2023 Boys State BB cover

The 2023 WIAA Boys State Basketball Tournament will take place March 16-18 at Madison's Kohl Center.

WHITEFISH BAY – Kohler’s run for a state tournament bid in boys basketball came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Bombers were defeated 77-68 by the Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy Lancers in the WIAA Division 4 Sectional Final at Whitefish Bay.

The loss leaves Kohler (21-7) one game short of the 2023 WIAA Boys State Basketball Tournament. The Blue Bombers were the only Sheboygan County boys team to make it past the regional round. Oostburg and Random Lake both advanced to sectionals in the girls bracket, but were eliminated in the sectional semifinal round on Thursday, March 2.

Kenosha, meanwhile, will play at state for the first time in 20 years. The Lancers were led by junior point guard Eric Kenesie, who had an outstanding all-around performance with 42 points, 10 assists and six steals. The guard duo of Jalen Paul and Reece Breitenbach led Kohler with 21 and 19 points, respectively.

Here are the teams that will be competing at state March 16-18:

Division 1:                                                   

De Pere (28-0) vs. Kettle Moraine (18-10)

Arrowhead (26-2) vs. Neenah (18-10)

Division 2:

Pewaukee (25-3) vs. Nicolet (24-4)

La Crosse Central (23-5) vs. Whitnall (24-3)

Division 3:

West Salem (27-1) vs. Milwaukee Academy of Science (18-6)

Brillion (27-1) vs. Lakeside Lutheran (25-3)

Division 4:

Saint Mary Catholic (26-2) vs. Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic (18-10)

Luther (26-2) vs. Whitehall (22-6)

Division 5:

Newman Catholic (25-4) vs. Royall (22-7)

McDonnell Central Catholic (28-1) vs. Fall River (26-3)

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