His tall, wide body led to better than 1,000 points in his high school basketball career, and his accurate shooting on the golf course resulted in a trip to the state tournament twice.
Now, former Monona Grove High School athlete Jake Schroeckenthaler will be taking his talents in both sports to Edgewood College.
The 2019-20 Eagles’ men basketball team under head coach Justin Meyer finished with an overall record of 8-17. The men’s golf team, led by coach Gary Oftedahl, won two events in the 2019 fall portion of the season, but the spring tournaments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schroeckenthaler, a 2018 graduate of MG, played basketball and golf at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Yet, he left the school after his freshman season and took off a year from sports while attending classes at Madison College in 2019-20.
Schroeckenthaler said he talked to Edgewood College when he was still in high school, but he had already committed to Viterbo.
“I’m definitely glad I’m here now and that I made the right decision,” he said. “The fact they thought I would blend in with both teams was a huge selling point.
Coach Zweifel excited
Schroeckenthaler, who still has three years of eligibility remaining, brings to Edgewood an excellent basketball and golf IQ developed by Dan Zweifel, who was his coach in both sports at Monona Grove.
“I’m excited to see Jake play again after a year off,” Zweifel said. “He grew an inch since high school. He is now 6-foot-8. He’ll get an opportunity to compete and play the two sports he loves: golf and basketball.”
In basketball, Schroeckenthaler was named to the All-Badger South Conference first team twice, and as a senior in 2017-18, was named the league’s player of the year after scoring 19.7 points per game.
That season, the Silver Eagles finished 24-2 and advanced to the WIAA Division 2 sectional final, putting them one victory from a berth in the state tournament. But MG fell to Westosha Central 76-55 in the game played at Oregon High School despite Schroeckenthaler’s 12 points.
He ended his basketball career with 1,083 points and averaged 15.5 points in 70 games.
As a golfer, Schroeckenthaler led the Silver Eagles team to the state tournament as a junior in 2017 after MG finished second in the sectional round.
He finished fourth among individual golfers in the state title match at University Ridge with a 36-hole score of 149, 5-over par. The team finished 14th out of 16 schools.
In his senior year, Schroeckenthaler earned another trip to state after leading all golfers with a 73 at the Janesville Parker sectional. At state, he tied for 11th after shooting a 6-over par, 150.
Schroeckenthaler was successful for the Viterbo men’s basketball and men’s golf team in his freshman year in 2018-19. He averaged 11.9 points in 29 games, ranked second on the team in rebounding and shot 56-percent from the field. On the golf course, he was named to the All-North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) first team after he led Viterbo with a team-low 78.4 strokes in nine events.
After a year off from basketball and golf, Schroeckenthaler said he is practicing both sports to prepare for the 2020-21 season.
“Golf is pretty much on your own. I spend most of my daylight hours in class or at the golf course and practice basketball at open gyms,” he said. “It’s been an interesting transition. I need to get back in shape. I have to come back and really prove myself after a year off.”