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All-Time Best: Eau Claire boasts rich tradition in boys basketball

05/04/2020, 11:15am CDT
By Mark Miller

(Editor's Note: WisSports.net basketball writer Mark Miller is using the extra time available due to COVID-19 to research the high school basketball history of some of Wisconsin's larger cities. His All-Time Best series will run on WisSports.net during the next few months).

Eau Claire boasts an incredibly deep and exceptionally proud history when it comes to high school basketball.

Eau Claire High School won public school state titles in 1917, 1927 and 1955, and finished second in 1919, 1944, 1946, 1948 1950, 1962, 1965, 1976 and 1977. 

Eau Claire St. Patrick, which became Eau Claire Regis in 1951-52, won private school state crowns in 1947, 1948 and 1952, and finished second in 1954.

And the new kid on the block, so to speak, Eau Claire North finished second in the WIAA Class A State Tournament in 1989. North opened its doors in 1962-63. 

Many of those teams competed in the city prior to the selecting of Associated Press All-State teams in 1957. 

One most definitely could make the case some of the better players to ever come out of the city graduated before 1957, although certainly Eau Claire produced star players throughout the decades. 

The 11 members who comprise the the first and second All-Time Eau Claire teams earned either first, second or third team all-state laurels after 1957, but prior to that time Eau Claire produced standouts such as Bob Barneson (6-3), Whitey Johnson (6-0), Jim Miller (5-10), Chuck Mencel (5-11) and Carl Glocke (6-6), among others. The impressive athletic credentials of those five pre-1957 players came be found below along with profiles on others who starred on the hardwood in Eau Claire.

Criteria
1) In order to be chosen to the first or second all-time team, a player must have earned first, second, third or fourth team all-state honors from either the Associated Press or United Press International. 

2) In addition to the accomplishments a player achieved in high school, their college honors in the sport also weigh heavily when selecting the teams.  

All-Time Eau Claire Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
FIRST TEAM
Jim DeCramer 6'6" 1967 Eau Claire North 1st (AP) (UPI)
Dennis Dvoracek 6'6" 1962 Eau Claire Regis 1st (UPI) 2nd (AP)
Stan Johnson 5'11" 1962 Eau Claire Memorial 1st (AP) (UPI)
Dalton Banks 6'2" 2020 Eau Claire North 2nd (AP)
Billy Wampler 6'6" 2015 Eau Claire Regis 2nd (AP)

Jim DeCremer, 6-6, 1967, Eau Claire North 
First Team All-State 1967 (AP) (UPI)

A muscular and extraordinarily productive forward, DeCremer led the state in points per game as a senior, pouring in 656 points in 20 games for a 32.8 ppg average. He established a school record with a 49-point outing against La Crose Central in 1967 and became the first Eau Claire North player to earn all-state laurels. In addition to scoring at an extremely high level, DeCremer also dominated the glass, averaging 20.0 rebounds per contest. An Eagle scout and straight A student, DeCremer went on to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin for coaches John Erickson and John Powless. He averaged 4.0 ppg as a junior and 3.4 ppg as a senior in 1970-71. 

Dennis Dvoracek, 6-6, 1962, Eau Claire Regis
First Team Catholic All-State 1962 (UPI); Second Team All-State 1962 (AP)

South Bend, Indiana, St. Joseph’s loss most definitely proved to be Eau Claire Regis’ gain. Following a strong junior season at St. Joseph, Dvoracek and his family moved from South Bend to Eau Claire and Dvoracek enrolled at Regis High School. The relentless 6-foot-6 forward turned in a special season for the Ramblers, scoring a then school-record 515 points in 25 games for an average of 20.6 points per contest. He scored a then school-record 43 points in a 76-75 win over Thorp on January 16, 1961. Playing for coach Vince Dowd at the Wisconsin Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament in 1962, Dvoracek grabbed a then tournament-record 26 rebounds in a 67-54 win over Appleton Xavier in the state quarterfinals. He had 19 points against Milwaukee Messmer in the semifinals before netting 18 in the state-title game loss to unbeaten Madison Edgewood. Dvoracek went on to play at the University of Minnesota. He averaged 10.7 points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior. In his final game, Dvoracek had 15 points and a then school-record 24 rebounds in a loss to Wisconsin. He later had a tryout with the Minnesota Muskies of the American Basketball Association and was one of the final players cut prior to the start of the season.

