Homegrown talent; Despite hard loss, Packers display what they accomplished in 2016-17
Published 10:41 am Monday, March 27, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS — When the dust settled after the Austin boys basketball team lost to DeLaSalle for the third time in the last six years in the Minnesota Class AAA state title game, there was some frustration, anger and sadness.
There was also some reflection.
Although the Packers lost 72-44 to the Islanders with the state title on the line, Austin senior Kyle Oberbroeckling was happy to look back at the good times and embrace the success the team enjoyed in taking second in state.
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“We showed the town what we had and then we came here and we showed the cities what we had. It’s pretty cool to have all the community support and all of the fans have been great,” Oberbroeckling said. “When I come back to high school 50 years from now and I see that plaque on the wall, I can smile and say I was part of that and my teammates were too.”
Austin head coach Kris Fadness was pleased with his team’s effort this season and he also credited DeLaSalle head coach Dave Thorson for leading the Islanders to six straight state titles.
“They’re extremely good,” Fadness said. “Dave does a great job, he has a great staff and you’ve got to be really, really good to beat them. I feel no shame in losing to them at all. I feel shame in not being able to be more competitive.”