The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has named the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, as the second venue to host the 2021 State Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments with games scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 and March 5-6, respectively.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Jason Fields and his staff at Menominee Nation Arena to host two of our divisions for both the Girls and Boys State Basketball Tournament,”?said WIAA Assistant Director Kate Peterson Abiad.  “We believe that Menominee Nation Arena and the Oshkosh community will do a great job to create a memorable experience for our high school basketball players as they celebrate the 2020-21 season. Securing this venue will ensure that all five divisions will play in an exciting environment.”

Last week, the La Crosse Center was named the first of the two host venues for the tournaments. Three of the five divisions, to be determined at a later date, will be held at the La Crosse Center Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27, and March 4-6, with two semifinals and a championship game for each division scheduled on one of the three days.

Two of the divisions to be determined, will be held at the Menominee Nation Arena on both Friday and Saturday for each of the tournaments.

Northland Pines Athletic Director Brian Margel­of­sky said the Northland Pines fieldhouse was in the running to host a State Tournament event. He said Northland Pines made it through the first cut, with 68 schools being considered, but LaCrosse and Oshkosh were eventually selected as the two sites.

The boys State tournament, in five divisions, is usually held in Madison, but due to COVID-19 the tournament will be held at several different sites across the state March 4-6. The girls tournament is usually held in Green Bay, but will be at multiple other sites Feb.  25-27.

The Northland Pines and Three Lakes girls and boys basketball teams will begin tournament play the next two weeks.

The Northland Pines girls, seeded fourth in the Division 3 Regional, were scheduled to host fifth-seeded Tomahawk on Tuesday of this week. The winner will play top-seeded Amherst this Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at Amherst. The Three Lakes girls, seeded first in the Division 5 Regional, will get a first round bye and will host either fourth-seeded Florence or fifth-seeded Elcho this Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

On the boys side, second-seeded Northland Pines will host third-seeded Amherst Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Division 3 Regional. Third-seeded Three Lakes will host sixth-seeded Niagara Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Division 5 Regional. 

Good luck to all the area teams!