Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WIAA spring state tournaments wrapping up; Edgewood and Verona look to win titles.

The WIAA state spring season is wrapping up, and south central Wisconsin has several teams vying for a title.

In Division 1 baseball, Madison La Follette is in the semifinals. La Follette ended Fort Atkinson’s cinderella run with a 12-0 win, and they will play Waterford for a chance to face defending champion Bay Port for the title. The finals will be tomorrow at the Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis.

In Division 2, Madison Edgewood is looking to defend their title, and they have made it back with the offensive surge led by Kyle Haen. In an interview earlier in the year, he said the young team needed to come together, and he would love to end his senior year with another state title.

Edgewood is two wins away, but Marquette University high school is a tough test. Marquette has scored 53 runs in the four games they’ve played in the playoffs.

In Division 1 girl’s softball, Verona has a great chance to win the title, but they must get past Homestead and Watertown who are the favorites in the bracket. Chippewa Falls will also present a big challenge for Verona.

Fort Atkinson and Potosi will be playing in the semifinals tomorrow at Goodman Field, in Madison, Wis. Fort Atkinson, in Division 2, will have to battle some tough competition. Union Grove is the favorite, back in the state tournament for the first time since winning the title in 2007.

Potosi has a different route in Division 4. Hurly is the only school that has been to the tournament since 2007, when they lost to Williams Bay in the finals. Potosi is in the tournament for the first time since 2005. Regardless of the history, anyone of these teams can be crowned state champion, and I wouldn’t be surprised.

Finally, in WIAA Division 1 soccer, Verona must be able to not only defeat a tough Wausau East opponent and possibly Neenah in the semifinals. The two teams in the finals last year, defending champion Divine Savior Holy Angels and Waukesha West, will most likely have one in the finals this year.

The teams with experience will be a challenge to the young goalies, sophomore Dylan Haller and freshman Carly Juzwik. It is always tough to play underclassmen against seniors who have been there before.

In Division 2, defending champion Madison Edgewood looks to make it past favorite Catholic Memorial again. It will be tougher this year, and Grafton is a very good semifinals opponent. However, experience helps, and I plan on seeing a rematch for the title this year.

Overall, the WIAA state spring season has been fun, and it should be a great weekend to cap off the year. Congratulations to all the teams in south central Wisconsin for their success this year.

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