Fans lined up outside the high school and chanted “Champions” as the Beaver Dam girls basketball team returned home from Green Bay and the cancelled WIAA Division State Girls Basketball Tournament. The Golden Beavers found out about 11pm on Thursday night that they wouldn’t be able to defend their three straight WIAA Division Two state championships after the tournament was called off in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Head Coach Tim Chase says he doesn’t blame the WIAA for the decision they made because it was one that had to be done. He says he wishes there was a way the games could be played at a later date to put closure on the season.
Chase stated that they started to get a vibe that they might not be playing Pewaukee at 3pm on Friday afternoon once the Division Four Semifinals began on Thursday night. He says they had a great week of practice and felt confident they were the best team in Division Two and would have won a fourth straight gold ball on Saturday night. Chase added that it probably won’t happen but suggested that the WIAA award state championships to all of the teams that qualified for state. In Division Two, along with the Beavers, Hortonville, Pewaukee, and Oregon earned the trip to the Resch Center.
It’s not just Beaver Dam that has the empty feeling today. Chase also feels for the other teams at state that saw their seasons come to an end. Teams like Aquinas, Bay Port and Black Hawk who were looking for multiple titles in a row or teams like Oconomowoc and Pewaukee who were making their 1st trips to state.
With this season complete, Beaver Dam graduates four seniors; Carley Burkhardt, Jada Donaldson, Grace Madeiros, and Anna Streblow. During their four-year high school careers, not only did they win three straight championships, but also went 95-0 against Division 1 and Division 2 teams from the state of Wisconsin.
As the season concludes, the Golden Beavers and the rest of the high school teams across the state are currently in a waiting game as to when they can start preparing for 2020-21. When the girls are cleared to begin working out again and playing summer basketball, they will be one of the favorites to win next season’s state title.
Click the link to hear BD girls basketball coach Tim Chase talk about the season and events over the last couple of days.