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Colfax grads continue hoops careers at collegiate level

Seven former basketball stars from Colfax have brought their talents to the college level and finished off the season for their respective teams recently.

Junior Jenni Gust had quite a successful year for the D2 Lenoir Rhyne Bears as the team finished 24-7 for the year which was the fourth most wins in team history. The team based out of Hickory, NC finished 17-5 in the South Atlantic Conference and qualified for the Southeast Regional D2 tournament, losing in the first round 64-56 to Armstrong Atlantic. Jenni started in 25 games and led the team in scoring in 11 of those games with a high game of 23 over Barton in the first game of the season. She finished second on the team in scoring with 388 points for a 12.5 average while shooting 45% from the field, hitting on 141 of 311 attempts. She knocked down 22 of 59 three point shots for 37% and went 84 of 123 from the foul line for 68%. She also led the Bears five times in rebounds including 10 in a game against Coker, totaling 154 for the season, collected 26 assists, 16 steals and 15 blocked shots. She came up big in the conference tournament in a semi-final game against Carson-Newman with 15 points and five boards and with the score tied at 72-72, Gust canned a three pointer for the game winner, allowing them to move on to the championship game. They lost that contest 77-73 to Wingate but she scored 13 points and pulled down three rebounds and was named to the All Tournament team for her efforts.

After missing most of one season with an injury, junior Sammy Doucette completed her third year of competition for St. Scholastica out of Duluth, starting four of 26 games for the Saints. The team finished 16-10 overall and 11-3 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, losing their final game of the season 63-50 to Northwestern in the semi-finals of the UMAC tournament. Sammy canned 2 of 6 triples in the game for six points and for the season scored 101 points including 13 of 45 three point goals for 29% and 18 of 25 free tosses for 72%. She was second on the team in assists with 54, snared 67 rebounds and 19 steals.

Sammy Yolitz completed her sophomore year for Carroll University  in Waukesha which finished 15-9 on the season. The Pioneers ended their season with a loss to St. Norbert in the first round of the Midwest Conference tournament. Yolitz competed in 22 games, averaging 8.9 minutes a game and scored 18 points for the year to go with 23 rebounds, 15 assists, seven steals and a block. She shot 15% from the field on 6 of 38 attempts and hit 4 of 8 free tosses for 50%.

Moving on to men’s action, junior Lewis Mau started in all 25 games for the D3 UW-Eau Claire Blugolds and ended the season as the second highest scorer on the team with 284 points and an 11.4 average. He shot 53% from the foul line, making 52 of 97 free throws and connected on 16 of 88 three point attempts for 18%. He led the team in steals with 40 while grabbing 150 rebounds, adding 62 assists and five blocked shots. The Blugolds struggled as a team this year, finishing 10-15 overall and 3-13 in WIAC play.

Jared Miller, a first year player for the Blugolds, averaged 13.4 minutes of playing time in 19 games and ended up leading the team in blocked shots with 20. He scored 55 points from the post area on 24 of 50 field goals for 48% and drained 7 of 18 free throws for 38%. He also pulled down 73 rebounds and collected six steals and four assists.

Lane Olson, a freshman for D2 UM-Duluth may have seen more action then he anticipated this year, playing in 26 games and averaging 13.3 minutes a game for the 12-15 Bulldogs. The team finished 10-12 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and lost to Upper Iowa in the first round of the conference tournament. Olson shot 49% from the field, hitting 26 of 53 shots all from the paint and must have been practicing free throws as he canned 14 of 16 for 87% for a total of 66 points. He averaged three rebounds a game for a total of 78 on the year, blocked 19 shots and added seven assists with five steals.

Cody Zivcic was a first year player for UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. The team was co- champions of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference with a 7-2 record and were 14-8 overall, losing their last game in the final four of the tournament to Fox Valley. Zivcic was named honorable mention to the All Conference team and averaged 15 points a game this year for the Chargers and had a high game of 26 points. He also averaged three rebounds a game. He came off the bench the first part of the season then became a starter midway through the season. According to his coach Barney Slowey, Zivcic may move on to UW-Superior next year.