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All-Time Best: Logterman, Luchsinger top list of greats from Janesville

06/01/2020, 5:45pm 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).

Putting the ball in the basket from the perimeter is the common theme for the All-Time Janesville squad released today on WisSports.net. 

Rob Logertman, Bob Luchsinger, Tim Paterick, Ross Kingsley, Jim Jackson and Ben Berlowski, among many others, were know for their marksmanship from distance. 

Even though second-teamer Pat Schloemer played prior to the three-point shot, he still remains Janesville's all-time leader in points scored in varsity contests.

Many of the top players from Janesville went on to play at the collegiate level, with Logterman and Lewis-Byers probably achieving the most at their respective colleges. 

Following is a breakdown on the All-Time Janesville squad:

Criteria For All-Time Janesville Teams
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. Exceptions will be made, but will be rare.

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 Janesville Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
FIRST TEAM
Robb Logterman 6'3" 1990 Clinton/Janesville Craig 1st (AP)
Bob Luchsinger 6'3" 1971 Janesville Parker 1st (UPI)
Tim Paterick 6'3" 1971 Janesville Craig 1st (AP)
Ross Kingsley 6'2" 1980 Janesville Craig 1st (AP)
Ben Berlowski 6'3" 1992 Janesville Craig 1st (AP)

Robb Logterman, 6-3, G, 1990, Janesville Craig
First Team All-State 1990 AP

After playing as a freshman and sophomore for the varsity team at Clinton, Logterman and his family moved to Janesville where the 6-foot-3 sharpshooter attended Craig High School as a junior and senior. He averaged 22.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 6.0 apg as a junior, and then increased his output to 28.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.8 apg as a senior on the way to earning Player of the Year honors in the Big Eight Conference. Logterman made 69 of 157 attempts (44 percent) from three-point range as a senior for coach Bob Suter and the Cougars, who finished 19-4. Logterman went on to play for coach Kevin O'Neill at Marquette and scored 1,201 career points in four seasons at the school. He had 14 points as a senior in Marquette's 75-63 victory over Kentucky to earn the Warriors a trip to the Sweet 16. Logterman ranks fifth all-time on Marquette list of made three-point shots with 244.

Bob Luchsinger, 6-3, G, 1971, Janesville Parker
First Team All-State 1971 UPI

In just its fourth year of existence, Janesville Parker shocked the high school basketball world in March of 1971 by winning the WIAA state championship. After finishing in third place in the Big Eight Conference standings, coach Bob Morgan's Vikings rode the strong play of Luchsinger and Dick Meier (6-1) all the way to the title. After battling foul trouble and scoring just five points in a two-point victory over Neenah in the state semifinals, Luchsinger came alive in a big-time way against Milwaukee King in the title game, scoring 25 points to help the Vikings to a 78-69 victory. Luchsinger earned first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors as a senior and second-team laurels as a junior. Luchsinger went on to play college basketball for coach John Powless at the Unviersity of Wisconsin, earning three letters and scoring 193 career points with the Badgers. Luchsinger later served as head basketball coach at Monticello, Marshfield and Janesville Parker.

Tim Paterick, 6-3, G, 1971, Janesville Craig
First Team All-State 1971 AP & UPI

In a battle for first place in the Big Eight Conference in February of 1971, Paterick exploded for a career-high 41 points as Janesville Craig clinched the first league title for Janesville since 1964 with a convincing victory over Madison West. Paterick averaged 25.3 ppg as a senior and was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference after scoring 304 points in just 12 league games. He finished his brilliant three-year career playing for Janesville Craig coach Stan DuFrane with 1,257 points. Paterick, a 6-foot-3 guard with hard-to-stop moves to the basket, picked the University of Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan. In 66 career games with the Badgers, Paterick scored 341 points. 

Ross Kingsley, 6-2, G, 1980, Janesville Craig
First Team All-State 1980 AP

Few who saw it have forgotten it. Even though Kingsley and the Cougars of Janesville Craig came up short in a 65-63 loss to Milwaukee North in the 1980 WIAA Class A state-championship game, Kingsley's fourth-period performance is legend among state-tournament regulars. The 6-foot-2 guard scored 20 points in the fourth period and 32 overall in the loss to Milwaukee North. He finished the season with 659 points while leading coach Stan DuFrane's club to a 20-5 record as he averaged 26.4 ppg. The Big Eight Conference Player of the Year set a then-league record for most points in a season with 409 in 14 conference outings (29.2 ppg). Kingsley scored 1,153 points overall in his high school career and started 18 games for Northern Illinois as a freshman before transferring and playing the 1982-83 season at UW-Eau Claire. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1983, ending his basketball career. 

