Spring Valley Boys Basketball Preview
By Reagan Hoverman
In the 2020-21 season the Spring Valley boys basketball team won its first Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship since the 2007-08 season. Now, Spring Valley is looking to go back-to-back with another championship this season. Head coach Rob Bosshart answered some questions in the season preview.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the 2021-22 Spring Valley boys basketball team is the returning senior experience that will carry the team this year. Bosshart spoke about the seniors and how early in the year, some younger players will get varsity time.
“We have a senior-laden team with significant varsity experience,” Bosshart said. “We do have some football-related injuries to work around and that will allow for some of our younger guys to step in and gain valuable experience early in the season. This is a tight-knit group of kids and they are looking forward to the challenge.”
Of the aforementioned senior class, two of the most prolific are Tyler Bowman and Connor Ducklow, who were the two leading scorers on the conference championship team last season. They are expected to make another jump this season, potentially taking Spring Valley to heights they’ve not been to in over a decade.
“Tyler Bowman and Connor Ducklow are returning all-conference players, so we will look to those two players to continue to lead us, especially on the offensive end of the court,” Bosshart said. “We are looking to get consistent play from many others, though, including all of our other seniors. Brady Bednarek is often an underappreciated player as a lead guard and an outstanding defensive player. Charlie Maier, Coy Stasiek, Colin Anderson and Blayne Gregg are all seniors who will make solid contributions. The roster will be rounded out by underclassmen Jameson Bauer, Wyatt Goveronski, and Cade Stasiek, who we will rely on to play significant roles.”
When talking about what the expectations are for the team this season, Bosshart was straightforward in his response. “We expect to compete with the top teams in our league for a conference championship but will need to develop our depth quickly as we fight through our injuries,” Bosshart said.
Part of the team is also the coaching staff, which Bosshart had high praise for. He spoke about the assistant coaches and how dedicated they’ve been to the program.
“I have two tremendous assistant coaches in Matt Ducklow and Sean Borgerding,” Bosshart said. “This is Matt (Ducklow’s) 20th season as an assistant, which is extremely rare in today’s game. He has been invaluable over the years for the work he does for our kids, both on and off the court. Sean (Borgerding) is entering his third season on the staff and does a great job working with our younger kids. I think the chemistry and consistency that we have developed as a coaching staff has helped our kids as they move from one level to the next. Our coaches have as much fun during the season as any staff and I think this carries over to our kids every day in practice.”
Currently, the Spring Valley boys basketball team is 2-0 in its first two games of the 2021-22 season and will have its next game on Thursday, Dec. 7, on the road against Durand.