Wis. Lutheran Honors Championship Team
MILWAUKEE - It's the victory that brought a school together.
Wisconsin Lutheran won Saturday’s state championship game convincingly, but two of their playoff games went to overtime. That makes the result so much sweeter.
“We'd like to dedicate the state trophy to Mr. Goede and the entire student body,” team co-captain Andrew Rumler told the student body at an assembly Tuesday.
Students packed the school’s auditorium to honor the first boys’ basketball team in school history to win the state title.
"There's nothing better than knowing your school's never done this before and you're part of the school's history,” Rumler told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray after the assembly. “One of the best times of my life."
Saturday's crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison watched junior Flavien Davis score 29 points en route to the Vikings' championship win, topping Monroe 79-67. Their coach, Ryan Walz, praised the entire team in front of the student body.
"God has blessed these 14 young men with a great gift, the ability to play the game of basketball,” Walz said.
Walz won that state title in his first year at the helm after coaching under his father for many seasons.
"I played here,” he told reporters. “I'm an alum and just seeing everybody enjoy it from my family to the students to all the faculty members. It was just a great feeling."
On the same weekend his team won the state title, Walz celebrated his 35th birthday. What a present.