WIAA Boys' State Basketball Friday Preview

The 2017 WIAA Boys’ State Basketball Championships continues action on Friday at the Kohl Center.

Following is a look the Division 5, Division 2 and Division 1 semifinal games. The winners meet on Championship Saturday with the Division 5 title game beginning at 11:05 a.m. The Division 2 title game is set for 6:35 p.m. with the Division 1 title game to follow at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Everyone entering the Kohl Center is subject to pass through metal detectors. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid missing the start of each session.

Friday, March 17

Division 5 Semifinals

9:05 a.m. -- McDonell Central Catholic (24-3) vs. Shullsburg (25-2)

Fast facts: Defending McDonell Catholic Central won the Western Division title in the Cloverbelt Conference and is making its third state appearance. The fifth-ranked Macks also lost in the 2012 state semifinals. They earned a return trip to state after defeating Luck 83-48 in the Spooner sectional final and are riding a 17-game winning streak … The Macks are led by senior forward Alex Ohde (14.6 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, 3.5 blocks per game), the conference Player of the Year, who will play at UW-River Falls next year. Senior forward Grayson Knowlton (16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) will play football at UW-Platteville.

Shullsburg won the Six Rivers West Conference title and advanced to State for the second time in program history. The seventh-ranked Miners won the 1991 Division 4 title. They qualified for state with a 60-58 victory over Bangor in the La Crosse Logan sectional final … The Miners are holding opponents to 29.8 points per game and are riding an eight-game winning streak, including a victory over top-ranked Seneca in the sectional semifinals … They are led by senior point guard Hunter Matye (14.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.5 assists per game) and 6-9 senior center Joseph Meyer (14.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) … Matye is a two-time conference Player of the Year and will play football at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa next year. Meyer will play basketball at Division II Minnesota-Crookston.

Approximately 10:45 a.m. – Barneveld (24-3) vs. Columbus Catholic (25-2)

Fast facts: Sixth-ranked Barneveld, which defended its Six Rivers East Conference title, is making its second appearance at state after losing in the semifinals last season. The Golden Eagles defeated second-ranked Hilbert 62-42 in the Watertown sectional final to advance to state … They are coached by Jim Myers, who took over the boys’ program a year ago after winning a then-record 699 games in 38 seasons – including six state titles -- with the school’s girls’ program … Barneveld, which has won 13 of its last 14 games, is led by senior guards Matthew Myers (9.6 ppg, 4 apg), the coach’s son, and Mike Zouski (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg). Myers is a four-time all-conference first-team selection.

Columbus Catholic won the East Division of the Cloverbelt Conference title and qualified for state for the second time after defeating Gresham Community 68-62 in the Schofield D.C. Everest sectional final. The Dons’ previous state appearance came under the former name of Marshfield Columbus in 2003 … Seventh-ranked Columbus Catholic averages 74.6 points and nearly 10 3-pointers made per game and is led by three-time all-conference senior guards Hunter Schultz (23.8 ppg) and Tyler Fuerlinger (22.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg). Fuerliner is the conference Player of the Year.

Division 2 Semifinals

1:35 p.m. -- La Crosse Central (24-2) vs. Waunakee (24-2)

Fast facts: Top-ranked La Crosse Central is champion of the Mississippi Valley Conference and making its 16th state appearance and second in a row … The Red Raiders won a title in 1925 and finished second in Class A in 1979 … They advanced to State with a 92-53 victory over Wausau East in the Stevens Point sectional final. Central defeated Division 1 state qualifier and two-time defending state champion Stevens Point 92-76 and Division 2 state qualifier Waunakee 75-54 … Leading the way for the Red Raiders, who are riding a 12-game winning streak and won 18 of their last 19 games, are senior guards Kobe King (26.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.1 spg), a University of Wisconsin recruit and conference Player of the Year, and Bailey Kale (18.0 ppg, 58 3-pointers), a Division II Minnesota-Duluth recruit.

Waunakee won its second straight Badger North Conference title and is making its third state tournament appearance and second in a row. The Warriors lost to Kaukauna 91-62 in the 2016 Division 2 state championship game. They also lost in the 2011 state semifinals … The fourth-ranked Warriors are coached by Dana MacKenzie and are on an eight-game winning streak and won 14 of their last 15 games. They defeated Westosha Central 57-39 in the Middleton sectional final … They have held opponents to 50 points or less in their last eight games and are led by junior guards Mitch Listau (22.5 ppg, 46 3-pointers), the conference Player of the Year and a 2016 Division 2 all-state selection, and Mason Steffen (14.0 ppg).

