Morning State News Briefs: Division 1 field set, D-4 and D-5 teams advanceEau Claire North will play Glendale Nicolet tonight in a Division-One semi-final at the girls’ state high school basketball tournament. Both advanced last night, after winning their “Super Tuesday” quarter-finals that were twice delayed by heavy snow.
MADISON - Eau Claire North will play Glendale Nicolet tonight in a Division-One semi-final at the girls’ state high school basketball tournament. Both advanced last night, after winning their “Super Tuesday” quarter-finals that were twice delayed by heavy snow.
Kayla Hagedorn scored 16 points for Eau Claire North, which eliminated Appleton East 46-41 at Stevens Point. Nicolet improved to 24-2 by defeating De Pere 53-47 at Oshkosh. Defending champion Milwaukee Pius XI will play top-ranked Middleton in the other Division-One semi-final tonight at the Kohl Center in Madison – where semi-finals were played in two other divisions yesterday.
In Division-Five, Wausau Newman eliminated top-ranked Black Hawk 64-40. Taylor Thomas had 26 points for Newman, which out-shot Black Hawk 46-to-26 percent. River Ridge edged Prentice 43-42 in overtime. Jessica Mergen made two free throws with one second left in the OT for River Ridge, which will play Newman for the Division-Five championship tomorrow.
In the Division-Four semis, top-ranked Eau Claire Regis and Algoma will play for the title. Regis needed overtime to beat Westby 57-51. Heather Bowe had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Algoma crushed Oostburg in the other semi, 58-to-36. Algoma controlled the boards 33-22, and out-scored Oostburg 26-10 in the paint.
The girls’ tournament continues today. The Division-Three semi-finals are up first at 9:05 a.m. Altoona will play Prairie du Chien. And then undefeated and top-ranked Whitefish Bay Dominican goes against Kewaunee. This afternoon, it’s the Division-Two semis. New London faces Milton. And then top-ranked Luxemburg-Casco plays Whitefish Bay.
For the second straight year, the Milwaukee Wave will play for the championship of the Major Indoor Soccer League tonight, when they play the Blast in Baltimore. Both teams entered the playoffs at 15-5, and Baltimore has the home-field advantage after going 4-2 against the Wave in the regular season. Milwaukee re-joined the MISL a year ago, and lost the title game at home 12-6 to La Raza de Monterrey.
University of Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson has been named the Division-One coach-of-the-year by the American Hockey Coaches’ Association. It’s the fourth time he won the award – and his Badgers won national championships in all of those seasons. Johnson led Wisconsin to a 37-2-2 record and its fourth NCAA title in six seasons. The others came in 2006, ’07, and ’09. Johnson has coached Wisconsin for eight seasons, and he took a year off to lead the women’s Team USA to a silver medal in the 2010 Olympics. He’s 247-41-24 during his tenure in Madison.