A month ago, the Onalaska High School girls basketball team was in crisis mode, looking for a new head coach just days before the start of a new season.
Today, things are in much better shape, as a familiar face adjusts to his new role.
Aaron Arneson took over for Matt Kelliher last month, and has guided the Hilltoppers to a 2-1 start this season. A former varsity reserve coach for the boys team, Arneson said the transition has gone well so far.
"I missed coaching, didn't know if it was the right time, but I know a few of the girls from class and had a pretty good relationship with them," Arneson said after Friday's win over West Salem. "After talking about, thinking about it for quite a bit, felt like we could do it."
Onalaska returns an experienced lineup for Arneson to work with, including four of its five starters from last season's state tournament appearance. Arneson said he is focused on the journey this season will present, not trying to meet high expectations of a repeat trip to the Resch Center.
"I told them congratulations with going to state, but we've got to worry about each game individually and worry about the conference first. We won't talk about anything else until we get to February."
The Hilltoppers travel to DeForest on Tuesday night.