The Elk Mound 7th grade boys basketball team participated in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament in La Crosse and Holmen on April 2 and 3, 2016.
This tournament, which was organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 98 of the top community-based 7th grade boys basketball teams from all across the State of Wisconsin. State champions were crowned in four divisions: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Division 4/5, based on the enrollment of the high school into which each team feeds.
The Elk Mound 7th grade boys team played in Division 3, finishing in 6th place. The results of Elk Mound’s six games were as follows:
Pool Play: Elk Mound 44, Lodi 36
Xavier 33, Elk Mound 21
Round of 16: Elk Mound 44, St. Croix Central 41
1st – 8th Place Quarterfinals: Altoona 51, Elk Mound 47
5th – 8th Place Semi-Finals: Elk Mound 43, Laconia 40
5th Place Game: Edgerton 38, Elk Mound 31
Freedom defeated Oostburg 40-26 to win the Division 3 Championship.
The Elk Mound team is coached by Dave Lew and assistant coaches, Jerry Heath and Tony Roder. Nate Lew was named to the All-Tournament team for Division 3, along with: Austin Balck (Freedom), KeShawn Harris (Altoona), Johnathan Heinen (Oostburg), Dylan Huse (Freedom), Clayton Jenny (Edgerton), Jason Klauck (Kiel), Kalon Kustief (Mauston), Patrick McGinnis (Xavier), Jamison Nickolai (Sheboygan Falls), Jaxson Retrum (Lake Mills) and Caden Wittchow (Laconia).
In the other three divisions, Kimberly defeated Hamilton 45-36 to win the Division 1 Championship, New Berlin Eisenhower defeated Wauwatosa East 47-31 to win the Division 2 Championship and Lourdes Academy defeated Mineral Point 37-32 to win the Division 4/5 Championship.
The Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament is an annual event, held in February, March or April of each year, pitting the top community-based teams in the State of Wisconsin against each other. The tournament is organized by size of communities, much like the WIAA state high school tournaments, so that top teams can compete on a level playing field with other programs their size.