APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - “I don’t really have too many words,” senior guard Brady Jens said, through tear-filled eyes.
For the first time since 1985, the Denmark Boys Basketball team is headed to state, after outlasting Freedom 46-41 in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional Finals. But with this win, comes a wealth of emotion for the 17-year-old.
"Back in seventh grade, my dad passed away at the State Tournament. I believe he was here tonight," Jens said Saturday after the game.
Jens' father died after a heart attack in 2014, at a seventh grade State Tournament game in La Crosse.
"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.
Jens’ jersey doubled as a tissue for his tears, as Denmark players and fans lined up to congratulate and hug him after the game.
Denmark will play Waupun on Thursday, March 14 at 3:15 p.m.
Cool moment: fans lined up to hug Denmark senior Brady Jens after they won the Sectional Final.— Matt Hietpas (@MattyHip) March 9, 2019
Jens' father suffered a heart attack in the stands at the State Tournament when Brady was in 8th grade. Jens said he knew his Dad was watching over him today.
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