KAUKAUNA (WLUK) -- Last season, Kaukauna won 20 games and reached a Division 2 sectional final where it lost to eventual state champion Jalen Johnson and Nicolet.
This summer, Kaukauna is back at work and even if it's not the regular season the Galloping Ghosts are focused as they have been competing in state-wide tournaments and summer league action.
"We take it pretty seriously," senior guard Keaton Ferris said. "Every opponent that we face we hardly mess around. We just want to get better.
"We're in the weight room, we're running hills, running sleds. Whatever we can do to be better next year, we're doing it."
Summer basketball tournaments, like the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout last weekend at Kaukauna, give coaches and fans a glimpse of what their team might look like next season. Kaukauna looks good again and also received a boost when Ashwaubenon sophomore Christopher Morgan transferred after the school year.
Morgan already has an offer from West Virginia. Add Morgan to seniors Logan Jedwabny, Jacob Newgouse and Ferris, and the Ghosts seemed primed for a big season.
"We have three seniors right now and it's kind of our big three in Logan Jedwabny, Keaton Ferris and Jacob Newhouse," coach MIke Schalow said. "Those three have been with us for a long time. That's our core and we go to build around it, so I think the progress has been really good."
Last season, Kaukauna averaged about six and a half fewer points than it did the previous year when it won the state title with Jordan McCabe. The Galloping Ghosts plan to rev up the offense, however, with Jedwabny, Ferris and Morgan on the perimeter.
"This year we're a lot smaller than we have been in previous years; losing the Ivorys we lose a lot of athleticism," Jedwabny said of Donovan and Brayden, who graudated. "We're a lot smaller this year, but at the same time we're a lot faster. We switched our offense, we're looking to run and get as many possessions as possible, essentially outscore teams every game."
Does that mean Kaukauna will be better?
"I don't really want to say we'll be better," Ferris said, "but I know we'll be able to score a lot more points this year and that's obviously going to help us."
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