(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).
Football is king and always has been king in the city of Green Bay.
That was true in the past and it remains true today.
However, for a stretch between 1952 and 1969, Green Bay churned out a large number of high-profile basketball players.
Indeed, of the 20 players selected to one of the four All-Time Green Bay teams below, 11 competed at East, Premontre or West between the years 1952-69.
It was the heyday of prep hoops in the city. Certainly there have been some stellar players in Green Bay after the golden era -- see Tony Bennett of Preble, Tom Anderson of Southwest and Darin Maccoux of Premontre, for example -- but that 17-year stretch produced more stellar players than any other period in history of prep basketball in Titletown.
Below is a look at some of the best to play in Green Bay -- players considered who graduated from Central Catholic, East, NEW Lutheran, Notre Dame, Preble, Premontre, Southwest and West -- over the years.
Criteria For All-Time Green Bay Teams
1) In order to be chosen to the first, second, third or fourth 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.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL||All-State Team|
|Tony Bennett||6'0"||1988||Preble||1st (AP)|
|Terry Rand||6'7"||1952||East||No All-State Team in 1952|
|Lance Olson||6'3"||1956||West||No All-State Team in 1956|
|Darin Maccoux||6'6"||1985||Premontre||1st (AP)|
|Tom Anderson||6'2"||1974||Southwest||2nd (AP)|
Tony Bennett, 6-0, G, 1988, Preble
First Team All-State 1988 (AP)
The Player of the Year in the state in 1988 as selected by a panel of sportswriters for the Associated Press, Bennett was as proficient and prolific as they come during his senior season in 1987-88. Playing for coach Keith Wall at Preble, Bennett led the Hornets to the Fox River Valley Conference title and a 24-0 record heading into the WIAA State Tournament in Madison. Playing against several former friends from his middle-school days living in Stevens Point, Bennett scored 17 points, but the Hornets dropped a 45-39 decision to Stevens Point in a state quarterfinal contest to end the campaign with a 24-1 record. Bennett, an outstanding shooter, passer, ball handler and defender, scored 689 points and averaged 27.6 points as a senior and finished his three-year prep career with 1,340 points. The 6-foot-0 point guard went on to star for his father and coach, Dick Bennett, at UW-Green Bay, finishing his collegiate career with 2,285 points and 601 assists. Bennett later played three seasons in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets. Today, Bennett is the highly successful coach at Virginia. He guided the Cavaliers to the NCAA championship in 2019.
Terry Rand, 6-7, F, 1952, East
No All-State Team in 1952
A member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Rand scored 40 points twice in his prep career and 30 or more seven times. He led the Fox River Valley Conference in scoring as a senior in 1951-52, and scored 570 points for the season. A dominating inside player with a soft shooting touch, Rand averaged 23.4 points in 36 varsity games and helped East to a regional title in 1952, scoring 40 points in a 62-45 victory over Two Rivers in a regional semifinal and 31 points in a regional-final victory over Luxemburg. Playing for coachg Nick Dallich, Rand led East to a 17-6 record in 1951-52. He went on to star at Marquette University, leading the team in scoring three straight seasons and finishing his career with 1,307 points. Rand also was an alternate on the 1960 United States Olympic team.
Lance Olson, 6-3, F, 1956, West
No All-State Team in 1956
There are those in Green Bay who believe Olson might be the best player to ever come out of the city. His resume is impressive, to say the least. In 64 varsity contests over three seasons, Olson scored 1,293 points for an average of 20.2 ppg. As a senior playing for coach Bruce Fossum in 1955-56, Olson scored 590 points, averaging 25.7 ppg while helping the Wildcats to a 20-3 record. In his final high school game, Olson scored 39 points and made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts in a 78-65 sectional-final loss to Appleton. Olson went on to play college basketball at Michigan State and was a three-year starter for the Spartans and a key member of the 1958-59 conference championship team.
