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Myers leads Barneveld boys to first WIAA state tournament

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Jim Myers has grown accustomed to success throughout his coaching career. After taking over the Barneveld girls program in 1983, he turned the Golden Eagles into a dynasty. Myers racked up six state titles before embarking on a new challenge this season by taking over the boys program. Success was certainly not instantaneous. The Golden Eagles were just 4-3 to start the season.

"As the season progressed and we started beating some teams... I think these guys started to believe in what we've been trying to tell them. It's just kind of been building since then."

Barneveld finished the season by winning 19 of their last 20 games to earn their first trip to the WIAA state tournament. Their lone loss was by two points to a Prairie du Chien squad that is also headed to state. Leading the charge for Barneveld is Jim's son, Matthew. The junior guard is averaging 18.6 points per game. He says his teammates have now adopted his dad's longtime postseason philosophy.

"Our motto of the playoffs is to just play one more. We're not going to change that. We just have to play Friday to get to Saturday."

The Golden Eagles are hoping that approach will work in the semifinals. They'll face Catholic Central on Friday at 9:05 a.m. at the Kohl Center. Regardless of the outcome this week, junior Mike Zouski says his team has a lot to be proud of.

"We already made history. It's a great feeling. It would be great to win it all, but if we can bring a ball home, that's a pretty good accomplishment."

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