By Paul Lecker
For Zaleski Sports
The 2020 WIAA boys basketball playoff brackets were released Sunday.
Play begins with regional quarterfinals in five divisions on Tuesday, March 3. Regional semifinals are Friday, March 6, and regional finals on Saturday, March 7.
Sectionals will be held March 12 and March 14, with the sectional champions qualifying for the 2020 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on March 19-21.In Division 1, Marshfield is the No. 7 seed in Sectional 1 and will host No. 10 Stevens Point in a regional semifinal March 6. The two Wisconsin Valley Conference rivals will play each other at Stevens Point in their respective regular-season finales on Thursday. Marshfield won the first matchup earlier this season.
In the same bracket, Wausau West is the No. 17 seed and will play a regional quarterfinal at No. 16 Appleton West on March 3. The winner will play at No. 1 seed Kimberly in the semifinals.
Wausau East is the No. 6 seed in the lower half of the Division 2 Sectional 1 bracket and will host No. 11 Waupaca in a regional quarterfinal March 3. The winner will play at No. 3 Mosinee in the semifinals.
Merrill is the No. 2 seed in the same bracket and will host the winner of No. 10 Ashland and No. 7 Rhinelander in the regional semifinals.
In the top half of the bracket, Medford is the No. 6 seed and will be at home against No. 11 Rice Lake in a regional quarterfinal. The winner plays at No. 3 New Richmond in the semifinals.
A number of area teams are in the Division 4 Sectional 2 bracket.
No. 9 Colby will play at No. 8 Stevens Point Pacelli, No. 5 Marathon hosts No. 12 Chequamegon, and No. 11 Abbotsford is at No. 6 Spencer in regional quarterfinals March 3.
The Colby-Pacelli winner will travel to No. 1 seed and undefeated Stratford, the Marathon-Chequamegon winner will play at No. 4 Neillsville, and the Spencer-Abbotsford winner will be at No. 3 Edgar in regional semifinals.
Auburndale is the No. 2 seed in the bracket and will take on the winner of No. 7 Phillips and No. 10 Crandon in a regional semifinal.
In the bottom half of the Sectional 2 bracket, Iola-Scandianvia is the No. 1 seed and will play the Oconto-Manawa winner in the regional semifinals.
Central Wisconsin teams in Division 5 are split between Sectional 1 and 2.
In the bottom half of the Sectional 1 bracket in regional quarterfinals on March 3, No. 1 seed Thorp will play No. 16 Cornell, No. 9 Prentice is at No. 8 New Auburn, No. 12 Owen-Withee is at No. 5 Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran, No. 13 Gilman is at No. 4 Turtle Lake and No. 7 Greenwood will host No. 10 Bruce.
In the top half of the Sectional 2 bracket, Almond-Bancroft is the No. 1 seed and will be at home against No. 16 Tri-County in a regional quarterfinal. In other matchups on March 3, No. 8 Loyal hosts No. 9 Wisconsin Valley Lutheran, No. 5 Athens hosts No. 12 Northland Lutheran, No. 4 Pittsville will be at home against No. 13 Marion, No. 14 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption will play at No. 3 Rib Lake, No. 11 Wausau Newman Catholic is at No. 6 Port Edwards, and No. 7 Marshfield Columbus Catholic will be at home vs. No. 10 Rosholt.
Here is a look at all of the regional matchups:
2020 WIAA Boys Basketball Playoffs Division 1 Sectional 1 Regional Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 3 No. 17 Wausau West at No. 16 Appleton West Regional Semifinals Friday, March 6 Appleton West-Wausau West winner at No. 1 Kimberly No. 9 Oshkosh North at No. 8 Oshkosh West No. 12 Appleton North at No. 5 Hudson No. 13 Eau Claire Memorial at No. 4 Eau Claire North No. 14 Appleton East at No. 3 Chippewa Falls No. 11 Wisconsin Rapids at No. 6 D.C. Everest No. 10 Stevens Point at No. 7 Marshfield No. 15 Superior at No. 2 Neenah Sectional 2 Regional Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 3 No. 17 West Bend West at No. 16 Green Bay Preble No. 18 Green Bay East at No. 15 Hartford Regional Semifinals Friday, March 6 Green Bay Preble-West Bend West winner at No. 1 Brookfield Central No. 9 Manitowoc at No. 8 Mequon Homestead No. 12 Germantown at No. 5 Brookfield East No. 13 Fond du Lac at No. 4 Milwaukee King No. 14 Sheboygan North at No. 3 Hartland Arrowhead No. 11 Menomonee Falls at No. 6 Bay Port No. 10 Sheboygan South at No. 7 De Pere Hartford-Green Bay East winner at No. 2 Sussex Hamilton Sectional 3 Regional Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 3 No. 17 Lake Geneva Badger at No. 16 Waukesha South Regional Semifinals Friday, March 6 Waukesha South-Lake Geneva Badger winner at No. 1 Madison La Follette No. 9 Madison West at No. 8 Janesville Craig No. 12 Watertown at No. 5 Waunakee No. 13 Janesville Parker at No. 4 Sun Prairie No. 14 Verona at No. 3 Madison Memorial No. 11 Middleton at No. 6 Oconomowoc No. 10 Mukwonago at No. 7 Kettle Moraine No. 15 Beloit Memorial at No. 2 Madison East Sectional 4 Regional Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 3 No. 17 West Allis Hale at No. 16 Milwaukee Reagan No. 18 Milwaukee Pulaski/Carmen Southeast/Carmen South at No. 15 Milwaukee Bradley Tech Regional Semifinals Friday, March 6 West Allis Hale-Milwaukee Reagan winner at No. 1 Racine Case No. 9 Kenosha Indian Trail at No. 8 Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon No. 12 Milwaukee