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Ona Boys mark first day of WIAA hoops

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The wait ended Monday for Wisconsin boys basketball teams, not that many players were waiting until November 5th to lace up their kicks.

Still, it was the first official day of the 2012-2013 WIAA season.

Defending D2 State Champion Onalaska was one of the hundreds of teams taking the court, but they did so as one of five with such a big target on their back. Head coach Craig Kowal told his team last week that there's no more talk of the State Championship as of day one.

Instead, the focus shifted to finding success in a talented conference.

Senior Matt Thomas said, "I think the MVC's probably one of the toughest conferences in the state, definitely in this area. There's going to be some good teams: Aquinas is loaded this year. Obviously, Holmen is good and Central."

"We know there are some kids that are very talented in our league," Kowal added. "They put a lot of time in as well. It's going to be a challenge for us each and every night out, just like it has been for the last several years. We're looking forward to that challenge."

Onalaska's first scheduled game of the season is November 29th against Eau Claire Memorial.

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