Brookfield Central defeated Sun Prairie, 69-52, at the Kohl Center in Madison in the WIAA Division 1 final to win the school’s first state boys basketball championship.
But wait. That was last March.
This March there was no chance for the Lancers to defend their state title as the coronavirus wiped out both the boys and girls state basketball tournaments.
So the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Curt hogg reported that he “spent countless hours creating the rosters of 40 high school teams and simulating the rest of (this year’s) playoffs to determine state champs in all five boys divisions.” Simulations were used to determine the outcomes of the games.
In Division 1 Brookfield Central repeated its state championship from 2019, beating Madison La Follette 59-49.
Senior Dave Joplin (above) led the way with 12 points. I know. Not the same.
Hortonville senior post player Macy McGlone reacted when everyone got the news.
“This year our team worked so incredibly hard to try and win a gold ball,” McGlone said. “As a senior, I can’t believe that I will never have the opportunity to play another high school game. High school basketball has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I have been dreaming of winning a state championship for so long. We all thought that this was our year. Now we don’t even get the chance to be prove them wrong.”
Kaukauna point guard Keaton Ferris said, “I am extremely disappointed and sad that our season had to come to an abrupt end like this. It is definitely not how I ever imagined leaving my high school career behind. With this being said, I am even more thankful for what I and my fellow senior teammates have gotten to experience together these past four years. I will cherish these memories forever.”
“When I heard that our season was going to be cut short of our dreams of possibly reaching state and competing for a state title, I was instantly heartbroken,” Kimberly senior point guard Jake Buchanahe said. “My teammates and I worked our entire lives for a chance that we never got. It hurts more than I ever thought it would because I thought that with the team we had, we could’ve done something really special.”
They’re gone, too.
It’s hard, no doubt about it. Here’s another view from columnist Steve Sheldon. First, the obligatory tease…
It’s all about perspective. Sure, you’re being asked to forego your child’s senior recognition night, but that’s far better than having her grandfather suffer and die due to a lack of ventilators in his overcrowded hospital because you just had to hear your kid’s name read aloud and share the picture of 8th grade graduation on Facebook. Teach your kids that their sacrifices are first small, and second noble and for a higher cause.
Here’s the complete column, well worth your time.