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Glue Guy Feature

Maddox Durst

Maddox Durst

Glue Guy - The one who does the little (often unnoticed) things that help a team succeed

I’m here to feature glue guys and girls from every sports team in the North Shore Conference. These feature articles will showcase the athletes whose efforts tend to be overlooked, but are major factors in their team’s success.

 


Logan Rupnow, West Bend West

Logan Rupnow - Glue Guy

In the fourth feature of the ‘Glue Guy’, West Bend West boys basketball head coach, Todd Pyszora, had great things to say about his Glue Guy.

What is the name of your Glue Guy?

Logan Rupnow

How does your Glue Guy help your team succeed? What little things does he do?

Coach Pyszora explained that off the court that Logan, “...sends out emails to (the) whole program (and) leads captains workouts.” For West Bend West basketball, Coach Pyszora claims that Logan strives to, “...leave a legacy in our basketball program.” Coach Pyszora enjoys having Logan as an, “...extension of our coaching staff.” He represents their program on and off the court, but like the Glue Guy, he does it in a humble, quiet matter.

Bio:

Logan Rupnow is a 6’3 senior, #21, and a three year varsity player for the West Bend West Spartans. He describes Logan as, “...hard-working, fun to be around, social…” In addition to basketball, Logan is the Vice President of the National Honors Society at West Bend West, a 4 year varsity baseball player (2017 state champion), and enjoys hanging out with friends. As a senior Logan has decided to go to Winona State University to pursue a career in Chiropractics.

What’s Next:

You can catch Rupnow and the Spartans live at home on January 25th, when they welcome the second place Homestead Highlanders into town. Once again, thank you to Coach Pyszora and West Bend West for taking the time and consideration to fill out the questionnaire.


Jake Lippe, Port Washington High School

Jake Lippe

In my 3rd feature article of the “Glue Guy”, I was fortunate enough to get a response from Port Washington Boys Basketball Head Coach, Brian Hebein.

- reported by Maddox Durst

 

What is the name of your Glue Guy?

Jacob Lippe

How does your Glue Guy help your team succeed? What little things does he do?

Defends the teams best scorer whether it is a guard or a big man. He takes the most charges on the team, he rebounds well, and dives on the floor for loose balls. He is also a team captain and 4 year varsity performer.

Bio:

Jacob Lippe is a 6’3 senior, #3, and a four year player for the Port Washington Pirates. Jacob is described by Coach Hebein as a, “...fiery, ultra competitive person. He brings energy and effort to every single practice and game.” Outside of basketball, Jacob is also involved in football, track, and the Port Washington Best Buddies program. In his free time, Jacob enjoys fishing, golfing, playing card games, and listening to hip hop music. For the future, Jacob received a football scholarship from 2018-19 FCS champions, North Dakota State.

 

Lippe and the Pirates are at home January 11th, as they continue conference play against the Grafton Blackhawks. Once again, I would like to give a shout out to Coach Hebein, for taking time out of his day to fill out the questionnaire.

 


Sommer Schneider, West Bend East High School

Sommer Schneider

I was lucky enough to get a response from West Bend East head Girls’ Basketball coach, Tiffany Ziegler.

- reported by Maddox Durst

 

What is the name of your Glue Girl?

Sommer Schneider

How does your Glue Girl help your team succeed? What little things does she do?

Our team can always count on Sommer for support through our ups and downs. Sommer is not our top scorer or top rebounder but she will be your number one teammate all the time. She comes to practice with a smile on her face and knows her role as a teammate and player on our team. Sommer is the first one on the bench to make sure she’s bringing the energy and reminds girls of what the expectations are within the program. Sommer never complains and just shows up.

Bio:

Sommer Schneider is a 5’4 senior guard, #1, and a second year player for the West Bend East Suns. She is described by Coach Ziegler as, “Outgoing, sociable, energetic, and talkative.” In addition to basketball, Sommer also participates on the West Bend East track team. As a senior, Sommer has decided to major in Biology in the Pre Medical field. You can catch Sommer and the Suns live after winter break on Tuesday, January 8th, when they travel to Nicolet to face the Knights. Once again, thank you to Coach Ziegler for responding to the questionnaire.


Ben Wilkin, Grafton High School

Ben Wilkin

In my first feature article, I was lucky enough to sit down and talk to Grafton’s head Boys Basketball coach, Damon James. Enjoy!

- reported by Maddox Durst

 

What is the name of your Glue Guy?

Ben Wilkin

How does your Glue Guy help your team succeed? What little things does he do?

Ben does all the dirty work that doesn't get in the stat book. He guards bigger players, gets on the floor for loose balls, is communicating on the floor.

What is their personality like?

Off the court, quiet and reserved.

How does he bring this team together?

He has excelled in his role, knowing that what he does helps to give our program chances to win.

Bio:

Ben Wilkin is a 6’1 senior, #34, utility player, and a second year starter for the Grafton Blackhawks. So next time you are at a Grafton Varsity Basketball game, make sure to check out all of the small things Ben Wilkin will do for the Blackhawks. You can catch the Blackhawks live on Friday, December 7th when they play against Homestead at Grafton High School. I want to give a big thank you to Grafton Varsity Basketball Coach, Damon James, for allowing an interview about the Grafton Boys Basketball Glue Guy.