Spartans seek 13th state championshipThe 38th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Championships
The 38th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Championships and the seventh Girls Hockey State Championships will take place Thursday through Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Ticket prices for the tournament are $8 per session.
The single elimination boys tournament features eight teams. The girls tournament features four teams. There were 92 boys teams and 25 girls teams at the beginning of the championship tournament series this year.
Last year Fond du Lac won its first boys hockey title with a 3-1 win over Superior in the championship game.
In the girls final, the Appleton West Co-op defeated Chippewa Falls/McDonell Central 4-2 in the title tilt to win its first championship.
The first WIAA State boys hockey championship game was held in 1971. Superior won the first championship and has won 11 more since to give the Spartans a membership-leading 12 state titles.
Madison Memorial has won eight titles. Hudson won the first two girls titles in 2002 and 2003, and Appleton West/North/East, Fond du Lac/ Campbellsport/Waupun, Fond du Lac/Waupun and Superior have all won one girls title.
The boys field
• Superior qualifies for the state tournament for a membership-leading 31st time, and for the seventh straight year.
The Spartans’ 12 state championships leads all schools.
The Spartans have won titles in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003 and 2005 and have finished runner-up an additional 11 times.
The Spartans defeated River Falls 6-1 in the Hudson Sectional final to earn another trip to state.
• The University School returns to state for the eighth time. The Wildcats broke a string of sixth straight appearances when they failed to qualify last year after winning the title in 2006. They are the champions of the Brookfield Sectional after defeating Germantown co-op 3-1 in the final.
• Eau Claire Memorial will appear in the tournament for the ninth time and for third time in the last four years. The Old Abes best performances in the tournament came in 1990, 1992 and 2007 when they advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated. They defeated Lakeland 5-2 in the Eau Claire Sectional final.
• Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln is making its sixth appearance in the state tournament with all coming since 2001. The Red Raiders made four straight trips to state from 2003-06. They have advanced to the semifinals in each previous trip before being ousted from title contention. The Red Raiders defeated the Sparta Co-op 3-2 in the Onalaska Sectional final.
• Mosinee returns to state for the first time since 1992 and for the fifth time overall. They defeated Wausau West 5-3 in the Northland Pines Sectional final to advance to the final eight.
• Janesville Parker/Craig will be competing in the state tournament for the third time overall and for the first time since 2005. The other appearance came in 1994. The Bluebirds have lost in semifinals in their two previous appearances. They edged Stoughton 2-1 in overtime in another sectional final held in Brookfield to qualify this year.
• Edgewood is also making its third appearance. The Crusaders’ two previous trips came in 1998 and 2001. Their furthest advance in the tournament was to the semifinals in 2001. The Crusaders qualify this year with a 4-0 win over Middleton in the sectional final in Madison.
• The Appleton East co-op makes its inaugural state tournament appearances. The Patriots berth was earned by a 4-3 triumph over defending champion Fond du Lac in the Fond du Lac Sectional final.