"I believe he was here tonight" Denmark teen heads to State, years after father died at tournament

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Denmark boy's basketball team outlasted Freedom 46-41 in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional Finals to send the team back to the State Tournament for the first time since 1985.

No one felt the win more than Denmark senior guard Brady Jens.

"Back in seventh grade my dad passed away at the State Tournament and I believe he was here tonight," Jens said Saturday after the game.

Jens' father suffered a heart attack in La Crosse during a seventh grade State Tournament game in 2014.

"I don't want to give too much about me but I've been through a lot and these guys have been here with me since basically seventh grade so I love these guys," Jens said.

Following the game the Denmark fans lined up to give congratulations and to hug Jens.

Denmark will play Waupun on Thursday, March 14 at 3:15 p.m.