Kee boys basketball team returns pair of letterwinners as Pat Wagner returns to the Hawk head coaching helm

2019-2020 Kee boys basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Dalton Dibert and Cade Rasque. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

2019-2020 Kee boys basketball ... Left to right - Front row: Chance Colsch, Tyson Cota, Dalton Dibert, Brayden Mathis, Jaylen Drape, Landon Reams; Back row: Damon Weber, Kai Timmerman, Chris Wagner, Mat Gruber, Jonah Reinke, Cade Rasque, Pete Boland, Deepanshu Dabas. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee boys basketball team will see an abundance of new faces during its 2019-2020 campaign, as just two letterwinners return from a team that played to a 5-15 season record last winter. Also new, but yet still familiar, will be the face at the top of the coaching totem pole as Pat Wagner returns to the program’s head coaching role, a position he held for several years prior to the 2015-2016 season.

“After four seasons away, I am back coaching varsity boys basketball at Kee High,” Coach Wagner said. “I was the head coach here from 2010 to 2015. For six seasons prior to that, I was Gene Schultz’s assistant here at Kee. I have also coached high school basketball at South Winneshiek, West Point Marquette and Clear Lake.”

What Coach Wagner inherits is a team that graduated five of its top eight scorers and rebounders, including its top three scorers that averaged 7.1 to 13.4 points per game - well over half the Hawks’ 44.7 points per game average as a team last season. Although not all of them graced the starting line-up on a consistent basis, the graduation of last season’s five seniors took with it just over three-fourths of Kee’s offense and more than two-thirds of the Hawks’ rebounding total, leaving some considerable holes to fill for an overall young squad that will field just two seniors in Cade Rasque and Peter Boland.

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