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State Title for SPASH!

By Portage County Business Council

Welcome to the Stevens Point Area Senior High Boys Basketball Show. It’s been running for the last two seasons with raving success at state.

Trevor Anderson drained a 3-pointer early in the second half and looked over at Sam Hauser with a big smile. Moments earlier, Hauser skied through the air and sent down a thunderous dunk off an inbounds play and raised his arms and celebrated with the student section. For the second consecutive season, SPASH showed there was no one better in Division 1 and put an exclamation point on a magical season with a 89-64 annihilation of Muskego at the Kohl Center for state. After enduring everything everyone on their schedule threw at them this season, it was time for some emotions come to the forefront.

“Hopefully, I can do this without crying like I just did in the locker room,” SPASH coach Scott Anderson said. “It’s been a magical journey with this group.

“(Assistant coach Dave Hauser) I think with about five minutes left told me to take some time to watch my kid (Trevor). And I told him to do the same thing (with sons Sam and Joey).”

The group that has won 37 consecutive games overall and 55 against high school teams from Wisconsin.  Muskego met the same fate as 27 teams before them this season, and had the misfortune of running into SPASH twice, with both ending in identical 25-point losses. The Warriors (23-5) didn’t find the performance turned in by SPASH nearly as entertaining, although they gave credit where credit was due.

“They kicked our butt,” Muskego coach Andy Capes said. “I thought our team showed pretty good character going up against a pretty darn good team.”

Senior Matty Farner gave his own take on the proceedings in the state championship game.

“We played against Stevens Point in middle school and knew how good they were,” Farner said. “They beat us in every aspect of the game.”

Only Sauk Prairie managed to stay within single digits during the season.