Small ball will be the name of the game for the Stoughton boys basketball team this season.
“We have a lot of talent and depth at guard,” Stoughton head coach Nolan Weber said. “We lack size so we will not play typical lineups with a forward or center. We will typically have four or five guards on the floor at all times.”
Speaking of talent, the Vikings bring back senior Luke Fernholz, who averaged 12.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season.
“Luke will be a three-year starter and four-year varsity player,” Weber said. “He’s a jack-of-all-trades type of player. Has the ability to get to the rim, make an open perimeter shot and be a playmaker for others. He is also a high-level rebounder on both ends and our best individual defender.”
Ty Fernholz looks to build off an impressive freshman season.
Last year Ty Fernholz scored 9 points and grabbed 3.1 rebounds per game.
“Ty Fernholz is an extremely talented offensive player,” Weber said. “His feel for the game and ability to score at all three levels is tough to come by. He is improving in the other facets of the game as well. He had a good freshman season and is primed for a big sophomore season.”
Other returning letterwinners for Stoughton include seniors Jayden Zywicki, Kaden Stokstad and Ayden Probst.
“Luke Fernholz is a great leader for our team,” Weber said. “I also believe it will be important for our other seniors Kaden Stokstad, Jayden Zywicki and Ayden Probst to step up and take on that role as vocal leaders. We don’t have a lot of varsity experience so it is important for our players who have been there before to show the others what it takes.”
Weber pegged junior Mason Marggi as a player who could surprise some people this season.
“He is a scrappy guard who plays very hard and isn’t afraid to get after it on either end,” Weber said. “We are also expecting a lot out of sophomores Sawyer Schipper, Teagan Seidel and Ben Harman. If they can give us good minutes and catch up to the speed of a varsity game, all three are capable of great high school basketball careers.”
Stoughton lost to Lake Mills — who ended up advancing to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament — in regionals to end its season last year. Weber expects Monroe, DeForest and Oregon as tough teams in the Vikings’ regional.
Led by standout senior guard Jack Campion, Milton looks to be a tough matchup in the Badger East, along with a tenured Fort Atkinson team. Other teams in the Badger East include Beaver Dam, DeForest, Waunakee, Monona Grove and Watertown.
“We expect to compete with everyone we play,” Weber said. “Our conference will be very competitive but we believe we have kids who will compete every game. Our kids work very hard and had a great offseason. We will be an unconventional team, but we should be fun to watch.”