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EC Memorial senior Matt Lindsay EC Memorial senior Matt Lindsay
EC Memorial senior Peter Rentzepis EC Memorial senior Peter Rentzepis
EC Regis senior Hunter Cameron EC Regis senior Hunter Cameron
EC Regis senior Victor Bourget EC Regis senior Victor Bourget
River Falls advances to the Division 2 sectional final River Falls advances to the Division 2 sectional final
Eau Claire (WQOW)  -- Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire Regis will take part in the WIAA State Boys Team Tennis Tournament.

Memorial's making its seventeenth trip to state, although the Old Abes are still searching for that elusive first state title.  There have been seven trips to the semifinal round.

This season, Memorial players say they have the depth to get to the championship match, adding that they're confident how they match up with the teams they'll be facing down at state.

"We've played the teams that we're gonna play in the first, maybe second round, but we can't overlook them," says Old Abes senior Matt Lindsay,  "and we gotta just play our game and focus on a title, because we can do it this year, we got a good team."

"We always look at the individual [tourney] as a warmup for the team, so we have a lot of kids that should be warmed up," says Memorial head coach Jim Litscher, "I always tell the kids it's a race to four matches, so we try to get that fourth one as early as possible."

"You know, we've played the three teams that we play in the quarterfinals and possibly in the semifinals," says Memorial senior Peter Rentzepis, "they're strong teams but we feel like we have a shot, and so we think we can make it to that final match and then it's anybody's game."

"As a team, I guess, we just want to be consistent," says Old Abes junior Kyle Wogahn, "we really just got to focus on our matches, and it's a whole team effort, so if everyone just plays to their position, this weekend should go well."

Eau Claire Memorial matches up with Waukesha South, in the Division 1 quarterfinals, Friday, at 5:30 P.M.

Eau Claire Regis is making its fourth trip to the state boys team tourney, and its second straight.   Ramblers senior Hunter Cameron won two matches last week at the state individual tourney. Head coach Kyle Seyer says his guys are familiar with the atmosphere at the Nielsen Tennis Center.

 "Just gotta know that it's game time when we get there, and you know, concentrate," says Cameron, "it's going to be tougher than the normal competition we're used to but you know we've got some depth on our team."

"You know, a lot of the guys have experience from last year's state team," Seyer says, so they kind of know the environment, took quite a few guys down there just to watch Hunter, you know they got to see the environment, got to see where we're playing, and I think they're just really excited to have the opportunity to play at state."

"I think it really shows, too, that we only got one guy down to individual state, but we made it to team state, that just shows how deep this team really is," says Regis senior Victor Bourget, "we've got a lot of freshmen and underclassmen really contributing."

Regis will face Madison Edgewood in the Division 2 semifinals at 9:00 A.M., Saturday.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) --  Cochrane-Fountain City is off to the WIAA State Softball Tournament for the first time in school history, after the Pirates shut out McDonell Central in a sectional final.

The key for C-FC at state: keep it all in perspective.

"This is a game, you know we're out here to have fun," says Pirates head coach Steve Lyga, "we've got to focus, or special focus, but they don't say work hard, we play hard, that's what we're going to do, it's a game, and we expect to go down there and play."

WIAA Division 2 Sectional Semifinals


Final at Wausau East, Saturday
WIAA Division 3 Sectional Semifinals

Ashland wins 3-0 in shootout

Final at Chippewa Falls, Saturday

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