional championship Feb. 26.


Rounding out the area regional quarterfinal matchups in the Division 4 Sectional 2 bracket, No. 9 Colby plays at No. 8 Princeton/Green Lake with the winner playing a regional semifinal at No. 1 Westfield; No. 11 Necedah will play at No. 6 Stratford with the winner playing at No. 3 Iola-Scandinavia, and Marathon is the No 4 seed and earned a bye. The Red Raiders will host the winner of No. 12 Montello at No. 5 Wittenberg-Birnamwood in a regional semifinal Feb. 25.


All but one regional quarterfinal in Division 5 Sectional 2 involves an area school. In addition to Assumption and Wild Rose, No. 9 Almond-Bancroft will be at No. 8 Marshfield Columbus Catholic, No. 12 Rosholt is at No. 5 Spencer, No. 13 Tri-County will play at No. 4 Athens, No. 14 Tigerton plays at No. 3 Edgar, and No. 10 Wausau Newman Catholic will travel to No. 7 Stevens Point Pacelli.


If seeding and the home teams hold serve, three of the four regional semifinals will pit two area teams against each other with possible matchups including Columbus Catholic at Assumption, Spencer at Athens, and Pacelli at Wild Rose.


Four area teams will compete in the Division 5 Sectional 3 bracket. No. 16 Granton plays at No. 1 Bangor and No. 9 Pittsville travels to No. 8 Loyal in regional quarterfinals Feb. 22. The winners will meet in a regional semifinal Feb. 25.


Also in the same bracket, No. 14 Greenwood plays a regional quarterfinal at No. 3 Alma Center Lincoln.


2022 WIAA State Girls Basketball Playoffs

Division 1

Sectional 1

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 17 Chippewa Falls at No. 16 Appleton West

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Appleton West-Chippewa Falls winner at No. 1 Hortonville

No. 9 Wisconsin Rapids at No. 8 Hudson

No. 12 Oshkosh West at No. 5 Wausau West

No. 13 Stevens Point at No. 4 Neenah

No. 14 D.C. Everest at No. 3 Superior

No. 11 Eau Claire North at No. 6 Eau Claire Memorial

No. 10 Marshfield at No. 7 Kimberly

No. 15 Appleton North at No. 2 Appleton East

Sectional 2

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 17 Green Bay East at No. 16 Milwaukee Marshall/Young Coggs

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Marshall/Young Coggs-Green Bay East winner at No. 1 Germantown

No. 9 Hartford at No. 8 Bay Port

No. 12 Fond du Lac at No. 5 Kaukauna

No. 13 Green Bay Preble at No. 4 Milwaukee King

No. 14 Sheboygan South at No. 3 De Pere

No. 11 Milwaukee Riverside University at No. 6 Sheboygan North

No. 10 Menomonee Falls at No. 7 Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels

No. 15 Manitowoc at No. 2 Mequon Homestead

Sectional 3

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 17 Milwaukee Bradley Tech/Milwaukee Arts at No. 16 Madison West

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Madison West-Bradley/Arts winner at No. 1 Brookfield East

No. 9 Oconomowoc at No. 8 Sussex Hamilton

No. 12 Madison Memorial at No. 5 Verona

No. 13 Madison East at No. 4 Waunakee

No. 14 Middleton at No. 3 Sun Prairie

No. 11 Milwaukee Pulaski Co-op at No. 6 Watertown

No. 10 Madison La Follette at No. 7 Brookfield Central

No. 15 West Allis Hale at No. 2 Hartland Arrowhead

Sectional 4

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 17 Janesville Parker at No. 16 Racine Horlick

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Horlick-Parker winner at No. 1 Kettle Moraine

No. 9 Racine Case at No. 8 Milwaukee Reagan

No. 12 Waukesha South at No. 5 Janesville Craig

No. 13 Beloit Memorial at No. 4 Kenosha Bradford

No. 14 Kenosha Tremper at No. 3 Franklin

No. 11 Lake Geneva Badger at No. 6 Kenosha Indian Trail

No. 10 Muskego at No. 7 Mukwonago

No. 15 Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon at No. 2 Oak Creek

Division 2

Sectional 1

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 9 River Falls at No. 8 Tomah

