Two teams entered the 100th WIAA Boys State Basketball Championships with an opportunity to add their name to the list of teams to win four-straight state titles, and only Whitefish Bay Dominican accomplished the task at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Six-foot-10 Diamond Stone a game-high 23 points as three-time defending champion Dominican beat previously undefeated Mineral Point 75-49, joining the Randolph teams of 2002-2005 as the only schools in state history to pull off the four-peat. Both did so in Division 4.
Earlier in the Day, Stone and Rice Lake’s Henry Ellenson were named co-Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Mr. Basketball. Ellenson, who is headed to Marquette, did not play in the Division 2 title game against Mt. Horeb due to a broken left hand suffered in Friday’s semifinals.Three-time defending champ Germantown failed to join Dominican and Randolph, and be the first to four-peat in Division 1, losing to Stevens Point 67-51. The Panthers received 50 points from Sam Hauser and Trevor Anderson, with Hauser scoring all 16 of his team’s first quarter points.
The rest of Championship Saturday saw Brown Deer repeat at Division 2 champions with a 74-60 victory over Appleton Xavier. Mt. Horeb and Young Coggs Prep were each first time champions. The Vikings, playing at state for the first time in 74 years, downed Rice Lake 58-46 in Division 2, while the Eagles claimed their first gold ball with a 56-50 victory over Hillsboro.