Ben Berlowski, 6-3, G, 1992, Janesville Craig
First Team All-State 1992 AP

In four WIAA playoff games in 1992, Berlowski scored 29 or more points in each game, including 40 in a sectional-final triumph over Racine Horlick. Against top-ranked Milwaukee King in the quarterfinals of the state tournament, the relentless wing guard scored 29 points and had nine rebounds for coach Bob Suter and the Cougars, who dropped an entertaining and hard-fought 54-48 decision to end an 18-6 season. Berlowski scored 667 points in 24 games in 1991-92 for a 27.8 ppg average. He earned first-team all-Big Eight Conference laurels and ranked as one of the most improved players in Wisconsin. Berlowski gave NCAA Division II Minnesota-Duluth a verbal commitment during the winter, but was offered a scholarship by Green Bay coach Dick Bennett in the spring and opted to play for the Phoenix instead. Berlowski played on three NCAA Tournament teams at Green Bay and ranks fourth on the school's list of all-time made three-point baskets with 218.

All-Time Janesville Team

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
SECOND TEAM
John Bobzien 6'6" 1972 Janesville Parker 1st (UPI)
Chris Weber 6'7" 1975 Janesville Craig 1st (AP)
Pat Schloemer 6'0" 1961 Janesville High School 1st (AP)
Jim Jackson 6'4" 1991 Janesville Craig 1st (AP)
Aubrey Lewis-Byers 6'3" 1999 Janesville Craig 2nd (AP)

John Bobzien, 6-6, F, 1972, Janesville Parker
First Team All-State 1971 UPI

A key player on the only Janesville Parker teams to advance to the WIAA State Tournament, Bobzien earned second-team all-Big Eight Conference honors as a junior when the Vikings won the WIAA state championship, and he received first-team all-league laurels as a senior when the Vikings went 17-9 and again qualified for the WIAA State Tournament under coach Bob Morgan. A first-team all-state pick in 1971-72 by United Press International, Bobzien led the conference in scoring at 24.4 ppg. He had 44 points and 28 rebounds in the state tournament as the Vikings defeated Waukesha before losing to Neenah and Madison West. Bobzien went on to play college basketball at Tulane where he averaged 8.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 1974-75.

Chris Weber, 6-7, F, 1975, Janesville Craig
First Team All-State 1975 AP & UPI

One of the few players in Big Eight Conference history to earn Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, Weber is the all-time leading scorer in Janesville prep basketball history with 1,452 points. He averaged 27.9 ppg as a junior to set a then-conference scoring record. A rugged 6-foot-7 forward who played between 205 and 225 pounds during his prep career, Weber helped coach Stan DuFrane's teams at Janesville Craig reach the WIAA State Tournament in 1974 and 1975. The Cougars went 20-3 in 1973-74, but lost to Milwaukee North in a quarterfinal game at the University of Wisconsin Field House. A year later, Weber had 24 points and eight rebounds as Craig beat Dick Bennett-coached Eau Clarie Memorial in the quarterfinals before falling to Milwaukee Marshall on a last-second shot in the semifinals, ending a 20-4 campaign. After playing just nine games in two seasons at the University of Minnesota, Weber transferred to North Dakota State and had a fine senior season for the Bison in 1978-79.

Pat Schloemer, 6-0, G, 1961, Janesville High School
First Team All-State 1961 AP 

The first player in Janesville history to earn first-team all-state laurels, Schloemer was a scoring whiz during his prep days at Beloit Catholic and Janesville High School. As a freshman, Schloemer led Beloit Catholic to a 20-6 record and scored a whopping 524 points, including 30 in a 57-56 victory over highly regarded Madison Edgewood. He was named Player of the Year in the long-defunct Southwest Wisconsin Association of Prep Schools (SWAPS) league while excelling for coach Don La Violette. Schloemer lived in Janesville, though, and opted to join older brother, Henry, at Janesville High School in the fall of 1958. He helped the Bluebirds of coach Robert Krueger to an 18-5 record and the Big Eight Conference title as a sophomore playing alongside his brother. As a junior and senior, Schloemer earned first-team all-league honors and led the league in scoring both seasons. Schloemer scored 1,005 points at Janesville and coupled with the 524 he netted at Beloit Catholic, he remains the most prolific scorer in Janesville history.

