(Greenfield) The Nodaway Valley boys basketball team is heading back to the state tournament for the 2nd straight year and the fifth time in school history. Dan Ehrsam was the hero in the 64-61 substate final win over North Polk.
The 6'2" senior for the Wolverines, who says typically makes 200 long balls before leaving practice, drained five in the substate contest including the game winner with just 2.5 seconds remaining. Ehrsam shot 55% from three-point range last year and is hitting on over 40% this year, he and junior T.J. Bower each scored 17 to lead the Wolverines. Seniors Alex Welsch and Brad Baudler were also in double figures.
Click here for the interview with Nodaway Valley senior Dan Ehrsam
Neither team was able to gain much breathing room throughout the game. North Polk's largest lead was four, which came in the first half while Nodaway Valley's largest lead was six,and they led the entire fourth quarter until North Polk tied it up with about :20 remaining. On the final possession, Nodaway Valley went inside to big man Alex Welsch who nearly lost the handle on the ball before kicking out to the sharp shooting Ehrsam for the shot that Nodaway Valley fans will remember or a long time.
The hard earned victory improves Nodaway Valley's overall mark to 23-1 heading into the state tournament. After playing in Class 1A a year ago, the Wolverines will compete in Class 2A this year and take on 16-8 Kuemper Catholic. Nodaway Valley beat Kuemper Catholic 64-60 in the final game of the regular season. They'll meet up at 10:30 a.m on Tuesday in a game that will air on KSOM.
Click here for the interview with Nodaway Valley coach Darrell Burmeister