Roncalli looks for first WIAA state tournament win in program history
MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- The Roncalli boys basketball team started their season at 3-10, but now find themselves among the final four teams left in division four.
Now they will try for their first WIAA win at the state tournament in school history as they play top-ranked Destiny in Madison on Thursday.
"There's no pressure on us, so we just have to come in and play as good as we can," said junior forward Keegan Johnsrud.
The Jets enter the tournament with a winning percentage of .500, the lowest of any team participating in any division.
"We played very tough teams and I definitely know that we're battle-tested all the way through our run and it definitely shows that we're definitely not a 13-13 team," said the lone senior on this Roncalli squad, Cory Bahrs.
"I thought most of us thought all year we could still make it," said Johnsrud. "Because I mean we're in a really good conference playing D3 teams all year and we knew once we got to the tournament we would be down in D4 so we thought our hard schedule would kind of prepare us for that."
The Jets have been to the WIAA state tournament six times in the last 12 years. They're hoping their 7th trip will at least begin with a victory.
"The kids want to do something that's never been done in our program yet and that's to bring home a trophy," said Roncalli's head coach Joe Garceau. "More specifically try to bring home a gold ball. We know it's going to take a full game effort and it's going to take effort from everybody."
"I think this team definitely sets us apart because of our ability to penetrate," said Bahrs. "Chombi can get to the rim, even Ian Behringer can really well to the rim. I think that really sets us apart from all of the other Roncalli teams that went down to state."
State tournament games begin tomorrow with Roncalli and Destiny tipping off at 8:15
You can watch all of the tournament games live on CW 14.