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Aquinas remains ranked 5th in latest poll, while No. 2 Cashton loses in final second to 8th-ranked Royall

Aquinas remains ranked 5th in latest poll, while No. 2 Cashton loses in final second to 8th-ranked Royall


Two Coulee Region high school boys basketball teams ranked in the latest AP poll.

Aquinas remained at No. 5 in Division 4 and picked up a 69-47 win Tuesday home against Tomah to improve to 13-2.

Meanwhile, Cashton remains ranked second in Division 5, but likely will fall, after suffering its first loss of the season Tuesday — dropping a 59-57 matchup at home to No. 8 Royall in overtime.

Royall (12-2) scored the winning bucket on a wild play in the final second, handing Cashton (13-1) its first loss of the season.

With around six seconds left, tied 57-57 Royall’s Carter Uppena dribbled from the top of the key down the lane and fell, but as he was headed to the ground, the junior basically rolled the ball to Tucker Wildes, who scored a wide-open layup with .4 seconds remaining.

Cashton had gotten two first-place votes in the poll but was jumped by Columbus Catholic in the rankings — it received three first-place votes — while Solon Springs dropped to third.

Meanwhile, West Salem and Onalaska are sitting just outside the Top 10 in Division 2.

Here is The Associated Press Wisconsin prep basketball poll for the week of January 23, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week’s ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters:

Division 1
1. De Pere (7)13-1701
2. Appleton North12-1573
3. Stevens Point14-1552
4. Arrowhead12-1534
5. Homestead11-3395
6. Germantown11-233T6
7. Sun Prairie West10-225T6
8. Kettle Moraine12-2208
9. Marquette University9-3169
10. Madison East9-29NR

Others receiving votes: Marshfield 6, Eau Claire Memorial 2.

Division 2
1. Wisconsin Lutheran (7)14-0701
2. Pewaukee11-1632
3. Stoughton13-2543
4. Nicolet11-3504
5. Whitnall11-2425
6. Mount Horeb10-3268
7. Fox Valley Lutheran12-22510
8. River Falls12-3206
9. Milwaukee Bradley Technical13-313NR
10. Ashwaubenon12-29NR

Others receiving votes: Wauwatosa West 7, West Salem 2, Beaver Dam 1, Grafton 1, New Richmond 1, Onalaska 1.

Division 3
1. Saint Thomas More (7)13-1701
2. Kiel13-0602
3. Dominican13-2503
4. Brillion15-1494
5. Carmen Northwest10-2445
6. Appleton Xavier12-1346
7. Brookfield Academy13-1257
8. Lake Mills12-1248
9. Lakeside Lutheran13-11210
(tie) Milwaukee Academy of Science9-3129

Others receiving votes: Berlin 5.

Division 4
1. Mineral Point (7)14-0701
2. Darlington15-158T3
(tie) Marathon13-1582
4. Kohler15-0456
5. Aquinas12-2385
6. Milwaukee Juneau8-2337
7. Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy11-326T3
8. Unity13-1229
9. Cameron13-1198
10. Pardeeville13-2810

Others receiving votes: Sheboygan Area Luth. 3, Bonduel 3, Auburndale 2.

Division 5
1. Columbus Catholic (3)15-1663
2. Cashton (2)13-0632
3. Solon Springs (2)12-2571
4. Abundant Life Christian13-2445
5. Potosi13-2424
6. North Crawford13-1386
7. Almond-Bancroft14-1327
8. Royall11-2198
9. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran9-08NR
10. Ithaca12-16NR

Others receiving votes: Pacelli 5, Three Lakes 4, Reedsville 1.

TOP PHOTO: Royall’s Carter Uppena (lying on court) fumbled pass to Tucker Wildes, seen here scoring the winning basket against Cashton on Jan. 23, 2024 (SCREENSHOT: Cashton Athletics on YouTube).

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