The steaming locomotive that is the central Wisconsin spring sports season is still chugging away.
So far this spring, teams and individuals in track and field, boys golf and tennis have already had their championship tournaments — with rousing success.
Next week, the train keeps rolling along, starting on Tuesday with the WIAA baseball tournament.
Stevens Point Area High, Pittsville and Greenwood will battle for championships in Grand Chute at Fox Rivers Stadium, while SPASH and Pacelli head south to Goodman Diamond in Madison for the state softball tournament.
The Panthers (21-6) baseball team is making its 13th trip to the state tourney — its first since 2004 — and play Oconomowoc (17-11) in the Division 1 quarterfinals. The Cooney program is also making its 13th appearance, with the last coming in 2001.
Pittsville (18-6) made its first trip in 2006 and faces Coleman (26-1) in the Division 4 semifinals, while undefeated Greenwood (25-0) takes on Johnson Creek (18-6) in the other D4 semifinal game. Greenwood has the distinction of being the only undefeated team heading into the tournament, regardless of division.
SPASH has won three Division 1 state titles, the last coming in 1989, and Greenwood won Class C crowns in 1988 and 1990.
As the 2011 Division 1 softball champion and with eight titles in program history, SPASH (22-5) is the clear favorite and will face Germantown (23-4) in the Division 1 quarterfinals. Pacelli (23-3), the 2003 D4 champion, faces Grantsburg (24-2), the 2009 D3 winner, in a semifinal game.
The tournament trail for four girls soccer teams ended Thursday night in sectional semifinal action, with Marshfield, D.C. Everest and SPASH losing in Division 1 games and Assumption falling in a Division 3 contest.
Now back to what those who have already been crowned.
The Edgar girls dominated Division 3 at the state track and field meet, winning their third straight championship, while the Wildcats’ boys edged Marathon for the team title to give Edgar two more gold trophies.
The girls won 10 of the 18 events and finished with 112 points, well ahead of runner-up Manitowoc Lutheran’s 51. The Wildcats accounted for seven of the 26 boys and girls repeat champions across all three divisions.
Senior Tessa Thurs won the 100 and 300 hurdles for the second straight year, won the triple jump and was part of Edgar’s 1,600 relay team that won a third straight title. Faryn Wirkus won her third straight pole vault title, breaking her record and setting a new Division 3 mark of 11 feet, 9 inches.
The Edgar boys team was led by Kyle Schueller, who won the long and triple jumps. Rosholt’s boys 3,200-meter relay team, Wisconsin Rapids’ Vince Biegel and Marshfield’s Jeremy Robinson were among other top performances.
Pacelli’s Mac DeBot reached the third round of the Division 2 boys competition before being eliminated and was the area’s top result from the action at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Wausau West, Wausau East, Medford and SPASH also had entries in the individual tournament.
Pacelli’s team saw its bid for a state title end Saturday at the hands of defending champion University School of Milwaukee. The Cardinals lost 7-0, with DeBot and Joseph Wirtz putting up a good fight at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
On the links at University Ridge on Monday and Tuesday, SPASH placed sixth as a team in the Division 1 competition with James McDonald leading the Panthers with a seventh-place finish.
Wausau East, Wausau West, Mosinee, Wisconsin Rapids and Assumption had golfers at the meet as well.
It’s been a busy spring, so make sure to stay tuned for one more exciting week of tournament action.