GAME OF THE WEEK (May 19–May 25)
SOFTBALL REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS: Tuesday, May 24
This week’s McDonald’s swnews4u.com Game of the Week is not one specific game, rather an event; the 2016 WIAA softball playoffs. The WIAA softball postseason begins Tuesday, with regional quarterfinals around the state. Winners will advance to Wednesday regional semifinal round, with semifinal winners squaring off Friday, May 27 in the regional finals.
Here are Tuesday’s area first-round match ups.
DIVISION 2, Sectional 3
#1 McFarland has a bye
#9 Mount Horeb at #8 Dodgeville, 6 p.m.
#12 Mauston at #5 Portage, 5 p.m.
#13 Richland Center at #4 Platteville, 5 p.m.
#3 Sauk Prairie has a bye
#11 Lodi at #6 Madison Edgewood, 4 p.m.
#10 Reedsburg at #7 Wisconsin Dells, 5 p.m.
#2 River Valley has a bye
DIVISION 3, Sectional 3
#1 Onalaska Luther has a bye
#9 Boscobel at #8 Prairie du Chien, 5 p.m.
#12 River Ridge/Cassville at #5 Cuba City, 5 p.m.
#13 Lancaster at #4 Mineral Point, 5 p.m.
#14 Melrose–Mindoro at #3 Arcadia
#11 Westby at #6 Viroqua, 5 p.m.
#10 Brookwood at #7 Iowa–Grant, 5 p.m.
#2 La Crosse Aquinas has a bye
DIVISION 4, Sectional 3
#1 Juda/Albany has a bye
#9 Fennimore at #8 Black Hawk, 5 p.m.
#12 Darlington at #5 Riverdale, 5 p.m.
#13 Pecatonica at #4 Highland, 5 p.m.
#14 Monticello at #3 Southwestern, 5 p.m.
#11 Benton/Shullsburg at #6 Wauzeka–Steuben, 5 p.m.
#10 Argyle at #7 Potosi, 5 p.m.
#2 Belmont has a bye
#1 De Soto has a bye
#9 La Farge at #8 Royall, 5 p.m.
#12 North Crawford at #5 New Lisbon, 5 p.m.
#13 Wonewoc–Center at #4 Seneca, 5 p.m.
#3 Ithaca has a bye
#11 Weston at #6 Bangor, 5 p.m.
#10 Kickapoo at #7 Hillsboro, 5 p.m.
#2 Cashton has a bye
River Valley (10–2–1, 6–1 SWC) at Platteville/Lancaster (9–2–2, 7–0 SWC), Thursday, May 19, 5 p.m.
The Hillmen can clinch the outright Southwest Wisconsin Conference crown with a victory today over the visiting Blackhawks. The Platteville/Lancaster co-op, lead by junior Sami Brookens and senior Bri Hampton, defeated River Valley 3–1 in the first meeting between the two schools on May 3.
Pecatonica (22–1, 15–0 SRC) at Potosi (11–9, 6–7 SRC), Friday, May 20, 4:30 p.m.
The Chieftains will welcome Division 4’s top-ranked Friday when Potosi celebrates Jerry Downs Day to honor their retiring long-time assistant coach. Downs has coached alongside head coach Ron Kading for each of the past 38 season, but will step down following the season. He will be honored prior to game one of Friday’s Six Rivers Conference doubleheader. The Chieftains are hoping to spring an upset of Six Rivers East champion Pecatonica, which is 22–1 overall and unbeaten at 15–0 in league play entering Friday.
Prairie du Chien (17–1, 6–1 SWC) at River Valley (14–2, 6–2 SWC), Friday, May 20, 5 p.m.
The Southwest Wisconsin Conference title will be on the line Friday in Spring Green. The PdC Blackhawks can clinch the title with a win, while Valley could position itself for a share of the SWC crown by knocking off the current league leaders for a second time this year. River Valley won the first meeting between the two teams 5–2 on May 3.
Iowa–Grant (6–9, 5–5 SWAL) at Darlington (13–4, 10–1 SWAL), Friday, May 20, 4:30 p.m.
The Redbirds can clinch at least a share of the SWAL title with a victory over the Panthers on Friday.
TRACK & FIELD: WIAA Regionals, Monday, May 23
Division 2 Lancaster Regional, 4 p.m.
Participating teams include: Dodgeville/Mineral Point, Madison Edgewood, Lancaster, McFarland, Platteville, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center, River Valley and Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld.
Division 3 Cuba City Regional, 3 p.m.
Participating teams include: Belmont, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg, Black Hawk, Cassville, Cuba City, Darlington, Pecatonica/Argyle and Southwestern.
Division 3 Boscobel Regional, 4 p.m.
Participating teams include: Boscobel, De Soto, Fennimore, Ithaca, Kickapoo/La Farge, North Crawford, River Ridge, Riverdale, Seneca, Wauzeka–Steuben.
Division 3 Onalaska Regional, 4:15 p.m.
Participating teams include: Bangor, Brookwood, Cashton, Hillsboro, Onalaska Luther, Necedah, New Lisbon, Providence, Royall and Wonewoc–Center.
GOLF: WIAA Regionals, Tuesday, May 24
Division 2 Prairie du Chien Regional, Prairie du Chien Country Club, 9 a.m.
Participating teams include: Dodgeville, Mauston, Platteville, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center, River Valley, Viroqua/North Crawford, Westby and Wisconsin Dells.
Division 3 Mineral Point Regional, Dodge–Point Country Club, 9 a.m.
Participating teams include: Argyle/Pecatoinca, Barneveld, Cuba City, Darlignton, Fennimore, Iowa–Grant, Lancaster, Mineral Point, New Glares and Southwestern/Benton.