By Eric Fischer
One Packerland Conference team will be making the trip to Madison, as NEW Lutheran beat Columbus Catholic 57-56 on Saturday to punch its ticket into the Division 5 state semi-finals. The Blazers entered the tournament this year with a 10-12 overall record, going 7-9 in Packerland Conference play, led by Samuel Meerstein’s 21.5 points per game. In Saturday’s game, Meerstein scored 17 with teammate Lucas Bukowski adding 18 in the win. This will be NEW Lutheran’s fifth trip to state in the last six years.