Boys basketball team earns No. 6 seed

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Rob Reischel
Parker Van Buren and Middleton's boys basketball team are the No. 6 seed in their sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys basketball team earned the No. 6 seed in its 18-team postseason sectional.

The Cardinals received a first round bye, then open the playoffs in a regional semifinal against 11th-seeded Janesville Craig on March 1 at 7 p.m. Middleton, which is 13-8, split with the Cougars (10-10) during the regular season.

If the Cardinals win there, they would likely travel to third-seeded Madison La Follette on March 2 at 7 p.m. for a regional final.

The sectional semifinals are March 7 and the sectional finals are March 9.

“I was surprised how solid we were at No. 6, given we had lost to Craig by two (points) and to Sun Prairie over the last three games,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “Almost every vote had us there and there was no challenge up from No. 7 Waunakee.”

Madison East, ranked No. 2 in the state, is the sectional’s top seed. Racine Park is seeded No. 2, followed by Madison La Follette, Sun Prairie, Madison Memorial, Middleton, Waunakee, Racine Horlick, Kenosha Indian Trail, Racine Case, Janesville Craig, Madison West, Verona, Kenosha Bradford, Kenosha Tremper, Badger Beloit Memorial and Janesville Parker.

“It made me realize had we won at Sun Prairie (last Friday), we would likely have jumped to a No. 4 (seed),” Bavery said. “But there is very little change from No. 6 to No. 4 in actuality.

“We get to host on March 1, then with a win would either have to travel to La Follette or host Kenosha Bradford, while other teams will be looking at two-hour opening game bus trips. I like our chances regardless. Throw all the records out — everyone is 0-0 during March Madness and anything can happen.”

 

 

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