Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level
By Paul Lecker
A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of those athletes’ collegiate exploits.
Hebert plays floor general for UW-Stout
Kyleigh Hebert, a 2012 graduate of Spencer High School, is the starting point guard for the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s basketball team.
Hebert, a senior, has started all eight games for the Blue Devils this season and is second on the team in scoring at 10.6 points and rebounding at 5.3 per game. She leads the team in assists with 48 and steals with 23.
UW-Stout was 4-4 heading into play at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn., where it played Penn State-Behrend on Dec. 29 and Hamilton College (N.Y.) on Dec. 30. The Blue Devils host St. Mary’s University (Minn.) on Saturday before opening Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Jan. 6 at UW-Whitewater.
Colby’s Kaiser wraps up cross country season
Amanda Kaiser, a 2013 graduate of Colby High School, recently completed her junior season as a member of the NCAA Division II Winona State University (Minn.) cross country team.
Kaiser had a season-best performance of 19:45 in the UW-Parkside Midwest Invitational in Somers, Wis., on Sept. 12 in a 5,000-meter race.
Her best 6,000-meter finish in her junior season came at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Meet at Falcon Heights, Minn., on Oct. 24, when she ran a time of 23:29 to place 20th and earn second-team all-conference honors.
Varsho scores 1,000th point for Sioux Falls
Taylor Varsho, a 2012 graduate of Marshfield High School, recently surpassed the 1,000-point plateau as she is finishing her career at NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls (S.D.).
Varsho scored 23 points to help USF to an 88-72 victory over Southwest Minnesota State on Dec. 19, pushing her career points total to 1,010. She was 5-for-11 from 3-point range in the win, and the Cougars move to 11-1 overall, the best start in program history.
Sioux Falls is 5-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference heading into its next two games this weekend. USF plays crosstown rival Augustana on Saturday and at Wayne State (Neb.) on Sunday in a pair of conference contests.
Varsho, the all-time leading scorer for Marshfield girls basketball, had a season-high 30 points in a win over Minot State on Dec. 11, making six shots from 3-point range. She leads the team in scoring at 18.8 points per game and has made 41 3-pointers in 12 games. She is also averaging 3 assists, 2 steals, and 4.2 rebounds per game.