Whitehall at Osseo-Fairchild boys basketball (copy)

Whitehall’s Preston Schroeder drives against Osseo-Fairchild during a January game in Osseo.

Observers went into last season thinking Whitehall had a good chance to make a big jump in the Large Dairyland Conference standings. Defending champion Blair-Taylor didn’t look quite as imposing, though Melrose-Mindoro lurked as a challenger.

The preseason expectations were right on the mark. Whitehall went 14-1 in the conference, winning it by two games over Melrose-Mindoro. The experience built up over the years, including the team’s 5-5 conference mark the previous season, told the tale.