Western Wisconsin will be well presenting at the WIAA boys state basketball tournament. Six area teams are still alive for a state championship.
In division two, Rice Lake punched its ticket with a 72-49 win over Rhinelander in the sectional final. Henry Ellenson poured in 34 points and the Warriors outscored the Hodags 39-19 in the second half to seal the win. Rice Lake will face Greendale in the state semifinals on Friday at 3:15 p.m.
In division three, Elk Mound is headed to Madison for the first time since 1994 and third overall. The Mounders held Prescott to just 29-percent from the field in a 48-37 win on Saturday at Eau Claire North. The Mounders hit the Kohl Center floor at around 10:45 a.m. on Friday against Lodi.
Division four pits a pair of local teams. Unity is making the program's first trip to state in 77-years thanks to a 39-35 win over Mondovi. Meanwhile, Blair-Taylor will be heading to Madison for the 11th time. The two teams will meet at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday. The winner gets either Brillion or defending champion Dominican.
It's another all-local state semifinal in division five. Thorp hit 10 three pointers in their sectional final, including six from senior guard Eric Lewandowski, to punch their ticket to state. The Cardinals will face Cochrane-Fountain City, who is making the program's first trip to Madison. The two teams face off at around 3:15 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
You can watch every game of the boys state basketball tournament on WQOW-18 or online at www.wqow.com
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