The Columbus Dons Boy's Basketball Team completed the regular season with a 20-2 record, winning their fourth consecutive conference championship - their eighth conference championship in the past 12 seasons. Entering WIAA postseason play as a #1 seed, the Dons won the regional championship with wins over Tri-County, Loyal, and Edgar.
After a sectional semi-final win over Almond-Bancroft, Columbus faced a sectional final rematch with Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, the team that ended the Dons' season by one point in the sectional final a year ago. Trailing by 12 points mid-way through the second half, the Dons stormed back, earning a 79-69 victory and another trip to the Kohl Center in Madison.
Thousands of Dons fans made the trip to Madison, and in the WIAA state semi-finals against defending state champion Bangor, they experienced a moment they'll never forget. Tied at 66 with 5.8 seconds left and the ball out underneath the opposing basket, Coach Joe Konieczny called timeout to make sure the ball got into the hands of senior Jarred Mandel. Three quick passes put the ball in Mandel's hands, and with one second left he found junior Tom Nystrom, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the Kohl Center crowd into a frenzy. The win propelled the Dons to their first WIAA State Championship game in school history.
In the state title game against #1 ranked Sheboygan Lutheran, the Dons faced foul trouble and an 18-point deficit at halftime. Forced with the decision to quit or rally, Columbus rallied, cutting the deficit to four with a minute and a half to play. It wasn't meant to be, however, as Sheboygan Lutheran hung on for a 77-69 victory. The Dons brought home the silver ball.
Completing his 14th season as the head coach at Columbus, Coach Konieczny was thankful for the experience. "I just can't say enough about these boys and this school. To get to be in their lives for 14 years and watch them grow up, and then to experience this with them. I am so grateful. Columbus is a special place. So many gifted people have walked those hallways. These boys did their school proud and that makes me happy because no school deserves it more. We must continue to grow and represent Columbus well, so the next generation gets to experience things like we just did."