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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS:  The 41st Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Football State Championship Finals will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE:  Avoid the lines the day of the game by buying State Football Finals tickets now online at www.wiaawi.org/Tickets.aspx or find the ticket link on the home page of the WIAA website. Ticket prices for the event are $8 per game for adults, $20 for a Thursday all-day pass, $15 for a Friday all-day pass and $30 for a two-day pass. Admission for children 6-years old and under is $1 per game. 

CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Nov. 17

Div. 7 - Edgar (10-3) vs. Shullsburg (11-2) - 10 a.m.
Div. 6 - Regis (13-0) vs. Darlington (13-0) - 1 p.m.
Div. 5 - Amherst (12-1) vs. Cedar Grove-Belgium (12-1) - 4 p.m.
Div. 4 - St. Croix Central (10-3) vs. River Valley (10-2) - 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18
Div. 3 - Notre Dame (12-1) vs. Catholic Memorial (13-0) - 10 a.m.
Div. 2 - Brookfield East (11-2) vs. Monona Grove (11-2) - 1 p.m. 
Div. 1 - Kimberly (13-0) vs. Franklin (12-1) - 4 p.m.

ON THE AIR:  The championship finals will be televised live on either Fox Sports Wisconsin or Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus. The Divisions  7, 6, 3, 2 and 1 finals will be aired live on Fox Sports Wisconsin. The Divisions 4 and 5 championships will be aired on Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus. Check local cable listings for the FS Wisconsin Plus channel in your area. The finals of all seven divisions will be streamed live on the FoxSportsGo app through your cable system’s authentication.

CAMP RANDALL MEDIA PARKING:  UW Transportation Services will have attendants selling parking for $8 at Lots 17 (just north of Camp Randall Stadium) and 20 on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday. 

LAST YEAR:   Kimberly came back from a 21-point deficit to defeat Arrowhead 49-42 in the Division 1 championship game. In Division 2, Homestead posted a 28-12 win over Waukesha West, and Notre Dame was a 19-17 victor over Catholic Memorial in the Division 3 title tilt. Osceola rolled to a 28-0 win over Lodi in the Division 4 championship game, and Amherst blanked Spencer/Columbus 42-0 to win the Division 5 title. In Division 6, St. Mary’s Springs repeated as champion with a 39-20 win over Darlington, and Bangor was crowned the champion in Division 7 with a 20-14 victory over Pepin/Alma.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HISTORY:  The WIAA began sponsoring the playoff tournament series in 1976. The first two championships featured four divisions. In 1978, the field expanded to five divisions. The playoffs were again expanded to include six divisions in 1981. In 1996, the playoff field was further expanded to 192 teams qualifying for the post-season. In 2002, the tournament expanded to its current seven-divisions format with 224 teams. The championships have all been at Camp Randall Stadium since 1982. Lancaster and Stratford have won the most championships with seven. Arrowhead, Edgar and St. Mary’s Springs are next on the list with six. D.C. Everest, Homestead, Kimberly, Menomonie, Monroe, Osseo-Fairchild and Waunakee have each won five. Arrowhead leads the membership in title game appearances with 13. Darlington is next with 12,  and Lancaster and Edgar have 11. St. Mary’s Springs has nine appearances, and Monroe, Menomonie and Waunakee each have eight. 

DIVISION 1 NOTES:  Three-time defending champion Kimberly returns seeking its fourth straight State championship and to extend its current 55-game winning streak. They have not lost since Level 3 of the 2012 playoffs. The Papermakers are making their seventh State appearance overall. They won back-to-back Division 2 titles in 2007 and 2008 and added their third in 2013. Their championships  in Division 1 titles have come the last two seasons. They also have one runner-up finish on the ledger, that coming in Division 2 in 2009. The Papermakers finished atop the Northern Division of the Valley Football Association this year, and they have outscored their playoff opponents 180-43. The Papermakers defeated Stevens Point 28-7 at Level 4 to earn their fourth straight berth in the State final. Franklin will appear in its third championship final. The Sabers other experiences in the title game resulted in a Division 2 championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish in Division 1 in 2013. They won the Southeast Conference championship in 2016 and have won 11 straight games after falling in the first game of the season. Their run through the playoffs has produced a combined score of 177-79 in the four games. The Sabers defeated Badger 35-14 in the semifinal to gain the berth in the championship game. 

DIVISION 2 NOTES:  Monona Grove is making its fifth State title game appearance and the first since winning the Division 3 title in 2013. The Silver Eagles also won the Division 2 State title in 1977 and a Division 3 crown in 1984.  In addition, they finished runner-up in Division 2 in 2004. They were runners-up in the South Division of the Badger Conference this season and have advanced to the championship game with a 35-6 win over Homestead at Level 4. The Silver Eagles are averaging almost 39 points-per-game during their current nine-game win streak. Brookfield East advances to its first State finals appearance in program history. They finished third in the Greater Metro Conference this season, and they defeated Menomonie 20-13 at Level 4 to advance to the final. The staunch Spartans defense has shutout five opponents this season and has held playoff opponents to an average of 6.0 points per game.

