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Thursday, 05 December 2013 14:58

Badger’s Lincoln Wieseman all about team success

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Badger High School junior Lincoln Wieseman led the team with a 10.1 scoring average and was an honorable mention pick in the Southern Lakes Conference last year. Badger High School junior Lincoln Wieseman led the team with a 10.1 scoring average and was an honorable mention pick in the Southern Lakes Conference last year. Terry Mayer/staff

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- He is the fifth in a line of six children whose names, like their parents Lyndon and Lisa, start with the letter “L.”

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Lincoln Wieseman also comes from a long line of athletes: His father played football at South Dakota State and his brother Laramie and sister Lana are basketball players at Beloit College.

And that’s the sport that the 6-foot-5 Badger High School junior excels at, having earned Southern Lakes Conference honorable mention recognition last year after averaging a team-leading 10.1 points per game.

The youngest Wieseman son is hoping to help Badger turn more L’s into W’s after Badger lost six games by five points or less and wound up 8-15 overall and 3-11 in SLC action.

And third-year Badgers’ coach Darin Lottig said Wieseman is the right player to lead such a turnaround.

“Lincoln put a lot of time into working on his skills and had a good fall … and that breeds success,” Lottig said. “I’ve seen gifted players ruin teams before, but he does not want to do that. He does what makes us a better team. And part of his growth on the offensive end is taking what the defense gives him, whether it’s hitting a three-pointer or going into the low post. He’s just into making basketball plays, whether it’s reversing the ball and giving it up or making a screen.”

Wieseman said any improvements he makes helps the team and vice versa.

“Our two most important things are playing together and developing better mental toughness late in games,” Wieseman said. “That’s why we were 8-15 … we lost a lot of close games and we didn’t always know how to play together. Personally, I have worked on developing my outside game and can help my team by getting to the line more and taking it to the hoop in transition. I’m working on my ball handling and quickness.”

Lottig said Wieseman has the physical skills to become dominant, but his mental makeup is what separates him.

“He can do it all on the court, whether it’s in the post, on the perimeter or handling the ball,” Lottig said. “He has such great awareness and unselfishness and does all of the little things, and those are so important to a team’s success. But his best attribute is his team attitude and leadership. He is a confident kid, but he’s not looking to be the focus. He is a good human being with high character, and that spills onto the court. And the other players see that.”

Wieseman said regardless of any accolades, his hoops-playing siblings have taught him a lot.

Laramie is a senior, but a junior eligibility-wise, because he missed last year with an injury. Lana is a sophomore and the second-leading scorer for the Bucs’ women’s team through four games.

“The big thing I learned from Laramie is staying positive whatever happens,” Wieseman said. “And he took that mentality and averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds. He accepted his role and played his butt off.

“And from Lana I learned that you have to focus on the game and all of the little things that go into it,” Wieseman added. “She taught me about the mental aspects. She credits that to golfing. In golf you have to think ahead, and she translated that to basketball.”

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