Darin Maccoux, 6-6, F, 1985, Premontre
First Team All-State 1985 AP
Maccoux helped coach Roy Smits and the Cadets of Premontre to the WISAA State Tournament in all four years he competed on the varsity squad at the school. He finished his prep career with 1,237 points and led the Cadets to a 22-2 record as a senior in 1984-85. A two-time first-team all-Fox Valley Christian Conference performer, Maccoux was a reserve on Premontre's 1982 WISAA state-title team as a freshman. During his four years at Premontre, the Cadets went a combined 77-20 and won two league titles. Maccoux went on to play four years at Dartmouth College of the Ivy League and currently is the team doctor for the Marquette University men's basketball program.
Tom Anderson, 6-2, G/F, 1974, Southwest
Second Team All-State 1974 AP
The best player on arguably the best team in Southwest history, Anderson led the Trojans to their lone WIAA State Tournament appearance in 1974 and sank two free throws with just one second left on the clock to help his club turn back Neenah 61-59 in the quarterfinals at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. A day later, Southwest's 18-6 season came to an end as Superior knocked out the Trojans 69-54 in the semfinals. A three-year varsity performer for coach Steve Nault at Southwest, Anderson scored 889 career points and averaged 16.3 ppg as a senior when Southwest won a share of the Fox River Valley Conference title. The Player of the Year in the FRVC in 1974 went on to star at UW-Green Bay, a NCAA Division II school at the time. He scored 1,505 career points and handed out 560 career assists playing for coach Dave Buss and the Phoenix.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL||All-State Team|
|Tom Rand||6'2"||1955||East||No All-State Team in 1955|
|Lyle (Bucky) Wickman||6'0"||1960||Preble||2nd (AP)|
|Pat Harrington||6'5"||1965||East||1st (UPI)|
|Tom Hughbanks||6'4"||1958||East||1st (AP)|
|Jerry Tagge||6'2"||1968||West||1st (AP)|
Tom Rand, 6-2, F, 1955, East
No All-State Team in 1955
Rand was more than just the younger brother of Terry Rand on the basketball court. An accomplished player in his own right, Tom Rand scored 983 points in three varsity seasons for the Red Devils. He helped coach Walt Wittman's teams to a combined record of 49-20 from 1952-55 and earned first-team all-Fox River Valley Conference laurels as a junior and senior. Playing at the forward position, Rand scored 23 points in a sectional semifinal win over Lena in 1955 and then had 20 in a 66-63 loss to Kimberly in the sectional final. He went on the play college basketball at Michigan State and started on the Spartans' conference title team in 1958-59.
Lyle (Bucky) Wickman, 6-0, G, 1960, Preble
Second Team All-State 1960 AP
The best player during the early years of Preble High School, Wickman was a scoring machine for coach Bill Dessart as a senior in 1959-60. He torched De Pere for 56 points in his final regular-season game on February 26, 1960, and then went for 34 in a regional contest against Green Bay West. As a senior, Wickman scored 627 points. He finished his four-year prep career with the Hornets with 1,142 points. Wickman went on to play college basketball at UW-Stevens Point.
Pat Harrington, 6-5, F, 1965, East
First Team All-State 1965 UPI
Many longtime followers of East sports feel Harrington is the best athlete to ever come out of the school, excelling in both football and basketball. He was named to the Associated Press All-State basketball and football teams as a junior and senior. In basketball, Harrington scored 1,027 career points from 1962-65. He led the Fox River Valley Conference in scoring as a junior, and scored in double figures every game he played as a junior and senior while playing for coach Bob Torresani. As a senior he scored 20 or more points in 16 of 19 games, and had 30 or more six times with a career-high of 38 against Antigo. Harrington went on to accept a scholarship offer to play football at Northwestern.
Tom Hughbanks, 6-4, F, 1958, East
First Team All-State 1960 AP
Although Hugbanks played just two years of varsity basketball at East, he scored 501 of his 782 career points during his highly productive senior season, including a career-best 37 in a game against De Pere. He helped East to a 17-6 record under coach Carl Sunby and a runner-up finish in the Fox River Valley Conference standings behind Manitowoc. In Hughbanks final high school game, he scored 34 points as the Red Devils lost to Appleton 73-50 in a WIAA sectional consolation contest. Hughbanks went on play at the University of Wisconsin, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior. As a senior at Wisconsin in 1961-62, Hughbanks was named team captain and helped the club to an upset victory over Ohio State and a second-place finish in the league standings.
Jerry Tagge, 6-2, F, 1968, West
First Team All-State 1968 AP
Most likely remember Tagge for his exploits on the football field, at West, Nebraska and with the Green Bay Packers. But he also was an oustanding high school basketball player for coach Bob Koss at West, scoring 896 points in two varsity seasons and averaging 23.3 points and 11.0 rebounds as a senior in 1967-68. The muscular 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward was nearly unstoppable at times as he scored both from the inside and from the outside for the Wildcats, who finished second in the Fox River Valley Conference standings in 1968. Tagge went on to play quarterback at Nebraska, leading the Huskers to national championships in 1970 and 1971. He then played with the Packers from 1972 to 1974.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL||All-State Team|
|Wayne Monson||6'1"||1956||East||No All-State Team in 1956|
|Gary Herold||5'8"||1956||Premontre||No All-State team in 1956|
|Greg Knafelc||6'4"||1977||Premontre||HM (AP)|
|Tom Skaleski||6'7"||1970||Premontre||2nd (UPI)|
|Rob Westphal||6'5"||1966||West||1st (UPI)|
Wayne Monson, 6-11, F, 1955, East
No All-State Team in 1955
Monson was known most for his versatility. He could play different positions and score from both the inside and outside, which he did for three years under coach Walt Wittman at East. He earned honorable mention all-league honors in the Fox River Valley Conference as a junior and had 18 points in the Red Devils' 66-63 loss to Kimberly in a WIAA sectional final. A year later in 1954-55, Monson earned first-team all-conference recognition and scored 383 points, averaging 19.2 ppg. He scored 717 points in three seasons and went on to play college basketball at LSU, averaging 10.2 ppg in 1957-58 and 9.6 ppg in 1958-59.
Gary Herold, 5-10, G, 1956, Premontre
No All-State Team in 1956
Herold was one of the better players to come out of Green Bay in the 1950s despite his small stature. He played three seasons of varsity basketball, two at Central Catholic and one at Premontre after Central Catholic moved over to the Premontre campus that opened in the fall of 1955. Herold earned first-team all-Fox Valley Catholic Conference honors in 1955-56 playing for coach Ted Fritsch and later starred at St. Norbert College, scoring 1,222 points in two seasons before opting to transfer and finish his collegiate career at UW-Stevens Point. Herold, who died in 2004, also served as the varsity coach at Premontre for four seasons in the 1960s.
Greg Knafelc, 6-4, F, 1977, Premontre
Honorable Mention All-State 1977 AP
One of the top all-around athletes to ever come out of the Fox Valley Christian Conference, Knafelc excelled on the basketball court for coach Roy Smits from 1974-77, helping the Cadets to league titles as a junior and senior. The son of former Green Bay Packer, Gary Knafelc, Greg Knafelc earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior, and scored 1,185 career points. In a showdown for first place on the last day of the regular season in 1976, Knafelc scored a career-best 40 points on his birthday as Premontre crushed visiting Xavier, 76-58. He helped the Cadets to the WISAA State Tournament in 1976-77 as the team went 19-4 after losing to Milwaukee Marquette in the consolation title game. Knafelc, an all-state quarterback, went to play college football at Notre Dame, and spent the 1981 NFL season on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad before playing in 1982 and 1983 with the New Orleans Saints.
Tom Skaleski, 6-7, F, 1970, Premontre
Second Team All-State 1970 UPI
Skaleski had an outstanding junior season for coach Grant Killoran at Premontre as he scored 592 points and helped the Cadets to a 17-7 record and a trip to the WISAA State Tournament in 1969. Skaleski averaged 24.7 ppg and scored a career-high 41 in a victory over St. Mary Catholic and 40 in a two-point loss to Marinette Catholic Central. A bout with mono limited his effectiveness as a senior, but he still managed to score 33 points in a victory over Marinette Catholic Central and 31 in a triumph over Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs. The two-time first-team all-Fox Valley Catholic Conference performer went on to play college basketball at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Rob Westphal, 6-5, F, 1966, West
First Team All-State 1966 UPI
Westphal led West to an undefeated record during the regular season and a Fox River Valley Conference title under coach Bob Kloss. The Player of the Year in the league then helped the Wildcats to a WIAA State Tournament berth, scoring 28 points in a regional-victory over Kewaunee and 14 in the Wildcats' 55-53 triumph over league-rival in the sectional final at the Green Bay Arena. Westphal had 19 points and 14 rebounds for West in its 66-52 loss to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln in the quarterfinal round of the 1966 WIAA State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. He had 11 points in a consolation-round loss to Madison East as the Wildcats finished one of the most successful seasons in the long history of the school with a 23-2 record. Westphal went on to play college basketball at UW-Stevens Point.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL||All-State Team|
|Ron Strassburger||6'7"||1987||Southwest||2nd (AP)|
|Pat Daul||6'4"||1982||Premontre||2nd (AP)|
|John DeYoung||6'4"||1969||East||1st (AP)|
|Kevin Olm||6'3"||1994||East||3rd (AP)|
|Jesse Steinfeldt||6'6"||1992||Preble||2nd (AP)|
Ron Strassburger, 6-7, F, 1987, Southwest
Second Team All-State 1987 AP
Playing for coach Tim Moran at Southwest, Strassburger competed in three WIAA sectional finals for the Trojans, but came up short each time, losing to Preble as a sophomore, Appleton East as a junior and Antigo as a senior. As a senior in 1986-87, Strassburger was chosen as the Player of the Year in the Fox River Valley Conference after helping Southwest to a share of the league title with Sheboygan North. He scored 532 points and averaged 22.2 ppg in 1986-87 as Southwest finished 19-5. Strassburger averaged 13 ppg and 8.1 rpg as a junior as Southwest finished 16-7. He went on to play four years of college basketball at Northern Michigan and earned a spot on the All-GLIAC Tournament team as a senior in 1990-91.
Pat Daul, 6-4, F, 1982, Premontre
Second Team All-State 1982 AP
Daul helped Premontre capture the lone state championship in city history in 1982. The talented 6-foot-4 wing player scored 18 points in a quarterfinal victory over Assumption in the WISAA State Tournament in Milwaukee and then poured in 35 points in a 64-59 win over St. Catherine's in the state semifinals. In a 77-76 victory over St. Mary's Springs in the title game, Daul had 23 points. He earned first-team all-Fox Valley CHristian Conference honors as a junior and senior playing for coach Roy Smits and helped the Cadets to a 22-3 record in 1981-82. After playing one year at Loras College in Dubuque, Daul transferred to UW-La Crosse and played basketball for coach Burt McDonald.
John DeYoung, 6-4, F, 1969, East
First Team All-State 1969 AP
DeYoung played three seasons at East from 1966-69 and his 1,179 career points remains a school record more than 50 years after he graduated from the school. DeYoung scored a career-high 43 points in a game against Oshkosh High School as a junior, and he helped the Red Devils to a share of the Fox River Valley Conference title with West and Neenah and a 17-6 record under coach Orrie Jirele in 1968-69. It was the Red Devils' first league title since 1954 and DeYoung scored 29 points in the final regular-season game, a victory over Neenah that assured the Red Devils of the league title. DeYoung averaged 24.5 ppg as a senior and 21.8 ppg as a junior at East before going on to play college basketball at UW-Oshkosh.
