Boys basketball has a strong start to the season

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Sectional semi-finals. Waunakee 52, Madison La Follette 65. Only one game away from making a State appearance. 

After that tough loss, the Waunakee boys’ varsity basketball team has not forgotten the heartbreak from the night. The team held onto that feeling for months to follow. “After that [game] we strived harder to get better in the offseason, working hard in practice, getting up in the weightroom, and by keeping goals we wanted to accomplish for next season in mind,” said sophomore center Andrew Keller.

Those goals are winning the Badger North Conference for the eleventh time in the program’s history, the most recent being in 2017, as well as making it farther in the playoffs. 

Some may consider this season to be a “rebuilding year” after graduating four All Badger North players. But returning three of their top six scorers from last season, juniors Caden Nelson and Casey Fisher, along with Keller, it seems the team’s main focus will be growing, not starting over. With new additions to the team like sophomores Aidan Driscoll, Jack Dotzler, and junior Jaxson Zibell, their skills will help lead the team to another successful season. 

Currently standing at 3-0, with big wins against Monroe and Sauk Prairie, a Badger Conference opponent. The Warriors faced Oconomowoc on December 11 at the Fiserv Forum, beating the Racoons 50-48. In the following week the team will have important Conference match ups, crucial to achieving their goal of becoming Conference Champs. On December 20, the boys will play Portage at home. All games will start at 7 p.m. Results were unavailable for this edition.