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Panoske should shine for Cardinals; Trojans feature talented young roster

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Gazette Staff
December 3, 2010

A lot of people will be looking up again this season at J.J. Panoske in Rock Valley boys basketball.


And they may be looking up at the Brodhead Cardinals, too.


With the 6-foot-9 Panoske as their leader, combined with a vast amount of experience, the Cardinals figure to be a prime contender in the Rock Valley South, where they fell a game short of champion Walworth Big Foot last season.


Big Foot graduated its top nine players and figures to have a hard time retaining its title. However, Brodhead’s bid to claim the championship is likely to get a major challenge from a young but very talented Clinton team.


Meanwhile, the Rock Valley North is likely to have a familiar look with defending champion East Troy and 2009-10 runner-up McFarland as the likely contenders. Both are loaded with talent.


McFarland’s bid to overtake East Troy will be led by two first-team all-conference selections from last season—senior Tyler Wedel, the North’s Back of the Year in football, and junior Brett Kaether.


East Troy counters with two reigning first-team all-conference players of its own—6-5 junior Tanner Plomb and sharp-shooting 6-2 sophomore Nate Dodge.


Panoske tipped off his senior year by signing a letter of intent with UW-Milwaukee. The defending conference scoring champion then got the Cardinals’ title bid off to a big start by putting up 35 points Tuesday night in a 62-49 triumph over Turner.



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