We move right from a state Championship in football and head right in to basketball this late fall. This year's basketball season, like our football season, should be a good one. The Wildcats return three starters from a team that went to the sub- section semi-finals a year ago. They are expected to start four seniors and a junior. The junior will be the big man in the middle Dan McNamara, who averaged about 10 points a game last year. Kelby Buck and Brett Watson are the other two returning starters who are expected to carry much of the load. Seniors Sean Thomforde and Travis Braband are expected to fill in the other two starting spots. Blayne Erie and Bryce Dankers will also wee playing time. Cameron Peterson and DJ Buck are also going out for the sport. With the section down this year, it will come down to how much Dan can get the ball and how far the defense will take them in the playoffs.
The Cats start practice this Tuesday and travel to Triton for a scrimmage with Triton and Blooming Prairie. Only to open up a tough regular season schedule with Red Wing and Faribault. With Goodhue moving to the HVL there is a lot to prove for the seniors and the whole Goodhue Basketball program. “With our weak section this year we have a good chance at going to state,” said Thomforde. With Southland going out of the section and moving up to 2A the section is more wide open then ever. “We should be battle tested by playoffs,” said head coach Tony Poncelet entering his sixth year. He stressed that experience will be a key for us this year. With five players back with a lot of varsity experience Goodhue should be a team to watch in March.