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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:04

Long recovery from knee injury carries Port’s Gasser back to role as backcourt leader

Patrick is Josh Gasser’s middle name, but it might just as well be Grit.

Nearly 17 months removed from an ugly knee injury that sidelined him for a year, the former Port Washington High School standout is again an integral part of the University of Wisconsin’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team.


Regaining his role as a starting guard for the Badgers has been testament enough to Gasser’s response to a daunting setback, but he’s gone one further.


Not only did the redshirt junior lead the Big Ten Conference in three-point shooting (.462) and free-throw shooting (.872) during the regular season, he was named to the all-league defensive team for a second time. He also received honorable mention for overall all-conference recognition.


“Honestly, those things are nice, but ultimately I didn’t have a lot of individual goals coming into the season,” Gasser said.


“Getting the defensive award did hit me a little different this time with of all the things I’ve been through the past two years. Because of the injury, I wasn’t really sure I would be able to play again or how much I could help my team.”


Even more rewarding, Gasser said, has been his team’s success.


Although the Badgers came up short in their bid for a Big Ten title — sharing the runner-up spot behind champion Michigan — they posted the league’s best overall record (25-6 entering last weekend’s conference tournament in Indianapolis) and spent most of the season ranked in the top 10 nationally.


Despite a loss to Michigan State in the semi-finals of the Big 10 tournament of the weekend, the Badgers’ season continues Thursday when they take on the American University Eagles in the NCAA West Regionals at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.


“At this point, we’re just trying to play as many games as we can,” Gasser said.


“We’ve done well, but we still want to go as far as we can in the tournament and hopefully come away with some hardware.”


For Gasser, filling a key role on a team that will return to the NCAA tournament for the 13th consecutive year this week is no miracle. But it is beyond a dream come true.


“I feel like I’ve been through it all with my injury and playing in a difficult environment like the Big Ten for three years now,” said Gasser, who has averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 points per game.

 
Mid-season turnaround recognized PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:02

Ozaukee’s Miller gets first team All-CLC honors; Lemmermann also lauded

Owen Miller didn’t start playing like an all-conference player until the second half of the season, Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.

It wasn’t a coincidence that once he did, the Warriors became a much more formidable team. Ozaukee started the year 2-7, but finished 12-12.

During the final 15 games, Miller averaged 17 points per contest and scored in single digits just once.

Miller was named to the Central Lakeshore Conference all-league first team by the coaches.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Owen,” Ketterhagen said. “The rust sort of came off for him after Christmas break, and we went 10-5 down the stretch. If he played well, we played well.”

Miller, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, finished tied for fifth in the conference in scoring at 15.3 points per game. He shot 49.8% from the field for the year, including a 36.8% mark from three-point range.

He scored a season-high 28 points in Ozaukee’s 74-63 loss to Oshkosh Lourdes in a regional semifinal matchup Feb. 28.

Ketterhagen also pointed out Miller’s 5.2 assist per game average, one of the top marks in the conference. Miller finished the year with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Miller will attend Illinois State on a baseball scholarship in 2015, but told Ketterhagen he was looking forward to coming back to basketball again next year.

 
Rockets’ von Heimburg joins CLC elite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:54

Junior named to first team is one of four local players honored by girls’ coaches

It wasn’t tough to pick out the steadiest players on the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team this season.

Whenever the Rockets needed a clutch basket, rebound or other big play, they usually turned to Ashli von Heimburg or Lydia Legler.

Besides leading Cedar Grove-Belgium in scoring, von Heimburg topped the team in assists and steals.

Legler was the Rockets’ best rebounder and led them in field-goal shooting.

The duo’s contributions didn’t go unnoticed by Central Lakeshore Conference coaches, who made von Heimburg a unanimous selection on the all-league first team and chose Legler for the second team.

Von Heimburg, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, had the conference’s second-best scoring average at 13.3 points per game. She was also second among CLC players with 54 three-point baskets and shot 39% from the field and 66% at the free-throw line.

“Ashli was one of our top leaders this season,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jason Jones said.

“To be one of three first-team unanimous picks, that’s a big deal, especially for a junior.”

 
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