Stan Johnson, 6-1, 1962, Eau Claire (Memorial)
First Team All-State 1962 (AP), First-Team All-State 1962 (UPI)

Johnson led the state in scoring as a senior in 1961-62, netting a whopping 671 points for a team that finished 23-3 and lost 93-80 to Milwaukee Lincoln in the state-title game. Johnson, who scored 26 points in the title game against Lincoln, poured in 52 points in a regular-season game against La Crosse Logan and averaged 25.8 ppg for coach Harry Gibbs and the Old Abes. As a junior, Johnson averaged 19.6 ppg. Johnson scored an even 1,000 points during his prep career and went on to play college basketball at Montana State and UW-Eau Claire. He averaged 24.0 ppg as a junior at Eau Claire and then increased his output to 26.9 ppg as a senior on the way to earning Player of the Year honors in the Wisconsin State University Conference. He finished his collegiate career with the Blugolds with 1,369 points.

Dalton Banks, 6-2, 2020, Eau Claire North
Second Team All-State 2020 (AP), Second Team All-State 2019 (AP)

The most prolific scorer in Eau Claire North history and the No. 3 scorer all time in city history, Banks completed his brilliant four-year prep career last February with 1,832 points. The shifty, unselfish, strong and productive lead guard was extremely difficult to stop on his drives to the basket. The two time Player of the Year in the Big Rivers Conference earned a spot on the all-league first team as a sophomore, junior and senior. Banks helped Eau Claire North to a 72-26 record and two Big River titles during his four years of varsity competition. The Southern Illinois recruit averaged 23.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.6 steals as a senior for coach Todd Marks and the Huskies. Banks scored a career-best 46 points in a 93-80 loss to Rochester, Minn., Mayo in the annual Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Border Battle at Eau Claire Memorial on February 1, 2020.

Billy Wampler, 6-6, 2015, Eau Claire Regis
Second Team All-State 2015 (AP)

A scoring star with deep shooting range and the ability to light up the scoreboard in the blink of an eye, Wampler set then city records for most points in a season (692) and career (1,966). He averaged 25.6 points as a senior and helped coach Bill Uelmen's squad to a 26-1 record and a spot in the WIAA State Tournament. A four-time all-Western Cloverbelt Conference pick, Wampler went on to average 3.8 ppg as a freshman and 9.6 ppg as a sophomore at NCAA Division I Drake University. He opted to transfer from Drake and later turned in two stellar seasons at Wright State, averaging 15.6 ppg as a junior and 15.0 ppg as a senior.  

All-Time Eau Claire Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
SECOND TEAM
Guy Rossato 6'1" 1974 Eau Claire Memorial 1st (AP) (UPI)
Mike Devney 6'3" 1976 Eau Claire Regis 1st (AP)
Kirk Etten 6'3" 1978 Eau Claire Memorial 1st (AP)
Dan Fisher 6'7" 1967 Eau Claire Regis 1st (AP) (UPI)
(tie) Jerry Carstensen 6'6" 1996 Immanuel Lutheran/Memorial 3rd (AP)
(tie) Sherm Carstensen 6'6" 1996 Immanuel Lutheran/Memorial 2nd (AP)

Guy Rosatto, 6-1, 1974, Eau Claire Memorial
First Team All-State 1974 (AP) (UPI), Four Team All-State 1973 (AP)

Rosatto helped the Old Abes of Eau Claire Memorial to 16-5 and 20-2 records under coach Dick Bennett in 1972-73 and 1973-74, respectively. A strong and vertical guard who could score, pass, defend and handle the ball, Rosatto scored 30 points and had seven rebounds in a consolation sectional victory over Tomah in his final high school contest. He also had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Old Abes' 65-64 loss at Marshfield in the sectional semifinal game. A two-time all-Big Rivers Conference first team selection, Rosatto went on to play four seasons for coach Ken Anderson at UW-Eau Claire. An honorable mention all-league player as a senior, Rosatto played on two league title games and helped the Blugolds to an 86-23 record during his time in the program.

