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What: The 17th annual WIAA state girls hockey tournament.

Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center.

When: Friday and Saturday.

Tickets, parking: Tickets are $8 per two-game session ($5 for those age 13 and younger; $1 for those age 6 and younger). Parking can be purchased at the gates for $7.

On the air/online: Friday’s semifinals will be streamed live via subscription ($9.95/month) on the portal of the NFHS Network. Those streams will be available for free starting Tuesday evening. Saturday’s final will be televised live on the WIAA’s State Television Network, including WKOW in Madison, and streamed live on the State Television Network’s website.

On the Web: Live scoring, box scores, pairings, sectional results and tournament history is available at

Last year: The Schofield D.C. Everest co-op, the Central Wisconsin Storm, defeated the Green Bay East co-op (Bay City Ice Bears) in overtime, 2-1, in the championship game. Sun Prairie lost to D.C. Everest in a semifinal, 1-0.

History: In various configurations, the River Falls co-op has won three championships; Hudson and Hayward co-op have won two each.


Friday’s semifinals

10 a.m.: Eau Claire North co-op (24-3-0) vs. Schofield D.C. Everest co-op (19-8-0)

12:15 p.m.: Sun Prairie co-op (20-6-1) vs. Fond du Lac/Beaver Dam (19-8-0)

Saturday’s final

12:10 p.m.: Semifinal winners meet


Players to watch

Eden Gruber, so., F, Schofield D.C. Everest co-op: Leads the Central Wisconsin Storm with 18 goals and seven assists.

Alyssa Heim, jr., F, Fond du Lac/Beaver Dam: Leads the Warbirds with 35 goals and 23 assists (58 points).

Ava Kison, jr., F, Eau Claire North co-op: Has scored 41 goals with 34 assists (75 points) for the Stars.

Colleen Milligan, sr., F, Sun Prairie co-op: Has scored eight goals and added 24 assists for the Cap City Cougars.

Abigail Stow, sr., F, Eau Claire North co-op: Leads the entire state tournament field with 47 goals and 42 assists (89 points). Stow was named the state’s top forward last season.

Naomi Stow, fr., G, Eau Claire North co-op: Allows only 1.56 goals per game (40 total) with a .910 save percentage and seven shutouts.

Taylor Thornton, sr., G, Sun Prairie co-op: Has allowed 39 goals (1.82 per game) with 361 saves, two shutouts and a 16-5-1 record.

Margo Thousand, sr., F/D, Sun Prairie co-op: Leads the Cap City Cougars with 17 goals and 21 assists (38 points), with four game-winning goals.

Hattie Verstegen, so., F, Fond du Lac/Beaver Dam: Has delivered five game-winning goals for the Warbirds, with totals of 26 goals and 30 assists (56 points).

Chloe Westberg, sr., G, Schofield D.C. Everest co-op: Has allowed 46 goals (1.98 per game) with 466 saves and six shutouts.

Team capsules

Coach Jeff Thornton’s Sun Prairie co-op earned a repeat state trip with a 3-2 victory over the Beloit Memorial co-op in the sectional final. The eighth-ranked Cap City Cougars finished second to the Rock County Fury in the Badger Conference regular season. The Cap City Cougars take an eight-game winning streak to state, led on offense by seniors Margo Thousand and Colleen Milligan and sophomore Zephryn Jager.

Fond du Lac/Beaver Dam, ranked 10th, lost its last three regular-season games but won three in a row to make it to state. The Warbirds, coached by Paul Uttech and Duane Woeshnick, finished second in the Eastern Shores Conference. Junior Alyssa Heim and sophomore Hattie Verstegen lead the offense, and freshman Abby Olson has a 2.51 goals-against average.

The second-ranked Eau Claire North co-op lost its regular-season finale to Schofield D.C. Everest, after beating the Central Wisconsin Storm twice in earlier outings. Coach Tom Bernhardt’s Stars then won three tournament games to earn a rematch. Senior Abigail Stow has gotten the chance this year to team up with her sister, freshman goaltender Naomi Stow.

The fourth-ranked Schofield D.C. Everest co-op takes a six-game winning streak to state and has won 14 of its last 15 overall. Coach Peter Susens’ Central Wisconsin Storm is led on offense by sophomore Eden Gruber and senior Emelia Edmondson, and in goal by senior Chloe Westberg (1.98 goals-against average, 466 saves).


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.