WIAA RELEASES BRACKETS FOR GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
The WIAA released its brackets for the 2020 girls basketball playoffs on Sunday.
Postseason play begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, with regional quarterfinals in five divisions. Regional semifinals are Friday, Feb. 28, and regional finals will be Saturday, Feb. 29.
Sectionals will take place Thursday, March 5, and Saturday, March 7, with the sectional champions qualifying for the 2020 WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay on March 12-14.
A number of area teams will be competing in Sectional 1 of the Division 1 field.
D.C. Everest is the No. 16 seed and will host No. 17 Green Bay East in a regional quarterfinal on Feb. 25. The winner will travel to No. 1 seed Bay Port for a regional semifinal on Feb. 28.
In regional semifinals on Feb. 28, No. 12 De Pere will be at No. 5 Stevens Point, No. 13 Wausau West will play at No. 4 Hudson, and No. 11 Superior will be at No. 6 Marshfield.
“Going into the seeding meeting you go against 17 other teams, it’s always a little challenging,” Marshfield coach Taylor Varsho said. “We don’t play every team in our sectional. I thought we have some pretty big wins against some Wisconsin Valley Conference teams. We were going in as a seventh or eight seed and I was very happy with how teams ranked us in the process and we ended up the sixth seed.”
In Sectional 1 of Division 2, No. 7 Medford will host No. 10 Rice Lake and No. 10 Wausau East will be at No. 7 Merrill in regional quarterfinals on Feb. 25. Mosinee is the No. 5 seed and will play at No. 4 Lakeland in a regional semifinal on Feb. 28.
Neillsville is the lone local team in the Division 4 Sectional 1 bracket. The Warriors, champions of the Cloverbelt Conference East Division, is the No. 2 seed and earned a first-round bye. Neillsville will host the winner of No. 7 Cadott and No. 10 Whitehall in a regional semifinal Feb. 28.
The remainder of the area Division 4 teams are in Sectional 2.
Auburndale earned the No. 1 seed in the top half of the bracket and earned a first-round bye. Auburndale will host the winner of No. 9 Spencer and No. 8 Stratford, which will play at Stratford in a regional quarterfinal on Feb. 25.
“It’s good as a whole,” Auburndale coach Dale Aue said of the Sectional 2 bracket. “There were six or seven teams with the same records into the seeding meeting, so that makes it tough.”
Abbotsford is the No. 11 seed and will play a regional quarterfinal at No. 6 Necedah on Feb. 25. The winner will take on No. 3 Westfield on Feb. 28.
No. 4 Colby will host No. 5 Stevens Point Pacelli, and No. 2 Marathon will be at home against the winner No. 7 Princeton/Green Lake and No. 10 Montello in regional semifinals Feb. 28.
In Division 5, area teams are split between Sectionals 1, 2 and 3.
In Sectional 1, No. 8 Owen-Withee hosts No. 9 Bruce, No. 4 Gilman will play at home against No. 13 Clayton, No. 3 Loyal hosts No. 14 New Auburn, and No. 10 Greenwood will be at No. 7 Flambeau in regional quarterfinals.
In the top half of Sectional 2, Wausau Newman Catholic earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. Newman will host the winner of No. 9 Almond-Bancroft and No. 8 Gresham on Feb. 28.
In regional quarterfinals on Feb. 25 in the bracket, No. 13 Port Edwards is at No. 4 Prentice, No. 12 Rib Lake will be at No. 5 Northland Lutheran, No. 14 Tri-County is at No. 3 Edgar, No. 10 Athens is at No. 7 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.
In Sectional 3, No. 13 Pittsville will be at No. 4 Blair-Taylor and No. 7 Marshfield Columbus Catholic will host No. 10 Gilmanton in regional quarterfinals on Feb. 25. The Columbus-Gilmanton winner will be at No. 2 Eleva-Strum in a regional semifinal Feb. 28.