With their victory over Royall on Saturday night, the Elmwood boys basketball team is heading to the state tournament in Madison for the first time since 1996 when the Raiders finished as state runner-up to Randolph in Division 4. 17 years later, Elmwood gets another shot at the Rockets as the two teams will meet in Thursday's D-5 state semifinal.
The Raiders were on the practice court Monday afternoon getting ready to take on the 9-time state champions from Randolph. Coach Chris Segerstrom's team was very competitive in the Dunn-St. Croix conference, finishing second to conference champ Elk Mound so Elmwood is battle-tested and used to playing against bigger schools. The boys say their reward for practicing hard is getting a chance to play at state.
Kyle Webb, senior center says, "Coach works us pretty hard and we practice hard against each other, and we all give each other good competition."
Adds Segerstrom, "We're still practicing and that's a good thing, so you know I'm really proud of my guys, I'm really thankful that hey put the extra effort and energy into everything and I felt like the year started off strong. A couple bumps in the road, but overall we ended very strong and that was the main focus all year."