COLFAX — Colfax senior Ethin Kiekhafer has certainly made himself known not only around the Colfax area but statewide in his four years of varsity play for the boys’ basketball team. Contributing in 79 wins puts him at the top of the list in Colfax School history and he also holds the record for most games played with 101.
Ethin has been a part of three sectional appearances including two finals, two conference championships and a WIAA state tournament appearance his sophomore year. He was named Second Team All Conference as a sophomore and First Team his junior and senior years, was a Fourth Team All Northwest player as a junior and was recently named Honorable Mention by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. And there will probably be more awards to come before he takes his talent to Viterbo University next year.
Ethin will leave the program third on the all time scoring list with 1,069 points. Plenty of those points came from the charity stripe where he knocked down 196 of 256 attempts for 76% and was 10 for 10 in a game against Boyceville this year. He was able to connect from long range as well, canning 35% of his three point attempts with 153 of 436 made. He snared 552 rebounds including 165 this year and picked up 442 assists, leading the team in that department as a junior with 104 and was second on the team as a sophomore with 144. He was also a force on the defensive end as he tallied 130 steals, leading the team this year with 36 and also his sophomore year with 35. He collected 70 career blocks and was second on the team his sophomore year with 26. He scored a career high 26 points against Cadott this season which included seven treys and pulled down 12 rebounds in the game.
His coach for his first three years of varsity play, Andy Meade knew he had something special when Ethin began his freshman year as he inserted him into the starting lineup in the first game of the year.
“I have had the opportunity to coach a lot of great players here at Colfax and Ethin is right at the top of the list,” Meade said. “He came in as a freshman and played a vital role on a great team and each year he played that role expanded. His knowledge of the game is phenomenal as is his work ethic. He did everything we asked him to do and he is one of the most unselfish players I have ever been around. All he ever wanted was to have his team win and he certainly did a great job of that. When I look back at my time spent with him I will always remember him as mature, competitive, talented and a winner. And he was also one of the nicest young men I have ever had the opportunity to coach. He will have a great impact on his college team,” he added.
Coming in as a first year head coach, Garrett Maas also had high praise for his only senior.
“I coached Ethin when he was an eighth grader and as an assistant coach before this year,” Maas said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better senior to lead the team. He was not vocal on the court but he led by example and his work ethic rubbed off on his team members. He worked hard on both ends of the court and contributed in every aspect of the game for us. He will be an asset to Viterbo and we wish him the best of luck.”