Peterson is top Warriors reserve
The Janesville resident doesn’t mind the early wake-up calls, or the daily 70-mile commute.
Peterson is too busy enjoying his final semester as a student/athlete.
A three-sport standout, Peterson is currently a key reserve for the boys basketball team. The sixth-ranked Warriors (25-1) will be making the school’s first WIAA state tournament appearance Friday as they take on top-ranked La Crosse Aquinas (25-1) in a Division 3 semifinal game at 9:05 a.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.
"It has been a fun week," Peterson said of the preparations and the hype leading up to Friday’s game. "Everybody’s talking about it.
"But our goal was not just getting to state. Our goal was to get to the championship game and win it."
Peterson attended St. Matthew’s Lutheran School in Janesville through eighth grade. He had the option of staying home and attending Janesville Craig High School or using the feeder program set up through St. Matthew’s and attending Lakeside. The choice came down to faith, family and friends.
"There were a lot of friends that were coming here, and the size of the school was nice because you get to know everyone," Peterson said. "And the religion classes and focusing on God, those were also very important."
The 6-foot-3 Peterson is averaging 2.3 points, and is a force on glass. He had 10 rebounds in Lakeside’s sectional final win over Prairie du Chien, including two crucial offensive rebounds late in the game.
Peterson, the son of Tim and Sandy, plans to attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. He hopes to get into teaching at the high school level.
That makes sense, given the memorable experience Peterson has had at Lakeside.