WIAA Playoff Predictions



By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor - Wisconsin/Illinois

The WIAA state playoffs begin Thursday May 26 with the first round of regional action for Divisions 2-4, Division 1 teams open up regional play on Tuesday, May 31. Several of the top teams have first round byes and won’t begin action until June 2.

The Prep Baseball Report will continue to roll out its Daily Roundup with all of the up to date scores and highlights.

As the playoffs are about to kick off we have filled out our brackets and made our predictions for all four Divisions starting with Sectional play. Here’s a look at who we think will be holding the hardware in Appleton.

Division 1

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Indian Trail is playing like a team on a mission and they are our pick to win the title in 2016. The Hawks have arguably the best player in the state in Gavin Lux and surround him with a plethora of talent. The Hawks made it to Appleton last year and return with more experience and a fire to get it done. Arrowhead clearly has the arms to get there as well and after their early exit last year should have all the motivation. Keep an eye out for Eau Claire North. I know Eau Claire Memorial beat them twice in the regular season but the Husky offense can be extremely potent.

Green Bay Preble        
Sectional 2 Green Bay Preble      
Bay Port        
    Green Bay Preble    
Middleton        
Sectional 3 Middleton      
DeForest        
      Kenosha Indian Trail  
Janesville Craig        
Sectional 5 Janesville Craig      
Verona        
    Kenosha Indian Trail    
Kenosha Indian Trail        
Sectional 8 Kenosha Indian Trail      
Burlington        
        Kenosha Indian Trail
Eau Claire Memorial       State Champion
Sectional 1 Eau Claire North      
Eau Claire North        
    Eau Claire North    
Kimberly        
Sectional 4 Kimberly      
West De Pere        
      Arrowhead  
Sun Prairie        
Sectional 6 Sun Prairie      
Oconomowoc        
    Arrowhead    
Arrowhead        
Sectional 7 Arrowhead      
Milwaukee Riverside        

 

Division 2

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Milwaukee Lutheran won the Division 2 title last season and return nearly their entire team. They have been rolling rather smoothly this season playing mostly a Division 1 schedule until some recent hiccups. Look for the Red Knights to right the ship and take the Division 2 crown again this year.

Ellsworth      
Sectional 1 Altoona    
Altoona      
    Waupaca  
Tomahawk      
Sectional 2 Waupaca    
Waupaca      
      Milwaukee Lutheran
Lodi      
Sectional 3 Lodi    
Turner      
    Milwaukee Lutheran  
Columbus      
Sectional 4 Milwaukee Lutheran    
Milwaukee Lutheran      

Division 3

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Coleman has been the year-long favorite in Division 3, beating opponents by landslide margins and we anticipate them taking their undefeated record straight through the playoffs. Lake Country Lutheran has the playoff experience and should be primed to make another run. We anticipate them facing undefeated Markesan in the Sectional Championship so they have to get by them first.

Unity      
Sectional 1 Elk Mound    
Elk Mound      
    Coleman  
Pacelli      
Sectional 2 Coleman    
Coleman      
      Coleman
Aquinas      
Sectional 3 Aquinas    
Prairie Du Chien      
    Lake Country Lutheran  
Markesan      
Sectional 4 Lake Country Lutheran    
Lake Country Lutheran      

Division 4

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Ithaca lost the title game to Rio last year and lost only one senior starter. We are likely to see a rematch of last year’s Division 4 title game in the semi-finals this year, predicting Ithaca takes the rematch and the title in 2016.

Shell Lake      
Sectional 1 EC Immanuel Lutheran    
Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran      
    EC Immanuel Lutheran  
Rib Lake      
Sectional 2 Wausaukee    
Wausaukee      
      Ithaca
Hillsboro      
Sectional 3 Ithaca    
Ithaca      
    Ithaca  
Rio      
Sectional 4 Rio    
Pecatonica      

 

Green Bay Preble



Sectional 2 Green Bay Preble


Bay Port





Green Bay Preble

Middleton



Sectional 3 Middleton


DeForest






Kenosha Indian Trail
Janesville Craig



Sectional 5 Janesville Craig


Verona





Kenosha Indian Trail

Kenosha Indian Trail



Sectional 8 Kenosha Indian Trail


Burlington







Kenosha Indian Trail
Eau Claire Memorial


State Champion
Sectional 1 Eau Claire North


Eau Claire North





Eau Claire North

Kimberly



Sectional 4 Kimberly


West De Pere






Arrowhead
Sun Prairie



Sectional 6 Sun Prairie


Oconomowoc





Arrowhead

Arrowhead



Sectional 7 Arrowhead


Milwaukee Riverside