La Crosse, Wisc. (WXOW)- The La Crosse Central Red Raiders are heading back to the state tournament for the fourth consecutive year. It feels like deja vu as they are facing the same opponent in the state semifinal round against Milwaukee Washington.
This game once again is expected to be a battle. Last year, the score was tied five times with three lead changes. The Red Raiders actually led for over 16 minutes of the game, but ended up falling in the end 70-58.
That loss is still fresh on their minds.
“Remember looking at the score board, and we were shooting like 80 percent, and we were up by two,” Head Coach Todd Fergot said. ” I knew that they were a good team, and it was going to be a battle. Obviously it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but I was proud of our kids effort, and we are going to try and learn some things from that and try to get to 1-0 on Friday.”
“We were pretty excited because last year, I mean you know what happened,” Central Junior Jordan Davis said. “I mean unfinished business that we had to take care of, plus they got the 2 seed and we got the 3 seed when we obviously had the better record, so we have something to prove.”
Everyone on the team has been in this position before, but no one knows it better than Senior Noah Parcher as he ended each of his four seasons at the state tournament.
“I think I am going to realize it a little later like how big it is,” Parcher said. ” Right now, I am just focused on winning.”
“Well, there aren’t many kids in the state of Wisconsin that can say they’ve been to the state tournament four years in a row,” Fergot said. ” He is in a very, very small group of kids that have had that experience. What has been fun for us as a coaching staff is to continue to see him grow, even in this last month.”
La Crosse Central and Milwaukee Washington are set to tip off around 3:15 pm on Friday.