The Aquinas High School girls basketball team lost its first game of the season on Saturday and has to enter this week sharing the top spot in Division 4 of the latest Associated Press state rankings.
The Blugolds (19-1) are tied with Colby (19-0) for first after leading the division all season. Aquinas suffered an 82-61 loss at Hopkins (Minn.) on Saturday. Hopkins is the top-ranked team in Minnesota’s largest class.
Melrose-Mindoro (19-1), like it has since it lost for the first time, is third in Division 4.
Prairie du Chien (17-0) and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (18-1), are fourth and fifth, respectively, among Division 3 girls entering the final games of the regular season.
Central’s boys (15-2) hold down the No. 2 spot in Division 2 entering a scheduled game at fifth-ranked Onalaska (16-3) on Tuesday. The game, weather permitting, will tip off at 7:15 p.m. at the Charles Deeth Fieldhouse.
The Red Raiders hold a half-game lead on the Hilltoppers in the MVC standings and will clinch at least a share of the championship if it can record a regular-season sweep of their top rivals.
Bangor (15-1) moved up to No. 2 in Division 5, where Blair-Taylor (16-1) is seventh. The Cardinals’ only loss of the season is to the Wildcats, who were beaten by Melrose-Mindoro.
Prairie du Chien (15-2) moved into the No. 9 spot in Division 3. The Blackhawks are making their debut in the top 10 this season.