WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Since his sophomore year, Chase Lamp has been a fixture on the varsity basketball team at Assumption High School.
After a standout junior year he was a first team selection on the all-Marawood South Division squad and this year, he is currently third in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game.
“Chase makes everyone better because he sees the floor really well,” Assumption coach Gary Weisenbeck said. “He’s had some to overcome some injuries when he was younger, but he got stronger and he’s stayed healthy and improved every year.
“He has an x on his back every night. He’s going to draw the best defender the other team has every game we play and he still finds way to have success individually and as part of the team.”
Your team doesn’t have a lot of size, what do you do to try and offset that? By putting a lot of ball pressure on the other team’s guards and trying to score off turnovers. Our post players do a good job of sealing off the big guys on other teams, so we can pressure them up front, but basically we try and run as much as possible to offset our lack of size.
The big guys on the team are young, a freshman and sophomore, but they seem to be getting the job done for the team don’t they? They do a great job for young guys. Brandon (Birkhauser) is a good football player and he gives us a big physical presence in the post. He’s not afraid to mix it up. And Joe (Grundhoffer) is skilled with his footwork on the offensive end and has a good shot. Both guys are also are good on the boards on both ends of the court.
What did it mean to the team to beat Auburndale at their house earlier this year? It’s been since 2009 since we’ve beaten them and to do it at their gym was huge. They’re always a tough, well coached team and they are a big rival so I knew it meant a lot to coach Weisenbeck.
How does playing teams like Amherst help you down the road? It was a nonconference game so it was a good challenge even though we lost. Games like that will do more for us in the playoffs than playing a weaker team and winning by 20. Going against a big guy like (Tyler) Biadasz is going to help us when we face guys like him in the playoffs. And going up against a shooter like Connor Zblewski is going to help us be ready for that type of player down the road.
Is it difficult to play the pressure style defense that coach Weisenbeck has you play? It’s tough and we have to be in great shape to do it well. We practice with the same intensity as we play in games, so that means we run in practice every bit as much as we play in games. It’s exhausting, but it works.
Finish this sentence: People would be surprised that I __? Read a lot. When I was a little kid I liked reading and I never stopped. I like reading the classic books that have a lot of meaning and make you think. I really like Great Expectations.
Mark Massoglia can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext. 6736. Follow him on Twitter @markmazzy.
Sports: Basketball, baseball
Family: Dad, Kalin; mom, Jill; brother, Alex; sisters, Hannah, Libbly
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Favorite food: Chicken wings
Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad
Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happiness
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite team: Milwaukee Bucks
Favorite vacation: Fort Myers, Fla.
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