By Dan Truttschel


After a year away, Mike Dowden is right back where it all started.

The former Big Foot standout who was the head varsity girls basketball coach for one season six years ago is back at the helm in 2018-19.

And to say he’s glad to be back would be an understatement.

“I am really excited to be back,” Dowden said. “(Former) coach (Rick) Schoenbeck and the previous coaches did a great job the past few years, and we are hoping to continue to build on that momentum.”

After his one year with the Big Foot girls, Dowden coached the boys for four years. From there, he taught math at Elkhorn last year, but didn’t coach.

It’s all come full circle.

“Nobody said life was a straight path,” he said.

The Chiefs, who fell to 2-1 with a one-point loss to East Troy on Tuesday, enter the season full of optimism, but with some questions to answer.

Big Foot is coming off a 19-6 record a year ago, including a 16-2 mark in the Rock Valley Conference. The Chiefs must replace 27 points a game that graduated with Courtney Schoenbeck and Payton Courier.

Dowden said he hopes to surpass the middle-of-the-pack prediction by, but added his overall goals go deeper than that.

For the full story, see the Nov. 23 Times/Reporter.


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