Hank and Reggie Kujak both played pivotal roles in helping Blair-Taylor reach the boys basketball state tournament three straight years (2009-11). Now for the youngest in the family, Nolan Kujak, it's his turn in the state spotlight.

"I got to follow my brother Hank and Reggie in their footsteps," Nolan said.

If you look at an old box-score of a Blair-Taylor state tournament game, there's a good shot you'll see a 'Kujak' listed.

"Just kids who love to play the game of basketball. Kids who you never have any problems with. Fantastic attitudes. Great family," said Blair-Taylor Head Coach Randy Storlie.

An ankle injury at the end of football season, however, almost prevented Nolan's chance to follow in his brothers' footsteps.

"Play every game like it's your last," Nolan said. "Never take anything for granted anymore. You realize how fast things can happen. I mean in a split second I was out seven weeks."

Nolan's injury made him miss the Wildcats' first five games of the season. But instead of sulking on the sidelines, he made the most of the situation.

"On the court, you can only see so many things," Nolan said. "When you are watching, you see every aspect of the game. You can learn things from that and it helped to be able to do that, even watching my brothers up in Menomonie."

Thursday night, it will now be Reggie and Hank watching Nolan play.

Blair-Taylor will make it's 8th appearance at State Thursday when they take on Unity in the Division Four state semifinals at approximately 8:15.

News 8 will have complete coverage from the Kohl Center.