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By Missy Klatt
WEBSTER — The Boyceville boys’ basketball season has come to an end for the young Dogs as they lost to the Webster Tigers, 37-64 on the road, in the first round of the WIAA Division 4 regional tournament on Tuesday, February 16th.
The Bulldogs who struggled all season with low numbers and young players only managed one win on the season to finish the year 1-21 and 0-13 in the D-SC.
The Tigers, who made it to the regional final where they fell to state-ranked Clear Lake, went into this game with a 14-5 record.
According to head coach Colby Dotseth, the Bulldogs started the game strong with good ball movement and knocked down open jumpers against the Tigers’ 2-3 zone. However, the tides changed when the Bulldogs started forcing passes through the zone and were turning the ball over and missing open shots.
As a result, the Tigers pulled ahead and had a 35-16 lead at the half.
Dotseth gave the Tigers credit for doing a great job on the defensive end to take away Boyceville’s second chance opportunities. He also stated that the Tigers controlled the tempo of the game.
“This game was really a continued story for us on how our season has gone all year,” noted Dotseth. “We turned the ball over and didn’t get any balance on the offense end scoring wise.”
The second half had the Tigers outscoring the Dogs 29-21.
Once again, the Bulldogs had only four players score in the game. Connor Sempf led the way with 16 points followed by Walker Retz with 14 points.
Dotseth praised the play of freshman Caden Wold saying, “I thought he played well with great hustle and energy especially on the defensive end and offensively looked to be a little more aggressive with shooting the ball a few more times than he had in recent games.”
The coach also gave kudos to freshman Grant Kaiser. “[He] played well also even though he didn’t score on the offensive end, he was aggressive and played big and tough on the inside for us.”
About the season as a whole, Dotseth had the following comments: “A season where you only win one basketball game is never fun or easy on young kids’ confidence levels. But, I give the boys credit for battling through the season and finishing what they started.”
“There were a lot of young kids that got to see a lot of varsity time which will only help them in the future and the three seniors on the team did a great job as leaders and leading by example with great attitudes and effort for the underclassmen,” added Dotseth. “So thank you to the seniors one final time. And as the younger kids know we will have to put in a lot of work over the summer if they want to start something new for Boyceville basketball otherwise it will be a trend of the same thing in next season.”
FG-FT-F-TP: Retz 3-6-2-14, wold 2-0-0-5, Sempf 5-3-2-16, Roemhild 0-0-1-0, Larson 1-0-0-1-2, Bowell 0-0-2-0, Kaiser 0-0-3-0, Hollister 0-0-4-0. Total 11-9-13-37.
FG-FT-F-TP: Washburn 6-1-1-15, Gustafson 2-2-2-6, Parent 1-0-0-2, Sigfrids 2-0-3-5, Stenberg 5-2-1-13, Benjamin 9-3-3-21. Total 26-9-14-64.
Boyceville…….……………………16 21 – 37
Webster……………………………35 29 – 64
3-point goals: Boyceville: Retz, Wold, Sempf 3. Webster: Washburn 2, Stenberg.