The Beaver Dam High School boys basketball team hit the ground running with a 5:30am workout on Monday morning to officially open up the 2020-21 season.
“We got them up nice and early on Monday morning and guys responded well, we had a really good practice on Monday morning.” Head Coach Tim Ladron told DailyDodge.com. “I always like doing that. I always feel like it gives us a little bit of a head start into the afternoon when most teams start across the state of Wisconsin. It was a really spirited practice on Monday morning. It was really good”
The Golden Beavers return five players from last year’s squad that saw time in the starting lineup during the 2019-20 season. Leading the way is senior Nate Abel, who led the Badger North in scoring at 21 points per game. He was a 1st team All-Badger North pick and was named Honorable Mention Division Two All-State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Abel committed to play college basketball at NCAA Division Two Michigan Tech over the weekend. Four juniors return this year that started at some point last season including; Tyler Bunkoske (10.2ppg), Brady Helbing (7.4ppg), Alex Soto (5.7ppg) and Evan Sharkey.
“We’ve got a lot of experience even though we only hold two seniors. We do still have a lot of experience with those guys having a lot of minutes on the varsity level.” Ladron said. “Of course with that comes pretty high expectations.”
The Badger North Conference will not sponsor an official league schedule this year or an all-conference team because all of the teams are not playing a full schedule. Mark Miller’s Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook had picked the Golden Beavers 4th in the league behind Waunakee, Reedsburg and DeForest.
With the WIAA allowing a 24-game season and all the Badger schools not playing full schedules, the Golden Beavers have been able to schedule some unfamiliar foes. They actually have more games with teams from the Badger South this year than the Badger North. Coach Ladron has also been able to add some higher profile teams to his schedule this season including; LaCrosse Central, Oshkosh North, Green Bay Notre Dame and perennial Division Five power Randolph.
“Our schedule has changed probably 15 times in the last two weeks because of teams being backed up or something with their schedule didn’t click anymore.” Ladron said. “There’s been a whole lot of changes but now we sit at a full 24 game schedule.”
Beaver Dam is scheduled to open up their season at home on Thursday, December 3rd against Baraboo.
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