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Mike Flanagan steps down as Black Hawk girls basketball coach
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Mike Flanagan steps down as Black Hawk girls basketball coach

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Maddie Gregorio

Fall River’s Maddie Gregorio (20) looks for an opening as Black Hawk’s Bailey Butler (1) defends.

Mike Flanagan has decided to step down as Black Hawk girls basketball coach.

Jim Polzin is announced as the Lee Sports Wisconsin Columnist, where he will write stories covering all levels of sports throughout the state.

Flanagan directed a highly successful program, compiling a 309-71 record over the 15 seasons he coached at Black Hawk, including winning the WIAA Division 5 state title in 2019.

“I am stepping away in order to have some time with family, to devote myself fully to my teaching position, and to re-energize and reflect,” Flanagan wrote in an email Thursday. “I do not know what my future holds in terms of basketball; I could see returning to the sideline if the ideal situation were to materialize, but that is not my intention presently.”

Under his direction, Black Hawk won nine conference championships, 10 regional championships and qualified for the WIAA state tournament seven times.

Black Hawk was the WIAA Division 5 state champion in 2019 and was runner-up in 2010 and 2018.

Black Hawk, located in South Wayne, plays in the Six Rivers East Conference.

Black Hawk advanced to the Division 5 state semifinals this school year. The Warriors dropped a 51-48 decision to Three Lakes in the semifinal Feb. 25 at the La Crosse Center. It was Black Hawk’s only loss of the season (21-1) and snapped a 75-game winning streak.

In 2020, Black Hawk was 26-0 and earned the top seed for the Division 5 state tournament at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. Black Hawk was scheduled to play fourth-seeded Wausau Newman. But the tournament was canceled by the WIAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019, Black Hawk finished 28-0 and as state champion after defeating Fall River in the semifinal and Clayton in the title game.

In 2018, Black Hawk defeated Wausau Newman in a semifinal, prior to falling to Bangor in the championship game and finishing 28-1.

When Black Hawk finished second in 2010, the Warriors defeated Minong Northwood in a semifinal and lost to Wausau Newman in the Division 4 state championship.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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