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Crandon captures D4 Regional Title & D4 Sectional Title

Sarah Giddings

Led by first-year head coach Keegan Kincaid with no seniors on the roster, the Crandon Cardinals Varsity Girls Basketball team surprised everyone by securing a spot in the Division 4 WIAA State Tournament for the first time . . . ever.

After wrapping up regular season play with a record of 22-2 overall and 11-1 and tied for first with Elcho in the Northern Lakes Conference, the Cards topped Crivitz 68-51 in the regional final Feb. 26 behind strong performances from Alexa Neilitz and Tabitha Renkas.

The No. 2 seed Lady Cardinals team beat out No. 1 Shiocton 55-52 to secure their first Sectional win on March 1. Crandon met up with Marathon (15-1) for the Division 4 Sectional final on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at the Antigo High School. The Cards established a 28-22 lead in the first half and didn’t allow Marathon to catch up, taking the 50-44 win that earned them a spot in the State semifinals, which begins tonight in Green Bay.

For the full story, see this week’s edition of The Forest Republican.