Mike Devney, 6-3, 1976, Eau Claire Regis
First Team All-State 1976 (AP); Second Team All State 1976 (UPI); Third Team All-State 1975 (AP)

Devney played four years of varsity basketball for coach Tony Fiore at Regis. He earned first-team all-state laurels from the Associated Press as a senior after scoring 548 points and averaging 23.8 points and 11.0 rebounds. He finished a brilliant prep career with 1,581 points and used his physical strength and consistent aggressiveness to score 50 points against rival Chippewa Falls McDonell on January 31, 1976. Devney played one season at Northern Michigan before scoring 1,150 points in three seasons at UW-Stout. Deveny earned all-Wisconsin State University Conference laurels twice while playing at Stout.

Kirk Etten, 6-3, 1978, Eau Claire Memorial
First Team All-State 1977 (UPI), First Team All-State 1978 (AP)

During Etten’s three years of varsity competiton at Eau Claire Memorial, the Old Abes finished with a 65-6 record and two runner-up finishes in the WIAA State Tournament. He played for two legendary coaches at Memorial in Dick Bennett (sophomore) and John Nicholas (junior and senior). He averaged 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior and helped Memorial to a 20-1 record. A two-time Player of the Year in the Big Rivers Conference, Etten scored 1,028 points at Memorial and went on to play for coach Dave Buss at UW-Green Bay.

Dan Fisher, 6-7, 1967, Eau Claire Regis
First Team All-State 1967 (AP) & (UPI), Second Team All-State 1966 (AP)

Fisher helped Regis to three straight titles in the Central Wisconsin Catholic Conference. He scored 1,657 points during his four years of high school basketball, including 621 as a senior when the Ramblers went 21-4 and finished in third place in the Wisconsin Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament. Fisher scored a then school-record 45 points in a 55-54 win at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption in 1966. He earned a scholarship to play at the University of Minnesota and played on the Gophers’ freshmen squad in 1967-68.

(Tie) Jerry Carstensen, 6-6, 1996, Eau Claire Memorial
Third Team All-State 1996 (AP)

Carstensen and his twin brother, Sherm, opted to transfer to Eau Claire Memorial for their final two years of high school after leading Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran to a 19-3 record as sophomores. Jerry finished his prep career with 982 points and helped the Old Abes of Eau Claire Memorial to a 23-2 record and a berth in the WIAA State Tournament under coach James Kasmarek in 1995-96. Carstensen averaged 12.8 ppg as a senior and accepted a walk-on opportunity from coach Mike Heideman at Green Bay in the spring of his senior season. Sherm Carstensen had accepted a scholarship offer to Green Bay in the fall of 1995 the brothers headed off to play for the Phoenix as 6-foot-6, athletic and versatile forwards. Sherm’s career at Green Bay ended early due to chronic shortness of breath. Jerry, however, had a terrific four-year career, averaging 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds as a senior en route to earning second-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors.

(Tie) Sherm Carstensen, 6-6, 1996, Eau Claire Memorial
Second Team All-State 1996 (AP)

After scoring more than 500 points during his freshman and sophomore years at Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran, Carstensen and his twin brother, Jerry, opted to transfer to Eau Claire Memorial for their final two years of high school. Sherm averaged 13.7 ppg as a senior as the Old Abes won the Big Rivers Conference title and defeated Appleton East in the Division 1 state quarterfinals at the University of Wisconsin Field House. He finished his prep career with 1,190 points. Carstensen accepted a scholarship offer from Green Bay coach Mike Heideman prior to the start of his senior season, but his collegiate career at Green Bay was cut short due to chronic shortness of breath problems while working out. He later enrolled at UW-Eau Claire and averaged 21.6 ppg as a junior and 17.3 ppg as a senior in 2000-01.

