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.
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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