The Elkhorn boys basketball squad poses with its sectional championship plaque Saturday at Janesville Craig High School. The Elks tip off at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison against Nicolet, the top-ranked team in Division 2. (Rick Benavides photo)

Elkhorn opponent Nicolet features two of best players in the nation

By Chris Bennett


There will be no more postseason upsets in the WIAA Division 2 state boys basketball tournament, which starts Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison and includes the Elkhorn Area High School boys basketball team for the first time since 1987.

Elkhorn proved it belongs among the state’s best after beating three straight higher-ranked and higher-seeded opponents to advance to state. The remaining games will be a test of will and skill, and the better team will prevail.

The Elks will need to beat the state’s best in their first game at state if they want their dream season to continue.

Elkhorn (23-3) opens at state on Friday afternoon against Nicolet (25-1). The Knights have been ranked No. 1 in Division 2 in the coaches poll all season.

The other semifinal, which follows after the Elks-Knights game, pits Milwaukee Washington (21-5) against LaCrosse Central (24-2).

The semifinal winners play Saturday night for the Division 2 title.

Read the rest of the story and extensive coverage of the past week for the Elks en route to the state tournament in the March 14 Elkhorn Independent.


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