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Loyal Wins Division 5 State Girls Basketball Title

Loyal (25-4) won its first State title in its initial appearance in the Girls State Basketball Tournament with a 74-61 victory over the Milwaukee Academy of Science (23-5) in the Division 5 championship game Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Shullsburg's Rennert Wins Girls 3-Point Challenge

Hattie Rennert, a senior from Shullsburg, won the 2017 girls 3-Point Challenge held Saturday morning at the Resch Center in conjunction with the State Girls Basketball Tournament.

Rennert, representing Division 5,  was one of 10 participants in the 3-Point Challenge, which was held for the third time. She scored 14 points in the final round to win the contest. Senior Tori Martell of Somerset was second with 13 points in the final round.

Rennert scored 19 points in the opening round and 18 in the semifinals. Martell opened with 18 points and followed with a competition-record 22 in the semifinals. Junior Justice Filip of Madison East and junior Brooklyn Paulson of Holmen also advanced to the semifinals with first-round totals of 19 and 18, respectively.  

Other participants were Natalie McNeal of Germantown, Brehna Evans of West De Pere, Savannah Walsdorf of Kiel, Arianna Mason of Stanley-Boyd, Caitlyn Tipton of Laconia and McKenzie Couey of Riverdale.

Girls 3-Point Challenge Stream Archive

The 3-Point Challenge will be streamed live on the NFHS Network Saturday at 9:30 a.m. To watch the competition, register and subscribe to the NFHS Network. To purchase a subscription to the live programming for only $9.95 per month, log-on to or and click on the subscription image in the middle of the page. Archived streams of the events will be available on demand on the NFHS Network 72 hours after the tournament without requirement of a subscription. 

Appleton North, De Pere Square Off in Div. 1 Final

Appleton North 75, Milwaukee King 52

 De Pere 49, Middleton 47 (OT)

In the battle of the unbeatens, Appleton North (27-0) defeated Milwaukee King (25-1) 75-52 in the Division 1 State semifinal to advance to the final Saturday.

The Lightning led 32-31 after a tightly contested first half that featured eight lead changes and three ties. They opened the second half with a three-pointer by Kari Brekke that set the tone for the half. The Lady Generals fought back to get within three points of tying the game, but the Lightning answered with a 13-1 run midway through the second half to lead 66-49 with just under three minutes remaining. 

Much of Appleton North’s success in the second half was a result of hitting 60 percent of its field goals and limiting the Lady Generals to 23 percent shooting, including 1-of-11 from three-point distance. 

The Lighting boasted five players scoring in double figures. Sydney Levy had a game-high 19 points. Brekke added 14 points, and Callie Pohlman and Paige Schabo each had 12 points. Anna Laux chipped in with 10.

Sydnee Roby was strong in the interior for the Lady Generals. She led the team with 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Both Jada Patterson and Tishara Morehouse tossed in 11 points.

Appleton North advances to the championship for the first time in program history, and Milwaukee KIng exits in the semifinals of its fifth tournament experience.

De Pere (25-2) outlasted Middleton in overtime to advance to the Division 1 final following a 49-47 victory in the semifinals Friday night.

The Cardinals took a four-point advantage to start the overtime period, but the Redbirds outscored Middleton 8-6 in the extra period without the benefit of a field goal. They made 8-of-10 free throws to account for the margin of victory.

Both teams found points difficult to come by in the early portion of the game, as the score was knotted up at 2-2 through the first four minutes. The Cardinals hit a three-pointer to take lead the at 5-2, but the Redbirds used a 14-2 run to turn the tables and take a nine-point lead, their largest of the game.

Middleton (23-4) trailed 20-13 at halftime but clawed back to have the opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation, but two shots caromed off the rim in the game’s waning moments.

Annie Schneider led the Redbirds with 13 points and seven rebounds. Olivia DeCleene added 11 points. Bria Lemirande led the Cardinals with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

De Pere attempts to win its fourth State championship in their sixth appearance in the finals. Middleton’s season comes to an end with its 10th State appearance.

Beaver Dam, Cudahy Advance to Div. 2 Championship

Beaver Dam (27-0) remained undefeated by notching a 62-47 win over Monroe in the Division 2 semifinals Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The Golden Beavers scored the final seven points of first period to open a 34-24 halftime advantage. The Cheesemakers pulled within single digits at 39-32 with 15:13 showing on the clock, but Beaver Dam extended its advantage to 15 at 54-39 with just over five minutes remaining in the game.

The Golden Beavers took advantage of 12 Monroe turnovers, outscoring the Cheesemakers 15-0 on points following a turnover. Defensively, they shut down the Monroe perimeter attack, allowing the Cheesemakers to convert on just 1-of-13 tries from beyond the arc.

Cassidy Trotter led all scorers with 23 points for Beaver Dam. She also led the Golden Beavers with seven rebounds and four steals. Sydney Hilliard led three Cheesemakers scoring in double figures with 16 points. Jordan Hirsbrunner and Sydney Mathiason each chipped in with 10 points apiece.

Beaver Dam returns to the championship game for the first time since finishing runner-up in 1991. Monroe (21-4) ends its season with its ninth State appearance.

Cudahy (20-7) held off Hortonville to advance to the State final in Division 2 with a 46-36 triumph in the semifinals Friday afternoon.

The Packers took advantage of a 9-1 run in the final 6:46 of the first half to take a 24-18 lead into halftime. Cudahy maintained the lead throughout the entire second half. The Polar Bears cut the deficit to 28-26 at the 11-minute mark, but they could get no closer. The Packers built their biggest lead of the game at 46-34 with two minutes remaining in the game.

Cudahy shot 45 percent from the floor in the game while holding the Polar Bears to 26 percent. The possibility of a Hortonville comeback in the second half was derailed by a 0-of-8 shooting effort from three-point range and a series of missed opportunities from close range.

Bailey Eichner led all scorers with 13 points for the Packers. She also handed out a game-high six assists. Hannah Kulas added 12 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Shay Frederick scored 12 points and dished out four assists to lead Hortonville, and Morgan Allen contributed 10 points before fouling out.

Cudahy advances to the title game in its first State Tournament appearance, and Hortonville (20-6)


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