WIAA boys hoops, Round 2, tonight

The second round of the WIAA boys basketball tournament continues tonight.

On AM 580 WKTY, Mike Kearns and Scott Erickson will have Tomah at La Crosse Central.

On AM 1410 WIZM, Dan Deicher and Mitch Reynolds will be at Aquinas, which takes on Bloomer

Pregame will begin at 6:50 p.m. and we'll have live updates from the Logan-Holmen matchup, as well.

In Division 2, top seeded La Crosse Central looks to put down No. 5 Tomah for the third time this season.

Alex Hayden is averaging 21 points in the two contests, which the Red Raiders (19-3) have won by an average of 17 points over Tomah (8-15).

On the other half of the bracket, second-seeded Holmen (18-4) hosts No. 3 Logan (7-16) and neither of their first two meetings were close, either. 

The winner of each of these games will play each other Saturday at the highest seed. All third-round games will be played on Saturday, times TBA.

DIVISION 3

Third-seeded Aquinas (15-7) – the defending Division 3 champions - hosts No. 6 Bloomer (16-5), which is heading into this matchup 2-2 in its last four games. The Blugolds, however, are even worse off, having lost three in a row.

No. 2 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (19-3) heads into its matchup at home against Neillsville (16-7) having won five in a row and 13 of its last 14. The one loss came to Holmen, Feb. 7, 66-47.

The winners of those two matchups will play each other at the highest seed.

Eighth seeded Arcadia (9-15) will have its hands full with No. 1 Elk Mound (21-1), which only loss this season came to Freedom back in December.

No. 4 West Salem (15-7) is hurting heading into its first game of the playoffs after a first-round bye. The Panthers have lost five in a row and now host fifth-seeded Altoona (15-8).

The winner there will either play Elk Mound or Arcadia at the highest seed.

DIVISION 4

Blair-Taylor’s only loss in its last nine games came in a 97-92 shootout with Melrose-Mindoro. The second-seeded Wildcats (18-3) open the playoffs hosting No. 4 Necedah (18-5).

No. 3 Luther (17-6) and second-seeded Westby (16-5) face off in Westby. The teams split the regular-season meeting. Luther won 63-51 on Dec. 6, while the Norse won 58-53 on Jan. 17, so there’s been some time since these two teams have met.

Luther heads into the second round having won five of six, while Westby has won six of seven.

The winners of those two matchups will play each other at the highest seed.

DIVISION 5

No. 1 Bangor (17-5) hosts fifth-seeded New Lisbon (6-14), a team it beat twice already this season by an average of 26 points.

The winner will play the La Farge (19-3)-Hillsboro (19-4) winner at the highest seed.

No. 3 Cochrane-Fountain City (16-7) split meetings with No. 2 Eleva-Strum (15-8), which hosts the rubber match tonight. E-S won by five last week, while C-FC won by four in late January in the first two meetings.

Aside from a 70-46 blowout loss to Blair-Taylor, top-seeded Gilmanton (17-4) had won 13 in a row. The Panthers host No. 4 Alma/Pepin (12-9) – a team they beat twice during that win streak. A/P had lost four in a row heading into the tournament.

The winner will play C-FC or E-S at the highest seed.

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