UWL turns to experience and local talent in hopes to win WIAC

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)–UWL Basketball was a game away from their first WIAC championship last year, and with plenty of returning seniors the Eagles have high expectations again.

The Eagles are the 15th ranked team in the nation due to plenty of talented returners in Wyatt Cook and Black River Falls alum Ethan Anderson.

Anderson was the first local talent that head coach Kent Dernbach brought to Mitchell Hall, and has since added guys like La Crescent’s Luke Schwartzhoff and Onalaska’s Sam Kick.

“We have great coaches in our area, and if you have really good high school coaches in your area that have good programs they’re going to produce good players. Can we get those young men to look at UW-La Crosse? They’ve been able to do that,’ Dernbach Said.

“I have watched Sam Kick growing up and some of those other guys and just to watch them in the area and be teammates with them? It’s pretty special,” said Anderson.

“They always came to my games, we’re always in constant contact and coach Dernbach was even able to come over to have dinner with us sometimes and I thought that was a big part of it, and I got to know him very well and that’s a big reason why I came here,” said Kick.