OHS Boys Basketball is ready for sections


Matt Williams

Nolan Burmeister shooting a free throw.

Sam Henson, Writer

The Owatonna Boys Basketball team is finishing the season on a hot streak after winning seven of their last eight games of the regular season, which includes a statement win over state-ranked Austin. The youthful Huskies are exceeding expectations for this season and are looking to make a big statement in sections with earning the 4th seed and having a home section game. The team’s winning ways have started with sophomore center Evan Dushek. Dushek is leading the team in scoring, averaging 20 points a game this season. He has been the centerpiece of the starting line up along with junior Payton Beyer, senior Isaac Oppegard, junior Nolan Burmeister and sophomore Brayden Williams. 

The team wasn’t expected to make a big run this year, but with the senior leadership of Sol Havelka, Carson DeKam, and Oppegard, the team is primed to make a deep run in sections. Oppegard said, “We ended the season very well. If we play as a team, we have a good chance at making it far.” The boys have had to experience and grow a lot this year. Coach Josh Williams said, “It may seem simple but we need to get stops defensively and make some plays on the offensive end consistently throughout the game. At this time of the year it comes down to a lot little things and the better we can execute on both ends of the floor in addition to outcompeting them will help put ourselves in a position to win the game.” 


It has been a lot of fun to watch this team grow together throughout the season. We’ve figured out our roles, and the kids are doing a great job in excelling at them. We think we are playing our best basketball of the season right now and have a great chance to make some noise in the playoffs.

— Coach Patrick Churchill


After a 91-48 win over Northfield to close out the regular season, OHS earned the four seed in the section tournament and they will play Farmington at home on Tuesday, March 3 at 8:01 p.m.