MARINETTE, Wis. (WBAY) - Marinette will look to sweep Wrightstown in the season series when the two meet tomorrow. A Marines win would vault them back into first place in the conference, and put them on the path to success that has been a long time coming.
A decade has passed his Marinette last laid claim to a boys basketball conference crown.
"This very well may be the year," said Marinette junior Jake Poetzl. "We have our eyes on the prize. That's what we want. We just have to keep working hard and hopefully that comes true."
"I've been looking forward to it a lot," said Marinette senior Walker Stroming. "It hasn't been done in a while, obviously."
The leap to the top level of the NEC comes not from a senior-heavy squad, but from a ton of juniors.
"This is a class that everyone in the community has been excited about since they were in 7th grade," said Marinette coach Nick Semenas. "They won the state championship in 7th grade."
Junior Jake Poetzl already has 1000 career points, and will not doubt finish his career as the Marines highest scorer ever.
"We have been playing with each other forever," Poetzl said. "We know what each other are going to do without even having to talk. Somebody could cut backdoor and I don't even have to look. I can just make the pass because I know where they are going to be."
The only senior starter, Walker Stroming, is looking to finish his career with that elusive conference championship in a leadership role.
"I have my little brothers, that's what I like to call them," said Stroming. "I have to take care of them and make sure they do what they can."
With games on the line, coach Nick Semenas relies on Poetzl.
"He makes us go," Semenas said. "He's one of our best rebounders, definitely our top passer, and he can score from anywhere on the floor. As a freshman when he came in, he had 33 points in the first game he ever played. He has no fear. He is just one of those kids who is cool, calm, and collected. He really works hard."