Shawano senior Richard Johnson was nervous as he stepped out onto the court Thursday to be a starter for the first time this season in his team’s Bay Conference season finale against New London.
Johnson, just four months removed from tearing his ACL in the Hawks’ Level 1 football playoff loss to Notre Dame and three months since surgery, waited under the basket for his time to shine on senior night.
“I was shaking really bad,” Johnson said.
Senior Tyrell Hesse, on the opening tip, got the ball to Josh Mueller, who made the long-distance pass to Johnson. Johnson, still in a knee brace after walking for the past month and a half, converted on the layup for the opening points of the game.
“It was just one of those moments that was great about high school sports,” Shawano head coach Dave Ambrosius said.
The Hawks (12-10, 9-5 Bay Conference) went on to win the game, 59-45.