Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Appleton Xavier declared illeigible for the tournamentThe Appleton Xavier High School boys basketball team was ousted from the WIAA tournament and replaced with the team they defeated in the regional final, Little Chute, before tonight's Division 3 sectional semifinal basketball game.
STEVENS POINT - The Appleton Xavier High School boys basketball team was ousted from the WIAA tournament and replaced with the team they defeated in the regional final, Little Chute, before tonight's Division 3 sectional semifinal basketball game.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has reinstated Little Chute High School into the 2012 boys basketball tournament series to play in the Division 3 sectional semifinal tonight against Fox Valley Lutheran High School at Appleton East High School.
The reinstatement of Little Chute comes as a result of Xavier High School self-reporting use of an ineligible player in its 50-47 win over Little Chute in the regional final Saturday, March 3. The violation was confirmed by the WIAA Executive Staff and a forfeiture of Xavier’s past two tournament games has been declared. In accordance with membership rules, the team most recently defeated in the tournament, upon discovery of a violation, replaces the offending team for the remainder of the tournament series.
Eighty Wisconsin boys' high school basketball teams will open their sectionals this evening. It’s the Sweet-16 round for each of five divisions. Madison Memorial and Randolph are the only defending champions still alive. And 30-of-the-40 top seeded teams made it through their regionals. All eight top seeds in Division-One are still alive, including Madison Memorial. Division-Four has the fewest Number-Ones still in the running, with four. Tonight’s winners will advance to the sectional finals on Saturday. And the sectional champs will be “On to State” next week in Madison.
University Wisconsin receiver Nick Toon believes he has erased any doubts among NFL scouts about his speed. Toon ran the 40-yard dash in four-point-four-three seconds yesterday at the Badgers’ Pro Day. The event showcased Wisconsin players who are being considered for next month’s NFL Draft. Toon was still feeling the effects of a previous foot injury at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. So he did not take part in the combine’s receiving drills. And he ran a slower 40 than he wanted, in the four-and-a-half second range. But Toon declared himself 100-percent healthy yesterday – and he felt good about the passing routes he ran.
University of Wisconsin junior Brianna Decker was named today as one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier award as the top player in women’s Division-One hockey. Jocelyne Lamouruex of North Dakota and Florence Schelling of Northeastern are the other finalists. The winner will be announced March 17th at the NCAA Frozen Four in Duluth. Decker leads the nation with 36 goals, and she’s second in total scoring with 78 points. She was recently named the WCHA’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year. Decker leads a Wisconsin team that’s 31-4-2 going into the NCAA quarter-finals against Mercyhurst on Saturday night. Wisconsin’s Meghan Duggan won the Kazmeier award a year ago, and former Badgers’ goal-tender Jessie Vetter won it in 2009. Ex-Badger Sara Bauer was nominated in both 2006-and-’07, and she won the honor in the first of those two years.