The WIAA girls high school state basketball tournament has found a permanent home.
The state high school sports organization announced Monday that it will hold both the girls basketball and volleyball state tournaments at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon through at least 2020.
The basketball tournament was held at the Resch for the first time this past season after previously being played in Madison since 1976.
Attendance at the three-day event was up more than 9,000 from 2012, and the total attendance of 39,825 was the most since it moved from four divisions to five in 2011. It also was a rare occurrence in which the WIAA moved a state tournament to a new location and saw an increase in attendance the first year.
Having four are teams — Green Bay Notre Dame, Kewaunee, Algoma and New London — in the tournament might have helped attendance figures, but WIAA associate director Deb Hauser previously had pointed out that Madison also has had local teams in the tournament and didn’t necessarily draw the same numbers.
Although it might have been considered a long shot for PMI to keep the basketball tournament here, PMI officials always expressed optimism it would happen.
“I came here with that very intent, to do everything we could do to see if this was the place,” Hauser said. “All the things that happened made it a pretty done deal. Why would you leave?”
“People were skeptical that we were using Green Bay as a way to leverage the Madison venue, and that was never the intent. We came here with our eyes wide open and looking at if this was the place. I kind of had the sense that it was.”
The volleyball event , meanwhile, has been held at the Resch since 2002. The WIAA’s contract with PMI had been set to expire after next year.
“We are hoping to grow our attendance at volleyball,” WIAA assistant director Marcy Thurwachter said. “It really has a lot of potential for growth as more people become exposed to the sport.”
PREP BOYS SOCCER Plymouth 6, Kiel 0
Zach Gambrell scored five minutes in and host Plymouth never looked back. Leading 1-0 at halftime, Tom Theisen made it 2-0 on an assist by Cooper Ebbot in the 43rd minute.
Ryan Holec scored five minutes later while Ebbott scored on an assist by Dewey Corbin in the 57th minute to make it 4-0.
Mike Bolland scored in the 63rd minute and Holec added another goal with three minutes left.
PREP GIRLS TENNIS Sheboygan Falls 5, Fox Valley Luth. 2
The Falcons won three singles matches and two doubles matches.
SINGLES — No. 1: Shauna Stoffregan, SF, def. Daniell Voss 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Mia Bartel, SF, def. Elise Bejan 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Merritt Jezwinski, FVL, def. Samantha Bilgrien 5-7, 6-3, (10-4); No. 4: Kate Basseuner, SF, def. Abbre Arndorf 6-4, 6-4
DOUBLES — No. 1: Mara Mindock-Abbie Schlafer, FVL, def. Elodie Huston-Emily Schaefers 7-6 (3), 6-0; No. 2: Taylor Petrie-Ellie Roe, SF, def. Lindsay Wichman-Dana Sickenger 6-2, 6-1; No. 3: Abby D’Alberto-Emma Shad, SF, def. Rachel Hildeman-Emily Bjorkland 6-2, 7-6(3)