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 collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.
This edition takes a look at three former area athletes that are now competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Oestreich starting for Platteville
Matt Oestreich, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, is in his third year as a starting point guard for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville men’s basketball team.
Oestreich, a junior, has started 13 of the Pioneers’ 15 games this season, scoring in double figures eight times. He missed last Saturday’s game at UW-Whitewater, which Platteville lost 68-66.
He is averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this season for Platteville. He scored a season-high 16 points in a loss to Loras College on Dec. 17.
Platteville began the season 5-1 but has now lost five in a row to fall to 7-8 overall and 0-4 in the WIAC. The Pioneers host UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday and UW-La Crosse this Saturday.
Zuiker finds playing time at Point
Luke Zuiker, who graduated from Marshfield High School in 2014, is a junior reserve on the UW-Stevens Point men’s basketball team.
Zuiker has played in 12 of the Pointers’ 14 games this season, coming off the bench in each. He averages 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8 minutes per game. Zuiker has made 8 of 15 shots from 3-point range and is shooting 51.7 percent overall from the field.
Zuiker had a career-high 11 points in a win over Lynchburg College (Virginia) at a tournament in Maryland on Nov. 19.
UWSP is 8-6 overall and 2-2 in the WIAC. The Pointers host UW-Eau Claire on Saturday after playing at Platteville against Zuiker’s old teammate Oestrich on Wednesday.
Gamillo coming off the bench at UWSP
Colby High School graduate Sarah Gamillo is a senior on the UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team.
Gamillo has come off the bench in all 15 games this season for the Pointers (11-4, 3-1 WIAC), averaging 7.5 minutes, 1.5 points, and nearly one rebound per game. She has made three 3-pointers and has six steals on the defensive end.
Gamillo scored a season-high eight points in a win at UW-Stout on Jan. 11. The Pointers host UW-Platteville on Wednesday and are at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday.