MADISON – There was a special clock ticking down in Jake Bostedt’s head during Friday’s WIAA Division 2 state semifinal between West De Pere and Mount Horeb at the Kohl Center.
“Personally … once the 12 minutes went by I was like ‘I got this. I’m good,'” the West De Pere senior said.
Bostedt, who blew out his left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee around 12 minutes into last year’s D2 state semifinal loss to Wisconsin Lutheran, was not only able to play 30 of the game’s 32 total minutes on Friday but he also did a fine job defending Mount Horeb’s leading scorer Drew Frederickson.
West De Pere (20-7) fell 65-53 to Mount Horeb, who will play Rice Lake for the D2 state title on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
West De Pere’s Cody Schwartz at the end of the Division 2 semifinal basketball game against Mount Horeb in the 100th annual WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center on Friday, March 20, 2015, in Madison, Wis.
Once the 12-minute mark surpassed in Bostedt’s head it was back to business and that was helping hold the talented Fredrickson to 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting.
Fredrickson is a two-time first-team all-Badger North selection, the co-conference player of the year and a three-year starter for the Vikings.
West De Pere coach Andy Werner said Bostedt just ‘brings it’ defensively.
“Jake just made (Fredrickson) work for everything,” Werner said. “He’s a defensive stopper and an unselfish kid a hard worker and I never questioned his toughness or question his work ethic. I don’t have to think about how he’s going to play because I know he’s going to play hard. He kind of anchors our defense and it’s nice to have him there.”
Bostedt said he felt as though his team was a little “cursed” after West De Pere lost guards Jesse Owens and Luke Pannier to torn ACLs in the same game on Feb. 6 in a 68-57 win against Shawano.
It was the second consecutive year that Owens, the team’s senior point guard, had his season end by ACL injury, each time to a different knee.
Pannier, a junior, was the team’s leading 3-point shooter (36-for-60).
“In a way, now I kind of feel that yeah, maybe we are a little cursed,” Bostedt said. “But at the same time it’s better for us as a team. We get to learn how to overcome this and all the guys next year have the experience of being down here and can try again to get back down here. I think it gives us a nice stepping stone for the rest of our lives.”
Owens was able to check in in the closing seconds of Friday’s loss to Mount Horeb, something Werner said he had planned.
“I knew that if there was a spot in the end that he wanted to get in and he’s smart enough to know what he can and can’t do,” Werner said. “He just wanted to be out there and he’s been a great teammate and I just wanted to give him that opportunity and be able to end his career in the Kohl Center. The last two years losing your point guard to ACL tears that’s (tough) on anybody, but Jesse’s been positive and been a great influence for us off the court and great leader on the bench. So that was something that he kind of deserved.”