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Eagles News · ‘Talk of the Town’ Basketball Squad is No. 3 Sports Story of 2017-18


Olivetathletics.com is counting down the top 10 Olivet High School sports stories of 2017-18.  Here is No. 3…

Eighteen consecutive wins to start the year, an outright Greater Lansing Activities Conference title and a top-10 ranking in most Class B polls during the second half of the season were highlights for the varsity boys’ basketball team this past winter.

Coach Travis Brown’s squad was the talk of the town just a few months ago and therefore earns the distinction as the No. 3 Olivet High School sports story of 2017-18.

The Eagles, led by twin towers Nick Jungel and Ryan Wallenberg, finished the season at 19-2 overall – with their lone losses coming at the hands of Chelsea in overtime and Marshall during a first-round district game.  Olivet was a perfect 12-0 in the GLAC and won 15 games by double-digit margins, including six by 20 or more points.

Jungel, a 6’7” difference maker on both ends of the court, was among area leaders in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.  He was complemented well by 6’6” Wallenberg, a prolific scorer both inside and via mid-range jumpers.

Jungel, Wallenberg and Colin Grady, all seniors, were named to the all-GLAC first team, while juniors Nate Zona and Dylan Redfield were second-team selections.  Jungel also earned all-state recognition from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.

The GLAC championship was Olivet’s second in as many seasons as the Eagles shared the 2016-17 title with Lansing Christian.  Coach Brown’s teams are 36-8 over the past two years and 58-29 since his arrival in 2014.