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 Who takes home the gold ball? 39  votes

 Brookfield Central 20 votes
51%
 Neenah 7 votes
17%
 Sun Prairie 6 votes
15%
 West Allis Central 6 votes
15%
This poll has been closed.
Discuss here....Seeds are finalized.

(#1) Brookfield Central vs. (#4) Neenah - Friday, March 15th, at 6:35 PM
(#2) West Allis Central vs. (#3) Sun Prairie - Friday, March 15th, at 8:15 PM
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whfan202
The most wide open of all divisions. Anyone can beat anyone in this field. Have to like Brookfield Central’s chances as they took down Baldwin Jr. & Sussex Hamilton,  but WAC is talented, and Neenah and SP come from very competitive conferences. 

I’d give BC the edge here.
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baker18
TO say the least this is the most disappointing and wide open divisions at state this year. If you would have said that Sussex, Madison East and Kimberly would all be knocked out before state you would have been laughed at. With that being said, this time of the year is all about who is playing the best basketball. WAC and Neenah benefitted from that as Neenah was playing much better than Kimberly and WAC was playing better than their opponents. BC is the favorite in my opinion just because of how they handled SUSSEX
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thecrackerjack
It is wild to think that BC lost their leading scorer before the tournament, and have since advanced to the State Tournament. Oh, and add in the fact that they are the 1 seed. Wild!
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db11
It is wild to think that BC lost their leading scorer before the tournament, and have since advanced to the State Tournament. Oh, and add in the fact that they are the 1 seed. Wild!


When I saw Brookfield Central earlier this year, I was somewhat surprised by how lethargic they looked, they just seemed to be going through the motions, and in particular, how Malensek wasn't playing at the level he previously had been. I don't wanna speculate here, but...

...anyway, this is very clearly now Cole Nau's team, and he has been playing lights out in all phases. Also, doesn't hurt that bouncy sophomore forward David Joplin has become a scoring machine. Ben Nau, Malik Abdul-Wahid and Jack Cooney have all also upped their level of play.

Oh, dear. As much as 2015 was a day I thought would never come, this is really a day I thought would never come. The alma mater is actually in position to bring home some hardware from Madison. Four years ago, it was very much "they're a barely over .500 team just praying the Hausers and Anderson come down with food poisoning before the semi. OK, they're not, well, it was great to be here." Now West Allis Central arrives in Madison as bonafide contenders led by a left tackle-looking big man named Jake Fierst with a soft touch inside-and-outside and a knack for hitting big-time shots, a rising 6'7" junior in Shilo Bowles who can just about do it all, four-year varsity PG Glenn Martin, a steady eddie on both ends of the floor, high-energy sixth man Rob Varnell, hard-working shooter Cameron Drury and exciting young talent in freshman wing Najashi Tolefree and sophomore guard Jaquanis Rhodes. I'm not saying they will win a game this time around, but this team is oodles better than the one that was here in 2015.

Sun Prairie...these guys should scare you. Heckuva job by Coach Boos, given all the absolute BS he had to deal with this off-season. Record and playoff-seed were a bit deceiving as Delaware Hale was out extensively early on, and Colin Schaefer also missed a large chunk of time. Development of big man Brock Voigt has been key. Not what they were last year...but maybe better?

Neenah is an FVA team. That should almost make them the favorite by default. Battle-tested, no doubt. Deep as well. All spearheaded by Max Klesmit who dropped 30 second-half points against Hudson to bring the Rockets back from an 18-point hole. They're my sleeper pick to win it all.

No picks for this division.
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Michael Gardner
db11 wrote:


When I saw Brookfield Central earlier this year, I was somewhat surprised by how lethargic they looked, they just seemed to be going through the motions, and in particular, how Malensek wasn't playing at the level he previously had been. I don't wanna speculate here, but...

...anyway, this is very clearly now Cole Nau's team, and he has been playing lights out in all phases. Also, doesn't hurt that bouncy sophomore forward David Joplin has become a scoring machine. Ben Nau, Malik Abdul-Wahid and Jack Cooney have all also upped their level of play.