Eau Claire's Additional All-Staters

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
Logan Rohrscheib 6'2" 2016 Eau Claire Regis 4th (AP)
Connor Miller 6'2" 2011 Eau Claire Regis 2nd (AP)
Tyler Brown 6'7" 2009 Eau Claire North 4th (AP)
Jeff Milkie 6'4" 1995 Eau Claire Regis 4th (AP)
Andy Fisher 6'1" 1993 Eau Claire Regis 3rd (AP)
Todd Stepanek 6'5" 1990 Eau Claire North 2nd (AP)
Eric Gardow 6'6" 1986 Eau Claire North 4th (AP)
Jason Rabedeaux 6'1" 1983 Eau Claire Memorial 4th (AP)
John Binetti 6'5" 1982 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (AP)
Rich Bourget 6'3" 1982 Eau Claire Regis 4th (AP)
Scott Ginsbach 6'1" 1982 Eau Claire North 3rd (AP)
Craig Smith 6'2" 1978 Eau Claire Memorial 3rd (AP)
Dave Hanson 5'11" 1977 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (UPI)
Tim Bakken 5'11" 1976 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (AP)
Randy Adams 6'5" 1974 Eau Claire Regis 3rd (AP)
John Fisher 6'2" 1973 Eau Claire Regis Injured
Ken Hanson 6'5" 1971 Eau Claire Regis 2nd (AP)
Gregg Bohlig 5'11" 1970 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (AP)
Jim Howe 6'0" 1968 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (AP)
Bob Hall 5'10" 1966 Eau Claire Memorial 3rd (AP)
Jeff Ellenson 6'8" 1965 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (AP)
Tony Hanis 6'3" 1964 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (AP)
Mike Loehnis 6'9" 1964 Eau Claire Memorial 2nd (UPI)
Vern Curtis 6'2" 1963 Eau Claire Memorial 1st (AP)
John Harsh 6'3" 1960 Eau Claire (Memorial) 1st (AP)
John Coggins 5'9" 1959 Eau Claire (Memorial) 2nd (AP)
Tom Partlow 6'2" 1958 Eau Claire (Memorial) 2nd (AP)

Notes (2000s): Rohrscheib established an Eau Claire city record for most points in a game when he tossed in 53 for Regis in a 88-49 triumph over Fall Creek in a sectional semifinal on March 9, 2016. Additionally, he owns the city record for most points scored in a season with 821 and for most points scored in a career with 2,104. Rohrscheib finished a strong four-year career at NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth in Feburary. During his time with the Bulldogs, Rohrscheib scored a career total of 1,259 points and averaged between 9.9 and 11.9 ppg each season ... Miller helped Regis to two appearances in the WIAA State Tournament, including a runner-up finish to Racine St. Catherine's in Division 3 in 2010. He scored 1,221 career points and averaged 22.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a senior. Miller then played three seasons at NCAA Division I Samford University, starting his final 65 games at the school. He decided to transfer to NCAA Division II Minnesota State Mankato for his senior season and averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 assists while starting all 32 games for the Mavericks in 2014-15 ... Brown played four varsity seasons for coach Pat Hammond at Eau Claire North and finished his prep career with 1,014 points. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a senior while helping the Huskies to a 17-8 record. Brown appeared in 11 games for Central Michigan as a freshman before transferring to Green Bay. A medical condition ended Brown's playing career before he played in a single game at Green Bay.