Jim Jackson, 6-4, G/F, 1991, Janesville Craig
First Team All-State 1991 AP 

Jackson turned in a remarkable senior season for Janesville Craig, which went 23-1 under coach Bob Suter after falling to Wauwatosa East 59-56 in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal contest held at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. A versatile player at 6-foot-4, Jackson averaged 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 1990-91 as he earned Player of the Year laurels in the Big Eight Conference. In the loss to Wauwatosa East, Jackson scored 26 points and he finished his prep career with 1,067 points. Jackson and his twin brother, David, who also was an outstanding player for the Cougars, went on to play college basketball for coach Bill Foster at Virginia Tech. Both played in the Hokies' 65-64 victory over Marquette in the 1995 NIT championship game.

Aubrey Lewis-Byers, 6-3, F/C, 1999, Janesville Craig
Second Team All-State 1999 AP 

A physical force around the basket, Lewis-Byers played four varsity seasons at Janesville Craig for coach Bob Suter and the Cougars. As a senior in 1998-99, Lewis-Byers helped Janesville Craig to a share of the Big Eight Conference championship by averaging 19.6 ppg and 8.8 rpg. He scored 1,410 career points at Craig and earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior. Lewis-Byers went on to a prolific four-year career at nearby UW-Whitewater. He earned first-team all-league honors for the Warhawks four times and finished his collegiate career with 1,958 playing two years each for coaches Dave Vander Meulen and Pat Miller. 

Janesville's Additional All-Staters

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL All-State Team
Devin Berry 6'5" 2005 Janesville Craig 3rd (AP)
Dan Saunders 5'10" 1999 Janesville Craig 4th (AP)
Jay Peters 6'2" 1987 Janesville Craig 2nd (AP)
Pat Miller 5'10" 1985 Janesville Craig 3rd (AP)
Rob Kukla 6'7" 1984 Janesville Parker 2nd (AP)
Eric Liebenstein 6'4" 1984 Janesville Craig 1st (UPI)
Tracy Marshall 6'2" 1984 Janesville Craig 3rd (AP)
John Curtis 6'4" 1978 Janesville Craig 3rd (UPI)
George Lynch 6'0" 1978 Janesville Craig 2nd (AP)
Geoff Krause 6'7" 1973 Janesville Craig 2nd (AP)
Phil Shelp 6'7" 1972 Janesville Craig 2nd (AP)
Dick Yates 5'11" 1959 Janesville High School 3rd (AP)
Keith Sterk 6'4" 1957 Janesville High School 3rd (AP)

Notes (2000s): A good perimeter shooter, Devin Barry (6-2) played three years of varsity basketball for coach Bob Suter at Janesville Craig. He earned first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors as a senior in 2004-05 when he averaged 16.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg. Barry scored 981 career points and grabbed 170 career rebounds. Barry spent one year as a walkon in the Unviersity of Wisconsin basketball program.

Notes (1990s): A true point guard in every sense of the word, Danny Saunders (5-10) played three years of varsity basketball for coach Bob Suter at Janesville Craig. As a senior in 1998-99, Saunders helped Craig to a share of the Big Eight Conference title by averaging 15.5 ppg en route to earning all-league honors. He finished his prep career with 740 points and 403 assists. Saunders went on to excel at UW-Whitewater and currently ranks seventh on the school's all-time assist leaderboard with 319.

