Husty Boys Back On Floor With High Expectations

It’s been a unique season to say the least for the Hustisford boys basketball team.  Heading into the first week of January the Falcons have played just two games because of Covid related issues. The Falcons are led by veteran coach Otto Hopfinger who grabbed the reigns of the program this season after Jake Falkenthal took a leave of absence.

“We’ve got hit a number of times so far.  We had half the team practicing the first couple of week and then the other half the next couple of weeks.  We finally hopefully are through this.” Hopfinger told “We have had to reschedule numerous games.  It has been a strange year.”

Hustisford knocked off Rio 60-36 on December 18th and then blew out Horicon 85-55 on January 4th in their only two games of the season so far.

Husty brings back a solid core from last year’s squad that went 22-4 led by All-State guard Dylan Kuehl.  As a junior Kuehl averaged 24 points and six rebounds per contest.   Through two games this season he’s scoring at a clip of 25 points per game and pulling down eight rebounds per contest.   The Falcons have three others seniors playing important roles on the team including; Brody Thimm (8p, 4r), Alex Eggelston (11p), and, Dylan Kaemmer (2p)  Juniors Gavin Thimm, (16p) and Blake Peplinski (7p) also have been key contributors.  Coach Hopfinger adds that he also has number other guys on the bench that come off adding depth to his squad.

“We have a great nucleus coming back of not only great players but great kids.  It’s not a bad job for me to take this season and I’m really happy with the attitude and efforts of the kids this year.” Hopfinger said.  “Even though we have had to deal with a lot, and it’s been vey hard on all of us, especially with the kids, with all the new things going on and all the things they had to do. And just the way the season has gone I’m really impressed with the heart and determination of this team and the way they get along and the way they work hard no matter what obstacles are thrown at them.  We’ve got a really solid lineup that’s getting better and better.  Once we get some more games in and consistently to be able to have everyone at practice, I think it’s only going to sky rocket from here.”

When the team gets more time together, the Falcons expect to be contenders in the Trailways East and also in the Division Five Tournament.

“We know we have the talent.  It’s just a matter of everyone working together and picking up and doing their part.” Hopfinger said.

Hustisford is scheduled to play at Dodgeland on Thursday night.




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