The WIAA boys and girls state hockey tournament gets underway today at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Day 1 starts with four boys quarterfinal games. Green Bay Notre Dame (23-4), which lost in the semifinals at state a year ago, is facing Milwaukee Marquette at noon. Marquette (25-2) has two previous state tournament appearances, but they’re still looking for their first win.
This afternoon (2:15pm), Middleton (19-4-1) faces Cedarburg (15-10-2). Middleton comes in having won 7 of their last 8 games but is 0-2 in state tournament play. Cedarburg has won six of their last 7.
In the night session, Eau Claire Memorial (28-1) enters the tournament on a 16-game win streak. They’ll face Wisconsin Dells/Reedsburgh (21-5). Wisconsin Dells/Reedsburgh is making its first ever state tournament appearance.
The late game has New Richmond (21-5) squaring off against last years state runnerup Wausau West (24-3). West has won their last five games by a total combined score of 33-4.
The girls tournament starts Friday. River Falls (23-3-1) faces Appleton West (15-11-1) while Mosinee (25-1) takes on Sun Prairie (22-3-2). The winners meet in Saturday’s championship game.