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WIAA & UW leaders continue talks about state basketball tournament

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(WAOW) -- We have new details about the future of the state high school basketball tournament. With the boys and girls seasons underway, the dream of going to Madison is on the mind of many student athletes. But they may be making the trek somewhere new as soon as next year.

The WIAA tradition has been set for decades -- a state basketball championship in Madison. But because of scheduling conflicts, the tournament may be moving somewhere new by next year.

"I'm a traditionalist," said Newman girls basketball coach Tom Weinkauf. "I think it's great that you can play the game on the college floor of the university of the state and be in the capital and all that."

Coaches and student athletes at Newman Catholic said they love making the journey to Madison.

"The atmosphere is really amazing and it's fun to see everyone down there and see all our fans come down and support us," said senior Daley Rupar.

"It makes the experience of winning state so much cooler because it's at the Kohl center," said senior Grace Kennedy.

But WIAA officials said there are more things to consider than tradition. For the past two years, scheduling conflicts have forced WIAA leaders to switch dates for some tournaments. Looking to the future, they said they may need to find a different venue.

"There's a lot of things but the simple, most obvious is are there enough seats available for the number of spectators that typically come to these events," said WIAA executive director Dave Anderson.

UW athletic officials said they've worked with the WIAA in the past, offering different options like changing some of the dates or moving games to the field house.

"It does put the ball in the court of the WIAA a little bit if they're able to move some things around, we can make it work," said UW associate athletic director Justin Doherty.

For teams that travel with an entourage, making a move might help ease their wallets.

"The Madison hotels have gotten very expensive during tournament time," said Weinkauf. "I think green bay would be much more accommodating."

Some athletes said they wouldn't mind going somewhere else.

"It's been nice having it at the same place because we're used to it now but a change would be fun too," said Rupar. "It's more the atmosphere. That's what's fun."

No final plans have been made yet as the WIAA and UW leaders continue to try to work out their schedules. The student athletes said they've got their eyes on the prize -- whether it's in Madison or somewhere else.

"That's the bottom line. You want to play in the tournament," said Weinkauf. "We'll play outside if they make us but we'd love to be there."

The WIAA listed some possible locations for the state games -- including the Resch Center, just outside Green Bay, the Alliant Energy Center in Madison or U.S. Cellular Center in Milwaukee. 

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This statement is provided at uwbadgers.com

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics has issued the following statement and information it has made available to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) as the two groups plan for future WIAA events on the UW-Madison campus.

"UW Athletics appreciates and values its lengthy and historic relationship with the WIAA," UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. "We realize the importance of WIAA events to our city and campus, as well as to the many people who annually come to Madison from around our state. We don't want any of that to change."

Below are several pieces of information UW Athletics wishes to share ...

* Changes in the national college hockey landscape have brought about post-season scheduling adjustments that have subsequently created scheduling conflicts between WIAA boys and girls basketball state tournament games and UW hockey playoff games.

* For 2010-2012, UW Athletics agreed with the WIAA to play the girls high school basketball tournament a week after the boys high school basketball tournament in order to bring the event back to the Kohl Center from the Alliant Energy Center (AEC).

* For 2013 UW Athletics answered the WIAA's request to move the girls high school basketball tournament to the UW Field House the week before the boys high school basketball tournament, however, it does not appear that the WIAA is interested in using this facility.

* UW Athletics is still working to find a solution on the scheduling conflict between the individual state wrestling tournament and UW men's hockey series in 2013. Attempting to move hockey series to Sunday-Monday (Feb 24-25) in order to keep currently scheduled WIAA individual wrestling dates the same.  If hockey series cannot be moved, WIAA could move individual wrestling tournament to Thursday-Friday-Saturday (Feb 28-March 1-2) at the Kohl Center and combine with team wrestling tournament currently scheduled in the Field House Friday-Saturday (March 1-2).

* UW Athletics is still working to find a solution on the scheduling conflict between the boys high school basketball tournament and WCHA first round hockey playoffs in 2013.

* Current Big Ten Conference men's hockey playoff format is set for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

* Current contract between UW Athletics and WIAA runs thru June 2013.

* UW Athletics values its relationship with both the WIAA and the City of Madison. We will do everything we can to strengthen those ties for future years as we work on solving these scheduling issues.

OPTIONS PRESENTED TO WIAA BY UW ATHLETICS

February 2013

  • UW men's hockey home series scheduled against Penn State on Friday-Saturday (Feb 22-23).
  • UW Athletics attempting to move Penn State men's hockey series to Sunday-Monday (Feb 24-25) in order to keep currently scheduled WIAA individual wrestling dates the same.
  • If Penn State men's hockey series cannot be moved, WIAA could move individual wrestling tournament to Thursday-Friday-Saturday (Feb 28-March 1-2) at the Kohl Center and combine with team wrestling tournament currently scheduled in the Field House Friday-Saturday (March 1-2).

March 2013

  • WIAA has moved the dates of their girls basketball tournament to Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 7-8-9).  The Kohl Center is not available on these dates due to a UW men's hockey series.  The UW Field House has been offered as an option for this tournament to be played in.  If WIAA is not interested in this facility, girls basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 5-6-7).
  • Boys basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 14-15-16).  This conflicts with the WCHA first round hockey playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday-Sunday (March 15-16-17).
  • Boys basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 12-13-14) or Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 21-22-23).
  • We have also suggested to the WIAA that they combine the boys and girls basketball tournaments into one weekend at the Kohl Center and only play the 10 championship games in order to fit the games into 3 days.

March 2014

  • Girls basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 13-14-15).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference first round hockey playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday-Sunday (March 14-15-16).
  • Girls basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 11-12-13).
  • Boys basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 20-21-22).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference hockey championship playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday (March 21-22).
  • Boys basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 18-19-20), provided UW Athletics does not receive a bid to host the NCAA women's hockey frozen four, or Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 27-28-29).

March 2015

  • Girls basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 12-13-14).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference first round hockey playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday-Sunday (March 13-14-15).
  • Girls basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 10-11-12).
  • Boys basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 19-20-21).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference hockey championship playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday (March 20-21).
  • Boys basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 17-18-19), provided UW Athletics does not receive a bid to host the NCAA women's hockey frozen four, or Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 26-27-28).

March 2016

  • Girls basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 10-11-12).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference first round hockey playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday-Sunday (March 11-12-13).
  • Girls basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 8-9-10).
  • Boys basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 17-18-19).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference hockey championship playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday (March 18-19).
  • Boys basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 15-16-17) or Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 24-25-26).

March 2017

  • Girls basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 9-10-11).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference first round hockey playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday-Sunday (March 10-11-12).
  • Girls basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 7-8-9).
  • Boys basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 16-17-18).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference hockey championship playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday (March 17-18).
  • Boys basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 14-15-16) or Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 23-24-25).

March 2018

  • Girls basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 8-9-10).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference first round hockey playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday-Sunday (March 9-10-11).
  • Girls basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 6-7-8).
  • Boys basketball tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 15-16-17).  This conflicts with the Big Ten Conference hockey championship playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday-Saturday (March 16-17).
  • Boys basketball tournament could be played in the Kohl Center Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (March 13-14-15) or Thursday-Friday-Saturday (March 22-23-24).
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