The WIAA Always Wins

Have to hand it to the crew up in Stevens Point.  This may be the one win — win sce­nario they could have come up with to appease all col­lege recruits involved.

STEVENS POINT — The Wis­con­sin Inter­scholas­tic Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion made a split deci­sion today regard­ing the future sites of the boys and girls state bas­ket­ball tournaments.

The girls tour­na­ment will be moved to the Resch Cen­ter in Ash­waubenon in 2013 and 2014, while the boys tour­na­ment will remain in Madi­son through 2020.

Those rec­om­men­da­tions were made by WIAA exec­u­tive direc­tor Dave Ander­son and approved unan­i­mously by the WIAA board of control.

The girls tour­na­ments at the Resch Cen­ter are sched­uled for March 14–16, 2013, and March 20–22, 2014. Ander­son said the future site of the girls tour­na­ment after 2014 has not been determined.

The girls state tour­na­ment has been held in Madi­son every year since 1976, when that event started.

The boys tour­na­ment has been held in Madi­son 92 of the past 93 years.

Let me take an out­right pre­dic­tion, Green Bay isn’t los­ing the girls tour­na­ment. We’ll just see another drama like this in two years.

Let’s also be hon­est here, the big prize was the boys’ tour­na­ment, and Madi­son walked away with the win here.  But the real win­ners are the UW-Madison Men’s pro­gram and the UW-Green Bay Women’s pro­gram.   Madi­son can use the tour­na­ment to try to lure as many bor­ing, defensive-minded, tall white kids who shoot three-pointers to play for Bo Ryan. Mean­while, Green Bay can use its tour­na­ment to high­light itself as the only true place to play D-1 col­lege ball in the state for high school girls — if they don’t already.

As for the WIAA, and tourist dol­lars in Madi­son and Green Bay…Mo’ Money. Mo’ Money. Mo’ Money.

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