Notes (1990s): Milkie averaged 20.2 points per game as a senior in 1993-94 and helped Regis to a 19-4 record and a spot in the WISAA Division 2 State Tournament ... Fisher played four years of varsity basketball and set records later broken for most points in school and city history with 1,786. He averaged 26.7 ppg as a senior and connected on 75 shots from three-point range while helping Regis to an 18-7 record under coach Bill Uelmen. Fisher spent one year as a redshirt at Minnesota-Duluth before playing for four seasons at UW-Eau Claire. He scored 1,259 points during his career with the Blugolds and earned first-team all-league honors as a senior ... Stepanek played as a freshman and sophomore at Rice Lake before transferring to Eau Claire North in the summer prior to his junior season. He scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Huskies' 49-48 loss to Wauwatosa East in the 1989 WIAA Class A state-title game. As a senior a year later, Stepanek averaged 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds as the Huskies again qualified for the state tournament. A 6-foot-5, 240-pound bruiser, Stepanek went on to play at UW-Eau Claire, where he scored 924 career points and earned first-team all-league honors in 1993-94.

Notes (1980s): A 6-foot-6 and with excellent leaping ability, Gardow finished his prep career at Eau Claire North with 17 dunks and three shattered backboards. He averaged 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior for coach Pat Hammond in 1985-86 as the Huskies went 15-5 and shared the Big Rivers Conference title with Menomonie. Gardow played one season at UW-Stevens Point before transferring to UW-Eau Claire, where he played for three seasons. Gardow passes away last December ... Rabedeaux played three years of varsity basketball for coach John Nicholas at Eau Claire Memorial. He scored 796 career points and averaged 17.2 ppg as a senior in 1982-83 when the Old Abes went 18-2. Rabdeaux went on to play four years at NCAA Division II California-Davis. He later became an assistant coach at Washington State, Oklahoma and Marquette, and also served as head coach at Texas-El Paso. Rabedeaux also coached in China and Vietnam before passing away in 2014 ... Binetti averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds, and was chosen Player of the Year in the Big Rivers Conference for coach John Nicholas at Eau Claire Memorial as a senior. He went on to play one year at Henderson County Junior College in Texas and one year at UW-Eau Claire … Bourget earned Player of the Year honors in the Central Wisconsin Catholic Conference as a senior after averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 rebounds for coach Bill Uelmen and the Ramblers. He went on to play college basketball at UW-Superior and earned first-team all-Wisconsin State University Conference honors as a senior ... Ginsbach scored 922 career points and averaged 19.9 ppg as a senior in 1981-82 for coach Joe Smith at Eau Claire North. The Player of the Year in the Big Rivers Conference as a senior, Ginsbach helped the Huskies capture the school's first league title in boys' basektball. He went on to play two seasons at UW-Stout.

Notes (1970s): Smith helped Eau Claire Memorial to 20 straight victories in the 1977-78. The Old Abes' streak was broken by Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln at the sectional level. As a junior in 1976-77, Smith led the WIAA State Tournament in scoring with 51 points in three games. He ended his prep career with 720 career points while playing for coaches Dick Bennett and John Nicholas ... Dave Hanson made Smith and Kirk Etten look good by running the show for coaches Dick Bennett and John Nicholas on Eau Claire Memorial teams that finished second in the state in 1976 and 1977. The Old Abes went 45-5 over those two seasons, losing to South Milwaukee (1976) and Madison La Follette (1977) in the state-title games. Hanson went on to play college basketball at UW-Green Bay ... Bakken played an enormous role in helping Eau Claire Memorial to a second-place finish in the WIAA State Tournament under coach Dick Bennett in 1976. The quick lead guard averaged 13.1 points and earned Player of the Year laurels in the Big Rivers Conference. He went on to play college basketball for Bennett at UW-Stevens Point … Adams played two seasons at Milton College after a strong prep career at both Mondovi and Regis. As a senior under coach Tony Fiore at Regis, Adams averaged 14.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg as the Ramblers finished 22-4 …John Fisher missed 11 games as a senior due to a knee injury from football. However, the ultra talented 6-foot-2 guard did scored 948 points in three seasons at Eau Claire Regis. He had 511 points as a junior and averaged 23.6 ppg en route to earning honorable mention all-state recognition. He was considered one of the elite prospects in the state in 1972-73 before sustaining a serious knee injury in football. The University of Wisconsin was recruiting Fisher until the injury. He wound up playing college basketball at Northern Illinois ... Ken Hanson played huge roles on Eau Claire Regis teams that won Central Wisconsin Catholic Conference titles under coach Tony Fiore in 1970 and 1971. He averaged 24.6 points as a senior and scored 1,085 points during his three-year prep career. Hanson had 44 points in a win over Aquinas and 30 points and 27 rebounds in a triumph over Prairie du Chien Campion as a senior. The physical 6-foot-5 forward went on to earn all-league honors as a senior while playing for NCAA Division III St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. ... Bohlig is one of the better all-around athletes to ever come out of Eau Claire. The 5-foot-11 guard led coach Jim Gleboff’s Old Abes to a 25-1 record and a school-record 24-game winning streak as a senior. He averaged 14.7 ppg in 1969-70 and earned unanimous first-team all-Big Rivers honors. Also a terrific football and baseball player, Bohlig went on to play quarterback at the University of Wisconsin.

