As we anxiously wait on the doorstep for the madness that is March, high school players across the state know it pays to be a straight shooter.
Because if you are, you will have the ability to compete at the WIAA state basketball tournaments even if your team does not.
Thanks to the WIAA’s 3-Point Challenge, the top long-range bombers across the state will square off the morning of the boys’ and girls’ state championship finals.
As we head down the stretch, several area players are in position to take a shot at the state tournaments. The top two players in each of five divisions based on shooting percentage, and a minimum of 75 attempts, will be selected to participate.
Here is a look at our sharp shooters in contention. Standings are through Monday based on a minimum of 50 attempts. First the girls.
Division 1: Abby Rudolph, Neenah, fourth (23-of-55, .418).
Division 2: Shay Frederick, Hortonville, first (41-of-84, .488); Peyton Mix, New London, fifth (25-of-59, .424); Maddie Dunathan, Hortonville, eighth (26-of-119, .387).
And now the boys’ standings (minimum 50 attempts).
Division 1: Michael Thome, Appleton East, ninth (33-of-85, .388).
Division 2: Ryan Krueger, Hortonville, third (36-of-80, .450); Adam Smith, Kaukauna, eighth (23-of-57, .402); Jordan McCabe, Kaukauna, 10th (35-of-88, .398).
Division 3: Logan Maulick, Freedom, first (31-of-61, .508); Andy Connelly, Freedom, fifth (25-of-58, .431); Zach Simons, Xavier, sixth (46-of-107, .430).
The girls’ finals will be at 9 a.m. on March 14 at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The boys’ finals will be at 9 a.m. March 21 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
For a complete list of the standings, go to www.wissports.net.
— Mike Woods: 920-993-1000, ext. 232; or email@example.com; on Twitter @PCMikeW