Notes (1980s): Guard Jay Peters (6-2) had a very interesting career, excelling for coach Bob Suter at Janesville Craig as a senior in 1986-87 by averaging 16.0 ppg for the Big Eight Conference championship. Peters, the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1987, went on to play two seasons at NCAA Division III Ripon College before transferring to the University of Wisconsin and earning time for the Badgers as a walkon from 1990-92 ... Pat Miller (5-10) of Janesville Craig won the Big Eight Conference scoring title as a senior in 1984-85 with 324 points in 14 games (23.1 ppg). He helped the Cougars to a 19-4 record and a sectional-final appearance against Watertown. Miller went on to play at UW-Whitewater and served as the captain of the Warahawks' 1988-89 national-championship team. Miller recently completed his 19th year as head coach of the highly successful Warhawks' basketball program ... Rob Kukla (6-6) finished his three-year varsity career at Janesville Parker scoring 1,000 points. He had 410 points in 20 games as a senior in 1983-84 when he averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds for coach Dave Figi and the Vikings, who finished 13-7. Kukla had a career-high 38 points in a victory over Sun Prairie and was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference in 1984. He went on to play college basketball at UW-Platteville ... Tracy Marshall (6-2) was a very good all-around athlete at Janesville Craig, earning first-team all-Big Eight Conference laurels at quarterback as a junior and senior. He also scored 379 points during the 1983-84 basketball season as the Cougars went 23-2 and lost to Milwaukee King in the WIAA Class A title-game under coach Stan DuFrane ... United Press International named Eric Liebenstein (6-4) first-team all-state in 1984 after the Associated Press accorded Liebenstein honorable mention all-state laurels in the same year. Liebenstein had a very good senior season for the Janesville Craig Cougars, and he scored 24 points in the state-title game loss to Milwaukee King. Liebenstein went on to play college baseball at the University of Wisconsin.

Notes (1970s): John Curtis (6-5) helped Janesville Craig to an undefeated regular-season and the Big Eight Conference championship in 1977-78, averaging 15.2 ppg for coach Stan DuFrane's Cougars ... Teaming with Curtis was guard George Lynch (6-0), a three-year varsity performer for the Cougars who scored 549 points in league play during his prep career. Lynch had 16 points in the Cougars' loss to Beloit Memorial in the WIAA regionals that ended a 19-1 season ... Geoff Krause (6-6) earned first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors and led the league in scoring in 1972-73. He finished the campaign with 435 points and averaged 21.8 ppg for the Cougars, who finished 11-9 under coach Stan DuFrane. Krause went on to play college basketball at Northern Illinois ... At 6-foot-7, Phil Shelp created havor for opponents of Janesville Craig and coach Stan DuFrane in 1970-71 and 1971-72. The Cougars won the Big Eight Conference title each season with Shelp earning first-team all-league honors as a senior and second-team laurels as a junior. He scored 433 points in 19 games (22.8 ppg) in 1971-72. including a career-best 42 in a win over Racine Case. Shelp went on to play college basketball at South Florida, and later toured with the Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the New Jersey Reds team that played victim to the Globetrotters in their traveling show.

Notes (1950s): Dick Yates (5-11) was a starter for three seasons for coach Bob Krueger and the Bluebirds of Janesville High School. He scored 827 career points and helped his teams to a 47-22 record and three sectional appearances. A unanimous first-team all-Big Eight Conference performer in 1958-59, Yates averaged 15.8 ppg as a senior and helped the Bluebirds to an 18-5 recordand the league championship. Yates scored 26 points in his final high school game, an 84-78 sectional-final loss to Milwaukee Lincoln ... Keith Stark (6-4) was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference and third-team all-state by the Associated Press in 1956-57 after he led Janesville High School to a 19-4 record by averaging 26.4 ppg. Stark set a then-conference record by scoring 43 points in a game against Kenosha. Sterk, who scored 995 points in two seasons at Janesville High School after attending Concordia Prep in Milwaukee as a freshman and sophomore, went on to play college basketball at Western Michigan.

