Limi Ahmedit, left, is all smiles after making a basket while getting fouled in Ripon’s win over Kewaskum as Luke Rogers, middle, and Hunter Auchtung congratulate him.
Limi Ahmedit, left, is all smiles after making a basket while getting fouled in Ripon’s win over Kewaskum as Luke Rogers, middle, and Hunter Auchtung congratulate him.

   With many members of last year’s state-qualifying squad in attendance, the new cast of characters for the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team also showed it knows a little bit about winning.

   The Tigers defeated Kewaskum 58-42 last week Thursday at home to improve to 2-1 in the East Central Conference and 5-3 overall.

   They played in front of 2017 graduates Ben Vander Plas, Eddie Muench, Hunter Merrill, Andrew Radloff, Andy Saul, Cody Sandleback, Trey Aucthung, and Austen Wallenfang — who were a part of one of the most successful teams in the history of Ripon basketball.

   “I told them that we’ve got extra uniforms if they’re interested,” Ripon High School head coach Steve Brooks said of the former players. “But it was nice to see them and see how they’re doing right now at school and it was nice for our kids to play in front of them as well.”

   Much like the 2016-17 squad, the new incarnation of the Tiger basketball team had little trouble with the Indians (1-2 conference, 3-4 overall) — even if the game wasn’t always the prettiest.

   After getting off to a bit of a sluggish start, leading just 9-6 around four minutes in, Ripon went on a 19-6 run to take a 28-12 advantage and led 31-18 at halftime.

Read the full story, which includes information about the 1-2 punch of Hunter Auchtung and Max Beuthin, in the Dec. 28, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.