Bavery notches 400th win

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton boys basketball coach Kevin Bavery notched his 400th career win last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The ball hasn’t gone in the basket as much this season.

The defense hasn’t been as stingy.

The wins have come with less frequency.

But for one glorious stretch on Feb. 19, everything came together for Middleton’s boys basketball team. And in the process, Cardinals’ head coach Kevin Bavery notched a historic win.

Middleton finished its game against visiting Janesville Craig on a 17-0 run and rallied for an improbable 71-68 win. It was the 400th victory of Bavery’s career, with 196 of those wins coming at Middleton.

“It’s a sign of longevity and having a great staff,” Bavery said of winning his 400th game. “If you’re going to (coach) this long, you’ve got to love the game, which I obviously do.

“What stands out more than anything, though, are the relationships. You don't forget those.”

It’s a good bet that Bavery and his team won't forget win No. 400 either.

Middleton, which entered the night 7-11 overall, found itself in a 68-54 hole with just 7 minutes remaining. Amazingly, though, the Cardinals put together their best stretch of basketball this season to give Bavery his memorable win.

Senior center Parker Van Buren finished the night with 23 points, while senior guard Cole Deptula added 20.

“It was awesome,” Van Buren said. “He’s been a great coach to play for. He’s got 40 years of experience and there isn't anything he hasn’t seen.”

Jerry Raffel, Bavery’s top assistant, agreed.

“The reason he’s stood the test of time is because he’s so innovative,” Raffel said. “He’s always working, learning, trying to get better.

“We’ve have had some great coaches come in for workouts with our kids. We’ve gone to some great places to learn from some amazing coaches. Kevin is always taking things he learns to try and make the program better.”

Bavery got his start as the sophomore coach at Watertown High School in 1982-’83 under Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Eli Crogan.

Bavery went to Oregon in 1985 and spent five years coaching the lower levels there, then was named the Panthers’ head coach in 1991-‘92. Bavery went 184-107 with Oregon over the next 13 seasons, and led the Panthers to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament in 2000.

Bavery spent two seasons at Cedarburg where he went 20-24, then he replaced the legendary John Boyle at Middleton in 2006.

Bavery led Middleton to the sectional finals in both 2006 and 2009, and guided the Cardinals to a Big Eight Conference title in 2015-’16. Bavery initially tried downplaying his 400th win, but after greater reflection, wanted to talk about someone who was integral in getting him to this point.

“Like many people, my Dad was my biggest fan,” Bavery said. “I wish he was still with us to have been there to share in the moment.”

Bavery also said that former Janesville Craig coach Bob Suter was a “mentor and friend” who helped him several times during his career.

“He was someone that would pick up the phone any time I called and always have great insights and advice,” Bavery said of Suter.

But Bavery is a gym rat, too, and his passion for the sport hasn’t wavered — even after nearly four decades on the bench.

“It’s a grind and there are ups and downs,” Bavery said. “I don’t know how many people coming along right now will do ever do this for 40 years because so much has changed since I started out.

“But it’s been a great run. And really, there aren’t many better places to be than the gym.”

Especially on the night Bavery became Mr. 400.

• Sun Prairie 71, Middleton 57 — Van Buren had 16 points and Henry Patterson added 10, but host Middleton fell to Sun Prairie last Friday.

Sun Prairie built a 43-28 halftime lead, leaving Middleton to play catch-up the rest of the night.

• Middleton 56, Monona Grove 53 — Deptula had 20 points and Van Buren added 11 as the Cardinals notched a non-conference win Monday.

Middleton trailed most of the night, but sophomore Logan Raffel drilled a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the Cardinals the lead for good.

 

Feb. 19

Middleton 71, Janesville Craig 68

Janesville Craig …………….. 37 31 — 68

Middleton …………………… 35 36 — 71

Janesville Craig — Harriel 1 2 4, Scoville 6 8 20, Rizzo 6 1 14, Burks 0 2 2, Clark 3 0 8, Brown 2 0 4, Hughes 4 0 11, DeValk 2 0 5. Totals 22-13-68.

Middleton — Raffel 2 0 6, Deptula 6 7 20, Patterson 1 1 3, Schultz 4 0 11, Van Buren 9 5 23, Ballweg 1 0 2, Johnson 1 4 6. Totals: 24 17 71.

3-point goals — JC 6 (Rizzo, Clark 2, Hughes 3), M 6 (Raffel 2, Deptula, Schultz 3). Total fouls — JC 21, M 18. Fouled out — Harriel.

 

Feb. 21

Sun Prairie 71, Middleton 57

Sun Prairie ……… 43 28 — 71

Middleton ……….. 28 29 — 57

SUN PRAIRIE (fg ft-fta pts) — Schaefer 11 2-5 27, Ware 3 0-0 6, Bergquist 0 2-2 2, Hale 4 3-5 12, Ostrenga 2 0-0 4, Olson 7 3-6 20. Totals 27 10-18 71.

MIDDLETON — Raffel 2 2-3 7, Deptula 1 4-4 7, Patterson 3 1-2 10, Schultz 2 0-0 6, Van Buren 7 2-2 16, Fosdick 1 0-0 2, Johnson 4 1-2 9. Totals 20 10-13 57.

3-point goals: SP 7 (Olson 3, Schaefer 3, Hale 1); M 4 (Schultz 2, Raffel 1, Deptula 1). Total fouls: SP 14; M 15.

 

Feb. 25

Middleton 56, Monona Grove 53

Middleton ……………… 25 31 — 56

Monona Grove …....….. 29 24 — 53

MIDDLETON (fg ft-fta pts) — Raffel 3 0-0 9, Deptula 6 3-4 20, Statz 1 1-1 3, Patterson 1 2-2 4, Schultz 1 0-0 3, Van Buren 5 1-1 11, Ballweg 1 0-0 2, Fosdick 1 0-0 2, Calson 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 7-8 14.

MONONA GROVE — Loken 1 1-2 4, Nelson 6 1-2 14, Tipton 2 0-0 5, Munz 1 0-2 3, Bracken 6 6-10 18, Croak 2 1-1 5, Nett 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 9-17 53.

3-point goals: Mid 9 (Deptula 5, Raffel 3, Schultz 1); MG 4 (Loken 1, Nelson 1, Tipton 1, Munz 1). Total fouls: Mid 14; MG 13.

 

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