West Salem pushing through initial injury adversity

West Salem boys basketball has moved up a spot to No. 2 in the latest Division 3 coaches poll. They score 82 points a game, have lost just one game–and it was to a D1 school–and they may not have even hit their peak yet.

That’s because the entire team has rarely been healthy at the same time. Two seniors Jack Hehli and C.J. McConkey each missed the first month or so with lingering football injuries. Then as both started to make their way back, forward Peter Lattos had to miss four games the last couple weeks with a wrist issue.

When those guys have been forced to watch from the sidelines, though, they’ve noticed a resilient team that can pick each other up.

“Everybody’s effort and intensity,” McConkey said. “We play high intensity, and everybody’s just trying to do their best, work as a team.”

“The mentality we have, the energy we have,” Hehli added. “I think that’s what’s pushing us to the next level.”

“There’s a lot of teams I’ve been on before were you can’t do that–that if one of our good guys is out, we’re done. Not with this team. We fight no matter what,” said the junior Lattos.

West Salem is in action Thursday night hosting Black River Falls.