In the ever-changing realm of Wisconsin high school sports in 2020, we are just over a month away from the scheduled start of high school boys basketball and Beaver Dam Head coach Tim Ladron is “Cautiously optimistic and excited about it.”
In these COVID times, Ladron tells DailyDodge.com that his players have been able to get some basketball activity in with open gyms a couple of times a week while following local health protocols. When it comes to actual game competition, Ladron says that his team was also able to play in a couple of summer tournaments coaches by some parents. He adds that Nate Abel, Brady Helbing and Ty Bunkoske also were able to suit up and play some AAU basketball.
Heading into this season, Beaver Dam returns just two seniors but nine letters winners from last year’s squad that went 11-13. Senior Nate Abel was a unanimous 1st Team All-Badger North pick as a junior after leading the league in scoring at 21 points per game. Abel is on the recruiting radar at the NCAA Division One and Division Two levels. With coronavirus limiting college coaches ability to travel and see potential recruits, the more games Beaver Dam can get in this winter the better for his recruitment.
Last week the Badger Conference announce that because every team would not be able to compete this winter, they would not be sponsoring a league champion or an all-conference team. At this point it looks like ten of the sixteen Badger Conference members are planning on playing this winter with the Dane County Schools either cancelling or not attempting to start until mid-January.
Coach Ladron feels that heading into the season that his squad, along with Waunakee and DeForest would have been duking it out for the Badger North Conference title. He says that now they will plan on playing as many teams from the Badger North as possible, then filling gaps in their schedule with teams from the Badger South.
Much like football this season, where games have been changing day to day, Ladron says that coaches will have to be flexible and be willing scheduling games on short notice to give their kids a chance to compete. Beaver Dam has already had their holiday schedule adjusted. BD was set to play Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids in the Sentry Classic in Stevens Point, now they will head to Mequon for the WBY Shootout and face Monroe on December 29th.
Even though they will not officially recognize an All-Badger North squad this year, coach Ladron says that he hopes they can find a way to honor individual players at the end of this season. He says that kids put in a lot of time, so he would like to see the coaches get together and in some way honor those deserving players who put in the extra time into their game. He says it would be unfortunate to have that opportunity taken away from them.
The Golden Beavers are scheduled to start practice on November 23rd and open the season on December 3rd when they host Baraboo.
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