Vikings get first chance at state in 74 years | Parents & Kids
Basketball sectional final win earns Stoughton chance at championship
Surpassing decades without a chance at state, the Stoughton boys' basketball team earned a big victory Saturday in Janesville as it beat DeForest 55-51 at the Janesville Craig Sectional final.
The Division 2 team was last at the state in 1939, according to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, during Franklin Roosevelt's presidency. Coach Matt Hockett emphasized the win was a triumph for the team.
"It's been 74 long years," Hockett said. "Words just can't explain or do justice to the feeling. For the whole town, the community of Stoughton, I mean, look around here … it's unreal."
Stoughton (18-8) will play Wisconsin Lutheran (21-5) Friday at 1:35 p.m. at the 98th Annual WIAA Boys Basketball State Championships in the Kohl Center in Madison.
According to the WIAA, this year is only the third time the Stoughton Vikings have ever qualified for state; the other qualifying seasons were 1937 and 1939.
Tickets are $10 and available on site an hour before the game or online two hours before the game. Visit WIAA online for ticketing information.