Many of the traditional powerhouses represented Divisions 1 and 2 in last year's boys state soccer tournament, and more than likely most of them will return to Uihlein Park in Milwaukee again in November.
The eight-team D-1 field entered the 2007 competitions with a combined 46 appearances and eight state championships, while the four-team D-2 bracket had totals of 16 trips and one title.
Meanwhile, the Division 3 event, also a four-team tourney, featured two first-time qualifiers and two schools making their second appearances.
Neenah and legendary coach Harry Kelderman stamped their 13th ticket to state and earned the program's third trophy but first since back-to-back titles in 1985-86.
The Rockets (21-1-2) downed first-time entrant Kettle Moraine, disposed of Middleton, which had finished in a three-way tie for the Big Eight crown. They then downed five-time WIAA champion Marquette University School (16-5-2), 3-2 in overtime on Evan Maly's unassisted goal that capped Neenah's rally from a 2-0 deficit.
Green Bay Notre Dame made its fourth journey to state and claimed its second title, downing Northland Pines before defeating Waukesha Catholic Memorial (13-9-4), 5-3, in the finale. The Tritons ripped off four straight goals to take a 5-1 halftime advantage, two each from Tony Starnes and Joey Grzelak.
However, the field includes a host of big-time competitors in the likes of Catholic Memorial, Port Washington, Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower from the Metro area. Meanwhile, Appleton Xavier is always tough, while Madison Edgewood, Mount Horeb and McFarland represent the Capitol City area nearly every season.
The chase should be wide open again in competitions that saw Sheboygan Christian win the division's first two titles in 2002-03 and The Prairie School grab the trophy the next two seasons.
Shoreland Lutheran won't go down lightly in defending its crown, and other potential championship contenders include Columbus, Central Wisconsin Christian, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Thomas More, La Crosse Aquinas, New Holstein, St. Mary's Central, Whitefish Bay Dominican and Winnebago Lutheran.
2007 WSCA All-State teams
Player of the Year
Stuart Grable, 12, Neenah
Stuart Grable, 12, Neenah
Stewart Brown, 12, Marquette University H.S.
Chris Madsen, 12, Brookfield Central
Ryan Cammarota, 12, Neenah
Philip Surprise, 11, Pius XI
Sergio Luna, 12, Neenah
Bryan LaBissonierer, 12, Wauwatosa West
Robby Giljohann, 12, Brookfield Central
Robby Boyd, 11, Marquette University H.S.
Ethan Finlay, 12, Marshfield
Nick Unger, 12, Marquette University H.S.
Joey Marasco, 12, Pius XI
Taylor Diem, 12, Middleton
Pat Hardt, 12, Marquette University H.S. (GK)
Tim Stadler, 12, Wauwatosa West
Mike Ohnesorge, 12, Mosinee
Luke Wasylik, 12, Waunakee
Kevin Ferron, 10, Brookfield Central
Mario Falsetti, 12, Marquette University H.S.
Evan Maly, 12, Neenah
Tyler Lemenski, 12, Neenah
Tony Patterson, 12, Menomonee Falls
Chris Brown, 12, McFarland
Steve Romonello, 12, Kettle Moraine
Tony Starnes, 12, Green Bay Notre Dame
Matt Prekop, 12, Muskego
Mike Kratofil, 12, Middleton
James Pike, 12, Wauwatosa West (GK)
Sam Ishe, 12, Menomonee Falls (GK)
Justin Off, 12, Slinger
Josh Murphey, 12, Waukesha West
Cody Banks, 11, Madison Memorial
Sam Fedenia, 12, Middleton
Alex Wood-Doughty, 12, Madison West
Alex Trevino, 12, Madison Memorial
Ben Balgord, 12, Madison West
Travis Westcott, 12, De Pere
Alex Weiner, 12, Muskego
Zach Rewasiewicz, 12, South Milwaukee
Tommy Petershack, 12, Franklin
Jared Sitte, 12, Waukesha West
Toryn Abad, 12, Mukwonago
Austin Toth, 11, Pius XI
Steve Protasewicz, 12, Kettle Moraine
Matt Rasch, 12, Neenah
Jake Gloudemans, 12, Neenah
Eric Shelton, 12, Kimberly
Taylor Heintz, 11, Fond du Lac
Brad Swenson, 12, Hartford
Will Caney, 12, Cedarburg
Mike Asen, 12, Germantown
Andrew Wiedabach, 11, Homestead
Alex Frenz, 12, Whitefish Bay
Garrett Schwartz, 11, Sauk Prairie
David Haugen, 12, Washburn
Jose Roque, 11, Thomas More
Mario Suaso, 12, Greenfield
Andrew Krenzien, 12, Wauwatosa West
Ben Kotek, 12, Brookfield East
Josh Zastrow, 12, Menomonee Falls
Tim Schmidt, 12, Marquette University H.S.
Adam Lysak, 11, Milton
T.J. Hovan, 12, West Salem
Niels Berg, 11, Plymouth
Trevor Schwartz, 12, Shoreland Lutheran
Jacob Cavey, 12, Racine Prairie
Vijay Pai, 12, Racine Prairie
Palani Apuakehau, 12, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (GK)
Niko Markos, 12, Arrowhead (GK)
Travis Meilke, 12 Monona Grove (GK)
Max Gutbrod, 12, Slinger (GK)
For more information, visit the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association site.