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Central still No. 2, Onalaska drops in final AP poll; both awarded top two seeds in playoff sectional

Rick Solem

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The latest and last AP poll boys basketball poll is out, as are the WIAA playoff brackets, despite a week to go in the regular season.

Central (18-2) and Onalaska (16-4), are the top two seeds in the Division 2 sectional. The Red Raiders, who picked up a 96-43 win Monday night against Aquinas (8-12), also held onto the No. 2 ranking in the final AP Poll. Onalaska fell to eighth, after losing to Central 62-52 last week.

Central would open the tournament March 1, against the winner of Sparta at Logan on Feb. 26. Onalaska would host either No. 7 New Richmond (12-8) or 10th-seeded Tomah (7-14).

Fourth-seeded Holmen (9-9) hosts No. 5 Menomonie (8-12) in the second round. Both teams also have first-round byes, as does much of the bracket.

The section championship is at 7 p.m. March 9 at Logan Fieldhouse.

In Division 3, Prairie du Chien (17-2) moved up two spots to No. 7 in the final AP poll and has the No. 1 seed after winning 10 consecutive games.

In Division 4, eighth-seeded Aquinas (8-12) will host Darlington at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the second round.

In Division 5, second-ranked Bangor (19-1) and sixth-ranked Blair-Taylor (20-1) were paired in the same sectional as No. 1 seeds. The two teams could meet for a bid to get to the state tournament.

The Wildcats beat the Cardinals 74-66 on Dec. 11.

See all the brackets here.

Division 1
1. Sussex Hamilton (6), 18-3, 77, 1
2. Madison East (2), 19-1, 73, 2
3. Kimberly 18-2, 64, 3
4. Brookfield Central 17-4, 55, 4
5. Brookfield East 17-4, 45, 5
6. Racine Park 15-3, 38, 7
7. Waukesha West 18-3, 26, 9
8. West Allis Central 16-3, 23, 6
9. Mequon Homestead 16-4, 21, 8
10. Hart. Arrowhead 16-4, 11, 10

Others receiving votes: Madison La Follette 6, Hudson 1

Division 2
1. Nicolet (8), 19-1, 80, 1
2. La Crosse Central 17-2, 72, 2
3. Westosha Central 18-1, 60, 3
4. East Troy 16-1, 47, 4
5. Mount Horeb 17-3, 42, 6
6. Green Bay Southwest 18-1, 41, 7
7. Milw. Washington 14-5, 36, 8
8. Onalaska 16-4, 34, 5
9. Milw. Bay View 16-2, 17, 9
10. Kaukauna 15-5, 8, 10

Others receiving votes: Greenfield 2, De Forest 1

Division 3
1. Waupun (6), 18-1, 77, 1
2. Racine St. Catherine’s (1), 18-3, 70, 2
3. St. John’s NW Military Academy 20-1, 62, 3
4. Martin Luther (1), 17-3, 60, 4
5. Stratford 19-0, 49, 5
6. Lake Country Lutheran 17-3, 31, 6
7. Prairie du Chien 17-2, 29, 9
8. Lakeside Lutheran 14-5, 28, 8
9. Lake Mills 15-5, 13, 10
10. Wrightstown 17-3, 6, NR

Others receiving votes: Westby 4, Appleton Xavier 4, Brookfield Academy 3, Dominican 3, Platteville 1

Division 4
1. Roncalli (8), 20-0, 80, 1
2. Lourdes Academy 20-1, 70, 2
3. Clear Lake 17-1, 58, 4
4. Darlington 18-1, 57, 3
5. (tie) Iola-Scandinavia 17-1, 42, 5
5. (tie) New Glarus 18-2, 42, 6
7. Howards Grove 19-1, 34, 7
8. Osseo-Fairchild 18-1, 27, 8
9. Colfax 18-1, 13, 10
10. Mineral Point 14-5, 10, 9

Others receiving votes: Milwaukee Academy of Science 5, Manawa 1, Fennimore 1

Division 5
1. Randolph (8), 19-0, 80, 1
2. Bangor 18-1, 71, 2
3. Columbus Catholic 19-1, 57, 4
4. Wauzeka-Steuben 18-1, 52, 6
5. Sheboygan Area Luth. 19-2, 51, 3
6. Blair-Taylor 19-1, 45, 7
7. Hustisford 18-2, 36, 5
8. Almond-Bancroft 16-3, 23, 10
9. Rio 15-4, 15, 8
10. Wild Rose 14-5, 5, 9

Others receiving votes: Shullsburg 2, Phelps 2, Potosi 1