DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – One is often the loneliest number.
But Saturday night, the top-ranked team in Wisconsin will welcome some similar company.
De Pere is set to host the game of the year in Wisconsin high school basketball, with the Division 1 No. 1-ranked Redbirds (20-0) hosting Division 2 No. 1 Pewaukee (17-2).
De Pere’s gymnasium at Rod Kowalczyk Court can fit around 1,800 people – that includes standing room, about 70 or 80 spectators deep in each corner. Every single available spot for Saturday’s game is sold out and has been for nearly a week.
The Redbirds have already knocked off other top teams from the Milwaukee suburbs this year, ousting both Wisconsin Lutheran and Homestead on the road.
However, Saturday’s test is a new challenge, with Pewaukee coming off a Division 2 state championship and continuing to sport one of the best rosters in the state.
De Pere looks to continue its march to a state title (the program has only one, in 1934) with its seven homegrown seniors, all of whom celebrated Senior Night on Thursday against Ashwaubenon.
Click the video for this story, the highlights of De Pere’s battle with Ashwaubenon, and other highlights from around Northeast Wisconsin Thursday night.