The WIAA began sponsoring a tournament program in girls hockey in 2001-02. Initially, six schools sponsored the sport as an interscholastic activity. In 2011, the number of programs has increased to 33.
The qualifiers of the first tournament were Hudson, Viroqua/Cornerstone Christian/Westby/Youth Initiative, Fond du Lac/Waupun and Onalaska.
Hudson won the first two championships. The Raiders defeated Viroqua/Cornerstone Christian/Westby/Youth Initiative, 3-2 in overtime, in the 2002 championship final. They defeated Fond du Lac/Waupun in the 2003 championship final by the same score in overtime. Fond du Lac/Campbellsport/Waupun won the title in 2004 by defeating Superior 2-1. Superior proceeded to win the 2005 championship with a 3-0 win over Onalaska.
Fond du Lac/Waupun won the title in 2006, and Appleton West/North/East captured the title in its first year as a program in 2007. The Mosinee co-op program with D.C. Everest, and Wausau East and West won the 2008 championship. The 2012 championship was won by the same group of schools but was identified as the D.C. Everest co-op. The titles from 2009-2011 were won by two different versions of the River Falls co-op program.
Onalaska has participated in six of the State Tournaments with an additional two appearances as a co-op program. The Mosinee co-op, renamed the D.C. Everest co-op in 2012, also has six appearances. The Fond du Lac/Waupun co-op has been to seven State Tournaments, but the addition of Campbellsport to the co-op for two years and St. Mary's Springs for two years have created separate listings of teams to qualify. Superior has qualified for four State Tournaments.
The River Falls Co-op has won the most games in State Tournament competition with six. The Mosinee, turned D.C. Everest Co-op, is next up with five wins. Hudson has won four games at State, and Superior, Fond du Lac/Waupun are next with five wins each. Twenty-six different programs, including all variations of co-op programs, have qualified for the State Tournament.
All 10 tournaments have been held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison in conjunction with the boys hockey State Tournament.
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