The 25-1 Elk Mound boys basketball team will take on Lodi in the state semi's on Friday morning. The Mounders sole loss this season taught the team to focus on their defense. Now on an 18 game winning streak, it's the lessons learned from the senior class that have led the way. Jenn Chapman has this week's Gordy's Athlete of the Week, the Elk Mound seniors.
"I couldn't be happier with the work ethic that they show in the season and out of the season. And their hard work over the last four years is a direct result of the success we just had over the last three years," says Elk Mound head boys basketball coach Chris Hahn.
Since the Mounders class of 2014 entered high school, Elk Mound has compiled 84 wins in four years. A group that has just missed the state tournament twice. The team sees no better place to finish their career than at the Kohl Center.
"We've played together so many times. Like when we went to the state and league tournaments in 7th and 8th grade for like northwest basketball, we would finish almost close to last. So now this year our senior, last year for anything, it's going to be awesome to go down to the state tournament," says senior center Dexter Curry.
While the team is led in scoring by the trio of Zac Doll, Dexter Curry and Travis Nelson. The team says no one in particular is the leader, instead each is a valued piece of the puzzle.
"You know some of the guys are doing things like guarding the other team's best player, getting lots of rebounds, loose balls, making the extra pass. Little things that go into being very successful on both ends of the floor. And it's hard to value anyone over the other," says Hahn.
The 8 teammates feel ready for what's next and hope they sent a message to the underclassmen.
"To know that it's possible for elk mound to make it to state and they can do it just like us," says senior guard Travis Nelson.
And their journey wouldn't be complete without the support of their town
"Pretty awesome having a community like Elk Mound. My dad makes the shirts and he said he sold over 800 shirts. I'm like 'there's 800 people in elk mound'. It's pretty awesome filling North more than halfway with orange, just bright orange. I love Elk Mound. It's the best town to grow up in," says senior guard Zac Doll.