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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Dunn-St. Croix conference’s “Player of the Year” was announced last month for boy’s basketball, and Colfax’s George Scharlau was selected for the honor for the second straight year.
The Colfax senior credits his success to his teammates, family and friends after having to battle back following an injury in the 2017-18 season that limited him to just 13 games.
But in that abbreviated time, Scharlau left a lasting impression on many of the Dunn-St. Croix’s head coaches. So much so, that they still tabbed him as the 2017-18 boys’ basketball players of the year despite competing in just seven conference games.
In that span, Scharlau led the Vikings to a 9-4 overall record with an 18.5 points per game average with 34 three-pointers, 114 rebounds including 92 on the defensive end, 26 assists and 18 steals.
“I had to work really hard after I broke my arm,” Scharlau said. “I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to play again.”
Play again he did, leading Colfax to a 23-2 overall record and Dunn-St. Croix conference and WIAA Division 4 regional championships. Along the way, the Vikings enjoyed a 20-game win streak that ended with a 67-49 loss to Clear Lake in the sectional semifinal.
Starting in all 25 games, Scharlau finished out his senior year with 421 points (16.8 points per game average) including 41 made 3-point shots and a .508 field goal percentage. He also netted 78 of his 108 free throws and to top it off Scharlau had 103 assists.
He was a strong defensive force for the Vikings as well as he managed 255 rebounds (192 on the defensive end) against his opponents along with 56 steals and 42 blocked shots.
For Scharlau and his parents, there is no second guessing as to why NCAA Division 2 Concordia-St. Paul approached him in October to play basketball for them. He accepted the school’s offer to join the team and signed his letter of intent on November 20, 2018.
With graduation looming just around the corner, Scharlau has taken up one more sport, baseball, before leaving Colfax High School.
“I just wanted to be out there with my guys one last time and we hope to win some games too,” said Scharlau.