Great teams and great players were on display all weekend at the 97th WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament. Five division champs were crowned on Saturday. In Division 1, Germantown capped an undefeated season with its first state title by holding off Milwaukee King 72-69. Zak Showalter, the son of coach Steve Schowalter scored a game high 22 points for the second straight night in leading the Warhawks to the title. Indiana recruit Luke Fischer added 19 points for 28-0 Germantown. In Divsion 2, Onalaska won it's third state championship in school history as junior Matt Thomas poured in 30 points, 21 in the first half. Considering at least 10 Division 1 scholarship offers, Thomas dominated Kaukauna in the title game, won by the Hilltoppers 55-38. The Ghosts were in their first ever title game. In Division 3, the Brillion Lions brought home the gold ball with a hard fought 40-35 victory over Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau. The Olympian Conference co-champs were holding on to a one point lead when senior Trevor Krizenesky scored 8 consecutive points to lead the Lions to their first championship in basketball. Head Coach Pete Kittel became just the second coach to win titles in football (3) and basketball. In Divison 4, Whitefish Bay Dominican jumped out to a 9-0 lead and rolled unbeaten Cuba City 61-43. Duane Wilson hit 5 three point shots in 8 attempts to finish with a game high 24 points and the Knights captured the third title in school history. The best game of the day was the Division 5 title between Racine Lutheran and Sheboygan Lutheran, led by the high school player of the year in Wisconsin, fututre Badger recruit Sam Dekker. Racine built a 9 point lead with 1:51 to play before they started missing free throws and Dekker grabbed center stage. The 6-8 senior scored his team's final 12 points, all in the last :50 of the game and connected on a step back three point shot from the right wing with :06 to playing giving Sheboygan Lutheran an incredible 67-66 victory. It was the first championship in school history and a fitting cap to the high school career of Dekker, coached by his father Todd Dekker.
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