NY2LASPORTS.COM - WIAA SECTIONAL PREVIEW - DIVISIONS 3 & 4
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The WIAA Division 3 and 4 boys state basketball tournaments continue this weekend with Indiana State bound Steve McWhorter and Racine St. Catherines as one of the many teams looking for a trip to Madison. Here's a quick look at those Sectionals this weekend...
Cuba City has been the favorite since the start of the tournament and we see no reason why that's not the case after regional play as Evan Richard and Cuba City rolled right into the Sectionals. A possible Sectional Final matchup between Cuba City and La Crosse Aquinas who features freshman lead guard Bronson Koenig is an intriguing matchup but anything less than a trip to Madison for Cuba City in Sectional 3 would be a surprise.
The toughest Sectional appears to be that of Sectional 4 which offers up Racine St. Catherines, Dominican, Brookfield Academy and Winnebago Lutheran. St. Cats squares off against Dominican later tonight in a great matchup that features two of the premiere lead guards in the state in Indiana State bound Steve McWhorter of St. Cats and Dominican's freshman sensation Duane Wilson Jr. Wilson has been spectacular down the stretch and he'll need to come up big once again for Dominican to advance. A key player in this sectional could be junior Iman Johnson for Dominican. His play could be a huge factor in whether Dominican ends up in Madison. Another key is the play of sophomore Jordan Fouse of Racine St. Cats. Those two players could be huge factors in the results for Dominican and St. Cats. Brookfield Academy rolls in clicking on all cylinders and senior Troy Huff can fill it up with the best of them. The quiet one in the mix is a Winnebago Lutheran squad that is rolling right now behind senior Cody Jackson. They have nice depth and balance. Expect the winner of St. Cats and Dominican to end up in Madison, however, Winnebago Lutheran is a very dangerous team right now.
Eau Claire Regis and junior lead guard Connor Miller headline Sectional 1 and while Webster, Ladysmith, and Thorp are also in the mix, anything less than Regis landing in Madison would be a surprise. The one team that could possibly surprise everyone would be Thorp who surprised people last week by dropping the favored Fall Creek. Miller is the best player on the court in this sectional and it will take a huge effort to keep Regis out of Madison.
Last but not least is Sectional #2 and I really like how Brillion is playing right now. They outsted Roncalli last week and are at the top of their game right now. They are balanced with up to five different players who can be the leading scorer on any given night. Balance at this level is key and Roncalli found that out first hand as Brillion turned in an excellent Regional Final performance to move on. While Brillion may be the sleeper, Marathon is undefeated and the favorite. Junior Cody Hanke is a huge reason why as he's scoring over 17 PPG right now. It will take a huge effort to drop Marathon who is really at the top of their game. Three Lakes and Weyauwega-Fremont are in this mix as well but Marathon should roll into Madison with lots of momentum as the team no one wants to play.
The most impressive performance of the weekend in this tournament last week was arguably that of Barneveld who made a huge statement with a dominant second half performance over Benton. Senior Logan Johnson stirs the Barneveld drink here and he'll need to deliver in a major way if they expect to head to Madison after this weekend.
The favorite before the tournament and still today is Randolph. Senior Kyle Kelm has turned in the best season of his career so far and they are pushing all the right buttons right now. Unfair but true, anything less than a state championship for Randolph would be a surprise.
A must watch game in this tournament is the Newman Catholic and Green Lake matchup tonight. Green Lake has the weapons to get to Madison and then some as they feature and excellent 1-2 punch in senior Brad Brooks and sophomore Matt Van Scyoc. Newman Catholic counters with senior Jacob Wolf and a supporting cast that includes junior Luke Hruska and seniors Vince Bertram and Sam Hollis. It will take their best effort of the tournament for Green Lake to get past Newman Catholic and you can expect the winner to roll into Madison.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.