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WIAAWI 2015 Girls Basketball State Champions are in the Herstory Books

Divine Savior Holy Angels WI State Girls Basketball Team

Look who's 40!  Wow, just think I’m part of the WIAA State Girls Basketball Championship Herstory Books.  I played in the State tournament in 1977 as a high school player at Milwaukee Custer.  We lost to Green Bay West in the first round, but oh what an experience and the joy we had as a team to be there….

The first WIAA State Girls Basketball Championship Tournament was held in 1976. The tournament was held at the UW Field House from 1976-97 and also in 1999, 2000 and 2002. The championships were held in the Kohl Center in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2010-12, and at the Alliant Energy Center in 2004 and 2006-09. The current site of the tournament, the Resch Center in Green Bay, became the home of the tournament in 2013. The tournament featured a three-class format until 1991, when a four-division format was adopted. In 2011, a fifth division was added. Cuba City has won the most State titles over the years with 10. Barneveld and Milwaukee Washington have won five, and Fall Creek, Flambeau and Kimberly have won four. There have been 82 different schools that have won championships. Cuba City has the distinction of having qualified for the most State Tournaments with 16, including this year. Janesville Parker has participated 12 times. Fall Creek has now qualified for 11 State Tournaments with Durand, Kimberly, Milwaukee Washington, Newman Catholic and Oostburg having qualified 10 times.


Turn the clock ahead 39 years to crown Divine Savior Holy Angels as the 2015 Division I Champions.

Out of the 40 years of Championship action, the name Arike Ogunbowale (2015 Miss Basketball) will go down as one of the best players to ever come from Wisconsin, ranked in the top ten by most major recruiting services. The 5-9 senior Notre Dame commit has DSHA at the D1 State Tournament after averaging 26.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game for the Dashers.

During her high school career, Divine Savior Holy Angels senior Arike

Ogunbowale had done it all. Three state player of the year awards from Gatorade. Three gold medals with USA Basketball. One of just three girls in state history to be a McDonald's All-American.

She had done it all including winning on the state's biggest stage.


Congratulations to all the young ladies that gave it their all to become State Champions:

Pius XI was crowned the champion in Division 2 after a convincing 54-36 win over Cedarburg

Whitewater (28-0) won the Division 3 championship to cap an undefeated season with a 49-43 win over Xavier

Cuba City (28-0) Division 4 finishes the season undefeated with a 56-43 victory over Fall Creek

Barneveld (27-1) won its second straight championship in Division 5 with a 59-43   win over Assumption (25-4)


Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson