Neenah wins WIAA Division 1 boys basketball state championship

MADISON – The Neenah boys basketball team is back on top.

And the Rockets left little doubt.

Neenah won its fourth state championship and the first since 1978, beating Brookfield Central 64-52 on Saturday night in the WIAA Division 1 championship game at the Kohl Center.

The Rockets’ other titles came in 1930 and 1975.

Neenah won its 27th game in a row and finishes the season with a 29-1 record. Its only loss was a 68-64 home defeat to Appleton East on Dec. 3.

Chevalier Emery Jr. scored 19 points to lead Neenah. Carter Thomas added 15 points, and JJ Paider had 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Andrew Rohde led Brookfield Central with 34 points, including 18 in the first half.

Neenah led 31-22 at halftime as Emery Jr. and Thomas both scored 10 points in the first half. Paider added eight points and nine rebounds in the first 18 minutes.






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