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Wisconsin Prep Football Playoff Groupings Released

WIAA playoffs

The Wisconsin prep football regular season has ended and what a season it was. Now comes an exciting time in Wisconsin, football playoffs. The WIAA released the groupings in each division and I will pick who I think will win each grouping.

Each division has four different groups and in each group is eight teams. The teams qualified for the playoffs by having at least a .500 conference record. But for the first time in state history, there will be not just one but four teams with a sub-.500 record that qualified for the playoffs. Those teams are Lake Mills, Superior, Edgerton and Pacelli.

The teams I predicted to win each division state championship all made the playoffs, but some will have a tough road to make it back to Madison this year. In the following slides you will see every team and what group they ended up in for divisions 7-1 and the team I predict will come out of each group.

Does Waunakee have a tough road to make it back to Madison en route to their fourth state championship? What group poses the toughest challenge for teams to make it to the state championship game? Will there be a team to shock everyone and make a Cinderella run?

Later on today the WIAA will release the match ups and where and when the level 1 games will be played. I will have those games posted and also a quick breakdown of each match up and how the teams fair against one another.

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GROUP A Clayton Bears Clear Lake Warriors Elmwood/Plum City Raiders Frederic Vikings Glenwood City Hilltoppers Independence/Gilmanton Indees Pepin/Alma Lakers Turtle Lake Lakers MY PICK: I like the Hilltoppers to move on from this group.

GROUP B Almond-Bancroft Eagles Florence Bobcats Gilman Pirates Greenwood Indians Hilbert Wolves Loyal Greyhounds Owen-Withee Blackhawks Suring Eagles MY PICK: Loyal looks good but I'm picking the Blackhawks to advance out of this group.

GROUP C Cochrane-Fountain City Pirates De Soto Pirates Highland Cardinals Hillsboro Tigers Ithaca Bulldogs New Lisbon Rockets North Crawford Trojans Potosi Chieftans MY PICK: Have to stick with my championship pick Potosi.

GROUP D Belmont Braves Black Hawk Warriors Catholic Central Hilltoppers Fall River Pirates Johnson Creek Bluejays Lake Country Lutheran Lightning Randolph Rockets Rio Vikings MY PICK: Going with the undefeated Lightning to come out of this grouping.

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GROUP A Athens Fighting Bluejays Boyceville Bulldogs Flambeau Falcons Hurley Midgets Melrose Mindoro Mustangs Pittsville Panthers Eau Claire Regis Ramblers Whitehall Norseman MY PICK: It's going to come down to Regis and Athens with the Ramblers moving on.

GROUP B Coleman Cougars Crivitz Wolverines Edgar Wildcats Tigerton/Marion Tigers Pacelli Cardinals Rosholt Hornets Laona/Wabeno Fighting Kelly’s Wild Rose Wildcats MY PICK: Edgar moves on en route to another state championship.

GROUP C Bangor Cardinals Darlington Redbirds Deerfield Demons Fennimore Golden Eagles Iowa-Grant Panthers Kickapoo/La Farge Panthers Necedah Cardinals Pecatonica/Argyle Vikings MY PICK: Going with Bangor to advance from this group.

GROUP D Algoma Wolves Lourdes Academy Knights Manawa Wolves Manitowoc Lutheran Lancers Ozaukee Warriors Reedsville Panthers St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers Shiocton Chiefs MY PICK: The Ledgers take this group as they go on to defend their state championship.

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GROUP A Cameron Comets Colby Hornets Cumberland Beavers Elk Mound Mounders Grantsburg Pirates Prescott Cardinals Stanley-Boyd Orioles Unity Eagles MY PICK: I'm going to have to go with the very tough Orioles team in this one.

GROUP B Amherst Falcons Auburndale Apaches Crandon Cardinals Marathon Red Raiders Niagara Badgers Peshtigo Bulldogs Spencer Rockets Stratford Tigers MY PICK: Stratford moves on and coach Cal Tackes will make one last run in the playoffs.

GROUP C Aquinas Blugolds Arcadia Raiders Cuba City Cubans Durand Panthers Lancaster Flying Arrows Mondovi Buffaloes Pardeeville Bulldogs Westby Norsemen MY PICK: The Flying Arrows are my pick to win Division 5 and will come out of this group.

GROUP D Brillion Lions Brookfield Academy Blue Knights Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets Howards Grove Tigers Kenosha St. Joseph’s Lancers Laconia Spartans Martin Luther Spartans Racine St. Catherine’s Angels MY PICK: Tough decision but my gut tells me Racine St. Catherine's.