Oh, dear. As much as 2015 was a day I thought would never come, this is really a day I thought would never come. The alma mater is actually in position to bring home some hardware from Madison. Four years ago, it was very much "they're a barely over .500 team just praying the Hausers and Anderson come down with food poisoning before the semi. OK, they're not, well, it was great to be here." Now West Allis Central arrives in Madison as bonafide contenders led by a left tackle-looking big man named Jake Fierst with a soft touch inside-and-outside and a knack for hitting big-time shots, a rising 6'7" junior in Shilo Bowles who can just about do it all, four-year varsity PG Glenn Martin, a steady eddie on both ends of the floor, high-energy sixth man Rob Varnell, hard-working shooter Cameron Drury and exciting young talent in freshman wing Najashi Tolefree and sophomore guard Jaquanis Rhodes. I'm not saying they will win a game this time around, but this team is oodles better than the one that was here in 2015.

Sun Prairie...these guys should scare you. Heckuva job by Coach Boos, given all the absolute BS he had to deal with this off-season. Record and playoff-seed were a bit deceiving as Delaware Hale was out extensively early on, and Colin Schaefer also missed a large chunk of time. Development of big man Brock Voigt has been key. Not what they were last year...but maybe better?

Neenah is an FVA team. That should almost make them the favorite by default. Battle-tested, no doubt. Deep as well. All spearheaded by Max Klesmit who dropped 30 second-half points against Hudson to bring the Rockets back from an 18-point hole. They're my sleeper pick to win it all.

No picks for this division.
I agree with everything you said here and I really don’t know how to call this division. This is probably the most balanced D1 field in quite awhile. The fact that none of the teams we all expected to be at state actually made it to state kind of sums up how this season has panned out.
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thecrackerjack
db11 wrote:


When I saw Brookfield Central earlier this year, I was somewhat surprised by how lethargic they looked, they just seemed to be going through the motions, and in particular, how Malensek wasn't playing at the level he previously had been. I don't wanna speculate here, but...

...anyway, this is very clearly now Cole Nau's team, and he has been playing lights out in all phases. Also, doesn't hurt that bouncy sophomore forward David Joplin has become a scoring machine. Ben Nau, Malik Abdul-Wahid and Jack Cooney have all also upped their level of play.

Oh, dear. As much as 2015 was a day I thought would never come, this is really a day I thought would never come. The alma mater is actually in position to bring home some hardware from Madison. Four years ago, it was very much "they're a barely over .500 team just praying the Hausers and Anderson come down with food poisoning before the semi. OK, they're not, well, it was great to be here." Now West Allis Central arrives in Madison as bonafide contenders led by a left tackle-looking big man named Jake Fierst with a soft touch inside-and-outside and a knack for hitting big-time shots, a rising 6'7" junior in Shilo Bowles who can just about do it all, four-year varsity PG Glenn Martin, a steady eddie on both ends of the floor, high-energy sixth man Rob Varnell, hard-working shooter Cameron Drury and exciting young talent in freshman wing Najashi Tolefree and sophomore guard Jaquanis Rhodes. I'm not saying they will win a game this time around, but this team is oodles better than the one that was here in 2015.

Sun Prairie...these guys should scare you. Heckuva job by Coach Boos, given all the absolute BS he had to deal with this off-season. Record and playoff-seed were a bit deceiving as Delaware Hale was out extensively early on, and Colin Schaefer also missed a large chunk of time. Development of big man Brock Voigt has been key. Not what they were last year...but maybe better?

Neenah is an FVA team. That should almost make them the favorite by default. Battle-tested, no doubt. Deep as well. All spearheaded by Max Klesmit who dropped 30 second-half points against Hudson to bring the Rockets back from an 18-point hole. They're my sleeper pick to win it all.

No picks for this division.


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carpediem32
db11 wrote:


When I saw Brookfield Central earlier this year, I was somewhat surprised by how lethargic they looked, they just seemed to be going through the motions, and in particular, how Malensek wasn't playing at the level he previously had been. I don't wanna speculate here, but...

...anyway, this is very clearly now Cole Nau's team, and he has been playing lights out in all phases. Also, doesn't hurt that bouncy sophomore forward David Joplin has become a scoring machine. Ben Nau, Malik Abdul-Wahid and Jack Cooney have all also upped their level of play.