Kevin Olm, 6-3, G, 1994, East
Third Team All-State 1994 AP
A rangy, defensive whiz who got better and better during his prep career playing for coach Steve Kestly at East, Olm played three varsity seasons for the Red Devils. He was named Fox River Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1993-94 while helping East to a 17-5 record and a second-place finish in the league standings. Utilizing his length, anticipation and quickness to make it exceptionally difficult for opponents to score, Olm went on to play four years of college basketball at UW-Green Bay.
Jesse Steinfeldt, 6-6, F, 1992, Preble
Second Team All-State 1994 AP
A two-time Player of the Year in the Fox River Valley Conference, Steinfeldt helped Preble to a 21-5 record, a share of the league title with Sheboygan North and a semifinal berth in the WIAA Class A State Tournament by averaging 22.8 points and 9.8 rebounds during his junior season. As a senior, Steinfeldt averaged 18.7 points and 7.2 rebounds as Preble went 16-5 under coach Keith Wall. Steinfeldt established a then-school record total for career rebounds with 491 while also scoring 1,092 points. He went on to play both football and basketball at Yale University.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL||All-State Team|
|Dave Mellenthin||6'5"||1996||East||2nd (AP)|
|Matt Aslakson||6'4"||1993||East||3rd (AP)|
|Jim Wall||5'8"||1985||Preble||3rd (UPI)|
|Steve Sorenson||6'0"||1983||West||2nd (UPI)|
|Paul Anderson||6'2"||1978||Southwest||4th (AP)|
|Casey Zakowski||6'5"||1978||Southwest||2nd (AP)|
|Mark Weigman||6'4"||1978||Premontre||4th (AP)|
|Mark Brost||6'4"||1973||Southwest||3rd (AP)|
|Al Scheels||6'1"||1971||Southwest||4th (AP)|
|Dennis Gutzman||6'2"||1967||West||2nd (AP)|
|Ken Payette||6'1"||1963||Premontre||2nd (UPI - Catholic)|
|Bob Wittig||6'3"||1959||East||2nd (UPI)|
|By Prentice||6'2"||1958||East||2nd (AP)|
Notes (1990s): Dave Mellenthin (6-5) helped East to its second WIAA State Tournament appearance in 1995-96, scoring 588 points during a stellar senior season. He helped the Red Devils to a share of the Fox River Valley Conference title his senior year and a 19-5 record under coach Steve Kestly. Mellenthin averaged 23.2 ppg and 7.1 rpg as a senior and scored 1,080 career points. He went on to play four years of college basketball at UW-Eau Claire ... Matt Aslakson (6-4) was a stellar player for coach Steve Kestly at East from 1990-93, and helped the Red Devils to the school's WIAA State Tournament appearance as a senior in 1992-93. He helped the Red Devils to a 20-4 record that season and earned first-team all-Fox River Valley Conference laurels as a junior and senior, including Player of the Year honors as a senior. Aslakson went on to play college basketball at UW-Oshkosh.
Notes (1980s): Jim Wall (5-9) was chosen as the Player of the Year in the Fox River Valley Conference as a senior in 1984-85. He led the league in scoring at 20.8 ppg and was instrumental in helping the Hornets to the WIAA Class A State Tournament. Playing for his father and coach, Keith Wall, Jim Wall scored 23 points in a state quarterfinal victory over Watertown before dropping in 20 in a 53-52 loss to Milwaukee Washington in the semifinals. Wall went on to play college basketball at Parkside, Stevens Point and St. Nobert, and later became the head coach at Preble ... Steve Sorenson (6-0) starred on the last team at West to play in the WIAA State Tournament. Competing for coach Steve Nault and playing alongside talented backcourt teammate Bud Keyes, Sorenson averaged 15.3 ppg while helping West to a 22-2 record and the Fox River Valley Conference title. At the WIAA State Tournament, Sorenson scored 15 points in a quarterfinal win over Milwaukee Madison, and had 16 in the semifinal loss to Milwaukee Tech. Sorenson went on to attend Harvard University.