Notes (1960s): Howe played baseball and basketball at UW-Eau Claire following his graduation from Eau Claire Memorial in 1968. As a senior playing for coach Jim Gleboff, Howe averaged 17.1 ppg and nearly 10 apg and helped the Old Abes to a 22-3 record and a spot in the WIAA State Tournament ... Hall helped Eau Claire Memorial win its 10 consecutive Big Rivers Conference title and earn its sixth straigh trip to the WIAA State Tournament as a senior in 1965-66. Playing for coach Jim Gleboff, the 5-foot-10 Hall scored 539 points and averaged 19.9 ppg as the Old Abes finished with a 21-6 record after losing to Madison East in the consolation title game. In the spring of 1966, Hall led Eau Claire Memorial to the state baseball title and was later signed to play with the Cincinnati Reds organization ... Ellenson uses his tremendous size (6-7) and aggressiveness to help Eau Claire Memorial to a 22-5 record and a runner-up finish in the WIAA State Tournament under coahc Harry Gibbs in 1964-64. Playing in his final high school game, Ellenson scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but the Old Abes lost the championship contest to Monroe, 75-71. Ellenson went on to play three seasons at Minnesota-Duluth ... Hanis scored 58 points and grabbed 35 rebounds in three games at the 1964 WIAA State Tournament as the Old Abes finished as consolation runners-up and ended the campaign with a 23-3 record under coach Harry Gibbs ... Curtis led Eau Claire Memorial to a 23-3 record and a third-place finish in the WIAA State Tournament in 1962-63, scoring 28 points in a 75-72 win over Racine Horlick in the third-place game. The 6-foot-2 sharpshooter made 60 percent of his field-goal attempts as a senior and averaged 21.1 ppg. He went on to play college basketball at Valparaiso University …Harsh did not play college basketball, but he had a strong career with the Old Abes of Eau Claire High School. He averaged 19.2 ppg as a senior for coach Harry Gibbs and the old Abes, who finished with a 19-2 record.

Notes (1950s): Coggins earned unanimous first-team all-Big Rivers Conference honors in 1958-59 after helping the Old Abes to a 19-5 record and the league title. Coggins averaged 10.1 ppg and went on to play for the freshman team at the University of Wisconsin in 1959-60 before finishing his career as a key backcourt performer for UW-La Crosse from 1961-64 … Partlow used his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame to average 18.5 ppg as a senior and helping Eau Claire High School to a 21-5 record under coach Harry Gibbs. A three-year varsity performer, Partlow earned first-team all-Big Rivers Conference honors as a junior and senior.

