Strong leadership, promising youth

Elmwood/Plum City

Boys Basketball Preview

After finishing last season with a 10-10 record, the Elmwood/Plum City boys basketball team is looking to get over the .500 hump and become a serious threat in the playoffs for the 2021-22 basketball season.

In this preview, Elmwood/Plum City head coach Kyle Webb spoke about the season, his roster, and other important aspects of the basketball season.

“Our team this season has a strong senior group as well as some promising young players,” Webb said. “I think we will have a solid group to run the floor and play good defense. Our senior group will be the largest factor for our season. They have played together since they were in middle school and have great chemistry. On top of that, they are natural leaders.”

Webb’s Wolves roster includes six seniors, many of which have made significant contributions to his program in their four years of high school basketball. In addition to the seniors, other younger players have developed and found roles on the team that will be helpful in what Webb hopes is a run at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title.

“For this season, I predict that our team will finish in the top few teams of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. As I said before, we have a strong senior team that plays very well together.”

According to Webb, last season they finished 101-0 with a 7-7 record in conference action. HE stated that they lost to a very good Blair-Taylor team in the second round of the playoffs. He also stated that they were fairly fortunate in terms of not having the season be derailed by COVID-19 as some other teams did. Webb also spoke about his coaching staff and other aspects of his team.

“Michael Birtzer is our JV and assistant coach, Paul McDonough is the C-team and assistant coach, and Tony Holt is our statistician/assistant coach,” Webb said. “As for the staff, they all have plenty of experience coaching at different levels in different sports. I look forward to hearing from them and getting different viewpoints as the season goes on. I feel that we will be a competitive team, both in our conference and non-conference games. This senior group wants to go out with a good season, and I believe that they have the drive to get that done.”

Currently, Elmwood/Plum City is 1-0, winning its season opener 67-34 against Eleva-Strum. The next game for the Wolves is on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at home against Elk Mound at 7:15 p.m.

The 2021-22 Elmwood/Plum City boys basketball team. Photo courtesy of Kyle Webb

December 7, 2021