Area basketball teams beginning to create a buzz

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By Ted Pennekamp

 

There are several area basketball teams doing quite well so far this season.

River Ridge boys

The River Ridge boys team, as of Jan. 18, sported an overall record of 12-0 and were 7-0 in the Six Rivers West Conference.

“I hesitate to comment because there are many good teams to play and a lot of season left,” said River Ridge Coach Tom Neises. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished so far. We lost a lot of seniors last year and we lost one player to a knee injury before the season and another during the season whose status is unknown. But, other guys have stepped up. We play pretty well together. We try to focus on three things each game. Play good defense, take good shots and play harder than our opponent. If we fail to do those three things, we won’t have success.”

It should continue to be an exciting season for the Timberwolves the rest of the way. 

Prairie du Chien girls

The Prairie du Chien girls team as of Jan. 18 boasted a record of 11-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference. The team just lost a heartbreaker, 50-48, on Jan. 16 to host and undefeated La Crosse Aquinas (14-0) for their first loss of the season. Prairie du Chien went to the sectional final last year and is poised to go far again this season.

One of the team’s leaders, junior Lily Krahn, is averaging 21.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per contest. In addition, she recently scored the 1,000th point of her career.

The team and their fans are excited about what remains down the stretch.

Wauzeka-Steuben girls

The Wauzeka-Steuben girls team was 11-1 as of Jan. 18, having suffered its first loss in a 58-56 nailbiter to host Shullsburg. The Lady Hornets were 9-0 in the Ridge and Valley Conference as of Jan. 18, and are once again getting ready for a deep playoff run.

“The Wauzeka-Steuben girls basketball team has had a very nice start to the season thus far,” said Coach Ben McCullick. “We lost to Shullsburg ranked ninth in D5 over the weekend 56-58, so we are 11-1 and 9-0 in the conference.

“Many of the players on this team were on the team last year so we have some nice experience in some big important ball games. We have a lot of difficult games coming up on our schedule, so we are trying to get better each game defensively and take care of the ball better on offense. We hope that will help us to continue improving as the season moves forward.”

Wauzeka-Steuben boys

The Wauzeka-Steuben boys are also doing well so far this season.

The Hornets had a 9-1 overall record as of Jan. 18 and a 7-0 mark in the Ridge and Valley Conference. The team has won 38 conference games in a row.

“This year’s Wauzeka-Steuben boys basketball team is having a successful season thus far, including multiple close victories,” said Coach Isaiah Okey. “We are continuing to improve and develop players into new roles this year as we graduated key players from last year. We definitely have a long way to go before we reach our potential, but if we keep improving each day and take one game at a time, I think we will be able to have even more success. Even with the given circumstances in the world today, the boys are staying focused and pushing each other to continually improve. As for playoffs, we just have to take one game at a time, and show up ready to compete. If we can do that, I think we can have another successful playoff run.”

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