Since Rapids was moved to #4,
2005- Rapids Semifinal loss to state champion, Superior.
2006- Rapids Semifinal loss to state runner-up Fond du Lac.
2007- Tomah semifinal loss to state runner-up Superior.
2008- Rapids quarterfinal loss to Appleton. (Appleton lost to eventual runner-up Edgewood.)
2009- Onalaska quarterfinal loss to state champion Arrowhead.
2010- Rapids quarterfinal loss to state runner-up Wausau West.
2011- RWD quarterfinal loss to ECM (ECM lost to eventual state champ in OT in semis)
2012- Sparta quarterfinal loss to Verona (Verona lost to eventual state champ Notre Dame.)
2013- Rapids quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame (lost to eventual runner-up Verona, ND was ranked #1 almost all year.)
Minor nitpick: once you make it to state, you're either going to (A) win the state title, (B) lose to the state champions, (C) lose to the runner-up, or (D) lose to a team that loses to either the state champions or the runner-up.
On the "difficulty" (or perceived lack of) in Sectional #4: I prefer to think of it as "unpredictable" or "wide open" - the data shows in the last 7 years there's been 5 different schools come out of there (and that doesn't include Sauk Prairie in '04). Contrast that to Sectional #2, where right now you can largely pen in ECM to state before the season starts (and then #1, where much of the time there's Superior and there's everyone else). Wausau West has become dominant in #3 in recent years, Sectional #7 is another one where there's not one perenially dominant team; that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm OK with a team in an area having a high level of success year in and year out (it happens), but I also like the occasional unpredictability.
Wait until the sport splits into 2 classes (if it ever happens). I can't wait to hear the howling from fans of a couple perenially strong schools who (will) get grouped into the same sectional.
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."