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GROUP A Barron Golden Bears Bloomer Blackhawks Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Red Hawks Northland Pines Eagles Northwestern Tigers St. Croix Central Panthers Somerset Spartans Spooner Rails MY PICK: Call me crazy but I like Northland Pines.

GROUP B Black River Falls Tigers Lodi Blue Devils Montello Hilltoppers Nekoosa Papermakers New Glarus Knights Platteville Hillmen River Valley Blackhawks Wautoma Hornets MY PICK: Coulee Conference champs Black River Falls come out of this group.

GROUP C Chilton Tigers Freedom Irish Little Chute Mustangs Marshall Cardinals Omro Foxes Sturgeon Bay Clippers Winneconne Wolves Wrightstown Tigers MY PICK: Wrightstown is my pick to win it all in Division 4 so they come out of this group.

GROUP D Big Foot Chiefs Brodhead/Juda Cardinals Campbellsport Cougars Edgerton Crimson Tide Lake Mills L-Cats Lakeside Lutheran Warriors Roncalli Jets St. John’s NW Military Lancers MY PICK: The Warriors are undefeated and have major momentum. They advance out of this group.

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GROUP A Medford Raiders Mosinee Indians Onalaska Hilltoppers Osceola Chieftans Rhinelander Hodags Rice Lake Warriors Waupaca Comets West Salem Panthers MY PICK: Struggled with this one but Mosinee makes it out alive.

GROUP B Antigo Red Robbins Marinette Marines Kewaskum Indians Menasha Bluejays Plymouth Panthers Seymour Thunder Two Rivers Raiders West De Pere Phantoms MY PICK: Consider yourself lucky to make it out of this tough group. Phantoms move on.

GROUP C Edgewood Sacred Heart Crusaders Evansville Blue Devils McFarland Spartans Monona Grove Silver Eagles Monroe Cheesemakers Mount Horeb Vikings Reedsburg Beavers Wisconsin Dells Chiefs MY PICK: Another tough pick but I'm giving the Vikings the slight advantage to move on.

GROUP D Brown Deer Falcons Catholic Memorial Crusaders East Troy Trojans Jefferson Eagles New Berlin West Vikings Pewaukee Pirates Whitnall Falcons Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings MY PICK: Wisconsin Lutheran survives to move on.

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GROUP A Holmen Vikings La Crosse Central Red Raiders La Crosse Logan Rangers Marshfield Tigers Menomonie Mustangs Merrill Bluejays Tomah Timberwolves Wausau East Lumberjacks MY PICK: Marshfield has major momentum and advances out of this group.

GROUP B Ashwaubenon Jaguars Cedarburg Bulldogs De Pere Redbirds Green Bay Southwest Fighting Trojans Homestead Highlanders Hortonville Polar Bears Pulaski Red Raiders Oshkosh North Spartans MY PICK: Torn between the Fighting Trojans and Highlanders but I think the Fighting Trojans advance.

GROUP C Burlington Panthers De Forest Norskies Fort Atkinson Blackhawks Waterford Wolverines Watertown Goslings Waukesha West Wolverines Waunakee Warriors Wilmot Union Panthers MY PICK: Waunakee remains undefeated and moves on in search of their fourth-straight state title.

GROUP D Brookfield Central Lancers Brookfield East Spartans Greendale Panthers Messmer/Shorewood Bishops Milwaukee Bradley Tech. Trojans South Milwaukee Rockets Wauwatosa West Trojans Whitefish Bay Blue Devils MY PICK: I like the Blue Devils to advance from this group.

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GROUP A Appleton North Lightning Bay Port Pirates D.C. Everest Evergreens Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes Green Bay Preble Hornets Hudson Raiders Stevens Point Panthers Superior Spartans MY PICK: Another stacked grouping. I'll take the Pirates in a slight edge to advance.

GROUP B Appleton East Patriots Arrowhead Warhawks Germantown Warhawks Kimberly Papermakers Menomonee Falls Indians Milwaukee King Generals Milwaukee Morse-Marshall Eagles Milwaukee Vincent Vikings MY PICK: Arrowhead will win the Division 1 state title and advance here.

GROUP C Sussex Hamilton Chargers Madison Memorial Spartans Madison West Regents Middleton Cardinals Mukwonago Indians Oconomowoc Racoons Sun Prairie Cardinals Verona Wildcats MY PICK: Chargers are my pick to advance out of another tough group.

GROUP D Badger Badgers Franklin Sabers Kenosha Bradford Red Devils Milwaukee Hamilton Wildcats Milwaukee Riverside Tigers Muskego Warriors Oak Creek Knights Racine Horlick Rebels MY PICK: Going with the Badgers here in this goup.