CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - This season marks the last for Thomas and Tyler Robarge on the court together at Chi-Hi. The brothers are hoping to lead the Cardinals to their first Big Rivers title since 1988. So far this year they’ve been causing problems for their opponents night in and night out with their complementary play.
“For teams against us it’s kind of like pick your poison," said Chippewa Falls junior Tyler Robarge. "It’s either you focus on me and Thomas scores or focus on Thomas and I’ll get the chance to score obviously.”
“It’s just a good combo when we have Tyler inside and then when I’m outside it’s a good combination,” added Cardinals senior Thomas Robarge.
Tyler’s 6’8” frame gives him an advantage in the post that most teams can only contain. He’s a threat to score whenever he gets a paint touch and often finds himself at the line for three point plays. Thomas, a recent UW-Superior commit, can heat up from downtown at any moment and will burn you from deep if you leave him open.
It’s not just their scoring prowess that’s benefitting Chippewa Falls this season, first year head coach Jason Proue says they set the example for their basketball family.
“We preach all the time brotherhood and family and they’re true brothers for real. So, it makes things easier on the other guys seeing how they treat each other and then it just trickles down to everybody else,” explained Cardinals head coach Jason Proue.
Sibling rivalry is natural and when it comes to the Robarge brothers, well they both say that they’re the better basketball player of the family.
“I’m going to have to say me, because I’m the tallest so I can just post him up,” argued Tyler Robarge.
“I like to think that I’m the better basketball player, but some people say him," said Thomas Robarge. "I don’t know. We make a better duo when we’re together then when we play against each other.”
It’s been three decades since Chippewa Falls finished a season atop the BRC standings. The duo of Thomas and Tyler Robarge has the Cardinals off to a 3-1 start this year, tied for first with River Falls.