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Hierlmeier to compete in WIAA 3-Point Challenge during state tournament

MADISON — Although the Glenwood City boys’ team will not be playing in this weekend’s 100th annual WIAA State Boys’ Basketball tournament in Madison Kohl Center, it will have a representative taking part in the centennial celebration.

Hilltoppers’ senior Jacob “Jake” Hierlmeier earned a spot in the first-ever WIAA 3-point challenge to be held Saturday morning March 21 prior to the state championship games which begin at 11 a.m.

Hierlmeier finished with the highest percentage of made three-point shots in all of division 4. He made good on 43 of his 88 three-point attempts for a .489 average when the contest field was finalized at the end of February. Hierlmeier finished the season hitting 45 out of 97 attempts. A minimum of 75 attempts were also required to be considered.

Hierlmeier, who played in all 24 games for Glenwood City (14-10), was second in scoring for the Hilltoppers with 295 points or a 12.3 points per game average in the 2014-15 hardwood campaign. Hierlmeier also led the team with a free throw percentage of .764 as he made 55 of 72 attempts.

The other division 4 competitor is Cole McDonald, a senior from Darlington, who finished with 46 three-pointers in 95 attempts in 21 games for a .484 average.

Other participants include Philip Flory, a sophomore from  Oshkosh North and junior Blake Johnson of Oshkosh West, both from Division 1; William Brown, a Delavan-Darien junior and Bailey Kale, a La Crosse Central sophomore, both representing Division 2; Logan Maulick, a senior from Freedom and Tanner Bruchs, a senior from Poynette, in Division 3; and senior Christian Haffner of Gresham and Riley Geiger, a Loyal sophomore, both from Division 5 schools.

The WIAA Boys’ 3-Point Challenge will be conducted on Saturday, March 21 – 9 a.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison. The top two shooters from each division will compete against each other to determine the overall champion.  WisSports compiled the stats and determined the top finishers per division.  If a school’s team qualified, that competitor was not eligible for the Challenge.

Anyone wishing to see the Challenge On Saturday may enter the Kohl Center beginning at 8:15 a.m.  If you have a ticket for the Saturday Championship games for Divisions 5-4-3, that ticket will be good for the Challenge as well. Otherwise, tickets will be on sale at the Kohl Center during the entire Boys State Basketball Tournament.

The WIAA will do a blind draw to determine the shooting order for all rounds.

Each shooter will shoot one round consisting of five racks of five (5) balls (total of 25 balls). Beginning with Rack 1, shooters will compete in a round and rotate through the 5 racks as follows: Rack 1 – right corner; Rack 2 – right side of free throw line extended; Rack 3 – top of circle; Rack 4 – left side of free throw line extended; and Rack 5 – left corner.

Each made shot will count as 1 point. The last ball on each rack will count for 2 points.

There will be a time limit of one (1) minute per shooter each round.

• Quarterfinal Round – 10 shooters

• Semifinal Round – Top 4 shooters (point total) advance (2 rounds)

• Final Round – Top 2 shooters (point total) advance (1 round).  Best score gets choice of going first or second.

Awards: Plaque presented to winner along with medals to all qualifiers.

Ball: The Spalding Classic will be the official ball of the 3-Point Challenge

Philip Flory, Oshkosh North (10)  –  41 PM, 81 PA, .506%
Blake Johnson, Oshkosh West (11)  –  44 PM, 97 PA, .454%
William Brown, Delavan-Darien (11)  –  50 PM, 100 PA, .500%
Bailey Kale, La Crosse Central (10) – 39 PM, 80 PA, .487%
Logan Maulick, Freedom (12) – 38 PM, 77 PA, .494%
Tanner Bruchs, Poynette (12) – 57 PM, 121 PA, .471%
Jake Hierlmeier, Glenwood City (12) – 43 PM, 88 PA, .489%
Cole McDonald, Darlington (12) – 46 PM, 95 PA, .484%
Christian Haffner, Gresham Community (12) – 87 PM, 179 PA, .486%
Riley Geiger, Loyal (10) –  40 PM, 89 PA, .449%