Oh, dear. As much as 2015 was a day I thought would never come, this is really a day I thought would never come. The alma mater is actually in position to bring home some hardware from Madison. Four years ago, it was very much "they're a barely over .500 team just praying the Hausers and Anderson come down with food poisoning before the semi. OK, they're not, well, it was great to be here." Now West Allis Central arrives in Madison as bonafide contenders led by a left tackle-looking big man named Jake Fierst with a soft touch inside-and-outside and a knack for hitting big-time shots, a rising 6'7" junior in Shilo Bowles who can just about do it all, four-year varsity PG Glenn Martin, a steady eddie on both ends of the floor, high-energy sixth man Rob Varnell, hard-working shooter Cameron Drury and exciting young talent in freshman wing Najashi Tolefree and sophomore guard Jaquanis Rhodes. I'm not saying they will win a game this time around, but this team is oodles better than the one that was here in 2015.

Sun Prairie...these guys should scare you. Heckuva job by Coach Boos, given all the absolute BS he had to deal with this off-season. Record and playoff-seed were a bit deceiving as Delaware Hale was out extensively early on, and Colin Schaefer also missed a large chunk of time. Development of big man Brock Voigt has been key. Not what they were last year...but maybe better?

Neenah is an FVA team. That should almost make them the favorite by default. Battle-tested, no doubt. Deep as well. All spearheaded by Max Klesmit who dropped 30 second-half points against Hudson to bring the Rockets back from an 18-point hole. They're my sleeper pick to win it all.

No picks for this division.


Going with WAC on this one. I think their big will be too much for Joplin to handle down low.
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nospotshooters
Removing the chance of a Sun Prairie v. Nicolet QF is yet another reason why 4 divisions > 5.
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blade12
Removing the chance of a Sun Prairie v. Nicolet QF is yet another reason why 4 divisions > 5.


If you go back to 4 divisions with a cut line at say 1000 then 7 of the 8 D1 & D2 schools are all D1 and only 4 of them make it to State so while a Sunny P vs Nicolet match up may sound appealing it's less likely to happen at the State level.
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thecrackerjack
blade12 wrote:


If you go back to 4 divisions with a cut line at say 1000 then 7 of the 8 D1 & D2 schools are all D1 and only 4 of them make it to State so while a Sunny P vs Nicolet match up may sound appealing it's less likely to happen at the State level.


D1 had 8 teams make it to state with the 4 division setup. Assuming similar sectional assignments, there would have been that opportunity. 
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D1 had 8 teams make it to state with the 4 division setup. Assuming similar sectional assignments, there would have been that opportunity. 

How likely is it they ever return to 4 divisions? I am OK with going back to 4 divisions. I'd split them as evenly as I could and put about 128 teams in each but putting 8 D1 teams at State and not doing the same in other divisions is going to be an issue in today's vocal world of the outraged and offended.
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db11
blade12 wrote:

How likely is it they ever return to 4 divisions? I am OK with going back to 4 divisions. I'd split them as evenly as I could and put about 128 teams in each but putting 8 D1 teams at State and not doing the same in other divisions is going to be an issue in today's vocal world of the outraged and offended.


At some point I really hope this happens. The WIAA, in this world of streaming, needs to get beyond the whole "only state to broadcast all games on TV!" mantra and actually have a real tournament feel for this thing, with quarterfinals, semifinal and finals in all divisions being at State.

There's just something massively underwhelming with only the semis and finals on the big floor.
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blade12
db11 wrote:


At some point I really hope this happens. The WIAA, in this world of streaming, needs to get beyond the whole "only state to broadcast all games on TV!" mantra and actually have a real tournament feel for this thing, with quarterfinals, semifinal and finals in all divisions being at State.

There's just something massively underwhelming with only the semis and finals on the big floor.


Go back to my "crown jewel" comment in one of these threads.  If the tournament is the "crown jewel" treat it as such and yes, sectional semi and finals should be in larger better facilities with multiple games per day. Heck, mix in girls games and boys games at the same site on the same day.  Make it a 10 day long event, play on Sunday if you have to.
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traviswilson
db11 wrote:


At some point I really hope this happens. The WIAA, in this world of streaming, needs to get beyond the whole "only state to broadcast all games on TV!" mantra and actually have a real tournament feel for this thing, with quarterfinals, semifinal and finals in all divisions being at State.

There's just something massively underwhelming with only the semis and finals on the big floor.

They could play D1 quarterfinals at D3 showcase facilities on the Tuesday before state.
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