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

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL
Pat Dawson 5'10" 1954 Janesville High School
Jack Manning 6'1" 1950 Janesville High School
Dean Showers 6'3" 1949 Janesville/Wisconsin Rapids
Dick Warner 5'11" 1946 Janesville High School

Notes: Play-making point guard Pat Dawson (5-11) helped Janesville to the Big Eight Conference championship in 1953-54. The unanimous first-team all-league performer helped the Bluebirds win 11 of 14 league games under coach Bob Krueger and advance to the WIAA regional finals, where they lost to arch-rival Beloit ... Jack Manning (6-1) led Janesville High School to its first undisputed Big Eight Conference title in school history in 1949-50. Playing for coach Kenneth Kitelinger, Manning scored 31 points in the Bluebirds' final league game in 1950 and ended the season with 275 points in 19 games (14.5 ppg). Manning went on to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin ... Dean Showers (6-3) was the top scorer and an all-Big Eight Conference performer for coach Kenneth Kitelinger in 1947-48. Showers helped the Bluebirds of Janesville High School to a share of the league title with Madison East and Racine Park, and then helped his squad defeat Beloit, Lake Geneva, Delavan, Madison Central and Beaver Dam in the regional and sectional tournaments. Showers had 11 points in a WIAA State Tournament win over La Crosse Logan in the quarterfinals and added 16 in a 47-40 loss to Eau Claire Memorial in the state semifinals. He moved to Wisconsin Rapids for his senior year and excellent for the Red Raiders in both football and basketball in 1948-49. He earned all-Wisconsin Valley Conference laurels for Wisconsin Rapids and helped the school to a then-school record 24 straight victories and a spot in the WIAA State Tournament. Showers went on to play college baskeball at Drake ... Guard Dick Warner (5-11) helped Janesville High School to the 1946-46 title in the Big Eight Conference, scoring a team-best 172 points. He went on to letter three times in track and field at UW-Whitewater. 

Janesville's All-Time Top Scorers

NAME HEIGHT GRADUATION YEAR HIGH SCHOOL POINTS
Pat Schloemer 6'0" 1961 Beloit Catholic/Janesville High School 1,529
Chris Weber 6'7" 1975 Janesville Craig 1,402
Aubrey Lewis-Byers 6'3" 1999 Janesville Craig 1,381
Tim Paterick 6'4" 1971 Janesville Craig 1,257
San'Trell Payton 5'10" 2017 Janesville Craig 1,177
Ben Berlowski 6'4" 1992 Janesville Craig 1,164
Robb Logterman 6'4" 1990 Janesville Craig 1,159
Ross Kingsley 6'2" 1980 Janesville Craig 1,153
Lucas Burns 6'6" 2008 Janesville Craig 1,088
Jim Jackson 6'4" 1991 Janesville Craig 1,067
Rob Kukla 6'6" 1984 Janesville Parker 1,000
Keith Stark 6'4" 1957 Janesville High School 995
Devin Barry 6'1" 2005 Janesville Craig 981
John Bobzien 6'6" 1972 Janesville Parker 921
George Lynch 6'0" 1978 Janesville Craig 845
Dick Yates 5'11" 1958 Janesville High School 827

Notes (1980s): San'Trell Payton (5-10) played four years of varsity basketball at Janesville Craig and the quick and skilled backcourt performer scored 1,177 career points for the Cougars ... Lucas Burns (6-6) earned first-team all-Big Eight Conference recognition as a junior and senior at Janesville Craig. As a senior in 1987-88, Burns averaged 16.3 ppg for coach Bob Suter and the Cougars, who finished 17-6. 

Additional Notes: Jeff Regez (6-4) of Janesville Craig helped the Cougars to the Big Eight Conference title in 1988-89 under coach Bob Suter. Craig lost to Beloit Memorial 85-84 in the regionals despite 28 points from Regez, an all-league player who scored 803 career points at Craig before going on to play NCAA Division I basketball at the University of Toledo ... Ed Yeaton (6-8) was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference performer for Janesville Craig in 1971-72, and averaged 20.8 ppg for coach Stan DuFrane and the league-champion Cougars. He went on to play college basketball at NCAA Division I Davidson ... Teaming with Bob Luchsinger on Janesville Parker's 1971 state-championship team was 6-foot-1 guard Dick Meier, a first-team all-Big Eight Conference pick and honorable mention all-state selection in 1970-71. Meier scored 16 points in the Vikings' upset victory over Milwaukee King in the 1971 WIAA state-title game ... Don Schutt was a starter on Janesville High School's 1946 Big Eight Conference championship team. He went on to play junior varsity baseball at the University of Wisconsin, and later served as the head coach at Racine Case from its opening in 1966 until 1990. During his 24 years as the head coach at Case, Shutt's teams went 242-248. He paeed away in 2014 at the age of 86. 

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