No. 11 Hayward at No. 6 Sparta

No. 10 Holmen at No. 7 New Richmond

No. 9 Wausau East at No. 8 Antigo

No. 10 Merrill at No. 7 Medford

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Tomah-River Falls winner at No. 1 Rice Lake

No. 5 La Crosse Logan at No. 4 Onalaska

Sparta-Hayward winner at No. 3 La Crosse Central

New Richmond-Holmen winner at No. 2 Menomonie

Antigo-Wausau East winner at No. 1 Mosinee

No. 5 Shawano at No. 4 New London

No. 6 Ashland at No. 3 Rhinelander

Medford-Merrill winner at No. 2 Lakeland

Sectional 2

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 9 Pulaski at No. 8 Luxemburg-Casco

No. 10 Marinette at No. 7 Seymour

No. 9 Milwaukee Madison at No. 8 West Bend West

No. 11 Port Washington at No. 6 Milwaukee Vincent

No. 10 Oshkosh North at No. 7 Plymouth

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Luxemburg-Casco-Pulaski winner at No. 1 Green Bay Notre Dame

No. 5 Ashwaubenon at No. 4 Menasha

No. 6 Green Bay Southwest at No. 3 Fox Valley Lutheran

Seymour-Marinette winner at No. 2 West De Pere

West Bend West-Milwaukee Madison winner at No. 1 Beaver Dam

No. 5 West Bend East at No. 4 Grafton

Milwaukee Vincent-Port Washington winner at No. 3 Slinger

Plymouth-Oshkosh North winner at No. 2 Cedarburg

Sectional 3

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 9 Portage at No. 8 Mount Horeb

No. 11 Monroe at No. 6 Oregon

No. 10 Baraboo at No. 7 Stoughton

No. 9 Burlington at No. 8 Elkorn

No. 11 Racine Park at No. 6 Fort Atkinson

No. 10 Delavan-Darien at No. 7 Milton

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Mount Horeb-Portage winner at No. 1 Reedsburg

No. 5 Sauk Prairie at No. 4 McFarland

Oregon-Monroe winner at No. 3 DeForest

Stoughton-Baraboo winner at No. 2 Monona Grove

Elkhorn-Burlington winner at No. 1 Union Grove

No. 5 Waterford at No. 4 Wilmot

Fort Atkinson-Racine Park winner at No. 3 Westosha Central

Milton-Delavan-Darien winner at No. 2 Waukesha West

Sectional 4

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 9 Glendale Nicolet at No. 8 Wauwatosa East

No. 11 Milwaukee Lutheran at No. 6 Wauwatosa West

No. 10 Milwaukee South at No. 7 Milwaukee Washington/Fuller

No. 9 Cudahy at No. 8 Waukesha North

No. 10 Whitnall at No. 7 Greendale

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Wauwatosa East-Nicolet winner at No. 1 Milwaukee Pius XI Catholic

No. 5 Wisconsin Lutheran at No. 4 Milwaukee Golda Meir

Wauwatosa West-Milwaukee Lutheran winner at No. 3 Shorewood

Milwaukee Washington/Fuller-Milwaukee South winner at No. 2 Whitefish Bay

Cudahy-Waukesha North winner at No. 1 Pewaukee

No. 5 Greenfield at No. 4 New Berlin West

No. 6 West Allis Central at No. 3 New Berlin Eisenhower

Greendale-Whitnall winner at No. 2 South Milwaukee

Division 3

Sectional 1

Regional Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Feb. 22

No. 9 Bloomer at No. 8 Osceola

No. 12 Spooner at No. 5 Ellsworth

No. 11 St. Croix Central at No. 6 Somerset

No. 10 Amery at No. 7 Barron

No. 9 Arcadia at No. 8 Adams-Friendship

No. 12 Mauston at No. 5 Westby

No. 11 Black River Falls at No. 6 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau

No. 10 Viroqua at No. 7 Stanley-Boyd

Regional Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 25

Oscola-Bloomer winner at No. 1 St. Croix Falls

Ellsworth-Spooner winner at No. 4 Northwestern

Somerset-St. Croix Central winner at No. 3 Prescott

Barron-Amery winner at No. 2 Baldwin-Woodville

Adams-Friendship-Arcadia winner at No. 1 West Salem