Columbus Catholic falls in Division Five state title game 77-69

A day after a buzzer-beating three put Columbus Catholic in the Division Five championship game, the Dons looked to recapture some magic to overcome a huge deficit against Sheboygan Lutheran. In the end it was too little, too late, as the Dons fell in the D-5 title game 77-69.

Any momentum the Dons had from their semi-final victory was extinguished right away in the final, when they gave up a 9-0 run to start the game.

"You can look at the start,” said head coach Joe Konieczny. “I think those first four minutes we were nervous, (we) had some uncharacteristic turnovers off the dribble.”

Columbus Catholic recovered from the initial run to cut the deficit to four. However, another Sheboygan avalanche, a 22-8 stretch to end the half, made it an 18-point game going into the locker room.

Konieczny said: "In between the first four minutes of the first half and the last four minutes of the first half, that's kind of what did us in."

It was difficult for Konieczny to contain his emotions talking about his special senior group after the game

"I would like to thank our senior class. They did special things for us the last four years,” said Konieczny, holding back tears. “It's tough to say good-bye to them, but they know how much I love them."

It’s so tough to say good-bye because they've all been on this journey that ended in Madison for much longer than the last four years

Konieczny reminisced saying: "You can see already in second or third grade 'look at that little (Bryce) Fuerlinger kid, he goes after every ball', and 'look at (Ethan) Meece, he's going to be solid'. All those guys, you see them when they're eight, nine years old, and you watch them grow up, and then they come in as freshmen, and it's just a joy to be around them."

Coach Konieczny told his told his team they have nothing to hang their heads about. He said that only two teams get to finish the race and they were one of them, they just didn't cross the finish line first.