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5th Ranked Ashwaubenon Boy's Basketball Alone Atop Tough FRCC

With new head coach John Miron and a stifling defense, the Jaguars have big goals to finish the season
(WFRV-TV) - 19 years after coaching Kimberly to back to back State Championships, John Miron is back in the gym, this time looking to get Ashwaubenon back to Madison for only the second time ever.

"The players have been just fantastic," said Miron, who spent the last five years as an assistant in Little Chute.  "They've all been just really good kids and have bought in very well and they've just been a real joy to be around."

It's been awhile since Miron's been the "head man" of a program and he says there have been some things to get used to again.

"There's all these little things you have to do," Miron said.  "(Getting) rosters in, meetings with certain people, fundraising all that other kind of stuff, like youth stuff.  Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming."

On the court Miron and his team haven't ever appeared to be overwhelmed this season. The 5th ranked Jaguars lead the FRCC with a 9-1 record, and have only two losses all year, each by a single point.

"The biggest difference would be our practices," said junior Kyle Monroe, the FRCC's leading scorer (22.7 ppg).  We are working probably twice as hard as I've ever worked at a basketball practice."

Miron's imprint on this team can be seen in a defense that's allowing less than 40 points per game this season.

"Sometime it (defense) gets a bad name," says Miron.  "People think you're going to play hard defense and that means your going to score low."  Our kids know that when we make a defensive stop, we're on the run.  What defense allows you to do is on nights when your shot isn't going in, it keeps you in the game."

And these players are not only motivated by their new head coach with championship credentials, but by watching conference foe Pulaski bring home the Division 2 state championship last season.

"We played them three times last year," recalls Monroe.  "Beat them by one the first time, one the next time in double overtime, then the one that counted in the playoffs was a one-point loss so I mean that kills. Knowing we were the closest to beating them really makes you want to come back and get it this year."

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