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G-E-T's Wagner reflects on 300th win

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Life is good for G-E-T basketball coach Mark Wagner. His Redhawks team is a perfect 11-0, ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 3, and now 5-0 in Coulee Conference play after a win over Westby on Saturday night.

He's also a 300-game winner.

With a 68-53 victory over the Norse in the Coulee Conference Classic, Wagner won his 300th career game. When asked about the accomplishment afterward, he was quick to share the recognition.

"I'm not trying to be modest, but truly, I'm the least significant piece of this puzzle as far as wins, especially at G-E-T," Wagner said. "The players we've had over the years are obviously number one, and then I've had some great coaches, working with Mark Bambenek and Bob Schulz, and we've added Louis Hurd to the staff this year, he's done so much of our defense. Truthfully those are the significant people in the program, and I'm lucky I'm kind of along for the ride and they do a lot of the work."

Wagner's first 99 wins came at Pittsville High School, the school he spent five seasons with.

Since coming to G-E-T, he's turned the Redhawks into a perennial Coulee Conference contender, and this season has G-E-T thinking about a state title in March.

Senior guard Nick Wagner, Mark's son and Northern Illinois commit, said it meant a lot to help his dad reach one of his goals.

"It's a great accomplishment. Obviously he's been a really great coach and really great for the organization," Nick Wagner said. "I've become a much better player. If I didn't have him, I probably wouldn't be a very good player."

G-E-T will face Arcadia on Tuesday.

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