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Honoring our Seniors

26 Mar

At tonight’s year-end celebration of the Austin Packers’ historic season that saw them return to the State Tournament for the first time in 30 years, five seniors will be specially recognized: Ryan Larson, Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt and student manager J.J. Green.

The seniors provided important leadership for the team, and also made some huge plays throughout the year. Here are highlights from their dream season:

Ryan Larson

Goliath Oboyo

Nate Schwab

Zach Vierkandt

We wish all the Packer seniors great success in the future and thank them for their contributions to Austin basketball!

Crowd-Sourcing the Alley Oop

18 Mar

Tom Aase’s game-winning Alley-Oop dunk as time expired was a prime example of the teamwork needed for success in basketball. It was made possible by everyone on the floor playing their part:

  • Tom Aase inbounding to Goliath Oboyo who passed to Nate Schwab
  • Schwab passing to Tom in the corner and taking the return pass and rotating the ball back to Zach Wessels,
  • Joe Aase flashing toward the high post as a decoy, and
  • Tom Aase cutting past the back screen from Oboyo and taking the perfect pass from Wessels to win it.

All of this was expertly choreographed by Packer Head Coach Kris Fadness, and now his son Zach – a co-captain on last-year’s team – has put together a synchronized video of that play from various sources that lets you see the play from every angle. You’ll definitely want to go Full Screen for this one:

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Packer Seniors Profiled in Austin Daily Herald

14 Mar

Today’s Austin Daily Herald has a great profile on the Packer seniors – Ryan Larson, Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt – and the road they’ve taken to playing in the Section 1AAA championship game on Friday.

Here’s a sampler:

While they’ve clicked throughout the season for the No. 5 ranked Packers (22-5 overall), who are playing for Austin’s first state tournament berth in 30 years against New Prague this Friday, some of them weren’t even on the basketball radar in Austin a few years ago.

The biggest thing to know is that Goliath Oboyo, Nate Schwab, Zach Vierkandt and Ryan Larson combined for about five minutes of varsity playing time before this season and now they’re all playing key roles on Austin’s best team in 30 years.

Read the whole story.

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Be sure to get to Rochester Friday night for the championship game against New Prague. If you need a ride, we have bus transportation available.

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