The calendar says it's still February. But madness already is upon us.
It kicked off last night with the beginning of regionals in the boys basketball postseason and continues with more regional matchups Friday and Saturday. It's the beginning of the annual march toward Madison.
On Thursday, the three-day WIAA state wrestling championships get under way in Madison. Thirty-seven wrestlers from the P-C coverage area have qualified for a shot at individual titles.
A week later the girls basketball postseason gets rolling with regionals starting on Feb. 26. It's all in as teams begin the drive toward a possible berth in a state championship tournament that will settle into a new home - Green Bay's Resch Center.
Post-Crescent Media is ramping up coverage on all platforms to keep you connected along the way. Here's a quick guide to help you follow the action in print, online and on social media.
Let's start with wrestling, to be held at the Kohl Center beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday. Post-Crescent Media, led by reporter/columnist Ricardo Arguello and photographer Wm. Glasheen, will be providing coverage from start to finish. Follow the action on Twitter (@sports_pc and @PCRicardo) and view results for all of the local wrestlers throughout the tournament at postcrescent.com/varsity. That coverage will include video (action from the mats and post-match interviews) and multiple photo galleries to be featured as the weekend rolls along. And, of course, we'll wrap it all up in the next day's Post-Crescent.
For the boys basketball tournament, this week's regionals will set the table for what should be very competitive sectional showdowns the following week (Feb. 28 and March 2). P-C coverage will include a live online chat on game nights, allowing postcrescent.com visitors to partake in conversations about ongoing action as we provide real-time updates to games we're covering. We can't be everywhere, so we're inviting local fans who are attending other games to be our eyes and ears. Use your mobile devices to chime in on the chat and fill others in on how the game is progressing through the hashtag #hsswi on Twitter.
Along with the chats you'll find Twitter updates (@sports_pc), video and photo galleries and roundups of every game in the region at postcrescent.com/varsity. We'll continue that coverage as long as our local teams are alive, hopefully through the state tournament at the Kohl Center on March 7-9.
For the girls basketball tournament, which features regionals Feb. 26-March 2, sectionals March 7-9 and the state tournament March 14-16, it'll be the same drill. We'll keep the live chat rolling on game nights and will provide extensive photo, video and social media coverage until the last of our teams are eliminated.
This is an exciting time of the year for anyone who follows prep sports. We hope you'll join us for the ride.
- Ed Berthiaume: 920-993-1000, ext. 213, or email@example.com. Twitter: @EdBerthiaume