By BLAKE HOFFMAN
The Tremper boys basketball regular season came to a close last Thursday as they lost to a 12-10 Franklin team 76-66 to finish the season with a 15-7 record, 8-6 in the SEC conference, finishing in a tie for 3rd place in the conference. The seed meeting for their sectional was Saturday. Tremper was able to come out with a 2 seed, the highest in Coach Chamness’s tenure as coach and the highest in school history.
The other seven teams in the conference were seeded as well. Racine Case was seeded as the 1, Kenosha Bradford got the 4 followed by Franklin as the 7, Indian Trail as the 9, Oak creek as the 10, Racine park as the 13, and Racine Horlick as the 14th seed. Despite having the 2 seed, nobody from Wissports.com ,which is filled with local people who go throughout the state to watch basketball, picked Kenosha Tremper to come out of their sectional. Tremper is planning to use that criticism about their team to motivate themselves to make it to state for the first time since 1987. Perhaps being the biggest underdog as a 2 seed ever.
Jake Gross, senior forward, has been on the team since his sophomore year, playing with Tremper alum and celebrity Tristan Jass and longtime friend Blake Hoffman. Friday night Gross was able to reach 1000 career points, which is a feat not many people typically reach.
The boys were able to carry that momentum into Saturday night when playing Franklin, competing for a regional championship. They were down by three at halftime, but Franklin came out extremely hot getting up by 27 points with about 10 minutes to go which is when things got super wild. Tremper was able to comeback and get their first lead of the night with one minute to go after senior forward Blake Hoffman had an and one layup to give them the lead. Tremper went onto win the game 88-83 winning a regional title and continue their road to the Kohl Center in Madison.