Sam Kick

Posted On: 03/3/21 2:44 PM

Breaking down the WIAA Division 2 state tournament, which will be played  Saturday at the La Crosse Center...

(1) Onalaska (18-0)

Road to State: 

Defeated Black River Falls 65-36

Defeated Tomah 65-48

Defeated Altoona 67-42

Defeated Rice Lake 49-23

After fielding one of the state’s top teams over the past couple of seasons, Onalaska has finally broken through  to the state tournament for the first time since 2013. Despite not beginning their season until Dec. 29, the Hilltoppers have an unblemished record, winning  14 of their 18 games by double digits Behind the trio of Gavin McGrath Gavin McGrath 6'10" | C Onalaska | 2021 State WI , Sam Kick Sam Kick 6'1" | PG Onalaska | 2021 State WI , and Victor Desmond Victor Desmond 6'6" | SF Onalaska | 2021 State WI , Onalaska has a senior-laden, experienced group.

(4) Xavier (23-4)

Road to State: 

Defeated Ripon 95-61

Defeated Little Chute 60-38

Defeated Luxemburg-Casco 69-67

Defeated Seymour 78-61

Winners of the Bay Conference, Xavier has ripped off 18-straight wins to reach La Crosse.  Becoming a regular at the state tournament, the Hawks are making their fifth appearance at state, including their fourth since 2015.  Thanks to a breakout season from sophomore Alex Sherwood Alex Sherwood 6'7" | SF Xavier | 2023 State WI and some excellent guard play from Charlie Pfefferle Charlie Pfefferle 5'9" | PG Xavier | 2022 State WI and Ray Zuleger, Xavier is a very dangerous 4-seed.


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