Waukon boys basketball team returns group of five letterwinners for 2020-2021

2020-2021 Waukon boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Jaden Hager, Lincoln Snitker, Ethan O’Neill, Brennan Sweeney, Sean Cooper, Nick Goltz, Hunter O’Neill. Back row: Vicente Quiroz, Braxton Stewart, Creed Welch, Aidan Jones, Andy Osmonson, Braden Hemann, Pat Hennessy. Not pictured: Kannon Boeckenheuer.

For the second consecutive season and the third time in the last four years, the Waukon boys basketball season will be getting a late start due to the success of Waukon’s football team during the previous fall season. While many would classify that situation under the old cliché of a “good problem to have,” compounding that “good problem to have” is the fact that many of this year’s basketball players factored heavily into this year’s Class 2A State Football Championship, including this winter’s five returning letterwinners from last season’s 13-9 Waukon boys basketball campaign.

“We’re getting another late start on this basketball season, but we are really excited about what our team can be,” shared Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann, who, himself, helped engineer the Indians to their second State Football Championship in the past four years as the grid Tribe’s offensive coordinator. “Hopefully, our guys can get a full season to show what they are capable of doing.”

The Indians were scheduled to get their season underway Friday, December 4 at home against Waterloo East, coverage of which can be found elsewhere on the Sports pages in the December 9, 2020 edition of The Standard. The basketball Tribe was also scheduled for a busy week on the road this week, playing back-to-back nights to start this week at Sumner-Fredericksburg Monday, December 7 and at Crestwood Tuesday, December 8 before playing at Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 11.

However, that December 8 game with Crestwood has now been postponed to Monday, December 14 due to temporary suspension of competition within the Crestwood program. The Indians will then play host to Decorah Tuesday, December 15 before playing at Charles City Friday, December 18 to end their pre-holiday schedule.

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