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Thursday: Boys State Hoops begins; Girls Sect. SemisSubmitted: 03/04/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

- The Boys State Basketball Tournament gets underway on Thursday. The area's two lone reps will meet in the Division 4 semifinals Thursday night in Madison.

Auburndale takes on Amherst. For Amherst - it's their second trip to state - the last time was in 1998. Their roster includes several players of the state championship football team, including Caleb Glennon - who was the starting quarterback in the title game. Auburndale is at state for the first time since 2004. The Apachees have only one loss this season and ranked 5th in the last coaches poll.


In girls hoops, Neman Catholic knocked off Goodman-Pembine in a D-5 Regional Final Saturday night in Wausau. The Cardinals will now face Phelps - one of the smallest schools in the state. Only 35 kids are enrolled their. Thursday night's section semifinal is in Antigo. We'll have more on the Phelps Knights tomorrow.

Other matchups include in Division 4, Marathon faces Colby at Wausau West High School. And Amherst takes on Oconto in Menasha. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, Niellsville, and Owen-Withee are also in action Thursday night.
Sectional finals will be played on Saturday.


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