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UW-Stevens Point leads WIAC by a game with two left

Three teams are still within striking distance of the WIAC men's basketball title with two regular season games left.

UW-Stevens Point is still the leader at 12-2. UW-Whitewater is a game back at 11-3, and UW-Stout is two back at 10-4.

The Pointers can clinch the season championship with a victory at Stout Wednesday night and a Whitewater loss at Oshkosh.

If both those things don't happen, the race will come down to the final regular season contests on Saturday.

Also Wednesday night, UW-La Crosse plays at UW-River Falls, and UW-Platteville travels to UW-Eau Claire. Whitewater is ranked 14th in Division III, while the Pointers are No. 15.

Women

Meanwhile, UW-Whitewater can clinch the WIAC women's crown with a home victory tonight over second-place Oshkosh.

The 24th-ranked Warhawks are 12-2 while unranked Oshkosh is 11-3.

Third-place Stevens Point can still grab a share of the title if Whitewater loses both its final games and Oshkosh loses its finale on Saturday.

The 23rd-ranked Pointers are 10-4. They host Stout Wednesday evening. Eau Claire is at Platteville and La Crosse entertains River Falls.

High school hoops rankings

Germantown is still the only undefeated team among the top 10 in the Associated Press Division 1 boys state high school basketball poll.

At 21-0, Germantown remains No. 1 as the final week of the regular season begins. Milwaukee Hamilton is still second, followed by Sussex Hamilton and Sun Prairie.

Onalaska still leads Division 2, with Seymour second and Pulaski third. Little Chute is the new Division 3 leader, moving up one spot from a week ago. East Troy and Marshall are second and third, and Wisconsin Dells dropped from first to fourth.

Division 4 also has a new leader as Whitefish Bay Dominican rose one spot to first and Cuba City fell to second. Laconia is still third.

Randolph is still the Division 5 leader, followed by Green Bay Northeast, Wisconsin Lutheran and Clayton.

Girls

In the AP girls poll, De Pere is still No. 1 in the top division followed by Oak Creek, Sussex Hamilton and Kimberly.

New London remains the Division 2 leader, with Milwaukee Pius second and Onalaska third.

Neillsville continues to lead Division 3, with Brodhead and East Troy in the two and three spots.

Cuba City still rules the roost in Division 4, with Colfax second and Algoma third.

In Division 5, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption is still first, followed by Barneveld and Heritage Christian.

High school hockey

There were no surprises Tuesday night in the opening round of the state high school hockey playoffs. The higher-seeded teams won all 18 boys regional openers - plus the one girls opener that was scheduled.

Sixty-four boys teams are still alive, along with 32 girls squads.

Most had first-round byes, including all the top seeds, defending boys champion Green Bay Notre Dame and girls champion Schofield-D.C. Everest.

Regional finals will be played Thursday and Friday, and those winners will advance to next week's sectionals.

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