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Spring Power Rankings: Seventh Edition

By WBC staff, 05/20/19, 11:45AM CDT

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Kimberly players celebrate after scoring a run in last year's Division 1 state quarterfinals at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

The 2019 WIAA spring baseball season is underway. These are our seventh and final power rankings of the season. The top 15 is ranked regardless of Division. The top five for each Division can be found at the bottom of the page.

Honorable Mentions

(alphabetical order)

Bay Port (16-6), Catholic Memorial (16-6), De Pere (15-6), Eau Claire North (16-4), Edgewood (16-3), Holmen (17-6), Hortonville (13-6), Iola-Scandinavia (18-3), Kenosha Bradford (16-6), Marathon (13-2), Mineral Point (19-0), Oak Creek (14-6), Prairie du Chien (16-2), Random Lake (16-4-1), Ripon (16-4), St. Mary Catholic (14-2), Sussex Hamilton (14-6), Pewaukee (21-5), Viroqua (20-4), Wauwatosa East (13-6), Wrightstown (20-4)

15. River Falls (13-4)

Last week: Honorable mention

The Wildcats earned a share of the Big Rivers Conference title last week by splitting two games with Chippewa Falls. They finish off their regular season with three games against Minnesota competition this week. They can be outright Big Rivers champions if Eau Claire North takes at least one of two games against Chippewa Falls this week. If Chippewa Falls sweeps that series, they’ll be co-champions. Either way, River Falls is a No. 1 seed in Division 2 as the champion of a mainly-Division 1 conference.

14. Greendale (19-3)

Last week: 14

The Panthers saw their win streak halted at seven after falling to No. 13 Franklin on Saturday. But there’s good news for Greendale. They clinched the Woodland West Conference title last week. They take on the Woodland East champion South Milwaukee Rockets on Monday and Oak Creek on Saturday to finish the regular season. The Panthers are a No. 1 seed in Division 2.

13. Franklin (17-5)

Last week: Honorable mention

The Sabers had a big week, beating two of the top teams in the greater Milwaukee area. They beat No. 14 Greendale and Kenosha Bradford (honorable mention) to help push their win streak to eight. The Southeast Conference title race comes down to this week, and Franklin is still very much involved. They’re a half-game back of Bradford, and play three games against Kenosha Tremper and one against Oak Creek this week.

12. Stevens Point (16-4)

Last week: Honorable mention

The Panthers hold a one-game lead atop the Wisconsin Valley Conference with two games left to play. If they win one game against Wausau West this week, they’re guaranteed a share of the title. If they sweep the two games against the Warriors, they’ll be outright champions. They also take on Mosinee and Sussex Hamilton this week.

11. Whitefish Bay (20-2)

Last week: 12

The Blue Dukes cruised to the North Shore Conference title this season. They’ve won 15 games in a row after sweeping all four games they played last week. Four more games are on the schedule to end their regular season: at West Bend East and Nicolet, and at home against University School and Milwaukee Riverside. They’re among the main contenders for the Division 2 state title.

10. Union Grove (20-3)

Last week: 11

The Broncos clinched a share of the Southern Lakes Conference title by sweeping Waterford last week, highlighted by Jack Clark’s walk-off single on Thursday. They finish off their regular season with games against Brookfield East and Kenosha Tremper this week. They’re the No. 1 seed in a loaded Division 2 regional.

9. Webster (23-0)

Last week: 10

The Tigers, champions of the West Lakeland Conference, carry a 23-0 record into their final game of the regular season. They beat Luck/Frederic, Clayton/Turtle Lake and St. Croix Central last week. They close things out with a game against Hayward this week. Webster is a No. 1 seed in Division 4 and is the heavy favorite to win the state title.

8. Beloit Turner (19-1)

Last week: 7

The Trojans went 18-0 in conference play to cruise to the Rock Valley title. They dropped their first game of the season late last week, falling to Catholic Memorial 2-0 in their final regular season game. As a No. 1 seed in Division 2, Turner has a first-round bye. They’ll face either Edgerton or Delavan-Darien in the regional semifinals.

7. Waupun (19-2)

Last week: 4

The Warriors dropped a game to Plymouth to start the week, but bounced back with a win in the rematch a couple of days later. They also beat Watertown Luther Prep to improve to 19-2 on the season. The East Central Conference champions close out their regular season with a game against Laconia on Monday. They’re a No. 1 seed in the Division 2 playoffs.

6. Waunakee (17-5)

Last week: 8

The Warriors got back on track with three wins last week, defeating Medford and Beaver Dam (twice). They enter the week with a 1.5-game lead over Reedsburg atop the Badger North Conference. They can clinch the title with a win this week. They take on Mount Horeb and DeForest in league play, and have a nonconference game against Watertown.

5. Green Bay Preble (18-2)

Last week: 6

A 4-0 week pushed the Hornets’ win streak to 12 games. They topped Oshkosh West, Sheboygan North, Ashwaubenon and Notre Dame. Ryan Stefiuk pitched a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over Ashwaubenon. Preble holds a one-game lead over Bay Port in the Fox River Classic Conference with two games left to play. The Hornets can clinch a share of the title with one win this week, and the outright championship with two. They take on Sheboygan North and De Pere in league play this week, and have nonconference matchups with Green Bay East/West and Gladstone (Mich.).

4. West De Pere (21-2)

Last week: 5

The Phantoms, champions of the Bay Conference, are on a 12-game win streak. They beat Shawano twice in addition to wins over Oshkosh North and Menasha last week. They finish up their regular season with games against Green Bay Southwest and Seymour this week before gearing up for the playoffs. They are a No. 1 seed in Division 2 and have a first-round bye.

3. Kimberly (17-2)

Last week: 3

The Fox Valley Association champions have rattled off 10 wins in a row, including three victories last week. They swept two games from Appleton North and beat Oshkosh North. They already are assured of a co-conference title, and can win it outright with one more victory. They take on Fond du Lac, Hortonville, Appleton West, Waukesha South and Homestead this week.

2. Burlington (17-4)

Last week: 1

Last week saw the Demons go 2-1, beating Kenosha Tremper and Muskego but falling to Wilmot. They’re co-champions of the Southern Lakes Conference along with No. 10 Union Grove. Their regular season ends with matchups against Sussex Hamilton, Wilmot, Germantown and Neenah.

1. Janesville Craig (18-1)

Last week: 2

The Cougars climb into the top spot on the back of their nine-game win streak. The Big Eight champions won their only game last week, topping Madison West 9-0. With only one loss on their resume, Craig has proven very difficult to beat. They close out the regular season with games against Madison West and Madison Memorial this week. As usual, they’re one of the strongest favorites to bring home the gold trophy from state next month.

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Division 1 Top Five

1. Janesville Craig (18-1)

2. Burlington (17-4)

3. Kimberly (17-2)

4. Green Bay Preble (18-2)

5. Waunakee (17-5)

Division 3 Top Five

1. Prairie du Chien (16-2)

2. Random Lake (16-4-1)

3. St. Mary Catholic (14-2)

4. Iola-Scandinavia (17-3)

5. Marathon (13-2)

Division 2 Top Five

1. West De Pere (21-2)

2. Waupun (19-2)

3. Beloit Turner (19-1)

4. Union Grove (20-3)

5. Whitefish Bay (20-2)

Division 4 Top Five

1. Webster (23-0)

2. Mineral Point (19-0)

3. Shullsburg/Benton (20-1)

4. Living Word Lutheran (17-1)

5. Pecatonica (19-3)