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By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE — Colby Dotseth takes the reins as the Bulldogs’ head ccoach for the boys’ basketball team this season.
While this is his first year as head coach, Dotseth is no stranger to Boyceville as he grew up here and played for the Bulldogs from 2006-2010. In recent years, Dotseth has been a volunteer coach at Clayton where his younger brother, Caleb Dotseth, played until graduating this past spring.
After a 2-18 season last year including 0-14 record in Dunn-St. Croix play, the Bulldogs have nowhere to go but up. Hopefully, Dotseth is up to the task and he can create a winning team.
Five experienced players that were lost to graduation – Jaden Reismer, Bailey Donovsky, Brady Nye, Seth Wruck and Wiiliam Link – will be missed this year.
However, the Bulldogs have three seniors who have significant varsity experience that they will rely on heavily this season. Logan Knudtson who averaged 12.3 points a game last year and Brendan Sempf who averaged 10.2 points per game look to be leaders again on the offense. Cade Klefstad who pulled down an average of 8.2 rebounds in each game will again be a strong presence under the boards.
Right now, between the sophomores and juniors, there are 12 boys out for the team. Dotseth notes that they will have to step up and help out the team.
Dotseth knows that his team lacks varsity experience with only four players returning with any extended experience at that level. He is hoping that his depth of players, there are 25 boys out for basketball this season, will be a strength.
Dotseth’s goals for the team are conservative but doable.
“We, as a team, want to make sure we compete every night and consistently get better as the season progresses,” said the first-year head coach.
When asked about who he thought the competition would be this year, Dotseth commented, “I think that is one of the great things about the Dunn-St. Croix [Conference], from top to bottom you must show up every night and compete, there are no easy contests.”
Assisting Dotseth as coach this year will be Troy Kuhn.
The Bulldogs opened their season on the road when they headed to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Tuesday, November 26th. Boyceville will then take a week-long break for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the hardwood next Tuesday, December 3rd for another away game in Alma against the Eagles of Pepin/Alma. Boyceville’s first home contest is December 10 when they host Cumberland and the Dunn-St. Croix opener, which is also in the Dog House, will be against Elmwood/Plum City on Thursday, December 10.
Seniors: Brendan Sempf, Cade Klefstad, Hunter Nye, and Logan Knudtson .
Juniors: Alex Ressler, Brendan Hazelton, Connor Larson, Connor Sempf, Trevor Hollister, Walker Retz, and Bryce Drill.
Sophomores: Beck Wendland, Collin Miller, Dawson McRoberts, Isaac Bartz, John Klefstad, Kaiden Standaert, and Kole Wruck.
Freshmen: Chase Hollister, Devin Lunderville, Frank Fetzer, Jackson Phillips, Masen Powell, Mason Bowell, and Simon Evenson.