Busy weeks for Todd Fergot and Jordan Laufenberg started Sunday morning when they found out their fate and specific matchups for the upcoming WIAA state boys basketball tournament.
Fergot, who coached Central High School to a win over Marshfield on Saturday and takes it to state for the third season in a row, will prepare his second-seeded team to play third-seeded Milwaukee Washington in a Division 2 semifinal Friday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
Bangor (25-1) won the top seed in Division 5 and will match up with fourth-seeded Green Bay NEW Lutheran (15-12) on Friday morning.
Central (24-2), which won last season’s state championship, plays Washington (23-3) at 3:15 p.m. in the second semifinal. Top-seeded Kaukauna (23-3) plays fourth-seeded Westosha Central (22-4) in the first semifinal at 1:35 p.m.
The Ghosts and Red Raiders tied for the top seed in the vote among coaches, and a WBCA official assigned to the division to break ties if they happened, gave Kaukauna the nod.
The Division 2 championship game will be played at 6:35 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ll have our hands full with Washington,” said Fergot, whose team will leave Thursday and practice somewhere in the Madison area — perhaps Sun Prairie. “The Division 2 field is very strong again.”
The planning process for the tournament, he said, has been made easier over the last two seasons.
“We were getting things set up on the bus on the way home (from Stevens Point) on Saturday,” Fergot said. “We are probably farther along now than we were last year and even more than the year before, obviously.
“It’s good to have people who know what the plan has to be.”
Laufenberg is in a much different boat with the Cardinals, who will be making their first state appearance since 1936 when they match up with NEW Lutheran at 9:05 a.m. Friday.
Second-seeded Deerfield (23-4) plays third-seeded Chippewa Falls McDonell (17-10) in the 10:45 a.m. semifinal that follows.
The Division 5 championship game is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Saturday.
Laufenberg is an assistant football coach at Bangor and has been through the state process with that program while winning Division 7 championships in two out of the last three years.
“It’s another chance to play on the biggest stage,” Laufenberg said of the opportunity. “I’m just glad for the kids that their hard work has paid off after what happened the last two years (in sectional championship losses).”