Boys basketball: Florence hosts Patriots

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence, playing shorthanded for much of the season, has earned a home date for the WIAA Division 5 boys basketball regional tournament.

In a pivotal contest Jan. 29 to determine seeding, Florence beat Niagara with just five healthy players.

The eighth-seeded Bobcats and No. 9 Goodman-Pembine will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in a regional opener. The survivor will face the winner of top-seeded Phelps or No. 16 Lena in the regional semifinals Friday, March 2.

Niagara, seeded 11th, will travel to No. 6 Wausaukee on Feb. 27. The winner will meet No. 3 Green Bay NEW or No. 14 Sevastopol in the semifinals.

Suring landed the No. 2 seed in the region.

Regional finals are set for Saturday, March 3. Sectional sites are Oconto Falls and Antigo.