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WVCA Week 7 Coaches Poll

By WVCA, 10/10/23, 1:30AM CDT


No changes atop penultimate 2023 coaches poll

Despite some major tournaments pitting the state's top teams against one another, there was once again little movement in the WVCA Week 7 Coaches poll--the second-to-last of the season.

Both Divine Savior Holy Angels and Oconomowoc pitched perfect 6-0 and 7-0 weeks, respectively. Appleton North, Manitowoc Lincoln, and Hamilton followed suit as they have most of the season in spots 3 through 5. The only real change in Division 1 happened at No. 10, as Eau Claire Memorial earned a state ranking for the first time in at least a decade. The Old Abes will have a chance to claim an outright Big Rivers title Thursday in a battle with vote-getting Chippewa Falls.

Xavier and Pewaukee remained No. 1 and No. 2 this week, but Division 2 offers perhaps the best fireworks over these last two weeks--kicking off last weekend in Badger Conference action. No. 5 Edgewood fended off No. 6 McFarland in dual action, yet the Spartans swept No. 7 Sauk Prairie (who knocked off Edgewood earlier in the day) in Saturday's tournament finale. When the smoke cleared, there was no change happened in the rankings. No. 3 Fox Valley Lutheran and No. 4 Luxemburg-Casco will square off with the North Eastern Conference title on the line Tuesday, while the top-ranked Hawks will battle No. 9 Shawano for the Bay Conference title.

Division 3 got a potential Sectional Final preview as No. 3 McDonell surprised top-ranked St. Croix Falls at the Altoona Invitational Saturday. The Macks, who have posted the first 40-win season in the state so far, along with the Saints headline a loaded northwest sectional harboring four teams in this week's top ten. No. 5 Barron and poll newcomer No. 9 Webster join another pair receiving votes. Howards Grove held on at No. 2 this week, while unbeaten and No. 4 Laconia moved to 30-0 overall.

Columbus Catholic remained No. 1 in Division 4 in Week 7. Yet perhaps the biggest game of the week will feature No. 2 Royall's huge matchup at Scenic Bluffs rival and No. 7 Wonewoc-Center Tuesday. Wabeno/Laona was the week's biggest mover, rising to No. 5 after a 4-0 week. Additionally, Pacelli moved into the top 10 at No. 9, highlighting a strong pool of D4 contenders in central Wisconsin this fall.