Approximately 3:15 p.m. – Cedarburg (24-2) vs. Milwaukee Washington (22-4)

Fast facts: Second-ranked Cedarburg is champion of the North Shore Conference and earned a berth in the State Tournament for the first time in 18 years and third time overall … Coached by Tom Diener, the Bulldogs advanced to the State semifinals after defeating defending state champion Kaukauna 78-75 in the Menasha Sectional final. Diener coached Milwaukee Vincent to five state titles and has a career record of 537-232 in 32 years …The Bulldogs are led by junior point guard John Diener (21.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 55 3-pointers), the coach’s son, who has made a verbal commitment to DePaul University and is the conference Player of the Year and the school’s all-time scoring leader.

Fifth-ranked Milwaukee Washington tied for the Milwaukee City Conference title with Milwaukee Riverside and Milwaukee Vincent and qualified for the State Tournament for the first time since 2009 and for the 12th time overall … The Purgolders won four State championships in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 1993. They also finished runner-up in 1997 and 2000 … The Purgolders, who have scored 100 points or more five times this season, defeated New Berlin Eisenhower 52-43 in the Brown Deer sectional final. They are led by sophomore forward Deontay Long (19.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.4 apg) and senior guard Tyree Ellis (18.2 ppg).

Division 1 Semifinals

6:35 p.m. -- Stevens Point (22-4) vs. Madison Memorial (23-3)

Fast facts: Two-time defending state champion Stevens Point is the Wisconsin Valley Conference champion and has a 59-1 league record and five conference titles over the past five seasons. The Panthers are making their 19th overall appearance in the State Tournament. They have won five State titles in 1926, 1954, 1994, 2015 and again last season. They finished runner-up in 1952 and 1982 … The ninth-ranked Panthers defeated top-ranked Oshkosh North 76-61 in the Marshfield sectional final and are riding a six-game winning streak … They are led by junior forward Joey Hauser (23.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 4.9 apg), who missed the first 11 games of the year with an ankle injury but shared the conference Co-Player of the Year award with junior forward Drew Blair (19.5 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg).

Fifth-ranked Madison Memorial won a share of its 14th consecutive Big Eight Conference title and makes its 10th appearance at State – all since 2004 -- and its first since 2012 … The Spartans had an impressive string of nine consecutive trips to the State Tournament. They won State titles in 2005, 2009 and 2011, and added runner-up finishes in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 … Memorial defeated Madison East 50-35 in the Sun Prairie sectional final. The Spartans, coached by Steve Collins, have won 19 of their last 20 games … They are led by senior forwards Chris Knight (15.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.1 bpg), a Dartmouth University recruit and the conference Player of the Year, and Jake Ferguson (8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.2 apg), a University of Wisconsin football recruit.

Approximately 8:15 p.m. – Arrowhead (21-5) vs. Brookfield Central (24-2)

Fast facts: Arrowhead is the Classic Eight Conference champion and is making its fourth State appearance. The last time the Warhawks qualified in 2010, they won the Division 1 title for their only championship … Arrowhead, which received honorable mention in the AP poll, defeated Kimberly 61-58 in the Sheboygan North sectional final … They are led by senior forward Ben Seefeld (17.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and senior point guard Trevell Cunningham (15.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.4 apg). Cunningham has verbally committed to play basketball at Division II Lindenwood (Mo.). Seefeld will play at Division III Edgewood College and senior forward Alec Hamilton (11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) at Carroll University in Waukesha.

Fourth-ranked Brookfield Central won the Greater Metro Conference title and returns to the State Tournament for the 10th time overall. The Lancer’s last appearance came in 2008. They advanced to the state semifinals in 2000, 2002 and 2008 …Dan Wandrey coached the Central girls’ program for 16 years, including State tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009, before replacing retired coach Mark Adams in 2014 … The Lancers defeated Milwaukee Vincent 74-66 in the West Allis Central sectional final and have won 14 of their last 15 games … They are led by sophomore guard Gage Malensek (20.3 ppg, 4.8 apg), the conference Player of the Year, and junior guard Andres Peralta-Werns (14.9 ppg).

Saturday, March 18

9:30 a.m. – Third annual Three-Point Challenge

11:05 a.m. – Division 5 Championship Games

Approximately 12:45 p.m. – Division 4 Championship Game

Approximately 2:30 p.m. – Division 3 Championship Game

6:35 p.m. – Division 2 Championship Game

Approximately 8:15 p.m. – Division 1 Championship Game