With fast start, Southwest eyeing a conference title

Green Bay Southwest has won its first five conference games.

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- It's been a while since the Green Bay Southwest boys basketball team has been mentioned as a conference-title contender, but that's exactly what the Trojans are this season.

After winning its first five Fox River Classic Conference games to start the season, the Trojans are feeling good about their chances as they enter Friday's showdown against Bay Port (also perfect in the FRCC).

"We knew we had a good group of kids in these two classes," coach John Polkowski said. "The senior class and the junior class, too. How good? That's yet to be known and we're kind of seeing it right now.

"Hopefully, we can keep this going. We got a good start to the year, but a lot of season ahead of us."

Southwest won just six conference games in each of its last two seasons and hasn't finished above .500 in FRCC play since 2012-13. Based on the start that should change this season.

"I think every win puts us one step closer to our goal of putting a banner up, conference champ, and I think the rest of our other guys are ready for that year," junior guard Lucas Stieber said. "We think that can be our year this year."

"I think that's huge for our team, we haven't done it since 2001," senior Cole Bouche said. "That's in the back of everyone's head right now, knowing we want to have a successful season and trying to win the conference if that's the case."

Senior Will Pytleski has thought about winning a conference title for quite a while. In fact, before he was in high school.

"That's something I've thought about since eighth grade," he said. "We're going to bring a conference championship, me and my teammates to the school, that would be huge for our school."

Stieber said he knew this season could be special before the season tipped off.

Said Stieber: "Coming into this year, we looked at teams, we can take this team and we're just trying to play our game and get guys their shots and kind of get everybody involved."

And so far, that is working.

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