White Bear Lake boys basketball in state tournament for first time since 2000

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The White Bear Lake boys basketball team is in the state tournament for the first time since 2000. They take on 3-seed Wayzata on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Target Center.

We connected with senior guard Jack Janicki and coach Gregory Burke on Monday afternoon at practice.

***Click the video box above to watch interviews with Janicki and Burke***

White Bear Lake and Wayzata were supposed to play in late February, but snow prevented the match-up from happening and it was never rescheduled. So maybe it’s appropriate that they’ll connect in the state quarterfinals.

Janicki is still coming back from a labrum injury and isn’t 100-percent. But receiving treatment regularly has helped and he’s been playing the last two-plus months. He’ll be a walk-on next season in the Big Ten for Wisconsin.

The Bears are 21-7 and defeated top seed East Ridge for the section championship. They had lost twice to East Ridge in the regular season.

White Bear Lake has a 10-game winning streak. The Bears are led by Janicki (21.1 PPG) and senior forward Wyatt Hawks (14.7 PPG). Hawks will play at St. Cloud St.