|WP boys take record to 11-11 during 2011-12 campaign|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:17|
Two Wau-Pal seniors — Reese West, at left, and Bo Fanning — saw their high school basketball careers come to a close during subdistricts. The Bronco boys closed their 2011-12 season at 11-11.
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Statistically speaking, history seems to be repeating itself. Four years ago the 2007-08 boys basketball season saw the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos take the court for the first time since an undefeated run to the State Championship in March.
Its 2007-08 record 11-11.
Last year’s Broncos’ team finished 26-2 and advanced to the state tourney, ultimately bringing home a runner-up finish.
This year’s record after a state-tourney run 11-11 in a statistical coincidence.
The Broncos faced quality opponents this year in Brady (19-4) and two state-bound teams, Paxton (22-1) and Hayes Center (16-7). Those three teams accounted for six of the Wauneta-Palisade’s 11 losses.
The Broncos also fell to C1’s 14-10 Chase County and lost to Medicine Valley (12-10) twice, including a heartbreaker in the first round of subdistricts.
The Broncos only picked up two wins against teams with records of .500 and above. Wauneta-Palisade defeated Cambridge (11-11) in its second game of the season and defeated C2’s Dundy County-Stratton (13-10) in the regular season finale.
Coach Dave Kuhlen said the DCS win was the highlight of the season.
“It was our best performance in terms of doing things at the end of the game to close out a win. We were 19 of 20 from the foul line in the 4th quarter. We weren’t perfect in ball handling, but we were better than usual. Plus we didn’t give up layups and made them earn their points,” Kuhlen noted.
Hopefully Wauneta-Palisade won’t have to wait four years for a return trip to the State Championship game. The Broncos will return a solid core of players next season while losing senior leaders Reese West and Bo Fanning.
Fanning averaged 5.8 points per game this season and probably led the team with his hustle. Fanning collected 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest while being second on the team with 47 assists.
West led the team with 61 assists and scored 2.5 points per game. His 32 steals were third on the team.
Kuhlen said of his seniors, “Bo and Reese have kind of been attached at the hip in my eyes over the years. You couldn’t picture one without the other. They both have a lot to be proud in their basketball career. I thank them for their efforts and wish them the best in the future.”
Junior Logan Bischoff will lead the team into next season. Bischoff averaged a double-double on the season, leading the team in scoring, 17.9 points, and rebounding, 10.5. He also led the team in free throw shooting, 92/137, steals and blocked shots.
“Logan was certainly our most consistent player,” Kuhlen said, adding that Bischoff needs to step up as a vocal leader for his senior season.
Five other Broncos saw significant playing time this season. Juniors Jack McGraw, Connor Kayton and Jacob Maris and sophomores Hayden Pollmann and Wes Anderjaska will bring starting experience to the 2012-13 season.
Forward McGraw averaged 6.2 points and Pollmann chipped in 5.7 per contest. Guards Maris and Kayton each averaged nearly five points per game while Anderjaska averaged 2.6 from his guard position.
Maris made a team high 28 three pointers. McGraw snagged 7.8 rebounds per game.
Kuhlen says this group needs “to work to get their game and, maybe even more importantly, their mentality to a different level.” He stressed that all aspects of the game need to be improved upon over the summer.
Offensive production was down 17 points per game to 49.4 in 2011-12. With many players seeing action in both jayvee and varsity games, the jayvees played three-quarter games, averaging 42 points during their 11-3 campaign.
Hopefully this offensive success for the younger players can be carried over to next season for the varsity and with hard work and hustle, Broncos fans can look forward to another trip to Lincoln soon.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:21|