2022 Fox Cities Stars. Julie Detjen photo
2022 Fox Cities Stars during their final home game in February. Julie Detjen photo

MADISON — The top-seeded Fox Cities Stars co-op girls hockey team off its state tournament run Thursday at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison.

This rendition of the co-op makes its first appearance at state. A different version of the Fox Cities Stars Co-op won the State title in each of its first two  appearances in the tournament. Those came back-to-back in 2019 and 2020. 

The 17-school coop team features players from Kaukauna, Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Brillion, Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom, Hortonville, Kimberly, Menasha, Neenah, New London, St. Mary Central Catholic, Two Rivers, Winnecone, Wrightstown and St. Francis Xavier.

Kaukauna players feature freshman defensive player Talia Bellotti, who has one goal and four assists on the season.

Zoey Van Zeeland, who is injured, is a home-schooled student from Kaukauna.

Appleton players are:

Teagan Tomoda, Appleton North
Brynn Patten, Appleton West
Gwen Gillard, Francis Xavier
Peyton Smith, Appleton North
Julia Lindemann, Appleton North
Peyton Hewitt, Fox Valley Lutheran
Parker Beyer, Fox Valley Lutheran
McKayla Zilisch, Appleton North
Ella Flattum, Appleton East

Other team members include:

Mikayla Dorton, Kimberly
Renee Stoeger, Kimberly
Renee Stoeger, Kimberly
Ella Sciborski, Hortonville
Lily McCracken, Hortonville
Maleiyah Streck, Hortonville
Megan Tesky, Menasha
Grace Rentmeester, Wrightstown
Lily Schmear, Neenah
Izze Murphy, Neenah

GIRLS SCHEDULE: (*approximate times – start 30 mins. following previous game)

Semifinals – Thursday, March 3
Game-1:  #1 Xavier Co-op (22-3-1) vs.  #4 Onalaska Co-op (23-4) – 4 p.m.
Game-2: #2 D.C. Everest Co-op (20-3) vs. #3 Middleton Co-op (22-3) – 6:15 p.m.*

Championship Game – Saturday, March 5
Game-3:  Winner of Game-1 vs. Winner of Game-2 – 12:10 p.m.*

The first girls tournament was held in 2002. The D.C. Everest and Mosinee Co-op program has won three State crowns. Those came in 2008, 2012 and 2017.

Hudson won the first two girls titles in 2002 and 2003, and one version of the River Falls Co-op won championships in 2010 and 2011.

Another River Falls configuration of the Co-op, with a different configuration of schools, skated to the title in 2009.

One version of the Hayward Co-op won the title in 2013 and another version, adding three additional schools, won in 2016.

One configuration of the Fox Cities Stars Co-op won back-to-back championships in 2019-20.

FINALS ON STATEWIDE TV NETWORK:  The finals of the boys and girls State Tournaments will be televised live on WCWF in Green Bay/Fox Valley. The finals will also be streamed live on the State Television Network’s websites and the Magic of March app.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.