Madison (WQOW) -- For the fourth time in program history, the Elmwood boys basketball team will play at state. Wednesday afternoon, the team held its final practice at Edgewood High School in Madison.
Teams no longer get a Wednesday shoot-around here at the Kohl Center, so the Raiders took advantage of the bigger court at Madison Edgewood High School for their afternoon practice.
"Right away we just wanted to seize the moment and just have fun. But towards the end you could tell that everyone was getting a little energetic and we definitely focused and got ready to practice," says senior forward Logan Wolf.
Coach Chris Segerstrom adds: "We went to Stout yesterday, we're on a longer floor today at Edgewood High School. It's just another atmosphere and another thing to get used to and hopefully by tomorrow, it's just another routine thing. We've been in different atmospheres all week and hopefully they can get acclimated to that quite quickly."
Thursday's opponent, Randolph, is a powerhouse program in the state of Wisconsin. The Rockets are here at state for the 9th time in the last 12 years. Elmwood on the other hand is making its fourth trip to state. The Raiders say it's important to remember, they're not playing the Randolph legacy, they're playing this year's team.
"We're the underdogs, we're the ones that not everyone is expecting," says senior center Kyle Webb. "There's not a lot of pressure on our shoulders."
"Image is one thing, but how you play is another," adds Wolf. "You just have to go out and play your game. We've got to match up with their best players and our players have to play better than they do."
"The challenge for us is they have that confidence. They've been at the Kohl Center, they know all the things that go into it. However, our guys are excited about it. They've got that 'This is new, this is exciting.' We are the underdogs, we have nothing to prove other than our pride. We're going to go out there and focus in on that and hopefully we can come together as a team and stay together through it all," says Segerstrom.
A big key for Elmwood is to get the tempo to their liking. Randolph is a half court team, the Raiders would prefer to get up and down the court.
"It's going to be the tale of two tempos," says Segerstrom. "If we can get up and run, hopefully we can get them tired on the bigger floor and we can stretch them out a little bit."
Elmwood and Randolph will tip it off at around 3:15 P.M., Thursday. You can watch the game live on WQOW 18, online at www.wqow.com, or on your mobile device. News 18 Sports Director Bob Bradovich has the play-by-play call, with Madison Edgewood head coach Chris Zwettler providing color commentary.
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