The Appleton East girls' basketball team has advanced to the 2022 WIAA state tournament. Photo courtesy Appleton East High School on Facebook.

UPDATE: The Appleton East girls’ basketball team will play for a state title Saturday evening after defeating Brookfield East 44-40 in a WIAA Division 1 state semifinal game.

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APPLETON — Coming into the post-season as the second seed in their bracket, the Appleton East girls’ basketball team had plenty of confidence that they would make it to state.

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Now, the Patriots hope to keep their momentum going Friday in their WIAA Division 1 semifinal game against Brookfield East at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The 46th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

To get to the tournament, East had a little help along the way.

Conference foe and No. 4 seed Neenah defeated No. 1 seed Hortonville in the sectional semifinal, before falling to East in the sectional final.

This will be the third overall appearance at State for third-seeded Appleton East and the program’s first since 1998.

The Patriots’ first two experiences resulted in losses in the quarterfinals in both 1990 and 1998.

They finished runner-up in the Fox Valley Association this season.

The Patriots’ semifinal game comes Friday night against two-seed Brookfield East.

Brookfield East is making it first appearance since 2004 and their sixth overall. The Spartans’ most notable experience was finishing runner-up in 1984.

They qualify this season with a 48-40 win over Arrowhead in the sectional final held at Sun Prairie.

All games will be broadcast live on WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley or on the Magic of March app.


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PURCHASING TICKETS:  Ticket price for the tourney is $11 per session when purchased at the Resch Center. Tickets for the tournament will be available for purchase online at the Ticket Star website:  https://www.ticketstaronline.com/events/detail/wiaa-girls-state-basketball. All-sessions, as well as individual session tickets, are available online for $11 plus fees per session. A link is also provided on the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org or call Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071.


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STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:  The single elimination tournament features a five-division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions.

Thursday, March 10

Division 3
#1 Waupun (25-3) vs. #4 Dominican (18-9) – 1:35 p.m.
#2 Freedom (27-1) vs. #3 St. Croix Falls (24-4)*

Division 4
#1 Mineral Point (28-0) vs. #4 Westfield (27-1) – 6:35 p.m.
#2 Laconia (24-4) vs. #3 Neillsville (25-2)*

Friday, March 11

Division 5
#1 Randolph (29-0) vs. #4 Highland (26-3) – 9:05 a.m.
#2 Assumption (26-3) vs. #3 McDonell Catholic (25-3)*

Division 2
#1 Notre Dame (27-1) vs. #4 Menomonie (25-3) – 1:35 p.m.
#2 Reedsburg (28-0) vs. #3 Pewaukee (25-3)*

Division 1
#1 Kettle Moraine (25-3) vs. #4 De Pere (24-4) – 6:35 p.m.
#2 Brookfield East (25-3) vs. #3 Appleton East (24-4)*

Saturday, March 12
3-Point Challenge – 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game – 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game – 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game*

*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.

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By Dan Plutchak

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