DIVISION 3 NOTES:  The same two teams that squared off in the title game last season return for a rematch. Defending champion Notre Dame is making its fourth appearance in the State final with two championships and a runner-up  finish. In addition to last season, they won the title in 2003. Their first experience in the title game resulted in a runner-up finish in 2000. They finished in second place in the Fox River Classic Conference and advance to the title game with a 35-17 victory over Rice Lake at Level 4. Notre Dame has averaged 37.4 points a game this season. Prior to joining the WIAA, the Tritons played in four Division 1 title games of the now defunct WISAA organization. They won a title in 1992 and finished runner-up in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Last year’s runner-up Catholic Memorial is making its fifth appearance in the State final. The Crusaders won the Division 3 State title in 2012 to go with their runner-up finishes in Division 2 in 2001 and in Division 3 in 2010. Before joining the WIAA, the Crusaders won WISAA titles in 1979, 1989, 1993 and 1996. They were also runners-up six times. This season, they are the champions of the Classic 8 Conference. They advance to the championship game following a 30-7 win over Pewaukee at Level 4. The Crusaders’ average score through their four playoff games is 32.0-14.8.

DIVISION 4 NOTES:  St. Croix Central  returns to the championship final for the second time and for the first time since its only other appearance in 1988, which resulted in a Division 5 State championship. This year, they defeated Little Chute 23-17 at Level 4 to continue their quest for the program’s second State title. The Panthers tied for third place in the Middle Border Conference this season. Among the teams the Panthers defeated en route to the final were two #1 seeds and a #2 seed. River Valley is making its first-ever appearance in the title game. The Blackhawks earned their opportunity to play for the championship with a 34-12 triumph over Two Rivers at Level 4. They are averaging 40.3 points per game during their playoff run. River Valley finished in a three-way tie for the top spot in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference standings this season with Lancaster and Platteville. The Blackhawks are averaging 40.3 points a game during the playoffs.

DIVISION 5 NOTES: Defending champion Amherst will make its fourth appearance in the title game, having now advanced to the title game in four of the last five seasons. The Falcons also won the title in their first experience in the State final in 2012, and finished runner-up in 2014. They downed Stanley-Boyd 42-15 in their Level 4 match-up to return to the final for an opportunity to win back-to-back gold trophies. They are the champions of the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference this fall. The Falcons scored fewer than 40 points only three times this season. Those were the first three games of the season. Cedar Grove-Belgium returns to Camp Randall for the second time. The Rockets finished runner-up in Division 5 in its only other appearance in 2008. This year, they placed third in the Big East Conference and outscored Clinton 42-35 in their Level 4 match-up to advance to the final. The Rockets have averaged 41.6 points a game this season. After posting a shutout in their Level 1 game, they have surrendered an average of 34.3 over the last three playoff victories, while scoring 40.0 points a game.

DIVISION 6 NOTES:  Darlington, the runner-up the last three seasons, returns to the title game for the 12th time. The Redbirds have won four State championships, earning Division 5 titles in 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1995. In addition, they have placed runner-up seven times, once in Division 4 (1997), three times in Division 5 (1993, 1994, 1996) and three times in Division 6 (2013, 2014, 2015). The Redbirds played in eight State finals during an 11-year span from 1987-97. Their return to the finals comes virtue of a 24-20 win over two-time defending champion St. Mary’s Springs at Level 4. They are the champions of the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League this season. The Redbirds have averaged a gaudy 52.3 points per game this season and are surrendering just 6.6 points a game. Their offense averages a remarkable 11 yards per rushing attempt. Regis returns to the State final for the fifth time and for the first time since finishing runner-up in Division 6 in 2012. The Ramblers won the Division 7 championship in 2003 on the heels of a runner-up finish in their first-ever title game endeavor in 2002. They also finished runner-up in Division 6 in 2009. As a former member of WISAA, they won three Division 3 championships, coming in 1992, 1993 and 1999. This season, they finished first in the Cloverbelt Conference standings and advance to the title game following a 22-14 win over Abbotsford in their Level 4 game. The Ramblers scored an average of 42.2 points through the first 11 games this season and 21.5 in their last two playoff victories.

DIVISION 7 NOTES:  Edgar will play in the State title game for the 11th time. The Wildcats appeared in a string of four title games from 1998-2001 and three in a row from 2008-10. They possess six State titles, winning Division 6 in 2009 and 2010, Division 5 championships in 1992, 1999 and 2001; and a Division 4 crown in 1979. In addition, the Wildcats have runner-up finishes in 1991, 1998, 2000 and 2008. They were the fourth-place finisher in the Marawood Conference, and they defeated defending champion Bangor 29-6 at Level 4  to earn the chance at their seventh title. The Wildcats have outscored opponents 36.5-6.8 during the playoffs. Shullsburg has advanced to the State finals for the first time. The Miners rolled past Hilbert/Stockbridge in their Level 4 showdown, 34-6. They finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Six Rivers Conference standings this season. The Miners have allowed opponents an average of 6.3 points a game during the playoffs.

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NEED RESULTS?:  Results and statistics will be available on the WIAA website approximately 35 minutes following the conclusion of each title game at: www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Football.aspx.

WILSON IS THE OFFICIAL BALL:  Wilson is the official game ball of the WIAA State Football Finals. Wilson footballs are also the official ball at Levels 3 and 4 of the playoffs. The agreement with Wilson is effective through 2018.

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