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Heartland Lutheran athlete signs college scholarship
Back in 2010, Heartland Lutheran's high school basketball program took a giant step playing in the state tournament for the first time ever.
What happened Thursday at the Grand Island school appears to be at least as significant.
It's a huge day for the basketball program and the entire school at Heartland Lutheran. The sign says it all, Congratulations, Isac Splatstoesser and good luck at Concordia. Isac becomes the first student athlete in the history of the school to sign a college scholarship.
"Feel great actually, I like being the first for many things, hopefully there is more after me, I hope so," said Splatstoesser.
"It's great that he can be that person and show that it doesn't matter what size the school you're in, if you work hard, set your mind to it and just practice you can get there," Coach Lloyd Wagnitz said.
Isac first played varsity sparingly as a freshman on Heartland Lutheran's first and so far only state tournament team.
This season, the senior averaged nearly 19 points and six rebounds starting every game for the Red Hornets. If anyone deserves a scholarship, according to coach Wagnitz, it's Isac.
"Isac's been a great leader for our program, played all four years, still remember last year sitting at the state tournament we were sitting there and he looked at me and said to me I'm dedicating myself to the program," said Wagnitz.
Concordia finished last in the GPAC this season. They'll have a new coach next season and they need players to try and turn around their fortunes. They are counting on Isac as being one of those players.
"I see him as an off guard position, his ability to score and he works really hard and he's able to create things on both the offensive and defensive end by just how hard he plays," said Concordia Assistant Coach Dusty Weber.
Heartland Lutheran will now probably make spot in their trophy case for their first college scholarship athlete ever, Isac Splatstoesser.
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