Cyclone men defend their title
By Michaela Branagan
photo by Katie Muelemans
Freshman Tanner Hackl takes a shot against Fox Valley Tech Nov. 28.
The men’s basketball team at UW-Fox had a strong start this season.
The Cyclones beat UW-Waukesha 54-46 at home on Nov. 16.
The home game win can be attributed to good defense and rebounding.
Sophomore Korey Jagiello pitched in 11 rebounds and Travis Puyleart, also a sophomore, helped out with 7 rebounds.
Head coach Lee Rabas observed the away team’s skill level to prepare players for the game versus the UW-Waukesha Cougars.
“I was fortunate to watch Waukesha play, [so we can] work against actions that they’re going to try to do offensively. “We’re pretty extensive in trying to prepare our players for things that they’re going to see in the game,” Rabas said.
This was the first time the team has played the Cougars since they defeated them last season in a conference championship.
Winning the conference was the Cyclones’ first championship victory since 1993.
They also accomplished a 10-1 conference record and an overall record of 19-1 last season.
The Cyclones got a jump start with a solid team of players.
“[The team] gets along really well for the most part, they are a cohesive group,” Rabas said.
“It’s a lot of fun, you know, you get to be around all the guys you hang out with,” sophomore Chris Searl said.
The team snagged another win at home against the Foxes of Fox Valley Technical College on Nov. 28.
During the game, the team had a record 8 charges with a final score of 75-60.
Jagiello took five alone in the first half, breaking his own school record.
Freshman Casey Kelder led in scoring with 17 point grabs and Puyleart chipped in another 12.
The team forced the Foxes to turnover 27 times.
Though the Cyclones have had a great season, Rabas feels there is always room for improvement.
“We need to keep working on offense, we’re still not where we need to be and we turn over the ball too much. We are improving each game, but we have to do a better job taking care of the ball,” Rabas said.
Students can attend home games in the UW-Fox’s fieldhouse for free with a campus ID.