Notes (1970s): Casey Zakowski (6-5) and Paul Anderson (6-2) helped Southwest to consecutive championships in the Fox River Valley Conference in 1977 and 1978. Zakowski averaged 22.0 points and 10.6 rebounds as a senior while Anderson contributed 11.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Southwest went 19-3 in 1977-78 and won the league title. Both Zakowski and Anderson went on to play four seasons at UW-Green Bay with Zakowski scoring 653 points and Anderson 632 points ... Mark Weigman (6-4) was named Player of the Year in the Fox Valley Christian Conference in 1977-78 after scoring 533 points and averaging 25.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while helping Premontre to an 18-3 record and the league title under coach Roy Smits. Weigman went on to play two years of college basketball at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, and two years at St. Norbert College ... Mark Brost (6-4) earned Player of the Year honors in the Fox River Valley Conference as a senior in 1972-73 while leading Southwest to a 16-7 record under coach Steve Nault. In a WIAA regional final against Oconto, Brost made two free throws with just one second left to help the Trojans to a 62-60 victory. The lanky forward went on to play two-plus seasons at UW-Eau Claire ... Al Scheels (6-1) was chosen as the Player of the Year in the Fox River Valley Conference after leading Southwest to the league title in 1971-72. He led the FRVC in scoring that season and helped the Trojans to an 18-4 record under coach Steve Nault. Scheels went on to play college basketball at Ripon College.
Notes (1960s): Dennis Gutzman (6-2) was a stellar all-around athlete at West and helped the Wildcats to the Fox River Valley Conference title and a berth in the WIAA State Tournament as a senior in 1966-67. He scored 25 points in a state quarterfinal loss to Platteville, 25 in a consolation semifinal triumph over La Crose Central and 23 in the consolation title game win over Whitefish Bay. The first-team all-league performer was chosen on the WIAA All-Tournament team as West went 22-4 under coach Bob Kloss. Gutzman went on to play college football at Nebraska ... Ken Payette (6-1) played three seasons of varsity basketball for coach Clayton Maloney at Premontre and helped the Cadets to the Catholic schools state tournament as a junior and senior. Premontre went 16-8 during his senior season in 1962-63 and he scored a career-high 27 points in a triumph over Little Chute St. John.
Notes (1950s): Bob Wittig (6-3) was one of the premier players in the Fox River Valley Conference in the last 1950s. Playing for coach Carl Sunby at East, Wittig helped the Red Devils to a 19-6 record and a WIAA sectional appearance as a junior. He helped a young squad that lost several starters to graduation to a 13-10 record as a senior, scoring 25 points in a regional victory over De Pere. Wittig went on to play college basketball at the University of Wisconsin ... By Prentice (6-2) scored 1,028 points over the course of three seasons of playing varsity basketball at East. He led the Fox River Valley Conference in scoring as a junior and senior, and netted a career-high 35 points in a game against Appleton. Prentice went on to play basketball at Rice University.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL|
|Jim White||6'3"||1953||Central Catholic|
|Jerry O'Brien||6'3"||1951||Central Catholic|
|Warren (Wimpy) Cartier||6'3"||1943||West|
Notes (1950s): Jim White (6-3) earned first-team all-Fox Valley Catholic Conference laurels as a senior in 1952-53 after leading the Cadets to the league title and a 19-5 record. He led the Catholic school state tournament in scoring with 87 points in four games as Central Catholic finished as consolation runners-up under coach Ted Fritsch. White went on to play both basketball and golf at St. Norbert College ... Jerry O'Brien (6-3) was a three-year starter at Central Catholic, which later became Premontre. O'Brien twice scored a then-school record 30 points as a senior in 1950-51 in Fox Valley Catholic Conference games against Menasha St. Mary. He helped Central Catholic to a 34-12 record over his final two seasons and twice earned first-team all-league honors. He went on to play college basketball at Marquette.
