The OLW Wildcats boys’ basketball teams had great Northwest Catholic Conference playoff runs in 2019. Playing in front of a packed gym of family, friends and OLW supporters, both teams capped off great seasons with tight loses to very tough St. Hubert (8th) and St. Anne (7th) teams. Both teams finished their season in 2nd place in the conference and 2nd place in the tourney.
The 8th grade team caps off four great years together. They won the championship tournament in 7th grade and had great success in many external tourneys over the years. The A and AA teams were coached by Steve Daday and Larry Perkins, who have guided many Wayside teams in the past. Steve is married to OLW alumnae Eileen O'Grady Daday and they have seven OLW alumni children. Larry’s grandchildren are in preschool this year. Steve and Larry's time and commitment to OLW athletics is greatly appreciated; their time with this team was fun to watch. The great volunteers that help with all our athletic teams make OLW sports so successful on and off the court. A big thank you to all the 8th grade boys who played these last four years and served as role models for the other basketball teams. We wish them all the best in high school and look forward to hearing about them as they continue playing basketball at the next level.
The 7th grade boys lost in a close game to their rival St. Anne. Leading at half, foul trouble plagued the team in the 2nd half. The Wildcats were down only three points with 27 seconds left in the game but could not get the ball back. Congratulations to all the boys, who played their heart out and who are excited to have another shot at the title next year.
We would like to thank St. Viator Basketball for hosting a great championship game. The SV Varsity Boys team, including OLW alumni Connor Kochera and Patrick Hammarlund, called the game and hung out with the kids before and after. Larry Perkins’ son, Patrick, who is a varsity assistant, made both our teams feel right at home.
A final thank you to the OLW priests, faculty, teachers and families from all grades who came and cheered them on. The Wildcat section was twice as large as the other schools and the coaches and kids loved every minute of the experience! They will remember these games for the rest of their lives.