Wildcats Spring 2014 Team
Row 1 ( l to r): Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Head Coach Russ Thull, Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks
Row 2: Cory Crews, Blake Wiskirchen
Row 3: Bill Haught, Chris Gough, Evan Rathke
Row 4: Tim Montag, Jon Lardy,Kyle Gallant, Brandon Bump, Manager
Wildcats Fall 2013 Team
Row 1 ( l to r): D.J.Gollwitzer, Tim Montage,Jr., Kyle Gallant, Chris Gough
Row 2: Brandon Bump, Bill Haught, Evan Rathke, Matthew Lane, Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks
Row 3: Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Will Colassacco,Tim Belland, Tim Hovorka,
Jon Lardy, Head Coach Russ Thull
Feburary 15th - W.C.C. State Quarter Finals
The Men's Basketball team will be hosting the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Quarter Finals on
Saturday, February 15th for a 2:00 p.m. tip off time. Stop by and support your wildcat team. The Wildcat will be playing against UW-Marinette. The winner will advance to the Semi-Finals playing against UW-Manitowoc at Manitowoc on Wednesday, February 19th for a 7:00 p.m. start time.
January 17 - 18, 2014 UW-Marshfield Tournament
WILDCATS WIN 44th ANNUAL MARSHFIELD CLASSIC
By Russ Thull
The UW-Washington Wildcats Men’s basketball team took part in the 44th Annual Marshfield Basketball tournament. The tournament consisted of 4 teams; UW-Washington, UW-Marshfield, UW- Fond du lac, and Fox Valley Technical college. On Friday, UW-Washington played UW-Marshfield. UW-Washington was down 7 early in the 1st half, but battled back to take a 32-29 lead at halftime. UW-Washington did not give up the lead the rest of the way as they outscored UW-Marshfield 33-26 in the second half to advance to the championship round 65-55. Evan Rathke led the way for the Wildcats with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Gough kept his hot shooting streak going, scoring 18 points on 6 threes. Bill Haught also stepped up big time with his season high 14 points and 7 rebounds. “Bill is a high character individual, he works extremely hard in practice and I always know what I will get from Bill. We don’t win this game without Bill hitting some big shots vs Marshfield’s zone.”
Fox Valley Technical College also advanced to the finals after knocking off UW-Fond du lac. Saturday’s Fox Valley Tech and UW-Washington championship game is a rematch from a matchup earlier in the season which Fox Valley Tech won 85-60. “We knew that we were going to compete in this game because we are a different team than what we were in game 3 of this season. We knew in our first matchup that we gave up a ton of transition points. We also emphasized that we needed to get Evan Rathke a lot of touches down low. Fox Valley Tech plays a very aggressive man defense and they don’t like to give a lot of help off their man. We knew that Evan would have a lot of 1 on 1 opportunity in the post if we could get him the ball.” The Wildcats were successful in that attempt, as Rathke was a handful inside, scoring a game high and season high 37 points as he helped lead UW-Washington to a 81-76 victory. “In my 10 years of coaching, I don’t know if I ever coached a player with the full package of talent and leadership that Evan offers. He is a phenomenal player, yet he is an even better leader for us. It is an honor for me to coach him and too watch him play the game the way he does.”
Rathke was also named to the all-tournament team, which consists of the top 5 players for the weekend as well as earning tournament MVP as he averaged 30.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5 assists over the weekend. Chris Gough also played a major role in the Wildcat’s success as he was also named to the All-tournament team as his hot shooting has made teams shake their heads on how to defend him. His presence as a deep threat also opens up the floor for others as well. Over the past 4 games, Chris is shooting 25/43 from three point range. He finished the tournament averaging 21 ppg, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The Dynamic Duo of Evan and Chris was far from the reason the Wildcats took 1st place in the tournament as many other Wildcats stepped up at crucial times. Jon Lardy was a force on the boards, as he averaged 11 rebounds per game. Kyle Gallant, Tim Montag and Cory Crews did a great job handling pressure on the perimeter. Kyle finished Friday night’s game with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. He also did a great job handling the pressure in both games only turning the ball over 3 times combined. “Kyle is playing his best basketball of the season. To have 2 games which he averaged 32 minutes in each with only 3 turnovers as the point guard is a tremendous feat.”
The Wildcats (9-7 overall, 4-3 conference) have 5 games remaining before playoffs begin. They are on the road vs UW-Marinette on Saturday looking to extend their 4 game winning streak.
The UW-Washington County Men's Basketball team season began October 21st. See the schedule for information on our next game.
The team competes in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference with games through January. Championship games are held during the middle of February. Opponents include other UW Colleges (Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Richland, Rock County, Sheboygan and Waukesha) as well as non-conference games with technical colleges, such as Fox Valley Tech and others.
Men's Basketball practice is held Monday through Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the gymnasium. Open gym is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm -7:30pm. Please contact Coach Thull if you are interested for more information.
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