Notes (1940s): Warren (Wimpy) Cartier (6-3) scored a then-Fox River Valley Conference 201 points in 14 games (14.4 ppg) in 1942-43 while helping West to a second-place finish in the league standings behind Sheboygan North. Cartier scored 21 points in his final high school contest, a 38-16 victory over West. He spent part of one season playing football at Marquette before enlisting in the Navy. He later played four years of college basketball at North Carolina State and was a member of a team that finished third in the NCAA Tournament. Cartier also spent nine years coaching the boys' varsity basketball team at Wauwatosa West.
Notes (1930s): Johnny Cobb (5-9) helped East to back-to-back Fox River Valley Conference titles in 1935 and 1936 under coach Luis Means. He earned first-team all-league recognition as a senior in 1935-36 and went on to play college basketball at Yale University.
|NAME||HEIGHT||GRADUATION YEAR||HIGH SCHOOL||POINTS|
|Sam Meerstein||6'5"||2019||NEW Lutheran||1,986|
|Adam Jones||6'2"||2002||NEW Lutheran||1,734|
|Kaylor Zimmerman||6'2"||2011||NEW Lutheran||1,199|
|Dakota Zinser||6'3"||2014||NEW Lutheran||1,169|
|Ben Bobinski||6'3"||2013||Notre Dame||1,100|
|Paul Wordell||6'1"||1983||NEW Lutheran||1,099|
|Darren Rankin||6'7"||1992||Pennings/Notre Dame||1,058|
|Ethan Derricks||5'11"||2010||NEW Lutheran||1,004|
Notes (2000s): Sam Meerstein (6-5) missed becoming the first 2,000-point scorer in Green Bay history by a mere 14 points as he netted 1,986 points from 2015-19 while playing for his father and coach, Mark Meerstein, at NEW Lutheran. A three-time first-team all-Packerland Conference performer, Sam Meerstein helped the Blazers to the WIAA State Tournament as a freshman and junior. He now is attending UW-Platteville and is a member of the Pioneers' men's basketball program ... Dakota Zinser (6-3), an extremely athletic wing player, helped NEW Lutheran to Packerland Conference titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Blazers went 76-7 during Zinser's three-years of varsity basketball and finished as runners-up in the WIAA Division 5 State Tournament in 2013 and 2014. Zinser averaged 19.4 ppg as a senior and had 14 points and five rebounds in NEW Lutheran's 49-42 loss to Thorp in the Division 5 championship game in 2014. Zinser went on to play college basketball at NCAA Division II Palm Beach Atlantic and now is playing professionally overseas ... Aaron Moesch (6-8) averaged 18.0 points and helped Southwest to a 14-10 record as a senior in 2012-13. He scored 1,044 career points playing for coach Chirs Karcz and went on to play college basketball at a preferred walkon at the University of Wisconsin ... Ben Bobinski (6-4) helped Notre Dame to a 14-10 record in 2013-14 under coach Tom Van Deurzen. He became the all-time leading scorer in Notre Dame history with 1,100 points and went on to score 820 points in four seasons of playing for coach Gary Grzesk at St. Norbert ... Adam Jones (6-2) averaged in double-scoring figures in each of his four seasons of playing varsity basketball for coach Mark Meerstein at NEW Lutheran. Jones averaged 22 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior in 2001-02, helping the Blazers to a WIAA sectional final. He completed his prep career with 1,734 points and went on to average 6.4 points and 2.2 rebounds over four years of playing college basketball at Concordia University in Mequon ...
