Boys Basketball Team Make History With #1 Seed for Sectional Play


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Joey Bonadonna, Sports Editor, Online Tritonian

On Sunday afternoon, the Notre Dame boys’ basketball team received the number one seed in Division 2 Section 2A, the first time in program history that the team has received a one seed in the WIAA playoffs.

Currently sitting at 17-5, the Tritons are in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, setting a record for overall and conference wins in a regular season after their most recent win over Sheboygan South.

“Honestly the 1 seed is a big honor,” junior Emmett Lawton said. “Coach Bobinski has built a good culture, and everything has built up to this. We can’t wait to show out on our home floor in the playoffs.”

Lawton, currently ranked in the top ten in three-point shooting in Division 2, has played a big role for the Tritons this season, averaging 13.7 points per game, second on the team.

As a sophomore last year, Lawton only averaged 5.7 points per game but has risen to the challenge of joining the starting lineup this season and has helped the Tritons improve in a big way.

Another Triton is ranked in the top ten in Division 2 in three-point shooting: senior Chris Mitchell. 

“(The 1 seed) is very big for the program,” Mitchell said. “Obviously, it doesn’t guarantee anything, though, so we know we just have to take it game by game in the playoffs.”

Mitchell is also in the midst of chasing the milestone of 1,000 career points that only one other player in program history has ever accomplished, being Ben Bobinski who is currently on the varsity staff as an assistant coach under his older brother, Brian.

However, Mitchell knows there are bigger accomplishments the team has their eyes set on.

“It’s a cool milestone to think about but it’s just another record at the end of the day,” he said. “As a team, we know what we have to accomplish first and foremost. The rest will play itself out.”

The Tritons will finish the regular season this week with two home contests against Green Bay Preble and Green Bay Southwest before postseason play begins on March 4 against the play-in winner of Pulaski and Green Bay West.

As many basketball fans know, anything can happen in March and a first-ever trip to the Kohl Center for the Tritons could be in the cards.