It was 32 years in the making for the Thorp boys basketball team. Cardinal nation finally has a chance to call themselves champions. SportScene 13's Bob Gallaher has more on Thorp's road to gold in Wednesday's Gordy's Athlete of the Week.
For basketball fans outside of Western Wisconsin, Thorp's Division 5 state tile would appear to be a Cinderella story, even an upset, but in the case of the Cardinals, perception is not reality. Coach Rich Sonnentag's Cardinals dominated Green Bay NEW Lutheran in the second half of Saturday's championship game.
Sonnentag says, "We didn't lose to a Division 5 team this year, that means we are unbeaten in D5, and this is a D5 tournament. We only had to beat them once."
With Matt McCarter leading the way, singing the National Anthem before Saturday's game at the Kohl Center, it's a special group of seniors who can forever call themselves champions.
Dakota Lindgren says, "The feeling is just indescribable, I can't even put words to how that felt. Grabbing that ball, touching it, first one in Thorp history, so making history is pretty cool at the same time."
Thorp's 1982 silver ball will finally have some company in the trophy case, Coach Sonnentag says he's proud to be connected to both state tournament teams, "Lot of great feelings, Jack Tetzner started in 1954, Roger Moe came after him, and then it's me, just us three who have been in Thorp since '54, which is continuity which in this day and age of the way things go, Coaches don't last, I'm proud of that, I'm proud of being in Thorp, coaching, I played here and was with that team, several of my teammates said, way to go back and right it. I'm proud of that, come back as coach on the team that I played with