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EPWORTH – Last year the varsity boys’ basketball team at Western Dubuque were upset after a double overtime loss to Mount Pleasant in the Class 3A championship.
This year, the Bobcats moved to 4A and got their wish for a great season – a 22-1 season record.
The wish came true when they beat Cedar Rapids Washington in substate semifinal, 63-52, showing that they can play against 4A teams and win. The Bobcats played great throughout, only getting outscored in the third quarter.
Assistant coach Ben Wilson was pleased with the win.
“We won because we were committed to defending and rebounding against a team that was a lot bigger and more athletic than we were.” he said.
Senior TJ Lake had a great year, scoring 442 points this season and reaching reaching the 1,000 point mark for his career.
“I couldn’t have dreamed of a better career, playing under better coaches,” Lake said.
The stars commonly consisted of Lake, Spencer Haldemann, Brendan McCoy, Nick Webber and Tyler McGovern.
“We were very pleased with the job they (starting 5) did,” assistant coach Wayne Cusick said. “Twenty-two and one was great, but it was a lot more fun to watch them develop as players and men.”
The Bobcats look to keep anything but a zero out of the loss column next year.