Boys Basketball Tournament Preview - Division 3

Published 02/27 2012 10:13AM

Updated 02/27 2012 10:15AM

Led by a pair of Division 1 recruits in Turner Botz and Kenneth Lowe, the Little Chute Mustangs made an appearance in the WIAA Division 3 State Tournament a year ago.  This season, they rolled their way to an 18-0 start, and were ranked number 1 in Division 3. 
The Mustangs hope for an undefeated season, however, ended on February 10th with a 49-48 loss at Freedom.  Little Chute then suffered a second consecutive loss on February 16th, at home to Fox Valley Lutheran, 68-63.  The Mustangs bounced back to finish the regular season with wins over Winneconne and Xavier, and at 20-2 they are the number 1 seed in their half of the Menasha sectional.  They also may very well run in to each team they lost to.  Freedom received the number 5 seed, and could face the Mustangs in the regional finals.  Fox Valley Lutheran received the number 2 seed, and could meet Little Chute in the sectional semifinals in Pulaski on March 8th.
The #3 seed Peshtigo Bulldogs, however, would like to prevent a rematch, and could have the talent to do so.  Ryan Spaulding's team was a perfect 16-0 in the M & O conference this season, going 20-2 overall, losing to NEW Lutheran and Menominee, Michigan.
On the other half of the Menasha sectional, four of the top five seeds are Olympian Conference teams, led by co-champions Brillion and Wrightstown at #1 and #2, respectively.  Both squads were 20-2 overall this season, and in their two meetings, the road team won each time.  The rubber match, if it occurs, would be in the sectional semifinals in West De Pere. 
Valders finished a game behind Brillion and Wrightstown in the Olympian, and the Vikings received the #3 seed.  Valders defeated Wrightstown on the road, but lost both meetings with Brillion this season.  #4 seed Sturgeon Bay recovered from an 0-3 start to gain a share of the Packerland Conference title.
The Arrowhead sectional also features a pair of area teams as number 1 seeds in 20-2 Omro and 19-3 Sheboygan Falls.  Sheboygan Falls may have to get past prerennial power Racine St. Catherine's to reach the sectional finals.  The Angles have won 14 consecutive games since losing to Brillion 58-37 on December 28th.
To view the entire Division 3 bracket, click here.

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