Stars Prior To All-State Teams (Pre-1957)

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL
Bob Barneson 6'3" 1956 Eau Claire (Memorial)
Whitey Johnson 6'0" 1955 Eau Claire (Memorial)
Jim Miller 5'10" 1952 Eau Claire Regis
Chuck Mencel 5'11" 1951 Eau Claire (Memorial)
Stan DuFrane 6'0" 1949 Eau Claire (Memorial)
Carl Glocke 6'6" 1948 Eau Claire St. Patrick (Regis)
Bob (Shelk) Williams 5'10" 1944 Eau Claire (Memorial)

Notes: Barneson played three seasons at the University of Wisconsin following his stellar prep career at Eau Claire High School. He served as the Badgers’ captain in 1959-60 when he averaged 10.7 ppg. Barneson, a 6-foot-3 post player, scored 1,177 career points with the Old Abes and tossed in 17 points as a junior in Eau Claire’s 81-71 triumph over Superior Central in the WIAAA state-title game. Barneson also set a then school-record with 40 points in a 101-53 win over Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln on February 10, 1956 … Johnson was a starting guard on Eau Claire's 1954-55 state-championship team. He scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds in the Old Abes' state semifinal win over Middleton, and then had 18 in the title-game triumph over Superior. Johnson went on to start for three years at the University of Minnesota and served as the captain of the Gophers in 1958-59 ... Miller earned all-Catholic State Tournament team honors as a freshman (1949) and senior (1952). He scored 1,095 career points, including 26 in the Rambers' state-title game win over Milwaukee St. John's Cathedral in 1952. He went on to start for three seasons at quarterback for the University of Wisconsin football program ... Many believe Mencel was the best player to come out of Eau Claire prior to the naming of All-State teams in 1957. He scored 1,143 points during his prep career and had a then school-record 36 points as a senior in a 75-53 win over Superior Central. He went on to star at the University of Minnesota, earning four letters and scoring 1,391 points during his collegiate career. Mencel averaged 18.6 ppg for the Gophers as a senior in 1954-55, earning first-team all-Big Ten honors. He currently ranks No. 12 on the school’s all-time scoring list. Mencel went on to play two seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Minneapolis Lakers … DuFrane played on two state-tournament teams at Eau Claire High School. He scored 25 points in a sectional victory over Edgar as a junior and the Old Abes went on to finish second in Madison, losing to Wauwatosa in the title game. He served as team captain as a senior in 1948-49 and netted 16 points in a state semifinal loss to La Crosse Logan. DuFrane went on to play at UW-Eau Claire and later became one of the state's top high school coaches at Janesville Craig ... Glocke was a dominating big man who scored 1,016 for the Irish and coach Marty Crowe. He helped St. Patrick’s to Catholic High School state titles as a sophomore and junior, scoring 28 points in a 63-48 win over Milwaukee Messmer in the title game in 1948. As a senior in 1948-49, Glocke led the state in scoring at 22.4 ppg. He was the first 1,000-point scorer in Eau Claire history and went on to play three seasons at UW-Eau Claire ... Williams was a standout guard on Eau Claire's 1943-44 squad that finished 17-3 under John Novak and lost to Waukesha in the WIAA title game. Williams went on to play at Eau Claire State Teachers College (now UW-Eau Claire).

