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Hortonville, Xavier, St. Mary Catholic earn top seeds in WIAA girls basketball playoffs

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Hortonville, Xavier and St. Mary Catholic have received No. 1 seeds for the upcoming WIAA girls basketball tournament, which begins with regional play Feb. 20.

Hortonville (18-4) earned a bye into the Division 1 regional semifinal on Feb. 23 and will play the winner of Appleton West vs. Chippewa Falls.

Hortonville coach AC Clouthier said he wasn’t sure if the Polar Bears would get the top seed, but Eau Claire Memorial’s loss to Menomonie on Saturday may have given his team the opportunity it needed to snag the No. 1 designation.

“This is why you play for the higher seed,” he said. “And it doesn’t (always) work the way you want. You still have to play all the best teams. But hopefully it pays off for us.

“Hopefully you get at least a 4 seed because then you get two home games. You get some comfort and momentum. But having a 1 seed, our kids earned it. I never think we deserve anything, but I think we earned it.”

St. Mary Catholic (21-1) has a bye in the opening round and will play the winner of Weyauwega-Fremont vs. Manawa in a Division 4 regional semifinal Feb. 23.

Xavier (16-6) will play either Kiel or Denmark on Feb. 23 in a Division 3 regional semifinal.

Kimberly (19-3) in Division 1 and Freedom (16-6) in Division 3 earned No. 2 seeds. Neenah (19-4) is a No. 3 seed in D1.

Here are the area regional matchups. Regional quarterfinals are Feb. 20, with semifinals Feb. 23 and regional finals Feb. 24.

Division 1

Regional quarterfinal: (17) Appleton West at (16) Chippewa Falls.

Regional semifinals: Appleton West/Chippewa Falls winner at (1) Hortonville; (9) Oshkosh West at (8) Appleton North; (14) Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln at (3) Neenah; (11) Appleton East at (6) Superior; (11) Kaukauna at (6) De Pere; (18) Green Bay East/(15) Brookfield Central winner at (2) Kimberly.

Division 2

Regional quarterfinal: (9) Fox Valley Lutheran at (8) Seymour.

Regional semifinals: Fox Valley Lutheran/Seymour winner at (1) Notre Dame; (5) Shawano at (4) New London; (5) Ashwaubenon at (4) Menasha.

Division 3

Regional quarterfinals: (9) Peshtigo at (8) Waupaca; (11) Clintonville at (6) Northland Pines; (12) Little Chute at (5) Omro; (11) Two Rivers at (6) Winneconne; (10) Brillion at (7) Chilton.

Regional semifinals: Waupaca/Peshtigo winner at (1) Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Clintonville/Northland Pines winner at (3) Oconto Falls; (7) Tomahawk/(10) Sturgeon Bay winner at (2) Freedom; (9) Kiel/(8) Denmark winner at (1) Xavier; Little Chute/Omro winner at (4) Wrightstown.

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Division 4

Regional quarterfinals: (11) Shiocton at (6) Oconto; (9) Weyauwega-Fremont at (8) Manawa.

Regional semifinals: Shiocton/Oconto winner at (3) Bonduel; Weyauwega-Fremont/Manawa winner at (1) St. Mary Catholic.

Division 5

Regional quarterfinal: (14) Hilbert at (3) Oakfield.

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