The D.C. Everest girls basketball team has experienced a regular season that is unrivaled in the program’s history — an undefeated record and positioned as the No. 2 Division 1 team in The Associated Press state poll for the majority of the year.
That success earned Everest (21-0) a No. 1 seed for the postseason for the first time since 2002 as the WIAA released the playoff brackets for all five divisions Sunday afternoon.
Everest is one of eight local teams to receive a top seed, joined by Mosinee (Division 2), Adams-Friendship (Division 3), Wittenberg-Birnamwood (Division 3), Athens (Division 4), Marathon (Division 4), Assumption (Division 5) and Loyal (Division 5).
The postseason begins Feb. 24 with the state tournament scheduled for March 12-14 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
Everest, the Wisconsin Valley Conference champion, hosts No. 8 Superior in a Sectional 1 regional semifinal on Feb. 27. Last year the Evergreens lost to Superior 50-46 in a sectional semifinal at Eau Claire Memorial.
Marshfield and Stevens Point Area Senior High both received No. 3 seeds in the sectional and host Eau Claire North and Wisconsin Rapids, respectively. Wausau West is a No. 7 seed and travels to Chippewa Falls for its postseason opener.
Mosinee (13-6), in second place in the Great Northern Conference, hosts the winner of No. 5 Medford-No. 4 Merrill in a Sectional 3 regional semifinal. Wausau East received a sixth seed and faces No. 3 Rhinelander in a opening-round matchup.
Adams-Friendship (20-1) is ranked No. 2 in the state and can clinch the South Central Conference title with a win Friday at Wisconsin Dells. The Green Devils host the winner of the matchup between No. 4 Westfield and No. 5 Wautoma in a Sectional 3 regional semifinal.
Nekoosa is seeded sixth in the sectional and travels to No. 3 Lodi in a regional quarterfinal.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood (18-2) is second in the Central Wisconsin Conference-8 and hosts either No. 5 Oconto Falls or No. 4 Clintonville in a Sectional 2 matchup. Tomahawk is seeded sixth in the sectional and travels to No. 3 Northland Pines in a regional quarterfinal.
Neillsville, which has advanced to the state tournament the past three seasons, is seeded third in Sectional 1 and travels to No. 2 Arcadia in a regional semifinal.
Marathon (19-1) is the Marawood Conference South Division champions and ranked seventh in Division 4. The Raiders host a Sectional 2 regional semifinal against the winner of the matchup between No. 4 Edgar and No. 5 Spencer.
Auburndale is seeded second in the sectional and faces either No. 3 Stratford or No. 6 Pacelli.
Iola-Scandanavia is seeded third and hosts No. 6 Manawa in a regional semifinal, while No. 5 Amherst hosts fifth-seeded Rosholt.
Athens (15-4) has earned a share of the Marawood Conference North Division title and hosts either No. 4 Colby or No. 5 Chequamegon in a Sectional 1 matchup.
Assumption (18-3) is in second place in the Marawood Conference South Division and has won eight straight games. The Royals, ranked third in Division 5, host Tigerton in a Sectional 2 regional quarterfinal.
Loyal (18-2) is undefeated in the Cloverbelt Conference East Divison and could potentially meet Assumption in a regional title game. The Greyhounds, ranked fifth in Division 5, host Wisconsin Valley Lutheran in their postseason opener.
Both Newman Catholic and Tri-County were seeded second and face Pittsville and Almond-Bancroft, respectively.
Abbotsford was seeded third and hosts Northland Lutheran, while No. 4 Columbus Catholic is home against fifth-seeded Greenwood.
Port Edwards also was seeded fifth and opens at No. 4 Bowler.
Owen-Withee, which reached the state tournament last year, was seeded second in Sectional 1 and hosts No. 7 Cornell.
Granton is seeded eighth in Sectional 3 and travels to top-seeded Independence in a regional quarterfinal.
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