The WIAA has released changes for the 2020-21 high school boys and girls basketball playoffs. The biggest change in our area is that Marshall will drop down from Division Three to Division Four for postseason play. The Cardinals boys and girls were placed in Sectional 3. Their Regional includes a mixture of Trailways and Capitol Conference schools and funnels into the Sectional with teams from Southwestern Wisconsin.
Marshall Athletic Director Matt Kleinheinz told DailyDodge.com “The move to Division 4 did not come as much of a surprise to us. The girls actually should have been in D4 last year but because we won state in D3 the previous season, WIAA rules prevent you from dropping a division. The boys were actually tied in enrollment with Brookfield Academy for the last spot in D3 / first spot in D4 last season. It then reverts back to the previous years enrollment and in that case Brookfield Academy was smaller than us. As with anything there are pros and cons and we look forward to the new challenge of D4. I know our boys coach was happy to get out of the toughest D3 sectional in the state. The girls were placed in a sectional with Aquinas and will have a tough road, much like they have had in D3, so it’s really just a matter of new faces. Ultimately, you have to play good teams and you have to play well in order to advance, no matter what division you are in.”
The Markesan girls will move from D4 Sectional 3 to Sectional 2. The Hornets new Regional includes teams from South Central Wisconsin and moves into Sectional play against teams from Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Horicon boys also move brackets, shifting from Sectional 3 to Sectional 2. Their Regional includes teams from Northeastern Wisconsin and the Sectional includes teams from North Central Wisconsin.