Boys Basketball Team Heads Into Playoffs with Confidence

Sam Schmid, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

As the Notre Dame Academy boys basketball team comes to a close to their regular season and into the playoffs, there have been some significant moments, and the Tritons have improved this season from last season.

The Tritons have a current record 10-11, which exceeds their previous season’s record of 3-20.

“I mean, a lot of us last year were only sophomores and juniors. I think this dramatic change goes to show the importance of experience on varsity,” said Garrett Grzesk, a junior and one of the captains on the team.

The Tritons are led by second-year coach AJ Alexander, and a variety of seniors, juniors, and three sophomores. 

The Tritons, in the FRCC (Fox River Classic Conference) conference, remain basically neutral at 8-9, with key wins over Ashwaubenon and De Pere, whose records are both 14-7 this season, respectively. 

The start of the games that the Tritons had in conference did not look promising, however, as they started out 2-7 in the FRCC conference.

The Tritons did not give up, led by many standout performances by sophomore Chris Mitchell and junior Danny Nennig.

“The team really came together towards the second half of the season, and we started winning as a result,” said Nennig.

The Tritons’ last game of the regular season against Southwest proved the Tritons’ dominance in the second half of the season, as the Tritons won 66-59 on senior night.

“It was a really nice ceremony to cap off the hard work and dedication that all the seniors put in throughout these four years,” said Marcus Hornechek, a senior and captain of the Notre Dame team.

As a result of the Tritons’ performance, the team was awarded 6th seed in the playoff picture, facing off against eleventh-seeded Green Bay West in the first round who are 3-18 this season.

If the Tritons were to win at home on Tuesday against West, they will play on Friday versus Kaukana in their pleasant-smelling town.