Pardeeville returns to state tournament for the first time since 1978

The party on the basketball court is in Pardeeville. If you’re practicing this late into the season you made it to the state tournament. The Bulldogs have done just that for the first time in forty years.

Getting to this point came in miraculous fashion. Senior Jonathan Kamrath knocked down a last second free throw in the section title game to knock off one seeded Mineral Point by one, 62-61.

"It’s really incredible, it’s the best part of basketball," said Kamrath. "I think getting to the Kohl Center is everyone’s dream and we are one of the four teams to get to do it."

With a 23-and-3 record, 10 of the 12 guys on the Bulldog’s roster are seniors including the school’s all time leading scorer Nicholas Henke. Making this a now or never moment for this senior class to make a run for a state title.

Henke said, "I’m excited. I think I was nervous last Thursday in Oconomowoc. Once we got that game out of the way and Saturday’s game out of the way it’s more excitement for the Kohl Center."

The Bulldogs have size in the paint. Their second leading scorer is Duncan Fleiner is averaging 11.3 points per game with 7.5 rebounds. "I’ve never gotten this far in the tournament. I’m definitely nervous," Fleiner said.

Pardeeville head coach Chris Lindert said, "you’re playing at the Kohl Center it is a big moment. For these guys, because 10 of 12 on the team are seniors, it is their last chance."

Pardeeville is the four seed in the Division 4 bracket and will play the one seed, Roncalli on Thursday at 6:35p.m. at the Kohl Center. All WIAA state tournament games will be televised on WKOW.

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