MADISON – For the first time in history, the New Glarus Glarner Knights are champions in boys basketball. New Glarus knocked off Oshkosh Lourdes 67-62 in the WIAA Division 4 state championship March 16 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Jaden Kreklow scored a game-high 22 points for New Glarus, while Mason Martinson had 17 points and Zach Feller 12.
New Glarus shut down Lourdes defensively. Lourdes came into the game hitting an unsightly 45.7 percent from the 3-point line. In the title game, that number fell to 29 percent.
Henry Noone, recently named as the state’s best shooting guard by Wisconsin Sports Network, was held to just 11 points – 10 below his season average. Noone is also known as the state’s best deep threat, hitting 58.5 percent of his shots from 3, with over 200 attempts on the season. New Glarus senior Trevor Gassman held him to just 1 of 5 from deep.
New Glarus went into the half up by two points after Feller hit a triple at the buzzer. In the second half, it was junior Connor Siegenthaler that found his stroke from deep, hitting a pair of crucial 3s that kept Lourdes at bay.
In the closing minutes, Martinson and Kreklow unlocked the trophy case by knocking down free throw after free throw.For more on the game, including pictures and commentary from New Glarus coach Travis Sysko, Martinson and Kreklow, check out the March 20 edition of the Monroe Times.