Muskego - During the fall season, both the Muskego football and boys volleyball teams were successful, tight-knit units.
Now boys basketball head coach Andy Capes is hoping those same qualities carry over to winter, as his team features several players from both of the fall squads.
David Kucharski, a 6 foot, 3 inch senior guard/forward and 6-3 junior forward Turner Kehoe both played prominent roles on the football team, while 5-11 senior point guard Josh Breider was on the roster but sat out the season with an injury.
Another trio of players held prominent roles on the Warriors' volleyball squad, which won the school's first conference dual championship and played in last week's WIAA state tournament. They are 6-0 senior forward Steve Cotton, 6-6 senior center Allen Grunert and 6-0 senior guard/forward Sam Pedersen.
"These guys really have a team mentality," Capes said. "The whole group gets along well."
The other seniors are 6-0 guard Jake Van Fleet and 6-0 guard/forward Jordan Kvasnicka.
Juniors are guard Mitch Kwapick, who qualified for the WIAA state cross country meet; 6-3 forward Mitchel Pope and 6-0 guard/forward Trevor Bednarek, both of whom played on Muskego's soccer team; 5-10 guard Caleb Berlyn, 6-2 guard Jack Mlachnik and 6-4 forward/center Sveto Radjenovich.
The lone sophomore is 6-0 guard Mike Vidmar.
None of the returnees had a high scoring average last season, as Muskego graduated its top scorer, David Mlachnik.
"We should be a solid team," Capes said. "We are athletic, but we want to control the tempo. Defensively, we would like to pick up the tempo with some pressing, but on offense, we want to play at a comfortable tempo, go as fast as we are prepared to go."
This is Muskego's first season in the Classic 8 Conference, and Capes said Mukwonago, Hartland Arrowhead and Catholic Memorial are the favorites for the title.
"I think we can compete with everybody," Capes said. "Every game could come down to how well we execute at the end."
Muskego opens the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at New Berlin Eisenhower, which is regarded again as one of the top teams in the Woodland Conference West Division.
The Warriors then welcome Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 for their home opener.
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