Charger boys upset Jefferson County North to advance to substate final

Jacob Meseke | sports editor

Boys basketball upset the number one substate seed Jefferson County North, 51-41 Thursday night. The win ended a 13 game win-streak for JCN, who entered the postseason 16-3. 

“We knew JCN coming in was going to be a tough game,” head coach Christian Ulsaker said. “Our guys came out ready to play against their zone and played phenomenal on defense.”

The Chargers came into the game with JCN scouted well.

“We were really well prepared. We went over their offensive and defensive plays all week,” junior Cade Oliver said.

“Our players followed the scouting report to a T. We knew what JCN was going to do before they did it. That helped our defense be prepared against whatever JCN threw at us,” Ulsaker said. 

There were multiple big time performers last night for the Chargers

“Brayden (Meseke) did what Brayden does — put the ball in the basket and he had 17. Dawson (Schultz) is becoming one of the best on-ball defenders in the state. Tyler (Lohmeyer) commands the boards he is closing in on averaging a double/double. Cade (Oliver) has one of the highest defensive I.Q.s I have seen in a while. Eli (Oliver) is shooting the ball with a lot of confidence!” Ulsaker said. 

After a rough 1-10 start to the season, the Chargers are 9-2 since the beginning of February.

“We’re playing really well as a team now that we aren’t battling injuries or people with Covid.” Oliver said.

The fourth seeded Chargers will face the number three seed Mission Valley 2 p.m. Saturday at Mission Valley. The Chargers beat the Vikings earlier in the season, 49-42.

“They are big. They play through their posts and know how to attack the basket. We need to get good shots and play our game,” Ulsaker said.

“We just need to play with intensity the whole game and play our game,” Cade Oliver said.

The team makes its first appearance in the substate championship game since 2017, when they lost to eventual state champion Sacred Heart. The team is hoping to return to state for the first time since 2005.

The girls will play at 8 p.m. tonight against the number one seed Northern Heights. Northern Heights won this matchup earlier this year 51-45. The game will also be played at Mission Valley. 
Both games will be streamed on nfhsnetwork.com. If the girls win tonight they will play the winner of the JCN and Mission Valley game. The girls substate finals will start at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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