Eagle hoopers grateful to have had season


Seniors Nick Bandy, Derek Tauber, Nathan Donovan, Luke Heying, Hugh Doyle, Danny Steele, Jared Krow, and Brady Woods take a photo together to commemorate their final season as a Golden Eagle.

Upon entering this year’s basketball season, there were still a lot of unknowns as to how the season would go as a result of Covid. Regardless of the unknowns, our Golden Eagles were hyped for the season to begin and were set on proving to the Dubuque community that they are a force to be reckoned with. 

And a force to be reckoned with they were. After the first two scheduled games of the year were cancelled due to Covid, the very first game of the season was a big inner-city matchup against our rivals, Dubuque Senior. The Golden Eagles came out on top, 57-54. 

This intense win was senior Nathan Donovan’s favorite memory from the season.

“Beating Senior was an insane feeling. We haven’t been able to beat Senior in a very long time. On top of that, we were also battling Covid, which left us without a couple of the guys. With all the people doubting us, it really fueled us to a big dub over Senior,” exclaimed Donovan.

The Golden Eagles then went on to finish the season with an overall record of 8-10 and finished ranked 11th in the Mississippi Valley with a 6-9 record for conference games. 

The first game of districts was against Waverly Shell-Rock in Waverly. After an intense four quarters of competitive basketball, Shell-Rock came out on top with a score of 61-56. 

As for how the season went overall, Seamus Crahan, ‘22, thought, “We did pretty well for what the city of Dubuque thought we were gonna do. Despite people having low expectations for our team, we didn’t have any for ourselves. Our game plan for this year was to compete single every game, and that’s what we did. i thought we could have finished out better, but overall a pretty good season.”

A unique aspect of this year’s squad is that there were nine seniors on the roster. Jared Krow enlightens us on what this final season meant to him.

“It meant a lot to me to be with my teammates and fellow seniors this season. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys because we were just a brotherhood. Even though our senior season ended a little bit sooner then we all wanted it to, I know all of us had a great season and enjoyed every single second of it.”