Notes (1990s): Darren Rankin (6-7) played for a WISAA Class A state-title team as a sophomore at De Pere Abbot Pennings, and then spent his junior and senior years at Notre Dame in Green Bay after Premontre, Pennings and St. Joseph merged to form the new school. Rankin earned first-team all-Fox Valley Christian Conference laurels as a junior and senior and led the Tritons to two league titles and two appearances in the WISAA State Tournament. He went on to play college basketball at Harvard, scoring 657 points and grabbing 355 rebounds. He also played professionally overseas following his collegiate days at Harvard.
Notes (1970s): Kevin Heuvelmans (6-4) earned first-team all-Fox Valley Christian Conference recognition as a junior and senior while playing for coach Tom Lemorande at Premontre. A strong inside player with a good shooting touch, Heuvelmans scored 1,223 points for the Cadets, including 28 in his final high school, a WISAA State Tournament loss in 1973 to Appleton Xavier. Heuvelmans went on to score 1,019 career points in college at Carroll University in Waukesha.
Additional Notes (2000s): Dennis Tinnon (6-7) had a big senior season for coach Rick Rosinski at East in 2006-07, averaging 18 points and 15 rebounds. He in a game against West, Tinnon had 30 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. He set an unofficial record for most rebounds in a season with 263 and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in the league. He went on to play college basketball at Marshall and professionally in Europe ... Harry Boyce (6-3) played three varsity seasons at East, including two for coach Rick Rosinski. He scored 987 career points for the Red Devils and was the Player of the Year in the Fox River Classic Conference in 2002-03. A stellar defender in addition to his ability on the offensive end of the court, Boyce played two seasons at Williston State in North Dakota and later at the University of North Dakota. He currently is the director of the Team 1848 club program in the Green Bay area ... Colin Davis (6-4) earned first-team all-league recognition in the Fox River Valley Conference while playing for coach Tom Neises at Notre Dame in 2000-01. He averaged 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as the Tritons went 11-11 overall. Davis went on to play college basketball at Columbia University of the Ivy League.
Additional Notes (1990s): Chris Conger (6-2) was not a star at Southwest, but he did contribute 10 ppg and 5 rpg as a senior in 1989-90 while playing for coach Casey Zakowski. However, Conger kept playing after high school -- as a walkon at the University of Wisconsin. He scored 36 points in three seasons with the Badgers and later became a successful college coach at Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Additional Notes (1980s): Scott Mayer (6-8) averaged 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the floor as a senior at West in 1983-84. Playing for coach Steve Nault, Mayer helped West to a 14-6 record. He went on to play four years of college basketball at St. Mary's University in California, scoring 481 points and grabbing 307 rebounds ... Gordy Skagestad (6-5), a foreign exchange student from Norway, came to the United States in the fall of 1981 and enrolled at Bay Port. However, after the WIAA ruled him ineligible due to circumstances surrounding his enrollment, he transferred to Premontre and became an all-Fox Valley Christian Conference performer. He scored 33 points in the Cadets' 77-76 victory over St. Mary's Springs in the 1982 WISAA Class A title game, giving Green Bay its first and only state championship. Skagestad went on to star for four seasons at UW-Oshkosh, scoring 1,027 career points.
Additional Notes (1970s): Scott McLaughlin (6-8) helped Preble to its first WIAA State Tournament appearance in 1975-76, scoring 24 points in a regional final against West DePere and 18 in a sectional semifinal win over Kaukauna. McLaughlin encountered foul trouble in the Wildcats' 43-41 loss to Beloit Memorial in the state quarterfinal round and scored just two points as coach Keith Wall's squad ended the campaign with an 18-5 record. McLaughlin went on to play college basketball at the University of Pacific.
Additional Notes (1960s): Steve Young (6-3) helped Premontre to a 19-3 record under first-year coach Grant Killoran in 1967-68. He earned first-team all-Fox Valley Catholic Conference honors and poured in 30 points in a 70-69 victory over Prairie du Chien Campion. Young graduated from Premontre in the spring of 1968 as the school's all-time leading scorer with 950 points. He went on to play college basketball at UW-Oshkosh.