Eau Claire's All-Time Top Scorers

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL POINTS
Logan Rohrscheib 6'2" 2016 Eau Claire Regis 2,014
Billy Wampler 6'6" 2015 Eau Claire Regis 1,966
Dalton Banks 6'3" 2020 Eau Claire North 1,832
Andy Fisher 6'1" 1993 Eau Claire Regis 1,786
Dan Fisher 6'7" 1967 Eau Claire Regis 1,657
Mike Devney 6'2" 1976 Eau Claire Regis 1,581
Todd Stepanek 6'6" 1990 Rice Lake/Eau Claire North 1,460
Adam Ganske 6'3" 2010 Chetek/Eau Claire Regis 1,388
Mark Tiefel 6'0" 2004 Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 1,350
Caden Boser 6'7" 2020 Eau Claire Memorial 1,289
Jeff Uelmen 6'1" 1997 Eau Claire Regis 1,277
Connor Miller 6'2" 2011 Eau Claire Regis 1,221
Sherm Carstensen 6'6" 1996 Immanuel Lutheran/Eau Claire Memorial 1,190
Bob Barneson 6'3" 1956 Eau Claire (Memorial) 1,177
Chuck Mencel 5'11" 1951 Eau Claire (Memorial) 1,143
Eli Sheets 6'0" 2001 Eau Claire Regis 1,106
Roger (Whitey) Johnson 6'0" 1955 Eau Claire (Memorial) 1,098
Jim Miller 5'10" 1952 Eau Claire Regis 1,095
Ken Hanson 6'5" 1971 Eau Claire Regis 1,088
Jack Eaton 5'11" 2010 Eau Claire Regis 1,084
Tom Partlow 6'2" 1958 Eau Claire (Memorial) 1,065
Troy Misfeldt 6'0" 1993 Eau Claire Memorial 1,063
Keelin Norman-Klatt 5'11" 2018 Eau Claire Regis 1,041
Joe Winter 6'4" 1996 Eau Claire Regis 1,029
Kirk Etten 6'3" 1978 Eau Claire Memorial 1,028
Carl Glocke 6'6" 1949 Eau Claire St. Patrick (Regis) 1,016
Tyler Brown 6'7" 2009 Eau Claire North 1,014
Jim DeCramer 6'6" 1967 Eau Claire North 1,009
Neil Schmidt 6'0" 1984 Immanuel Lutheran 1,008
Stan Johnson 6'1" 1962 Eau Claire (Memorial) 1,000

Notes: Ganske played as a freshman at Chetek and then scored more than 1,000 points in three years at Regis. He helped the Ramblers to a 23-6 record and runner-up finish in the 2010 WIAA Division 3 State Tournament by averaging 14.5 ppg and 7.2 rpg for coach Bill Uelmen. Ganske went on to play college basketball at NCAA Division III Carroll University ... Tiefel is the all-time leading scorer at Immanuel Lutheran with 1,350 points. He averaged 24.2 points as a senior for coach Tom Williams in 2003-04, and he later played three seasons at UW-Eau Claire ... Boser, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter headed to NCAA Division I Missouri-Kansas City in the fall, scored 1,289 career points, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Eau Claire High School/Memorial history. His ability to score from outside the three-point arc and in the paint made him an especially difficult match-up for Big Rivers Conference opponents ... Jeff Uelmen is the oldest son of long-time Regis coach Bill Uelmen. Jeff averaged 20.3 points per game and helped the Ramblers to a runner-up finish in the WISAA Division 2 State Tournament, scoring 29 points in the title-game loss to Milwaukee Messmer. Jeff Uelmen played college basketball at UW-Eau Claire and St. Thomas ... Sheets led Regis to a 20-4 record in 2000-01 under coach Greg Van Grunsven, who later coached for several seasons at Eau Claire Memorial and is now the head coach at Bloomer. Sheets averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 assists as a senior for the Ramblers ... Eaton averaged 13.0 ppg for Regis in 2009-10 and finished with 53 three-point baskets as the Ramblers finished second to Racine St. Catherine's in the WIAA Division 3 State Tournament ... Misfeldt earned Player of the Year honors in the Big Rivers Conference in 1992-93 after averaging 20.0 ppg for coach Jim Kasmarek at Eau Claire Memorial. Misfeldt scored 30 or more points six times as a senior, including a career-high 38 in a victory at Stevens Point ... Norman-Klatt starred on Bill Uelmen's final team at Regis, averaging a robust 25.8 ppg in 2017-18 as the Ramblers finished 18-6. Norman-Klatt currently is a member of the Beloit College basketball program ... Winter, a hard-working 6-foot-5 post player, competed on the varsity for four seasons at Regis. He averaged 16.2 ppg as a senior in 1995-96 and went on to play at UW-Eau Claire. 

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