Both the Beaver Dam girls and boys basketball teams have been bumped up to Division One in the revised WIAA state basketball tournament released on Thursday. With many teams across the state opting out of the tournament because of COVID-19, the WIAA revised the new five division format with each division having an equal number of teams.
On the girls side, Beaver Dam (14-1), ranked #3 in the D2 Coaches Poll is grouped in a Division One Sectional that features three of the top four teams in the current Wissports.net Division One Coaches Poll in #1 Germantown, #2 Kimberly, and #4 Appleton East. Their D1 bracket also includes D2 #6 West DePere, #7 Slinger and #8 Kaukauna.
“We’re in an absolutely loaded Sectional. Germantown, easily one of the best teams in the state. Appleton East one of the best teams in the state. Kimberly one of the best teams in the state.” Beaver Dam girls basketball coach Tim Chase told DailyDodge.com. “Really, really tough Sectional. It’s loaded with high level players and high level teams. I would say those three teams along with Green Bay Notre Dame are probably the four best teams in the state in any division right now that are playing. It’s going to be a tough road for us right now in many ways.”
The Beaver Dam boys (11-1) and ranked #6 in the Coaches Poll would have to run through a bracket full of talented teams to reach the state tournament. Their Sectional includes potential matchups against Wissports.net Coaches Poll D1 #2 Neenah, #3 Menomonee Falls and #6 Kimberly and D2 #3 Cedarburg.
“It makes things a little bit more difficult for us as for as the road to state.” Beaver Dam boys coach Tim Ladron told DailyDodge.com. “Our regional was fairly similar to something we might face anyway in a Division Two bracket. In a year where we feel we put ourselves in a good spot to make a run, it certainly makes things a little bit more difficult. It’s kind of the way the season is as a whole. We are happy we’re playing and happy we’re competing and where the WIAA puts us is where they put us.”
Other area boys and girls teams being bumped up a Division include; Marshall and Markesan bumping up from Division Four to Division Three and Randolph going from D5 to D4. The Marshall girls were ranked #1 in the D4 Coaches Poll while the Randolph boys were 4th in the D5 coaches survey.
Because of COVID-19, the five divisions will hold their state tournament at a different venue across Wisconsin with the semifinals and championship being played on the same day.
Click the link to hear comments from BDHS girls basketball coach Tim Chase and boys coach Tim Ladron on moving up to D1
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